“My vagina is itchy, sometimes it’s even like a burning sensation, is it serious?”
The gynaecologist/intimate rejuvenation specialist’s answer:
In most cases, urogenital itching and irritation are not a major concern, but because they can be symptoms of an infection, it is always a good idea to call your gynaecologist or intimate rejuvenation specialist.
Some common causes of vaginal itching, burning and irritation:
- Bacterial vaginosis. It’s absolutely normal to have a healthy mix of bacteria in the vagina. But the wrong bacteria growing there can lead to an infection. Besides itching, other symptoms that come with bacterial vaginosis are inflammation, burning, discharge and a fishy-smelling odour.
- Sexually transmitted disease (STDs). Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea and other organisms can cause vaginal/vulvar itching and irritation and other symptoms.
- Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis). About three in four women will develop a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Yeast infections occur when the yeast, candida, grows excessively in the vagina and vulva. Pregnancy, intercourse, antibiotics and a weakened immune system can all make women more likely to get a yeast infection. In addition to itching and irritation, a yeast infection will produce a thick, white, cheesy discharge.
- Menopause effects. The drop in oestrogen production that occurs at the end of a woman’s reproductive years can cause the vaginal walls to thin and dry out. This can lead to itching and irritation. Thinning of the vaginal walls is also a problem in some women who breastfeed.
- Chemical irritants. A number of chemical substances included in creams, douches, condoms, contraceptive foams, laundry detergents, soaps, scented toilet paper and fabric softeners can irritate the vagina and vulva.
If burning/itching sensations or/and infections are happening more and more often, this can be the sign of a functional issue in the intimate area, meaning that the body is no longer able to maintain proper functioning and balance. In this case, medical solutions exist to restore the balance and comfort of the intimate area.”
Before suggesting a treatment, the doctor will confirm the diagnosis by taking a medical history, followed by a clinical and gynaecological exam. If the patient does not present any contraindications, such as an active urinary infection or a herpes flare-up, the appropriate SOS dryness protocol may immediately begin.
1st stage: Inflammatory symptoms prevail: swollen, red and painful vulva.
2nd stage: It is primarily characterised by a loss of volume (also described by the term atrophy), skin is less firm and has lost elasticity. The labia majora and minora are flattened.
3rd stage: it is characterised by both inflammatory symptoms and loss of volume or atrophy. Female genital organs that have become slack over time lead to both aesthetic and functional problems, including repeated infections, stress urinary incontinence and reduced sensation during sexual intercourse.
A few simple points of advice to reduce the trigger factors:
- Pay attention to the products that you use on a daily basis: soaps, creams, any product and materials in contact that may contain irritant elements.
- Prioritise underwear made of a soft, natural material such as cotton
- Prioritise gentle cleansing products specially designed for intimate hygiene.
- If these feelings are associated with rubbing and leakage, in this case it is important to see a doctor.
- Do not let a feeling of discomfort take hold, especially if this has an impact on your life and everyday well-being: solutions exist!
See a specialist doctor with whom you will be comfortable discussing your sensations and habits! They will be able to help you to describe these sensations and find solutions.
These solutions are not necessarily complicated if you speak to the right specialist, whether your gynaecologist or intimate rejuvenation specialist.
*This general advice does not, under any circumstances, replace a medical opinion. Ask your doctor for advice.