In the Know: Vaginal Itch
If you have a vagina, you’ve probably felt itchy in that area at some point in your life. Vaginal itch is so common, in fact, women experience it more often than the common cold. And as you may know, itch isn’t a one-size-fits-all sensation. The feeling ranges from slightly bothersome to very irritating to OMG-my-vagina’s-on-fire. Needless to say, we’re of the mind that vaginal itch is less of a dirty little secret and more of a shared experience of womanhood. However, when itch does happen, it’s important to know what may be causing it so you can get relief.
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Vaginal itch can be caused by a few things. By answering these questions, we can help you better understand what’s going on.
DO YOU HAVE VAGINAL ITCH WITH DISCHARGE?
Vaginal itch on its own can be caused by a variety of things including hormonal changes (pregnancy, birth control, periods or menopause), harsh soaps, laundry detergents, certain fabrics, and even light bladder leaks. However, it could also be the sign of an infection. If the itch persists for 7 days or more, consult your doctor.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear but can also be cloudy, whitish and even pale yellow, and can be experienced at all times during a woman’s cycle. Mid-cycle discharge is usually thinner and more copious than at other times in the cycle, but it’s usually nothing to worry about. If the itch persists for 7 days or more, consult your doctor.
Yes, white and clumpy.
It could be a yeast infection. Symptoms of a yeast infection include vaginal itch, redness, burning and a white, cheesy discharge caused by an imbalance of candida fungus in the vagina. We recommend you consult your doctor.
Yes, thin and white-gray.
It could be bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of natural bacteria that reside in the vagina and is often accompanied by itching, white-gray discharge and a strong, fishy odor. We recommend you consult your doctor.
Yes, frothy and yellow-green.
It could be Trichomoniasis, a common, curable STD. Symptoms consist of itching, burning, redness and a frothy, yellow-green discharge. We recommend you consult your doctor.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent vaginal itch: keep the vaginal area clean and dry, avoid using harsh soaps, laundry detergents, and fabric softeners, avoid colored or perfumed pads or toilet paper, wear cotton panties and change your underwear daily, avoid tight and binding clothing, especially in the crotch area, change out of wet clothing ASAP, and cleanse the area by wiping or washing from front to back (vagina to anus) after urinating or having a bowel movement.
One woman’s questions are every woman’s questions.
Why Does My Vagina Itch?
We get this one a lot. A number of things can contribute to vaginal itch, including hormonal changes (pregnancy, birth control and menopause) and even harsh soaps, laundry detergents and certain fabrics. When accompanied by a strong odor or discharge, a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV) or an STD could be the culprit. In this case, we recommend that you consult your doctor.
How do I treat vaginal itch?
Good question. For itch caused by an infection, for example, antibiotics or antifungals are recommended to help treat the infection itself. However, you don’t have to suffer while you wait for the meds to kick in. An anti-itch cream can provide fast itch relief.
Is it just me or do other women experience vaginal itch?
This is such an important question. Women experience vaginal itch more frequently than the common cold, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of and there’s no reason to suffer in silence. Vagisil® makes it easy to get fast relief from itchy symptoms, but also talk to your GYN about it, so they can help you find out what may be going on.