National Thrush Awareness Day is 30th May
thrush is a subject that most women don’t feel comfortable to talk about, and therefore it is much misunderstood.
its Time we shone a spotlight on this hidden condition and get people talking - lets get some good information out there.
With this in mind I am Launching National Thrush Awareness Day on 30th May. Please click here to watch my video.
Debunking 5 Myths About Thrush
I am super passionate about helping women with recurrent thrush live thrush free naturally, and this month, I’m launching National Thrush Awareness Day on 30th May. I think we need this day because thrush is a much misunderstood subject that most women don’t feel comfortable talking about.
Did you know that around 90% of women will experience thrush at least once in their lifetime, with between 5-9% experiencing it recurrently (4 or more times a year). That’s a lot of ladies!
So, this May, it’s time we shone a spotlight on this hidden, yet common condition, and get people talking! I’ve debunked the 5 most common myths that I’ve seen out there about thrush – let’s fill the internet with good information.
1) Thrush is an STI:
Thrush is definitely NOT a sexually transmitted infection and there shouldn’t be any stigma whatsoever around it. It can however be passed between sexual partners if you are not using protection, so keep this in mind, especially if you get it recurrently – you could be re-infecting each other. In men, a flare up presents very differently to women, i.e with no discharge, although the glans of the penis can be red & inflamed. It is also important to note that if you are susceptible to thrush, latex and generic lube may irritate you. Look for ones that are respectful to your body. I shall be writing a piece around this very soon so do look out for that.
2) Thrush is caused by Poor Hygiene:
Having thrush or anything ‘down there’ can cause great feelings of shame and disgust. Sure, thrush isn’t pleasant, but its not because of anything you have done wrong! Especially not because you have poor hygiene. In fact, in many cases it can be triggered by washing too much, or with perfumed soaps that don’t respect your natural pH levels, and both can disrupt the happy harmony of your vaginal flora, triggering a flare up. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of a particular fungi that normally lives happily in your vagina, side by side with other naturally occurring organisms. That overgrowth is triggered when something upsets the normal balance, giving the fungi the perfect conditions to grow rapidly. Now the word fungi may sound ‘dirty’, but its not at all – about 75% of people have this particular fungi living quite happily in their bodies – many of them without a problem – so its quite natural.
3) Thrush is a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection):
Thrush is a fungal infection inhabiting the vagina and the vulva (in some cases the mouth). A UTI such as cystitis is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, that normally causes pain on peeing. Both are uncomfortable but are caused by different things in physically close but different anatomical areas, and are treated in different ways.
4) Thrush can damage your Fertility:
There has been no evidence found that thrush can harm your fertility. However, it is possible to develop thrush, even if you haven’t had it before, whilst you’re pregnant. This can add another set of uncomfortable symptoms to what you may also be experiencing. Pessaries are not recommended for use two weeks before your due date. There has been much excitement around the human microbiome recently, which has raised awareness that the good bacteria that you are born with can influence future health – and this bacteria can be transferred from the birth canal whilst being born. The upshot is, its great to be thrush free when you give birth.
5) Thrush can be treated with Antibiotics:
I’ve read this in numerous places and it simply isn’t true. In fact it can be triggered by actually TAKING antibiotics. As we’ve already read, thrush is caused by the overgrowth of a fungi – it is NOT a bacteria, hence antibiotics, which are designed to kill bacteria rather than fungi, are not appropriate treatment. Antibiotics can trigger a flare up by disrupting the balance of good and bad bacteria in your body – they are indiscriminate in the bacteria that they target, and so some of the good bacteria which keep things such as fungi under control are killed. Now don’t get me wrong, antibiotics can be life saving and much needed medicine in certain situations – but they cannot help you get rid of thrush.
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