Symptoms of Thrush

Thrush is a common condition experienced by 3 out of 4 women1 which is easy to treat. The first warning of thrush is an irritation around your vagina. Other possible signs include itching, soreness and discharge. There are a range of symptoms and you may not feel all of them.

Thrush will not go away if left untreated, so early treatment is your best option.

Common signs of thrush:

  • Itching and burning around the entrance of the vagina (vulva)
  • Redness of the vulva area and there may even be a swelling of the vaginal lips (labia)
  • A heavier than usual discharge that can be thick and cottage cheese like in appearance
  • A stinging sensation when you pass urine
  • Discomfort or pain during sex due to the tenderness of this area


These are NOT symptoms of thrush:

  • Smelly discharge
  • Yellow/green discharge
  • Blisters or sores
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever or chills
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please see your healthcare professional immediately.




1.Sobel. JD. Lancet 2007; 369: 1961-71.