Vaginal Thrush

Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point in their lives.

Typical symptoms of vaginal thrush include:

  • Itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina
  • Vaginal discharge – this is usually odourless and may be thick and white or thin and watery
  • Pain during sex
  • A stinging sensation when peeing

If you have had thrush before you do not usually need to see your GP

You can speak to your pharmacist or buy the treatment over-the-counter in pharmacies and some supermarkets. There are different treatments available that come in the form of pessaries, creams or oral capsules.


It's a good idea to get medical advice from your GP or a sexual health clinic if:

  • You have thrush for the first time
  • You're under the age of 16 or over 60
  • You're pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have unusual symptoms, such as coloured or smelly discharge, or sores on the skin around your vagina 
  • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or pain in your lower tummy
  • You've had two episodes of thrush within the last six months
  • You've reacted badly to antifungal treatment in the past, or it didn't work
  • You or your partner have previously had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and you think it might have returned
  • Your symptoms don't improve after 7-14 days of treatment

More Information

For more information on thrush and how to prevent it visit the NHS choices website by clicking the link below:


Content adapted from NHS Choices