Itching in Vaginal area

Pelvis | Gynecology | Itching in Vaginal area (Symptom)


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


Although vaginal itching is the hallmark of yeast infections and other vaginal infections (including sexually transmitted diseases, STDs), itching in the vagina and vulvar areas has multiple causes.

(1) Chemical irritants such as detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, and contraceptive foams or jellies.

(2) Menopause. A drop in the hormone estrogen causes vaginal dryness.

(3) Stress may increase vaginal itching and make you more susceptible to infections.

(4) Vaginal yeast infection

(5) Vaginitis. 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. Some studies have shown a link between psychological stress and vaginal yeast infections. This is likely due to the fact that stress is known to have a negative effect on the immune system and could possibly increase the likelihood of getting a yeast infection.

Other possible, but less common, causes of vaginal itching include:

(1) Precancerous skin conditions of the vulva; (2) Pinworms (a parasite infection mainly affecting children).