Ladies, imagine sitting in a conference room full of important people and your vagina starts to itch out of nowhere. Each second lasts longer than the last one and now all you want to do is take your claws and scratch your vagina like it's a scratch card. Totally relatable –we've all been there and wanted to do that. However, these situations can leave one pretty helpless but not for long, as a solution exists and that comes by excavating the correct reason! So, here’s all our insight on the not-so-spoken-about world of vaginal itching. Scroll for the right reasons and maybe some relief!
First things first, vaginal itching can occur due to a lot of factors and the only thing worse than it is not knowing what's causing it. So, just don’t allow your paranoid bones to tingle for if you undergo vaginal itching once a month or so, then you're fine but if your vaginal itching situation is a lot more occasional and also causes major discomfort, then you need to see a doctor, STAT. It can be due to multiple reasons such as STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections, reactions to the new medicine, etc.
Come, let's talk more about the causes of vaginal itching.
Causes Of Vaginal Itching
The cause for your discomfort is uncoded; prep to bid the itch adieu!
Even though vaginal itching is quite common, that doesn't mean that it can be ignored. So, here’s us giving it the attention it deserves by are some of the reasons for vaginal itching! But before we go in-depth, we want to establish one thing.
Is it the vagina or your vulva that you're thinking of- because the vagina is just a part of the vulva, which is the part of the genitals outside our body; clitoris, labia, urethra, etc.
So to say, we'll be discussing both vaginal and vulva itching. So, don’t get it twisted as we’ve laid out the deets straight!
When it comes to sanitary napkins, there are a lot of options available in the market - and you may or may not have your favourite; I guess, we all do! And when it’s time to get your hands on these pads, we mean, when your bloody days arrive you may have noticed that your vulva starts to itch during your menstrual cycle, and that’s probably because the pad's material not suiting you. However, vaginal itching can also occur due to a 'scented' napkin that you might be using. Yes, those floral fragrances come with a cost so to say the artificial fragrance is making your vulva and vagina itchy.
Help yourself by switching to non-scented cotton pads or even menstrual cups for no more itchy and total comfort.
Irritants And Chemicals
There are a lot of ways the vagina can come in contact with irritants, triggering an allergic reaction and uncontrollable itching. It can include
Scented panty liner/sanitary napkin
'Scented' products that are (NOT) meant for the vagina
Fabric softeners, etc.
So, the main aim is to keep your vagina as far away from these irritants as possible for these fancy products can disbalance the pH level. So much so, even if you use soap (generally reserved for the hands and body) to wash your intimate area, it can cause unbearable vaginal itching. So, save yourself the issue and get your hands on the best intimate wash available in the market. We are talking about the VWash Expert Intimate Hygiene Liquid Wash that not only cleans your vagina to keep the odour at bay but it also soothes vaginal itching and dryness.
So, when talking about a winner, this one is on our radar about a winner!
Yeast is a type of fungus that is present in the vagina. If left unchecked, it can sometimes be overproduced by the vagina, leading to foul odour and vaginal itching. And folks, that uncomfortable phenomenon is known as a yeast infection.
If you notice a sudden change in your vaginal discharge- like it being too thick or even super cheesy- then you have a yeast infection; it’s literally that easy to detect However, there may not even be a change in how the discharge smells, but if there is a switch in consistency, do consult your doctor about it. Another reason that can cause yeast to grow in your vagina can be antibiotics. So, if you have recently started a new antibiotics course and your vagina is itching, well- now you know!
STIs or Sexually Transmitted Infection
It's no secret that one of the first indicators that you may have an STI is when your vagina starts to itch uncontrollably. Here are a few STIs to name a few;
You may also notice a change in your vaginal discharge, followed by a strong, pungent smell. And not to forget the burning sensation while peeing – be mindful of these transitions! And to keep any potential probs at bay, make sure you keep the intimate wash handy and clean your vagina post-sex! After all, a little safety goes a long way!
One's worst nightmare- pubic lice are pesky little insects that find a home in a woman's (or a man's) pubic nest and announce their presence a few days later in the form of bites, soreness and uncontrollable vaginal itching!
You can get pubic lice from sexual contact or bedsheets and towels. If you do notice signs of pubic lice, remove your pubic hair immediately, followed by washing your intimate area with cold water. So apply a few drops of calamine lotion (only on the outside) to soothe itching and soreness. Keep in check for these pests can be tough to get rid of.
Having an itchy and dry vagina is one of the most common signs of menopause. It's because the estrogen level begins to drop, causing the vaginal tissues to become less elastic, thinner and drier.
The best way to put a stop to all this is to use the suggested intimate wash as it helps prevent vaginal itching and dryness. Use it once a day for the best results.
If you didn’t know sometimes, emotional and physical stress may result in vaginal irritation. Excessive stress can weaken your immune system, leaving you prone to infections that can cause itching.
Constant vaginal itching may be a sign of vulvar cancer. Although vulvar cancer is a rare occurrence but if you still feel extreme discomfort and the itching only gets worse as the day passes, you should consult an expert right away.
Apart from itching, vulvar cancer can also cause the skin around your vagina to change. You may notice weird blood clots from your vagina- just keep a lookout for these signs.
We all have that one (or more) pair of thongs that barely covers anything but makes us feel hotter than Delhi's summer, right? And if you wear thongs frequently, then that may be the reason for vaginal discomfort. It's because the panty area of a thong is close to nothing and sometimes, it may go up the vulva, causing the skin to chafe- and that kind of friction is no good!
So, for your daily panties, give being sexy a break and choose breathable cotton wear as other fabrics can react and cause the vagina to itch.
Question: When Should One Seek Medical Help In Case Of Vagina Itching
Speed dial, when?
The answer is simple- when the itching gets more serious as the day passes and is severe enough to disrupt your sleep or life in general. Other alarming signs to keep an eye (or a sense out for) could include: Swelling or redness around the vulva
More vaginal discharge than usual
Weird pain or tenderness in the genital area
Extreme discomfort during sex, followed by the urge to scratch vigorously
If you have mild itching, just wash your vulva with cold water. Don't forget to use the intimate wash once a day to keep the vagincal itching at bay! We aren't the only ones saying this. 9 out of 10 women say that Vwash does not cause itching!
And yes, vaginal itching can be taken care of by professionals. The idea is to identify the cause and seek treatment accordingly.
Here are some at-home remedies to soothe an irritated and itchy vagina in no time:
Wash your vulva with cold water multiple times a time. Wash it using an intimate, unscented wash once a day
Avoid anything that may contain irritants- soaps, shampoos, shower gels, panty liners, etc.
If your panty gets wet, change it immediately or use a panty liner to maintain dryness.
When getting physical, always use a condom.
Choose only cotton undies and change them every day.
If you are getting physical with somebody new, make sure that they are tested for STIs.
Wash your menstrual cups properly. Again, do not use anything scented to wash it as it can lead to vaginal itching.
Do not use vaginal sprays and other gimmicky stuff to make your vagina smell like a flower wonderland.
And stay away from fukbois (just for laughs, LOL)
And that's it folks, everything you need to know about vaginal itching and more!
PS: we have a fun game idea: Take a shot every time you read the word vagina!
Try not to get drunk by the time you reach the end!