Vaginal itching, or vaginitis, happens when the vagina becomes inflamed. Thus, it causes discharge and pain.

The common cause of vaginal itching maybe changes in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or infections, such as:

  • Yeast infection
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, such as ChlamydiaGonorrhea, or Trichomoniasis
  • Overgrowth of Normal Bacteria in the Vagina, called Bacterial Vaginosis

Other causes of vaginal itching may include:

  • Menopause or Low Estrogen Levels
  • Foreign Objects Left in the Vagina, such as a Tampon
  • An Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control
  • Medications, such as Antibiotics and Steroids
  • Damp or Tight-fitting Clothing
  • Chemicals Found in Detergents, Fabric Softeners, Feminine Sprays, Ointments, Creams, Douches, and Contraceptive Foams, Jellies, or Creams
  • Skin conditions, such as Desquamative Vaginitis or Lichen Planus
  • Poorly Controlled Diabetes
  • Cancer of the Cervix or Vagina

The following symptoms may indicate a vaginal infection:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Foul-smelling Discharge
  • Green, Yellow, or Gray Discharge
  • Foamy or Clumpy (like Cottage Cheese) Discharge


Treatment depends on the cause of your symptoms. There’s a wide variety of medical treatment available for vaginal itching, it includes:

  • Antibiotics- If your symptoms are brought by an infection.
  • Anti-itch Creams
  • Mild and Anti-bacterial soaps



The following home remedies may also help relieve your symptoms:

  • Keeping your genital area clean and dry.
  • Soaking in a warm (not hot) bath.
  • Using pads instead of tampons if you have an infection.
  • Wiping from front to back when using the toilet.
  • Refraining from using soap, and rinsing the area with water instead.
  • Keeping your blood glucose under control if you have diabetes.
  • Not applying hygiene sprays, fragrances, or powders near the vagina.
  • Avoiding douches, as they eliminate healthy bacteria that help fight infections.
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing, cotton underwear during the day, and no underwear while sleeping to help your vagina “breathe”.

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