AWARE Women's Health Snapshot: Vulvovaginal Thrush!

AWARE WOMEN’S HEALTH SNAPSHOT:

VULVOVAGINAL THRUSH- AAAGGGGHHHH!

Such a common problem but rarely discussed! Here are some useful facts.

“Uncomplicated Thrush”:

  • “Thrush” is an infection caused by the Candida organism. It’s worth knowing that Candida can be present in some women without causing an infection or any symptoms at all.
  • When there is an infection, Candida causes inflammation of the vulva and vagina resulting in discharge, itch or burning. Ouch!
  • Thrush is easily diagnosed by having a vaginal swab taken.
  • 75% of women will experience a thrush infection sometime in their lives.
  • Infection usually responds quickly to “over-the-counter” treatments available at pharmacies but sometimes treatment will need to be repeated.
  • Oral treatments and vaginal treatments are equally effective.

“Complicated Thrush”:

  • 10-20% of women have symptoms which are severe, do not go away after treatment, or keep coming back. This is the time to visit the doctor!
  • Some health conditions make women more prone to getting thrush- for instance diabetes or pregnancy.
  • Recurrent episodes are treated with prescription treatments and longer courses of treatment, except during pregnancy.

When it’s NOT Thrush it could be:

  • Eczema or allergic dermatitis, most often from soaps or hair removal products
  • Contact dermatitis, from sanitary or continence pads
  • Skin conditions such as lichen sclerosus

 

AWARE Women’s Health  www.awarewomenshealth.com.au 

AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR BLOG

AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR BLOG

Hello and welcome to this blog which is about women’s health and well-being. There’s not going to be too much about exercise, diet, food, cosmetics, vitamins or yoga. Those things are all good, but here we are going to talk about the unmentionables, “women's troubles”, “secret women’s business”. You get the idea.