It’s normally our periods that have us stressing out. We fret about whether we’re going to bleed through our underwear and jeans. We stress that our cramps are going to kill us and we worry that our periods are never going to stop. Normally, when your period gets lighter, you start to chill out. However, sometimes you might experience some things at the end of your period that put you into a panic.
Brown period blood is one thing that might freak you out. But it’s definitely not the only thing. Have you ever been near the end of your period/finished it and noticed you were a bit itchy down there? It probably worried you and made you wonder what’s going on down there. Here’s the deal on whether having an itchy vagina after your period is normal.
So, what’s the deal with it?
If you’re experiencing an itchy sensation when you’re finished your period, you don’t need to freak out because it’s not something totally random. In fact, it’s not unheard of to experience vaginal itching before, during, and after menstruating.
Is it a yeast infection?
Itching is associated with yeast infections which is why most people start to freak out if they find that things are itchy down there. However, there are actually a lot of things that can make vaginas itchy including toilet paper, your pad/tampon, dryness, different fabrics, soaps/laundry detergents, and more. Because it’s happening around your period, it likely has to do with hormones and/or the pads.
What do hormones have to do with it?
Menstruating is basically a roller-coaster of hormone levels going up and down. We know how the change in hormones can give us other symptoms (cramps, mood swings, breakouts), but they can also impact how lubricated things are down there. Women who are menopausal can experience the same feeling of itchiness because of the drop in estrogen. Who knew?
How can I stop the itching?
If it’s coming from the change in hormones, there isn’t that much you can do to stop it. You can try and stop thinking about the itching, but I know that doesn’t always work. To make yourself comfortable, ensure that you’re wearing loose cotton underwear and you’re changing your pad regularly. Furthermore, make sure you’re cleansing down there on a regular basis with lukewarm water. Oh, and avoid any douching kits, wipes, or products that aren’t specifically meant for your delicate vag.
Don’t automatically blame hormones because other things could be making the itching worse. Like I mentioned before, try switching up your cleansing routine to see if that changes things. You could also try switching tampon/pad brands. Some products are made out of different materials so you could find you’re more sensitive to some.
What if the itching doesn’t go away?
If the itchiness goes on for more than a week after your period, or it is so intense that it gets in the way of your day-to-day activities, book an appointment with your doctor. They will be able to assess your symptoms and hopefully come up with a solution. If it’s hormones and vaginal dryness, your doc could be able to prescribe something.
What other things have stressed you out about your period? Let us know in the comments!
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