MSD Manual

Please confirm that you are not located inside the Russian Federation

honeypot link
Quick Facts

Vaginal Itching

By

The Manual's Editorial Staff

Last full review/revision Jun 2021| Content last modified Jun 2021
CLICK HERE FOR THE PROFESSONAL VERSION
Get the full details

What is vaginal itching?

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:

What causes vaginal itching?

When should I see a doctor?

See a doctor right away if you have vaginal itching with pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal discharge. See a doctor when you can if your itching lasts more than a few days but you don't have pain or abnormal discharge.

What will happen when I go to the doctor?

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.

How do doctors treat vaginal itching?

They may also suggest you:

  • Keep your vulva as clean as possible

  • Put ice packs on your vulva

  • Soak in a warm bathtub

  • Stop using creams, powders, soaps, or other items that irritate your vulva

If your itching doesn't get better, doctors may suggest medicines (such as a corticosteroid cream).

NOTE: This is the Consumer Version. DOCTORS: CLICK HERE FOR THE PROFESSONAL VERSION
CLICK HERE FOR THE PROFESSONAL VERSION
OTHER TOPICS IN THIS CHAPTER
Others also read
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Test your knowledge
Eyes, Watery
Eyes may become overly watery in one of two ways. First, a disorder can cause excess tear production. Second, a disorder that blocks tears from draining normally can occur. Which of the following conditions causes watery eyes by blocking tears from draining normally?
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID

Also of Interest

Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
TOP