Both men and women can be effected by Thrush and most of us will experience the horrible itch and discomfort of vaginal Thrush at some point in our lives, but what exactly is it?
EmpressBody has done the research for you and put together a run-through of what thrush is, and how to avoid it so you can achieve full empowered vaginal wellness.
First things First, What is Thrush?
Thrush is an infection caused by a build up of yeast called “Candida Albicans”. This form of yeast is always present in the body and USUALLY is not a problem. But it can become an issue when the body’s immune system is attacked due to a number of factors such as: antibiotics, poor nutrition, too many yeast-rich foods, sugar and alcohol, birth control pills and hormonal shifts (such as in pregnancy or menopause). Thrush actually begins in the bowel and the candida albicans can exit the body in faeces. It can be transferred from the anus to the perineum and vagina, and enter the vagina that way.
EmpressBody’s top tips to avoid thrush:
1. Try not to wear pantyhose, tights or synthetic or nylon undies
We know they look gorgeous but the synthetic material retains moisture and warmth which easily encourages bacteria to grow. Try cotton panties and going bare legged in the summer. In the winter months tights and nylons can be unavoidable, so after a long day at work, rip off your pantyhose as soon as you get home. This will help your vaginal health in the long run and will help you relax and unwind faster after a stressful day
2. Wipe from front to back
It’s simple, but it’s not necessarily what we all do. Wiping from back to front is a very common way to get Thrush as it spreads the candida albicans bacteria from your anus to your vagina.
3. Try a wash that’s organic and designed to prevent bacteria build ups, like the EmpressBody Yoni Wash
Lots of washes designed to tackle vaginal PH imbalances, bacteria build ups or yeast infections often have harmful parabens and fragrances that can cause symptoms similar or worse than the original offending yeast infection! Take some time to research a vaginal wash that is free from harmful products. Your vagina will thank you, believe us!
EmpressBody has created the EmpressBody Yoni Wash (vaginal wash) specifically with vaginal wellness in mind. It has 100% organic and natural ingredients, which will help maintain a healthy vaginal PH balance, support the vagina’s natural acidity and aid in preventing bacteria build up or yeast infections and is safe for daily use.
It is always best, if you have these symptoms, to see your doctor to have it diagnosed as these symptoms can be related to quite a few other types of infection or disease which require different treatments altogether. If these symptoms are coupled with other symptoms, such as blood in the urine (haematuria) or painful urination, fever, abdominal and back pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and/or fever, you must see a doctor immediately.