What causes vaginal itching?

 itching inside the genitals

Vaginal itching is normal in the human vagina with normal vaginal flora. Vaginal itching is usually caused by the following infections:

  1. Bacterial vaginosis: yellowish vaginal discharge with fishy odor

  2. Candidal vaginitis is a white, powdery lumpy discharge.

  3. Other sexually transmitted infections such as Trichomonas vaginitis: It is often very itchy, yellow-green discharge, Gonorrhea / Chlamydial infection.

Note: Douching can cause a bacterial imbalance that can result in abnormal vaginal discharge and itching.

 itching outside the genitals

The most common causes are as follows.

  1. Shaving the genital area.

  2. irritation from sanitary napkins, underwear, or cleaning products

  3. Friction from wearing clothes that are too small.

  4. Eczema

  5. Psoriasis

  6. Genital herpes can cause itching in some cases but are more likely to sting.

  7. Vulvar cancer may present with ulceration and bleeding from the wound.


  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wittaya Thithaphan. How to take care of 'inside the body?' Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital.


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Chailert Pongnarisorn. Vaginal Discharge. Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University.


  • Barad, D. H. Vaginal itching and discharge - gynecology and obstetrics. MSD Manual Professional Edition.

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Compiled by Jittiwat Amnouypon, MD.

  Last Update : 17/01/2023

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