Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well.
Today, I am going to talk about something that has ruled my life for a very long time; Thrush.
If you don’t want to hear about vaginas, yeast infections, and having to insert a pessary into your lady parts, then stop reading now.
”Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point”
It can be caused by taking antibiotics, by using showergel/lotions etc on your vagina, wearing tight clothing/underwear, warm weather, diabetes, pregnancy, sex, and many more things.
It’s essentially because bacteria and fungus naturally live in there, and when the fungus increases, it can cause thrush. I know, this doesn’t sound particuarly nice, and it sounds like it’s down to poor hygiene (yes, it can be), but the vast majority of the time, this just happens because you’ve washed yourself with body wash down there which has messed things up, had sex and caused it to get inflamed, or wore lacy knickers and tights which have caused an issue.
I have struggled with having thrush for literally years; I’m partly to blame, because I always fall into the habit of not using things like Fem Fresh down there, and using normal shower gel etc, and tight knickers, which messes things up. Since my operation in August when I had to have a fair amount of antibiotics, I’ve found I’ve had it quite regularly too.
One of the best things I’ve found for thrush, is Canesten; the Canesten Duo to be precise. It isn’t cheap, it’s like £14.99 or something but when you’re in pain down there, with itchiness/soreness, and discomfort, and that horrible stinging sensation when you wee, it’s worth it. Basically, it comes with the External Cream, which you apply to your lady parts, and then the Pessary and an applicator.
It’s a big tablet looking thing, that you put in the applicator, and then insert the applicator into your vajay, like a tampon with an applicator, and release it. The pessary dissolves inside your vagina, and sorts out the internal side of things, and the cream sorts out the external soreness etc.
Wear a panty liner in your knickers for about 24 hours after using the pessary because as I said, it dissolves and comes back out in a powdery form and you don’t really want all that in your knickers.
I’ve literally been using Canesten for so many years whenever I’ve had thrush, and it works every time. I’ve also found wearing a loose night shirt to bed with no knickers and no bottoms (not that I ever wear knickers to bed anyway), and cotton knickers and the loosest bottoms you can possibly find (so no tights, tight jeans or skirts, leggings etc if possible) really help as well.
Another thing that helps, with thrush as well as cystitis, is having a wee after you have sex.
Try not to use anything down there that you wouldn’t want inside you; get yourself a feminine hygiene wash as they’re formulated to be used down there, rather than using your standard Dove shower gel which is meant to be used on your body, not in your vagina!
I know first hand how horrible thrush can be, especially when it affects you time and time again, so don’t let it get you down; if you keep getting recurring thrush, then go and see your doctor so that they can do a swab just to make sure there’s nothing else going on in there!
Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about it, they’ve seen it all so many times before. There’s nothing wrong with you, some people just are more prone to it then others, like me unfortunately, but with the right care and prevention methods, hopefully you can get it under control!
All my love BGP xx