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Recurring thrush

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MGJ818 Thu 11-Jul-19 19:22:17

Hi everyone,

I have been struggling with thrush since Feb 2018 shortly after losing my virginity, after that, I had thrush from Feb - June 2018. I then went on a 6-month course of fluconazole and the thrush stayed away till June 2019. However, last month it returned really badly and took ages to clear up, I am really scared that my old problem has returned. I do everything advised - probiotics, cotton underwear, no soaps, etc. I am now trying to do the candida diet but due to work commitments won't be able to do it for much longer. I am only 21 and feel like this is going to control my life, its already causing strain on my relationship and social life. I know I'm not a mum but I thought you ladies may be able to help. I am DESPERATE!

Thank you

MGJ818 Fri 20-Sep-19 17:37:30


MGJ818 Mon 16-Sep-19 20:07:48

@Lauren1234567 hahaha I'm the same I've tried 95% of those but will have a look at the few I haven't. Thanks a lot.

Lauren1234567 Sun 15-Sep-19 23:00:14

Initially it was 6 months, followed by an appointment to assess how I was getting on and if they could reduce my dosage. I had one or 2 flare ups were I was a little bit uncomfortable (nothing like the unbearable level I had thrush previously) but because of the flare ups they said I should continue to take it for another 3 months, then assess me again to see if the dosage could be reduced.

You may find the remedies that the other lovely ladies recommend in this forum work for you (which would be awesome!!) some remedies work for some, some don’t. When I was at my worst I tried almost everything that was recommended in forums, on YouTube and every other corner of the internet... I went through my amazon shopping and looked through my cupboards at what I tried that didn’t work for me, I must have spent hundreds! Not to say it was a complete waste, hopefully it improved my health despite not getting rid of my thrush;

Multi-gyn flora plus
Pau d’Arco tea
Dim plus
Grapefruit extract
Coconut oil
OptiBac Saccharomyces Boulardii - 5 Billion
Apple cider vinegar
Water kefir
Omega 3
Milk thistle
Aloe Vera
Bio-Kult Candéa
Vitanica yeast arrest
Candida Cleanse & Yeast Support
yeast raiders
Switching to mooncup

Hopefully you’ll find one of the recommendations works, if not don’t be disheartened. If that is the case, keep pushing your doctor for a referral to a doctor that is a specialist in treating Candida infections xx

MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 20:05:04


MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 20:04:56

@BendydickCuminsnatch thanks

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 15-Sep-19 16:43:17

Horopito is an anti fungal herb. Bought from amazon or Holland and Barret

MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 16:03:50


MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 13:56:23

@BendydickCuminsnatch where did you by the Kolorex horopito extract and what exactly is it? I feel like I've tried everything with no luck! It's been 2 years already I can't imagine suffering another 5 like this sad happy yours is sorted now though and sorry to hear about the vulvodynia

MarmotMorning Sun 15-Sep-19 13:54:46

I don't know exactly why it stopped but it was definitely soon after starting the vagisil. I think it helped bring everything back in balance and meant I finally found a 'soap' that didn't irritate me.

However I know that's anecdotal and I'm reluctant give vagisil all the credit!

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 15-Sep-19 13:23:01

Hi love. I had thrush every month aged 19-26. It’s utterly miserable isn’t it. I did all you’ve done, I found the only thing to really help was Kolorex horopito extract (HIGHLY recommend) canesten soft gel pessaries every month, and OptiBac probiotics for women. No products/chemicals etc down there of course, but you know that. I think along with that I also ‘grew out of it’/my hormones altered as I had 2 babies and my skin has cleared up too in the last year or so, so perhaps a connection there. Probably not the answer you want but definitely recommend trying the products above.

Given I suffered for 7 years, I tried everything possible, saw various doctors (none of whom were very interested), and these were the things that acually seemed to help prevent thrush rather than just treat it. Try and nip it in the bud now as I ended up developing vulvodynia (a nerve condition) from the constant irritation.

MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 13:16:33


MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 13:14:56

@MarmotMorning Happy to hear that and glad you sorted it, do you think it was the vagisil that resolved it or just time?

@Lauren1234567 Okay, how long had they put you on it? Longer than the usual 6 months?

Thanks for all the help

Lauren1234567 Sun 15-Sep-19 09:13:35

I am from the UK. I had follow up appointments with the doctor every few months to assess how I was getting on with the fluconazole, with the view to reducing the dosage and slowly weening me off once the symptoms had subsided.

MarmotMorning Sun 15-Sep-19 09:06:06

Oh yes, it's fine now, since mid twenties.

I do find I have to be careful, not using strong soaps etc. I still use the Vagisil quite a bit. But the issues I had before have not returned.

I hope you find the solution that works for you.

MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 00:21:16

@MarmotMorning do you still suffer or did things settle down as you got older the thought of this carrying on forever terrifies me!

MGJ818 Sun 15-Sep-19 00:20:35

@Lauren1234567 Hi Lauren may I ask whether you are from the UK? I was on fluconazole for 6 months but they are funny about giving it to people for a longer period of time or indefinitely.

@MarmotMorning Hi thanks I have had someone else say this as well so will give it a try

MarmotMorning Sat 14-Sep-19 22:48:20

I should say it's a shower gel......

MarmotMorning Sat 14-Sep-19 22:47:05

I had a really similar problem at your age, I understand how it impacts on your life. I started using Vagisil pH balance and it really improved things. I think it's because it rebalanced the acidity over time and made thrush less likely to reoccur.

Lauren1234567 Sat 14-Sep-19 22:31:08

I was put on fluconazole, but now i’ve been told to use nystatin pessaries as they are safe to use if you do get pregnant. Fluconazole can be damaging to the foetus’s development apparently. Nystatin pessaries are working well for me, only specialists can prescribe them though. If I still have thrush outbreaks after I have a baby (if and when) no doubt they will switch me back to fluconazole

MGJ818 Sat 14-Sep-19 20:41:34

`@lissie123 I have been on the pill for the last 2/3 years but came off it last month because I had heard this from other people, but the thrush still returned

lissie123 Sat 14-Sep-19 19:32:41

Are you on the pill? Thrush and the pill are linked...

MGJ818 Sat 14-Sep-19 19:24:05

@Lauren1234567 Thanks for that, so can I just ask were you on fluconazole and are you planning to be on some sort of medication (pills/pessaries) for the forceable future

Lauren1234567 Sat 14-Sep-19 13:58:17


I was referred to wythenshaw hospital in Manchester - infectious diseases department. This is the article I found that made me lead me there ...

I was taking the tablets up until a few months ago. I’ve since been put on another medication, in the form of a pessary as I’m trying for a baby and you can’t have when trying to conceive. Both medications worked for me, it’s manageable now. I hope this helps xx

MGJ818 Sat 14-Sep-19 13:34:35

@Lauren1234567 Hi Lauren thanks for your message, do you know where it was you were referred to? How long were you on fluconazole for, I don't think my problem is with the creams as I did stay symptom clear for almost a year. Thanks again!

Lauren1234567 Thu 18-Jul-19 00:18:28


I’ve been there, I really feel for you. I suffered for about 6 years on and off. Visited the doctors a million times, felt like I tried everything! And I mean everything, I had every possible test done (std swabs, blood tests, hormone tests) cut out all sugar, carbs and alcohol - for very long periods of time.

I must have spent hundreds trying out every recommended supplement, different types of probiotic, bone broth... I chewed raw garlic everyday one month, and even tried garlic as a pessary (I was desperate for something to work).

People can get thrush for many reasons, some like me, are just prone to it, where slapping a bit of yogurt on and ‘cutting down on sugar’ won’t help in the slightest.

The Candida diet didn’t work for me either.. maybe they have for others, but not me.

It felt like I was getting no where with my gp too, I would be put on maintenance treatments, but the minute I’d come off it would come straight back. I’d often get referred to gynaecologists, who also had no answers.

Eventually I came across a news article by chance, that was a written by a doctor that specialises in reoccurring Candida infections. The clinic wasn’t local but I managed to get my doctor to refer me. It has seriously been life changing.

Hearing that I wasn’t responding to fluconazol or itraconazol they started me on a different drug, which was a pessary called nystatin (which isn’t widely available in the U.K. only specialists can prescribe it). That helped the immediate infection while they waited to get my swab results back, as the treatment they give you depends on strain of thrush you have.

When the results came back it actually said it was the really common strain of thrush that fluconazol should have cured. They then pointed out that the reason it seemed like it hadn’t worked previously could be one of 2 reasons - 1. I needed to be on it longer and weened off it slower over a longer length of time, or 2. (what I think happened) I was prescribed it along side clotrimozle cream and pessaries. These actually burn the skin and the side effects are very similar to thrush, feeling super uncomfortable! So the thrush is gone, but you still have the irritation and think you still have the infection.

Sorry for the essay! I just related to your post so much and wish I had found the solution years ago. It is often underestimated how emotionally draining it is when you are suffering, worrying and just can’t find anything that works.

I really hope this helps! Try not to let it worry you, it is more common than you think, you are not alone x

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