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A Healthy Vag is a Happy Vag: 5 Ways to Avoid Vaginal Thrush

Are your little lace knickers causing big problems?

If you’ve ever recovered from a nasty cold only to come down with a bad case of thrush, courtesy of your antibiotics, you’ll know how pesky and uncomfortable it is.

Candidiasis, or thrush, as it’s commonly known, is an infection caused by a yeast called Candida Albicans. And unfortunately it isn’t only caused by antibiotics. In fact, there are a few things we do on any given day that can contribute to the onset of an infection.

Here are 5 ways to avoid vaginal thrush

First up, what does it look like?

According to Safer Sex of Disa Clinic in Johannesburg, women should look out for an abnormal white or creamy yellow vaginal discharge. It’s quite thick, with a slight yeasty odour. ‘The skin around the vagina may become red, inflamed, itchy and may extend to around the anus.’

Pretty unpleasant, no? For women and men both.

‘Men can also develop thrush on the foreskin and head of the penis as an itchy rash. This is called balanitis.’

Fret not, lovely loves. According to Safer Sex, it’s not often that thrush is sexually transmitted. ‘Partners normally don’t require treatment.’

When your yeast turns on you

‘It’s normal for men and women to have small numbers of this yeast in the genital area,’ Safer Sex says. ‘But a range of factors may cause the yeast to overgrow and symptoms can develop.’

How to treat it

‘Most symptoms of candidiasis may be relieved with anti-fungal creams and pessaries (tablets which are inserted into the vagina)’. Girl, I feel you panicking. Don’t. Consider the much bigger bigger things you’ve put up there. You’ve got this.

However, Safer Sex warns, some women may experience severe or recurrent candidal infections. ‘This problem should be discussed with a doctor or clinic nurse who will investigate and manage any underlying condition and explore other treatment options.’

Girding your loins!

So some yeast is fine, that’s fine. It’s the other yeast we’re worrying about. Here’s how to safeguard yourself from future infections.

Here are five ways to prevent vaginal thrush, and a bonus piece of advice for you to throw to your male lover.

1 Wear cotton undies

2 Avoid tight fitting underwear or pants

3 Avoid wearing pantyhose or tights

4 Avoid excess use of antibiotics or request candida treatment when prescribed antibiotics

5 Pay careful attention to drying wet or sweaty body creases

6 Uncircumcised men should wash (with water only) and dry under their foreskin daily

There you have it, those are the top tips to avoid vaginal thrush.

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