Vaginal Itching and Irritation

Vaginal itching and irritation are the most common (and uncomfortable) symptoms women tend to experience when it comes to vaginal health. In fact, a recent study revealed that 57% of women experienced itching at least once in the last year.1 Vaginal itching can occur at any time, and while some minor discomfort may be bearable, you can take action and find relief with Instant Itch Relief Cream from MONISTAT® COMPLETE CARE™.

Vaginal itching and irritation can occur even if you don't have a vaginal infection. 

Symptoms 

Vaginal itching and irritation can occur even if you don't have a vaginal infection.

Vaginal itching and irritation are usually characterized by a tingling, stinging or burning sensation of the external skin surrounding the vaginal area. The itching can range from mild to severe and can come and go at any time. 

Causes 

Feminine itch can be caused by a number of factors.2 Some of the most common are associated with:

  • Irritants from chemicals, including fragrance, found in soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, douches, topical contraceptives, body washes
  • Vaginal infections
  • Fluctuations in estrogen levels due to menopause 
  • Irritation caused by urinary incontinence
  • Allergic reactions or medicinal side effects
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis

Treatment

Vaginal itching occurs occasionally for all women and relieving the symptoms temporarily by applying a topical cream like  Instant Itch Relief Cream from MONISTAT® COMPLETE CARE™ can be very effective. Unlike many vaginal itch creams that contain benzocaine, which only works to numb the area,  Instant Itch Relief Cream from MONISTAT® COMPLETE CARE™ contains the #1 doctor recommended OTC ingredient for external itching. It instantly stops the itch. In fact, 95% of women agree that it helped stop the external itch instantly and provided long-lasting relief.1 If the itch persists, make sure to see your healthcare professional.

For external use only.
Do not use if you have vaginal discharge. Consult a healthcare professional.
Note: Itch relief creams CANNOT cure a vaginal infection. 

Prevention

Bad Habits to avoid:

  • Wearing nylon or synthetic underwear material 
  • Wearing tight-fitting clothing
  • Using scented products that might irritate the skin around the vaginal area like soaps, perfumes, bubble baths, body washes, deodorants, scented creams, fabric softeners or toilet paper, etc.

Good Habits to Practice:

  • Rinse well in the shower to avoid lingering soap residue on skin
  • Allow skin to dry fully before dressing

When to See Your Healthcare Professional 

It’s important to see your healthcare professional if you have persistent vaginal itching. Or, if the itching is combined with another symptom such as suspicious or abnormal discharge, consult a healthcare professional. If you'd like help getting the conversation started, download our Doctor Discussion Guide.

Footnotes: 

1. Company study on file

2. http://women.webmd.com/vaginal-itching-burning-irritation