Vaginal Thrush- Symptoms

The symptoms of vaginal thrush are usually obvious, but some people may not be aware they have thrush.

Typical symptoms include:

itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina

pain during sex

a stinging sensation when you urinate

vaginal discharge, although this isn’t always present; the discharge is usually odourless and it can be thin and watery, or thick and white like cottage cheese

Severe symptoms

As well as the above symptoms, you may also have:

a red and swollen vagina and vulva

cracked skin around the entrance of your vagina

sores in the surrounding area – this is rare, but it may indicate the presence of another condition, such as the herpes simplex virus(which causes genital herpes)

Complicated or uncomplicated thrush

Doctors sometimes refer to “uncomplicated” or “complicated” thrush depending on your symptoms, whether you have any other medical conditions and how often you get the yeast infection.

Uncomplicated thrush is mild thrush that you’ve had either for the first time or not very often. Complicated thrush refers to severe thrush that keeps coming back (when you’ve had four or more episodes in a year). In rare cases, complicated thrush also includes chronic infection with other yeasts.

Always visit your doctor if:

this is the first time you’ve had thrush

you’re under the age of 16 or over 60

you’re pregnant or may be pregnant

you’re breastfeeding

you have abnormal menstrual bleeding or blood-stained discharge

you have lower abdominal pain

your symptoms are different from previous bouts of thrush – for example, if the discharge is a different colour or has a bad smell

you have vulval or vaginal sores

you’ve had two cases of thrush within the last six months

you or your partner have previously had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and believe it has returned

you’ve reacted badly to an antifungal treatment in the past, or it didn’t work

your symptoms don’t improve after 7-14 days

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