Vulvar and vaginal itching are common. There are several possible causes, including irritation, yeast infections, and certain skin conditions.
The vulva is the outer part of female genitals, including the lips, clitoris, bladder opening, and vaginal opening. The vagina is the internal tube that leads from the uterus to the vulva.
People may experience itching around the vulva or inside the vagina. The specific symptoms and treatments will depend on the cause.
This article provides an overview of some common causes of vaginal and vulvar itching
Common causes of vaginal itching include:
- Infections, such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis
- Irritation or allergic reactions from clothing, detergents, soaps, creams, condoms, and more
- Changes in hormone levels due to the transition to menopause
- Pubic lice
- Skin disorders, such as psoriasis and lichen sclerosus
- In rare cases, cancer of the vulva
Home remedies for vaginal itching
You can prevent most causes of vaginal itching through good hygiene and lifestyle habits. There are several steps you can take at home to prevent vaginal irritation and infection:
- Use warm water and a gentle cleanser to wash your genital area.
- Avoid scented soaps, lotions, and bubble baths.
- Avoid using such products as vaginal sprays and douches.
- Change out of wet or damp clothing right after swimming or exercising.
- Wear cotton underwear and change your underwear every day.
- Eat yogurt with live cultures to reduce the chance of getting yeast infections.
- Use condoms during sexual intercourse.
- Always wipe from front to back after having a bowel movement.