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.

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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:

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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

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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.

Sometimes your partner can actually have thrush too with no symptoms and keep giving it back to you! Try using condoms if you don’t already and when you take thrush medication tablet, you’re partner should take it too.

I saw this thread and couldn’t not reply. If I had a pound for every time I’d have thrush I’d be a rich effing woman! I have spent years of my life on long term low dose fluconazole. Purchased special soaps, lotions, potions- you name it ive tried it!

I am FINALLY thrush free (I can assure you there was a time in my life I never thought I’d be able to say that). The following advice is just what worked for me personally and I’d encourage you to do your own research. Firstly if you are on any contraceptives with oestrogen in, stop. Now. Like, today. I am almost certain that the oestrogen in my pill was feeding the Candida, I now have a progesterone only iud and this has made a huge difference (who thought shoving a bit of plastic in your yeast riddled vagina would help) I have tried all other contraception so this was a last resort (obviously condoms help as well as sperm alters your pH).

Also, google Boric acid for yeast infections. It sounds really scary, you want me to put insect killer in my vagina?! Well…yes? Haha. Although toxic if ingested (keep well away from animals and infants), it is safe to use vaginally and you can make your own pessaries. I buy veggie capsules size 0 and buy pharmacy grade boric acid powder and make my own, there are YouTube videos to show you how to do this if you’re unsure. If you are currently suffering with thrush, use a capsule every night for two weeks, you’ll need a panty liner and lots of gunk comes back out. After this initial treatment, use one or two a week for maintenance and insert one after any time you have sex.

Boric acid changed my life, it honestly has. There is lots of research on the internet about it, I have been using it for years with no issues.

Best of luck and my full sympathies, thrush is the absolute pits!

Good luck!

M x

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Thanks so much @MMcKenzie - so many amazing tips, we all need :slight_smile:
Glad you’re thrush free, and thanks for sharing xxx

I had this for years, and I tried everything, it was so bad it started affecting other parts of my body too which I’m sure was related, UTI’s, my eyes and respiratory and my gut. It was relentless and so debilitating I took all kinds of drugs and chemical creams constantly to try and get rid of it but it always came back with a vengeance. The only thing that fixed it was diet, an extremely strict diet for 40 days and it never came back (only when I took antibiotics but that’s generally the way for most women) it’s called the anti candida diet. You cut out all sugar, fruit, yeast, dairy, coffee, alcohol. You basically eat extremely clean with nothing that can feed the yeast colonies, your body balances back out and that’s it you can go back to your normal diet. If you feel it reoccurring you just go back on the diet. I hope this helps!

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Thanks @Tory for sharing your experience, it may really help others here too.

Sarah x

I’ve made an account just to reply to this! I had recurrent thrush for years after starting on a contraceptive pill (have tried different pills to try to help with this) and was just fed up with spending money on treatments for it. About 9 months ago I finally had a proper chat with my GP about it and she suspected it was a hormone linked combination of thrush and BV. She suggested using an “intimate wash” like the Vagisil pH balance wash, as well as another pH cream that’s usually used for BV. I bought the wash and haven’t had a single instance of thrush (or BV) since. I’m so so relieved to have finally found a solution (or at least had a lucky 9 months). I always thought feminine washes were just a marketing gimmick and that using products would actually make things like thrush more likely - turns out that at least Vagisil know what they’re doing. It’s only about £5 so anyone who’s desperately looking for a solution I would 100% recommend giving it a whirl.

Agree, go to your GP if you can, know it’s not easy right now but it helped me with mine a few year ago

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