Vaginal itching is when your vagina (birth canal) or the area outside the opening to the vagina (called your vulva) feels scratchy and itchy.
Most women have a little vaginal itching every once in a while that goes away on its own.
Vaginal itching is a problem when it doesn’t go away or keeps coming back. Vaginal itching can be serious if you also have:
Doctors will ask questions about your vaginal itching and any other symptoms.
Doctors typically do a pelvic exam. During a pelvic exam, your doctor looks inside your vagina, holding it open with a small instrument called a speculum. Doctors may use a cotton swab to take a sample of any vaginal discharge (fluid) for testing.
Doctors treat the cause of your itching, if they can. For example, if you have a yeast infection, doctors may give you antifungal medicines.
They may also suggest you:
If your itching doesn't get better, doctors may suggest medicines (such as a corticosteroid cream).