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'How I learnt to live with thrush'

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Living with thrush

Even though I get thrush quite regularly, I try not to let it bother me. I just follow the rules about cotton underwear in case that works, and don't have sex for a few days to give it time to clear up. If you've given it to your partner, he can give it back to you, so it's worth nagging him to use cream for a week or so, too.

Canesten do a combination treatment that includes a pessary and a cream. I normally find that does the trick. But they are quite pricey, which is annoying. There seems to be a lot of rules about how to avoid getting thrush. Don't wear tights, wear cotton underwear and don't wear tight jeans. But I follow all these rules and still get it!

I remember being terrified the first time I got thrush. I was a teenager, and I was itchy down below and noticed I had a yellowy discharge. I thought I'd caught a sexually transmitted disease, even though I hadn't even had sex at that time! Talk about paranoid!
I eventually plucked up the courage to tell my mum, and she said it was probably thrush. She got me some cream from the chemist's and, sure enough, it did clear up.

Since then, I get thrush a couple of times a year. Sometimes I think it's because I'm run down, but most of the time I can't work out why it's turned up again. It varies as to how bad it is. Sometimes it's just a bit annoying, other times I'm in agony.

I've heard the old wives' tale about using live yogurt, but I've never tried it. One thing I have noticed is that I do tend to get thrush just after my period. It makes me wonder whether using tampons plays a part.

Helena Wiggins, 36, Grantham, Lincolnshire

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