Most women experience problems like itching and burning in their vaginal area from time to time. The problems can have various causes, such as infections, rashes or sexually transmitted diseases like genital warts (HPV). It’s really important that you see a doctor to have some tests to find the cause of your problems. It’s often the area around the vaginal opening that’s irritated and itching. For women past the menopause, hormonal changes may cause vaginal dryness that makes sex painful. Quite often there’ll be discharge, sometimes smelly, along with the irritation in the vaginal area.
Normally, there’s some thrush present in the vagina. But it’s usually kept at bay by the normal bacteria in the vagina, which create an acid environment. But if the balance is upset for some reason, the thrush will start to multiply.
Symptoms of thrush include irritation in the vagina and on the skin surrounding it, smelly discharge, pain and burning during or after sex, a burning sensation when you urinate and a need to urinate frequently.
Reasons for thrush
Exaggerated hygiene in the vaginal area and using soap or washing powder with perfume may cause infection. Or if you’ve had a course of antibiotics or experience hormonal changes.
We’ll take a sample of the tissue in your vagina. Either we analyse it here under a microscope or send it for analysis at the Aarhus University Department of Clinical Microbiology. If the infection is caused by bacteria, you’ll get some suppositories or cream for treatment of the vaginal area. And we recommend that you avoid using soap and washing powder containing perfume.