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Most Common Vaginal Thrush Symptoms and 4 Natural Remedies

Most Common Vaginal Thrush Symptoms and 4 Natural Remedies


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Having to deal with vaginal thrush isn’t a walk in the park. But second-guessing your vaginial thrush symptoms can easily lead to confusion. 


Yet, you’re not alone.
Vaginal thrush is the second most common vaginal infection.  

Did you know up to 75% of people with a vagina will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime? And if you’re among the less fortunate half of that 75%, you’ll likely face multiple thrush infections. Two, three, or more, depending on your luck.

That sounds, well… uncomfortable. And treatment can be sheer drudgery. 

 

You may have been prescribed pessaries and intravaginal creams for your past vaginal yeast infections—but sometimes conventional treatment won’t cut it. With recurrent thrush episodes, you may benefit from combination therapy.

Long story short, today we dive into what vaginal thrush is, reviewing the common symptoms and natural remedies. 

What Exactly Is Vaginal Thrush?

Vaginal thrush (aka vaginal yeast infection or vaginal candidiasis) is a common infection of the vagina or vulva. The main offender here is a yeast germ—candida albicans—that causes a fungal infection.  

This yeast-like fungus naturally inhabits your vaginal area in small numbers. But like with many other good germs in the human body, candida albicans won’t cause any harm unless it grows too much. When it multiplies, it goes haywire and starts causing uncomfortable symptoms. 

Common Vaginal Thrush Symptoms

So, you suspect you have vaginal thrush symptoms but feel pieces of the puzzle are missing. It’s good that you’re researching—not having a complete picture may make you draw false conclusions. Our list of the most common symptoms will help. 


But remember:
not all fungal infection symptoms are the same—some are more common than others, some require more immediate action, and some call for a doctor’s visit. 

That’s why we’ve parsed them into common, frequent, and red-flag symptoms in the table below.

 

Common Thrush Infection Symptoms 

Common Symptoms

  • Soreness and itchiness in your vagina 

  • Burning sensation, soreness, and redness affecting your vaginal opening and vulva

  • White-colored vaginal discharge of cottage cheese-like texture 

The Most Frequent Symptoms

  • Thick discharge

  • Red, swollen, or cracked skin around your vagina

  • Burning feeling around your vulva

  • Pain during sex

The Red-Flag Symptoms

  • It’s your first time experiencing a vaginal yeast infection 

  • Your symptoms are persisting longer than seven days

  • You're under the age of 16 or over 60

  • You’re suffering from a recurring thrush episode (especially if it comes back in less than 2 months)

  • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding followed by pain in your lower abdomen

  • You see no improvement after 7-14 days of treatment

  • You see colored or smelly vaginal discharge or sores on your labia 

  • Your past antifungal treatments didn't work

  • You're pregnant or breastfeeding  

 

Most vaginal yeast infections are nothing to worry about. But please do book a doctor’s appointment if you start experiencing any of the red flag symptoms. Doctors may examine you and take a vaginal swab to decide on the correct treatment.  

Speaking of treatment, there are options relative to the severity of your condition and the next section helps you review them.

Conventional vs. Alternative Treatment

Your thrush treatment may depend on the severity of your infection. Vaginal yeast infections are pretty easy to treat with symptoms clearing up within a week or two. Some people, though, will have a harder time, and the infection will keep coming back. 

If this is you, your doctor will prescribe the conventional treatment:  

  • Pessaries
  • Intravaginal creams 
  • Orally administered capsules 
  • Combination packs (two-in-one tablet and cream products)

Yet, there are alternatives to prescription meds that you can use for a vaginal yeast infection. Think of over-the-counter medication that you can use to treat mild thrush symptoms. There are also popular natural remedies.

Why use a natural remedy? There are a few different reasons. For example, conventional vaginal thrush meds like fluconazole may be ill-advised if you’re pregnant. 


Likewise, some conventional products can damage latex condoms and diaphragms, compromising their effectiveness. 

Otherwise, some people may just want to circumvent prescription medication for their own reasons. Are you one of those people? Below is our roundup of natural remedies for yeast infections

1. Probiotic Vaginal Suppositories 


If you have vaginal fungus coming after you, this can be for two reasons. Either your immune system is bailing on you, or the natural balance in your vagina is being disrupted. 

This happens when good bacteria in your vagina cannot keep the yeast levels at bay. The result is overgrowth of yeast and the accompanying symptoms like swelling and inflammation.

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