As the number one women’s intimate health brand*, Canesten provide you with the confidence to test, treat and help to prevent intimate infections, such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis, in the comfort of your own home.

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Do I have thrush or bacterial vaginosis (BV)

At Canesten we have treatments for both thrush and BV that you can buy in-store and online. Before you browse our range to relieve any discomfort, you’ll need to find out which infection is causing your symptoms. To find out if the symptoms you are experiencing are thrush or BV, , and to find the right product for you see our tool below:


Watch the video to find out more about thrush and its symptoms:


Test for Thrush or BV

Understanding and helping to diagnose your symptoms can be done at home with one of Canesten’s reliable and innovative Canestest® self-test for vaginal infections. Canestest® self-test for vaginal infections is a convenient self-test solution that helps you to find out whether you're experiencing thrush or bacterial vaginosis. The test also helps you to decide which treatment is right for you.  

The test itself is a simple, easy to use swab that changes colour indicating which vaginal infection you may have.  

  • Discreet self-diagnosis of thrush and bacterial vaginosis (BV) 
  • Over 90% accurate 
  • Results in 10 seconds 
  • Canestest® allows you to regain control of your intimate health

Canesten® thrush treatment

Thrush can be easily treated with the Canesten® range of products that may not need a prescription. Clear the infection and calm the itch with Canesten combination treatments for thrush. The Canesten Thrush Duo pack contains a convenient, on-the-go, single-dose oral capsule which works from within to clear the internal symptoms of the thrush infection, and a tube of double strength thrush cream*** to effectively calm the itch.

  • Treat the cause of the infection with a single-dose oral capsule, pessary or vaginal cream 
  • Calm the external symptoms like itchiness or soreness with an external cream

Canesten bacterial vaginosis treatment

Canesbalance® bacterial vaginosis vaginal gel can be an effective treatment for the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV), the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age. This internal gel works by helping to regulate the pH balance of your vagina. Canesbalance® bacterial vaginosis vaginal gel:

  • Is clinically proven to restore pH balance and relieve unpleasant odour and abnormal discharge 
  • Contains 7 pre-filled hygienic applicators for a course of treatment 
  • Restricts growth of bad bacteria and supports good bacterial to restore the natural environment 
  • Can be used during pregnancy. However, you should see your doctor if you think you may have a vaginal infection during pregnancy.

Canesten frequently asked questions

  • How can I prevent thrush?

    If you want to help prevent yourself from getting thrush you need to understand the causes of thrush, and things you can avoid such as wearing tights. There are also lifestyle changes you can make and products you can use to help stop yourself from getting thrush, such as Canesflor® probiotics****.

    Canesflor® is a clinically proven probiotic for vaginal use. Probiotics can help to maintain the natural levels of good bacteria (known as lactobacilli) in your vagina, helping to prevent thrush and BV from coming back.

    Canesflor® probiotics for vaginal use:

    • Helps prevent thrush and BV from reoccurring
    • Creates a protective barrier over your vaginal walls
    • Helps to restore your vagina’s natural environment
  • What is Canesten cream used for?

    Canesten cream is for the treatment of thrush in both women and men. It relieves irritation externally caused by thrush, but it can’t treat the internal (vaginal) cause of the infection. Available in creams, tablets and pessaries, as well as combi packs, Canesten can be bought over the counter at your local pharmacy, supermarket or online.

    If you think you’re experiencing thrush for the first time you should visit your doctor. They’ll be able to check your symptoms and give you the right diagnosis, that way if you have thrush again in the future, you’ll be able to recognise the symptoms. Once you know what the symptoms of thrush are you can buy products like Canesten to treat yourself at home.

  • Can men use Canesten thrush cream?

    Men can also get thrush and thrush treatment for men can include clotrimazole based creams such as Canesten cream and oral capsules containing fluconazole. Canesten cream for men and Canesten duo can used to help calm in the itch and clear the infection.

    If the first instance doesn’t clear you can pass thrush back and forth to your sexual partner, so it’s important that you take the medication and directed. You can also speak to a Pharmacist in store for more advice and treatment options.

  • Are there any side effects of Canesten cream?

    Yes, as with every thrush treatment there are potential side effects, however not everyone will get them. Before you begin treatment always read the patient information carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.

    Possible side effects of Canesten include but are not limited to:

    • Rash
    • Redness
    • Burning
    • Itching
    • Swelling
    • Swallowing or breathing difficulties

    If you experience an allergic reaction stop treatment, inform your doctor and if required visit your nearest A&E department.

  • How long does Canesten cream take to work?

    Your doctor will advise you on how long to use the cream, if you are using the cream at home you should follow the instructions included in the pack. Usually for women, the cream should be applied to the skin around the entrance of your vagina 2-3 times a day until symptoms disappear. If your symptoms have not cleared up within seven days of finishing the treatment, then you should see your doctor.

    If you’re treating a male sexual partner the cream should be applied to the end of the penis 2 or 3 times a day for up to two weeks.

  • How do I know if the Canesten pessary is working?

    Thrush symptoms should disappear within three days of using the pessary, however if you are still experiencing symptoms after seven days see your doctor. When using the pessary, you may notice a white chalky residue in your underwear, this pessary discharge is normal and doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. You may want to use a panty liner when the pessary is being used. The pessary will dissolve in your vagina, however if you notice pieces of undissolved pessary in your underwear then talk to your doctor or a pharmacist, as the thrush treatment may not have worked properly.

  • What’s the best feminine wash?

    Canesten have a range of feminine wash for your intimate area, that helps freshen and support the delicate, sensitive pH balance. Canesfresh® feminine wash soothing wash gel helps to soothe the intimate area during times of discomfort, especially when you are experiencing thrush or vaginal dryness. It contains glycine, an amino acid with calming properties. The gel contains no soap, preservatives or colours to help soothe the sensitive feminine area for 12 hours of comfort and a fresh feeling.


*Nielsen unit market sales data to 21.06.2016. Women's Intimate Health category includes thrush, bacterial vaginosis, lubricants and cystitis segments.
**Gfk Canesten Woman’s Intimate Hygiene Study - Bayer Canesten Global, December 2013 (UK and Germany).
***Compared to Canesten 1% Cream.
Canesten Thrush Duo contains Fluconazole and Clotrimazole. For the treatment of thrush. Always read the label.
Canestest® is a medical device.
Canesten Thrush Combi Pessary & External Cream, Soft Gel Pessary & External Cream, Internal & External Cream contain Clotrimazole. Canesten Thrush Duo Oral Capsule & External Cream contains Fluzonazole and Clotrimazole. Always read the label.