Itching anywhere is an unpleasant affliction that can cause us discomfort and make it difficult to relax. However few kinds of itching are as unpleasant as vaginal itching – or genital itching for men – as it's an area that is embarrassing to itch in public, and which is normally shut away thus making it difficult to reach (and particularly to reach slyly). At the same time it can be a cause for concern.
Causes of Vaginal Itching
There are a number of reasons that improper hygiene can cause vaginal itching. Not wiping fully after urinating for instance can cause vaginal itching as it leaves your vagina moist and wet and because urine is acidic. Likewise not drying properly after a bath or shower can also cause vaginal itching. Alternatively if you sweat a lot this can also cause your vagina to itch and can create what is known as a 'sweat rash'. To avoid this, make sure to change your underwear after any exertion and to wash thoroughly.
Many allergies can affect the groin and this could be an allergy to a new detergent you are using when washing your knickers or trousers, or even an allergy to semen which can also cause itching. If you feel itchy and/or sore after sex then try using protection to determine whether a semen allergy might be the cause. In some cases it might even be a latex allergy which can be triggered by the condoms.
Yes unfortunately you eventually have to face the possibility that your vaginal itching is caused by an STD. There are many STDs that can cause itching from thrush to herpes. If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner recently, or if the itchiness occurs with other symptoms such as a rash, discharge or painful urination, then you should consult a physician.
A yeast infection can be caused by an imbalance of bacteria (normally it is caused by 'candida') around the vagina and could result in infections such as vaginitis which causes swelling, itching and discharge.