Got a thrush infection? It’s more common than you think.
It is estimated that about three out of four women have or will experience thrush (also known as ‘candidiasis’) at some point during their lives. Thrush infections in men, while not as common, can still occur and will typically affect the head of the penis and the foreskin.
Candidiasis is a yeast infection caused by overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, which generally lives unobtrusively among the gut flora, skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals and rectum in healthy individuals. While it is normally kept in check by the presence of other microorganisms, Candida can become a problem when there is an imbalance in normal levels of microflora, allowing it to proliferate and spread forward to the vagina. This may occur due to various factors such as a weak immune system, antibiotic treatment, pregnancy, menopause, use of vaginal deodorants, other health conditions and wearing tight and/or synthetic clothing that promotes a warm, moist environment conducive to fungal growth.