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Vaginal thrush prevention

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Some women find taking preventative measures to stop vaginal thrush doesn’t seem to help much, but others find they do make a difference. So it makes sense to try the following:

  • Change underwear daily and wash underwear in hot water (this destroys fungi).
  • Candida likes moist, warm places. So avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing like jeans and pantyhose, and underwear made from synthetic fibres and panty liners.
  • Avoid douching, or taking baths with bubble-bath, soap and bath salts, as these can upset the natural balance of the vagina.
  • Avoid staying in wet clothes like swimming costumes for a long time.
  • Don’t take antibiotics unless you really need them.
  • Don't clean the skin around your vagina more than once a day. You can use water and a moisturiser as an alternative to soap.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels under control.
  • Always wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.

There isn’t any good evidence that changing your diet will help prevent thrush, although some women find that eating yoghurt or other products containing lactobacilli (so-called ‘good’ bacteria), will help. But applying plain yoghurt directly to the vagina won’t be much help in treating or preventing thrush.

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If you are still concerned about 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


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