Half of all women get vaginal thrush at some point in their lives, but despite it being so common, it's a health problem that we find embarrassing and don't like to talk about. Although it's harmless, thrush can be very uncomfortable. It can be treated with tablets and creams, but changes to your diet could help to cure and prevent it.
Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, it occurs normally in the body
Read on for more information on how food has an effect on thrush, how combining foods could help you, and lists of what you should and shouldn't eat if you're trying to prevent it.
What is thrush?
Thrush is caused by a fungus called candida, which lives harmlessly on your skin, in your mouth, in your gut and in your vagina. It's only when conditions in the body become too acidic that the candida increases and causes thrush.
Who gets thrush?
Men and women can both get thrush, but it's more common in women. Many factors can increase your chance of getting thrush, including having a long course of antibiotics, being on HRT
, having a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates and prolonged stress
. Thrush is also more common in pregnant women.
What are the symptoms of thrush?
Women might notice itching, redness and discomfort around the vagina and anus and have a creamy white or watery discharge. Sex and having a wee may also become painful. Some people have no symptoms, and sometimes thrush clears up on its own. Next: Find out how food can help to prevent thrush