6 Reasons why you have an itchy vagina

pantiesThere are very few things in life more uncomfortable than an itchy vagina. I'd take a headache, an upset stomach--heck maybe even a migraine--over an itchy vagina! It's crazy awkward, it's not sexy and it makes even the simplest things difficult. You can't sit, you can't walk, you can't wear jeans and worst of all--you CAN'T have sex! I'm telling you, it's a freaking problem!

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I think we can all agree that an irritated vagina leads to a very angry and annoyed woman. It's embarrassing, gross and real inconvenient. And there's a shocking amount of things that could cause it. Because your vagina is full of important bacteria, all it needs is to get out of balance for problems (and of course itchiness) to occur. Not sure what's going on with your lady parts? Sit tight girl, here are 6 reasons why your vagina is itching!

You have a yeast infection: If your itchy vagina also comes with thick, white discharge that sort of looks like cottage cheese than chances are you have a yeast infection. They are caused by a bacterial imbalance in the vagina and are super easy to treat. You can buy over-the-counter treatments, but they don't work for everyone so it's best you see your gyno.

You have BV: Bacterial Vaginosis, also known as BV, tends to trigger itching and swelling around the vulva. Not only is it itchy but it also comes with a white/grayish discharge that has a fishy smell. This is all due to an overgrowth of normal bacteria in the vagina. If you think you have this make sure to see your doctor ASAP! It can only be treated with antibiotics.

You're going through menopause: Menopause comes with a handful of problems including the dryness and thinning of the vagina which is usually caused by a drop in estrogen. So because you're less lubricated the vagina can feel burning, soreness and irritation especially during and after sex. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments and don't be afraid to try lube.

You have a latex allergy: More women than you think are allergic to condoms made from latex rubber. One to the percent in the states to be exact. Latex allergies can cause everything from itching to red skin and rashes. If you think you might be allergic to it, pay a visit to your doctor. And try Trojans NaturaLamb Real Skin-to-Skin Intimacy Condoms ($30).

You have a spermicide allergy: An allergic reaction to spermicide or lube can also cause vaginal irritation. Make sure you check out the ingredients and instructions before using a spermicide. If you're especially sensitive down there, skip it all together.

You're allergic to your soap: Itchiness could also mean you're allergic to your soap if it has harsh chemicals and fragrance, or anything else that comes in contact with your vagina. Stick to a regular, fragrance-free soap for cleansing and fragrance free laundry detergent or body lotion. Also, make sure you're wearing 100 percent cotton underwear.

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