It is difficult to take care of women health especially sexual health. I am following all recommendations for vaginal hygiene but very often I am suffering from vaginal itching. What are vaginal itching causes?
ANSWER from experts
It is well known that women vagina is full of microbes and if women have many partners, the number of microbes could increase and create several problems for women. But at the same time not only microbes could be a cause for vaginal itching.
Vaginal itching could be very disturbing and stressful. Vaginal itching could appear at night, at work place or in the school, during and/or after sexual contacts, it could disturb normal life schedules.
Vaginal itching causes
Although vaginal itching is known as a symptom of yeast infection or some other vaginal infections, in reality the vaginal itching causes (in the vagina and vulva areas) has multiple triggers. 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.
Sometimes women could experience vaginal itching at different periods of reproductive life.
Vaginal yeast infection which is characterized with specific vaginal discharge that is white and curd-like. Vaginal yeast infections can be triggered by antibiotics, birth control pills, pregnancy, menstruation, condom use, sexual intercourse, diabetes and decreased immune system;
Vaginal infections including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts (HPV), Trichomoniasis, and Gonorrhea. These infections usually develop so called “vaginitis” – inflammation, itching, discharge and vaginal odor;
Stress which can easily trigger vaginal itching because of decresed immune system protection and because of increased sensitivity to vaginal infections;
Menopause and/or Perimenopause because of the drop in estrogens which can cause thinning of the vaginal wall and reduce the vaginal lubrication;
Chemical irritants such as detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, and contraceptive foams or jellies which could develop so called “vaginal allergy” and vaginal itching;
Psoriasis or other skin diseases;
Pinworms (a parasitic infection mainly affecting children).
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.