Vaginal itching

What causes vaginal itching?

Vaginal or vulval itching is usually caused by an allergic reaction to chemicals in deodorants, spermicides or creams. It is also common following the menopause, when it is caused by vaginal dryness due to low levels of oestrogen. It may also be caused by a vaginal discharge due to an infection. Vulval dystrophies (a group of vulval skin changes) can also cause itching.

How is genital itching treated?

Your doctor may recommend antibiotic or antifungal drugs or hormones, sometimes taken orally (by mouth) or in a cream form. If vaginal dryness is contributing to the itching problem, simple vaginal lubricants can be helpful.