So you should see a doctor if:
- you have a smelly discharge, sores on the skin around the vagina, abnormal vaginal bleeding or pain in the tummy
- this is the first time you’ve had symptoms of thrush
- the symptoms don’t clear up with over the counter treatments after 7 to 14 days
- you have 4 or more yeast infections a year
- you are aged under 16 or over 60
- you have diabetes
- you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- you are worried you or your partner could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
Your doctor should examine you and take a swab or do further tests to confirm the diagnosis. If you get thrush a lot, they may also want to rule out other medical conditions like diabetes or HIV.
If you have had thrush before and treated it successfully, but it was more than 6 months previously, then it is fine to treat it yourself without seeing a doctor.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about your vaginal thrush, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: September 2019