Causes of vaginal irritation

Vaginal irritation is usually caused by a change in pH level leaving you prone to irritation and infection. Some common causes of vaginal itching, burning, and irritation may be:

Bacterial vaginosis:

A mild infection of the vagina that is caused by bacteria. While there are normally a lot of “good” bacteria present in the vagina, there are times when the balance is upset. This condition is considered mild and will usually go away in a couple days. In some cases it may lead to more serious problems, and for that reason it’s always advised that you see your doctor. The risk of bacterial vaginosis is higher if you have more than one sexual partner, smoke, or use a vaginal douche.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):

Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea can all cause to vaginal itching and irritation.

Lichen sclerosis:

This condition is rare and causes thin white patches to form on the skin, mainly around the vulva. These patches can permanently scar the vaginal area. Postmenopausal women are most likely to develop this condition.


Menopause causes a drop in oestrogen production which can cause the vaginal walls to become thinner and dried out, thus causing itching and irritation. During breastfeeding a woman may also experience this thinning of the vaginal walls.

Yeast Infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis:

Approximately three out of every four women develop this condition at some point in their life. This infection occurs when yeast, known as candida, grows excessively in the vaginal and vulva area. Yeast infection can cause irritation and the production of a white, thick cheesy-like discharge. Pregnancy, sex, antibiotics, and a low immune system increase the risk of yeast infection.

Chemical irritants:

Creams, douches, condoms, deodorants, contraceptive foams, laundry detergents, soaps, toilet paper, and fabric softeners all contain chemical substances that change the pH balance of the vagina and cause irritation. For this reason, it’s always best to use mild washes in the shower. Opt for soap-free body washes that will not cause irritation and dryness. You can also try Femfresh vaginal washes.