Vaginal itching OR vaginal lips itching is a tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin of the vagina and the surrounding area vulva. The itching may cause a desire to scratch the affected area. Although vaginal itching is the hallmark of yeast infections and other vaginal infections including sexually transmitted diseases STDs , itching in the vagina and vulva areas has multiple causes. Vaginal itching can also arise due to chemical irritants that may be found in detergents or soaps, douches and vaginal creams, toilet paper, bath products, feminine hygiene products, and vaginal contraceptive products. Women in the menopausal transition may experience vaginal itching due to fluctuations in estrogen levels. As estrogen levels decline in the perimenopause, the vaginal wall becomes thinner and drier, and itching may result.
Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells. And unless your normal involves pain or discomfort , everything is likely fine. Still unsure? Take a look at these pictures of real labia to get a sense of how varied they can really be, and read on to learn more about their overall appearance.
Take a quiz to find out what might be causing your dry skin on the outside of the vagina. You've tried to ignore it, but that bothersome flake and itch won't go away. It's become increasingly distracting, and feel embarrassed — but fear not, this is a common problem.
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