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What Causes my Vagina to Itch?

There can be multiple reasons for an itchy vagina, but for menopausal women the primary cause is vaginal dryness. This side effect of menopause comes with many additional symptoms that include: painful intercourse, a burning sensation, discomfort, pressure and, of course itching. If you are in this transitional period, vaginal dryness is probably the cause of your vaginal itching.

Dryness occurs when the vagina isn't lubricated properly and the resultant itching can make daily life uncomfortable. It is important to learn what causes vaginal dryness in order to discover how to deal with and manage this problem. Read on for more.

Reasons for vaginal itching and dryness

Reasons for Vaginal Itching and Dryness

In addition to menopause related itching there are other causes for the sensation that are not associated with menopause. The most common include:

  • Yeast infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Douching
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Sjoren's syndrome
  • Medications
  • Sexually transmitted disease

These are the most common causes for your itchy vagina, lifestyle habits though may also play a part. Read on to learn more about how making small lifestyle changes can prevent vaginal itching.

Preventing Vaginal Itching

  • Hygiene. Ensure that your genital area is always clean and dry.

  • Wipe front to back. Prevent bacteria from coming into contact with the vagina by wiping from front to back after making bowel movements.

  • Never use vaginal douches. The chemicals within these can irritate your natural pH balance.

  • Check what soaps you're using. Look for fragrance-free soap, fabric softeners and laundry detergents.

  • Wear clothing that's not tight. Wearing loose fitting clothing and cotton panties instead of nylon will increase airflow to the vaginal area.

  • Have a warm bath with no bath soaps.

Additional methods of relieving itching include: avoid using swimming pools, switching birth control methods 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.

Top 5 Home Remedies for Vaginal Dryness and Pain

Many menopausal women experience vaginal dryness, which can cause general discomfort and pain during sex. Click here for five home remedies that can help.

Home Remedies for Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness affects women throughout menopause.Keep reading to learn about a number of ways to treat vaginal dryness by using home remedies.

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Sources:
  • "Vaginal Dryness". Mayo Clinic Health Resource. 2007
  • The Changing Body: Menopause Handbook. (n.d)."Vulvovaginal Symptoms."Retrieved from www.menopause.org
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.