Woman at a doctorsQ: I am 37 and have recently started a new relationship, and I keep getting thrush infections. I used to get them when I was in my early twenties and thought I was over that stage of my life. I’m going to a GUM clinic to check that it’s not another sort of infection, but can you be too old for thrush?

Louise, Bradford

A: Thrush is a vaginal infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called candida albicans, and I’m sorry to say that you can get it at any age. You’re right to make sure you’re not suffering from a different sort of infection as well. Your GUM clinic (genito-urinary medicine) will be able to reassure you about that.

If thrush is confirmed, there are various ways to help stop it coming back. One is to use the anti=thrush pessary twice a month (day 7 and 21 of your cycle) or the anti-thrush tablet fluconazole once a month, about a week before your period is due. Continue this regime for at least six months.

You should also make sure you have been tested for diabetes as this can case recurrent thrush. Taking antibiotics can also trigger an attack, too, and its more common during pregnancy.