Your itchy vagina might be caused by one of these hidden culprits

Could can allergy be causing your vagina to itch?
Could can allergy be causing your vagina to itch?

Three out of four women will at some point have a yeast infection, with its itching and burning and annoying clumpy, white discharge – usually remedied with anti-fungal medications (some even OTC). 

Bacterial vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15 to 44, can also cause itching, pain or discharge; it often requires antibiotics.

If you’ve got a down-there itch but no discharge, consider under-the-radar causes.

Read more: 7 common reasons why you have an itchy vagina

Hidden culprits

The combination oestrogen-progesterone birth control pill and contraceptive ring suppress ovulation and therefore also the natural lubrication produced when an egg is released, says gynaecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck, author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.

The fallout? Dryness, which can prompt itchiness. Consider an OTC vaginal moisturiser once or twice a week, and if that doesn’t calm the area, talk to your gynaecologist about alternate forms of birth control, such as the non-hormonal copper IUD or a diaphragm.

Read more: “Is it totally normal if my vagina is always wet or should I be worried?”

Allergies can also make you squirm down below, says Dr Dweck; they’re usually brought on by fragrance in pads or tampons (opt for unscented) or by the latex or spermicide on some condoms.

Occasionally, though, a woman is allergic to her partner’s ejaculate. No, it’s not a sign a breakup is imminent, but you’ll need to see an allergist for a skin test.

If you’re diagnosed, use condoms or pop an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before sex.

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