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7 Reasons You've Got An Itchy Vagina

7 Reasons You’ve Got An Itchy Vagina

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It’s not the sort of itch you can just scratch in public….

Your vagina didn’t exactly come with an owner’s manual, but after a couple of years of getting your period, seeing a gynecologist, having sex, and birthing kids, you pretty much know how to take care of it.

Yet, if an itchy vagina comes out of the blue, many of us are at a loss as to what to do about it and struggle to identify what has caused the sudden irritation!  Don’t worry – all women get an itchy vagina from time to time – here are the reasons why – and how to fix it!

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When surveyed, one woman (aged 45-54) said:

“I get an itchy vagina particularly just before my period. I hate getting the urge to itch in public.”

Another woman (aged 35-44) said: “I get quite frustrated when I have an itchy vagina because it comes on at the most inappropriate times and it is very hard to discreetly relieve the itch!

Many things can cause itching and irritation of the vagina “” hormonal changes, chemical sensitivity, and infections are all common culprits. However, many women immediately attribute the itching to a bout of vaginal thrush and immediately seek over-the-counter thrush creams for relief.

Did you know there are more than 60 causes for external vaginal itching? And while yeast infections are a common cause, there are many others that should be considered as well.

Here are the most prominent reasons for women in Australia..

1. You Have a Yeast Infection (Thrush)

The feisty warning signs of an oncoming yeast infection can strike at any time, but the major symptoms are irritation, burning, discharge, and an insanely itchy vag. A vaginal yeast infection is caused when there is an excessive build-up of microscopic fungi that takes place in you sausage wallet. Yeast can grow out of check when a woman is stressed, has recently used antibiotics or has a weakened immune system.

The good thing is that thrush is easily treated – just zip down to your local pharmacy.  There are loads of great options.  Here are a few that can be purchased online (if you don’t want to head into the chemist!):

| Stay at Home Mum.com.auCanesten 6 Day Pessary Thrush Treatment

Comes with an applicator – you insert the pessary into the vagina for six days. Each pessary contains 100mg of Clotrimazole.

Buy it online here
canesten 1 day pessary thrush treatment 1 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auCanesten 1 Day Pessary Thrush Treatment

Insert one pessary into the vagina – once. Contains 500mg of Clotrimazole.

Buy it online here

2. You have A Sweaty Thatch

Did you know you have more sweat glands in your intimate area than under your arms? A sweaty genitalia creates an ideal environment for microbes to thrive. The dampness encourages the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina leading to bacterial vaginosis vaginal yeast infection and some other nasty infections.

Excessive sweat in the vaginal region cannot be totally eliminated but the good news is that you can control and manage it by using creams such as Canesten to relieve the itch, discomfort, and burning promptly.

How to Stop a Sweaty Thatch from Getting Itchy?

Easy – cotton or bamboo underwear that breathes!

3. Your Undies are Irritating

Vaginal dryness for some women is unavoidable, but the irritation and itching it causes can be made even worse by underwear made with synthetic fabrics or of a certain cut. To make sure that any treatment for vaginal dryness is effective and to avoid irritating your genital area further, search for comfort-fitting styles or pure cotton or bamboo.

Bamboo wicks the moisture away, and they feel so good! Once you transition to Bamboo Undies it’s hard to go back to cotton.

Boody Brazilian Bikini - BlackBoody Bamboo Briefs

Boody makes deliciously soft and sweat-wicking undies that are eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.

4. You are Using Perfumed Soaps or Washes

It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels, and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina, and cause irritation. Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently every day. The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions (discharge), so you only have to worry about the outside. 

Brands like Cetaphil are a good choice.

5. You Are Using Antibiotics

Yeast infections often follow a dose of antibiotics, since, in addition to killing the bacteria that are making you sick, the medicine also kills bacteria that keep your body, and your vagina healthy. The good news is that many of the same practices that help prevent yeast infections under normal circumstances can also protect you when you’re taking antibiotics.

6. Stress-Induced Itchy Vagina

When you are stressed or anxious, your nervous system is on alert, and small sensations can become amplified into unpleasant itching or even pain. This is particularly true if you become stressed from vaginal itching, and the idea that it might be something that requires you to see a doctor.

Be mindful of what’s going on in your head before jumping to conclusions.

7. Tight Clothing

Tight, binding clothes made from synthetic fabrics can inhibit airflow, increase perspiration, and trap heat and moisture. These variables create a climate that enhances the growth of the microorganisms, which can cause external vaginal itching. Choose things that keep you cool on hot days, or spend some time at home running commando to calm it down.

Itchy Vagina | Stay At Home Mum

If you become concerned about any symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/important-hotlines-websites/

SAHM takes no responsibility for any illness, injury or death caused by misuse of this information. All information provided is correct at time of publication.

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Kate Davies

Senior Journalist & Features Editor. As the modern-day media hunter-gatherer, Journalist Kate Davies is harnessing 10 years in the media to write...Read More engaging and empowering articles for Stay At Home Mum. Her years of experience working in the media both locally and nationally have given her a unique viewpoint and understanding of this dynamic industry. Hailing from a small town in Tasmania and spending many years travelling the world, Kate now calls the Sunshine Coast home alongside her husband and one-year-old son. Read Less

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