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Vaginal itching: a common problem of the young and old

If you are experiencing itching or irritation at your private parts, your body is trying to tell you something.

Itching of the vulva and vagina are one of the common complaints in many women, varying from as young as 5 years old to some more than 60. It can be really disturbing and stressful when it persists for some days. More severe itching can lead to pain, ugly scratch marks and darkening of the vulval skin.

Let us start from the vulva. Persistent itching of this site may be caused by infection, allergy, or a reason as simple as poor personal hygiene. The third is common in most children, the poor, the elderly and one who is suffering from psychological problem. In short, personal hygiene is poor when it meets one who is unable to look after herself well. Itching can also appear when one keeps her private areas warm and moist, which is a favorable condition for bacterial growth. In the elderly, vulval and vaginal itching can be due to dryness of the skin and vaginal lining. This is a normal condition of aging caused by low level of female hormones. But sometimes, it may be caused by cancer.

Infections and infestations which are mainly sexually transmitted is a more probable cause in younger women who are more likely to be sexually active. Infections such as herpes, trichomoniasis, yeast infections (candida) and bacterial vaginosis are some causes to be named. Pubic lice (also called ‘crabs’) may also be included.

Scabies and tinea cruris (a fungal infection also known as ‘ringworm’) are also some underlying causes. Though, they are not limited to the private parts. They cause itching of various parts of the body including the private parts. They are not transmitted by sexual contact, but rather normal contact with close people such as relatives and friends.

Skin diseases and allergy are not to be missed. Eczema may spread to the private parts and cause irritation. Psoriasis and lichen simplex chronicus may also be considered.

Of course, you may be confused of what is the cause of the irritation you are experiencing. You might want to consult a doctor, but seldom have the time for it. Nevertheless, the itching is driving you nuts. You might want to drop by a pharmacy to get some over-the-counter medications in the meantime. Lidocaine gel is a good choice. This is an anaesthetic which paralyses skin from feeling the itch. It does not, in any way, treat the cause of itching. In the elderly or pregnant, where hormonal levels are most probably the main causes, baking soda baths and pastes can be relieving. Sexual intercourse also helps, as changes in hormonal level causes increases pH of the vaginal lining (causes itching), which can be opposed by male semen which has a lower pH level.

Be sure to consult your doctor if symptoms persist. Ruling out STD and cancer is the main aim. If you are pregnant, always seek a doctor’s advice before trying out any remedies. Always keep your private parts clean, dry and airy. Avoid wearing tight clothes. After defecating, it is better to wash and then wipe from front to back to avoid any bacteria from entering the vagina. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you have any questions, visit our free online forum on sexual health, HIV and STDs.

Dr (Ms) De Souza

MD (Russia), MMed (Obs&Gyn)

487 Comments

  1. Hi Dr,
    After hv unprotected sex, the following day i feel itchy on my genital area. It’s been a week now and still itchy. I tried to use feminine soap wash but it didn’t help a lot.

    What should I do?
    Can your clinic also do treatment for lady?

    • Hello, Haizz.

      If you are implying itchiness in the vagina, infection is the most likely cause and, of course, unprotected intercourse heightens this risk. If itchiness occurs within a day after unprotected sex, bacterial vaginosis is most suspected. This is when the vagina is infected by any one or multiple bacteria, though the most frequent culprit is “Gardnerella vaginalis”. Unlike most viral infections whose symptoms emerge at least 3 days after exposure, bacterial vaginosis may cause symptoms as early as 12 hours post-exposure. Other causes include gonorrhea and chancroid. Vulval itching, on the other hand, may be caused by lice (crabs) or scabies, which are parasites. If recurrent, these parasites cause symptoms as early as 1 day after exposure.

      At this stage, it is advisable that you watch out for any unusual vaginal discharge, any foul smell, blood/spotting. Keep your private area clean and dry.

      As for our clinic, yes, we do run run tests and provide treatment for ladies. A visit to the doctor allows you to proceed with necessary tests to confirm the causative agent and receive appropriate treatment.

      Best regards,
      Dr De Souza.

    • Confused

      I need help everytime I har sex I’m not in any discomfort or pain but I get extremely red are and very very swollen down below. I’ve also noticed severe itching that comes and goes and clumps of cottage cheese like discharge that goes from white to yellow! There’s not a bad smell only when the discharge first was there smelt yeasty. But it’s gone! Any suggestions or advice? I am seeing a doctor

      • Sounds like an infection. Cottage cheese discharge usually signifies a yeast infection. But yellow discharge could be a lot of other things. Your doctor will probably conduct a vaginal swab for you and find out what is going on. Once that is done, treating it will be easy. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

    • Ok during the summer I was at a beach and when I got back to camp my vagina was itching and I ignored it so I got in the pool and it kept itching so I pulled the lower peice of my bathing suit and the was sand piled below my vagina so I removed the sand from my suit and it was still itchy…need u know I was just getting a little throat infection the 3 days later I was given antibiotics for it…my itching continued until November and started in mid July…recently I got another throat infection and was given amoxycillin and as soon as I started to develop my infection I was vaginally itching again
      Extra info:I’m 12 no period small breast long pubic hair and I tried using liners because I am gonna start my period soon and I’ve been having discharge for 1 year but since itching I would scratch a hole through and I would make myself bleed but I’m not worried about that I also shaved just the middle part of the lips I used to masterbate never fingered just vibrator and soooo yea

      SORRY IM SOOOO DETAILED JUST REALLY NEED HELP ASAP<3

  2. Confused

    Hi Dr. De Souza,

    I have been experiencing itch just below the outside of my vagina for the past week. It usually happens only in the night when I am asleep. Now it seems to be spreading towards my anal area. When I wipe myself, it seems to hurt a little, like when you had an abrasion. It cannot be STDs because I am not sexually active.

    Could you kindly advice me? And if I need to consult a doctor, how much does it cost for a consultation at your clinic?

    Thanks.

    • Hello, Confused.

      My very first advice is, don’t scratch. Scratching means helping the organisms get deeper into your skin. In women, most cases of STDs express themselves as vaginal itching and discharge rather than merely skin itching. There is a wide spectrum of causes of itching around this area. Infection should be the first suspect, mostly bacterial or parasitic (mainly pinworm infestations, where the adult crawls out of the anus at night to lay eggs on the skin and cause itching). Recent diarrhoea, very dry skin or skin allergy can also be the reasons to name a few. To know what’s causing your itch, thorough investigations should be done at the doctor’s. For the meantime, you might want to apply some over-the-counter topical anti-inflammatory gel/cream to relief the itching. Thorough washing after every bowel movement prevents worsening of the condition. Keep the area dry (but not too dry) and airy, tight or nylon panties is a bad idea. Try to avoid perfumed soap when washing, as this tends to irritate the skin more.

      You are welcome to visit us at our clinic for proper investigation, treatment and to directly eliminate what’s causing the itch. Consultation costs $37.

      Regards,
      Dr De Souza

      • jasmine

        Hi Doc!

        after about 3-4 days i have been having this really bad itch right underneath my hole i am a vergin so sex isnt the answer i have een putting sudocrem on it but nothing works im really struggeling as i go school.but because i have two weeks off i want to get it treated because i dont want to keep scratching at school!

        i really hope you.can help!!
        i have also developed red bumps and peeling of my skin but it does.not hurt when i use the loo xxx

        • Red bumps and peeling of the skin sounds like folliculitis. If you have an antibiotic cream or gel for acne, you can try using that.

      • jasmine

        oh and i forgot! i also get itchyness around the lips please helppppppppp

      • I have small red bumps on the inner lips of my vagina. They itch during the night mostly. Ive heard it could juss b ingrown hairs but im scared. do you know what it could be?

        • Hi, unforturnately there is no way for us to tell unless we look at it. You are welcome to come down to the clinic to see me anytime.

  3. Confused

    Thank you Dr. for your prompt reply. Could I then check how much would an entire treatment roughly cost?

  4. The cost of an entire treatment varies widely according to the tests done. Wether or not it is necessary to send samples of the lesion to the lab solely depends on what we see on examination, so it’s hard to estimate the prices.

  5. Chawanmushi

    Dear Dr De Souza,

    I’m currently having some problems around my vagina. Small bumps/ lumps seems to appear and feels like pimples. I had it for like 2-3 months and last month it seems to oozes out yellowish/ greenish pus. From then till now nothing happens but the bumps/ lumps are still there. Im feeling very scared and confused as im not sure what it is and not sure who to consult. Due to my financial constraint, Im also afraid that i might be charged heavily for this treatment. Please kindly advise.

    Thank you very much.

    • Greetings, Chawanmushi.

      Your description of the lesion sounds like you have obstructed glands, which may be of sweat glands or Bartholin glands (glands which are located posterior to the vagina on the left and right and provide lubrication of the vagina). Obstruction leads to enlargement of these glands (which explains the lumps) and, if left untreated, may lead to infection, which explains the yellowish pus. What you have depends on where you find these lumps. In relation to its location, Bartholin gland enlargement (also known as Bartholin cyst) are always found behind the vagina. Otherwise, such lumps may mean obstructed/infected sweat glands (folliculitis). You might want to apply some antibiotic cream you can get over the counter. If there is no effect or the condition worsens instead, you are always welcome for consultation. Treatment totally depends on what we see on observation. Prices fluctuate depending on the treatment, which, in turn, depends on the severity of the lesion. The more severe the infection gets, the harder the treatment will be.

      Regards,
      Dr De Souza

  6. Hi

    Me and my boyfriend started having unprotected sex last year and recently we had an uprotected sex and after 2 days he started feeling uncomfortable down there and i started itching on my vagina and we are both not sleeping with anybody its just him and me .what could be the cause of this ??please help

    • Hello, Girly.

      Vaginal itching is a typical sign of infection. A monogamous relationship decreases the risk of infection, but does not specifically protect one from it totally. The itching can be relieved by over-the-counter lidocaine gel or antihistamine creams. Get yourselves (you and your partner) tested should there be any worsening of symptoms or if you find any unusual discharge. For the meantime, abstain from intercourse to prevent spread of infection if any.

      Regards,
      Dr De Souza

  7. Frustrated

    Hi doctor,

    I’ve been having this crazy itch on my inner labia for a few months, and if I scratch the itch spreads to other parts of the vulva and even to the anus. This worsens whenever I have my period or after sexual intercourse, even with condoms. I’ve been to a doctor who treated me for yeast infection but I dont think that is the cause. Sometimes I get thick yellowish discharge and sometimes very watery discharge which looks pinkish/brownish. I don’t know what is wrong with me, please help!

    Thank you!

    • I agree with you that this is very unlikely to be a yeast infection. I think the 2 symptoms i.e. itch and discharge may not be associated. It could be trichomonas which can cause itch and discharge but the discharge is usually described as greenish watery with a fishy smell. It sounds to me like your itch could be due to a more skin level problem. If the itch is worse at night it could be scabies or lice. It could also be pure skin issues like urticaria. You really need to see your doctor and get properly examined. Vaginal swab tests will also help with the diagnosis.

  8. Frustrated

    Hi Dr Tan,
    Thanks for the advice! Difficult to find a doctor who is specialised in this area though.. Can I make an appointment at your clinic?
    Hope to be rid of the problem once and for all!

    Thanks!

    • You are welcome to see me anytime. We are a walk in clinic. You do not need an appointment.

  9. Depressed

    Hi I’m so glad to have found this site, am hoping your clinic might shed some light. I have been having itch for a year now and no doctors have been able to diagnose the problem properly, it feels like they are taking stabs in the dark, some say I have candida, some say not, they don’t want to believe me when I say it could be something else or even a mix of candida plus other bacterial vaginitis. I have hope that your clinic is open minded and will do various tests to hunt down the actual root cause of the problem and not just give pessaries and creams to “treat” the symptoms?

    I have vulva skin that is itchy, with white patches, red spots, is shiny but also wrinkled and rough, opening is smaller, hard to penetrate, raw inside, prone to cuts and tears and abrasions, hurts to have intercourse, sometimes burns when urinating. To my layperson knowledge that’s something more than just itchy, cottage-cheesy-discharge yeast infection?

    • Hello, Depressed.

      The symptoms you have sound more like skin problem. They picture dryness and atrophy (cells wasting away) of the vulvar skin which may cause it to wrinkle, appear shiny and itchy. Such condition may be caused by low oestrogen, chemical irritation or skin infection. It may affect the inner walls of the vagina and urinary passage as well and these cause painful sex and urination. However, it is always difficult to predict possible causes through mere description. A much clearer picture can be obtained upon seeing before confirming anything and a biopsy might be necessary.

      Regards,
      Dr De Souza

  10. Help !!!!

    Hello dr ..
    I’ve been having this crazy itching on the labia minor .. I used to have them , but they come suddenly . I’ve done some tests & all of them were negative , doctors always told me to wear cotton underwear & change them daily or even twice a day , but It wasn’t that much of a help . One doctor told me to have sex . I’m a 20 years old virgin .
    This itching pain is not constant , but whenever I get it the area become red & a little bet swollen !

    Please answer me ASAP , I’m despaired !

    • There are many possible causes of vaginal itching. There are infection related causes like yeast, bacterial vaginosis, scabies, lice etc etc. And non-infection related causes like eczema, dermatitis, lichen planus etc etc I do not know what tests you did so am unable to comment. Also, I find the advice that your doctor gave you that having sex can fix this condition equally puzzling. Unfortunately, we are unable to diagnose you via the internet. Hopefully this information can help you with your next doctor’s visit.

  11. Hello Dr, i ve been have this irregular itching for day now.. lately, i discovered that:When urinating and a little portion touches my private part it hurts like crazy.

    what can i do?

    • Sounds like a local lesion maybe an ulcer or abrasion. Better see your doctor to have it examined.

  12. VAga mind

    hi am having some problem i have been having change of skin in my private part and its quite irritating n itching… is that normal ???? This itching pain is not constant , but whenever I get it the area become red & a little bet swollen !

    • Well that is obviously not ‘normal’. There can be many causes of itching in the vaginal area. Yours sounds like a skin problem perhaps a dermatitis. See a doctor.

  13. brazilian

    Hi doctor, I read somewhere that doing brazilian waxes will cause yeast infection, or bacterial infection, and that we should avoid it. I thought that’s only the case if the salon does not practice good and proper hygiene, if they do, is brazilian wax still a bad idea? Because I’ve also read elsewhere that it might be a good idea since with less hair down there, there is less moisture and thus makes the area less conducive for bacterial growth. So confusing!

    • I don’t think there is any sinificant health benefits or risks of doing Brazilian waxing. The one problem that I see more commonly in women who do waxing is follicle infections. This can lead to serious problems like abscesses. I do not think this is due to poor hygiene. I think this is due to open follicles that are an expected consequence of waxing. Open follicles then become portals of entry for bacteria.

  14. NeedHelp

    Hello Dr, last week I experience itchy and soreness around my vaginal area and start to develop cottage-cheese like discharge. I have seen a doctor and was told that it was yeast infection. He then prescribe me with one pill medoflucon and Trimaxazole (bactrim) antibiotic. 4 days after medication, my cottage cheese discharge and soreness had been gone, but I still feel very itchy down there. why is this so? Thanks.

    • 3 possible reasons. 1. the fungus has not been adequately treated. 2. you have something else going on (eg BV or trichomonas) aside from your fungal infection. 3. this is remnant inflammation caused by the fungal infection and will take some time to subside.

  15. in my vegina which given the child this place is swell and the doctor said to me that u can not be pregnent so this place has itching and ulcer and swell too

    my vegina which have given the Child from that place is swell the dotor said to me that you can not be pregnent

    what can i do please write any medicene to me or give advice i am in afghanistan

    best regards please write your details to me on this addrees Jehadmir@hotmail.com

    • There are many possible causes of swelling and ulcer on or in the vagina. I cannot possible diagnose your over the net. You will have to see your doctor again if your symptoms persists.

  16. I am 30 yrs old.I start having vaginal itching 5 years ago but hve it treated with long time medication which make it stop 4 the past 2yrs.The problem now is that i am having this itching,my vaginal is ugly and thick.what can i do.Please.

    • Sounds like a dermatitis. There is no cure for that, only symptoms control. I could be wrong, please verify this with your doctor. 2nd problem – you can always go for vaginoplasty surgery to make your vagina look the way you want it to.

  17. Hi. So I’ve been dating my boyfriend for a year. And recently we have had unprotected sex. I’m on birth control. I was fine but then I let him go in me the last few times. And for like three days ill be itcy. I wash right after because i dont like the feeling.Could I be allergic to his semen?

    • Yes could be. But his semen also changes the pH in your vagina and this could lead to BV or fungal overgrowth both of which can cause itching. So it might not be an allergy per se. Try taking lots of pro-biotics and see if that helps.

  18. my private parts have been painfully itching for a week and i have not had sex , i am still a virgin , it really bad please help ?

    • Sounds like a skin issue. Maybe dermatitis or maybe a skin infection like Staph. Please see your doctor.

  19. hi my private part itches when i hae my period this is the second time it happens to me. I am 32 years old

    • There are many many possible causes of vaginal itching including but not limited to fungal infections, allergies, dermatitis etc etc. Since your itching only happens during your period, perhaps you should consider if you are sensitive to the pads you use. If your itching persists, you should see your doctor.

  20. hey Doc….
    I m having sever itching at vulva portion n vaginal lining from last two days… was alsi also suffering fron Bartoneak cyst for the 4th time.. can you pls help me how over come fron itching n recurrence of Barthoneal cyst…

    thanks…

    • First of all you need to find out what is causing the itching. Fungus? Lice? Allergy? Dermatitis? You really need to see your doctor for that. As for the recurrent Bartholin’s cyst abscess, you need to undergo a surgery to have the entire cyst de-roofed. This will stop recurrences once and for all.

      • Sir,
        i have been through operation in 2006 and then the cyst reoccurred in 2009. Then again in July 2012 and after that again in Nov. 2012 and it is occuring again.. Can you please help me with the proper prevention which can be done at home. I am taking 3-4 time warm sitz..

        • What cyst?

        • Hi Doctor,
          About a month ago I was treated for BV. I finished the treatment but I’m still having one symptom – an itchy inner labia. Scratching has caused cuts that burn when I go to the bathroom. Do you have any advice as to why the treatment didnt work fully and what can be done? Thank you.

          • Dr Elaine Loh

            The persistent itching of the labia might not be due to the BV being unsuccessfully treated. It could be just remnant inflammation of the skin. You might want to try applying a cortisone cream to see it that helps. If the symptoms persists, you should see your doctor to get tested again.

  21. opeyemi richard

    Hello Dr,have been oberving a milky discharged from my penis and have been using several anti-biotics drugs.this diseases make me ejaculate not less than 20 seconds and my spouse is not enjoying it at all.I need your advice on what to do. Thanks

    • Do not keep taking anti-biotics, it will just make the situation worse. Please see your doctor to find out what is going on and get some proper treatment. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  22. opeyemi richard

    Hello DR,couple of years ago that I have been nursing the disease which my doctor called STD or gonorreah… These disease is affecting my relationship. My doctor have placed me on several anti-biotics drugs which has not cured me completely,need your proferssional advice on this matter because am very sad.thanks

    • You have multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea. Your doctor should do a culture and sensitivity test to see which antibiotics work. If your strain of gonorrhoea is resistant to all medicines then there is nothing that can be done. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  23. I’m pergnant and I get itchy down there is it bad to scratch ?

    • Not bad to scratch. However, you should first find out why you are itchy in the first place. Rule out things like fungal infection, lice etc etc

  24. Hi… My whole private part has been itchy for few weeks. Sometimes there’s white solid particles from my vagina. My anus do get itchy too… and just now there brown liquid from rectal the doesn’t smell nice coming out but not too much. Do you know why?

    • Itchy vagina with white solid particles sound a lot like a fungus infection. Anal itching with discharge can be a lot of things including rectal gonorrhoea group B strep etc. Better see a doc and get some tests done.

  25. I dont know what it is

    I need help! I had protected sex with on of my friends I went home and washed up, everything was fine. Then the next day I somewhat had sex with the guy I usually ONLY have sex with, he only put the tip in. Now around the vaginal opening is itchy, could it be from the different bacteria?

    • Hard to say. If there is discharge or discomfort passing urine then the chance of it being an infection is higher.

      • millicent

        Hi doctor,
        I have been having itchiness on my vigina for almost a year now, I once was treated for yeast and the itching went away for a little while. It recently came back and now I have brownish stain on my pantys,it itches almost all the time now. Please help

      • PeeWee

        hello dr. i’m in the same situation as the person’s post on DEC 22 2012. i’m on birth control, i definitely have no weird smells or unusual discharge, and i went from having almost daily unprotected sex with my 1 year 4 month bf, to having on and off unprotected sex with my friend **we go a week, maybe 2 weeks in between sexcapades*
        i have had unprotected sex with my neighbor who i’ve known all my life recently and after i started to get a bit itchy. now i’ve had unprotected sex before with 2 other guys who i know well enough to know they dont have any stds, but that was a while ago and i didn’t start getting discomforted until i had sex with my neighbor.
        however, i have been riding my bike long distances lately since that is my only means of transportation. i recently rode 14 miles nonstop in a sandy wet bathing suit. i started itching since then, but since my neighbor, its been kind of a bother. sorry for the long message, but i would like your opinion please.

        • Call me a cynic but I really do not think you can know someone well enough to be 100% sure that they do not have any STDs. I think you should see your doctor to get some tests done. Please post follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  26. Hello doctor I had a baby (my 3rd) 5 months ago I just got of my period (which has only been my second period since having baby) I also had the stomach flu (just got over it) so lots of diarrhea I have have itching around my uvula and somewhat down towards vaginal opening but NO itching I side vagina! I almost feel “dry” and I’m wo seeing if that could be it or a reaction from the diarrhea or dehydration. Please and ideas. I am married and have been with (and only with my hubby) for 9 years.) and with just having a baby they test for everything (infections) and Everything of course was negative!

    • Could be a chemical irritation from the diarrhea. You can try some moisturizers or aloe vera gel to see if this helps.

  27. Concerned

    Hi Doctor, I’ve recently had sex & I’ve been having itching surrounding the bottom of my vagina. My partner used a condom although I’m not sure if it was latex or not. The itching does not spread & I do not have any type of discharge or odor. It’s been three days now & the itching has not subsided. This has been the first time I’ve had sex in a year. I’ve only had sex one other time & I did not experience this itching. I’ve had UTIs before & it’s not similar to that. My urin does not have an odor although I did think I saw blood in it once. It does not hurt when I pass urin. Your help will be very appreciated.

    • Maybe you are allergic to latex. Try some OTC Cortisone cream. If this does not work please see your doctor.

  28. i have itching near my vagina from 1 month i just applied some medicateg skin cream it gave me relief but again it has started. I have scrached and the skin colour become dark… Please tell me what kind of medicine i can use. And those spots will be removed or not. And i am just 22 and i am not sexually active…

  29. i have itching near my vagina from 1 month i just applied some medicated skin cream it gave me relief but again it has started. I have scratched and the skin colour become dark… Please tell me what kind of medicine i can use. And those spots will be removed or not. And i am just 22 and i am not sexually active…

    • There are many causes of vaginal itch. Since you have already tried OTC medicines and it has not worked, I think it is time you went to see your doctor. The dark skin from scratching is called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and this is extremely difficult to get rid of.

  30. Frustrated

    Hi Doctor. Recently I’ve been having cloudy white discharge, it can be sticky or watery at times. And the problem is, every time I have this discharge, my vagina itches a lot, like its allergic to it or something. Can you pls give me advise ? I’m only 18, never had sex or anything. This itchiness is really bad :(

    • Could it just be a fungal infection? You can try some OTC Fungal treatments first. Of course, if the symptoms persists, you need to see your doctor.

  31. irritated

    Hello dr., I am a sexually active girl in my late teens. I practice safe sex for the most part. Recently I have been experiencing severe itching all around my vulva and in my vaginal passage. I have had heavy but clear, odourless, very watery discharge. The skin of my vulva is purple-red, shiny and swollen, and feels tender to touch. I feel a very hot sensation in the area also. I have gotten small cysts around the vagina and pubic area since puberty, and they usually go away by themselves. Can you help?

    • Sounds like a contact dermatitis. Probably something is irritating your skin. Of course it could also be an infection. Please see your doctor.

  32. Small itchy watery bumps appear at least once a month on my private parts. Mostly on my vagina and near my anus. I had a sexual heath test that came back negative so i am worried as i do not know what it is and is very uncomfortable.

    • Sounds like a skin irritation aka dermatitis. There is something coming into contact with your skin that is irritating it. Try to figure out what.

  33. Hey I had unprotected sex with my partner we have not really known each other long only a few months we normally use condoms but about 2 weeks ago we did not use one and for the past couple of days I have been itchy near my vagina what could it be??

  34. Hi,I’m 18 this year and I’m a female, I have a problem, my private area is in pain, and when I urinate, there a stinging pain, and I can’t get to sleep as its painful, I’m not sure what’s happening but it’s my first time feeling like that, the problem started a few hours ago, the pain is similar when I’m having a stomachache, but the pain is around my private part.

    • Sounds like a Urine Tract Infection. You should see your doctor as soon as you can.

  35. I’m 17 years old and a virgin. I started having an itchy labia minora burning at the same time, like 2 days ago. It’s pretty red.It still continues. I don’t know what I can do to stop the itchiness. I don’t know what this means. Should I worry? Is there any home remedies I can use to treat it? -Thank you

    • You can try some OTC Cortisone cream. If your symptoms persist please see your doctor.

  36. My vagina is red under neath and itchy what does that mean?

    • I’m sorry this forum is not for medical consultations. Please see your doctor.

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  38. Sarahlooloo

    Hello Doc,
    Everytime my fiancé and I have unprotected sex, my vagina starts to itch. Right after. So we are trying to figure out what it could be. Help?

    • Allergy to lubricants? Allergy to his semen? Rough sex leading to minor trauma to the vaginal walls? If this persists you should see your doctor.

  39. For few months I have been sufering.from itching in my vagina and especially when I contol my urine and in the night when I am asleep plz could u help me .me and my partner.do intercourse but with protection

  40. Hello Doc.,
    I have severe itching all around labia and clitoris. The itching is there for last few weeks. I feel like the color of the skin is changed a bit. Is there any medicine you recommend?

    • You can try some OTC Cortisone cream. Please remember that this forum is not for medical consultations. Please see your doctor also.

  41. Hi Dr. im new to this site.. i had sexual intercourse what’s my friend, but I haven’t had sex in like 3 yrs.. he split me, but I healed from that in like 3 days, but after I healed I start feeling a little itchy down there in a inside, but no burning, no weird smells.. just a little uncomfortable itching.. could you tell me what’s the problem with that?

  42. Hi Dr.

    the skin under my pubic hair itches really bad. when i scratch i could feel pea size bumps underneath the skin. there is no pimple like bumps, no puss or anything on the skin. i have been to my gyno and he has test me for std, yeast etc. everything is negative. my vulva and anus area itch slightly too. please tell me your thoughts.

    • Why didn’t you ask you gyno about the itching? Sounds like possible seborrheic dermatitis. Please verify this with your doctor.

      • I did ask about the itching and he has given me clotrimazole and betamethasone and yeast infection creams these have not worked. and just yesterday valisone and eurax, it will be ready at the pharmacy on monday. this itching has been going on for about a year and I’ve tried some natural remedies like tea tree oil, boric acid, vinegar and such.

        I will def. verify seborrheic dermatitis with him. I greatly appreciate your input.

  43. Hello doctor ,
    I had sex with my husband and I was dry so he tore my hole and another part of my vagina it was bleeding at first.Now it itches . What should I do, and why is it itching?

  44. worried me

    sudden itchiness in my vagina disturb me for days and now week or so pain while having se bothers me most …so what could it be?

  45. Hi doctor I have been sexually active and I have only had one sexual partner all my life. We have ALWAYS used condoms and he. Has never had a sexual partner other than me and I know this for a fact. But after every sexual intercourse almost everytime I start getting a itchy sensation on my vagina usually around and sometime even to my anal when I start scratching. I haven’t been to the doctor and I probably will soon since its becoming more consistent and repeats more. I also get a burning painful urination and my discharge is a brown ish white discharge. Also I just had the flu and I’m on amoxicillin which could that be a sensitivity issue as well? My mom did have a history of having to get surgery in her ovarys due tue cist and she as well is very sensitive. What could it be? I’m scared and I’m 18 years old with only 1 sex partner! Please help! It’s happens after almost every intercourse

    • You are probably allergic to latex. However, this does not explain the burning pain passing urine which sounds a lot more like a urine tract infection. Amoxicillin can also increase the risk of a vaginal yeast infection. I am glad you are going to see your doctor, however, I really think there is nothing seriously wrong with you. (aside from the urine tract infection which has to be treated).

  46. Hi there,

    I’ve had this problem on and off for a few years now, but it seems to only be getting worse. Every month–before, sometimes during, and for almost a week after my period–I experience vulvar itching, particularly between the labia minora and majora. In the last year I have started frequently using Vagisil to relieve the itch. I have brought this up to several doctors but all they ever do is test me for yeast and bacteria, which comes back negative, and that’s the end of that. I am told that everything looks normal and nothing is wrong. Most recently I suggested to my doctor that it could be hormonal (I am 27) and that was immediately dismissed. I have been in a monogamous relationship for nearly four years and we have both been tested within that time period so I know it’s not an STD, either. I am extremely frustrated because I feel like these doctors aren’t trying to solve my problem at all, they just run the simplest test possible then and send me on my way without a second thought. Please help!

    • The area between the labia minora and majora is not in the vagina per se. So regular vaginal swabs which are typically high vaginal swabs will not detect any infections in the area. You might want to repeat swabs for fungus and strep but focusing on the correct area. The other possiblity is a local skin issue. However, since your doctor has already examined you and did not see any abnormalities on the skin, we can more or less rule this out. Whether or not it is hormonally related is very difficult to determine. One of the only ways to help determine this is for you to go on a combined oral contraceptive pill for a few months and see if the symptoms subside. Blood tests for hormones will not help in your case. The points here are purely informational. Please discuss these with your doctor prior to making any medical decisions.

      • Thank you so much for your reply! I don’t know why my doctors have not been listening to me, but this time when I return I will be firm about the specific things I want them to do/test/examine, whether they think I am a pain in the ass or not!

  47. Worried!

    Hi doctor. I am 20 and I have been having itching around my vaginal area since the end of october. My boyfriend has fingered me on regular occasions for 2 years but he does not have STDs and keeps his fingernails short and clean. I have been to 3 doctors since then. the first gave me amoxicilliin for UTI and the second gave me anti-fungal medicine (yocomy) and the third did an examination and said she see no signs of redness or infection. So basically all the medicine did not work and i am still itching. I have no out of the ordinary discharge as well. The itching does get worse when there is wetness, heat and friction.

    What can this be? Please help! :(

    • Sounds like a dermatitis. In other words a skin level problem. The possible causes range from contact allergy to seborrheic dermatitis to psoriasis. If I am right, then using an OTC cortisone cream should get rid of the itchiness. However, using cortisone creams is not a long term solution. You might want to see a dermatologist.

      • Worried!

        Thank you doctor for your prompt reply :) so will you be able to help me if I come to your clinic? Or can you recommend me a dermatologist to go to for this problem?

  48. Hy doctor tan i have an irritaition on my vigina and am not sexual active, at first i thought maybe it was the soap i was using and i changed it, but still no change , what could it be?

    • I’m sorry. Your symptom of ‘irritation on my vagina’ are just oo vague for me to make any logical comment. Please see your doctor.

  49. Hey,im 18 and im sexually active an ive had unprotected sex recently an my vagina has got few red spots on an become very itchy! And all underneath my arm pits aswell they have few spots n very itchy too i dont no what it is was just wondering if you could help me ?

    • Sounds like folliculitis. You need to see your doctor for some antibiotics.

  50. Literally every time I have protected sex I get a UTI or around my vaginal hole becomes very itchy and lasts that way for days. We have used latex and non latex condoms but I still get itchy the next day. This happens EVERY time I have sex. Could you help me?

    • Small abrasions maybe? You can trying using a good lubricant to see if it helps.

  51. What if I just don’t like ejaculate to remain in my vagina after sex? I don’t want to have to get cleaned up, and I don’t like it messing up my underwear! My husband of 20 years is so hung up on the idea that asking him to withdraw is like pushing him away, so it is a very emotional issue. He is acting like a kindergartner, his way or the highway. I have taken the highway thus far, withdrawal following intercourse is not “good enough.”

  52. Maria Hernandez

    Hi, I’ve been seeing that the last couple of weeks Ive Been Really itchi down on my private area I know it’s not healthy to scratch but when I’m walking I just have to scratch really bad and when I do scratch inside my vaginal area I seem to bleed a little bit not as in bad blood but just when I’m scratching,And Another thing When Im Using The Restroom And I Wipe My Self In The Back It Seems To Itch As Well I Have Not Had Sex In The Last 3 Months I Am Scared I Need An Answer Quick Please

  53. hi drtan, I’ve a slight abrasion (seems like it) on the side of my urethral.. i’ll feel pain whenever my pants are too tight or whenever i swipe tissue over after peeing. should i consult a doctor or let it subside by itself? it has been with me for almost a week :(

    • Most abrasions will heal spontaneously. You can help it along by applying some antiseptic cream along with Vit E cream or Tea Tree Oil. Of course if it still does not heal, you should see a doctor.

  54. Hi doctor. I had gotten a Brazilian wax 4 days ago and I had sex a few hours later. It was kinda rough and it hurt a bit after along with some white sticky discharge. Then the next day it was sore and uncomfortable but not that bad..I was about to have sex again but it hurt horribly when it went inside so I had to stop immediately. Now anything seems to make it itchy and it’s still sore mostly near the vulva and clitoris. It felt kinda swollen, red and I noticed a light pink discharge and somewhat unpleasant smell. I don’t think it’s my period coming because I am on the depo shot, please let me know any helpful info.

    • Sounds like abrasions and possibly even a tear. Most of these heal spontaneously but sometime healing of a tear may be quite protracted. If your symptoms persists for more than 2 weeks please see your doctor.

  55. Hi, Im 18. Me and my partner had unprotected sex and it is the day after, my vagina is kind of itchy/irritated. Is this an std? Or a yeast infection… Am I just irritated from the sex?

  56. I’ve had a vaginal itch due to the kind of soap I was using, later that day I had intercouse with someone are we at risk of a STD or should I not worry?

  57. i am 18 year old girl and i had a sex with 18 year old boy my bf.after one day my private part got red and their is lots of eitching and little pain.my bf did not use condom.but i am 85% sure that his sperm has not gon inside me.its 1 week pas.can you plz help me.and cn u tell me that cn i be pregnent… I was very worried thats why i have taken i pil after 74 hours.plz help me in this

    • plz look at my problem and try to get out a solution for me plz fast.

    • You are very confused. You had unprotected sex. Of course you could be pregnant. I have no idea what pill you took. If your period does not come, do a home pregnancy test.

  58. Hi doc, I have a concern that is worrying me. I have been using a new soap and I have been itching in the vaginal area. After I took a shower with the soap I had intercourse and I was wondering were we at risk of contracting a std?

  59. Worried and Concerned

    Why I don’t see my comment I posted????

  60. Worried and Concerned

    Hi doctor, I washed myself with a soap that u don’t normally use and I was itching in the vaginal area. Later that day. I had sex with my boyfriend and was wondering could that cause a STD?

    • Washing with soap cannot cause an STD. Having sex with your boyfriend certainly can if you boyfriend has any STDs.

  61. Hey dr , im jst confused 4days ago i slept wth ma bf ,n we used a condom , so now my viganal lining its itchy bt nt painful , cn u figure out dre course?

    • I cannot. This forum is not for medical consultations. My guess is that you either have minor abrasions in the vagina or are allergic to latex.

  62. hello doctor,

    Im 16 i had sex for the first time with my boyfriend he used a condom everything was fine then week or so later my vagina got very itchy i try not to scratch but it gets worse, after i go to the toilet its like normally no burning nothing however after couple of hours its like white stuff is on my vagina lips and inside a bit like tissues but i dont think it is, i use a baby wipe to get it away, im really worried to go to my gp as i dont want to be told ive got a Sexually transmitted diseases because im 16 i dont want me life to go yet also i cant tell me parents they would kill me, my vagina looks normally its a pink like normally maybe a bit darker as i do rub/scartch sometimes as the itch gets to much. i was thinking to go tesco to buy some cream but i dont want to make it worse please help

    • Sounds like a vaginal yeast infection. You can try some OTC yeast treatments but if the problem persists you really need to see your doctor.

  63. Well me and my bf have sometimes unprotected sex and I’ve started itching since maybe November?? The itching is around the vaginal and sometimes the lips of the vaginal I used many OTC creams and tired anti fungal but nothing has helped! You have any idea what’s wrong? My doctor doesn’t have a clue!!!

    • You have seen your doctor so I assume you have been tested for all the common causes of itching like BV, Trichomonas, Scabies and Lice. Maybe it is a skin condition completely unrelated to your sexual exposures eg dermatitis. You can try an OTC cortisone cream and if that helps, it is probably a dermatitis. You might then want to see a dermatologist.

  64. I’m 12, turning 13. After starting my period on Tuesday, January 29, my skin started to itch. I have my pad on, and for the first few days I washed with warm water. It’s very uncomfortable when I go to school, and I don’t know what’s wrong. The skin is pretty red and I scratch a few times when it itches a lot. May I ask what can be the problem? How should I treat this, and do I have to consult a doctor? I’m obviously a virgin, so an STD is not the case.

  65. Not that sure or that young anymore

    Hi. So I’m a 32 year old sexually active woman in a monogamous relationship. Recently, and for the first time experiencing it, I have become extremely irritated and itchy around my vaginal opening immediately following intercourse. 5 days later, it still itches but not as severely. My theory is vaginal dryness and rougher sex irritated my lady parts and being a sensitive region is taking a bit to heal. I’m clean disease wise and as far as I know and been told, so is my partner of 3 years. Could it simply be irritation as I described? No diagnosis requested since if its not clear soon I’ll be calling my doctor….just curious if this new found dryness I’m experiencing while having sex could be the culprit. Thank you!

    • Yes that is definitely a possiblity. It could however be also due to BV or a yeast infection. These can develop without sexual activity and are not STDs.

  66. Sandra Castillo

    Hi dr. I have had itching from my anus and the outside of my vagina. It’s been like two maybe three months. ? I plan on going to the doctor next week. I am shaved down there. My partner and I are both itchy? He said only his testicles.

  67. Hey Doc!
    I’m in my mid teens and three days ago I had sex for the first time and since then my vagina has felt kind of sore and itchy but there is no odor or strange discharge. It’s not particularly painful either. There is no swelling and everything looks relatively normal down there. Could you tell me what could possibly be wrong and what I can do to fix it? I really dont want to get my mother involved.
    Thanks!

    • Sounds like just minor vaginal abrasions and a torn hymen. It should clear in a few days.

  68. There is two little bumps on the opening of my vagina right below the urethra. On my inside of my vagina lips there are things that look like little scratches and they itch. The opening of my vagina and the surronding area itch. There is a discharge but it seems like it is the inside of my vagina shedding. It is as if i am having a period with out blood. The itching strated to happen after i had sex the disharge began the day after. Yesterday my vagina swelled up. PLease tell me what this is

    • I’m sorry. This forum is not for medical consultations. Please see your doctor.

  69. Help Me!

    This Started After I Used a tampom. my vigina became very swollen and itchy. the swelling has went down but now i have pimple like bumps on my vigina (outer lips) and its still very itchy! What Could This Be? Could It Be Im Allergic To The Tampons? I Have Quit Useing Them But The Itch Is Still There And The Bumps Also Never Had This Problem Befor! Help Me Please!

    • Yes it could be an allergy. However, it could also be a Staph infection if the tampon is not changed frequently enough. It could also be a skin infection like a folliculitits that has nothing to do with your tampon use.

      • Help Me!

        Thank You So Much For Your Help! Going To Make A Dr. Appt ASAP! It’s Gotten Better But Still Not 100% I Have Been Useing Feminim Wash And Cream And It Seems To Help! Thanks So Much!

      • I am 12 years old and have had an itchy vagina for a few months now, I went to the doctors and they give me canistern cream, the itch cleared for abit but then came back a few weeks ago. It’s like a exczma itch inside of my vagina, I have used sudocreme which eases the itch for a little while, but it seems to come back when I wipe or clean my vagina, I do have exczma sometimes and I have been told it can spread to the vaginal area, but I went to the toilet before, and then cleaned my vagina, and there was blood on the tissue, I am not on my period yet or anything like that, but sometimes it feels like there is a bubble inside of my vagina, I’m so confused but it all seems to happen when my vagina is warm or when it’s not breathing, I’m too scared to tell my parents as I get embarrassed easy and live with my dad, do you have any tips? I’m concerned and worried, please reply soon.

        • Dr Elaine Loh

          It does sound like eczema. Try using soap-free cleansers and feminine friendly moisturizers. Using a little bit of Hydrocortisone cream will also help. However, you should only use this cream sparingly as it can thin your skin. Eczema is something you cannot cure and can only keep under control. If your symptoms keep bothering you or get worse, please visit your doctor again.

  70. shivani mishra

    i m 25 years old, have sex with my husband only,i m suffering from vagina itching from past 2 and half years continuously…went to many doctors but none of them able to cure me, i take medicine whatever my doctor suggest me , seriously i m in stage to kill myself if it doesn’t came to be end..please help me ..i really need help…i m not able to sleep because of this ..only white color substance is all around my vagina

    • You have already seen many doctors who have seen you and examined you. I only have 4 lines over the internet. I am sure your doctors can give you a much better clinical impression than I can.

  71. Hi doctor, i started feeling itchy in my vagina after my period.i treated it for yeast infection and now the itchiness is back again.it feels like theres a rash in my inner labia and it iches like crazy.what could it be?

  72. Hi Dr.
    I recently noticed i have tiny bumps on my minor libia and they are the color of my flesh. I havent had sex in two weeks and it was with my husband we used a sponge thing that contained spermicide as a form of birth control. I also noticed there is a weird smell coming out of my vagina , it gets itchy and when i go pee it feels like a itch relief. I am very worried about what it is and financially i cannot afford to go to a dr to get tested. Please help.

    • The ‘bumps’ really could be anything. I am unable to diagnose you over the internet. The smell and itching could either be BV or yeast.

  73. For the last few days I’ve had itching, burning, swelling and white watery discharge..I recently went to my doctor and she said I was clear of any infections..That was 3 wks ago, and i didn’t have this until just a few days ago, the pain is uncomfortable, I have been using creams for itch relief but still the same pain…also some bleeding but on the outside not inside…

    • Not having an infection 3 weeks ago does not mean you do not have an infection now. Please revisit your doctor.

  74. Anonymous

    Hi doc!

    I realized that I sometimes will get itch around my vagina area after sex for about 1 week or less. Sometimes there’s no discharge but sometimes it will have some clear gooey discharge with some strains of blood. Can you advise I should be concerned?

    Btw is having clear gooey discharge with a little blood before or after period normal?

    Thanks!

    • Does not sound like anything of concern. Please remember to get your regular PAP smears.

  75. WifeSelect

    Hello. I’m currently experiencing vaginal itching/irritation that’s causing redness and minor swelling. It just recently started within the last couple of days. My husband and I haven’t had sex in the past week and a half due to me being pregnant and not feeling so great. We are both clean so there’s no chance of STDs. I was recently taking antibiotics prior to the itching for strep throat and not sure if that could have caused anything. I also wanted to get a brazilian wax to remove the hair to see if that would help elevate some of the itching but not sure if that’s a good idea either. Please advise.

    • Taking antibiotics can cause a vaginal yeast infection which could be the cause of your symptoms. Try getting treatment for this first. If the symptoms persist please see your doctor.

  76. I am 10 weeks pregnant. A couple days ago I had severe itchy around my vagina opening , lips, clitoris, everywhere! It was also very swollen and hurt to wipe. The swelling has now gone down and the itchy is practically completely gone… But now i seem to have a severely itchy anus. It feels like it is the inside of it that is itchy.. What could it be?!

  77. irratated

    Hi doc
    So I’m really irratated now. I cnt go to the docotor becoz of financial reasons.. Atleast once a month my vagina is unbearably itchy at first I thought it was thrush and used the cream and then it was better until the next month x_x it used to come durin my period till I changed products now it just comes a after it. It can’t be my underwear coz I’ve been using the same fabric as always. I am sexually active with the same guy for a year now and he doesn’t fool around. During the itchy phases it burns wen he finishes inside of me, culd it be a recuring thrush, side effects from my pill (yasmin) or allergic to his seamen? Plz help me

    • It could be many things. Everything you mentioned and BV and skin allergies and dermatitis etc etc. I really cannot give you a diagnosis. You need to see a doctor. You might want to try an OTC cortisone cream. However, if this does not work, you really should try to see a doctor.

  78. confused woman

    Hi. im 20. I have this problem outside my vagina..i have one small ulcer at my left outside my vagina..i have seen doc at KK and she say its std..she gave me cream lignocaine and aciclovir and pill called aciclovir.she say its std and theres no cure and it will come again. Is it true its std coz i only have sex s with my husband. And how did i get this std?will i be stuck with this problem forever? Im really confused. Thank you.

    • It sounds like you have Herpes. There is no cure. it will recur. It is an STD. I do not know how you got it. Yes you will be stuck with this forever.

  79. hello. im 20 years old and have itching down below. I had unprotected sex roughly 1month ago the next day I had pain when urinating… i also had after a week severe lower back pain..then it began too itch inside my vagina.. now when I urinate its feels like pressure to sqweeze the last out.. sort of like its blocked.. I havent got chlamydia nor thrush.. but took thrush tablet and cream to see if it helped. but nothing.. its really bugging me.. im very clean and do everything in the book. please help me…

    • Your symptoms definitely sound like an infection. You say you do not have Chlamydia or Thrush. Please see your doctor to rule out other pathogens.

  80. Hi,, im glad to find this blog.. Dr im 16 weeks pregnant and going through internal vaginal irritation. I dont have any burning or swelling.
    I feel to go to washroom after every few mints to urinate but it some times comes in a drops or sometmes even doest come. but it is driving me crazy and im psychologically disturbed as i cant sleep all nite. I feel like having intercourse but in real i dont want that.
    I also got white discharge but this problem is too old so i think it has nothing to do with this irritation.

    doctors recommend some internal tubes or tablets but nothing is helping…. please help me

  81. Hello doctor,
    I went to my doctors a few weeks ago because I thought I had a yeast infection. They gave me a pill and said it should clear up in the next couple of days.. But it’s been 2 weeks and I still have these conditions, ichyness in my vagina and i always seem to need to pee even when only the tiniest bit of urine comes out.. And sometimes i can hardly hold onto my urine! I have a creamy distarge with a little smell.. Sometimes after sex my vagina burns and is very irritable!! And also there can be a different smell during sex..I’ve been with my boyfriend for a while and have unprotected sex quite alot with him! Other then that I haven’t really done it without a condom with anyone else! Oh and also, I’m on the pill, (microgynon 20ED) I know it sounds like an infection.. But I have no clue what it would be.. could you please help me! Thankyou.

    • It definitely sounds like you have an infection. It sounds more like a urine tract infection which is not STD related. However, it could also be a urethritis which is STD related. I certainly think you need to revisit your doctor for more tests.

  82. Hey Dr,

    So basically I’m just really young and I haven’t had my period yet or anything. All of
    a sudden, my private area is really itchy. It started yesterday and I’ve been trying to ignore it but it’s not working. I really don’t want to tell my mom, it’s really embarrassing! Is there any way that I can solve this problem on my own? Wait, what is the problem? I clean that area with soap and water. Nothing else, I really need help because now it is getting bad. Yeah, I’m really young, 12 years of age.

    Thanks, Chloe

    • Hi Chloe. First of all, there is really nothing to be embarrassed about. I am sure your mom will understand and empathize with your situation being a woman herself. There are many possible causes of itching in the genital region. It could be just an allergy or it could be hair gland infection (folliculitis) or many other things. You can try an over-the-counter cortisone cream to see if it helps. But I think still the best thing to do is to talk to your mom about it and maybe see a doctor.

  83. Dr,

    I have black spots below my vagina and above my anus. There three of them. they dont itch but it badly pains. Also it pains when i urinate. I and my partner had sex alot of times over the weekend and protected as well as unprotected. Intially a month back when we had it, there was pain and itching there but after taking medication it went but it keeps happenning everytime we have sex. Kindly help.

    • I really do not know what these ‘black spots’ are. Please see your doctor for a diagnosis.

  84. Lindsay Meyer

    hi, for the past several years I have been dealing with really bad itching both vaginal and anal areas. I am also experiencing what I consider to be hemorrhoids but I could be wrong. My whole anal area is red and inflammed and every once in a while I have an outbreak where it becomes flakey and have some discharge. I have been treated for yeast infection several times which helps for a little bit but I can’t seem to get rid of these problems. Almost 10 years ago I was diagnosed with chlamydia and treated and my husband and I have been monogamous for 10 years. Could I some how have an STD again? or is it a yeast infection or some other kind of bacteria infection? It only seems to be getting worse and really annoying!
    thanks!

    • It sounds like your symptoms are more concentrated in the peri-anal region than the vaginal region. Your symptoms could indicate rectal gonorrhoea although ths is unlikely given your sexual history. There are many other causes of peri-anal inflammation like streptococcus or inflammatory bowel disease which are not sexually related. I think you should consult a colorectal surgeon.

  85. My girlfriend had come to me on valentines day with some bumps below her vagina we thought she had a yeast infection but her doctors told her she had contracted a UTI, the next day they looked at her bumps and said that she has herpe…we have been together for a year and i was a virgin when we started having sex she wasnt, help me i dont know what to do!!!! she thinks i gave it to her!!!!

    • Well we have to believe that her doctor is right and she indeed has genital herpes. The fact that you have not been sexually active before her reduces the chance of you having herpes. However, any kind of contact with the genital area may also transmit herpes i.e. it does not have to be actual penetrative sex. Right now it is really not possible to tell who passed it to who. The fact that you have already been together for a year tells me that you have already very likely contracted it from her if you did not already have it in the first place. If you do not have herpes and wish to continue to be sexually active with your GF, you will need to accept the fact that you will ultimately catch it from her (again assuming you do not already have it). I think both of you need to have an adult conversation about this, stop pushing blame and just work through it.

  86. hi doctor,
    i had unprotected sex 5 months ago and in the past 2 weeks have had an itchy anus and vaginal area. there is no apparent rash or marks just red from itching so much! it’s driving me insane i’m only 17 so i would rather not go to the doctors clinic because it’s highly embarrassing and i have scars i don’t want the doctor seing if i get this area examined, what can i do?

    • Sounds like an allergy. Try an OTC cortisone cream and a feminine safe mositurizer. See your doctor if you do not get better. It could also be a fungal infection.

  87. hi doc

    i have some problem,before my monthly peroid coming my sperm make me to much skratch in my vagina,and sometimes i am dry.pls can u give me advise.what me do..thanks

  88. what you think,i dont have any problem inside my ovary,i am scared to consolt to doctor.

  89. I have this unbearable itchy stinging on my labia minor, worse at night. Vaginal discharge is grey sticky and sticky substance sticks to constant moist labia minor, needs to be rubbed off looks like dirt. Labia major is dry flaky. Have itchy papules that can be felt 1cm deep under the skin, some join to form bigger papules. Papules seem to grow some remain the same size, and sometimes these papules seem to have shooting pain. Had hair removal lazer once.skin around gentials and and anus feels sticky greasy all da time even after washing, cannot seem to clean it.

    • It sounds like you have some kind of chronic inflammatory dermatitis eg lichen simplex chronicus, lichen planus, eczematous dermatitis etc. Also grey discharge is suggestive of BV. You really need to see a doctor to get this diagnosed.

  90. Skin has thickend swollen flacky. Should I have biopsy done? As these papules, nodules have been here for over a year. Could I have interigo, maceration lice or just infected follicles sweat glands?

  91. Hi Dr.
    I’m 12 years old and I’m experiencing some itching in my vagina. It has been going on for 3 days now, and I applied some baby powder to sooth it. I do not have my period yet if that helps at all…

    Help?

    • Oh and P.S. I only have TINY hairs of pubic hair..you have to look close to actually see it.

    • There are many possible causes of vaginal itching for you ranging from skin allergies to streptococcus infections. Of course most likely it is something very bening like your pubic hair starting to grow. You can try some feminine safe mositurisers. If this does not work please speak to your mother.

  92. hi,

    i previously had a bartholin cyst, and had it removed at gleneagles (emergency) via drainage. than due to the shaving of the pubic area, it caused some ingrown bumps and i went to visit a doctor again, she said its due to ingrown hair

    i was just curious now, about half a year from my surgery, there’s a tiny scar at the side. i would like to go for a brazillian wax due to the bumps forming from time to time being a real inconvenience and it worries me ea time. isit recommended for me to go for a wax?
    will there be any complications?

    i really hope to for one but am afraid that cos my surgery half a year ago, it may cause complications if i do the wax. hope to hear from you. thank you so much.

    • Waxing will not affect the scar at all. However, waxing might cause hair follicle infections and abscess formation. Please make sure you cleanse properly with an anti-bacterial wash after waxing.

  93. Hey doc.. im kind of itching around my vagina area . Me and my boyfriend are having unprotected sex ..but whenever i have my menustration it tends to itch more …I pee every minute even during the night..i dont have any discharge well i have a yellowish diacharge….i have had an UTI before i think it has came back..what should i do????

    • Treat the UTI before it gets to your kidneys. Get your doctor to take some of that discharge for testing. Could be trichomonas.

  94. Hello,

    I am 20, have become sexually active in the last 6 months and have protected sex. My problem is itching that began around the upper area of between my buttocks, progressing from one spot of dry leathery skin that itched a lot, and eventually spread down to the outside of my vagina. I generally have a lot of moisture down there and constantly fight to try to stay dry but with minimal success. Now my skin is darker, shiny and very itchy from the anus and surrounding skin to the outside of my vagina. And I noticed that the skin is very dry. I have scratched it occasionally…it has become much worse in the last 3 days and it is hard to sleep. There is also a white, watery and odorless discharge from my vagina. I am doing my best to get to a doctor, but would like an opinion on what is going on please.
    Thank you.

    • I really do not think you symptoms are in any way sexually related. Sounds like some kind of atopy maybe eczema. You should see a dermatologist.

  95. Hi there. For some time both my partner and myself have had terrible itchy, slightly red and bumpy skin around our bottoms and my vaginal area- external only. No discharge or anything. This seems odd as we have not been sexually active for sometime due to a pregnancy and baby being born! We have tried changing washpowder, soap etc but nothing seems to help. It comes a nd goes for a day or so at a time but always returns. Any ideas? Thanks! ps- Gp unable to help. Suggested canisten anti fungal cream- no help at all. Also my partner is diabetic,

    • Congratulations on your baby. So the fact that Canestan did not help suggests that it is likely not fungal related. The fact that both you and your partner have it suggests that it is contagious although I personally do not think so. The fact that you have tried changing soaps and washing powders suggests that it is not a contact dermatitis. Which really leaves only an atopy (eg eczema) or an ‘internal allergy’ (eg eosinophilic folliculitis). We need to see the rash to diagnose this. Perhaps you should see a dermatologist.

  96. Hi doctor,

    I’m 20 years old and I’ve had an occasional itch on the outer edge of my left labia majoria for almost as long as I can remember. Over the past 5 yrs or so (way before I became sexually active), I’ve had a few incidents where my skin has flared up—a couple of times there were some painful irritated spots (mom says she gets these too), & once after wearing some too-tight shorts I got what my dr said was a large cyst at the top of my vulva.
    Since August I’ve noticed a very different smell coming from down there & have had thick, white-yellow discharge from time to time. Twice last semester that itchy spot got rather irritated, dry, & painful, & I think it’s from the tight pants I’ve been wearing instead of my usual dresses + a change in detergent. I’ve always had sensitive skin & allergies, so could this be the cause?
    Today, that left side of my vulva is unusually swollen & mildly achey/itchy. Lots of discharge yesterday. I’m not sure if any of this is relevant, but: I just got off my period, and before that took Plan B for the first time after an accident during non-penatrative play w/ my current longtime partner. We’re monogamous & were both entirely clean when we met. I’ve taken an unusual number of very long baths this week w/ a brand new shampoo. I wore underwear yesterday that I washed in the sink with way too much detergent. I also should maybe add that I always have those little white skin bumps on my vulva, & that the right-hand side’s inner labia is very, very large, making that side less prone to friction…

    SO—if that wasn’t too long-winded for you—could you possibly give me some input? Thanks so much!!

    • Too complicated. Too many possiblities. You need to be examined. Please see your doctor.

  97. Hi Dr Tan I’m very concerned abt myself I’ve recently had sex with some1 unprotected sex and a few hours after my vigina started to scratch and its been 2 days now and its still scratching its around the whole side what could be the cause of that?

    • Yeast, Trichomonas, Scabies, Lice, Dermatitis, Allergies. Best to see a doctor.

  98. Thank u so much Dr Tan

  99. Hi Dr … my problem is itching and pain ….its only been about 5 days but the itching is still present.. I did change toilet paper and wore new panties without washing them. Also I have used one a day by monistat. Very little relief. I have horrible lower back pain as well. Please a suggestions. Thank you.

    • See your doctor and get some tests done. Sounds like an infection.

  100. Hey Doc,

    I have been having an awful itch on my labia minora and majora. It has even sometimes moved to my clitoris. It gets so bad that I can’t stop itching and the area becomes very swollen and stays that way for hours sometimes. I don’t have unusual discharge and I don’t have any other symptoms besides that. I read that its possible that I am dehydrated, could this be my problem? Thank you.

    • Yes however it sounds much more like an allergy. Use a soap free feminine cleanser for the area, wear only cotton underwear, change sanitary pad brands (preferably unscented). Next time this happens apply some OTC cortisone cream.

  101. confused

    Dr.
    Hi my boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years. We have unprotected sex and afterward his genitals itch real bad. I don’t itch at all. And we have both been tested for STDs andare clean. Could he be allergic to my juices?

    • Yes or he has some kind of skin issue eg eczema, dermatitis etc. Or he could have a fungal infection. Get him to see a dermatologist.

  102. Annoying Itch!

    Dear Dr,

    I have had inner labial itching on and off for the past few months. It happens really intermittently and sometimes I can go a week or more with nothing and sometimes it is every single day. The itching gets one thousand times worse if I scratch (which I don’t like to do anyway) but I notice that if I go jump in the shower after itching and causing the itch to increase that the itch totally goes away and doesn’t return til the next day or even later. It’s not poor hygiene because I shower every single day, sometimes twice and I wear only cotton underwear. On top of that I am sexually active but only with my long term boyfriend and neither of us have any STD’s. I once tried the anti-itch cream in a yeast infection kit and it did nothing if not make the problem worse. I don’t have insurance at the moment so cannot consult a gyno and could really use a nudge in the right direction as far as cause or treatment. I read all answers on here and saw no one mention of showering as something that straight away gave relief to someone with already great hygiene. I guess I’m just kind of stumped as to what could be going on. Could it be dry skin? It doesn’t feel dry to the touch.

    • Yes it sounds very much like a skin problem. Try an OTC cortisone cream, gentle cleansers and a feminine friendly moisturizer.

  103. Hello doctor..
    I’m 18 years old and I had sex with my boyfriend before bout a month ago First days was fine and my hymen had broken but after that I started to have a pain during intercourse and I stopped having sex till now, when I go to urine at last drops it feels so itchy and burn and specially at night time I feel a very bad itch inside my vagina it feels deep not the outside parts.. I thought it was a yeast infection i bought a vaginal cream that I put inside my vagina but it didn’t work.. So doctor I hope you can help me in this case and what should I say if I wanna see a gynecological doctor

    • Sounds like an infection. Good that you are planning to see a ObGyn. Tell him/her exactly what you told me.

  104. Hi Doctor, I’m 12 and I have been experiencing a really bad burning/itchiness on my vagina (not inside), I am a virgin, and I haven’t put anything in there…. there is little red/white bumps, and I think it might be from scented soaps? I’m guessing. But I’m not sure. Help please.

    • Sounds like a skin issue. Also, you might be entering puberty and the developing hair follicles might be the cause of the bumps. Try using a gentle cleanser and a feminine friendly moisturiser. Of course if the symptoms continue you should speak to your mother about it.

  105. help needed

    Hi.
    Im a virgin and am itchy down there i have been for about two months.
    It started really bad and hurt when i would pee as to i used to scratch.
    But now its only an itch. and gets worsw when i wear tight clothing.
    I also have a lot of discharge with a yellowish tinge to it.
    Please reply asap!!

    • Sounds like some skin irritation. Try some OTC cortisone cream then see your doctor.

  106. I have a small pimple like bump on the inside of my labia, it does not bother me I didnt even notice it until I wiped and then I started to itch.. Now when I wipe it doesnt just make it itch but it also bleeds?

    • If it is really a pimple then there is nothing to worry about. But since the diagnosis is in doubt, you should see your doctor.

  107. shannet

    Hey doctor recently was given ranclav 375 tablets and four days later my vagina started to itchy.I took a mirror to view the outside part..there is a dry browish-reddish discharge around my vaginal lips..I always wash my vagina and dry it. I am sexually active and I have 1year doing having unprotected sex with my bf and tested for Hiv but am negative. what can be the cause?

    • Antibiotics can cause vaginal thrush which can cause itching. I cannot explain the discharge though. Please see your doctor.

      • Hello dr tan

        I recently had a surgical abortion and so for two weeks I could not use any type of tampons inside my vagina so I was subjected to using pads for the two weeks . In addition to using the pads I started getting soreness as well as skin my skin coming off with a little bit of itching. I was in the shower and decided to was my face (while in the shower) with noxzema and while washing it off some of it hit my private area which caused it to burn and my vagina has become even more itchy since then. However I dont have any disharge nor any foul smells. Just tenderness of the area when I wipe or any other type of friction as well as extreme itching. What can I do ???

        • Sounds like abrasions. Use a soothing balm on the vaginal skin and wait for it to heal.

  108. Hello Doctor;
    I’ve been having an itch on the opening of my vagina (I’m not sure of the scientific name but the hole) it feels irritated & unbelievably itchy, I take good care of myself but its smelled like strong urine. When I go to the bathroom it feels like I still have to urine, really badly, yet nothing comes out, it’s been happening for about 1 1/2 weeks now and I’m very concerned, these feelings are driving me nuts!
    Please Help!

    • The feeling of having to urinate but yet there is nothing indicates that there is a pressure on your bladder trigone. It could be due to a small bladder stone or a cystocoele. Maybe this is also causing a urine leak which irritated the skin around your introitus (the scientific word for the opening). You need to see your doctor for a urine test.

  109. Hi there,

    Lately I’ve been having a slight on and off itch on my labia. Sometimes it will spread to my anal area aswell. That’s the only symptom I have. Could it be the weather?

    I’ve recently gotten tested for any STI or bacterial infection but I’m waitin on results. Any advice?

    • There are many causes of vaginal itching. If all your tests are OK then it is likely a skin level issue. Could be the weather or could be a whole host of other things. This can only be diagnosed with a proper medical consultation.

  110. confused

    I have red itchy bumps that hurt on the outside of my vagina and a couple on my butt crack. I take a shower everyday so it couldnt be that i dont take care ofmyself. Also i havent had sex in a long while. An this just started about two days ago. Also it burns when i urinate. I need help. I have been wearing tights under some of my pants for a long time an it never gave me this problem……..an u help?

    • confused

      Also i have discharge. Its very white. My body is also sore. Not sure its from working out or not but im in pain an need help. Please

    • Burning when you urinate is a significant sign that something is wrong. It could be a urinary tract infection. You should see your doctor.

  111. after having unprotected sex was having itching though have not had sex for years. if i dont have sex will not have any itching what could be the cause?

    • Vaginal abrasions, contact allergies, thrush, bacterial vaginosis.

  112. confused

    hello. i had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago. but 3 days ago ive started to have a very itchy vagina and sometmes my anus itches also. i have clear discharge and oinon like smell

  113. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex last night, as per usual and I have been feeling extremely itchy today, it also looks as if the top of his penis is a bit red now also, although no discomfort. We have previously been checked for any STI’s and all clear. Was just wondering what this could be caused from?

  114. Stephanie

    My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex last night, as per usual and I have been feeling extremely itchy today, it also looks as if the top of his penis is a bit red now also, although no discomfort. We have previously been checked for any STI’s and all clear. Was just wondering what this could be caused from?

    • Probably just some minor trauma from the intercourse. As long as you have ruled out all infections you need not worry.

  115. Hello doctor… i have sex wid my partner 5days a weelk every time he uses a condom but still i have all the more white watery vaginal discharge with itching.. y does it happen even after he uses the precaution? Kindly suggest me some medicine for this problem as it feels like hell….. before sex also i had a vaginal problem bt not watery but thick…

    • You first need to find out what the problem is. For this you need to get a vaginal swab. You might want to try an OTC anti-fungal treatment first. BUt if this does not work you really should see your doctor.

  116. Confused

    I had sex with a condom 6 days ago, it was rough sex, my vagina got bruised. But after that i went and had sex again with and without a condom. I was bruised right through. I noticed that on the left side of my vagina at my vagina passage there is a few small bumps, they do hurt. I am wondering, is this a result of the bruising?

    • Confused

      i mean to say a little boil.

    • A few small boils you mean? That is not a reuslt of bruising. More likely a result of the hair follicles becoming infected. You can try a topical antibiotic cream but if the boils get bigger, you might need to see a doctor to get them lanced.

  117. Hi doctor,
    I have been having this severe itching for the past few weeks and my labia it’s swollen, red, and kinda wrinkled…. I read something about it might being ringworm… I have no discharge

    • Yes it could be ringworm. It also could be just allergic dermatitis. You can try an OTC anti-fungal cream. If that does not work then an OTC cortisone cream. If that too does not work then its off to the doctor’s with you.

  118. hi docter i have a problem… I had unprotected sex and 3days later the i got yellowish discharge and 2 lips of my vigina are ichy and cant help but scratch and after i do it hurts and burns when urinating i went to the clinic and they told me its an infection and gave me pills the iching stoped. after the pills were finish the iching has started again… please help docter

    • I definitely agree that you have an infection. You need to find out exactly what infection it is and whether or not it has been completely eradicated. Becasue according to your symptoms, I do not think the treatment you were given worked very well.

  119. annoyed

    I had sex a week ago but a few days after i noticed some itching just outside the entrance of the vagina, i had a look and there were some bumps but they look like excess skin rather than a pimple or wart. i have a bit of white chunky discharge, could it just be thrush? helllpppp!

    • Thrush can explain the white chunky discharge but cannot explain eht bumps. I am unable to diagnose the bumps over the internet. Please see your doctor.

      • Hello doctor,
        I am 15 years old. I am a virgin. I have had white/clear discharge since last summer. I first got my cycle in the summer of 2011. I just got off my cycle yesterday. I’ve been on my cycle for a whole week. I’ve never had it that long. Anyway the whole week my Virginia has been itching sooooo bad,from front to back. I’ve not told my mom or doctor about these problems. I’ve been trying to fix them on my own, but I need your help. Please help me!!! Please!
        reply

        • It is quite normal to have a clear discharge. In the first few years of starting your cycles, you might have long bleeding periods. This is called Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding. It is harmless. However, if the bleeding is affecting your lifestyle, you might want to speak to your doctor about going in a hormonal pill to regulate your periods. I am unsure about the itching. Could it be becasue you have been using sanitary pads more than usual and this has irritated your skin? It could also be Bacterial Vaginitis or Fungal Vaginitis. Both conditions can happen even without sexual intercourse. Use a gentle feminine wash and some OTC cortisone cream. If the symptoms do not clear up, please tell your mom.

  120. I am 26 years old married woman. I have PCOD problem. So I am having contraceptive pills and as well as metformin 500mg daily. But my new problem is I am having very much itching problem inside and outside my vagina. And it is expanding to my anus part also. My doctor gives me SURFAZ cream, Levocet, Azithral, and V wash to use. After using all these, afetr 2 weeks, still I am having this itching problem. What to do Sir?? :-(

    • It really depends on what is causing your itch. From the medications you were given, we can be quite sure it is not an infection. Perhaps a dermatitis. Or maybe scabies or lice.

  121. curious

    My itching has occured off and on. When it does itch I get the urgency to do doso and I began to notice spots of blood from itching but this the first time I bleed. Wondering if this normal or a affection

  122. |_oNeLy }{eArT

    Hi am glad to have found this site.
    I am 41 years old man and i need your help .
    Actually my girl friend has eczema on left arm and just to let me know please because she want sex intercourse with me.
    i am upset if i will do intercourse with her so can i catch the eczema from her… Or french kissing or rubbing my body with
    Her body ?

    0r is it safe to do intercourse.

    Please help what is the safe way….

    hope to hear from you soon.

    thanks

  123. Hello doctor,
    I am 15 years old. I am a virgin. I have had white/clear discharge since last summer. I first got my cycle in the summer of 2011. I just got off my cycle yesterday. I’ve been on my cycle for a whole week. I’ve never had it that long. Anyway the whole week my Virginia has been itching sooooo bad,from front to back. I’ve not told my mom or doctor about these problems. I’ve been trying to fix them on my own, but I need your help. Please help me!!! Please!

  124. |_oNeLy }{eArT

    If my girl friend suck my dick .
    And thru sucking dick transfer her disease eczema in my body ?

    If i rub my body with my girl friend body and her eczema bacteria transfer in my body…

    Please guide me with safe way

    Thanks

  125. worried :s

    Hi Dr. im new to this site. I am 28 and I have a tinea patch in my inner thigh. As I didn’t know it was tinea I scratched it quite a lot and it spread further up my thigh so it is right by my vagina. I have anti fungal cream now, prescribed from my doctor, but now I have been itching inside my vaginal area (the labia area) for the past 2 weeks. My boyfriend has fingered me on regular occasions. He does not have STDs and keeps his fingernails short and clean. I only just started having sexual intercourse again in the past 3 weeks since 2 years. There’s no burning, no weird smells.. just a little uncomfortable itching…do you think the tinea has passed to inside my vagina? Or is it just naturally healing from rough intercourse/fingering? Thank you again in advance.

    • Very hard to tell. Usually fungal infection of the vagina will also cause a thick white discharge. However, if the infection is mild, there could be just itching. You can apply the anti-fungal cream inside the vagina to see if that helps.

  126. Curious

    my vagina sometimes itches me but i see no sign of cancer?…

  127. Crystal

    I have had itching on my vagina for about a year it used to only be when I had my period. I thought it was the pads I was using so I switched brands. The last few weeks have been itchy all the time. If I soak in a hot bath for about 20 mins a day it helps but the itch always comes back. I shower every day with dove no scent sensitive skin wash and always have. Please help its driving me nuts. I have been with the same man since I started having sex and we have been together 14 years and we have 4 kids

    • From your history I assume it cannot be something like scabies or lice. Sounds like a dermatitis or folliculitis. You can try some OTC cortisone cream. But if this does not help you need to see your doctor.

  128. veronica

    Hey doctor,
    I’m in my mid teens and I am sexually active. I’ve been with my boyfriend for over a year now and we’ve started to have intercourse. He is the only one I have ever been with and vise-versa. We had intercourse last week and we did not use a condomI started to have an itch down there 2 days ago and im guessing that I irritated it by scratching. My vagina usually swells whenever we have intercourse, wether it be sex or just fooling around (I have sensitive skin so im guessing that’s the cause) but this isnt normal. My vagina is swollen, red, itchy and very sensative. My skin is so dry down there that I can see it sort of peeling? Im not really sure what to do about this. So any advice that you could give me or possible causes would be great.

    • Sounds like bacterial vaginosis. A simple anti-biotic will fix it.

  129. Hello doc…
    ive had this itch for about a month now and i dont know wat to do,iv tried salt bath for about a week w/ sea salt and still using it dosnt seam to be helping nothing is working and its making me cry at night i cant concentrate at school, when imwith someone and having fun i dont feel anything but the moment im alone its unbearable.
    My public area is very itchy and also the lips of my private area, its redishy pinkishy grey and the skin is dry and looks streched out,and the skin is hot and inflamed, and it stings when i touch it, it feels good when im in warm water but then i cant get out because it sarts to sting.
    i dont know how much longer i can take this, we are going to have a prty for my parents old friends and my best friend will be there and i dont want to sit there because i have lots of plans for us.

    im also scared of wat would happen to me.

    plz plz plz help me im so scared me and my mom tried alot of creams and stuff that hasntworked.
    p.s. i dont want to inject anything in there because my mom says not to, so any home remedy to calmdown the itch and inflamation and oder thank you

    • First of all you really need to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis. Nobody is going to inject you with anything. It sounds to me like you have some kind of skin inflammation. Using an OTC cortisone cream will probably reduce the symptoms but this is not a long term solution. At the end of the day you still need to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

      • Thank you doctor i will try
        but is there a way i can ise at home to stop the inflamation?

      • Thank you doctor i will try
        but is there a way i can use at home to stop the inflamation?

  130. Hi!
    I have been having very bad itching in my vagina and alot discharge and after it is exposed to air it turns hard and yellow. I haven’t gotten my period yet.

  131. Hi Doc
    I have been having very itchy vagina and sometimes anus. I haven’t gotten my period yet. There is also clear discharge that eventually turns into a hard yellow crust after being exposed to air. What do I do?
    Thanks

    • Sounds like a Sterptococcus infection. See your doctor. He/She will probably want to do a vaginal swab test and prescribe you some anti-biotics.

  132. Hello,

    I have been itching for months now i see a white bump please help i keep researching and i get different things in my mind from every website i look at.
    Thanks

  133. Hello Dr.
    Ok I was ovaluting and me and my husband were having sex. After sex my vagina felt irritated,sore, and swollen. Later on that night it felt itchy. Also his penis felt dry later that night and he said he felt irritated. What caused this.???? Plz help

  134. Also I think I have a cut in my vagina as well

  135. I have had itching for almost two months now and since last month whenever I clean up I find brown paricles in my tissue.atymz its so lyt brown I feel its my skin pealing of but atymz it gets darker and thicker am so woried.pls wot do I do?

    • These brown particles could be blood. I think you should see your doctor and get some tests done.

  136. Hi. I have recently had unprotected sex and the next day my entire vagina was itchy. It does not burn or have an odor but it is a constant itch. Even my clitoris itches which is extremely uncomfortable. My partner tested clean for everything. Could this be bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection? Or an STD? I’m worried because I’ve never had anything. I tested positive two years ago for HPV but last year I tested negative. Could this be HPV? It didn’t make me itchy before but I’m not sure what the signs and symptoms are. Thanks!

  137. anonymous

    Hi Doc..for the first time after giving birth I. Had unprotected sex but my guy didn’t sperm, the following day after I experince a heavy Pure water discharge and it has no smell what could it be now my vagina is itching at the sametime.

    Help plz!

  138. I’ve been experiencing vaginal iching. But its always in one. And white discharge. What could this be

  139. Hi dr. I and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and since then I had irritation and a white discharge , before this I did have unprotected sex but it was one and a half year ago

  140. My inner thighs have been very itchy for about 3months, and there were round red marks that then flaked and have spread the entire area of my inner thighs but ive noticed the same red itchy ring under my right breast and under my arms. My partner has the same thing around his groin and its spread to his tummy .
    We have been applying an anti- fungal cream and though the itching has slowed down, it’s still there however worse still a few nights ago the inside of my vagina started to itch terribly and now it’s very dry,purplish,swollen,with a unusual large amount of white discharge with no smell. Don’t know what to, the itch is driving me crazy I can’t sleep or sit still. Its a constant itch. Please HELP!

    • See your doctor. It sounds like a fungal infection but could always be something else. Get a proper diagnosis. If it really is a fungal infection and the creams are not working, you will need oral anti-fungal treatment.

  141. scared

    Hi I Am 18 yrs old.ive been married for 2 yrs. Well ihvent had sex already for almost over a week..i was on my period this past 4 days now i have like redness in my vagina and it kind of hurts no burning or itching just bothers me..im scared wat if my hubby is cheating on me? Any ways it has no odor or nothing no discharge whats so ever..and it feels kind of warm more like hot! Help me please

    • See your doctor and get some tests done to rule out a possible infection.

  142. my pubic area is itching from yesterday do you know what might be the problem

  143. Hi Dr, i really nope you can help me.. Im 29 years Old female with no kn own medical histeria. Last 4 months i had bad uti with hematuria. I was admitted for a day and discharged with antibiotic. When i finished my antibiotic the dysuria gondol but the burning sensation remained. I sent to see the Dr again and he prescribed me cipro for 10 days. Good enough i was pain free for a month and before my mens came i start to feel burning at my vulva area. The Dr did Urine culture and result was e coli.
    He there prescribed me again with cipro and this time the burning pain remained the same. I went to see the Dr again and he did vagina swab and all the results came it was all negative for std tests. I went back and this time he was clueless. He suggested i took augmentin and he ll scope if the burning pain is still there. Please help me Dr with this pain, i cant sit for long cant walk to much. I feel helpless. Please help!!

  144. Hi Dr, i really hope you can help me.. Im 29 years Old female with no kn own medical histeria. Last 4 months i had bad uti with hematuria. I was admitted for a day and discharged with antibiotic. When i finished my antibiotic the dysuria gondol but the burning sensation remained. I sent to see the Dr again and he prescribed me cipro for 10 days. Good enough i was pain free for a month and before my mens came i start to feel burning at my vulva area. The Dr did Urine culture and result was e coli.
    He there prescribed me again with cipro and this time the burning pain remained the same. I went to see the Dr again and he did vagina swab and all the results came it was all negative for std tests. I went back and this time he was clueless. He suggested i took augmentin and he ll scope if the burning pain is still there. Please help me Dr with this pain, i cant sit for long cant walk to much. I feel helpless. Please help!!

  145. Hi Dr, i really nope you can help me.. Im 29 years Old female with no kn own medical history. Last 4 months i had bad uti with hematuria. I was admitted for a day and discharged with antibiotic. When i finished my antibiotic the dysuria gondol but the burning sensation remained. I sent to see the Dr again and he prescribed me cipro for 10 days. Good enough i was pain free for a month and before my mens came i start to feel burning at my vulva area. The Dr did Urine culture and result was e coli.
    He there prescribed me again with cipro and this time the burning pain remained the same. I went to see the Dr again and he did vagina swab and all the results came it was all negative for std tests. I went back and this time he was clueless. He suggested i took augmentin and he ll scope if the burning pain is still there. Please help me Dr with this pain, i cant sit for long cant walk to much. I feel helpless. Please help!!

    • You might have interstitial cystitis. Please discuss this with your doctor.

  146. Hello,

    I went to the doctor today because I thought I had genital herpes. I had my period so she couldn’t do a swab but said I probably don’t have herpes because there are no lesions on the exterior part of my vagina. I read you can get it inside on rare occasions. I had sex a week ago and used really abrasive tissue to wipe. I started to feel a burning sensation and my inner vagina and the vulva outside started to really itch. I thought it was because of the sex and the tissue. It’s been a week and the inner and outer part of vagina still itches. It doesn’t burn to pee but it still itches up until now? Do you think I could have herpes inside?

    • Does not sound like Herpes. Sounds more like healing abrasions.

  147. Hello doctor…. I A̶̲̥̅M a student , I A̶̲̥̅M 17 years old .. I experienced pain between M̶̲̅Ɣ legs, I couldn’t even walk well for a week S̴̩ø I decided τ̲̅ø̲̣ take a look ɑ̤̥̈̊πϑ found out that I had a cut on M̶̲̅Ɣ clitoris… ɑ̤̥̈̊πϑ A̶̲̥̅M Ω̶̣̣̥̇̊​oτ̣̣̥ sexually active , A̶̲̥̅M a virgin, few months later , I came back from school I felt an itch on M̶̲̅Ɣ vulva S̴̩ø I scratched … Few seconds later it started hurting M̶̲̅ε̲̣ S̴̩ø I checked I found out that τ̲̅ђξ place I scratched got peeled badly … Τ̲̅ђξ skin totally peeled off I could see M̶̲̅Ɣ flesh, it hurts anytime urine touch τ̲̅ђξ place… S̴̩ø I decided τ̲̅ø̲̣ use vaginal wash τ̲̅ø̲̣ wash M̶̲̅Ɣ vagina τ̲̅ø̲̣ avoid infection of τ̲̅ђξ exposed area …. ɑ̤̥̈̊πϑ now I don’t know what τ̲̅ø̲̣ D̶̲̥̅̊ø … Because I had an itch just like that before its like it comes on ɑ̤̥̈̊πϑ goes off… S̴̩ø I want it τ̲̅ø̲̣ stop completely .. I need your help please .

    • There is something wrong with your translator. I cannot make out most of the words. From what I can see, you had a cut/abrasion on your clitoris cuased by your scratching. Just apply some soothing balm on it and some antiseptic cream and wait for it to heal.

  148. I have bad itching , to the point where my vagina gets irritated. I am sexually active but I haven’t been in a month and a half. It just started to itch about 2 – 2 1/2 weeks ago. And it’s mostly irritating at night when I’m laying down. I have no discharge coming out looking a certain type of way, but at times I do have a small odor. I’m kinda stuck on what to do.

    • Have you checked for all the usual things i.e Fungus, scabies, lice, dermatitis? If not then perhaps you should see your doctor. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  149. Hailey

    Hi, I have bin having an uncomfortable itching,irittaing itch at the bottom part of my vagina (where th penis would go in ) and I move a lot at school and I put pressure on it and how do I make it stop? Please help, I really hate it!

    • There could be many possible causes. The most common would be a yeast infection. You might want to try using an anti-fungi cream and see if that works. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  150. Hello Dr.!
    So for the past 3 days I’ve been experience this weird feeling on and near my clitoris. It feels as if there is something crawling but nothing seems to be there. I thought maybe a yeast infection since I had taken antibiotics a week or so ago but there is no yeast or itching. There is creamy white discharge but no odor. Any ideas? Please help!

    • Crawling? Have you checked for scabies and lice. You need a good light and a magnifying glass. Sometimes these things are really hard to see. Creamy white discharge sounds typical of a yeast infection. Try an OTC anti-fungal treatment and see if it works. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  151. im am very sexually active and i had unprotected sex with this guy and now im dealing with vaginal itching and swelling the very next day.

  152. My husband and I experience itchiness in our private parts. He has some rashes under his shaft which form in a circular motion while im experiencing itchiness outside my genital area. We had interourse while i had my menstruation also. And we also use petroleum jelly and after using it we experience itchiness in our genital parts. Please help!

    • Sounds typically like a fungal infection. You can try some OTC anti-fungal creams. If this does not help please see your doctor. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  153. Dr.,
    I’ve just stumbled upon this site when I googled my symptoms but I thought I’d try it out.
    I am 23 years old and sexually active.
    For about 3 or 4 weeks now my vagina has been very itchy. When I wipe there are sometimes little dots of blood, it almost feels like there are tiny cuts down there. I had a moment this morning when it was particularly bad, and scratched somewhat aggressively and it bled and flakes of skin came off too. I always have some discharge, but I have a lot more now and it is white-ish/yellow-ish. It sometimes burns when I urinte but only when the little “cuts” are there. I also feel some pain during sex. Before the itching started I was on antibiotics for vaginal bacteriosis. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet and I’ve never had a yeast infection before and idk if this is one.
    Thank you for your time! I look forward to your response.

  154. Hi Drtan,

    I have this itch that started two days ago. Its at the top where you would shave and it hurts when you touch the skin.After one day there are tiny minute bumps. When scratched the area gets white and flaky. I applied cultivate on it and after that the bumps looks swollen with the hair follicle in it. The area I wax also has this has well and since i started waxing my bikini ive never had a razor bump. what could this be? PS. I was just diagnosed HSV positive but is on valtrax and has no ob at this time, could it still symptoms of hsv or just fungus?

    • It actually sounds more like folliculitis which is a bacteria infection of the hair follicles. Cutivate might make it worse. Try using an antibiotic ointment. If it still does not go away see your doctor. It does not sound like HSV at all. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  155. Hi Drtan,

    I have this itch that started two days ago. Its at the top where you would shave and it hurts when you touch the skin.After one day there are tiny minute bumps. When scratched the area gets white and flaky. I applied cultivate on it and after that the bumps looks swollen with the hair follicle in it. The area I wax also has this has well and since i started waxing my bikini ive never had a razor bump. what could this be? PS. I was just diagnosed HSV positive but is on valtrax and has no ob at this time, could it still symptoms of hsv or just fungus?

  156. Dr.,
    I’ve just stumbled upon this site when I googled my symptoms but I thought I’d try it out.
    I am 23 years old and sexually active.
    For about 3 or 4 weeks now my vagina has been very itchy. When I wipe there are sometimes little dots of blood, it almost feels like there are tiny cuts down there. I had a moment this morning when it was particularly bad, and scratched somewhat aggressively and it bled and flakes of skin came off too. I always have some discharge, but I have a lot more now and it is white-ish/yellow-ish. It sometimes burns when I urinte but only when the little “cuts” are there. I also feel some pain during sex. Before the itching started I was on antibiotics for vaginal bacteriosis. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet and I’ve never had a yeast infection before and idk if this is one.
    Thank you for your time! I look forward to your response.

    • Sounds very much like a yeast infection. You might want to try an OTC anti-fungal. Obviously if this does not work you will need to see your doctor. It could also be a skin condition like dermatitis or psoriasis. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  157. hi DR
    im having this prob past few months b4 period im hvng a very bad itchyness all around my vagina….after my period 1week ok but thn again its gvng me the same problem
    and im having diabetis aso
    some say its cause by diabetic but my sugar level is under control 5.1
    please help to overcome this major probe…even at nite i cdnt sleep cause of tis itchyness…
    thnx

    • Vaginal itchiness that comes and goes with the period? Probably a dermatitis maybe aggravated by the menstrual blood or the pad you are using. Try using a steroid cream. Please check this with you Diabetes doctor first. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  158. Hi please help!! I have been having swell at the both side of my vagina. And the most important thing is it is very itchy down there! The itch have been going on for very long already. And the more I scratch it the swell would swell bigger. It’s very had to control myself as the itchyness is very strong. So I went to buy the Vagisil power hoping to relieve the itchyness but sometimes It doesn’t work. I would get the itchyness at the side of my vagina and also at the clitoris. Pls tell me what to do thank you! ><

  159. Hi doctor,
    A few days ago I noticed that my vagina had a little bump in it and also felt very dry. As time is progressing its beginning to itch. I am a virgin so It’s not an std. I did make the stupid mistake of sitting on a public toilet last week. I don’t know why but I think it’s herpes. Please help. Is this just a yeast infection or something more serious? Also I have been using Johnson baby wash to wash my vagina for the last couple of months.

  160. love is life

    Hello Dr.

    I’m 40 years old and having little problem with my penis .
    My penis is NOT rockhard before sex and i need to do penis hard through my hand.

    Please help me what i need to do and which thing i need to use or eat for this problem..

    Any food can give the strenght to my penis..

    dry fruit , vegetable or any medicine .

    thanks for ur time

    hope to hear from u soon.

    • You have ED. You need to see a doctor. ED could be an early sign of other diseases like heart disease. And why on earth would you post such a question under ‘Vaginal Itching’? Dude, c’mon man. Have some respect. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  161. scared and confused

    Hi doctor,
    A few days ago I noticed that my labia had a little bump in it and also felt very dry. As time is progressing its beginning to itch. I am a virgin so It’s not an std. I did make the stupid mistake of sitting on a public toilet last week. I don’t know why but I think it’s herpes. Please help. Is this just a yeast infection or something more serious? I havent had any discharge so thats why i dont think its a yeast infection. What can I do to moisten my vagina Also I have been using a hyperallogenic baby wash to wash my vagina for the last couple of months.

    • The obvious thing to do will be to see a doctor and let him/her examine the bump and tell you what it is. Since it is just a solitary bump and mildly itchy, it does not sound anything like Herpes. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  162. Hi I need help:( I had sex last night. Unprotected:( And my vaginal like when I feel discharge is itchy and I think it’s itchy itself. No bumps or burning when i pee. Kinda red. I have went to the doctor before cause I had issues a couple weeks ago. All my tests came back negative I have no clue what I had but it was terrible. Lesions white patches couldn’t sit without it hurting, and I went back to get checked last week cause I was still itchy n afraid whatever I had wasn’t gone and they said nothing was wrong everything looked normal. I made a mistake. I just want this all over with and figured out cause it’s scaring me:(

    • Your post is a little confusing. From what I can gather you have some symptoms and visited your doctor twice and both times they said nothing is wrong with you. For some reason you do not trust your doctors. There is nothing I can do to help you. If you are still worried the go see a 3rd doctor. If even he tells you there is nothing wrong with you then I think you will just have to accept the fact that you are fine. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  163. Worried

    Hie doc..i hd an itch around ma vaginal opening abwt a month ago,one side of the opening swelled up,l was also using birth control pills,at 1st all was fyn 4 abwt 3-4 mthns ,l recently stopped because during sex,my vagina wld gt dry too,bt it has since gone back 2 being wet..l went 2 the doctor nd he gave me candid v6,the itching dissappeared bt came back a week ago..l sometimes use bircabonate of soda..there is no smelly discharge jst plain white..evrytime l change underwear nd wear smthng less wet it feels a bit better and after intercourse too..l also have a lump that grew on one side of the lip just before my period last mnth bt swelled down after,the lump is still there,just a lot smaller…l am not sure of what is going on,l really would like to get rid of the itch,could it possibly be the cause of lack of orgasms??pliz help

    • You responded well to anti-fungal treatment so I am going to assume this is a fungal infection. You should use only feminine friendly washes, cut down on yeast and sugar in your diet and take a whole lot more probiotics. Of course I could be completely wrong and this is not a fungal infection. Please verify all of this with your doctor. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  164. urgent help pls

    Hi doctor, please I have been having a recurrent itch in the inner pinkish lips of my vagina. There is no abnormal discharge and there is no smell. Wen I’m itchy, I wash ur regularly and apply canesteen cream, it lasts for as long as a week sometimes and stops, but thhis itch occurs every month, it comes and goes thus I say its reoccurent, could it be a yeast infection? I’m very confused because even when I go to the hospital and get tested and treated with antibiotics it still reoccurs. Pls help, what can I do?

    • The technical term for the inner pinkish lips is the Labia Minora. Just FYI. I am going to assume you have a yeast infection. But I could well be wrong and you need to verify all this with your doctor. Recurrent yeast infections of the vagina are common. First they have to be treated with anti-fungal medicines. Next, you can reduce the frequency of occurrence by reducing the yeast in your diet, taking lots of probiotics and taking less sugar. I have also heard that virgin coconut oil works very well when applied to the area. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  165. pingpong

    Hello…
    I just recently got over an infection (my 2nd time in 3 years). They gave me both the treatment for yeast and bacterial infection so I really don’t know what I had. It has been 3 weeks and I’ve been fine. Yesterday my boyfriend and I had sex and i wasn’t as lubricated so it was hurting (painful) because of the rubbing of latex condom. We eventually stopped. A few hours later I felt very swollen and itchy. Today it has been itchy all day..small discharge- which I’m usually not aware of but I’m just being super paranoid at this point… Am I getting another infection or was it because of the rough/dry sex? I really do hope its not another infection because I just got over it a few weeks ago!

    • Sounds like just abrasions from the intercourse. If it does not clear up in a few days then you need to test for a possible infection. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  166. Hi Doc

    I have a big problem my private part have been itchy since i was doing grade 7 and i had treatment and now I have discharge that smell badly like fish and i’ve started seeing warts and its still developing

    pls help me

    • Well, sounds like you have an infection. When you say ‘fish’ like smell, doctors automatically think of Trichomonas. You also need treatment for the warts. If you are sexually active then you need a PAP smear and HPV test also. Either way, it’s high time you made a trip down to your doctor’s. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  167. Helpless

    Hi doc
    I got some rash n itches red bumbs on my vaginal.I m 26 year old.last time when I had sex with my husband after 8 days I got infection on vulva. I shown to doc he prescribe a medication n it was helpful but again after my period again i got d same infection.i m going crazy dnt knw what to do.
    I getting again all this..what should I do?

    • Sounds like a skin infection. Could be staph. First of all you need to see your doctor and get it treated. My practice is also to try to eradicate staph from the nose where it usually hides. You can discuss this with your doctor. For maintenance, you should use a loafa sponge and chlorhexidine soap to wash yourself. I am assuming that you have s staph skin infection. I cannot diagnose you over the internet. You still must see your doctor and if his advice differs from the information here, please follow his advice. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  168. I need your help

    Hi Dr. I am 28. I had a baby almost two years ago. I’ve always had a minor itchy labia majora. The drs have checked and there is no yeast infection or STD. The last 4 months it has gotten worse. My labia majora has white dry skin. And I keep itching continuously. I’ve googled and came up with I either have exzema, lichen sclerosus or cancer. I’m very scared. I wasn’t sure if there is something I can do over the counter to fix it. I have no dischargrdischarge it’s just a very itchy labia majora. I feel like if I go again they will just tell me I have dry skin. I don’t know how I get them to test for cancer. I’m always a worst case scenario girl so I’m freaking.

    • If you had skin cancer I am sure your doctors would have noticed. Alternatively you can get them to do a skin biopsy. You can try using a good moisturizer and if this does not work then a strong steroid cream. It sounds to me like you have a skin inflammatory issue probably a dermatitis likely eczema related. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  169. hi dr.. im age aroun early 20′s …been having protected sex with my fiance for about two years now.. and we’ll have sex 1 week ago.. and my vagina coming out some white liquid (milky colour) .. no pain no nothing.. just a lilttle bit itchy.. been happening for 4 days… need your advice.. thanks doc.

  170. concerned1

    Hello, I recently had unprotected sex and a day later I began to feel itchy in my vagina area, specifically where urine come out. Before this encounter I had not engaged in intercourse for about 5 months. What could be causing this problem? I also recently shaved in that area so could that be the reason?

  171. meeee 2

    Hi there doctor,
    I am new to this site and really need your help I am 16 years of age and have itchin in my vaginal area and hurts when I need to have a wee I sometimes have discharge which is a cheese colour what could this be??? Please HELP

    • It sounds like you have a yeast infection. You can try some over the counter anti-fungal treatment. If this does not help then you need to see your doctor. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  172. DollFace

    4 days ago, my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex for about an hour. The past 2-3 days, my vagina has been itching like crazy and it burns to urinate. What could be the cause of this? I’m avoiding going to the doctor due to the fact that my parents still think I’m a virgin. Thoughts?

    • Probably just some abrasions on the labia. It will heal with time. You can also use a sooting balm like tea tree oil to help with the healing. The burning during urination could just be due to the urine hitting the abraded area. However, it could also be a UTI. Drink lots of water. If the burning persists and if you feel the need to go pee all the time, then you must visit a doctor for anti-biotics. Do not worry. UTI can happen to anyone including people who are not sexually active. This will not ring any alarm bells with your parents. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  173. Doctor,
    I am still in my young teens, and I have been reading on this site and many others just tying to see if there were in other possibities I could have from my symptoms. I have spoken with my mother about it and we agreed it was a yeast infection. I have itching around my viginal area and it is also sore and kind of aches. It has only been going on for 2 days. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions or something you could tell me that would help untill I can get an appointment with my doctor. They are currently booked for a week or so and I’m just looking for something that could possibly provide some relief while I wait. Would you suggest maybe going to a minute clinic, or possibly a different doctors office?
    My boyfriend recently had surgery, and I haven’t done anything sexual with him, but I did help him change the gauze before I had to change my tampon. I washed me hands before, but I was just wondering if there was a possibility that germs from that could be ther case?
    I would also like to mention my modesty I have around doctors and even my parents. It’s difficult for me to talk to them. I was wondering if you had any advice for me on my modesty. Sorry for all the questions, I have just been wondering, and a bit worried.
    Thanks ever so much :)

    • There are many possible causes of vaginal itching. The most common would be a yeast infection. If you have a thick white discharge then that is very suggestive of a yeast infection. While waiting to see your doctor you can try an OTC anti-fungal cream. I really doubt you could have transferred any bacteria from your BF’s gauze. There is a possibility of a Staph or Strep infection but I am sure your doctor will test for these organisms. They are easily cured by antibiotics. Well, in most cultures, modesty is perceived as something good. I don’t see why you think it as issue. Just remember to be frank and honest with your doctor so that he/she can give you the most appropriate advice. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  174. Hi
    I am queit young and I have a very bad itch on my ureathra and outer vaginal lips, I also haven’t had my period in about 3 months, I haven’t had sex and I’m to scared to tell my mum is there anything I could do to stop the itch?

    • You can try OTC anti-fungal creams and/or OTC cortisone creams. I do not know how young you are but I can tell you that in the first few years of starting your period, it may not be that regular. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  175. baby girl

    Gosh ur nice doctor

  176. sso tensed

    Heyllo doctor!

    I had sex few weeks ago with my girlfrnd and a condom was also used but after sex of 5 min the condom that was put in my penis was seen in to be in hers. * Hope sperm dint go inside* But now from the past 3 to 4 days she is having itching problem especially at night and it itchs so bad that she can’t even sleep. What will be the cause? And is there any possibility of pregnancy over here?

    Pls do rply. We are so tensed. :(

    • drtan

      Yes there is a chance of pregnancy however I think this is unrelated to her itching. Her itching might be due to scabies or lice. It could also be due to yeast infections or dermatitis. She needs to see her doctor for that. For the pregnancy issue, the only thing to do now is to wait for her period. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  177. peaches

    i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and immediately after some hours had passed my vigina became a constant irritation. for the past 3 days i didnt worry just thinking it would pass but that third day i couldnt sit still. this has never happened before what could be the problem. ive been trying monisat 7 but it doesnt seem to be making a difference??????

  178. 5 days ago my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex and until 3 days ago i did no kind of treatment ive started taking the monistat 7 treatment and it feels like the irritation is only increasing. its an itchy and burning irritation but from the inside. so what should i do?? what do these things mean? and how can i make it stop?

  179. Hi doctor. My husband and I have been married 13 yrs. I’m 34. A month ago we had sex, unprotected. I noticed the next day I had seviere vaginal itch. Just felt raw, baca use it was hard not to itch, but it went away after three weeks. I did buy some over the counter anti itch which helped. I sustained from having sex for that amount of time. Then we had sex again recently and a couple hours afterwards again with the itching. He has drastically changed his diet recently taking protein shakes and now pills to help him lose weight. Could this cause too much yeast or something that may irritate my vagina in his seamen? This only started happening after he changed his diet with the extra weight lose products. He’s drinken shakes before but these are the professional ones and the diet pills are new. But he stopped drinking the shakes and I ended up getting itchy now. So I’m wondering if it is the pills now, he started taking those just two weeks ago. But there may be a common ingredient I may be allergic to.

    • drtan

      Thank you for the very detailed history. I agree with you that there is something in your husband’s semen that is affecting your vaginal micro-environment. Chemical irritation can directly cause itching. A imbalance in the vaginal environment can lead to yeast and/or BV which can also cause itching. Can you get your husband to stop the pills? Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  180. Hi. I’m not yet 18 and had un

  181. Hi. I’m not yet 18 and had unprotected sex and its been very long already. Always feeling itchy down there, if I go to the doctor to check do I have to shave first? I don’t dare to shave it now because down there is swollen I’m afraid if I accidentally shave it will hurt.

  182. Please help

    Good evening Dr.
    I am 19 years old and was fingered 2 days ago for about 30 seconds. The male had sharp fingernails and I think he cut the area directly outside of my vagina, now the area is itchy and sometimes hurts when I pee, is this something I should be very concerned about? Also what can I do to get this to go away?

  183. norma

    Hi, about a week and a half I stayed the weekend at my boyfriend’s house we had unprotected sex several time, but it wasn’t the first time. Anyways about 2 or 3 days later I started feeling very tired and little feverish. The inside of my vergina started getting very itchy and it is only on the inside, it is dry and reddish. It comes and goes for almost the past week, it’s gotten to the point where it itches really bad I have to scratch then I get this little like paper cuts from scratching and burning. I do get this white watery discharge and this small pimple like in my vergina where it itches, it doesn’t hurt to urinate. 2 days ago we had sex but we used a condom it wasn’t painful or uncomfortable. So what could it be, please respond.

    Thanks you

    • drtan

      Sounds like an infection. Likely BV. You would need to get it properly diagnosed and probably require some antibiotics. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  184. Emily

    Hi! It’s been 6 days since I last had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and the day after we had unprotected sex, where the labia majora is on each side there are two small bumps then in the crease between the majora and minora, its very sore so when I wipe when I go to the toilet it burns a little. Do I have an STD? Or do I just need canesten cream from over the counter? Thank you!

    • Emily

      I also have a thicker discharge than usual but does not have a yeasty smell and is not of a different colour.

    • drtan

      The 2 small bumps are most likely blocked/infected glands. They would most likely fade on their own. If you want to help them along anti-biotic creams will work better than anti-fungal creams. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  185. Hello dr tan, I have noticed I get itchy every month, most especially in my Labia Minora. I have had a couple of swab teste which was cultured for 3 days but nothing has ever been sound. Its always negative, no yeast, no bacterial nothing.I don’t have funny discharge of smell, I am confused, coul this be related to my menstrual cycle or could it possibly be related to something else? I also always have boils under my armpits, painful recurring boils on the same spots under the armpits. I have done several hiv tests and they are negative. Please what could be wrong with me?

    • drtan

      Your recurring boils suggest to me that you carry this bacteria called Stpahylococcus Aureus. I am not sure but it could be also causing your genital itch. You can try using Chlorhexidine soap to clear the bacteria from your skin. Also since Staph likes to hide in the nose you can use an antibiotic ointment for the nose too. Otherwise it may not be an infection at all but a skin related issue. In this case you should see a dermatologist. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  186. WorriedTeen

    Someone please help!! I am a teen and I’m sexually active and there is this it itching and burning down on the outside of my vagina and in the lips…and I looked down there with a mirror and it’s really red and swollen probably from me scratching so much and now these really flat white bumps like dead skin are around my vagina and a little on the inner of my leg..that area, and there’s a lot of bleeding from open wounds from scratching, I’m scared and my mother doesn’t know I’m sexually active and I don’t know what to do.. There’s no discharge and no fowl smell.

    • drtan

      This does not sound like an STD. It could be a fungal infection. Or it could also be a skin related issue like Psoriasis or Dermatitis. I suggest you use gentle feminine friendly cleansers to wash your vaginal areas and use an OTC anti-fungal cream and moisturizer. If this still does not work you really should see your doctor. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  187. i am having some itching since some days am even washing with a soap, but hardly can walk and pee,what can i do vigina is red

    • drtan

      The most common cause of vaginal itching is a fungal infection. You might want to try an OTC anti-fungal cream. If that does not work you should see your doctor to test for other infections. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  188. jaleel

    one of my 6 moth old children has itching around her vaginal area ? could you tell me sir how can i stop this proble? is there is ane oliment to use externaly?

    • drtan

      Please bring her to see her paediatrician and find out what is wrong. You really do not want to be trying medications on a 6 month old baby. Please post any follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  189. Needinghelp19

    I’m a Virgin and 19 years old. While I was walking today I felt the outside of my vagina feel itchy and dry. When I went to shower I saw little white chucks coming out. I’m really afraid of what I might have. It doesn’t smell, it’s just uncomfortable. Also I just started my period. What do I have? What should I do?

  190. Hellppppp

    Hi im a 14 and my vagina has been really itchy around where my hair grows i do ahave and it seems to stop a little but not much i also get a little dischard that will stick to my underwear and doesnt smell but i change my underwear daily it cant be an std or something likw that because im a virgin please help

    • Shaving can lead to infections of the hair follicles (i.e. folliculitis). This can cause some itching. You can try using Chlorhexidine soap and an antiseptic cream to fix this. If the itching gets better after shaving maybe you have lice. You will be able to see the lice eggs on the pubic hair. There are over the counter treatments for lice like Malathion shampoos. The discharge is unlikely anything significant. If it persists you might want to see your doctor to exclude yeast and strep infections. Please post follow up questions on http://www.askdrtan.com

  191. I recently had unprotected sex with my bf,,immediately after that i saw a white creamy cheese like discharge,now i have an itch burning sensation and a foul smell .what could be my problem,,,please help me doc,am really worried..

  192. Hi doctor
    i have been having itching vagina,when its cold or when i take anything sugary it itches alot pleasehelp me

  193. helppp

    Hi doctor….I had unprotected sex with this guy n ever since then my vagina has been itching like crazy….my outside skin of the vagina itches where my pubic hair grows and lately my clitoris has begun to itch…..I dnt know what wrong…is it an std or whatt??? Helpppp

    • Could be. Trichomonas infection can cause a lot of itching. Of course maybe could just be a yeast infection or skin allergies. Still prudent to get checked.

  194. Kitt042913

    vagina lips itchy lumpy and wrinkly and oozing/sweaty fishy odor greyish discharge this type of symptoms r between my breasts as well please help email me with any tips hackergirl.kdcr@gmail.com pleaseeeeeeee!!!! Im poor with no money or health insurance.

    • Before I answer your question please let me remind you that this forum is NOT for medical consultations. As much as I empathize with your financial situation, you still must see a doctor and should NEVER use the information provided here as medical advice. From your description I think you either have Bacterial Vaginosis or Trichomonas. Both of these infections can be treated with an antibiotics called Metronidazole.

  195. Maddii

    Hello Dr.

    I keep on scratching my vagina whenever my period comes but not exactly when it comes. Its like a PMS or something. Is that normal? Even though im quite hygenic cause i wash it daily with Lactacyd. So, I went to see my doctor and she said tight clothing were the cause but i dont really wear tight clothes. Its really irritating and because of the scratching it kinda has reddish bumps. what do you think doctor? Is it hormonal change or just a PMS? Let me know. Thank you doctor :)

    ps still a virgin. No sexual activities

    • drtan

      This is actually quite a common symptom many women experience due to the hormonal changes. As long as your doctor has ruled out a yeast infection and skin problems like allergies or folliculitis, I do not think there is anything for you to be concerned about. Try using a strong moisturizer. Sometimes that helps. Or try taking evening primrose oil.

  196. Hey doc, I have a question!
    Lately I’ve been having this very weird itch around my vagina. And I’ve been talking to my grandma and she said she used to be itchy in the vagina area too. But it later turned out that she had diabetes and that there was sugar in her urine. I’m really scared. Does this mean I might have diabetes?

    • drtan

      That is a possibility but there are many other more common causes of vaginal itching like a yeast infection. It could also be due to skin problems like allergies. I do not think you should jump to conclusions right now. Try some OTC anti-fungal first. On a separate note, since you have a family history of Diabetes, you should get yourself checked regularly. You are also more at risk of Diabetes during pregnancy and post menopause.

  197. I need help

    Hi doc ‘
    I’ve had a screening for Gonorreha and clamydia and it came back negitive doc says everything looks okay no smell no discharge and my ph level is 4.0 just a little over where it should be I did a treat ment for bacterial vaginosis for three days instead of five because I miscarried ‘ I didn’t feel right using it . I have a itch it only happens about once a day but it just won’t budge I have no idea what’s going on please help ‘ I even use the ph balance vagisil wash ‘ I’m clueless on this one !

    • You ruled out Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. What about GBC, Yeast, Trichomonas? If it is not all these than perhaps it is a skin problem like dermatitis.

  198. Grace Davis

    Hi Dr ,

    I recently had sex with my boyfriend and he used a condom but it was very uncomfortable and I felt as if I was allergic to latex .. Any how we didn’t finish because it was very itchy and I couldn’t take it.. The following day the same itch came back at night and has been itching for 3 days now.. I don’t have discharge at all really and when I do its normal it doesn’t have any foul smell or anything , do you know what this may be?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      I agree with you that you most probably have a latex allergy. You can try calming the symptoms down with a cortisone cream and anti-histamine tablets which you can get OTC from a pharmacy. However, if the symptoms do not subside, it will be prudent to see your doctor for some tests. Especially for Yeast, BV and Trichomonas.

  199. Munchy

    Dear Doc,

    Really need advise, i encounter this itch for a week whenever there’s a discharge. It doesnt have a smell, and its actually quite watery and in clear form. I did not have sex and not sexually active. My worries is, im suppose to have my period now but theres no sign of period and turns out to be discharge and it itch me all day. Ive tried Vagisil Cream to lessen the itch however it last for awhile and when the discharge comes out, i will itch again. appreciate if u could advise me. And i would like to consult a doctor if its worsen, may i know how much is the fees etc? Thanks! :X – munchy

  200. Munchy

    Dear Dr,

    I need help!! Ive been having this itch for a week whenever theres a discharge, its odourless and in a watery clear form. Im worried as im supposed to get my period now but there’s no sign of period but with itchy discharge instead. I never had sex or even sexually active and i put on Vagisil Cream to relieve the itch but it only last for awhile and the itch came back. Please advise me as it affect me throughout the day and its very uncomfortable. :( and how much is the fees etc to consult to u? Thanks.

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      The most common cause of vaginal itching is a yeast infection. You may want to try an OTC yeast treatment first. It could also be BV. You may need a low vaginal swab to determine the cause of your symptoms. Our consultation rates start from $35. This does not include tests and medication costs.

  201. Hello doc,
    I been having some itch on my hole and some scratching on the side of my vagina. And every time I when I finish peeing it hurts! I get crazy pain down there! I pretty sure I have an infection! But what should do not to hurt anymore or make it go away!! I don’t want it, it’s really uncomfortable.. Sex yes I do but were always safe so I don’t think it’s that? Can you please help me???

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Sounds like you have a problem with the skin in the genital region. The pain you get from urinating may be due to the urine coming into contact with the affected skin. It may or may not be due to an infection. You will need to see your doctor and get yourself properly examined to find out what is causing this.

  202. Hi Doc,

    I have this itchy and white cheesy lumps like discharge. I could not go to the doctor with prior personal commitments and picked up candid V6 tablets and candid v gel from the desk. The thing is I think I have inserted the tablet deep. It is not coming out. is it bad if it stays there i am worried what to do.
    And the other thing is my uterus is swollen. are there any particular reason to it. PLZ help

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Vaginal pessaries are supposed to be inserted deep into the vagina. They are wax tablets that would dissolve. Do not worry about the fact that it did not drop out.

  203. Hey Dr,

    I’ve had these symptoms for quite some time, I am fine when having sex until towards the end then I start to get an itching/burning sensation mostly around the opening & my labia. Sometimes I think it may be because I don’t get wet enough, but even when I do I usually notice the same itching afterwards. I don’t have any other symptoms of a typical ‘yeast infection’, just the itching. Recently I’ve changed soaps around to see if it changes anything but no luck. Also is it normal to have a skin tag down in that area? It’s just off to the side between my vagina and anus.. doesn’t cause any harm but it just showed up out of nowhere. I’m still with the same man for almost 2 years and we are both STD free…. Any advise of what to do to help with the itch?

    Thank you!

  204. HELLO DOCTOR !
    I AM GETTING ITCHING IN MY URINE CONTINUOUSLY SOMETIME LIGHT OR SOMETIME HIGH NOT ABLE TO CONTROL WHILE STOP MY HAND TO SCRATCH THAT AREA , WHEN I PUT MY FINGER INSIDE I GET BLEEDING & SOME WHITE PARTICLES , YES ITS JUST LIKE SOFT TISSUE-PAPER FOUND INSIDE THE ANAL & OUTSIDE THE BOTH BLADDER & ITS GIVE THE FEELING LIKE BURNING TOO MUCH , MY BF FORCED TO HAVE SEX & GONE FOR THAT ALSO & AFTER HAVE SEX THIS PROBLEM STARTED THIS , I THINK SO ITS YEAST AS YOU HAD SHARE BUT GETTING THE WAY WHAT TO DO & WHY THIS PROBLEM CREATED HOW CAN COME OVER THIS WHAT I HAVE TO DO & WHAT AR THE REMEDY FOR THIS , KINDLY SUGGEST VERY SOON !

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      From your description of the discharge and the itch, I think you are right o think that this is most likely a yeast infection. You can see your pharmacist and get a local yeast treatment. If your symptoms do not go away completely or gets worse or goes away then comes back, please see your doctor for some tests.

  205. love is life

    Hello doctor,

    I had sex with my girlfriend and after one day my penis top is burning.
    Do you what is the reason ?
    If infection can I take anti biotic tablet amoxilline 500 mg
    Twice in a day ?
    Please reply me
    Thanks

  206. love is life

    Hello doctor,

    I had sex with my girlfriend and after one day my penis top is burning.

    Do you know what is the reason ?

    If infection can I take anti biotic tablet amoxilline 500 mg
    Twice in a day ?

    Please reply me

    Thanks

  207. Very Concerned

    I’m 16, a virgin, and a couple days ago it started itching inside my private areas both front and back but mostly front. I haven’t done anything sexual and I don’t have the yeast infection stuff going on. So I’m wondering what it could be and how I can get rid of it? Thank you.

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      The most common cause of vaginal itching is still a yeast infection. Even if you do not have the typical thick white discharge, this could still be the case. Peri-anal itching could be caused by pinworms. Of course, any kind of skin condition like dry skin or allergies can also cause itching. Without a diagnosis, it is very difficult for me to suggest a treatment for you. I think you can try an over-the-counter yeast treatment first and take it from there.

  208. white sold parricles

    please i have been experenices white solid particles in my vigina for over a years now but i dont know the cause of that. please can you assistant me how what to do to cure that sickness of the cause of that?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      The most obvious thing to come to mind is a possible fungal infection. You can try an over the counter anti-fungal treatment first to see if that works.

  209. I had sex over a week ago and a few days after the intercourse i began bleeding. it wasn’t my first time and i was convinced my hymen was already broken. I’ve been bleeding for over week and I haven’t been experiencing any signs of menstruation (cramps, headaches,etc.). I have also been feeling an itch occasionally. The blood is sometimes bright red and other times its a dark red/brown with some sort of discharge. I don’t know what it is? Also, my boyfriend has been tested and he is clean. What could be wrong?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      OK. It is not your period. It is not an infection. The 2 possible causes left are a local lesion (e.g. a cervical polyp, cervical pre-cancer, womb cancer) or a hormonal imbalance. If this persists you should see your doctor for a checkup.

  210. I started to have a very itchy vagina/vulva around 2 days ago which I first noticed when my clitoris hurt very mysteriously while i washing and could not even touch becausr ot the pain felt like deep bruise anc somewhat sharp pain in it. Immiediately after that my vulva area started to itch bad which hasnt really happened to me before, so i’ve been scratching it, and just yesterday saw very obvious greenish yellow discharge and at evening while taking nap had an abrupt outflow of this discharge which I felt was connected with having to hold my peeing while sleeping, but this discharge is not pee but that more of tne greenish -so I was very surprised almost felt period started, but no, it just happened thankfully that time while on that nap, now have to wash my undies well with that discharge. Today I continue to feel very itchy in my vulva, vagina and even closet to anus. Im not sexually active currently and never had itching before. Is started to do these internet research first and I will try my best to stop myself from stratching as I started to see blood spots from the tissue paper i use to rub, probably because of too much scartching. Please enlighten me on this, Doc.

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Your symptoms sound very much like you have an infection in your vagina. Since you have not been sexually active, it is unlikely to be something sexually transmitted. Fungal infections and Bacterial vaginosis are 2 examples of infections that are not sexually related. You need to see your doctor to find out what is causing this infection and get it treated. Don’t worry. These things are very easy to treat.

  211. Hi doctor,I am so happy I found this site..you are God sent anyways I had unprotected sex with a friend and few days later I experienced serious iching,pains,watery discharge and swollen vigina..I really don’t know what to do..I dunno if its infection or sometime else…pls help me..

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Your symptoms certainly sound like you have an infection. You should see your doctor as soon as you can to be checked up.

  212. I am feeling an itch around my uvula…I noticed redness but could be from scratching, which I get some relief from. I hold off from scratching much though & I don’t wear tight jeans. I’ve been feeling this itch for 3 days now, I am not sexually active, & I wash in the shower, which is every 1-2 days. But once the itch started, every time I rinsed with water, I feel a sting. I also noticed how I have a slight amount of white discharge. What does this mean? & what can I do at home for treatment?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Sounds like a fungal infection. You can try an OTC anti-fungal cream. If this does not relieve your symptoms, please see your ObGyn.

  213. unsure of what it is

    the area by my anus on both side of my buttcheeks is discolored im brown skin so the shade has become slightly lighter then my skin tone i beleieve it might have gotten that way from me scratching it due to the itching that began there a few weeks ago it only itches though wen the area has become moist which is wierd because that area doesnt usually get moist i should add though that i shaved all the hair off including my butttcheek hairs i search up what it could be and the closes thing i have came to is dermatitis i dont think it is an std i think it may be skin related another thing that occured round the same time is the outside lips of my vagina wenever moist start to shed not like dry shedding but like wen i wipe pieces of my brown skin from my outside lips come off as if it where dirt which is not the case because it happens about an hour after i get
    out of the shower it only itches after i messs with it and take all the skin off there is no bleeding afterward there is a slight irrattion like mild burning but it goes a way a min later im so confused but i know both of these systoms are not std i have been to a docoor and been checked for both chlamydia and gonnoreha and have com back negative if it helps diabetes does run in my family

    • unsure of what it is

      can you give any type of suggestions to wat it might be so i can go back to my doctor with a more clear view on how to describe it using medical terms they understand.plz and thanks you

  214. Hello doctor,
    I’m a virgin but I and my fiancee have a sexual act where we rub our genitals against each other for sexual pleasure but recently I noticed that after we both cum I begin to feel itchy immediately, I don’t know if it can be allergy to his seamen because he used to cum on me before and no itchyness, this just started and I’m worried. Please help.

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Although you did not have penetrative sex, the fact that his semen came into contact with the outside of your vagina still puts you at risk of catching at STD or even getting pregnant. Since your itching comes on immediately after, it is very unlikely to be due to an infection. Infection symptoms usually take a few days to develop. I agree with you that it is most probably a skin sensitivity maybe to his semen.

  215. Hello doctor,
    I’m a virgin but my fiancee and I rub our genitals against each other for sexual gratification (and most times we cum) but recently I noticed that immediately we finish I start to itch, please what could be wrong because we have been doing it before with any harsals.

  216. Hello doctor,
    me and my boyfriend dont have any diseases and weve been sexually active for 2 years already but 2 days ago my labia started itching and now i have these white particles in my vagina. im not itchy all day, ive changed the way i wipe after using the bathroom from back to front to just patting it dry which has helped with the itching but i feel my labia bloated and its uncomfortable when i walk. What would this be?

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      Sounds like just a yeast infection. You can easily get an anti-fungal treatment from any pharmacy. If the symptoms do not resolve, please see your doctor.

  217. the area by my anus on both side of my buttcheeks is discolored im brown skin so the shade has become slightly lighter then my skin tone i beleieve it might have gotten that way from me scratching it due to the itching that began there a few weeks ago it only itches though wen the area has become moist which is wierd because that area doesnt usually get moist i should add though that i shaved all the hair off including my butttcheek hairs i search up what it could be and the closes thing i have came to is dermatitis i dont think it is an std i think it may be skin related another thing that occured round the same time is the outside lips of my vagina wenever moist start to shed not like dry shedding but like wen i wipe pieces of my brown skin from my outside lips come off as if it where dirt which is not the case because it happens about an hour after i get
    out of the shower it only itches after i messs with it and take all the skin off there is no bleeding afterward there is a slight irrattion like mild burning but it goes a way a min later im so confused but i know both of these systoms are not std i have been to a docoor and been checked for both chlamydia and gonnoreha and have com back negative if it helps diabetes does run in my family
    reply

    unsure of what it is
    DECEMBER 10, 2013
    can you give any type of suggestions to wat it might be so i can go back to my doctor with a more clear view on how to describe it using medical terms they understand.plz and thanks you

    • Dr Elaine Loh

      From the sound of your symptoms, there are just too many possibilities. You have described your symptoms just fine. Just repeat this to your doctor. He/She should examine you and this would give a much clearer picture of what your diagnosis could be.

  218. My bottom woman part is red and painful to touch. I can’t even wear my clothing because it painful when it come in contact.it even looks like it swelling. I can’t walk regularly.it hard to get up from bed or chair. Best thing was to sit or lay with my legs stretch open.I had it for 3 days already.

  219. Im almost finishing the medication course for BV but it seems like there is no changes in my discharge. Its pale yellow sometimes but sometimes it abit greenish-yellow. Does this mean that BV is not healed yet ?

    • Could be. But it could also mean that the diagnosis was wrong and it was not BV in the first place. You should revisit your doctor.

  220. cookiemonster

    I’ve been expering my vagina itchy it hurts alot I’m bleeding blood I’m a young female and its scaring it been doing this since two days ago what do I do

    • Your symptoms are too general to comment. Itching and bleeding can be caused by many things. Please see your doctor for a proper consultation.

  221. Hello Doctor.
    I am a 16 year old virgin, and I have been having these really weird itches. It’s all over the outer portion, and on the inside of the labia. It obviously can be an STI, and was wondering if this happens often? What can I do

    • I suppose you mean it obviously ‘cannot’ be an STI. There are many causes of vaginal itching. The 2 common non-STI related infections are yeast and bacterial vaginosis. If you have a discharge it suggests one of these problems. However, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, allergies etc can also easily affect the vaginal area and cause itching. You can try using female friendly cleansers and mositurizers. If these do not help you should tell your mom to bring you to see a doctor.

  222. Concerned

    Yesterday, my boyfriend of 5 months and I had sex with out a condom. We’ve been sleeping together for the past few months and I am on birth control. Today I randomly became extremely itchy around my vaginal opening. I decided to check it out and I have tiny red bumps almost completely lining the opening of my vagina. My entire feminine area is sore and swollen and burns a little but it might be from itching? It smells a little yeasty but I haven’t noticed any discharge. I’m actually more dry down there than usual. The bumps and itching concerned me a lot so I decided to post here. PLEASE let me know if you have an idea of what is going on. I’ve only ever had one other partner and it was once two years ago.

    • Honestly it could be a lot of things. The most common would be yeast or BV. The rashes could be just an allergy or it could be Herpes. It is impossible for us to tell your what is wrong with you without a physical exam and some tests. You should see your doctor.

  223. IM HAVING SEX N NEED HELP

    Hey I’m having sex like all most everyday with my bf n my vaigin gets itchy then stops after a while but not very much but when it is it gose pinky red we have unprotected sex all the time. WHY PLZZ HELP

  224. pissed off

    Hi doctor, a piece advise please, ive ezperienced this vaginal oitch from my hole to the upper lip of my vagina, yes i do shave the doctor gave me a suppository neo penotran forte it relieves me but it came back again, my son is 2years old already and i still experience it till now,

    • Sounds like a fungal infection. See your doctor again for a longer course of treatment.

  225. Hello Doctor,
    I attend a Dance cca (co-curriculum activity). While doing the split against the wall, I don’t know why but my bottom part would start to feel uncomfortable when my legs start to stretch to a level where it hurts a lot. When I close my legs back, there will be liquid flowing out of my bottom part. I don’t understand why but I think I haven’t been taking care of my private part or I am not suited for doing the split. May you please help me? I will be really greatful if you did. If you need more info my bottom part will start to itch and have bumbs when I have my period [I change it 2-3 times a day] Thanks so much

    • Doing a split puts tension on your vagina and internal structures like the hymen. That could be why you feel discomfort. Because you are stretching the vagina open then closing it again, the pumping action might cause some mucus to drip out. If the hymen is torn, you could bleed also. Itching and bumps sound like a skin allergy issue. You may want to change your brand of pads.

  226. Hi,

    I have a problem. I am sexually active but monogamous so is my partner but starting November last year I have this itchy vagina. At first, I would scratch it till sore. Now, I am not scratching it even it becomes itchy. What is happening now is that I am uncomfortable because I’m getting wet more than the usual. I’m not even aroused. It’s too much that it gets clumpy. If I have my menstruation, it goes away. But then if I have sex, it returns back. What is it?

    • Could be a yeast infection. Or it could be a skin allergy like eczema.

      • confused

        I see. What can be done about this? I read about chlamydia having the same symptoms but I’m positive that we both are monogamous and partners for two years. Can it be that? I hope not.

  227. Marlene

    Hi, I’m 19 & I been having a problem down there lately. I don’t know what can it be so here’s what’s going on.…
    I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend (Been with him for 3 Years) But I do remember not taking a shower after we were done . Then the next day it start smelling weird like Fish, is a tiny bit itchy sometimes and is red around it i been having this for about 5 days now . I used to take out something kinda white with greenish like super thin almost like water, But today I haven’t take nothing out when I check myself. It smells really bad thoe. & I’m really scared. I made my doctors appointment. But I have it until March, 19. & Today we are on January, 1st . Is a long way to go!! So I need help with this. I been searching it up here on Google but It been giving me results of an STD’s … & That been making me MORE scared !! :( I Never had this problem before, after I had sex with him . What can this be?? Help me please. :(

    • Yes it could very well be an STD. From your description of symptoms I would guess Trichomonas.

  228. Marlene

    can it be an STD??

  229. Discouraged

    I was diagnosed with bv by my Doctor days ago. She prescribed me Metronidazole Gel. She told me to use it for 7 days. 2 days later I woke up and felt a rash like discomfort on my labia minora. The itching isn’t bad, if anything there’s just a discomfort and tenderness. There’s no discharge and no smell. I’m confused and feel discouraged that it might be another vaginal infection.please help!

    • Hi, you should see a doctor for further examination and evaluation of your symptoms. It could be another vagina infection but it’s difficult to diagnose without examining you.

    • Discouraged

      Correction… it was 2 days after the 7 day treatment! & I forgot to mention that there is no burning as well. Thanks!

  230. Hi, I’m having discomfort down there. I feel itchy and sometimes discharge. It comes and goes. I have no bumps or rashes. Am presently using a cream to ease the itchiness, but Its just too uncomfortable that I feel bad about it. My boyfriend is fine but worried about my condition. what could this be? Please, help needed. Thanks

    • Your symptoms are in keeping with an infection. Could be something as straightforward as BV or yeast or could be something more sinister. The best way to find out exactly what it is is to get a vaginal swab.

  231. Hi doc! I need helppp! My lips of vagina started itching for about two weeks and it’s not ceasing down.Recently I just found out there is two little bumps near where it was itching! I never had sex and I don’t know what is happening.Is it bad to scratch too? :(

    • I assume you have no other symptoms like discharge. This sounds very much like a skin problem. Maybe contact dermatitis. Try a good moisturizer and hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacy. If this does not help, please see your doctor.

  232. confused

    I’m having sex with my partner for two years and. Both of us are monogamous.

    There was a time when my vagina was itching during my period wherein I scratched it really hard. Since then, it has been itchy. I’m having a yellowish discharge but dries up like cottage cheese. The skin around my vagina and near the butt area becomes dry and flaky. Sometimes it chafes when I put my liner on because of the discharge. We don’t have STD. We had ourselves checked. But I just want the discharge and dryness gone.

    • Sounds like you could be having a yeast infection or eczema. You can try OTV anti-fungal treatments and moisturizers. You can also try a mild steroid like hydrocortisone. Of course if none of this works you will need to see your doctor.

  233. Young mother of one

    Dear doctors or doctor,

    I’ve been having this really bad itchiness around the outside of my vagina near my legs and on my lips down there as well. I’m 20 and I’ve never had an std and I was tested when I had my baby girl. I’ve been with my daughters father since before I got pregnant. So I know it’s not any std infection. Please help.

    • Hi, the itchiness could be a fungal infection. You could try anti-fungal cream to see if it helps otherwise please see a doctor to have it checked out.

  234. 2 years ago I have this itchy vagina and the doctor said is vaginal candidiasis after a swab test. It was cured but returned this year. I have been have this scratching, itchy and burning sensation, fishy smelly discharge. What is happening now is that I am uncomfortable because I’m getting wet more than the usual.i have stopped wearing panties. I have used several prescribed pessary like neo penotran forte, gyno daktarin both the pessary and the cream. I have used several antibiotics as prescribed by doctors.
    But the itching, burning sensation, the swelling and the smelly discharge still comes and go at every week interval. What exactly is this? Have been married for more than a year and trying for babies.
    Doctor please tell me what is happening. Thank you

    • Your symptoms certainly do not sound like a straightforward yeast infection. Sounds more like an infection like Bacterial Vaginosis or even Trichomonas. Instead of treating blindly, my preference is to do a vaginal swab and test comprehensively for any and all possible infections. That way, we can direct treatment and know when there is treatment failure rather than wrong treatment.

  235. sweety

    Hi doc,

    i have been experiencing iching on my clitoris area and sometimes my vulva for about 2 weeks. i also have iching on my inner thighs, my panty line. . there is also a white discolouration on these areas. the last time i had sex was before 2 months. kindly let me know what is wrong .

    • The white discolouration really suggests a skin problem like psoriasis, lichen planus, dermatitis etc. I really doubt it is sexually related. Please see your dermatologist.

  236. Hi docter
    My private part has been itching and also it kinda smells! I’m only twelve and I’m to emabrissed to say anything to my parents! What do u think is wrong?

    • It could be just a fungal infection or bacterial vaginosis. Use a feminine friendly wash. For antiseptic effect, you might want to try using Betadine vaginal wash. This contains Idoine and can reduce the amount of bacteria and fungus. You can also try an OTC anti-fungal cream. However, if all these do not work, please tell your mother.

  237. If there is an obvious skin rash I suggest you see your doctor. If not, you can safely try diaper cream or tea tree oil or aloe vera gel. You can also try a OTC hydrocortisone cream. Obviously if these do not work you should see your doctor.

  238. help me plz

    Thank you doctar now it only itches when i try to sleep or when im at school

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