Of all the places that can get itchy, red, and irritated on your body, your vagina might rank as the absolute worst— I mean, it's not exactly easy to scratch down there. But what's even more frustrating than doing the crotch-itch dance in public, is not knowing why your vagina's itchy in the first place is it a yeast infection? Truthfully, there are tons of reasons why it feels like a wool sweater is permanently attached to your vagina. Here are a few things that might be causing the itch—and how to take care of it for good. Bacterial vaginosis BV is a pretty common condition caused by bacterial overgrowth and a pH imbalance in the vagina. To treat it, you can try an OTC medication like RepHresh to make your vagina more acidic, according to Minkin—acid in the vagina is actually a good thing, as it kills off bad bacteria, she says.
Why Is My Vagina Itchy? 5 Common Causes and How to Find Relief
Vaginas are great, but if you have one, chances are you've asked yourself at least once, "Why is my vagina itchy? Vaginal discomfort like itchiness is super common and rarely a cause for major concern, but it's still plenty frustrating. An irritated vulva or vagina is just that: irritating. So what does it mean when your vulva or vagina itches? We went to the experts to find out. The technical term for this is vulvovaginal candidiasis. Many [people] want to know how to prevent this annoying infection.
When vaginal itch strikes, you may assume that you have a yeast infection. But think twice before you dash to the store for an over-the-counter antifungal remedy. There are many other potential reasons for vaginal itch. If you treat the condition improperly, you may do more harm than good. Occasional vaginal itching is common and often resolves on its own.
Most women have dealt with vaginal itching at some point in their lives—and it can be a huge discomfort whenever you experience it. What makes things worse is that you don't know why it's happening. Vaginal itching has a diverse range of causes, from something as manageable as switching out your body wash, to something more pressing, like a sexually transmitted infection. That's why even if you think you might know your cause of vaginal itching, it's important to make an appointment with your doctor so you can treat it accordingly, says Jill Krapf , MD, assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas San Antonio School of Medicine.