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Itchy Vagina

Updated on September 18, 2009

Vaginal itch - a frequent issue for famous women...

Here on Hub Pages, there's this little thing called an 'idea bank', and it's where we can go to find ideas to write about. Occasionally, I like to peruse it to see if there are any lonely topics which have not been responded to. If you can believe it 'itchy vagina' was one of them.

Apparently, Hub Pages authors who leap at writing about children's birthday parties, how to knit a scarf, and the efficacy of aisan teas, balk at itchy vaginas. Not I! I will not back down from the itchy vaginal challenge. So hold on to your hats.

There are four main causes of an itchy vagina; thrush, bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, and everyone's favorite, herpes. There are also less serious causes such as reaction to soaps and whatnot.

Thrush / Candida

A common cause of ongoing itchy vaginal problems is thrush, an imbalance in the organic levels of the vagina which can be caused by antibiotics, irresponsible douching, or looking at your vagina funny. Thrush is the result of a fungal infection of the organism, candida albicans, and is usually accompanied by yeasty clumpy discharge and itching, red vulva. Candida is always naturally present in the vagina, however sometimes it goes out of control and causes problems. Over the counter thrush treaments can help.

Thrush is not an STI, or STD, though repeated unprotected sex can sometimes cause ongoing outbreaks in a woman. If this is the case, have your partner checked and use condoms.

Bacterial Vaginosis

The vagina is a battle ground of good and bad bacteria. If the bad bacteria win, you will have a sore vulva, it may hurt to pee, and you may experience fishy smelling discharge. Bacterial vaginosis is not accompanied by redness or swelling.

Bacterial vaginosis is potentially much more dangerous than thrush, as it can lead to a condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease. It can cause problems during pregnancy and can represent a serious threat to your health. If you suspect you have bacterial vaginosis, you will need to see a doctor who will assess whether or not you do have the condition, and if so, prescribe a course of antibiotics.

Trichomonas Vaginalis

Also known as 'Trich', (not to be confused with Tripp or Trig who are not vaginal infections, but Sarah Palin's children.) Trichomonas Vaginalis is often typified by sore red vulva accompanied with foamy yellow green discharge. This condition is caused by a parasite which can be spread via sex or sharing sex aids. Antibiotics are the cure for this condition, if you have a male partner, he will need to be tested and treated as well, for although he will not present symptoms, he will act as a parasitic reservoir of infection.

Herpes

The big H, herpes is one of the more stigmatized STD's. It can easily be differentiated from other causes of vaginal itching because instead of redness and swelling, you will experience the outbreak of sores and lesions. Treatment is available for herpes and involves anti viral drugs and painkilling creams. In most women, the sores will heal within 12 days or so. Unfortunately there is no permanent cure for herpes, but the first outbreak is usually the most severe and subsequent outbreaks are usually significantly milder.

None Of The Above

If your symptoms do not match any of the above causes, think about what products you have used on or near your vagina. Soaps can contain irritants and perfumes which can cause vaginal issues, so if you have recently changed soaps and experienced a problem, then stop using the new product.

It's also a fairly bad idea to apply deodorants and other such fresheners not designed for vaginal use to the vagina as these can also cause allergic reactions. If you cannot pinpoint the cause of the itchiness and if it does not clear within a few days, see a doctor.

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Thanks god it is not MY problem ;)

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmm, good you publish a hub such as this. Another reason I think (which I don't know if common in your area but here it might be) is using pantyliners all the time. Not sure if this is scientific but a friend of mine who was having an itchy vagina reduced her usage of pantyliners and the itchiness just disappeared.

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      Good tip emievil... really, any foreign body can create irritation down there.

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      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      My foreign body usually creates satisfaction down there :P

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      Rik Ravado 7 years ago from England

      I've been itching to write about this one in the premium ideas bank but have resisted the temptation as I don't have any personal experience of this.

      Anyway well done - you've given this difficult subject a good going over and, dare I say it, come up to scratch! Great illustrations too!

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      Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have not got an itchy vagina (fortunately) but you did well to take on this lonely item. My hub on 'designer vaginas' has received ten times the traffic of most of my other hubs. A learning experience for me as i am still quite new to this. But looking at your other hubs makes me think you have a nice little niche market thing going!

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      I did also write a hub about vaginoplasty at one stage, is that what your designer vagina hub is about too?

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      healthgoji 7 years ago

      Very professional information on vaginal maladies.

      I will keep it in mind if the need ever comes up; to see a doctor for some of your remedies.

      The models must get a lot of attention in their pictures.

      J.

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      Tadeusz598 7 years ago from Florianopolis/ London/ Aberdeen

      enchanting.

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      Info Help 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great pictures on this hub, and I must say the title captured my interest.

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      I have to give all the credit to Hub Pages for the incredibly engaging title :D

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      Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      I think they just like grabbing their crotches. I'll remember this stuff next time I see a women do it. ha

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      NGRIA Bassett 7 years ago from Bermuda

      Very interseting perspective. I will no longer see the crotch theatrical in the same way as before, I will now think; huuh? vaginitis? Call the itch specialist!

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      jayb23 7 years ago from India

      different and esoteric. The info you have provided should be of great help to all those women who are experiencing it.

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      Jacqueline 7 years ago from London, England

      I work in a microbiology lab and got to see trichomonas under the microscope just the other day! Thought I would share that with you.

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      There is a disorder not mentioned here. It's called Lichen Schlerosis and it's a skin disease/disorder that affects the outer vaginal and labial area. If left untreated, it can cause permanent scar tissue that effects sensitivity in the area. http://www.righthealth.com/topic/Lichen_Sclerosis/...

      You can read more about it here. One of the main symptoms is itching, then the burning, tearing, painful feeling during intercourse.

      Very informative article here.

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      Thanks for the addition, donotfear!

      What did they look like, FranyaBlue?

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Oh the joys of womanhood, ahem yes and dont forget the fun days of honeymoon wee problems ,pregnancy & new mother adjustment time(biologically) oh yipeeee, lol. Informative and helpful hub. Thankyou

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      cosette 7 years ago

      awesome.

      i didn't know half of that stuff, and i have one of those! p.s. i have also never had any itching but if i ever do, i will know what caused it.

      you ROCK!

      signed, a new fan

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Hmmm, I will never look at them the same again. I must say I never knew a thrush would invade them. I thought that was a bird, Wood Thrush and Hermit Thrush. They carry mites, coincidence?

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      No coincidence at all, I suspect!

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      I have noticed this hub 3 times today..... it is certainly has a very stand out title!

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      Frank 7 years ago from Montana

      Hopefully it won't spread to the butt...

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      Hilariously enough, this one seems to be lurking near the top of the hubs at the moment, I do apologize, I never meant for this to happen. :D

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      Island Tropical 7 years ago

      This one is cool!

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      sooner than later 7 years ago

      don't share your nets, crabs hide in them.

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      Lawretta Ikenga 7 years ago from England

      I have really gained a lot from reading this hub. Thanks Hope!

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      Lee Boolean 7 years ago

      I had a good giggle at this one, especially the pics you chose... now you just have to find the reason for the male rap artists' crotch grabbing... maybe its testicle misplacement, you know, you have to check every now and then if they are still where you last put them?

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      Adam B 7 years ago

      Maybe you can create a new hub tackling the issue of ichy balls next. Just a suggestion.

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      Luana Higuera 7 years ago from South Bay, CA

      Hope,

      Hope you don't mind, but after reading your hub, I was prompted to write a companion piece "Do's and Don'ts of Maintaining a Healthy Vagina" - I'm convinced these ladies aren't just palming themselves for the hell of it, I'm telling you, it's those damn tight drawers! That area needs room to breathe, and these girls are suffocating! Add perspiration and heat to the mix, and you've got a recipe for bacterial warfare! None for me, thanks!

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      KyonSOS23 7 years ago from Nabon

      your picture ,it is dancing not itching.

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      Go right ahead, L. Marie Figtree.... as for you Kyon, really? I had NO idea!

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      Cindy Says 7 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Ah, yes, and we really aren't allowed to scratch in public. And when it's really bad, it's a little complicated to reach the area that is itching. There is another cause, dryness due to aging. Really, there is nothing much to say that is good about getting older except that the alternative is worse.

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      troy joseph reyes 7 years ago

      while all around us there is this raging debate about national healthcare someone has taken the time to offer advice about an often ignored but no less serious issue of vagina itch. its depressing to see so many female celebrities suffer so publicly.i would personally like to assist katy perry in her attempt to eleviate such a personal problem, katy if you are reading this, you need not suffer any longer, call me.

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      Francine Smith 7 years ago

      I always wondered why Pink, Madonna, Lilly Allen and other's, kept on itching in a most un-feminine way. Especially at the MTV Awards. Well thanks to your hub, I now know it's because they got a nasty rash on the *ash.

      As for my best friend Lisa, I'll advise her that Candida is not the best name for her newest grandaughter!

      Spread the love - but nothing else.

      Franny X

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      I do believe that this hub has elicited the most excitement I've ever experienced from Hub Pages members. Is this perhaps, a telling phenomenon? ;)

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      beth811 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      I never thought that anyone could publish this kind of topic. I'm sure most of us here in HP have read this hub.

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      TheSablirab 7 years ago

      I have seen this Hub featured at some point or another, the past couple of days, but wasn't able to read it until now. And boy am I glad! Had I not read it, I would have wondered what the topic actually was.

      Now that I have read it, it makes sense, lol, but one can never be sure.

      Interesting hub and thank you for posting. Now, if I have any itching, I can stop by and see what it might be.

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      funnebone 7 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Much like any other sophomoronic hubber I was drawn to your hub simply by the word vagina. At first I had hoped the "itchy" part was a new slang the kids use to describe a woman who is...amorous, ripe or randy, but my excitement was soon deflated ( excuse the pun). Whilst I empathize with you ladies as to your discomfort, I would much rather prefer you pretend you privates were crafter from an impervious concoction oh kevlar covered in a fabric woven from threads of heavens clouds.

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      TheSablirab 7 years ago

      Funnebone, I like that description, hahahahahaha.

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      michellebx 7 years ago

      Where did you manage to find such fitting images? :)

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      Janetta 7 years ago

      Part funny, part informative--great job! I HAD to check out a hub with a title like that :D

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      santosardee 7 years ago from Paranaque City, Philippines

      I think this "dance step" originated from the late Michael Jackson, right?

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      HolidayKitty 7 years ago

      But I thinks they have the common action of their right hand ? Believe My God Believe LinksCraft ?

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      CasperCummings 7 years ago

      Love the pictures you used!

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      cheaptrick 7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      for all you ladies who fit the "None of thee above"category I'd just like to volunteer(as a gentleman)to help you scratch....I'm sure i speak for other gentlemen as well...

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      maaschnabarroi 7 years ago from London

      i got itchy just reading. dito with the pics

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      carolarandall 7 years ago from Providence, RI

      Thanks for the help....needed it.

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      Real Estate Lady 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Where did you find all those photos?? This cracked me up! Thanks for a great hub.

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      Hope Alexander 7 years ago

      The google is your friend in such matters :)

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      ILoveLingerie 7 years ago

      You're really a brave soldier fighting for the suppressed causes!!! =)

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