It’s frustrating and often inconvenient to have an itchy vagina. It can happen at the worst possible times, and it’s not exactly easy to discretely scratch down there without drawing attention to yourself.
If you find yourself often burdened with an itchy crotch, it’s probably time to take a look at some of the possible reasons why your vagina is driving you nuts.
Note: Be sure to test any product – natural or not – to see if you are allergic first before using on your vaginal area.
This common condition is usually caused by an overgrowth in bacteria and an imbalanced pH in the vagina. Itching is not generally the primary symptom of bacterial vaginosis. If you have loose discharge, odor, and irritation along with itchiness, it makes it more likely that the cause of your itchiness is bacterial vaginosis.
There are a few effective home remedies that can help prevent this uncomfortable position:
- Yogurt – Yogurt is a natural probiotic that helps to introduce healthy bacteria into the body. Be sure to buy only organic, plain yogurt.
- Garlic – Garlic has powerful antibiotic properties and has been used as a remedy for bacterial vaginosis. In one study it was found that taking a garlic supplement could be a viable option for treating the condition.
- Hydrogen peroxide – In one study, researchers found that vaginal irrigations using 3% hydrogen peroxide was a cost-effective and beneficial way to remedy reoccurring bacterial vaginosis.
Sometimes when we switch products like soap, laundry detergent or creams, our skin can become irritated and itchy. The same thing can happen when your vagina comes in contact with a new product; It could be pads, tampons, condoms, even toilet paper that cause the irritation. Anything that has fragrance, deodorizers or dyes can cause you to have an allergic reaction.
What to do: Stick to hypoallergenic products to avoid contact dermatitis. Take an Epsom salt bath to reduce inflammation and irritation and apply coconut oil to help reduce itchiness and soothe your skin.
When you have an overgrowth of fungus (Candida), it is usually accompanied by itching. Other telltale symptoms include a cottage cheese-like discharge and redness around the labia and vulva.
There are numerous natural ways to prevent and remedy a yeast infection including:
- Greek yogurt – Yogurt is considered a probiotic because it contains live bacteria including Lactobacillus acidophilus. Friendly bacteria are necessary to create a healthy environment in the vagina. They help to reduce the overgrowth caused by an imbalance in friendly and unfriendly bacteria. Eat plain Greek yogurt with no added sugar daily if you are susceptible to infections.
- Coconut oil – Coconut oil is loaded with health properties. Research shows that it is effective against candida, making it a great go-to home remedy for yeast infections. Purchase pure, organic coconut oil and apply directly to the affected area.
- Apple cider vinegar – Taking a warm bath infused with raw apple cider vinegar is a popular natural remedy for yeast infections. Simply add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath and soak for twenty minutes.
Pubic lice, also known as crabs are not a subject many want to talk about. However, an infestation of these little bugs in your pubic area can make you itch like a maniac. The bites from the bugs cause you to itch as well as the eggs (nits) that lay on your skin. Although they can be transmitted via sex, this is not the only way to get crabs. They are passed from skin to skin, but you can get them from hotel sheets, clothing etc..
Besides itchiness, here are few other symptoms that may indicate that lice are a problem:
- Nits or eggs that look like tiny white spots on pubic hair that are hard to remove.
- Blood on your underwear can indicate lice.
- You might also notice discoloration – pale bluish spots on thighs, buttocks or lower abdomen
- You may also have an allergic reaction and secondary infection from the proteins in the pubic crab’s saliva. This can cause itchy hives to develop.
This is a very good reason to be careful when you choose a hotel and whose clothes you borrow.
What you can do: If you suspect you have pubic lice, see your physician for a diagnosis. There are a number of over the counter shampoos and treatments available that are effective. It is best to speak to sexual partners and let them know of your condition.
Fluctuating hormones before your period and during perimenopause cause vaginal tissue to dry out and often itch. While you can buy over-the-counter moisturizers, you can also use all natural remedies including:
- Coconut oil – Coconut oil contains fatty acids that help to hydrate dry skin. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E which increases natural secretion and moisture.
- Olive oil – Olive oil helps to regulate bodily functions such as digestive, hormonal and circulatory. Be sure to drizzle some on all of your salads. Also, you can massage oil on both the outside and inside of vagina to help with irritation, itching, and dryness.
- Aloe vera plant – Aloe vera has antibacterial properties and can reduce inflammation of the skin. 100% pure aloe is safe to use for genital itching and can keep your vagina healthy without changing the pH. Because it does not contain any oils (that can break down condoms), aloe vera is a safe lubricant to be used with condoms.
-The Alternative Daily