10 Reasons Your Vagina Is So Damn Itchy!
Of all the places that can get itchy, red, and irritated on your body, an itchy vagina might rank as the absolute worst. I mean, it's not exactly easy to scratch down there.
But what's even more frustrating than doing the crotch-itch dance in public is not knowing why your vagina's itchy in the first place (is it a yeast infection? Or...crabs?).
And if the temptation to scratch becomes even more unbearable at night, you're not alone. But it isn't because your vagina is actually itchier at night. Because you aren't distracted with work, phone calls, and all that other daytime stuff, you can become hyper-aware of an itchy vagina (or any part of the body) at night.
Truthfully, there are *tons* of (totally normal and treatable) reasons why it feels like a wool sweater is permanently attached to your vagina region. Here are a few things that might be causing the itch—and how to take care of it for good.1. Bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a pretty common condition caused by bacterial overgrowth and a pH imbalance in the vagina.
But itching actually isn’t the primary symptom—the hallmarks are typically a loose discharge, strong odor, and general irritation (though it definitely can make you itchy too).
To treat it, you can try our Lady Care Kit. Simply follow the steps.2. Eczema or psoriasis
Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can occur due to an allergy or autoimmune issue. Eczema often appears in the crevices of arms, in folds, the groin area, and on the labia. Psoriasis can also present on the skin around the vagina. The best treatment for these red, patchy rashes is Pure Bliss.3. Contact dermatitis
Ever try a new moisturizing cream and wind up with dried out, flaky skin or a full-blown rash a few days later? Well, guess what: The same thing can happen to the skin around the vagina. Soaps, detergents, and bubble baths, a new kind of underwear—really any new products at all that come in contact with your vagina can cause itching. If your vagina feels itchy and irritated, but you don’t have any other symptoms, it’s worth thinking about whether you’ve recently started using any new products. Pads and tampons, condoms and lubricants, shaving products, and even toilet paper can all be to blame (basically anything with added perfumes or chemicals, so stick with hypoallergenic stuff if you’re sensitive).
In the meantime, stop using whatever you think is bugging you, treat the itch with a soothing treatment to instantly relieve the itch.4. Yeast infections
Vaginal yeast infections, which occur when there is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, are probably the first thing people think of when they feel that telltale itching down there. A cottage cheese-like discharge, redness around the labia and vulva, and itching are all classic signs of a yeast infection. The easiest way to tell which infection you have is to take our quiz .
5. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Itching isn't really a classic symptom of most STDs, though it can sometimes be a first sign that something is up. From there, symptoms may progress to burning, painful urination, smelly discharge, sores on your genitals, or painful intercourse, at which point you should definitely head to your ob-gyn for a vaginal culture.
The STDs below are most commonly associated with itchiness down there, among other symptoms. Here's what to look out for:
- Genital warts. Genital warts are small, flat, flesh-colored bumps or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps that appear on the skin, resulting from exposure to the human papillomavirus. This type of STD can shift the pH in the vagina, which then causes dryness and itching.
- Herpes. Genital herpes causes clusters of red, blistery bumps on the vulva, which come and go as outbreaks. You may experience itching in the areas the sores appear in even before they show up.
- Chlamydia. Chlamydial infections will usually not show any symptoms. But in rarer cases chlamydia can lead to itching and irritation of the genital area, discomfort when urinating, and an unusual discharge.
- Gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is an infection of the genitals, rectum, or throat. Symptoms can include itching, increased vaginal discharge, and a painful or burning sensation when peeing.
- Trichomoniasis. This STD is caused by an infection from a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Only about 30 percent of people with the infection show symptoms, but they can include itching, burning, redness, or soreness of the genitals.
When your hormones fluctuate during your menstrual cycle, you might end up with drier vaginal tissue than normal, which can cause itching. But out that perimenopause (that time period before you actually start menopause) is a more common time for vaginal dryness and itching, thanks to the drop in estrogen.
A hormone-free moisturizer like Shades Of Shield can usually provide relief from internal itching caused by vaginal dryness.7. Urinary tract infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that crops up anywhere in your urinary tract and will commonly cause pelvic pain, a strong urge to pee, a burning sensation when you pee, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
UTI can also cause itching in the form of a tingling, irritated sensation, especially if the infection is located near your urethra.8. Beauty treatments
In the past few decades, women have grown more preoccupied with the appearance of their vulvas, —something we can attribute to the trend of having less hair down there. Which means many women have also tried out some pretty unconventional beauty treatments, like activated charcoal vulva masks (basically a facial for your vagina) and vaginal steaming. These are a no-no, not only because they’re totally unnecessary, but because they can cause reactions in the form of itching and irritation. The vulva tissue is the most sensitive, delicate tissue in the body, treat it with respect and a gentle hand.9. Tanning bed burns
Reminder: You should *not* be using tanning beds. Not only can they up your risk of developing skin cancer, but tanning in the nude can give you a burn on the skin around the vagina. Redness and peeling of the skin causes itching—that's what tends to happen when women go to a tanning bed. So yeah, just don't do this in the first place, please. But if you do somehow end up with a burn downstairs, you can use a little aloe vera with coconut oil or tea tree oil and apply it topically (it’s perfectly safe for the vaginal area).10. Waxing or shaving irritation
Your bikini area is just as sensitive—if not more so—to razor burns and irritation from shaving or waxing your hair. When we wax or shave anywhere on the body we disrupt the skin's integrity. Redness, itching, and burning can occur if you're sensitive to it. If you have curly or coarser hair down there, you're more at risk for razor bumps and ingrowns, since it's easier for this kind of hair to become caught under the skin's surface. We recommend applying hypoallergenic cream to protect the skin, as well as keeping it dry and clean. If it’s becoming an ongoing problem for you, you may have to stop waxing, wax less frequently, or change up your shaving products to something gentler on your skin. DO NOT USE OIL BASED PRODUCTS!How To Treat Vaginal Itch?
Simple! Follow these 3 steps to clear up your vaginal itch.