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    What is thrush and what are the different types if thrush?

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    Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Vaginal thrush (also called candidiasis) is caused by the overgrowth of yeast-like fungi called Candida which naturally exists in the vagina. This overgrowth can occur when the balance of naturally occurring organisms in the vagina is disrupted.  It is more prevalent in women with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, a weakened immune system, a history of allergies or who are pregnant. It is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but it is associated with some sexual practices (women receiving oral sex). Symptoms include a thick white or creamy vaginal discharge, itchiness and redness in and around the vagina, discomfort and/or pain during sexual intercourse and burning on urination.

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