Yeast infections, also known as thrush, is a common female condition. Most women will have it at some point in their lives. It is caused by an overgrowth of the candida fungus. Yeast infections are not dangerous but can be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful, and recurrent or persistent cases are common. It can be passed on to sexual partners but is not a sexually transmitted infection.
It is advised that you come to see us if you have any thrush symptoms. These include a white vaginal discharge, the consistency of cottage cheese; itching or irritation of the vulva or vagina, pain during intercourse or dysuria (pain with urination, with yeast infections it is usually a stinging sensation).
We also urge you to come for an appointment if you are experiencing recurrent cases of thrush or thrush symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of thrush could indicate other kinds of infection. Some STIs share symptoms with thrush, such as pain on urination or unusual discharge. The best thing to do if you are noticing anything unusual is to come for an appointment and a clear, professional diagnosis.
Many factors can contribute to the presence of a yeast infection (thrush). It can be triggered by sex, and can be passed on from a sexual partner. Taking a course of antibiotics can sometimes cause thrush, as the balance of vaginal flora may be disrupted. A high sugar intake is thought to contribute to thrush. Diabetes and hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can also lead to yeast infections.
If you come to see us with symptoms of thrush, you will be asked some questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and any existing medical conditions. You will also be examined, and if you are experiencing discharge, a swab may be taken in order to help with diagnosis. You will always be seen by an experienced, caring doctor or nurse.