Given that 75 per cent of women will have vaginal thrush in their lifetime, it’s important to know the signs so that you can sort it ASAP.
The common infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast, which lives naturally in the bowel and vagina. Things like antibiotics, oral contraceptive use and hormonal changes can cause this overgrowth, often noticeable by these four symptoms.
1. Vaginal discomfort
Uncomfortable itching or burning downstairs can sometimes indicate thrush.
2. Redness or swelling of the genitals
Thrush can often cause redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva.
3. Abnormal discharge
Vaginal discharge is completely natural but take note if it becomes thick, white with a ‘cottage cheese’ appearance and yeasty smell.
4. Pain or discomfort during sex
Given that the area is often tender when suffering from thrush, sex can be painful or uncomfortable.
If you've noticed any of these symptoms, speak to your GP and they will examine and take a swab of the affected area. And don't stress, treatment is simple. You'll either be recommended an anti fungal cream, vaginal pessary or oral tablet.