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6 Simple Steps to Help Relieve Vaginal Irritation

6 Simple Steps to Help Relieve Vaginal Irritation

Vaginal irritation can be a result of vaginal dryness, an infection such as thrush, or a sexually transmitted disease. Many women suffer from one of these complaints at some point, with half of all women getting a yeast infection at some point of their lives, and half of women experiencing vaginal dryness during menopause. This means that relieving vaginal irritation is therefore essential for many women and for women's health overall.

When it comes to relieving vaginal irritation, it often depends on what is causing the irritation. However, there are some steps that women can take to relieve general irritation and improve vaginal health.


Check your underwear

6 Simple Steps to Help Relieve Vaginal Irritation

Making sure to purchase new underwear every six months and choosing underwear that is 100% cotton and fits comfortably can cut back on vaginal irritation. Try to avoid thongs because they can spread feces and bacteria to the vulva and vagina.


Use lubricants and moisturizers

Vaginal dryness can often lead to irritation in menopausal women. Try an over-the-counter lubricant to reduce friction during sex. Moisturizers are used on a regular basis and are absorbed into the vaginal tissue to help create moisture in the area.


Find a feminine hygiene product that is right for you

6 Simple Steps to Help Relieve Vaginal Irritation

Tampons absorb the natural discharge the vagina produces, which can exacerbate vaginal dryness. However, pads also have downsides because they can agitate the skin around the vagina and many women do not like to use them when exercising. More alternatives are coming on to the market, such as the diva cup.


Don't douche

For the most part, the vaginal naturally cleans itself. Douching is unnecessary and can cause or worsen infection by upsetting the pH level of the vagina and stripping away the vagina's natural moisture and protection.


Use cortisone cream or ointments

Cortisone is often recommended to treat irritation and inflammation of the vagina. Cortisone can be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy or be given by prescription at the doctor's office.


See a doctor

Most of the time, vaginal irritation and infection is straightforward and easy to treat with the help of a doctor and doctor's prescription. Vaginal irritation can be uncomfortable and embarrassing to talk about, but there is nothing shameful about seeking treatment. Your physician can help you find a medication, cream, or herbal supplement to relieve vaginal dryness.

Many women will experience vaginal irritation to varying degrees of severity. It's important to take steps to lessen the irritation and to seek treatment by visiting the pharmacy or a doctor. To find out more about how to relieve vaginal irritation, follow the links below.

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