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Itchy Vagina? Reasons for Vaginal Itching and How You Can Gain Relief

Some causes for vaginal itching include:

Synthetic clothing

Clothing made from synthetic fibers (man-made) such as polyester, rayon and nylon does not allow your skin to 'breathe'. Breathing in this context means that air moves around the vagina. These synthetic ingredients - especially when made into tight pants, can cause moisture build-up on the surface they cover. Moisturizing skin that is rubbing on itself or on clothing can cause itching and redness. Wearing pants made from natural fibers such as cotton can help keep your vagina dry.

Chafing Causes During Sex

Many women become itching in and around the vagina after sex, mostly due to chafing caused during sex. Chafing often occurs during puberty when pubic hair rubs against sensitive skin. Hair removal can help prevent it from happening.

Fungal infections of the vagina

Fungal infections, also known as yeast infections, Candida (Candidiasis) or Thrush are common causes of vaginal inflammation, redness and pain. Symptoms of Candida include white or yellowish "cottage cheese" such as discharge and smells like "cheese". There are many products on the market - over-the-counter (OTC) natural products that can help reduce or eliminate the growth of natural fungal microbiology, Candida Albicans. If you have any doubts about whether you have vaginal infections or not, please see your doctor for diagnosis.

Bacterial infections and other things from the vagina

Bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginosis, and protozoan infections caused by small parasites called Trichonomas vaginalis can cause itching and unpleasant odor (such as poisonous fish or meat), and pain. If you suspect you may have bacterial or protozoan infections or do not know what the problem is, please consult your doctor - antibiotic treatment may be necessary.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

STIs (sexual infections) can cause itching. Some examples of STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes. If you suspect you may have an STI, please see a doctor so that it can be diagnosed and treated properly.

How to Relieve Vaginal Itching

There are several types of products available on the market to relieve vaginal itching including:

Local Anesthetic Cream

Local anesthetic creams wash the nerve endings around the vagina. This product has chemical anesthetics like benzocaine as their active ingredient. They are recommended for use of the outer vagina. When local anesthetics are worn out, itching often returns because the cream does not contain any ingredients to help solve the vaginal itching.

Anti-fungal pills, creams and pessaria

Anti-fungal products work well if you know you have a fungal infection. Oral pills usually contain an anti-fungal substance, Fluconazole. Oral fluconazole can affect the whole body, but not just the vagina. Anti-fungal action 'whole body' which can carelessly cause other microbes such as bacteria to grow elsewhere in the body because the bacteria is usually kept in a state of equilibrium with healthy competition from other microbes.

Antifungal creams and fragrances contain other "-azole" drugs such as Clotrimazole, Miconazole, Tiocinazole and Butoconazole. This pharmaceutical antifungal treatment can be effective for vaginal itching if itching is caused by Candida microbes. These drugs are not effective for vaginal itching that is not a result of fungal infections. There is also a problem with antifungal drug treatment when Candida fungal microbes develop resistance to them. Antifungal drugs are not effective for many women with Candida infections.

Natural options for relieving vaginal itching

Dive with tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil has been widely used in herbal medicine for the treatment of vaginal itching. Tea tree oil is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which helps to address the causes of vaginal itching and relieves itching itself. If you are planning to use tea tree oil as a douche, you must be careful to dilute the oil with water to avoid burning the skin smooth and inside the vagina. Always test a small area of ​​skin on the outside of the vagina first before pinching the mixture in the vaginal opening.


Always use plain yogurt with no natural ingredients. Yogurt contains beneficial "lactobacillus" bacteria - "good bacteria" that may be able to compete effectively with any "bad" microbes that may cause you discomfort. Yoghurt can be applied directly with clean fingers to the vagina. Eating yoghurt, while beneficial, will not work immediately!


Douching with unrefined chili vinegar can help restore the correct acidity in your vagina. Be careful to see if the itching increases or decreases, however. Acidic acid is an environment in which Candida mushrooms grow.

Epsom salts

Soaking in a sitz bath containing Epsom salt can help with lowering the acidity of the vagina. Be careful again to see if the hives are increasing or decreasing - the bacteria loves the vagina which is not acidic enough!


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