Vaginal itching is not something you expected to Google. Especially since you thought you were avoiding all the right things. But as you look at the results you realize that vaginal itching is common.
If you’ve experienced vaginal itching and want to know the potential causes, read on.
If your itching is uncomfortable, please see your doctor.
So, What Causes It?
There are several potential causes of vaginal itching, like:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Yeast Infection
- Chemical irritants
- Lichen sclerosis
Below, we’re going to go through each cause and other possible symptoms you might experience. If the symptoms you have are uncomfortable, please see your doctor.
Every vagina has a healthy mix of bacteria. However, if the wrong kind of bacteria comes in contact with the vagina, itchiness can occur. Other BV symptoms are a fishy smelling odor, inflammation, burning, and a discharge.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
There are several STDs that cause vaginal itching, such as Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea. It’s important that you practice safe sex with new partners and wear a condom.
Also, be sure to use avoid lambskin condoms. Lambskin and natural condoms are very porous, so while they can help prevent pregnancy, you can still get an STD.
To help prevent pregnancy as well as STDs, be sure to use latex or plastic condoms.
If you feel you may have an STD, please see your doctor for testing.
Always use condoms with new partners.
Also called vaginal candidiasis, yeast infections are probably the most common type of itching women experience. Yeast infections are caused when yeast excessively grows in the vagina and vulva. Common causes of yeast infections are sex, antibiotics, pregnancy, and a weakened immune system.
Along with itching, many women with yeast infections experience a thick-cheesy white discharge.
There are many changes that happen to your body when going through menopause. One of them is a lowering of estrogen levels. In addition to itching, low estrogen levels can cause the vaginal walls to thin and dry out. When going through menopause it’s important to use water-based lubricant during sex to avoid further issues.
The vagina is a very sensitive body part. Using creams, contraceptive foams, laundry detergents, soaps, scented toilet paper, fabric softeners, and douches can irritate the vagina and vulva.
When picking a soap you should avoid ones that overly scented and go with soaps that have a light scent, or no scent. When washing the vagina be sure to only use warm water. If you feel the need to use a soap, go for something gentle. The same goes for laundry detergent. Use a brand that has no scents or dyes.
Along with heavy scents, douching should also be avoided. Douching seems like a good idea, but it actually does more harm than good. Your vagina has a natural balance of bacteria and douching can easily throw off that balance and cause many problems, including itching.
This is a rare condition that often causes thin white patches to form around the vulva. These patches can scar the vagina and cause itching.
Even though this condition is rare, postmenopausal women can develop lichen sclerosis.