Vaginal thrush - Prevention 

Preventing vaginal thrush 

If you're prone to getting thrush, there are a number of self-help techniques you can use.

To reduce your risk of developing vaginal thrush:

  • wash your vaginal area with water and avoid using perfumed soaps, shower gels, vaginal deodorants or douches
  • use a regular moisturiser (emollient), such as E45 cream, as a soap substitute, then apply a greasier moisturiser to protect the skin. However, be aware that moisturisers can weaken condoms
  • avoid using latex condoms, spermicidal creams or lubricants if they irritate your genital area
  • avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear or tights
  • ask for thrush treatment if you are prescribed antibiotics and have had thrush before
  • try to discuss any sexual issues with your partner  for example, if you are not relaxed or lubricated enough during sex

Some women eat plain live yoghurt or take probiotic supplements to try and prevent vaginal thrush. However, there's no firm evidence to suggest this works.

Page last reviewed: 07/05/2014

Next review due: 07/05/2016

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