Vaginal Itching: What You Need to Know

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

We often refer to vaginal itching but it's more correctly, vulvavaginal itching. The vagina itself has special cells called vaginal epithelial. These cells do not cause itching in and of themselves, whereas the vulva — which is the external genitalia — they're covered mostly by skin structure. The vulva includes the labia minor, the labia major, the inner thighs, the perineum, the clitoris — all these areas are covered with skin. Itching, or in medical terms called pruritus, is the sensation to scratch.

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

The list for causes for vulvavaginal itching is endless. In fact we can go on all day with them. The most common causes really fall into three categories.

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

There are skin irritants that may cause an allergic reaction such as a latex condom, or just a simple irritation from a new fabric, or a soap or a laundry detergent you're using.
Then there're infectious causes. Very commonly Vulvavaginal Candidiasis which is known better as yeast infection. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomonas, (Trich) can also present with symptoms of itching. Viruses such as HPV that can cause veneral warts, and even the onset of a Herpes infection can present as vulvavaginal itching.
And then there're skin disorders such as Lichen Schlerosus, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, infestations by Scabes, or even pubic lice. And more seriously, even Vulvar cancers can present in the early stages with the simple symptom of vulva itching.

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

And when something itches it's an indication that something is not right.

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know

Vaginal Itching: What You Need to Know

We often refer to vaginal itching but it's more correctly, vulvavaginal itching. The vagina itself has special cells called vaginal epithelial. These cells do not cause itching in and of themselves, whereas the vulva -- which is the external genitalia -- they're covered mostly by skin structure. The vulva includes the labia minor, the labia major, the inner thighs, the perineum, the clitoris -- all these areas are covered with skin. Itching, or in medical terms called pruritus, is the sensation to scratch.

The list for causes for vulvavaginal itching is endless. In fact we can go on all day with them. The most common causes really fall into three categories.

There are skin irritants that may cause an allergic reaction such as a latex condom, or just a simple irritation from a new fabric, or a soap or a laundry detergent you're using.
Then there're infectious causes. Very commonly Vulvavaginal Candidiasis which is known better as yeast infection. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomonas, (Trich) can also present with symptoms of itching. Viruses such as HPV that can cause veneral warts, and even the onset of a Herpes infection can present as vulvavaginal itching.
And then there're skin disorders such as Lichen Schlerosus, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, infestations by Scabes, or even pubic lice. And more seriously, even Vulvar cancers can present in the early stages with the simple symptom of vulva itching.

And when something itches it's an indication that something is not right.

Vaginal Itching: What You Need To Know