Vaginal itching and irritation are common (and uncomfortable!) symptoms women tend to experience. Vaginal itching and irritation can even occur if you don’t have a vaginal yeast infection.
In fact, a recent survey revealed that 61% of women experience itching 17 times a year.1 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 of vaginal itching
The causes of feminine itching can be tied to a number of factors.2 Some of the most common factors associated with vaginal itching include:
- Irritants from chemicals found in soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, douches, topical contraceptives
- 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
Vaginal itching and irritation treatment
Relieve the symptoms of vaginal itching and irritation with Instant Itch Relief Cream from MONISTAT© CARE™. Unlike many vaginal itch creams that contain benzocaine which only works to numb the area, Instant Itch Relief Cream contains the #1 doctor recommended ingredient for vaginal itching. In fact, 95% of women surveyed agree that it helped stop the external itch instantly and provided long-lasting relief.1 If itching persists, make sure to see your doctor.
How to prevent vaginal itching
By practicing good habits, you can help prevent vaginal itching. Try to avoid:
- Wearing nylon or synthetic underwear material
- Wearing tight-fitting clothing
- Using products that might irritate the skin around the vaginal area like soaps, perfumes, bubble baths, deodorants, scented creams, fabric softeners or scented toilet paper, etc.
Try to make these practices part of your daily routine:
- Rinse well in the shower to avoid lingering soap residue on skin
- Allow skin to dry fully before dressing
- Use products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin
If you have persistent vaginal itching, it’s important to see your doctor. Or, if the itching is combined with another symptom like abnormal discharge, consult a doctor. For help getting the conversation started, download our Doctor Discussion Guide.
- Company survey on file