There can be multiple reasons for an itchy vagina, but for menopausal women the main one is vaginal dryness. This side effect of menopause comes with many symptoms that include: painful intercourse, a burning sensation, discomfort, pressure and, of course itching. If you are experiencing this transitional period, menopausal vaginal dryness is probably what is causing your vagina to itch.
This all happens when the vagina isn’t lubricated properly and as a result, itching can make daily life uncomfortable. It is important to learn what causes vaginal dryness and itching to then decipher how to deal with and manage this problem. Read on for more.
Reasons for Vaginal Itching and Dryness
There are additional causes for vaginal itching and dryness, which are not associated with menopause. Please find the most common below:
• Yeast infection.
• Bacterial infection.
• Low estrogen levels.
• Sjoren’s syndrome.
• Medications (from allergy to antidepressant can lead to vaginal itching).
• Sexually transmitted disease.
These are the most common reasons for causing your vagina to itch, though lifestyle habits may also play a part. There are many ways that you can prevent vaginal itching by altering these lifestyle habits.
Preventing Vaginal Itching
• Hygiene: Ensure that your genital area is always clean and dry.
• Wipe front to back: Prevent bacteria from coming in contact with the vagina by wiping from front to back after a bowel movement
• Never use vaginal douches
• Check what soaps you’re using: Look for fragrance-free soap, fabric softeners and laundry detergents
• Keep your hands clean
• Wear clothing that’s not tight: Wearing loose fitting clothing and cotton panties instead of nylon will help airflow to the vaginal area
• Use a nightgown: Encourage good airflow to the vagina by wearing a nightgown, without underwear, to bed
• Have a warm bath with no bath soaps
These are some of the best ways to prevent itching. Others include: avoid using swimming pools, switching birth control and staying out of hot tubs and saunas.
More Information about Vaginal Dryness
To avoid vaginal itching and dryness it is important to check soap, avoid allergens, lubricate properly, go to your doctor and have a healthy sex-life. In addition to these lifestyle changes, there are more invasive treatment options that you may wish to consider. Click in the following link to learn more about vaginal dryness treatments.
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