Here's How You Can Help Prevent Thrush This Summer - Women's Health

Here’s How You Can Help Prevent Thrush This Summer

Much like attempting an alternated staggered push-up, it pays to know what thrush is, before you try to tackle it.

 As the country heats up and throw their kits off for another classic Aussie summer, many women are left reeling at the thought of hot sticky summer days and the heightened risk of their enemy Thrush (aka Candidiasis) paying them a visit during the holiday season. 

Queensland Health has identified that “while fungal infections can happen all year round, we can be particularly susceptible to some, such as thrush and tinea, during summer. Fungi thrive in warm and moist conditions, making areas of the body that get sweaty in summer perfect habitats. Activities that are common in summer, like using public showers at pools and beaches, can also help fungi spread.” 

Recent Google Analytics data shows that searches for symptoms of Canidiasis have increased by 46% over the last three months with an average of 27,000 searches for thrush per month. Treatment searches are also up by 22% and vaginal thrush tablets searches have increased by 24% within the same period. 

With 75% of women experiencing thrush in their lifetime, it’s time we opened up the conversation about what we can do to prevent it and seek professional help, instead of asking Dr Google for answers (as the search results show). 

Thrush is a hugely common health condition and, while generally temporary, can be excruciating. Even though most women will experience this in their lifetime, many people still feel embarrassed to talk about it. 

To stay on the front foot as we enter the warmer (less comfortable) months, Youly Medical Director, Dr Sam, has shared his advice for reducing your chance of getting thrush this summer. 

1. Avoid perfumes and fragrances ‘down there’

This includes douches and sprays to mask odour as this can lead to a change in the good bacteria of the vagina. 

2. Move away from synthetic materials

That means cute swimwear, synthetic underwear and sweaty gym clothes! We also recommend you avoid wearing your swimmers all day too. Cotton underwear will be your best friend. 

3. Enjoy the hot weather by wearing loose fitting skirts and pants

Tight clothing can further irritate the area and reduces airflow 

4. Use gentle laundry detergents that are fragrance free 

5. Look for alternatives to soap for washing the area 

6. Dodge scented period products

You can see the common theme here! 

7. Be mindful that antibiotics can change the balance of your body and cause thrush

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about this if you are prescribed antibiotics so they can advise on ways you can further reduce your chances of an imbalance 

8. Practice general hygiene

(It’s almost 2022 – you know the drill!). Always wash your hands before and after you touch your genital area, keep sex toys clean and change underwear regularly 

9. Wipe front to back 

You know what we mean. 

It’s important to note that Candidiasis can happen in any skin folds including under the breast area, armpits and in the groin. Hygiene is really important to avoid this fungal infection so keep those areas as clean and dry as possible. 

If you’re unsure what thrush is or if you have it, its best to consult your GP, pharmacist or a healthcare provider, such as Youly who can help to identify the symptoms and causes of thrush. Some of the most common symptoms of virginal thrush are: 

  • Discomfort such as a persistent itch or burning sensation 
  • Tears in the skin around your genitals 
  • A thick and clumpy white discharge that looks like cottage cheese and sometimes has a mild smell 
  • Swelling and/or redness around the vagina or vulva 
  • A stinging or burning feeling when you urinate or have sex 

Make sure you enjoy the summer weather without suffering from the discomfort of thrush by staying on top of your sexual health – prevention is the best form of treatment. 

Youly is one of Australia’s leading women’s digital health platforms putting the power back into the hands of women when it comes to making choices about contraception and their health – all through one discrete and accessible service. 

If you symptoms persist after treatment, please consult a medical professional. 

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