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10 Potential Vaginal Itch or Burning Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina

    Many women suffer from come-and-go vaginal itching. If the itching is not accompanied by other symptoms like painful urination or discharge, it's likely nothing to worry about.

    Will resolve on its own.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal discharge, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    vaginal itch or burning
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    urinary changes, vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina

    Contact irritant dermatitis of the vagina occurs when there is an irritant of some sort that causes damage to the skin. The irritation is often caused by friction or chemicals.

    Will resolve when irritant is removed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, vaginal discharge, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    vaginal itch or burning
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    urinary changes, vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Symptoms of Menopause

    Menopause is the point in life where your period stops. This happens when the ovaries stop making hormones that keep your cycle going. The transition into menopause is called peri-menopause and can include symptoms like hot flashes, shortening of menstrual cycle and mood fluctuations.

    Hot flashes typically peak approximately 1 year after the final period and last 4-10 years. Most women stop having hot flashes 4 years after they start, but 10% of women may have hot flashes up to 12 years after their last period.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, delay in or irregular periods, vaginal discharge, anxiety, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with symptoms of menopause:
    delay in or irregular periods
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Yeast Infection

    Recurrent yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    50% of women have relapses within 2 months, and 9% have more than 4 episodes per year. For those, maintenance therapy is possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Yeast Infection

    Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    50% of women have relapses within 2 months, and 9% have more than 4 episodes per year. For those, maintenance therapy is possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Atrophic Vaginitis

    Atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina and surrounding structures. It is caused by decreased levels of estrogen which causes the endometrial and vaginal lining to thin and vaginal pH to increase, causing symptoms like dryness, burning, and itching.

    Treatment will effectively manage symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, delay in or irregular periods, vaginal itch or burning, signs of urinary tract inflammation
    Symptoms that always occur with atrophic vaginitis:
    delay in or irregular periods
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Genital Herpes

    Genital herpes is caused by a common viral infection that is sexually transmitted. The virus can lay dormant for months after exposure, causing itching and rash on the inner thighs or genitals. Some people carry the virus, but have no symptoms for their entire lives.

    Infection with herpes simplex virus cannot be cured, but there are many effective treatments to manage symptoms

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    symptoms of infection, fatigue, muscle aches, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain
    Symptoms that always occur with genital herpes:
    painful vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Lichen Sclerosus

    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. It's most commonly on the genital region and occurring in women who are post menopausal.

    Can be lifelong; however, symptoms will come-and-go with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, dry skin on the outside of the vagina, painful urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Premature Ovarian Failure

    "Premature ovarian failure" (POF), also called "primary ovarian insufficiency" and "early menopause" happens when the ovaries stop working well too early in life. Naturally menopause occurs between the ages 45 and 55. Symptoms of menopause are changes in menstrual period, missing periods, hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal dryness.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, irritability, vaginal itch or burning, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Bacterial Vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused when too much of certain bacteria change the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and is not caused by poor hygiene (in fact, excessive washing of the vagina may increase the risk). Its symptoms are usually mild, consisting primarily of a white-gray vaginal discharge that has a fishy smell.

    5-7 days antibiotic treatment. May resolve on its own.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal odor, bloody vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Vaginal Itch or Burning

  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Have you ever had a yeast infection?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?

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Vaginal Itch or Burning Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning have also experienced:

    • 24% Vaginal Discharge
    • 12% Yellow Pus Vaginal Discharge
    • 6% White / Gray Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning were most often matched with:

    • 8% Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina
    • 7% Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina
    • 2% Symptoms of Menopause
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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