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FAQ - Vaginal Thrush

By Kelly Rose DipION FdSc VN

Expert nutritionists share their frequently asked questions…

Q - "I keep getting vaginal thrush. I have tried products that you buy over the counter and also products given to me by my doctor. I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to help?"

A - Thrush is caused by an infection of the Candida yeast species, of which Candida albicans is the most common. It can occur in the mouth or vagina and also in the gut. Candida is an opportunist, meaning that when it sees an opportunity to grow, it will. It is important, therefore, to create an environment where Candida will not be allowed to thrive. Probiotics, the good bacteria found in the gut, are also present in other areas of the body, including the vagina. Lactobacillus strains, such as L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus and L. bulgaricus, are naturally present in the vagina and a probiotic containing these may be useful to restore normal bacteria in the area. This can be inserted before going to bed to ensure it stays there long enough for the bacteria to colonise.

It would also be wise to take a probiotic orally to support the gut. This ensures that you have a healthy balance of good bacteria, which will help to keep your immune system strong, so it can fight off unwanted invaders!

Ensure that you wash your vaginal area with non-perfumed soap and water, or water alone. Avoid using highly-scented soaps, shower gels, vaginal deodorants or douches. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes made of artificial fibres such as nylon. Whenever possible, wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes rather than tight ones.

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