Vaginal itching is a tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin of the
Pruritus vulvae; Itching - vaginal area; Vulvar itching
Common causes of vaginal itching include:
- Chemical irritants -- such as detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, and contraceptive foams or jellies.
- Menopause -- the drop in estrogen causes thinning of the vaginal wall and less lubrication.
- Stress -- may increase vaginal itching and make you more susceptible to infections.
Vaginal yeast infection-- often includes a discharge that is white and curd-like. Vaginal yeast infections can be brought on by antibiotics, birth control pills, pregnancy, menstruation, condom use, sexual intercourse, diabetes, and a weakened immune system.
Vaginitis-- inflammation, itching, discharge, and odor caused by other infections (including sexually transmitted diseases). Vaginitis in girls before puberty is common. If a young girl has a sexually transmitted vaginal infection, however, sexual abuse must be considered and addressed.
Other possible, but less common, causes of vaginal or vulvar itching include:
- Certain skin conditions affecting the vulvar skin, some of which may be precancerous
Pinworms(a parasitic infection mainly affecting children)
Review Date: 10/18/2009
Reviewed By: Daniel N. Sacks MD, FACOG, Obstetrics & Gynecology in Private Practice, West Palm Beach , FL. Review Provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.