How Do I Stop My Vulva Itching?

Medically Reviewed on 10/19/2022
Vulva Itching
Vulva itching isn’t always the result of an infection and may be caused by various irritants.

The vulva is the outer portion of the female genitals and covers the vaginal opening.

Every woman produces vaginal secretions or discharges that keep the vulva and vagina moist and flush out bacteria. If it feels sore or itchy, consult your doctor to determine the cause of your vulva's irritation.

There are numerous remedies for vulval and vaginal irritation.

What causes vulva itching?

The vulva is one of the most delicate areas of skin on the body, which surrounds the vagina. The body’s secretions typically establish a barrier of protection on top of this skin. However, soap and water can remove this built-in barrier, leaving skin vulnerable to irritants from shaving, chemicals, detergents, and personal care items. Irritation and itching are frequently brought on by this.

Women frequently assume itching must be the result of an infection. If you do not have an odor or odd discharge and the itching is mostly external, it could simply be due to irritation. Of course, you should see a doctor if you think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease or if you have other symptoms.

What can I do to avoid vulva itching?

If it is only a minor irritation, try the following for relief:

  • Use Vaseline or one percent hydrocortisone ointment two to three times each day. Avoid alcohol-based creams because it dries out the skin.
  • Itching can be reduced by taking over-the-counter antihistamines at night.
  • RepHresh or Luvena vaginal gels, which are available over-the-counter at non-pharmacies, can be used to reduce the symptoms by restoring normal vaginal pH balance.

Bathing and hygiene

  • The most crucial thing is to not scratch. This causes the skin to become even more irritated.
  • Use only fragrance-free bath soaps, lotions, and gels. The mildest products include Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Dove. Avoid applying soap or shampoo straight to the vulvar skin. The region could be kept clean without causing any skin irritation with just warm water and your hand.
  • Avoid using scented oils, bath salts, or bubble baths. Avoid putting lotion on the vulva directly.
  • Do not use a washcloth to scrub the vulvar skin. Rather, gently pat it dry.
  • Use white, fragrance-free toilet paper.
  • After urinating, you might want to cleanse the vulva with cool or lukewarm water if the skin is extremely inflamed.
  • Avoid using adult or baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, or sprays.
  • Avoid using scented tampons or pads. Use pads with a cotton lining.
  • Do not use over-the-counter creams or ointments, except for Vaseline and zinc oxide ointment, and make sure they are fragrance-and paraben-free.
  • To protect the skin, a small amount of A&D, olive oil, vegetable oil, or zinc oxide ointment could be applied as often as necessary to the vulva.
  • Avoid shaving, using hair removal products, or douching the vulvar area. You can clip to trim.
  • Refrain from using spermicides or contraceptive creams. Dryness and discomfort during sexual activity can be reduced by using water-soluble lubricants, such as Astro glide.

Clothing and laundry

  • Do not wear pantyhose. Instead, wear thigh or knee-high boots or remove the diamond-shaped crotch.
  • Immediately take off wet swimming suits and workout attire.
  • Use gentle, fragrance-and dye-free detergents, such as Cheer-Free or All-Free, to wash your clothing.
  • Avoid using fabric softeners or anticling products on undergarments.
  • Rinse undergarments and other apparel that comes into contact with the vulva.
  • Wear loose-fitting slacks or skirts and all-white cotton undergarments.

Avoid physical activity

  • Avoid activities, such as biking and horseback riding, that apply pressure directly on the vulva.
  • Limit strenuous activities that cause a lot of friction in the vulvar area.
  • Avoid using pools with chlorinated water and hot tubs.

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Medically Reviewed on 10/19/2022
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