27 January 2018

Your itchy vagina might be caused by one of these hidden culprits

Spoiler: Your hooha might have allergies.

Three out of four women will at some point have a yeast infection, with its itching and burning and annoying clumpy, white discharge – usually remedied with anti-fungal medications (some even OTC). 

Bacterial vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15 to 44, can also cause itching, pain or discharge; it often requires antibiotics.

If you’ve got a down-there itch but no discharge, consider under-the-radar causes.

Read more: 7 common reasons why you have an itchy vagina

Hidden culprits

The combination oestrogen-progesterone birth control pill and contraceptive ring suppress ovulation and therefore also the natural lubrication produced when an egg is released, says gynaecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck, author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.

The fallout? Dryness, which can prompt itchiness. Consider an OTC vaginal moisturiser once or twice a week, and if that doesn’t calm the area, talk to your gynaecologist about alternate forms of birth control, such as the non-hormonal copper IUD or a diaphragm.

Read more: “Is it totally normal if my vagina is always wet or should I be worried?”

Allergies can also make you squirm down below, says Dr Dweck; they’re usually brought on by fragrance in pads or tampons (opt for unscented) or by the latex or spermicide on some condoms.

Occasionally, though, a woman is allergic to her partner’s ejaculate. No, it’s not a sign a breakup is imminent, but you’ll need to see an allergist for a skin test.

If you’re diagnosed, use condoms or pop an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before sex.

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