The awkward conversation about thrush.
Gentleman, don’t even bother reading this. There’s nothing pretty about thrush.
“Vaginal thrush is a common infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast, which lives naturally in the vagina. Other names for this infection are candidiasis or monilia. Symptoms may include vaginal itching or burning, a white discharge and stinging or burning while urinating. Vaginal creams or vaginal tablets (pessaries) can help reduce the symptoms of thrush” – www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
– FACT –
Vaginal thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. This can be brought on by any number of things eg antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diabetes, pregnancy, menstrual cycle changes, iron deficiency and some immune system disorders. However,once a woman has thrush she may transfer it to her partner through sex and vice versa.
– PREVENTION –
Your vagina deserves some TLC. Similarly to cleansing your face and soaping your underarms, your vagina also requires maintenance. Below are some helpful tips for preventing thrush and looking after your girly-bits!
– Wipe your bottom from front to back after going to the toilet
– Avoid perfumed products and harsh soaps/body wash down there
– Always dry your vagina thoroughly after bathing
– Avoid using perfumed toilet papers
– Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants and synthetic underwear
– Consider changing your clothes-washing detergent/fabric softeners
*I’ve also heard eating two cloves of garlic a day may help prevent thrush too, but I’m not totally convinced. What I am sure of is the severe garlic breath factor if you try it!
SJM TIP: when you go to bed at night let her breathe! Your vagina that is. Or wear loose fitting cotton undies.