Over 90% is caused by the fungus Candida. The most common type of fungus is Candida albicans, although infection with other types of Candida is possible. Sometimes people refer to vaginal thrush as a ‘yeast infection’.
The most common symptoms are itching, irritation and a cheesy white vaginal discharge.
Symptoms of thrush can include:
- itchiness, irritation and redness in and around the vagina
- a thick, white or creamy vaginal discharge, that may look like cottage cheese
- pain and/or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- a burning sensation when urinating.
You should see a doctor if:
- this is the first time you’ve had symptoms of thrush
- you’ve had thrush in the previous six months and treated it successfully
- you’ve had thrush in the past and it’s been difficult to treat
- you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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).
Last reviewed: July 2015