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What are the Causes of Thrush?
Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of Candida which is a type of yeast.
This yeast is normally present in the body but is kept under control by other naturally occurring bacteria. When this balance is disrupted the effects can be the symptoms of thrush.
Your chance of developing thrush increase if you:
Wear tight clothing (like tight jeans) or synthetic clothing such (such as nylon underwear) that prevents ventilation.
Are taking antibiotics
Are having chemotherapy
Have uncontrolled diabetes, HIV or any other illnesses that affect your immune system. This is because your immune system, which usually fights off infection, is unable to effectively control the spread of the Candida fungus.
Use products that may cause irritation to the vagina, such as vaginal deodorant or too much perfumed bubble bath Have sex with someone who has thrush
Stress may also be a factor for some woman.
There are a number of other possible risk factors that can affect your likelihood to develop thrush
Diet: Certain foods may have an impact on thrush. Some practitioners believe that sugar, dairy products, coffee, tea and wine can have an effect.
Perfumes, deodorants and washing. Anything that changes the natural pH level of the vagina can effect the likelihood of thrush.
Periods: Someone tend to get thrush just before or after their periods.
Tight Clothing: Tight clothing can create a warm moist place for thrush to develop.
Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, although the symptoms may be worse after sexual intercourse.
How does sex cause thrush to develop?
Thrush can occasionally be passed on after vaginal, anal or oral sex, by using fingers during foreplay or sharing sex toys. This may be due to the yeast being transferred from one sexual partner to another or the act of intercourse irritating the vagina or genital area.
Next: Diagnosing Thrush
Dr Pixie answers some frequently asked questions about thrush and vaginal discharge.