A very common infection, thrush affects around three quarters of all women at some time in their lives. Symptoms in women include soreness, redness and itching around the vulva (lips of the vagina), the vagina and anus, a thick, white discharge from the vagina that may look rather like cottage cheese and smells yeasty, (but not unpleasant) and pain during sex or when passing urine.
Symptoms in men include burning, itching, redness and red patches under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis, discharge under the foreskin and problems pulling back the foreskin.
Fortunately, any discomfort can be easily treated using pessaries (almond shaped tablets inserted into the vagina), cream or tablets. Men are usually treated with creams. It is best to avoid sex until the infection has cleared up.
How we can help
Hopefully, you understand the importance of practising safer sex and what to look out for if things do go wrong.
If you still have any questions or are worried about your sexual health, you can find your local pharmacy on our Pharmacy Locator page and speak to your local Pharmacist who will be happy to offer you friendly, confidential, expert advice.