Vaginal itching can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing when doing the crotch-itch dance in public. Vagina itching can resolve on its own but when it persist, its a sign of some other serious conditions. When you notice vaginal itching, it is important to understand the cause before any treatment. Treating the condition improperly may cause more harm.
Causes Of Vaginal Itching
Vaginal itching maybe caused by several reasons which includes;
- Infections (yeast)
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
- Chemical irritants that can be seen in soaps, douches and vaginal creams, toilet paper, bath products, feminine hygiene products, vaginal contraceptive products,
- Changes in estrogen level in the body
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Skin disorders, such as psoriasis and lichen sclerosis
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Waxing or Shaving irritation
Yeast Infection (Vaginal candidiasis)
Naturally, the vagina harbors yeast though in a regulated amount. When the yeast, grow excessively in the vagina and vulva, it results in uncomfortable symptoms, including itching, burning, and lumpy discharge.
According to mayo clinic, 3 out of 4 women experiences yeast infection at a period in their lives. The infection can occurs as a result of pregnancy, antibiotics, intercourse and stress leading to weakened immunity.
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, genital herpes, pubic lice, trichomoniasis etc can cause Vaginal itching and irritation.
This conditions occurs when one engage in unprotected sex.
Chemical Irritants from condoms, soaps, douches, vaginal creams, toilet paper, bath products, feminine hygiene products, vaginal contraceptive products, menstrual pads etc can cause itching to the vagina or vulva.
When this kind of itching comes, it is best if possible to avoid scratching as it worsens the condition. Usually this itching resolves after the person stops using these products.
Changes In Estrogen Level (Menopause)
One of the changes believed to occur with age in women is menopause. This is characterized by reduction in estrogen level, leads to thinning of the Vaginal lining (atrophy) and dryness. Dryness can cause itching and irritation in the vagina.
This results from imbalance of the normal beneficial bacteria in the vagina.
Besides itching, other symptoms that come with bacterial vaginosis are inflammation, burning, discharge, and a fishy-smelling odor.
BV affects people that are sexually active though not a sexually transmitted disease. It can be confused with yeast infection, so its best to contact a health professional.
Some skin conditions like Psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis, eczema and lichen sclerosis can cause itching and redness around the vulva.
One of the worms that infect the intestine is the pinworm. Female Pinworms leave the intestine through the ankus and deposit eggs on the skin around the anus when the person is asleep. The symptoms includes anal and Vaginal itching, and is generally spread by inadequate hand washing from infected persons.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that crops up anywhere in your tract. It is characterized by pelvic pain, a strong urge to pee, a burning sensation when you pee, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
it can also cause itching in the form of a tingling, irritated sensation, especially if the infection is located near your urethra.
Waxing Or Shaving Irritation
When we wax or shave anywhere on the body we disrupt the skin’s integrity, redness, itching, and burning can occur in those sensitive to it. Some hypoallergenic cream or lotions to protect the skin, as well as keeping it dry and clean can also cause itching and irritation to the skin in the genital area.