Indeed, this is the reason why people are encouraged to seek medical help even if they believe they have got a case of thrush, as it is important to safeguard your long-term sexual health.
It's worth remembering that the complaint is not an STI, and this is because it occurs due to a sudden imbalance in the fungi that naturally live in the body, although it can be passed on during sex. Hormonal changes and certain lifestyle choices can also increase someone's chance of developing thrush.
In women the condition is fairly harmless and most will experience an occasional bout of the complaint, but getting it treated is a sensible course of action in order to avoid the discomfort and appearance of thrush as it can begin to have a negative impact on your sex life.
Vaginal thrush tends to cause itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina, and can also lead to pain during sex or a stinging sensation when a woman urinates. There is also the possibility of vaginal discharge, although this does not always occur.
Women who get the symptoms of thrush for the first time are advised to see their GP who will be able to draw a distinction between the yeast infection and an STI.
In men, thrush causes an inflammation at the head of the penis as well as a lumpy discharge and pain while passing urine. Again, it is advised that anyone who experiences such symptoms for the first time consults a doctor to ensure they aren't carrying an STI.
Oral thrush results in an unpleasant taste in the mouth, soreness and a burning sensation on the tongue. Experiencing difficulty swallowing is also common.
Thrush can be treated with both tablets and creams designed to tackle the yeast infection.
Besides thrush, vaginal dryness is also an equally bothersome sexual dysfunction that can significantly disrupt a woman's otherwise healthy and pleasurable sex life.