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I use to suffer with thrush a lot, near my period before an after, and after sex.

But I found using

lubrication during sex helps and using a proper fem gel wash in the shower for intimate areas has
put a stop to my period thrush. Normal soaps and shower gels dont help one bit. I dont suffer with
it anymore.

Also if you need treatment for thrush make sure your partner gets treatment too or you will just get
thrush again

As a note - semen is a different pH to your vagina, the vagina cannot always adjust fast enough to
this altered vaginal pH can trigger off infections - more so if there are already issues with vaginal
health. It MIGHT be worth testing pH and trying to adjust it if the infection doesn't clear up after
you've both been treated and confirmed as clear.

Cream won't help him - think about where he is supposed to put the cream, unless he fancies
putting it up there with a toothbrush (to be blunt) it's gonna be no good. You BOTH need tests,
using the cream and the symptoms clearing up isn't enough because it may be a specific yeast
infection, it may also be that he is not getting symptoms so testing is required to be sure the
infection has cleared.

Normal rules apply; no soaps to wash with (only water), avoid tampons and commercial pads (try
menstrual cups, softcups, cloth pads, or at least hypo-allergenic cotton pads and tampons like
Cottons), generally keep the area cool and dry. Avoid sex, sugars and alcohol during infections,
after infections also try re-introducing healthy vaginal flora with plain pro-biotic yoghurt - OR take
lactobacillus acidophilus tablets daily!

I used to get this. And thought it was down to having sex alot. But then i worked out it wasnt.......i
used to use talc after getting out of bath etc, and i've stopped using it now. And i dont get it
Do you use anything like that, that could be causing it?? x

Hi, I get this too. I posted on here asking if I might be allergic to my husband (we got married 3
days ago!)!
I wonder if it might be down to my Mirena Coil.
Strangely, ever since posting on here my symptoms have improved and we've even managed to
have sex 7 times in 3 days without a reaction, so I'm wondering if it happens at certain times of the
month. (It doesn't happen every time, so I thought maybe it was when he ejaculated inside me, but
I often have a reaction even when he doesn't.) Strangely, the best remedy seems to be
antihistimines - Benadryl.
I'm planning to have my coil removed mostly due to loss of libido. It used to be really high, but
since the coil I've stopped initiating sex and find it really difficult to orgasm. (Getting married and
having 2 days in a hotel without my son has added a bit of passion, hence the 7 times!)

I'm dreading having the coil removed, I hope it is a lot less painful than having it fitted.

Hi, just an update. I've had my coil removed today, which was no worse than a smear test - in fact
a little less painful. I'm so glad it's gone!!
The doctor at the clinic did tests on me and I did have "a little" thrush, so she has given me
pessaries and cream. They aren't the standard clotrimazole/ Canesten, they are:
Gyno-Daktarin (miconazole nitrate) Pessaries (1 a week for 2 weeks)
Daktacort (miconazole nitrate & hydrocortisone) Cream
I'll let you know if it really is just persistant thrush and this new treatment works.
Some women experience repeat infections of thrush, and it is not clear what causes this. If this
becomes a problem, discuss your options with a doctor, nurse or health advisor.

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the likelihood of thrush:

Avoid wearing tights, nylon underwear or tight trousers or jeans

Avoid using perfumed soaps or bubble bath, vaginal deodorants and disinfectants
Stop using perfumed fabric softener when washing towels and underwear
Consider washing your body with a soap substitute (your pharmacist can advise what's best for
Avoid using baby or alcohol wipes on your genital skin
After going to the toilet, always wipe from the front to the back to avoid transferring germs to the
If you get thrush when you use antibiotics, it may be worth asking your doctor to prescribe
treatment for thrush at the same time.

Thrush is not usually passed on to someone else, for example by having sex, so your partner
probably wont need treatment for thrush.

Men are less likely to get thrush, although some men can develop an irritation as a result of a
reaction to the yeast.

If it is necessary to treat your partner, a cream can help. Talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
for advice.

It's worth noting that there is no evidence that natural yoghurt prevents or reduces the symptoms of
thrush. Changing your diet isn't thought to help either.

I am a female and a 23-year-old insulin-dependent diabetic whose sugar levels are quite well
controlled. My problem is that I suffer from bad recurring thrush, and it is destroying my sex life.

I treat myself and my partner at the same time with Diflucan, but my doctor is reluctant to prescribe
as it is expensive.

We often use Canesten Combi instead, which doesnt seem to work so well.

My husband is very reluctant to come near me as he doesnt want to risk getting thrush again and
this is very upsetting.

The problem mostly seems to occur during the beginning of my period but my doctor just tells me
to use natural yogurt, which I have tried but to no avail.

This is really starting to depress me as it seems to be an ongoing problem and I dont know how
my relationship with my husband is going to improve until my problem is eased.

We are a little puzzled that your GP is unwilling to prescribe Diflucan on grounds of expense. The
current (2012) cost to the NHS is 87 pence. We are sure your thrush is curable.

Diabetes certainly predisposes to recurrent thrush, but it is good that your blood glucose levels are
well controlled.
If they were out of control, that could make you even more liable to attacks of thrush.

We gather you are on the contracepticve pill. It is sometimes said that the Pill may also predispose
to thrush, but recent research has cast considerable doubt on this theory. However, have you tried
a contraceptive alternative to see if this helps?

We see from your medication that you are asthmatic, and we wonder if you have had any recent
antibiotics for respiratory infections, which also may have contributed to a recurrence of thrush?

Furthermore, since you are treating both your partner and yourself at the same time very sensibly
to prevent re-infection, it is very possible that the real infection is in fact coming from your own
bowel rather than through sexual transmission.

The thrush organism lives normally in the intestine, and in some women is very readily transmitted
to the vaginal area.

Ask your doctor to prescribe you some oral antifungal preparation in the form of Nystatin lozenges
or liquid. This will treat the thrush in the bowel, and so prevent transmission to the vaginal area.

You could also go one step further and use natural yoghurt intra-vaginally with the use of a syringe
to change the acidity making the environment less favourable for thrush.

In recent years, it has become apparent that recurrent thrush sufferers should try to keep things
cool down below by avoiding hot baths (take cool showers instead) and steering clear of hot,
constrictive pants and tights.

If none of these measures works, then it would be a good idea for you and your huband to go
together to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, and see if they can suggest any other anti-
thrush treatment.

Yours sincerely

Dr David Delvin, GP

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Top tips for avoiding thrush:

Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area (see below for
more details)
Avoid stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle, doing so will keep your immune system strong
Avoid high-sugar foods
If you are taking antibiotics, consult your doctor before taking thrush treatments
Change your tampons or pads frequently
Ensure you wipe from front to back after going to the toilet
Change your underwear after swimming and working out
Avoid very hot baths
Canesflor Probiotics for Vaginal Use
Canesflor Probiotics for Vaginal Use
Canesflor Probiotics for Vaginal Use

New Canesflor is a convenient vaginal capsule that delivers probiotics, specifically the good
bacteria lactobacilli, directly to the source of your thrush infection. This restores the natural
environment of your vagina and works to create a protective barrier over your vaginal walls,
helping prevent thrush from recurring.

This product is not a medicine.

The vagina contains a natural balance of microorganisms which help keep the physiological
environment in the vagina. This balance of microorganisms is known as vaginal flora. Lactobacilli
make up the majority of vaginal flora.

Many factors can disrupt the level of lactobacilli in the vagina including antibiotics, hormonal
changes and lifestyle factors (e.g. tight clothing, synthetic underwear or washing with harsh soaps
and shower gels in the intimate area) which can cause vaginal infections.

Maintaining an optimal level of lactobacilli in the vagina is important to help protect against vaginal
infections as lactobacilli create a protective barrier over the walls of the vagina, and help to
maintain an optimal pH.

If you suffer from repeated vaginal infections (e.g. recurrent thrush), you can help to prevent the
recurrence of the infection by also using Canesflor as soon as you finish your appropriate
medication (i.e. next day).

What is Canesflor?

Canesflor Probiotics for Vaginal Use contains Lactobacillus plantarum P 17630, a probiotic strain
characterised and selected for its capability to adhere to the vaginal mucosa and protect against
vaginal infections, such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis.

Canesflor is therefore able to help prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms and protect
against vaginal infections.

How to use Canesflor?

Insert one capsule deeply into the vagina while lying on your back, in the evening before going to
sleep. To facilitate insertion, you can slightly moisten the capsules.

Frequency of use

Use 1 capsule each day for 6 consecutive days and then one capsule per week, for 4 weeks. Each
box contains 10 vaginal capsules.

For vaginal use only. Do not swallow. No particular contraindications are provided for the product