Picture this: you’re hanging at the pool with your squad and rocking a trendy swimsuit (this one, perhaps). You’re having the ~best time~ taking Snapchats and joking around on a swan float. And then… all of the sudden… your vagina gets itchy. But you OBVIOUSLY can’t scratch it, right?! Everybody will see you touching your vagina! What are you supposed to do?? Why is your vagina itchy?! What is HAPPENING?! These are all anxious thoughts that we have all, at one point, had. When your vagina feels itchy, it is not only alarming, but kind of embarrassing and annoying AF. But even if it’s happening a lot, try not to panic – there are other reasons you might be itchy, and they’re not all horrible.
If your vagina is itchy, you probably assume the worst: that you have an STD or an infection. While itchiness in the vagina is a symptom of those things, there are also a few other things that can be causing your clearly irritated vag. Now, of course, if you’re experiencing any other symptoms, like a lot of discharge or a weird smell, you should probably call your gynecologist to make an appointment. But if you just generally feel like scratching your vaginal area all the time, read on. Here are a few random things that can make you feel itchy down there:
Your Period Is ComingI know, as if getting your period wasn't awful enough, during the days leading up to it, you might feel super itchy down there. That's because of the shift in your pH balance which can make your vag super itchy before and during your monthly visitor. Image Source: iStock
You're Allergic To SemenSemen allergies are real, unfortunately, and you might not realize you have one until you actually have sex, and you get super itchy down there. If you feel itchiness and burning every time you get in contact with semen, you might have a semen allergy. It's rare, but it exists, and if you have these symptoms you should get checked out by a doctor. Image Source: iStock
You're Allergic To Your DetergentI know detergent smells good and ~fresh~ but sometimes it can be really irritating on your skin, especially your vag. If this seems to happen to you, consider getting a less intense laundry detergent and see if that helps. Image Source: iStock
Underwear Is Too TightYou might not realize when your underwear is too tight, TBH. If you're getting indents from your underwear on your skin, you might need to switch up your sizing. Your vagina really needs space to breathe and if your underwear is too tight, it can cause major irritation, which can even cause yeast infections. No, thanks. Image Source: iStock
You Wear Lace UnderwearLacey and silky underwear might seem ~sexy~ but it's really not ideal for your vaginal health. It doesn't let your vagina breathe the way its supposed to, so you're left with an irritated vag that traps moisture and can be super itchy and uncomfortable. It's best to stick with cotton underwear. Image Source: iStock
You Are StressedStress can cause you to obsessively itch any part of your body, including your vagina. It's a vicious cycle: if you itch down there once, it can cause tearing which will make you even MORE itchy. Yikes! Try to channel your stress into something else, like a fidget spinner, maybe? Image Source: iStock
You Have A Condom AllergyYou can be allergic to condoms, believe it or not. A latex allergy is a lot more common than you would think and again, you might not realize it until you are super itchy down there after sex. That itchiness can last up to four days. The good news is that there are alternatives to latex condoms, like polyurethane condoms. Image Source: iStock
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