How Do I Stop Itching Down There?
Vaginal and vulvar itching affects women of all ages. One study suggests that as many as one in 15 women suffer from vulvar issues by the age of 40, and itching associated with vaginal dryness is even more common during perimenopause and after menopause.
What causes vaginal and vulvar itching?
- Skin conditions like eczema
- Yeast infections
- Bacterial vaginosis
Can hormones cause vaginal and vulva itching?
Hormonal fluctuations and low estrogen are another cause of vaginal itching.
Some reasons include:
- Recent childbirth
- Anti-estrogen drugs used to treat breast cancer or endometriosis
- Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation
- Removal of the ovaries
How To Stop Vaginal Itch
Invest in a high-quality vaginal moisturizer
Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture, and vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties
Avoid dyes and scents
The dyes and scents in wipes, detergents, and feminine wash can irritate sensitive vulvar skin.
Skip the soap
Soap can be harsh on intimate and mature skin, so use clean water only when you wash the inner parts of your vulva.