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.
Vaginal itch can be caused by a few things. By answering these questions, we can help you better understand what’s going on.
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.
Gynecologist Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy has the low-down on vaginal 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.
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.
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.