We’ve all faced an uncomfortable…itch…down there. Besides the discomfort when you’re facing random itchiness, you’re also left wondering “Why?” And more importantly, “How do I get relief?”
Vaginal itchiness is a common and uncomfortable problem that many women experience at some point in their lives. There are a variety of potential causes, including chemical irritants, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted infections, pubic lice, menopause, and skin conditions. In order to find relief, it is important to understand the underlying cause of the itchiness and take appropriate steps to address it.
Causes of Vaginal Itchiness
- Chemical Irritants: Many everyday products contain chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis, resulting in itchiness and discomfort. Common culprits include dyes and fragrances found in detergents, fabric softener, soaps, and gels. If you think it may be as a result of products that you use in the shower, trying stopping them for a few days and see if you have any improvement, or visit a Dermatologist!
- Yeast Infections: Yeast is naturally present in the vagina, but an overgrowth can lead to symptoms such as heavy discharge, burning, and itching.
- Bacterial Vaginosis: Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms include itchiness and a strange, fishy-smelling discharge.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: Some STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes, can cause itchiness in the vaginal area.
- Pubic Lice: Also known as "crabs," pubic lice are most commonly passed through sexual contact, but can also be spread through shared bedding or towels.
- Menopause: During menopause, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, drier, and more sensitive. This can lead to vaginal dryness and itchiness.
- Skin Conditions: Dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can affect the vaginal area, leading to dry, red, and irritated skin and resulting in itchiness.
Solutions for Vaginal Itchiness
- See a Doctor: If you are experiencing persistent itchiness and are unsure of the cause, it is important to see a doctor. They can prescribe antibiotics and topical medications to provide immediate relief and address the underlying cause of the itchiness.
- Use Gentle Intimate Care: To protect the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina, it is important to use a mild soap (preferably one designed specifically for your intimate area, like our Nourish cleanser) and warm water when washing the vulva. Avoid using products that strip away natural oils or moisture from the skin.
- Moisturize: Moisturizing the vulva can help soothe dry, flaky, and itchy skin. It is important to use a moisturizer that does not contain fragrances, parabens, or synthetic dyes. Instead, look for natural, moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, peptides, and antioxidants that can be found in our Rejuvenate cream.
Incorporating these steps into your daily self-care routine can help ensure healthy, happy skin and provide relief from itchiness in the short and long term. Remember, if you have persiste