Vaginal thrush affects many women at some point in their adult lives, most commonly at some time during the childbearing years, and can recur regularly. The condition develops when a fungus called Candida albicans, which can occur naturally in the vagina, grows more rapidly than usual. Vaginal thrush is not serious, but it may cause unpleasant itching of the vulva and vagina and a discharge. Candida infections may occur in other areas, such as the mouth (Oral thrush).
What are the causes of vaginal thrush?
The Candida fungus is found in the vagina of about 1 in 5 women and does not usually cause disease. The growth of the fungus is suppressed by both the immune system and harmless bacteria that normally live in the vagina. If these bacteria are destroyed by antibiotics or spermicides, the fungus can multiply, which may lead to symptoms. Harmless bacteria in the vagina may also be destroyed as a result of changes in levels of female sex hormones. Such changes may occur during pregnancy or before periods or may be due to drugs that affect female sex hormone levels, such as the oral contraceptive pill. Vaginal thrush may also develop after having sexual intercourse with a partner who has a Candida infection.
Women who have diabetes mellitus are more susceptible to vaginal thrush. Sometimes, stress can trigger an episode of the condition.
What are the symptoms of vaginal thrush?
The symptoms usually develop gradually over several days and may include:
- Intense irritation and itching of the vagina and vulva (also known as Vulvovaginitis).
- Thick, white vaginal discharge that is cheesy in appearance.
Left untreated, vulvovaginitis may lead to redness and eventually cracking of the delicate skin of the vulva.
What can I do?
If you are confident that your symptoms are due to vaginal thrush because you have had the condition before, you can treat yourself with the Manna Candida Diet to get your carbohydrate intake as low as possible and eliminate sugar for a short while, because Candida thrives on sugar. Furthermore to take an anti-fungal supplement such as the highly effective Manna Candida Support.This supplement contains highly effective natural and organic ingredients, which work in synergy to eliminate the symptoms of Candida. To reinstate healthy bacteria in the gut is also very important to conquer candida. You can use any good probiotic or take the Manna GUT Support, which not only contains probiotics, but also digestive enzymes.
It is advisable not to have sexual intercourse for the next few days until your symptoms have cleared up. Your sexual partner should also be treated in order to avoid re-infection.