Frequently Asked Questions About Thrush

I’m feeling pretty itchy, is it thrush?

Itchiness is a common symptom of thrush, so you might be right. Take a look at our symptoms page to see if you have any other common symptoms.

I hear if you get thrush once, it may come back again. How can I prevent thrush from reoccurring?

If you get thrush once it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get it again. However, to prevent the recurrence of thrush you may need to make some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, you should avoid using deodorants and perfumed products around your intimate area and make sure to change your underwear after working out. Click here for more top tips on preventing thrush.

Can I get thrush from having sex?

Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, however, if you are having sex with the same person (male or female) you can pass thrush back and forth as men can get thrush too, even though they may not experience any symptoms. The partner should then also be treated with a cream to prevent re-infection.

Can you treat thrush with a pessary when you’ve got a period?

Changes in hormone levels that occur during your period can make thrush extremely common. You can treat your thrush during a period with a pessary treatment, however, if your period is particularly heavy you might want to use a cream to relieve the itching and then use a pessary once the flow is lighter.

Can you treat thrush whilst on other medications?

It is extremely important to speak to your GP or pharmacist if you are on medication. Your GP or Pharmacist will know if it is suitable to use a particular thrush treatment product in relation to your medical situation. Additionally, always read the Patient Information Leaflet before use as this will contain very important information about the active ingredient in the product. It will also address when not to use the product and possible side effects.

If I take a course of antibiotics will I get thrush?

Not necessarily, everyone is different so it varies from person to person, however about one in three women who take antibiotics get thrush. Antibiotics can lower the levels of the good bacteria in your vagina which provides an opportunity for the fungus Candida albicans to increase, which can then develop into a vaginal yeast infection.

What if I get thrush during my pregnancy?

Thrush can occur as a result of pregnancy. It is not harmful to your baby. The thrush can be safely treated with creams and pessaries. Please get advice from your GP or midwife regarding what treatment to use.


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Unfortunately we are still experiencing supply issues on the following Canesten products; Canesten Combi, Canesten 500mg pessary, Canesten 200mg and Canesten Duopak. Canesten Soft Gel Combi will be available in store from late January. Supply of Canesten 2% Thrush cream and Canesten 1% cream is unaffected by the supply issue. This website will be updated as further updates come through. Apologies for the inconvenience this is causing to pharmacies and our customers.