Identifying Vaginal thrush Causes

Published: 30th October 2009
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Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection caused - in the main - by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans within the vagina. This organism is normally present in a healthy vagina, but is regulated by yeast-inhibiting bacteria. However, if something happens which {changes the pH (acid/alkaline) balance within the environment of the vaginal, the yeast can then start reproducing out of control, creating the thrush infection.

Lets look at a list of vaginal thrush causes:

1. Being run down/weak immune system: When you are run down, from fatigue, stress, illness, due to antibiotics, poor nutrition, or because your body is busy fighting another infection, yeast may seize the opportunity to multiply. HIV sufferers are particularly prone to vaginal thrush.

2. Antibiotics: As well as fighting infections, antibiotics can kill "friendly" bacteria such as lactobacilli, that keep yeast under control. Antibiotics don't affect the yeast themselves, but, by killing the bacteria, will change the environment enough to encourage candida growth.

3. Diet: Many types of foods have an impact on thrush. The yeast feeds on sugar, so anything that creates a sugary environment can encourage yeast overgrowth.

4. Diabetes: Diabetes-sufferers have a much greater chance of getting thrush, because diabetes increases blood sugar levels, which may, in turn, increase the sugar in vaginal secretions. Also, diabetic women will usually have high sugar levels in their urine, and this may contribute to thrush by feeding yeast present in the genital area just outside of the vagina.

5. Contraception: A number of studies indicate that women who use the Pill have a greater chance of devloping thrush, and will also get recurrent thrush, because it affects hormones that can affect a woman's ability to metabolise (process) the sugar that the yeast feeds on. If women use an IUD, they may also have an increased risk of developing vaginal and uterine infections, which can lead to thrush.

6. Periods: Some women tend to get thrush just before or after their periods. Menstrual blood can change the acidity of the vagina, and, as a result, some women get thrush during their periods. Tampons and towels can also play a part in creating the right environment for thrush. For example, if a tampon is kept in too long (more than about 12 hours), it can dry out the vagina, change the pH balance and trigger thrush. Unchanged towels can also create a moist, warm environment around the vulva, and yeast will thrive under these conditions.

7. Pregnancy: Women often have their first attack of thrush while they are pregnant. There will be dramatic changes in hormone levels during pregnancy, which will led to high levels of sugars in vaginal secretions. If these extra sugars dont get broken down quickly, candida will feed on them to grow.

8. Perfumes, deodorants and washing: Perfumed soaps, douches, vaginal deodorants, disinfectants and scented bubble baths can all irritate or cause damage to the delicate tissues of the vagina and vulva, or change the pH in the vagina. In addition, too much scrubbing, excessive washing or rubbing hard with a towel may do damage. They can all lead to vaginal thrush.

9. Sex: Although vaginal thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, sex can still be involved in its development. Penetrative sex can create a lot of irritation to the vagina, particularly if there is little or no lubrication. Also, semen may change the acidity of the vagina which can then cause thrush. Some studies indicate that oral sex increases a woman's risk of developing thrush.

Thrush can also be passed on to a partner during sex, however, men are more likely than women to get thrush through sex.

10. Tight/synthetic clothing: Tight trousers, leggings, synthetic knickers or tights will prevent air from circulating and can create a warm, moist environment, which is ideal for thrush to develop.

This list covers most of the causes of vaginal thrush. Knowing these causes is a good start to helping you avoid, or deal with any vaginal thrush infection in future.

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