Vaginal itchiness can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable feeling. Many women often assume that vaginal itchiness is a symptom of a vaginal infection. Although this could be the case, there are other things that vaginal itchiness could indicate. So, what are some conditions that vaginal itchiness is linked with?
- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): BV is a type of infection characterized by the bacterial overgrowth in the vagina. Itchiness is one of the symptoms of BV, but symptoms also include abnormal vaginal discharge (yellow- watery) and unpleasant vaginal odor. If the only symptom you notice is vaginal itchiness, then it’s most probably not BV.
- Herpes: HSV, or herpes simplex virus, is a sexually transmitted infection, but it can also be transmitted through touch (skin to skin). The symptoms of HSV include itchiness and burning. In most of the cases, you may notice a sore, but it is also possible that you won’t see an outbreak. Although there is no cure for HSV there are several treatment options that can ease the symptoms and decrease the outbreaks. Visit your doctor if you think you have HSV.
- Your workout: Apart from vaginal infections and STI’s, vaginal itchiness could also be a symptom caused by factors such as certain types of exercises or generally, your workout sessions. Physical exercises can make you sweat. Sweating does not only happen in the upper area of your body, but also in the lower parts, such as our legs and genital area. Sweat and humidity is not very good for vaginal health and it could also be responsible for your symptoms of vaginal itchiness.
If you have some of the symptoms related with BV or HSV it would be best to contact your doctor.
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