The 3 Most Common Vaginal Problems That Cause a Burning Sensation Inside Vagina
Several issues can cause a burning sensation inside vagina walls. Whether you’re experiencing vaginal discharge, itching, or severe irritation, it dramatically reduces your quality of life when things go wrong downstairs.
When your vagina starts feeling itchy, it’s somewhat scary. You’ve heard all the stories – and you’re probably not sure whether you’re dealing with a simple UTI or something severe like an STI. In this article, we’re going to unpack the three most common reasons for an itchy vagina.
Yeast infections occur due to an overgrowth of the fungi, Candida Albicans, in the vagina. Candida is usually present in the vagina, and it also exists in the gut and the mouth.
Most people maintain a delicate bacterial balance in their bodies. However, there are specific triggers that may disrupt the balance and cause aberrations like a yeast infection. A poor diet with too many refined carbohydrates can cause an overgrowth of Candida. Candida feeds on the sugar, growing stronger, exacerbating the condition.
Without diagnosis and treatment, the Candida will continue to colonize the vagina, causing an increase in itching symptoms. Statistics show that three of out every four women experience a yeast infection in their lifetime, and most women experience more than one.
Doctors can treat most candida infections with antifungal medications. However, you’ll need to change your lifestyle to stop future overgrowth. Limit alcohol intake, change your diet, get regular exercise, and stop smoking.
Trichomoniasis, or “trich” for short, occurs due to parasitic infection. This bug spreads through unprotected sex and causes a slew of adverse health disorders in the affected individual. One of the most noticeable symptoms of the disease is a burning sensation in vagina walls, leading to severe irritation and inflammation of the vulva.
Trich occurs in both men and women, but its more common in women. The parasite can incubate in your body for up to 4-weeks before you start to present symptoms.
Up to 85% of women don’t ever experience any symptoms. However, those that do will notice an itchy sensation in the vagina, foul-smelling discharge, and inflammation in the vulva. Patients may also experience pain during sex.
Your doctor treats you for the infection using antibiotics. If left undiagnosed and untreated, you have a higher risk of contracting other STIs, such as HIV.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
BV is the most common cause of itching and vaginal discharge. BV occurs not due to an STI, but rather a bacterial imbalance in the vagina, like a yeast infection. However, with BV, women notice a strong fishy odor emanating from the vagina.
The terrible smell may also accompany a green or grey discharge from the vagina. BV develops due to a shift in the balance of Lactobacillus bacteria, colonizing the vagina.
There are several reasons you might develop this imbalance, including having sex with multiple partners, pregnancy, the use of vaginal douches, and using an intrauterine device (IUD).
Doctors treat bacterial vaginosis using antibiotics to kill off the harmful bacteria, causing the issue. If you have a male partner, they won’t experience any cross-infection. However, those women with female partners may transmit the infection.