My vagina is itching - how do I stop the itch?
There are several potential reasons, but the most common one is caused by Bacterial Vagionsis - BV. What do you do if your vagina smells fishy?
Do you smell less than fresh down there? Relax, it’s not the end of the world. There could be a dozen reasons why there’s a fishy smell coming from your vagina – but it’s probably BV.
Bacterial Vaginosis affects three out of every ten women in the United States.
BV isn’t an STI, so you don’t have to worry about gonorrhea or syphilis. However, it’s still a nasty condition that requires medical attention. If you leave BV alone and don’t get treatment, you’ll end up at a higher risk of contracting an STI, and you could also cause the onset of a pelvic inflammatory disorder.
Women with BV notice a strong fishy odor, especially during sex. This symptom is the calling card of the disorder. You may also see a thin greyish discharge during sex.
Doctors treat the condition with antibiotics to kill the anaerobes, causing the smell. We recommend you take probiotics to boost the presence of the healthy bacteria in your vagina, otherwise known as the “lactobacilli.”
After resolving your condition, you can follow these preventative tips to stop future problems with BV.
Practice Proper Female Hygiene
When washing, don’t wash the inside of your vagina, even after sex. Your vagina is self-cleaning. If you douche or use a loofah to clean out your vagina, you’re upsetting the delicate bacterial balance between the lactobacilli and the anaerobes.
How to make my vagina stop itching? Stop trying to clean it out.
By removing the self-cleaning bacteria from your vaginal canal, it results in irritation and a higher risk of infection from STIs and other pathogens.
After an infection, avoid using scented bath soaps and gels to promote the growth of the good bacteria in your vagina.
Change Underwear Frequently
Another vaginal itching treatment most people never think about is changing their underwear. If you start to feel itchy, change your undies fast.
Ask yourself if you recently changed your laundry detergent. Changes in the ingredients between washing powders or softeners can spark allergic reactions that make you feel itchy.
Changing your underwear frequently ensures that you have a clean environment down there, giving the anaerobes no chance of getting out of control. Stick to light, breathable cotton undies.
Consider a Baking Soda Bath
Upsetting the pH balance in your vagina is another reason for the onset of BV. Take half a cup of baking soda and add it to your bathwater.
You should feel a relaxing effect on your vagina. The baking soda alters the pH of the water, providing a soothing effect against the itching symptoms while removing the bad fishy odor.
Use Coconut Oil and Lavender
Mix 1 drop of lavender essential oil with 1-teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil. Blend and apply it to your vagina for lubrication. The antibacterial effect of the coconut oil reduces the presence of harmful bacteria, causing the fishy smell emanating from your vagina.
The lavender oil helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. However, don’t use too much, or you’ll get an adverse reaction. Repeat the treatment a few times throughout the day.