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Thrush? - August 25th 2012, 10:40 PM


I'm worried I have vaginal thrush. Yuck, I know. And I know you can't tell me if I do or not but I don't quite know how to go around it. My mum told me to talk to my doctor on Tuesday since I already have an appointment booked with him and she said he could give me cream and a 'tablet' that inserts into the vagina (that's news to me!) And I mean, I've been seeing him weekly/fortnightly for the past two years for my mental health and get on well with him but I always get embarrassed about these things. Apparently, thrush can be caused my anti-biotics too? I've just come of a course of anti-biotics for an infection in a cut I had.

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Re: Thrush? - August 25th 2012, 10:51 PM

Hi Jessie,

Yeah thrush can be caused by antibiotics since the antibiotics can disrupt the vagina's natural bacteria which usually keep the thrush causing bacteria under control.

The only advice I have is just to bring it up to him. He's heard it all before so try not to be embarrassed

There's a few different treatments for thrush. You'll probably be prescribed a tablet or a pessary (the thing that gets inserted into the vagina) and perhaps some cream to sooth any external effects of the thrush.

I hope it goes well, take care
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Re: Thrush? - August 26th 2012, 08:37 AM

Yeah, thrush can be caused by antibiotics. You can buy thrush treatments over the counter if you don't want to speak to your doctor about it. Like your mum said you can buy the cream and a pessary to treat it. Obviously if it doesn't clear up, then go to the doctor, but you could try the cream first and see if it helps.
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Re: Thrush? - August 26th 2012, 11:45 AM

The 'insert in to vagina' things are called Pessaries. They're...er, interesting! But you cannot feel them. I'd suggest you going to boots and picking up a duo- treatment pack of canesten. It's cheap and will mean you don't need to bring it up with your doctor. Thrush can be caused by a whole host of things- antibiotics being one of them. I'd suggest you wear your best grannie pants for better air flow- tight pants can cause thrush too!

Thrush is a pain in the backside but I hope you find relief soon.
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