Health Centre – Thrush

Vaginal Thrush

Vaginal thrush is a medical condition which affects many women and can often be a recurrent problem that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Vaginal thrush is also commonly referred to as a yeast infection and can present with symptoms such as:

–        A thick white discharge which resembles cottage cheese and
is odourless.

–        Itching, pain and swelling of the vaginal and vulval area

–        Pain during sexual intercourse

–        Pain during urination

Causes of vaginal thrush

Vaginal thrush infections are mostly caused by the over-growth of the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. The infection tends to arise when there is an imbalance in the levels of the Candida and this can occur on its own, but often occurs following a course of antibiotics. Being on antibiotics can increase the risk of developing thrush as antibiotics are intended to treat bacterial infections and in doing so they tend to destroy the ‘good’ bacteria, which help to keep the Candida levels in check.

Treatments available

There are numerous treatments available which can combat vaginal thrush highly effectively to provide relief from the discomfort and pain and to prevent any future attacks for those recurrent sufferers.

Topical preparations

Canesten® thrush cream  contains clotrimazole2% and will treat the Candida around skin and near the entrance of the vagina and can also be used to treat the male partner if he is suffering from thrush on the penis.


Sometimes for recurrent bouts of thrush, more extensive treatment is necessary and this can be achieved via a pessary. A pessary is a device that contains the antifungal medication and is inserted into the vagina using an applicator. These treatments are ideal when there is excessive itching and irritation higher up the vagina.

Canesten® pessary–  contains clotrimazole to relieve the discomfort of the external itching and pessary to target the cause of the thrush.

Oral treatments

Combination preparations are available, which consist of a cream to soothe and relieve the external symptoms and a single oral capsule which can target the internal cause of the thrush, such as Canesten® Duo. This is the preferred choice of treatment.

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