Vaginal itching

Many women feel genital itching at some point in their lives. There are various causes of vaginal itching that can require treatment.


Genital itching can be severe. You may also experience burning, swelling, redness and irritation or have vaginal discharge.


There are two main causes of genital itching: irritated mucous membranes or bacterial imbalance in the vagina. Bacterial imbalance can occur after antibiotic treatment, because of pregnancy or prolonged labor. Bacterial imbalance can lead to candidiasis or bacterial vaginosis that are treated differently, but have common symptoms. Itching may also be the result of sexually transmitted diseases. If the membranes become irritated, it may be caused by shaving, intercourse, or a reaction to laundry detergent, the fabric in underwear, or soap used to wash the genital area. Dry mucous membranes can also be a symptom of menopause. Less common causes of itching of the abdomen are scabies, flatulence or some skin diseases.


If you have been diagnosed with a candidiasis, you can first try non-prescription drugs that can be bought at pharmacies. Probiotics that can be purchased without a prescription can also help. If you have tried non-prescription drugs and the trouble persists, there is an antibiotic treatment for bacterial vaginitis. Both fungal infections and bacterial vaginitis disappear after about a week of treatment. If genital itching is caused by STDs, you should consult a doctor. It is also good to wear cotton underwear, avoid using soap to wash your genital area, and use a condom and lubricant during intercourse.

When to consult a doctor

If you have tried non-prescription drugs to treat genital itching without success, you should contact a doctor. You should also seek medical help if you have an unusual vaginal discharge or pain while urinating. If you have treated vaginal candidiasis but the itching persists or if you have had vaginal candidiasis more than twice in six months, you should also seek help. If genital itching is caused by STDs, you should consult a doctor.

How APPOTEK can help

If you have been diagnosed with vaginal candidiasis before and recognize the problems, our doctors can help you with advice and prescriptions. If it is the first time you experience genital itching, we recommend you to contact your health care provider for assessment and treatment.


Valeria Chernikova, Neurologist, M.D.