Vaginal itching is a tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin of the
vaginaand the surrounding area ( vulva). The itching may cause a desire to scratch the affected area.
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)