Itchy Vulva

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

An itch around the anus and genitals that is persistent and often severe and uncomfortable. It could be due to infection, allergies or poor hygiene.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Increase in vaginal discharge

  • Intermenstrual bleeding

Possible causes

  • Atrophic vaginitis

    A condition where the vaginal surface becomes dry and thin. This is commonly seen after menopause, due to a decrease in female hormone levels. Symptoms include itching and painful intercourse.

  • Candida vulvovaginitis

    This is a fungal infection by Candida that affects the vaginal area. Candida normally exists on skin and vaginal linings with no issues. An infection occurs when the skin or vaginal lining changes in character such that it promotes an overgrowth of Candida. People with weakened immune systems or who are on birth control pills may be at increased risk.

  • Descent of uterus / uterine prolapse

    Protrusion of the uterus (womb) outside of the body. This happens when the muscles and tissues that support the womb become weakened (e.g. after repeated childbirths, aging), allowing the womb to drop out.

  • Trichomoniasis
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Crab louse
  • Condyloma Acuminatum
  • Genital herpes
  • Vaginitis
  • Masturbation

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have any itch in and around your vagina?

  • Does the vaginal discharge smell worse recently?

  • Do you have a thick white vaginal discharge like cottage cheese or yogurt?

  • Do you have pain in your genital area?

  • Are you experiencing mental stress or physical exhaustion?

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