Why do I keep getting thrush?
Something worse than thrush? Getting thrush again and again and again. We’re here to take a look into why you might be experiencing recurrent thrush and the steps you can take to avoid getting it again…
What is thrush?
Thrush, also known as a pesky yeast infection, is a common affliction caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in the vagina. Candida is a type of yeast that’s naturally present in the body and usually lives harmlessly in the mouth, gut & vagina, however it can overgrow if your body’s natural balance is disrupted.
What is recurring thrush?
If you experience four or more episodes of thrush within a 12-month period, that would be classified as recurring thrush. A frustrating and uncomfortable experience, if you find you’re encountering thrush time & time again, make an appointment with your doctor to determine the underlying cause and develop an effective treatment plan.
What can cause recurring thrush?
Antibiotics are a wonderful thing and they work their magic by killing off infections and nasty bacteria, however, sometimes they can do too much of a good job and end up killing off the beneficial bacteria in the vagina which then allows Candida to thrive.
Previous thrush treatment hasn’t fully cleared the infection
Occasionally, the infection may not have completely cleared and some of the bacteria that causes thrush remains and leads to another outbreak.
From pregnancy and menstruation to menopause and beyond, hormonal changes can make the vagina more susceptible to thrush.
Some people find they experience thrush during their period. Before and during your period, those delicate pH levels in your vagina change and this can lead to thrush during your period. Always opt for organic cotton period care to avoid irritating your vagina.
High levels of glucose in the blood can provide an ideal environment for Candida to grow.
A diet that’s high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed foods can also promote the growth of Candida.
Weak immune system
A weakened immune system, which can be caused by HIV or chemotherapy, can potentially increase the risk of recurrent thrush.
Stress can be known to weaken the immune system, so Candida can grow much easier.
Wearing tight or synthetic clothing
Tight or clothing made from synthetic materials can trap moisture and create a warm environment that’s perfect for Candida to thrive.
Using perfumed soap or washes
We’ll say this louder for the people in the back: your vagina is self-cleaning and doesn’t require perfumed soaps, fragrances or washes. These products can upset your body’s natural balance of organisms, fungus & bacteria that live harmoniously in your body.
Not using organic cotton period care
Mainstream period care isn’t made from breathable & hypoallergenic organic cotton, meaning that hot & sticky feeling when you’re on your period will encourage Candida to thrive. Read our blog all about the benefits of using organic cotton period care to help with thrush.
How to treat recurring thrush
Thrush is usually treated with antifungal medications which are available over-the-counter or by prescription, however many of these are not suitable for recurring thrush, especially if you’ve had an episode within the past 6 months. Make sure you make an appointment to see your GP or healthcare professional who can help you find the cause of the thrush you’re experiencing.
Most symptoms should clear up within one week, however you may find that you need to take your treatment for longer than normal to stop it recurring in the future.
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