Thrush in pregnancy

Thrush is a condition many women experience throughout their lives, many on several occasions. Find out what causes thrush in pregnancy and how to treat it.

Read on to find out why thrush is more likely to occur during pregnancy and when to speak to your GP.

What causes thrush in pregnancy?

Thrush is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast like fungus (Candida) in the vagina.  Almost half of women have Candida living in their vaginas naturally without any symptoms. The change which causes thrush can be a chemical change, caused by taking antibiotics for example. It can also be caused by hormonal changes, for example during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, changes in levels of oestrogen can mean a higher likelihood of thrush, and a greater chance of it recurring.

Signs of thrush

Typical symptoms of thrush can include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Stinging when urinating
  • Itching and soreness around the entrance to your vagina
  • Vaginal discharge which can be thin and watery, or thick and white and is usually odourless
  • Cracked or swollen skin around the vagina.

How long will it last?

This depends on the severity of your symptoms. Some people will have a mild case which will clear up within a few days of treatment. Others will have more severe symptoms, or recurring thrush which will require longer courses of treatment.

When to seek medical help

If you are suffering from thrush, you will need to see your GP to be prescribed with an anti-thrush treatment. Mild cases of thrush are usually treated with a short course of treatment lasting one to three days. If your symptoms are more severe or are recurring, you may require a longer course of treatment. Thrush can be treated with cream, tablets, pills or pessaries which are inserted into the vagina. You can discuss your course of treatment with your GP.

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