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Conditions

Thrush

A microscopic image of the fungus candidia albicans, that can cause thrush

There is definitely nothing to sing about with this condition, which affects 80% of women at least once in their lifetime. Not least because of its recurring tendency. However, men don’t get away lightly either, as they are also susceptible to the condition, but less commonly. This is because everyone has small amounts of Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush, present in their body. For women the symptoms may include irritation and, more noticeably, a cottage cheese discharge coming from their vagina. Likewise, men may experience inflammation and a similarly unpleasant discharge coming from their penis. Thrush can often go away without treatment, but there are many over-the-counter remedies on hand to help. However, in first time cases or if you’re suffering from a persistent yeast infection, it may be worth consulting your GP for advice.

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My vagina recently has been quite sore, itchy and swollen and I was wondering what this is? After I had sex my vagina lips where really swollen but they went down after a day or 2 then few days ago it happened again but they only swelled a tiny bit this doesn't happen all the time after sex it's only happened twice, but my vagina is just sore itchy and a but swollen and it's really irrating! What can I do to get rid of this without getting treated as I'm only 16 and it's embarrassing





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Hi i am fifteen years old and i have a white sticky jelly like thing that comes out of my virgina i dont know what it is should i consult a doctor?





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It's normal honey,and it usually happens when you're horny

Thats perfectly normal. Its only discharge that is coming out. Nothing to worry about.

Hi, my boyfriend and I have been having sex for two years and last september I contracted a yeast infection. I was on antibiotics and after thought I was fine. We are very sexually active and eventually the thrush came back but this time my boyfriends penis was sore and irritated and he had little red dots around the head. It went away with use of cream but for the past 6 months we've had it on and off. I've been to the doctor three times, both had tests and the 1 dose oral pill to get rid. However still it's there! I now have no symptoms, no pain no discharge and no irritation but he still gets the little red dots and irritation. The doctors said I had nothing wrong with me but I clearly do! Also he says it tastes door during sex. What do I do about this and is there anyway to get rid of it!!





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Hi I'm 17 and sexually active but since I've had the implant when I have sex my vagina is really dry and I have a low sex drive what can I do to help get it bk?





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You're not the only one experiencing that,most people do,it's the after effect the implant

Hi I'm 23. I haven't had any children and I've been with my partner for 4 years. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and was treated laparoscopically for this with a Marina IUS. I was on a course of anti-biotics which I know can cause thrush so I was prepared and bought Canistan cream to treat it just in case. As soon as any sign came of thrush I put on the cream. It's been a week and I have avoided sex with my partner due to the pain. But after a week it's started to feel a lot better so we decided to have sexual intercourse. It was a little uncomfortable during sex but then After the swelling was horrendous. It even feels like I have a prolapse! Quite literally like gravity is pushing down and when I had a look standing up and opening my vulva I could see something (organ like) poking out. I'm not sure if it's because of the thrush being irritated or because I actually have a prolapse. It's very uncomfortable. Is that normal?? Please please help. X





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hi i am 17 sexually active with my partner and ive begone to experience some swelling and discomfort it tends to itch as well and i have a few small red bumps in my pubic area .. also a slight sting when i pee ... any ideas what it is?





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I have suffered with thrush continuesly and no matter what I do it won't budge. I hAve done the yeast free diet sugar free I have done garlic sb flora tablets every thing but it just keeps coming back I really need help





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I have a thick white layer on my tongue, I can pci kit off or brush it off but it grows back? I am only 16 and I have never had sex or oral sex, I got my tongue pierced a few years back, but took it out because my body rejected it, I think since I got it pierced, it started happening.





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I'm pretty much the same as some of the other ladies with on and off thrush problem. Since I got steralised 2 years ago I've suffered. Very sore and no treatments have made any difference. Is there anything else worth trying and could this be something more serious. All doctors do is give me more creams which don't work.





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I am 20 and I have thrush, i ordered some tablets from silver health named total candida defense that I have to take for 3 weeks and it claims to reduce thrush and eliminate it Could you give me some advice of whether this will help? thank you





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