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Do You Have a Yeast Infection?

Plus other reasons why your vagina is itchy.

Have you ever had to fight the urge to scratch down there? Do you know what caused the sudden itchiness? Here’s a list of what it could be that’s driving your vagina crazy!

1. Yeast infection

If your symptoms include extreme itchiness and an odorless white discharge, it’s probably a yeast infection. This is caused by an imbalance in your vagina’s pH level. A yeast infection can also be the result of antibiotics, sex, stress, pregnancy, obesity, and diabetes. 75% of women will get a yeast infection at least once in their lives, so it’s normal and it happens. Don’t panic! Instead of trying to treat it with drugstore products, consult a doctor on how to proceed to avoid making it worse.

2. Contact dermatitis

This one’s a pain in the…You can get this from condoms, lubricants, scented products (like pantiliners and toilet paper), tight clothing and even shaving. It is not advisable to experiment with products that are marketed as something that could make your vagina smell nicer or feel cleaner. Your vagina is already self-cleaning. If you’re prone to irritation down there, use hypoallergenic products!

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3. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

By now, everyone should know, and BELIEVE, that unprotected sex can lead to STIs. Some of these STIs are herpes, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. If you have pubic hair down there, you can also get crabs or lice. You might have a STI if you feel an itching and burning sensation in your vagina and if your discharge changes in color. Your vagina might also develop some sores, which will make peeing and sex feel unbearable. STIs are treated with injectable or oral antibiotics as well as antiviral medication. If your partner is sexually active, he or she also needs to be treated because you might end up just passing it back and forth.

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4. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

Eczema is a skin disorder that causes patches of skin to become inflamed. It can develop into painful blisters, which may lead to itching or bleeding. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that can result into raised, red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. Both skin disorders can affect your vagina. A mild steroid can be prescribed to alleviate the pain.

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5. Hormones

A shift in our hormones can also cause itching. As women, our hormone levels change because of birth control, pregnancy, menopause, and our periods. Long story short, we are susceptible to vaginal itching for the rest of our lives. As previously stated, scented feminine hygiene products contribute to the likelihood of you developing an irritation down there. When it comes to hormonal changes, it is best to speak to your doctor about topical treatments or changes in medication.

Source: Women’s Health, Health Magazine, National Psoriasis Foundation

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