It’s very rare that vaginal thrush simply goes away on it’s own, but you can ensure it clears up within a week if you choose the right treatments.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of thrush, you’re probably feeling very uncomfortable and a little bit embarrassed. You should know that lots of women experience vaginal thrush each year and the nice lady at the pharmacy has probably had it as well and understands!
Before you start treating thrush, you first need to be sure that you are experiencing it. If it’s your first time with these symptoms, it’s probably worth visiting your GP who will be able to diagnose you quickly.
If you can get to a sexual health clinic, that’s even better because you’ll often get a faster diagnosis.
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Do you have thrush?
Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast, candida, which is why it’s also referred to as a yeast infection. Your symptoms are likely to be very uncomfortable and will include:
- Redness and itching around the vagina and vulva
- Swelling around the vagina and vulva
- An odourless, sometimes watery, discharge
- Pain during sex and urination
- Spotting or bleeding
A key factor in diagnosing vaginal thrush is the discharge. If your discharge isn’t odourless, you might have Bacterial Vaginosis, which is a vaginal infection which causes a fishy odour. Not sure? You can buy a test for BV here.
Treatment of Thrush
Unfortunately, vaginal thrush won’t just go away on its own, but it can be treated in the UK by over-the-counter medicines.
Your best port of call is anti-fungal medication. You don’t need to be prescribed this if you haven’t had thrush for at least 6 months. It’s easy to buy over the counter at any pharmacy, and you’re likely to be handed Fluconazole.
The tablet costs around £10 and you only have to take it once. You should see a difference within three days. If you don’t visit your GP.
If you don’t want to visit the pharmacy, you can order Canesten creams which you can use both internally and externally. This product contains two creams. The first one works like a pessary and you deposit it inside the vagina (with a tampon-like applicator) before bed. The aim of this is to treat the infection.
The second cream is used to soothe the vulva and the external symptoms while the internal cream works it’s magic!
This is a great solution for more mild forms of thrush.
I don’t know a woman who doesn’t have a tube of Vagisil in their bathroom cabinet!
This cheap but mighty cream is great to have on hand when you’re experiencing the first symptoms of thrush. It can be purchased online, or at any good supermarket or pharmacy.
If you don’t want to spend out on Canesten and you’re going with the anti-fungal tablet, this is the best option to get you through the few days while you’re waiting for the tablet to kick in.
Women all over the world experience thrush every day. It’s really not something to be embarrassed about, and even if you are feeling a little bit awkward, don’t let that stop you from seeking treatment!
The sooner you purchase a form of treatment, the sooner you can be out of pain and living your life again!
If you’re experiencing strange symptoms that don’t really match those listed, it’s worth visiting your doctor or GP to find out what’s going on.