Does your vagina itch? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to a study by the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Sego), 75% of women experience vaginal itching at least once in their lives. And is not for less.
Vaginal itching can be very annoying, uncomfortable and a sign that something is not right in your intimate area. It can also affect intimacy with your partner, because not even the greatest love will enjoy bad smells or infections.
Worse yet, vaginal itching can affect your self-esteem, making you believe that your vagina just "doesn't work." Nothing is further from reality.
In this article we will explain everything you need to know to prevent itching from ruining your health and your relationship.
Are you ready? Keep reading and learn how to take care of your intimate area as it deserves.
What causes vaginal itching?
If you've already suffered from it, you know how uncomfortable itching can be. The problem is not just the discomfort, but it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as redness, inflammation, discharge or a bad smell. But why does your vagina itch?
The answer is not unique. Vaginal itching can have various causes, which can be more or less serious. Some of the most common causes are:
- Infections due to fungi, bacteria or parasites. Some factors that can alter the vaginal flora are the use of antibiotics, contraceptives, tight clothing, douching or unprotected sexual intercourse.
- Candidiasis is one of the most common fungal infections and is characterized by a whitish, lumpy discharge, as well as itching. Other common infections are bacterial vaginosis, which causes a grayish discharge and a fishy odor, and trichomoniasis, which produces a greenish, frothy discharge.
- Allergies or irritations from chemicals, fabrics or preservatives. These substances can be soaps, perfumes, deodorants, sanitary napkins, tampons, synthetic or colored underwear, lubricants, or spermicides.
- Hormonal changes, such as those of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause.
- Sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, gonorrhea, or chlamydia.
As you can see, some causes of vaginal itching are more serious than others and require immediate medical attention. Therefore, if you have vaginal itching, do not hesitate and consult your doctor as soon as possible.
How vaginal itching affects your health and your relationship
Vaginal itching can give you a hard time, both in your health and in your sex life. The more you ignore it, the greater the consequences:
- Swelling, redness, discharge, or bad odor from the vagina. Forget that someone will want to get close to your vagina with that smell.
- Pain when urinating, having sex or walking. Goodbye to pleasure, both accompanied and alone.
- Bleeding between periods or after sexual intercourse. If, despite all the inconvenience, you decide to have sex, it will not end well.
- Infertility or complications in pregnancy. The worst fear of every woman.
As expected, all these consequences have a direct impact on your mental and emotional health. Vaginal itching can have a negative impact on your quality of life, your self-esteem, and your relationship with your partner:
- Low self-confidence, shame or guilt for having the problem. Vaginal itching can make you feel dirty, flawed, or guilty about contracting an infection or disease. This can affect your body image and self-confidence.
- Decreased sexual desire, pleasure or intimacy with the partner. Vaginal itching can interfere with your sex life and your connection with your partner. You may feel less desire to have sex, less pleasure from doing so, or more pain or discomfort. You may also feel less confident in expressing your sexual needs, desires, or fantasies. Or you may avoid physical contact for fear of infecting your partner or being rejected.
- Conflicts, misunderstandings or breaks due to lack of communication or understanding. Vaginal itching can cause communication and understanding problems with your partner. You may feel that your partner does not understand you, does not support you or does not respect you. Or you may think that your partner has been unfaithful, lied to you, or cheated on you. This can cause arguments, fights or separations.
Ok, we already know that vaginal itching can ruin your health and your relationship if you don't remedy it, but don't panic.
We will explain everything you should do to prevent it and prevent it from making your life bitter.
How to avoid vaginal itching?
Vaginal itching is not something you should ignore or put up with. It has a solution, but you must act quickly and responsibly.
The first thing you should do if you have vaginal itching is see a doctor. The doctor will be able to examine you and do the necessary tests to determine the cause of your vaginal itching and give you the most appropriate treatment for your case (Do not self-medicate, which is worse later).
However, at Zenzsual we always comment that the best solution is prevention. This is what you should do to avoid it:
- Maintain good intimate hygiene:
Our Feminine Cleansing Foam is perfect for this, since its formula with lactic acid, organic cranberry extract rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, helps maintain local immunity and pH to keep your V zone free of itching and infections.
And if you combine it with Our Feminine Moisturizing Gel , you will have the hygiene that your intimate area needs.
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight or synthetic clothing. Cotton is a natural fabric that allows the skin to breathe and prevents moisture and heat in the intimate area.
- Have a balanced diet, and avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods. Diet influences the balance of vaginal flora and the immune system.
- Strengthen the immune system with Our Zenbiotic , which gives you the immune well-being you need, thanks to its components that help reduce the imbalance of vaginal pH and the presence of yeasts or fungi (Candidiasis).
- Avoid stress, tobacco and sudden changes in temperament. Stress, tobacco and sudden changes in temperament can affect the hormonal balance and the functioning of the immune system.
- Avoid the use of daily protectors that can maintain moisture and cause irritation or discomfort.
- Change the sanitary napkin frequently every 3 or 4 hours.
- Wash cotton underwear with hypoallergenic soaps that are free of scents and perfumes, and that are dermatologically tested.
- Do not use daily protectors frequently. And when using them, that they are cotton, organic, and that they have not been bleached with chlorine.
- Avoid wearing floss style underwear or thongs. In addition to the fact that rubbing causes irritation, bacteria from the anus can be transmitted to the vagina, and cause infections.
As you can see, vaginal itching is easy to prevent, but to do so you must act quickly and responsibly.
Take care of your Vaginal Health as it should be...
To help you prevent vaginal itching from making your life miserable, we have Our Vaginal Health Kit , which has all the products you need:
- Cleansing Foam with lactic acid and organic cranberry extract: cleanses, protects and balances the pH of your V zone, preventing itching and infections.-
- Water-based Intimate Gel : hydrates, lubricates and softens your skin without irritating it or altering its natural flora. Free of hormones, perfumes, parabens and oils. Vegan and cruelty-free.
- Zenbiotic : a supplement that strengthens your immune system and prevents the most common female problems such as candidiasis or vaginal pH imbalance.
And as if that were not enough, we give you our Ebook " The Secrets of a Happy Vulva ".
If you have any experience or doubt about vaginal itching, we'd love for you to share it with us on social media. This way we can help each other and create a community of informed and empowered women.
Until next time!