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Recurrent thrush driving me fucking crazy!

I’ve keep getting thrush, it comes back every month or so and it’s really uncomfortable. Is this normal, has anyone else experienced this before? I’m on the waiting list to see a gynaecologist but I was wondering if there’s anything natural I can do myself as I won’t see the gynae for 6 weeks.

Oh babe I feel you. Thrush is a nightmare. I get it when I am a little run down or stressed, so my main tip is to look after your general health. Eat well, exercise and try and keep on top of stress etc. Tbh I haven’t found any natural remedies that work for me, it’s all about the medical stuff!
Good luck, I’m sure the gynae doc will help.

Hey Noir, there are some things that make it worse like alochol, sugar and gluten. Try and steer clear of these until you see the gynaecologist, especially alcohol. Also maybe get a high quality probiotic like biokult. Hope it gets better soon :two_hearts:

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Have you had antibiotics recently? I found when i had a chest infection and was given antibiotics, thrush made a not so friendly visit. Having things like probiotics help I have heard x

Hey Noir @SophieG is right, circumstances can increase your chances of getting thrush; antibiotics is one of them, wearing tight clothing is another and gut health has a huge impact on recurrent thrush. You’re doing the right thing, your gynaecologist will be best placed to help you. In the meantime our resident gynaecologist @Dr.HANX_Co-founder probably has some advice for you :woman_health_worker:t3:

Hey @Noir, the girls on here are absolutely correct. Certain things such as lots of antibiotics can trigger thrush. It is worth seeing your doctor to be properly examined, then you can rule out any other infections and sometimes you may be prescribed a longer course of treatment if thrush is recurrent.@Emma_HANX’s tips are also great, in terms of natural ways to manage things until you see a specialist.
Good luck!

Hey @Noir sorry to hear you are suffering, it’s truly miserable! I have suffered with thrush since I was a child and it runs down the female line of my family, we all suffer! I had no idea this is extrememly common. My issue is that fluconazole didn’t help, sometimes I’d take tabs on multiple days to no avail. In October last year I suffered for 5 weeks non stop and at this point sought a referral and it turns out that Genito Urinary Medicine specialists are actually best placed to advise on thrush over Gynaecologists. I found an amazing doctor who was recommended to me, and after my whole life of failed treatment, did multiple tests to get to the bottom of my issue and find me a treatment. Monthly reoccurrence can frequently be down to the pH level in your vagina as period blood (and semen!) are alkaline and your vagina should be more acidic. Candida loves the alkaline environment created by your period and thrives in it, but only if the balance is off somehow already and that’s where medicine and the right hygiene routine help. As others have said loose cotton clothing helps, no knickers in bed etc etc. I learned also that emollient washes (NOT perfumed/vaginal washes!!) such as plain old emulsifying ointment mixed with water are best as water only washing dries your skin and causes the top layer of cells to stand up slightly (think rough skin on dry hands in winter) which research has shown those tiny gaps in the surface are the perfect size for candida colonies to thrive in. Also when you have a flair up to wash LESS and go against your instinct, the more water down there the drier and worse it gets, cut down to every other day in a flair up. After years of just using water (which is great if you are totally healthy!) I learned this trick which has worked. Lastly, because I’m quite sure I must be approaching a word limit! there are multiple different strains of candida (thrush) if that’s what it is thats causing your discomfort. Some strains are not easily treated or even at all susceptible to the treatments we have in the UK, but don’t despair you can get a private prescription for drugs from Germany/ the USA/ Canada where they have much better range drugs for thrush than we do in the uk. The pessary I use now as prescribed by my GUM specialist killed the thrush I’d had for all those weeks and despite me stockpiling them just in case, it has only reappeared once when I took antibiotics for something and again was gone very quickly with the correct treatment. Anyway, ramble over, I so hope you get out of the thrush misery. If you would like the name of my specialist send me a direct message and I’ll give you her details, she’s my saviour! haha xxx PS all the info here was what I learned from the specialist and not stuff I read online/ books etc :slight_smile:

Hey Mimi,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a detailed response to me :slight_smile:. I think it’s a genetic thing like you say, my mum also suffered from thrush for almost 20 years and then she started drinking apple cider vinegar every morning and it got so much better. I’m 100% more likely to get it before or after my period so that totally makes sense about the alkaline environment. I’m on a course of fluconazole at the moment and I’m hoping that will do the trick, if not I will check out GUM because I have literally tried everything, from wearing boys boxers, to cutting out sugar and gluten by 90% and completely cutting out alcohol. I’ve drank apple cider vinegar and taken every probiotic under the sun. I feel like there’s only so much you can do yourself, what you really need is a strong anti fungal that will help. I’ll let you know I how get on, hopefully I’ll be fine though if it doesn’t work I’ll definitely message you for her details. I’m so pleased you’ve fully recovered and are free from it all, I know how horrible it can be and it’s a real relief to hear from someone else who understands. X

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My pleasure, happy to help! Good luck with the course of fluconozole I hope it works for you :slight_smile: And don’t worry about taking apple cider vinegar, save your pennies…consuming liquids/ foods of different pH will have no effect at all on the pH of your vagina I think your mum must have been doing something else that was helping her without even realising :slight_smile:
My fav probiotic is Symprove, but you are right it of course wont address yeast overgrowth in your vagina, once you have successfully treated that then probiotics will help maintain a healthy microbiota and lots of fibre and prebiotics in your diet will keep the good bacteria happy! You WILL definitely get better, have faith (and hope). Everything crossed for you! xx

Hey @Mimi ACV crowds out Candida in the gut, so if the gut is where the root of the problem is then it can be beneficial for some people in the fight against their Candida imbalance.