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What’s up with that itch you can’t scratch?

5 good things to know about feminine itching.

By Amy Spreadborough, Emerita, on Nov 9, 2011 | 0 comments

The old TV ads were embarrassing, with words like “minor feminine itching” uttered in hushed and sober tones. For me, they produced two effects: I kinda just wanted to change the channel as fast as possible…. And I really didn’t want to know whatever might constitute major feminine itching.

Because it’s one of those things women seldom talk about, you might be surprised to know that one in three women will experience vaginal inflammation at some point in her life. It happens to women of all ages, though it’s more common during reproductive years.

It occurs when your natural yeast and bacteria are thrown out of balance, resulting in irritation. A number of factors can throw your balance out-of-whack: antibiotics, fluctuating hormone levels, spermicides, douching—even sexual intercourse.

The purpose of antibiotics, of course, is to kill bacteria. Unfortunately, those antibiotics you take to knock out a sinus infection are also likely to kill your normal vaginal bacteria, allowing yeast to then overgrow.

And it’s not uncommon for low hormone levels to result in vaginal dryness, itching and burning. Some women in their reproductive years experience this mildly as a part of their monthly cycles. Women at midlife may begin to experience vaginal dryness more profoundly.

Even high levels of stress can contribute to vaginal dryness. In short: It doesn’t take a lot to upset the vagina’s delicate natural balance. Sigh.

Fortunately, there are some simple and natural solutions:

Many women find good support from using vaginal moisturizers made with soothing botanicals. And applying a natural, water-based lubricant during sex can also help. Minimizing chemical exposure can help, too. So avoid harsh detergents, soaps or feminine hygiene products that contain perfumes, plastics or other chemical additives.

Stay hydrated. Good water intake can help your body’s natural ability to support delicate tissues.

Consider a good multivitamin to help fill in your nutritional gaps.

Be aware that over-consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, which tend to have a dehydrating effect, will pull moisture from your body.

Look at the side-effects of medications you’re taking. Some may have drying effects on your body tissues.

Pay attention to changes—perhaps even chart them to see if you can connect episodes of dryness or irritation to specific factors.

Perhaps the most important thing to know is that if you experience vaginal irritation, you’re far from alone. There are a few simple things you can do to help. And this is also something you may want to discuss with a licensed healthcare practitioner, particularly if you begin to experience persistent irritation.

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