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Vaginal Itching Without Discharge or Odor

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Women's Health Forum: I've been experiencing a vaginal itch for a while now and I was hoping someone can shed some light on what my problem is. I surfed around the net for vaginal itching but everything I found states symptoms of vaginal itching and abnormal/smelly secretions. I've got the itch but no abnormal secretions. Is that good or bad? Please help. The itch is horribly annoying. What would you do to relieve vaginal itching?
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September 27, 2006 at 9:04 am
(1) Ann says:

I am so glad to hear someone else has the same problem I have. I have a vaginal itch but no discharge or odor. It drives me insane some days. I use powder which helps relieve it for a bit but does not take away the problem. The powder is a band-aid but not a cure. I would love to know what to do. I have an appt with the doctor coming up, but they just sit and look at you and the their first thought is STD.

October 18, 2006 at 3:35 am
(2) keri says:

i have recently been suffering from the same thing. it started a few days ago know and sometimes it is so bad, i ake myself really sore but still keep scratching. i know i’m not supposed to scratch but i can’t just leave it alone. i don’t have any discharge and it doesn’t smell either, but i don’t want to go to the doctor. the only thing i could find on the net was either the menopause – i’m only 30 – or vaginal cancer, but i don’t have any other symptoms for that either. does anyone have a clue what this is.

October 24, 2006 at 10:32 pm
(3) rek says:

Same problem! I actually went to the doctor, she tested for yeast, was negative.
It is very distracting, it comes and goes…

October 27, 2006 at 2:18 am
(4) Krys says:

I have a discharge thats a white to light yellowish color and its itchy. That part gets annoying. Its odorless and its been there for a week now. Its not an STD.
I took a pregnancy test, it came out negative, but Im still unsure. Whats up with this?

November 3, 2006 at 11:26 pm
(5) Rheanna says:

I’m so glad that there are other people who are saying this!! I actually have an oppointment in a few days, and I can’t wait! I itch like CRAZY and it’s sooo annoying. I find myself trying to walk funny at times to kind of “itch” myself without making an obvious gesture, haha. It’s also annoying because even if I do scratch, it HURTS. So I’m itchy, but if I try to get rid of the itch, it’s painful… no other symptoms though, which I find odd… Good luck, and if anyone else finds out anything, please post!!

November 5, 2006 at 2:47 pm
(6) Ashely says:

Yeah i am too and now im having like swelling .. and i know its not an std bc my boyfriend was a virgin .. so i have no idea what to do

November 6, 2006 at 11:16 am
(7) Lisa says:

It’s been driving me crazy for a week! I’m all bright pink and itchy on my inner lips. My partner has only been with 1 other woman in the last 14 years and I haven’t been with anyone but him in the last year, so STD is doubtful. Rheanna, I hope you share what your doctor says!

November 7, 2006 at 11:16 am
(8) Jessica Rojas says:

I’m having that problem to. I itch so bad its hard to go to work. I’m swelling from all the scratching but I can’t just stop scratching its so irritating. It can’t be and std because I’ve never been sexually active. I just don’t know what it is., but its killing me.

November 7, 2006 at 6:44 pm
(9) Lisa says:

I spoke to an advice nurse last night about my above mentioned itching. I have a doctor’s appointment Wed. but she suggested I try Benadryl to help with the itching. I don’t know if everyone’s itching is like mine, but this helped tons! I’ll share what the doctor said tomorrow. Good luck ladies!

November 8, 2006 at 8:10 pm
(10) Lisa says:

I saw my doctor today. I had been on antibiotics (Amoxicillin) about a week ago and ended up with a yeast infection. I was given Monistat 7, which you can buy over-the-counter. Good luck ladies!

November 9, 2006 at 10:34 pm
(11) Maggie says:

I used to have the same problem, but then I changed the type of laundry soap that I was using. Turns out that’s all it was. Maybe you can try that.

November 13, 2006 at 11:41 am
(12) Anne says:

Thanks everyone for sharing. I am also glad to know that I’m not the only one having the itch problem. It could mean we’ll have plenty to share when the solution is found. There’s a book called The Yeast Connection, and it said taking amoxicillin (1 week u) has a connection to the growth of yeast and the itch down there. My OB gyne also advised me not to use strong-scented soap when washing undies. I avoided amoxicillin and using scented soap and the itch was gone for a long time. But now it’s back and I don’t know what the culprit is. Please continue to share.

November 16, 2006 at 8:56 pm
(13) Raminder says:

I’m only 15 but im having some really weird itching .. I’m not sexually active.. and I am discharging a little bit. It’s not only an itch but a tickle in a way .. and suggestions?

November 18, 2006 at 10:07 pm
(14) Donna says:

Help! My itch has persisted for a year. The gynae’s recommendation didn’t work, Now I soak in salt water when it gets so bad. It provides temproray relief. But at night I sometimes take antihistamin to help me sleep.

November 23, 2006 at 7:36 pm
(15) doris says:

i guess i pretty much understand what we all are going thru…actually i spoke to a family planning nurse after trying so many kinds of medication…and she said often it has to do with stress and hormonal changes….but what i decided to personally do was wash myself and dry myself well ….when iam off to work i wear a clean padded cloth in my panty that keeps me nice and dry…and when i shower i use medicated soap and just concentrate and wash myself forming a thick lather…by doing that i have seen a great improvement …infact now iam fine …but iam still following my same routine….it worked for me and i hope it works for you my dear friends.

December 1, 2006 at 10:28 am
(16) Ari says:

OMG ladies! i’m ready to committ suicie the itching is so bad! Same as everyone else, no smell or discharge. Just severe itching, more in the evening. I’ve scratched so hard i’ve torn the skin down there. Vagisil doesnt work. I use ivory soap and cotton undies to no avail. I’ll try antihistamines and see how it goes.

December 2, 2006 at 8:33 am
(17) Sara says:

I’m having the same problems-no discharge, no rash, and no odor-just itching that won’t go away. I haven’t changed to any new detergent in the last 10years. I always lather up and use Dove when I shower. I thought it was yeast after coming off an antibiotic and so went to store and got Monistat and tried and even used the external cream. -STILL ITCHING-not likely to have an STD-have been married for 10yrs now and my anniversary was Dec 1 and I’m concerned and so is my husband as to what this is. Is it contagious-I’ve never experienced this before. I haven’t gone to the OB -so I guess that will be the next

December 2, 2006 at 1:39 pm
(18) Nancy says:

I have the same problem. Itch with no real signs that there is anything wrong. I ran across a web site http://www.mydr.com.au I found some info that might help. Right now anything would be better than this. Look under vulval problems: A self-help guide. If nothing else it might give you something to talk about with your Dr.

December 4, 2006 at 1:01 pm
(19) Laura says:

I’ve had this problem off and on for years now and no doctor’s ever been able to tell me what it is. What helps is to take a bath with a little white vinegar. To soothe the itching you can use A&D or Balmex. Hope this helps and if you find anything please post!

December 7, 2006 at 8:32 am
(20) Cassandra says:

I find this to be very interesting. Like many other ladies, I’m glad that I am not the only one. I haven’t been on any antibiotics recently and I do have this crazy itching but only around the vulva and not inside the vagina. I have no odor and no discharge. I have had this itching for almost the whole year now off and on. More on than off. I have spoke to several advice nurses but now I’m just going to see the doctor. Advice nurses said to use the feminine wash and stay away from scratching, yah right! They also said to make together a paste with water and baking soda and leave it on over night. No wearing of tight clothing and at night if possible, to sleep with panties off. Of course to keep the area dry and change soaps but I use Aveeno because my skin is sensitive anyway so what other soap is there. I’ve tried all of the feminine washes that are out there and creams, they don’t work. I’m afraid to have sex because I’m not sure what it is and if it’s spreadable. I will repost my findings to you ladies.

December 9, 2006 at 11:12 am
(21) linda says:

hi
im suffering frm itching too. My boyfriend uses condoms whenever we sex..and ithink this has std to him that he took some medicine from a doc..The doc asked him whether im loyal..as this is an std and normally causes with a call girl..but i havent done sex with any guy other than him and im sufferign from this problem since a yr i guess… i thought panties are the reason for this itching…but sometimes they don prove to be…i use hot salt water to wash it when the itch is severe…i must see a doc as earlier as i can
i see some discharges sometimes but not all the time
and the itch happens mostly at nights…in the day time, if i touch that area, i afraid i catch that itching..is this any vaginal infection?

December 9, 2006 at 9:53 pm
(22) Cassandra says:

My itchiness was something like you have described. I could go most of the day without it bothering me until I would have to use the restroom. As soon as I would wipe, the urge to scratch is unreal. I did see the doctor on Thursday and she said that I could be reacting to something like laundry detergent or like victoria secrets or bath and body works soaps and lotions as I do use these occasionally. My doctor said to use hydrocortizone on the affected area applying twice a day for 10 days. No longer than 10 days because the hydrocortizone thins the skin, basically it’s peroxide in a creme form. Unfortunately I am allergic to that so I will just keep trying anything that I can. She did tell me that the most important thing is to drink plenty of water. The urine could be too concentrated therefore irritating the skin. Also eat plenty of yogurt, it has some of the active bacterias in it that we as women need to maintain vaginal health. I haven’t tried this yet, but my mother suggested to me to use this medicated douche called betadine. Not to douche with it but to just apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. She told me that she would use it when she was itching around there. I hope that some of this helps ladies. Take care

Cassandra

December 14, 2006 at 12:58 am
(23) Amanda says:

i have never had a yeast infection before, and i dont have the symptoms now except for the horrible itching. i have to go to the bathroom multiple times an hour to scratch. but its not really an itch i can scratch. it feels like its deep under the skin and i almost have to press hard to relieve that itch. its very annoying because it goes away for a few minutes, then it just builds up again to be almost intolerable. i was wondering if anyone had this same type of itch and if they know of any safe creams or lotions to use? im scared of using things that arent water based or whatnot. i dont like the idea of some gross chemicals getting into my vagina.

December 14, 2006 at 12:05 pm
(24) Saundra says:

I thought I was going crazy and I see that there is a serious problem. I to have this itch that comes and go, with no smell or discharge. Nice to know that Im not alone. I will follow up after I see my doctor.

December 16, 2006 at 3:53 am
(25) Kira says:

I just had a baby 3 months ago, stopped breast feeding, and back on the pill for 3 weeks. Husband has been deployed for 6 months (so no sex), he’s coming home in 2 days, so lots of stress. Now I’m itching. Doc said its only because of stress and hormonal imbalance. No antibiotics because i will just end up with yeast infection. A&D ointment works. Slimy, but hey, no more itch!

December 20, 2006 at 7:41 pm
(26) Bianca says:

This happens to me when I’m stressed. I can’t put itch creams on my cooch, so I went the natural path and discovered that liquid acidophillus will help immensely :) Just pour it on your granola or into a smoothie, or mix it up with some honey and you’re good to go.

December 21, 2006 at 12:00 am
(27) Shelly says:

Having same problem here as the rest of the ladies. Just started , decided to try an otc yeast infection cream. So far just putting on the outside to relieve the itching, it does help for a little bit. But also i am not having internal discharge, but sometimes notice white build up on the outside where my itching is occuring. I have had yeast infections in the past, but they were always with internal vaginal discharge, burning and a lot more itching then whats going on now. Been trying to find info on the net, as I have no insurance right now. Hoping all of us find our answers soon as this is sooo annoying.

December 30, 2006 at 5:34 pm
(28) Lizzy says:

I just wanted to share my experiances with you all. I have had similar itching sensations that you all describe, my problems first started 2 and a half years ago I itched all through pregnancy but I couldn’t take any fluconazole and never got tested properly I just assumed it was a yeast infection, my doc gave me a weeks course after birth but it still didn’t clear. Mine was on/off but more often on especially when I was stressed or very hot. In the end I finally got tested properly when I had a smear test and the test was negative for yeast, they had no clue so I came on here and then tried the steroid cream WOW for me it has been a miracle cure it has DRASTICALLY reduced the itching, before i used to dread going for a wee cos i knew it would burn so bad where i had itched but now i don’t even think about it. Definatly sleeping with no knickers/pyjama bottoms is a must or anything that will make you hot or irrated down below. Also a little freshen up (just a moist cotton wool pad and then dry) has helped to sooth in times past. Good luck I know just how frustrating this ‘condition’ is!

January 10, 2007 at 2:41 pm
(29) Dee says:

I have been suffering with the same itch. I noticed no one has been able to get an answer from their doctor. I was given two different perscriptions, neither of which really did anything. I was also tested for several causes. I don’t think my Gyno has a clue. I was wondering what age everyone else is. I just turned 50 and this seems to be just another “change” in me. There is no doubt it has to do with the skin thinning down there. That’s why it rips when scratched. I have tried everything – yes, keeping dry helps but not always, creams help, but not always. Good old A&D was more helpful than the prescrptions. It comes and goes without an apparent pattern. And its maddening. If this is part of aging, why do the doctors seem so baffled by it?

January 12, 2007 at 4:14 am
(30) Sarah says:

Iím so glad I found this discussion. In the past few weeks Iíve had a horrible problem with vaginal itching. I notice it during the day, but the real problem is at night. Itís so bad that it wakes me up, and Iíll lay there for hours unable to sleep; I canít function.

I have a boyfriend and weíve been together four years. We havenít had sex, although recently weíve basically done everything but. Iím hoping this isnít an STD, because the symptoms for herpes are very close to this. However, we havenít had sex, and the itching is a bother both on the exterior and interior. Iím going to the doctor in the next few weeks, but if anyone has an answer to this before hand, please post it. Thanks so much.

January 18, 2007 at 6:45 pm
(31) Patty says:

Oh my goodness, thank you ladies. I have had this horrific itch for the past week without discharge or odor and it is driving me nuts! It too only really gets to me once I’m home from work. Haven’t changed anything as far as detergents or soaps so ruled that out. I heard stress can cause this sometimes to and I recently had a death in family, maybe that’s it, not sure. At this point if anyone has any remedies will try anything. Thanks ladies for sharing.

January 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm
(32) Jana says:

Thank you all, i’ve been suffering from many of the same symptoms that you all have been. I will try some of the suggestions because Vagisil has not been working!
I’m also going to make an appointment with a gyno even though it seems like they haven’t been the best.

January 27, 2007 at 10:34 am
(33) joy says:

If anyone is itching TERRIBLY at night that it wakes them up, I am sad to say it, but you probablly have pin worm. I have experienced this before and it is not pleasant. You can catch the worms from children, so if you are around kids a lot then it is even more common. The doctor can give you an antibiotic but it takes about a full week for it to really clear up.

January 30, 2007 at 3:52 am
(34) Judy says:

I’ve had problems with itching without any further symptoms. It gets worse the days after having any alcohol, sex, or cycle. I’ve tried the alternative health route as well as prescriptions of the usual drugs without lasting success, and I don’t like knowing they are bad for your liver and immunity, etc. Only about a week ago, I found a drink called Kombucha or Synergy (gtskombucha.com). It has billions of probiotic organisms. I’m feeling like it helps! (Be aware, there are culture strands in there and I don’t really like to consume that, do not shake well either because it seems to be slighly carbonated). Another product I have noticed but not tried personally is the RepHresh. Drugstore.com has over 50 reviews on that product that seem to indicate it may be an answer we have been looking for. I’m also wondering if the product Bio-Chelat(evenbetternow.com) would help or liquid zeolite (liquidzeolite.org) If anyone knows, please comment.
Best to us all!

January 30, 2007 at 11:56 am
(35) Erin says:

I am having the same itching problem. I am 23yrs old if that helps. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. I had a yeast infection last year that the doctor gave me Flagyl for, but I determined that was because I had been douching a lot. Afterwards I started taking Acidophilus pills every morning and I still do. I haven’t started eating the Activia yogurt, or whatever, but I’m considering it.
I know my itching now is not a yeast infection. It only itches on the outer lips and there is no discharge or odor at all. I noticed someone said there is sometimes a white/clear bit of discharge near where you’ve been itching. I sometimes experience that, but I’m wondering if that could be white blood cells from scratching yourself to hard or something? Or maybe it’s what causes the itching.
I am planning to purchase baby wipes, or you can get those cottonelle wipes, to keep near all of the toilets to use after urinating. Someone mentioned concentrated urine could cause irritation, so I’m thinking wiping with a baby wipe for sensitive skin might help keep things clean.
I have also tried the A&D ointment and baby powder when the itch is worse at night. I try not to wear panties and I’ve noticed that applying A&D ointment with baby powder on top before bed helps the over night itch. Also, doing the same thing right after a shower. I heard somewhere that you should put your hair dryer on cool and use it to dry after a shower.
My itching starts to clear up when I consistently apply the A&D ointment and the baby powder after the shower and before bed. If I stop the ritual I start to notice the itching again and have to go through the ritual all over from healing to prevention, so I’m thinking of keeping up the A&D ointment and powder ritual from now on. My husband and I haven’t had sex much lately because of stressful schedules and being tired so I know it’s not a condom issue, and I’m planning after sex to either shower or use the baby wipes and apply the ointment and powder to help battle any excess moisture.
I did notice I didn’t have the itch problem when I was on birth control pills, but they also lowered my sex drive and caused vaginal dryness and made it almost impossible for me to have any natural lubrication. I’ve been off of them for almost a year and my vaginal moisture and lubrication has improved a lot and my sex drive has as well, but with the moisture came the itching. When I was a teen and wasn’t on birth control I never had a problem with so much moisture causing itching, but now it seems the case. I use cotton underwear and I am going to start making sure my under wear get washed without fabric softner and check into a body wash such as Aveeno that is more sensitive. I use Saint Ives shea butter right now, but maybe it’s not sensitive enough. If anyone finds a successful cure other than using a lot of A&D and powder all the time along with baby wipes after urinating, please share! I haven’t gone to my doctor yet, but I have a feeling I’ll get the same response as you all have. Good luck everyone!

February 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm
(36) V says:

I glad I am not the only one having this problem. Same story here, severe external itching, no odor or discharge, but I too have noticed the white stuff where the itching is worst. I am also having a bit of swelling, but I was thinking it was because of a hemroidal problem I’ve got going on. I have not been to the Dr. yet, but I will definately be trying the benedryl and the A&D ointment. Thanks everyone for sharing

February 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm
(37) anne says:

Glad to know that am not alone in this itching business. I begun itching two weeks ago, with no discharge nor smell. Went to the local pharmacy and got a cream which did not help. I have now had to try sudocream, used to stop nappy rash and it has worked for me. I have put the cause of this to the stress am currently going throu.

February 12, 2007 at 4:28 am
(38) meena paramesh says:

yeah ladies. i am also undergoing the same thing for the past 2 months. no discharge and no odor nor any pain. just the itching. have tried amoxycillin and some suppositories. but nothing worked. i am thinking ofgetting the pap smear done. will try the baby powder thing. good luck all.

February 14, 2007 at 9:06 pm
(39) B says:

Hey ladies,

I have been suffering with this same problem for about 2 years. Doc just told me to stay away from fabric softners and soap…it was better, but has recently gotten worse. I am 41…for about the past 6 months I get a severe case of the itchies about one week before I get my period. I am wondering if it is hormonal…except that I do not have a lot of dryness.

I will try the antihistimine and I am planning to see the doc sometime soon. It doesn’t sound like that will help though.

I have read a few lines about baby powder…I think you need to check that out better. I recall some info about problems with baby powder in that area.

February 15, 2007 at 9:13 pm
(40) B says:

I tried the vaseline and what a difference!!!! I highly recommend it. Now I hope somebody doesn’t tell me that Vaseline isn’t good for me…

Take care and good luck! B

February 18, 2007 at 10:14 pm
(41) Sue says:

I tried tea tree oil. It worked immediately. It gave a fresh sort of burning feeling at first, but then instant and lasting relief. I read that you can put it in your bath. Haven’t tried it yet, but sounds good to me.

February 27, 2007 at 9:14 pm
(42) Ann says:

Okay – so I’m not crazy! The itching is insane. No rhyme or reason and very much like what has been decribed by so many before me. I’m 45 and married for 20 years and it started about 2 years ago. My doctor hasn’t had a clue during my last three visits (three separate and ineffective suggestions, however). I’ve tried creams and product changes to limited or no avail. It does seem worse right before and during my period and after alcohol with a high sugar content – white wine, espcially, However I’ve always had dry skin. I’m going to attempt the dermatologial approach found at http://www.mydr.com (search for vulvar problems) and see where that leads. Everything else has failed…why not.

February 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm
(43) Jamie says:

try witch hazel pads!!! it has worked for me!!! i bought tuks hemmorid pads!!! wow what a difference. plus it is natural!!! good luck!!!

March 1, 2007 at 4:48 pm
(44) Wanda says:

I have had my crazy itch of and on for the past two weeks w/o any discharge nor orders. Two days ago it stopped completely and last night after sex (after being celebate for 4 months) it returned with a vengenance and I am frightened at the thought that I possible had something and may have passed it on to my sweetheart. I have always maintained my health and hygiene, so I don’t understand why this is happening to me. After reading all of your comments because I too have been surfing the web for answers, I feel a little better at knowing how common my situation is. I have made an appointment with my physician but he won’t be able to see me until Tuesday and heaven forbid if it is something transferrable how do I face him once his symptoms began. I am so afraid of everything regarding this itch situation. I have never been in this place before. Does anyone have any suggestions?

March 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm
(45) Jamie says:

hey wanda~
try the witch hazel- tuks pads. i have been using since about november after everything. i even carry some in my purse. i dry normal then go through again with a pad. it feels very refreshing and my itching has gone down to right before my period. my dr. didnt find anything abnormal in my pap so this is what i had to do on my own. she did give me a antibiotic for a yeast infection but it was only a temporary fix. the witch hazel has just become second nature for me now. good luck!!!! jamie

March 5, 2007 at 8:07 pm
(46) nikki says:

i have been having this vaginal itch for about two weeks. I was on antibiotics a month ago. But the itching did not start till about 3 weeks later..I went onine and one of the home remedies said that drinking curds everyday help. I tried that for a week. Problem still persists. Vaseline provides temp. relief..Any other solutions???

March 6, 2007 at 5:00 pm
(47) rose says:

Hi girls. im so happy to know im not the only one. now it’s 5:34AM here and i have been up for hours and couldnt sleep because the itching is insane. I just got off anitbiotics.i was going to purchase vagisil but apparently, it doesnt work. i will definitely try witch-hazel tuks pads. any other suggestions?

March 6, 2007 at 5:12 pm
(48) rose says:

by the way, what is this A&D ointment? does it have a generic name? or do i say just A&D?

March 6, 2007 at 9:30 pm
(49) mad k says:

Thank God, For other people. I now feel better knowing that this is happening to other people besides me. Major itch no odor or discharge. I am so angry because it is so irritating! It has only been 24 hours but I am loosing my mind. Everything i do is interupted by me thinking of scratching down their. oh my god I wish i had some Vicatin,,,,,,, I guess i will try the a&d ointment.

March 9, 2007 at 6:01 pm
(50) Jamie says:

hey ladies~
a/d ointment is for diaper rash. if you use vasiline and that stuff, you are really incubating the bacteria to make the stuff grow that is making you itch. i am telling you witch hazel is awesome…i bought is back in nov. and havent stopped. it relieves and soothes minor irritation in vaginal areas. i keep it everywhere with me. you can buy the generic tuks from wal-mart or wherever. you can even buy pure witch hazel to take a bath in. if i could be a spokes person for the company i would but this will do. good luck and seriously give it a try!!! jamie

March 16, 2007 at 6:20 pm
(51) tracey says:

hi ladies, after having a severe itch for weeks i went to see my GP, i was advised to try canestan combi which did not relieve my symptoms, my GP then did some tests which came back negative, i was then prescribed a ‘hit or miss’ treatment – Trimovate Cream – it has been brilliant, one week on and the itch has gone. I hope this helps ladies.

March 20, 2007 at 12:25 pm
(52) Sus says:

Oh, thank yo, God.

I never thought that there are other females experiencing the same problem.

I’m 18 and this bout of itch has happened once before. As it was before, this itch happens after my period. However, this time round is itchier, and for a longer period (the first time was only a day, now it’s been like 3 days). There are no troubles (no itch whatsoev) in the day, but it starts in the evening.

I’m too embarrassed to go to the GP and I have no gynae so what do I do?!

March 21, 2007 at 6:45 am
(53) tracey says:

sus,

yes, at 18 you may find it embarrassing but at the end of the day you are just another patient and it wont bother your GP one way or another, my GP was great when i went to see HIM. You may find it easier to make an appointment with your practice nurse first and discuss it with her.

March 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm
(54) Marinna says:

My itching is inner thigh, croth area and crotch. Not the actual vagina.
Anyone know what this could be?

March 25, 2007 at 6:21 pm
(55) Maryan says:

Wow, I’m speechless. It’s sad because so many women suffer from this, but yet I’m happy to see I’m not alone. For several years I’ve been itching down there in the mornings, in the evenings, after, before and during periods. Just basically all through out the day. I’m 30 now and it took me sometime to figure out how to control it. I have 2 older sisters that have no problems, none of my friends have had it either. My doctors haven’t been able to help me to the point of curing my problem so it took me some years to figure out what worked and didn’t work for me. I used to get it so bad to the point where my skin was so irritated and swollen that I made my self bleed from scratching so much. I would be fine at times and go use the bathroom only to come out minutes later with an uncontrollable itch. I finally figured out some things that work for me to stop the itching. I must admit though, at times for no apparent reason I start itching again, but now I can count the times in 1 hand. Hopefully my changes can be of any help. To start with, I am now basically hairless down there. I have to be if I don’t want to itch anymore. I really don’t know what my hair had to do with it, but as soon as I got rid of it I saw a major difference. I also make sure I don’t use any type of soap in my vulva area. I used to use scented and unscented soaps and for years I didn’t know that was even the problem. Now I just water wash. No soap at all, not even shampoo
( I tried that too). I also only wear cotton panties, no exceptions. Lastly, after I shower I make sure my vagina area is thoroughly dry. I tried so many over the counter stuff and prescribed stuff which only worked for a little. With the lifestyle changes I’ve made, I hardly itch anymore. I seriously can’t remember last time I itched.

March 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm
(56) Mandy says:

OMG! I have this horrible itch too! It is worse after I pee. No dicharge or smell here either. It happens every time after my period, but this time it ain’t going away. Baths relieve it a little, just until I dry off then it’s the same ole crap again. I have tried EVERYTHING! From Monastat to Vagisil and even Nyastatin!!!!! Nothing works! I hate to go to the Gyno because first thing they think is STD!!!I am married with 2 kids and we haven’t had sex since the end of December. So I know it aint a sex induced thing. I do know that it is drving me crazy and I have scratced knowing I am not supposed to.But you can’t help it.Someone let me know if you find a miracle cure…Mduckworth@skybest.com

March 30, 2007 at 2:22 am
(57) Lynz says:

OMG ive had this itch for nearly 2 weeks now although over the last week its got worse apart from one day that i thought id cured it for it just to come back again the next day!Im 22 and thought it was just thrush and used Canasten once (cream & tablet) both have done nothing and i find that most of the time when i use the cream it just makes the problem worse and has left me red raw, I also had alot of swelling of the vulva to the extent where i coulnt bare to walk coz it hurt that much but that went down after 1 day but im stil a little swollen. Ive just tried Eurax cream but that just burnt like hell so i had to wash it off straight away, Ive also tried germolene which works for ablout 10 mins then it just back to the same old itch aaarrrggghhh its driving me mad!! Ive just taken a piriton tablet to see if that helps and im going to invest in some sudocreme today to see if this works and ill let you know – fingers crossed xx

March 30, 2007 at 7:02 pm
(58) Kate says:

Wow, I feel so much better after reading all these notes. I too have had horrible vaginal itching for about 8 months now. I have been to three different GP’s. One gave me medicine for yeast infection. The next diagnosed said is was probably menopause related and gave me PRemarin Cream. As I am a breast cancer survivor that made me very nervous. The itching was so bad though I did fill the prescription (very expensive BTW). Unfortunately, it has help some but not a lot. THe next doctor actually examined me and thought it was Atropic Vaginitis. Told me to continue with the hormone cream. The third doctor prescribed a light steriod cream. It has helped a little also but again not much. I am very frustrated to say the least. I am interested in the Trimovate cream that one person mentioned. I also will try the witch hazel. But from all the notes it doesn’t sound like this is something with an easy fix. Like the rest of you, I am just glad I am not alone.

March 30, 2007 at 7:07 pm
(59) Kate says:

I just posted a note saying I was interested in the Trimovate cream. I just Googled it and found it was a steriod cream. Since I am using that now with less than sucessful results the witch hazel may be my next thing to try. Good luck to the rest of you in finding some relief.

March 30, 2007 at 8:47 pm
(60) Sara says:

I have actually had this problem off and on for about five years. I am 39 now. For the first three years or so I thought it was recurrent yeast (but no discharge or odor), but the treatment HURT, did not help. I won’t bore you with all of the details of what I’ve been through, but I thought I had it beat when I stopped using panty liners and had about eight months or more with no itching. Now it’s back! I always get it right before my period, so I know it’s got to be hormonal. I’m actually considering asking my gyno about having a hysterectomy because I don’t want periods anymore (because of this, and horrible PMS, and frequent heavy flow). Taking the pill never helped and came with its own set of problems. I am just grateful to know you are all out there thinking positive thoughts for us all to find a cure! I will post after my 4/16 gyno appt to update on my condition.

April 3, 2007 at 7:30 pm
(61) lynz says:

I have found the cure, I have been using Piriton(antihistamine) and sudocrem (nappy rash cream) ive been using them together since last Friday (its now tuesday) and its cleared up completly although i am still using the sudocrem at night – just incase.i hope this helps x

April 11, 2007 at 2:40 pm
(62) Terri says:

Oh thank you God for all of these other women! My itching started about a month ago… God bless you who have had it for years! We had been on vacation so spent a lot of time in a wet bathing suit, PLUS had been on an antibiotic. I thought it was a yeast infection, even though it was about 2 weeks after the fact. My Gyn gave me Diflucan for the yeast infection… even though – same as you – no discharge or odor. The Diflucan (pills; you take one, then 5 days later the other, then done) did not work and the itching has continued. I am 46, have been married 25 years, and have had sex with no one but my husband, and even that has been a while because of the pain. I know it is not an STD… we are both faithful. I know it is not pinworms as it is light itching during the day, but as some of you have said, worse when I get home from work and can relax for a few minutes. Even wakes me up in the middle of the night. I have been under tremendous stress, so am thinking this could be the cause. I had a hysterectomy at the age of 28 (almost 20 years ago now) and have been on HRT so I guess it could be hormones, too. My Gyn’s nurses keep saying “try this” “try that” but don’t seem interested in having me come in to be seen. I insisted, but they can’t get me in until next week. I screamed at the nurse, “I’ll be dead by then!!!!!!” This just drives one insane, doesn’t it??? I tried Vagisil wipes to no avail. I shower and clean the area well – no soap now; just water – but then use a ton of KY to keep things lubricated. That helped for a while. The nurse said use Desitin, so I’ve tried that, but it doesn’t do much. I’m going to try the Tucks pads and/or A & D ointment. I don’t know what else to do. I, too, scratch till I bleed. It is just so embarrassing! I do take a Benadryl when I go to bed at night; it makes me sleep and relieves the itching. Heaven forbid I should forget to take it!! However, I am wondering if any of you have anal itching as well? I am wondering if I might have a hemoroid? Would that effect the vaginal area too? It is all exterior itching… as I said, not inside, no odor, no discharge. Again, THANK GOD FOR ALL OF YOU! I thought I was losing my mind!!! Please keep posting your suggestions!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

April 15, 2007 at 11:18 am
(63) Jean says:

I’ve been dealing with some itching and burning for the last 3 weeks. (I’m 50.) Been using my usual Gynecort cream, and been soaking in warm salt water. That usually clears things up within a few days. But this is taking longer. Is keeping it from being too annoying, but isn’t making it go away. I was considering seeing my OB, but after reading everyone else’s comments, that sounds like a waste of time. I’ll try some of those witch hazel wipes next. Nice to hear we’re not alone with these embarrassing problems. Thanks, everyone, for sharing.

April 16, 2007 at 12:01 pm
(64) C. Star says:

I am in my late forties, I have only had a few episodes with Vaginal problems in my whole life but, I have been lucky because I follow this rule…I pass on to everyone…When cleaning your body,(or any time)NEVER use any kind of soap or perfumed products on/in your vagina. (I DON”T KNOW WHY THEY MAKE PRODUCTS LIKE THEY DO..for profit only) Run the warmest water (that you can take on that area)to clear and cleanse. reduce caffeine, alcohol and sugar products and make sure to wear clean undergarments. Nothing to tight or rubbing. Always wash your backside (butt) with soap(careful not to get that soap in vagina when rinsing backside)and after going to the bathroom wipe from front to back. Rinse with warm water after intercourse and avoid multiple partners.
Go to a doctor and GET HELP TO GET CURED, follow these directions and then you can find out more about using only natural remedies…This will all help..

April 17, 2007 at 9:19 am
(65) Terri says:

I went to see my OB/GYN yesterday… they FINALLY got me in. She said there was no yeast, nothing else going on and that it could be stress related (which would make sense as I have been under MAJOR stress), and also the fact that I goofed on my hormone patch, missing 2 of them. This is causing dryness, which in turn, causes the itching. She said to use 1% hydrocortizone cream (Cortaid or any store brand), 1 time a day for 1 month. She said do not overdo it… just a little tiny bit and rub it in like you would rub in hand cream. She said not to get inside of the vagina, but around the outer area where the itch is. After doing this for 1 month, switch to 2 times weekly. If it does not get better, then I am to go back for a biopsy. Apparently there is some condition that affects post-menopausal women (which would include me since I had a hysterectomy at the age of 28; am 46 now)… I can’t remember the name, but it is a drying of the tissue and a biopsy would determine if this is the problem. I think I’ll skip that… I’d rather figure this out on my own. I have found that keeping the area clean and dry is helping a lot, more than the creams and etc. that I had been using. I plan to buy the Cortizone cream and give it a try. Will keep you posted. And thanks again to all… it is such an embarrassing thing, but nice to know I’m not alone in my misery!!

April 17, 2007 at 9:44 am
(66) Terri says:

Well! That didn’t sound very nice, did it? I just read what I wrote… “Nice to know I’m not alone in my misery”. I MEANT to say …”not alone in my MYSTERY!” It is terribly embarrassing, and it is a mystery… and I do appreciate all of your comments and suggestions! Have a wonderful day!

April 22, 2007 at 2:09 pm
(67) Jean says:

I’m back (#63). Now I know that we’re told never to use soap. Hmm.. inside the vagina that’s probably true. But when there’s a major bacteria party going on “down under”, sometimes you have to take action. I just wiped out a whole platoon of bad guys with a little Dial anti-bacterial hand soap, and believe it or not, it has cleared up my problem within 24 hours. Just a little at the end of my shower yesterday, and a little on a washcloth (use mildly) before bed last night. Then again this morning. And no itching today at all. I wouldn’t do that more than a couple of days, but I have done this before.. and it’s been years since the last time.
I also eat yogurt every day, so I’m sure that makes up for any of the good bacteria that gets washed away.
This probably wouldn’t work for everyone, but when you get desperate, sometimes you’ll try anything.
Good luck you guys.

April 25, 2007 at 4:36 pm
(68) Jamie says:

Hey Ladies it is number #43…Jamie (the witch hazel nut). Believe it or not i tried dnadruff shampoo!!! and bam! it was gone for the whole week. I tried it out of desperation of getting my period when the itching really gets crazy. so it is for itching and plus it was the cool feel kind. so i just use about a quarter sized amount and instant relief!!! plus it singed with a cool feeling after too!!! i have used it now for about three weeks along with the witch hazel and now i am itch free!!! who doesnt say the that area doesnt get dandruff??? has it never been thought of? well it worked and i am passing it on to you!!! hope it helps….my treatment costs about $8 for two months worth of tuks pads and $4 for the shampoo that will last for awhile if that is all you use it for. take care…jamie

April 28, 2007 at 5:50 pm
(69) annonymous says:

Yes I have it too. I am 6 months pregnant with tons of hormones and even more stress. I know you’re not supposed to use soap so I take a warm water bath and clean myself out. It makes it bearable until night time and by then I am so tired that I sleep right through it. It sounds to me like we all suffer from the 3 same issues. STRESS, HORMONES, and BACTERIA.

April 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(70) OttGal says:

Last night I was up all night because of vaginal itching. I spent a long time reading this whole page and decided to try to ‘attack’ my itch on many fronts. First of all, I realized that I had recently switched to this EXTREME bounce with extra scent. It smells divine ,but I think it might be contributing to my insane itching. I bought the scent-free bounce and then used it in the dryer after washing my underwear. I also bought benadryl because, if this really is an allergic reaction to the bounce, then that would help take away the itch. On top of that, I bought scent-free Eve’s feminine wash and have washed myself carefully in my vaginal area with it. You should know that this is NOT a soap and is hypoallergenic. It is also very delicate and didn’t even sting my VERY irritated vaginal area. After my shower I dried myself with the cool setting on my hairdryer and put on clean underwear. I also wiped myself quickly with the TUCKs pads that everyone has been talking about. I should tell you that the TUCKs cloths did sting me when I used them. I have no idea if they help…I’m just using them as one step in my multi-level approach to curing this problem.
Now..the verdict. I definitely felt less itchy today. Toward the end of the day I noticed the itch return, so I took another Benadryl tablet and wiped again with the tucks cloths.
I’m going to continue with this regiment and will let you all know if it worked.
I was 150% convinced that this was a vaginal problem and not simply an allergy. I never believed I could be sensitive to things like perfumes and stuff. I thought that only very fair-haired/skinned people were sensitive to that kind of stuff. Now I’m a bit more convinced that maybe this is the case for me.

May 2, 2007 at 2:33 pm
(71) Terri says:

It’s me again ladies… #62, 65 & 66! Well, after a couple of weeks of the cortizone cream, I’m still not getting relief. I’m with most of you… I don’t notice it so much in the daytime, but when I get home from work and relax, it starts. I’ve been washing very lightly with diluted Dial hand soap, but maybe I will try the Eve hypoallergenic stuff AND the Tucks pads. I’ve honestly gotten the most relief from Desitin! I called my Gyn yesterday with a name of a cream that a friend was prescribed. She has decided a biopsy first, then we’ll talk cream. She is thinking a testosterone cream. Biopsy is May 18… unless I experience complete relief by then. I wish I could think of the name of the condition she described that calls for the biopsy, but I just can’t remember. Will keep you posted!

May 2, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(72) Terri says:

I found it! It is called Lichen sclerosus (LIKE-in skler-O-sus). I just did a search on this website. Check it out… it is a skin disorder. Lots of good info.

May 5, 2007 at 4:32 am
(73) Mo says:

This is the second time I have had this problem in the past year. I tend to blame it on oral sex, b/c that has been the only thing that I have done differently this year, and even though it may not completly be the case, it probably doesn’t help.

Both times I was tested for STDs and yeast – both were negative. Last time they gave me a fungal yeast infection cream and it cleared up in a couple of weeks.

But I swear this time I can’t even sleep, and I have been trying to use that cream again and it has no affect.

Same with vagisil, monistat, etc. Nothin for me. I feel like I could just scream, I am sleep deprived (it is 4:30 AM here) and annoyed.

I am itching and red, but only on the outside so it seems. I just dont understand what is going on – and how I get rid of it. I may lose my minf.

I am also on my period (started after the itch began) so my GYN won’t even see me for a week :’( And the pads certainly do not help the irritation.
AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

May 5, 2007 at 4:38 am
(74) Mo says:

Me again,

I have been using birth control for the past year as well – so I wonder if that is throwing me off somehow.

If it is my PH levels then a cup of yogurt a day should clear it up right? Maybe when I finally get into see my GYN I will ask them about a non-pill alternative.

If I am not commited to the insane asylum before then that is…

May 7, 2007 at 2:16 pm
(75) L says:

Hi ladies! I’m glad to know I’m not alone. Here’s what I’ve tried …

I am currently using a combination of Vagisil anti-itch medicated wipes about twice a day (they only come in a pack of 12), vagigard (an ‘advanced sensitive formula medicated cream’) that I apply two to three times a day, as well as playtex feminine wipes instead of standard toilet paper whenever I go to the bathroom.

The itch isn’t 100% gone (it’s about 85% gone); I’ve been using that combination of products for 2 days now and I feel so much better than two nights ago.

Feel better and good luck!

- L

May 7, 2007 at 2:31 pm
(76) Terri says:

Mo, I certainly know how you feel. I thought I was going to lose my mind, too, and I have lost sleep as well. I have finally gotten the best relief from Tucks. The container says use only 6 times daily, but I use them whenever I need to. I can go almost all day with very little itch… most of mine occurs at night for some reason, when I get home from work and can relax. But Tucks seems to be the best help thus far. Desitin was helping, but Tucks has now worked best. I am seeing my doctor next Friday the 18th for the biopsy for lichen sclerosos. It appears as some type of skin disorder and can be hormone and stress related. Funny thing is, I’ve now started itching on my elbows and torso, and have little raised bumps there. Am almost buying into the stress/hormone thing since both would apply, but I just don’t know WHY after years of BOTH. I am itching EVERYWHERE it seems. Will keep you posted after the biopsy. Youch! Take care all…. feel better!

May 8, 2007 at 10:32 pm
(77) sally says:

I have been reading these posts and I think some of the symptoms sound like HSV2 (Herpes). I don’t mean to scare anyone, but I had similar symptoms and was finally diagnosed. Most doctors do not test for this, it is not in the STD panel. You typically are only tested when you ask and often docotrs don’t want to test for it. I was always STD tested and declared clean, until I did my research. 1 out of 4 women in the US has this virus and 90% are unaware. I never slept around, herpes does not discriminate. You can have it for years with out noticable symptoms. There is medication to help with the itch.

May 10, 2007 at 9:41 pm
(78) Mo says:

Welp, the itching is gone. What did I do? Stuck it out. I did use a yeast infection cream for the last two days on my skin only since it wasn’t actually inside of my vagina. Not sure if that helped or it just cleared up on it’s own. But I made sure to come back here and let you guys know what happened.

I think a lot of people once they feel better neglect to come back and tell us what happened – so take the lack of return posts to be a good sign. Just stick it out. Hang in there. Something set it off – and it took a week to clear up. Just some sort of severe reaction to something.

Thank God it is over.

May 10, 2007 at 9:49 pm
(79) Mo says:

Oh yeah, and one more thing…

Even though it started b4 my period – the irritation that the pads were causing made it worse. If this is happening to you, and you are sure it isn’t inside of your vagina and just askin irritation try tampons.

But be careful b/c if it is something else tampons can make it worse.

May 11, 2007 at 11:32 am
(80) mary says:

Hi – I just started experiencing this “itch” about two months ago. Annoying and embarrassing but it sounds mild compared to what some of you are experiencing. it’s also gone into my anal areas which is worrying me. I want to find a cure and not just relieve the symptoms.

I’ve tried hydrogen peroxide, cider vinegar and vagisil. The first two provided reduction in itching but only temp. I just got a perscription for metronidazole and will report back in a week if that helps. If not, I’m getting tested for herpes even though I’m not sexually active.

May 11, 2007 at 3:13 pm
(81) Terri says:

Itching is 99% better… Hello ladies! I’m happy to report that the external vaginal itching is now 99% better. However, it has moved to my elbows and torso below my bra. I finally saw my MD this week. He said he does not think a biopsy is needed (remember, I said my GYN suspected Lichen Sclerosos). He said he thought this has been caused by stress and/or hormones; said the bumps on skin look more like hives; no bumps, NOTHING on vaginal area. He did give me a script for some cream, but only for elbows and torso. He said do not use ANYTHING on vaginal area… no Tucks, no Vagisil, nothing with perfumes, dye… nothing. He said if you must, just use a little… get this… vegetable oil. Very natural lubricant. He said the Tucks are very, very drying which will, in turn, cause more itching. (I’ve been using them a LOT!) They have alcohol in them, as do the other wipes. He also said that cortizone creams used in that area can actually trap bacteria and cause a yeast infection, and I’m sure we do NOT want to do that! He said the very best thing is to wash gently with clear water, no soap, etc., and then if necessary, use the vegetable oil. I actually never got to that point…(of using the oil as I had been just using a pea size dot of KY and that worked). I just stopped the Tucks and slept w/o panties and it has helped immensely! As for the “hives” on my elbows and torso… they seem to be getting worse. I just had a thought… I’ve been eating fresh strawberries for weeks. I’ve never had a problem before, but I’m wondering if maybe I’m allergic after all these years, and they are now causing me problems. I don’t know. The main thing is, the vaginal itching has 99% stopped. I am still having some anal itching, and I do use the Tucks there, but only before I go to bed, then try to put nothing there as well. I am hoping this is all related to an allergy I wasn’t aware that I had. I will still keep you posted and hope you’ll do the same. Thanks for ALL your suggestions, comments, support!

May 11, 2007 at 3:53 pm
(82) Mo says:

You know what I was thinking – it may partly be my birth control. I have had this happen to me twice since switching – it seems like it may just be drying me out severely down there… even after the itch is gone i still feel just very very very dry

May 14, 2007 at 12:50 pm
(83) Terri says:

Update from me again…(#81) Well ladies, turns out the itch of my hoo-hoo was just the start of something else. My hives have now spread all over my body. I had to visit the med-center this weekend and was given a shot of steroid and have started a course of oral steroids just this morning. They believe the whole thing started as an allergic reaction to something… just don’t know what. If the steroids don’t do the trick, we’ll have to pursue it further. (ie: allergy testing). The only thing I can think of is the strawberries, or that I changed from Tide laundry detergent with Downy (which I have used for years) to Tide with Febreze. The strange thing is this: I e-mailed a friend in another city to tell her all that had been happening. She called me immediately. She just went through the exact same thing. Exact right down to the Tide. Now I am wondering about the Tide. So, please pray for me. I am about ready to jump right out of my bumpy little skin. I wish there was a drug they could give you to make you sleep for a week until the steroids kick in. I am literally scratching everywhere till I bleed, and I know that can’t be good. Thanks again for all of your support and suggestions regarding the vaginal itch. You were all more informational than any of my doctors. Thanks again.

May 16, 2007 at 12:14 pm
(84) Casey says:

Hello Ladies! I thought I’d share some tips as to how to “scratch” this horrid itch that I’m reading about. I started itching about 2 days ago, and it just kind of snook up on me. I’m 99% sure that my problem is a yeast infection due to a 10-day Amoxicillin treatment, but I should know more in the next 3-7 days, after I’m done using my yeast infection treatment. Here’s what I’ve done to relieve the itch.

First and foremost: Abstain from any sexual contact in the vaginal area. I know its rough (haha) but it helps a lot. It’s also a good idea to see if it isn’t any kind of lubricant or spermicides on condoms you may be using; or even if its the latex itself.

Try to avoid very sugary or very salty foods. The itching could also be part of a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) which can be caused by an inbalance of sugars or salts in your diet. This includes things like sodas and french fries. Try drinking a lot of water or cranberry juice.

It’s been said before, and I’ll reiterate… ask yourself if you’ve changed laundry detergents or fabric softeners. Even soaps, body washes, or perfumes. If you’ve changed detergents, try switching back. Same with soaps or body washes.

Now, for ways to relieve the itch first-hand:

The first thing I did was sit in a tub of shallow, lukewarm water, mixed with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. It smells funny, and has a slight burning sensation, however it does help a little bit. It might not work for everyone. I drained the tub, and then ran new water, this time mixing in some table salt. It did relieve a little of the itch, but not all of it. More importantly, it helped dry things up a little bit, and the little itch it did take away helped me keep my mind off of it long enough to go to the store to get some antifungal yeast medicine. Ice packs wrapped in soft fabric (as weird as it sounds, I used an old baby washcloth that we don’t use anymore) to reduce swelling from irritation.

I know that people are against suppositories and everything, but sometimes the irritation is actually inside, and the bacteria is trickling out. I went to the store and got an Equate Miconazole 3-Day treatment. It comes with 3 creamy suppositories in easy-to-dispense tubes, as well as an external vulvar cream to relieve the itching. So far, it’s working, and I’m going to take a nap because the itching before had woken me up because I was scratching it!

If this doesn’t work, I’ll go to my gynocologist. That’s my last resort though, as I am a college student (I’m 19), and I have a limited amount of money for an exam, much less for the pricey prescriptions.

I hope at least some of my advice helps.

May 16, 2007 at 12:31 pm
(85) Katie says:

I have been itching for two months now. I am twenty-eight. I thought it was a hemmeroid (I’ve got four kids) But it moved to the vaginal area. I was treated by the GP with fluconazole, it cleared up for a day or two, then came back. Then the GP said I had foliculitis (we stayed at a hotel in NM, and used the pool) and treated me with a couple of antimicrobials, it cleared up for a day or two, but came back. I have had herpes since I was sixteen and I know it isn’t that. I have been to the doctor several times and have tried the witch hazel pads with some relief, not a complete cure. Have washed the entire area every day for a week with alcohol pads (I don’t suggest this, it burns!!!) I change my cotton underware twice a day. Ice helps..a lot! but I can’t live with an ice bag in my lap and think my thighs might have frost-bite. Oatmeal baths help, but aggrivate my exzema. I eat yogurt everyday. Drink spiroteen and all of my coloidal minerals. I thought stress might be it, but now finals are over and I am still itchy. I am going to a dermatologist. I will post what she says.

May 16, 2007 at 12:31 pm
(86) Katie says:

I have been itching for two months now. I am twenty-eight. I thought it was a hemmeroid (I’ve got four kids) But it moved to the vaginal area. I was treated by the GP with fluconazole, it cleared up for a day or two, then came back. Then the GP said I had foliculitis (we stayed at a hotel in NM, and used the pool) and treated me with a couple of antimicrobials, it cleared up for a day or two, but came back. I have had herpes since I was sixteen and I know it isn’t that. I have been to the doctor several times and have tried the witch hazel pads with some relief, not a complete cure. Have washed the entire area every day for a week with alcohol pads (I don’t suggest this, it burns!!!) I change my cotton underware twice a day. Ice helps..a lot! but I can’t live with an ice bag in my lap and think my thighs might have frost-bite. Oatmeal baths help, but aggrivate my exzema. I eat yogurt everyday. Drink spiroteen and all of my coloidal minerals. I thought stress might be it, but now finals are over and I am still itchy. I am going to a dermatologist. I will post what she says.

May 16, 2007 at 7:01 pm
(87) susan says:

I think its hormonal – i was just sitting here about 6 o’clock last night and got the most horrendous itching, that lasted all night and today i am a little itchy and a little sore. Also, i had a yeast infection before, and i over did it with the medication (details…) and i’m wondering if i killed TOO much yeast and theres a bunch of bacteria running around happy and free.
anyway, why i am thinking its hormone related, and i know this sounds odd, but i work with horses, and every mare, at one time or another, will itch around her tail, and in some cases itches so bad the skin is actually scraped off. (poor things…now i know how they feel) often its the mares with drier skin, but it cycles, and the vet said it was hormones, and when i’m sick i usually go to the vet :) and i’m thinking i’ve just got a case of the hormones, like the horses do. I use a non steroidal creme that soothes, and today its not so bad (helps on the horses, too, and of course i stop giving the mares soap bathes)

May 16, 2007 at 9:18 pm
(88) Becky says:

Wow! I’m so glad I found this! I’ve had this problem off and on for a few years now. And now, the past two years it’s been constant!! Driving me nuts! I have no discharge, and it’s always in the same place, sometimes spreading a little outward, but always on the outside of the vagina. I’ve had yeast infections before and they spread when you scratch them. This doesn’t and it doesn’t go away. It keeps me up at night and is really interfering my my sex life. I’m married, have been for six years and I know it’s not an STD. My Dr. told me it looked liked yeast, but she also told me I couldn’t get pregnant, and well, I can tell you that I can, and have. Thanks so much for your comments! If I learn anything else I will post! I’m going to the Dr. soon ( a different one!)..glad to know I’m not alone, and it’s not some freaky thing I’m dealing with, because it drives me nuts every day!!!

May 17, 2007 at 3:34 pm
(89) Terri says:

Note to Katie…. My doctor said stop using the Tucks pads… which are witch hazel & alcohol. He said this will cause the dryness which in turns causes the itching. If you read my prior posts, you’ll see what I’ve done. Go way back though… my whole problem has changed recently to hives all over my body due to an allergic reaction to something. They think the vaginal itching was just nature’s way of letting me know something was up… which has now spread to my whole body. Not that I think that will happen to any of you… this was just a quirky thing! But, the main thing was, the doc said NO alcohol pads… nothing like that. He said… and I know it sounds crazy… just use a little drop of vegetable oil and rub it in like you would hand lotion. Very natural substance that will keep you lubricated enough so that you don’t dry out and will probably stop the itching. Good luck!

May 27, 2007 at 3:03 pm
(90) Michelle says:

I am 35 and this is the first time this has happen to me. I had a Partial Hysterectomy 2 months ago I was so happy no more periods but then this uncontrollable itch happened I think this is all hormonal I had a pap before my surgery and it was normal. I have tried Fungi medication Yeast medication Vagisil Pads, Vagisil Cream, Monistate 7, the pill for yeast infection nothing has worked. I have been using the A&D ointment that has helped but I think the problem is my hair down under I feel that the hair triggers the itching sensation so I am going to go for it and get a Brazilian wax and pray that that helps I have an appt with my OBGYN but after reading all of your comments I don’t think he is going to tell me anything different. I am desperate and willing to try anything I will let you know if going bald helps.

May 28, 2007 at 11:15 pm
(91) Becky says:

I too, have had this problem for several months. Mine has been related to stress and too much folic acid. For all you ladies that have been having problems, check into any medications that you take and see if itching is a side effect. It was on the folic acid and since i have quit taking it, the episodes have majorly decreased. But stress was playing a part in mine as well, so if things are bothering you, try to find a way to relax. I also made sure that I washed before going to bed with soap and water. The best soap that i found was a peppermint soap that i found at GNC. It provides a cooling soothing effect. I also used Gold Bond medicated itch reliever powder at times too, which helped so that I could go to sleep. Good luck everyone and keep the remedies coming.

May 29, 2007 at 11:37 am
(92) Amy says:

I’m having the same case as all of you. It started 3 years ago, was 18 at that time. I asked a nurse who is my neighbour and she said maybe it’s pinworm and I took the antibiotics. For a moment, I thought I was free from itch but it came back! Sigh. So, I went to a doctor, she said I don’t have any fungal at my vaginal area and she even warned me not to scratch too much as it will worsen it. She gave me 2 creams, 1 is Eumovate Cream (Clobetasone) and the other 1 is simple cream with 10% menthol to ease the itch. But it worked temporarily. She even gave me some medication for a better night sleep, but the effect of the medicine lasted for more than a night. I felt tired and sleepy the next day. Sigh sigh. I’m turning 21 this year and currently studying in a university. Does that means I will have A LOT of stress and worsen the itch? I’m quite afraid to use some of the creams/medications stated in the forum because I don’t like side effects which will worsen everything. I’m also very shy to go to gynae and embarrassed to tell out about my problems, since I’m Asian. What to do?

May 30, 2007 at 11:20 am
(93) Bobbie says:

(30 and have had a partial hysterectomy at 21)I have been suffering for over a month now. I went for my regualar check up(pap and everything) a week ago and my dr. said there was no discharged but treated me for yeast anyway. It has done nothing. The cream she gave me was suppose to help even it was hormonal. After a week of cream I am still very red just inside the lips. The only thing I can think of is right around the time this all started I started a treatment of Lithium (bipolar med). I’ve researched symptoms and side effects of lithium and the itching and redness isn’t listed. There has to be something that can be done. I’ve tried everything you guys have suggested here and more and nothing. All of us going to doctors and still nothing. If anyone has found anything new please post. I am so miserable.

May 30, 2007 at 11:38 am
(94) Carla says:

I also have been experiencing similiar symptoms -but I think that the cause of the itch is due to a combination of things: excessive exercise in not-so comfortable clothing (things that chafe), stress and hormonal fluctuations. I was trying to not scratch, I tried the hot bath and was willing to try other non-medicinal/chemical remedies…and luckily, I found Avene thermal spa water. This spray is cooling, almost stopping the itch right away and there are natural salts in it to help with the inflammation or irritation – i think it is also sold as a remedy for sunburns. The company’s entire line caters to sensitive or problematic skin, and hey, it worked for me. Good luck ladies.

June 1, 2007 at 9:05 am
(95) Gina says:

I am going to the dr. in a couple of weeks. I have had this itching off and on for over 5 years. I’ve never had a yeast infection and this itching is in one particular spot. My mom passed away from cancer last year…that came about because of undiagnose Lichen Sclerosos. She used alcohol for many years (over 10 years) without letting anyone know of the problem. This caused skin break down. When she finally went to the dr. they guessed for a couple of years. Finally, they did a biopsy and gave her a positive diagnosis. They then put her on testosterone cream (which had negative side effects), but it seemed to help some. She was supposed to go in for biopsies every year and did so faithfully, but missed one year. After two years, she went in and it had become cancer. It had advanced quickly. They then did surgery to remove the infected tissue…it’s an extreme surgery…they did not get it all and after two more surgeries, they said it was all gone. They had mentioned doing radiation, but then felt it wasn’t necessary. One year later she found a knot in her groin area and found out the cancer had moved into her lymph nodes. I have mentioned the itching to the dr. before, but they blamed it on dryness. They also mentioned doing a biopsy (only because of my mother, as this can be hereditary). They condition falls into the auto-immune category. It’s the same as rheumatoid arthritus. It is where the body turns on itself instead of repairing itself. I don’t say this to scare anyone, because my mother had sores, but I’m not sure if it started out that way. She also went for over 20 years with this condition, before getting treated. If the natural cures don’t work, it would be worth mentioning the condition to the dr. I don’t think that they are all well trained in the L.S. condition. We had to look for a dr. who was knowledgeable. It would be worth peace of mind and also you wouldn’t want to worsen a condition with the wrong cures. Another thing, the testerone cream, we were told toward the end of her life, is being second guessed by dr.s now. I’m just not sure of the answer. I’m very scared of having this biopsy done, but after reading so many different solutions and then the fear of what if I make something worse…I think I’ll take this next step. I think if my Mom would have gone early…it would never have turned into cancer. Pray and do as the Lord leads.

June 1, 2007 at 2:43 pm
(96) Terri says:

IMPORTANT update ladies… I’ve been having the itching since the first of March. If you read my previous posts, you will see that it started in the vaginal area. Thought it was yeast, took the meds. Turned out it was not yeast and just the outer areas were itching. Finally ended up with a rash all over – some on my torso and legs, but most of all my elbows. The vaginal itching seemed to stop once I broke out everywhere else! I had a shot of prednizone and then took prednizone pills for 2 full weeks. As soon as the prednizone was gone, the bumps came back on my elbows and the vaginal area is itching worse than ever. I am so swollen and raw, but I can’t stop itching! In the meantime, I noticed that my tongue had turned white, and the insides of my cheeks. I thought it was in reaction to the steroid. SO, back to Urgent Care again! A new doc this time… did a culture of my mouth, looked at my elbows and said, “I’ll be right back.” Seemed he was gone forever but came back and handed me a photo copy of a page out of his medical books. Seems I have developed LICHEN PLANUS. It is a skin disorder. Look it up on the web, girls… what you are experiencing could be this skin disorder. It effects vaginal and anal areas, mouth, and then different places on your body… mine happened to be elbows along with vaginal & anal areas and mouth. I just want you to be aware that this is a possiblity. I’m with Gina and am considering having the biopsy now. I do see a dermatologist on June 21, but I’m sure she won’t look at my vagina! I have lots of questions, and if she can’t answer them, I’m going to go ahead with the biopsy of my vaginal area. No more messing around. The bad thing with Lichen Planus? No cure. This could go on forever. Doc said no more prednizone… too dangerous to stay on too long. I can take Benadryl at night for the itching and he will give me a steroid cream for my elbows, but I can’t over-do that either. Meanwhile, I keep applying either plain old KY gel or… vegetable oil. Yes, vegetable oil. Doc said very natural and will keep things moist so that dryness does not occur, which in turns causes more itching. Good news? It is not contagious, so my beloved husband can’t catch it from me. Please pray for me ladies… they say this can last 18 months or more. I’ll lose my mind for sure. Take care of yourselves. God bless!

June 4, 2007 at 11:11 am
(97) Jenene says:

I’ve been using something similar to A&D cream to give me temporary relief. Basically, any diaper rash cream should be safe for that area. Just make sure it stays on the outer skin, don’t put it inside your vagina. It help relive the itching temporarily, but I want to get rid of this itch for good! So I think I’m going to try the tea tree oil treatments some of you have mentioned.

June 4, 2007 at 11:32 pm
(98) Marie says:

My itching started April 18th. I have been to the gynecologist twice. The first visit he made a slide and said he did not see bacteria or yeast. So he did a swab/pap. I tested positive for HPV. So back to the docotr I went where this time he looked at me with a colposcope and said he saw NO VISIBLE EVIDENCE of warts/hpv. He did take a tiny biopsy way up inside me (I had a partial hysterectomy two years ago) and sent me home with a prescription for flucanozole, which confused me because a week before he said he did not see yeast so why are we treating for it? Anyway, got a call a few days later saying the biopsy was negative for HPV.

So now I have conflicting info. My pap says HPV. My biopsy says no HPV. In the meantime I did the 3 day prescription cream. Felt great! Until about two days after and then the itching was back.

I am not convinced I have HPV. I had these exact symptoms a year ago and was almost diagnosed with Vulvadynia, which is like saying you have symptoms we can’t pinpoint so you get labeled with this non specific term because we have tested for everything else and come up with nothing. I am 40 years old, and as stated earlier have had a partial hysterectomy. I have also read that itching can be part of menopause???

So what I have decided to do is get a second opinion. I was just tested for all STD’s at my annual in Feb and had nothing. I did have a boyfriend between then and now, and was stupid and did not use a rubber every time. Now there is a mistake I won’t ever make again if I ever decide to go there again at all after this drama!!!

I am going to a new doctor on the 20th for a second opinion. I will repost and let you know what the results are. I hope,hope, hope the tests come up negative. I tell ya the thought of having to explain HPV to a prospective loved one is so not appealing. It is enough to make me just hang up dating and sex forever!!!

I have had Herpes since 1991 and it rarely ever bothers me. As a matter of fact I can not even remember the last time it bothered me, so I know it is not that.

I will repost after my next results. Hang in there girls! I am praying for all of us!

June 5, 2007 at 1:26 am
(99) Sarah says:

I couldn’t believe all of the other women out there who have the same problem as I do. It seems to go away totally when I have my period – and then returns with a vengance after it is over. It’s the worst at night, and spreads around my body and drives me crazy itching at night. Does this happen to anyone else?
My doctor gave me prednisone for a week, and it stopped the itching, but as soon as I went off of it, it returned again. I read that sitting in a big bowl of water with 3 tablespoons of boric acid right after your period would help – so I’m going to try it. Any other suggestions would be great!

June 5, 2007 at 3:18 pm
(100) Melissa says:

I’ve had the same type of itching for about 3 weeks. I was so severe, that if I could have used a boars hair bristle brush to scratch it, it would not have made a difference. It started a week before my period, so I was forced to wait even longer before I got in to see my gynocologist.

The itching was all external, no discharge or odor was present and it went from the front door all the way to the back. This was 24 hours a day. And I couldn’t sleep it was so severe. In the interim, I tried most of the advice posted in this section. Starting with salt spritz baths, baking soda, Aveeno Oatmeal and Collodial soaks. None really helped, but the salt water provided a bit of relief. I tried washing the area with tea tree shampoo (dandruff) and applied tea tree oil (a natural anti-fungal). I dried the area with the cool setting on my hair dryer, wore cotton panties and tried to stay a dry as possible. I also tried A&D ointment, that provided some relief. Finally I moved on to Vagiguard. Oh, even Benadryl at night didn’t help me sleep.

Five days ago I saw my doctor and she and the nurse both said “tis the season”. She said it’s fungal (an overgrowth of yeast) and it the heat and moisture that’s making it so severe (I recently moved to Florida). I’m 39 with 2 kids and a husband and I’ve NEVER experienced anything like this. I’m not overweight (which can aggravate it), but do exercise and that can aggravate the cause because of sweating. My doctor also said that A&D ointment is anti-bacterial and can actually worsen the condition. So far the Lotrisone Cream (also known as Clotrimazole-Betamethasone cream) has helped tremendously. Also, Gold Bond powder and cream help with the itching (she recommended that as well).

I had researched about Lichen Sclerosis and was previously worried that was it, however I didn’t have any sores or rashes that go with that. I will keep it in mind though if I do not continue to improve. My doctor said that it is not an easy fix though and warned that I might fight it all summer. She prescribed 6 refills of the cream!

I’ll keep checking back. Good luck to all of you!

June 6, 2007 at 2:17 pm
(101) Kim says:

hi everyone, i have the same itch that you all describe. mine is more internal though. just like everyone else there is no discharge or odor but it is very annoying. it just started i guess a few weeks ago. i am going to try the monistat and see what happens. i had a uti in late april that was pretty bad and i was on really strong antibiotics. i was thinking maybe it was a yeast infection from the antibiotic. has it been too long for the antibiotic to have this effect? and not to mention that i recently fell in love with this bath and body fragance and having been using the shower gel daily (i know not bright). i am really nervous about going to my doctor. i had my annual in january and all was clear, but i am still very much afraid of other things. any advice?

June 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm
(102) Amy says:

Hey ladies…I have been plagued with the lovely itchiness for over a year now. It drove me nuts while I was pregnant. My external itching comes and goes…no odor or anything so I don’t think it is a yeast infection. I have tried every kind of cream out there, even tried using some of my baby’s diaper rash cream (since I keep itching, it’s caused a rash)even using his Caldasine powder I put on his bottom. Everything I try works for a short while and then it comes back with a vengeance! Somehow having sex with my hubby is the last thing on my mind…all i want to do is scratch! My mom actually suggested using a powder for athlete’s foot as she heard a tv report that the same fungus that causes a yeast infection causes athlete’s foot. So I have been using JUST that powder, no creams along with it or anything…so far, the itching is lessening (thank God!) and my rash is starting to go away. By the way, Gold Bond is probably the best to use but I’ve found the one from the Dollar Tree works just as well. Will keep you posted to let you know how it all turns out. Hopefully scratch-free would be nice…

June 7, 2007 at 12:07 am
(103) Sarah says:

I was so relieved to find this forum and know I’m not alone. I have been ruling out various causes as possible. I don’t think it’s hormones, since I’ve been on the same pill for years and am only 30. Despite the lack of other symptoms, I tried Equate miconazole-3 for yeast, and that only burned like heck and otherwise didn’t seem to change anything. I’m testing the laundry detergent possibility next. I’ll repost what I find.

June 7, 2007 at 6:58 am
(104) Layton says:

Ihad this itch for over seven years and have gone to seven doctors and two three gyns. Tried every prescription drug and every over the counter medication without long lasting results – at the most a day or so. Now looking at vulva cancer. Be sure to have the doctor do a biosopy.

June 11, 2007 at 1:29 pm
(105) Dana says:

I’m almost moved to tears reading this litany of complaints so similar to my own. Like Amy mentions in #102, I was diagnosed with tinea cruris, which is basically the same as Jock Itch (athletes foot) I call it Jill Itch. Itchiness is exterior at this point – although it had migrated to anal and I think it was inside for a while. The 10 day course of Nystatin helped that part. I had a bad case of athletes foot last year and my Dr. explained that it can migrate from the feet to the crotch area when one puts on one’s underwear. I’m very careful now to poke my feet through leg holes in clothing. However, all the treatments, fluconazole pills, miconazole and clotrimazole creams and a 10 day course of anti-fungal tablets have not done the trick. Like many on this list it is much worse right before my period comes and seems to slack off after that. Also sometimes worse after sex (which I have a hard time being enthusiastic about because of the itching both before and after – and I have a wonderful husband!). I don’t use any soap at all on my vagina – have used Weleda diaper rash cream with calendula and also pure jojoba oil – some of this may be dryness from all the treatment at this point. I am about to call and make an appt. with my gyn or my dermatologist. I have been dealing with this for at least a year and I WANT IT TO QUIT! Wish me luck – and good luck to all of you – and thank you for your honesty! Peace…

ps: Christiane Northrup is a very wise MD – check out her website or her book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. She addresses some possible causes for this itchiness.

June 21, 2007 at 1:17 am
(106) Christine says:

your itching may be from a Urinary Tract Infection. i went to the doctor to check it out and they gave me an antibiotic, i wsa cured in three days! you have to go to the doctor right away though, if left untreated a UTI could turn into a kidney infection, yikes!!! to temporarily relieve the itching i soaked in a warm bath for ten minutes, then put on clean cotton underwear afterwards.

June 21, 2007 at 5:39 pm
(107) Danielle says:

It’s so wierd you type something hopefully in google and you find exactly what you need!! I went to the nurse last year and she said basically it’s excessively dry skin – after I go to the bathroom my skin peels off onto the toilet paper. I have excessively dry skin elsewhere, palms, heels, scalp and have had psoriasis etc and they think it’s just part of the same problem and the only advice was to wash with a soap substitute. It is NOT working and I am FED UP of nearly two years of constant itching, so thank you for the info, advice and mainly helping me hang in there – it’s not a yeast infection, or an STD and it’s not something that’s your fault, so be persistant about getting proper care because they tend to dismiss it and underestimate the discomfort and embarrasment. I know I’ll be back requesting proper attention…

June 26, 2007 at 11:16 pm
(108) Hulia says:

I am 17 and was SO nervous when this started happening! mine is not as severe as others on here and Im sure its not an STD. It is so hard not to scratch and if anyone has suggestions of any over-the-counter itching cream that is okay to put down there that would be so helpful! Im so glad Im not alone with this!

June 28, 2007 at 12:19 am
(109) Chris says:

After being intimate with my boyfriend I noticed that I had slight swelling and itching the day or two afterwards. At first I questioned if it was an STD but he was tested prior to our intimacy with negative results. My god the itching was awful!! The vagisil max strength helped a bit but I kept using them about every 20 minutes. I could not sleep for two days it was terrible! I was so frustrated because I had no discharge like a yeast infection. When I went to the doctors they tested me for both bacteria and yeast with completely negative results. But she did prescribe me this sanity savor cream, nystatin and triacinolone acetonide and it really worked. The doctor also told me that it could have been a severe allergic reaction to either spermice or latex. I was surprised to know that a reaction would last over a week (how long it took things to return to normal). I am just so happy it is over. I hope this helped, I know all of your pain too well.

June 30, 2007 at 4:01 am
(110) Kristin says:

ive been expierencing this itch as well and after reading all of the previous comments i have a few ideas as to why and maybe even how to make it go away…thankyou guys for taking the time to make comments that could potentially help others i appreciate it….maybe i’ll be albe to get some sleep now!! -3:01am

June 30, 2007 at 8:28 am
(111) Jennifer says:

Isn’t it crazy how so many of us are going thru the exact same thing!? I’m 47 and my itch has been going on for almost 3 months now.There is no discharge or smell, and the vagina itself is fine. At first it was slight enough where I would just ignore it and keep myself clean. The last 2 weeks or so it’s been unbearable!Lord help me if I actually get to scratching at it! I tried all the OTC creams- nothing worked. I had myself convinced it was the crabs and freaked out- I’m happily married and believe me we DON’T sleep around.Well, I keep myself pretty trim but went and shaved most of it off-no nits, no lice, so thats a relief. I’ve been reading thru all these posts and am amazed at the bewilderment of the Gyn’s. I too started using Tucks, but a lot of you were right-with the alcohol in it it tends to burn and dry out-so I bought a bottle of plain ol’ witch hazel, it says non-drying on the label. I use cotton pads to wipe myself down with it a couple times a day and it helps some- I’m going to try the vegetable oil thing- just in case its a dryness issue. I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago but haven’t started going thru the change yet, I hope this itching isn’t part of that- who knows how long it would last! Ugghh! I’ve made an app’t with the Dr. but thats a week away and am not counting on much good results coming from it after reading all of your experiences. Thanks to all of you for making me feel not quite so alone in this! Good luck everyone!

July 1, 2007 at 2:35 am
(112) CC says:

I’m 27. Same thing happening to me. Vaginal exterior itching, no odor, no discharge. A little anal itching as well. I tried Summer’s Eve anti-itch wipes and they helped with the anal but not the vaginal. so I went out and bought some vagisil today and so far the itching has stopped but I am afraid what will happen tomorrow. I did recently switch soaps and laundry detergents. I have also been under a lot of stress and it has been incredibly HOT where I live and I’ve been sweating a lot. I am just praying it isn’t pinworms because that sounds horrifying (can you see them?). I am avoiding the doctor, but if I go, I’ll post back and tell you all what she said. I am happy to have found this forum of ladies who are experiencing the same thing. I’ve had yeast infections, a staff infection and urinary bladder infections and what I am experiencing now is unlike any of them. I am guessing it is due to the heat. I’m going to just try rinsing with water and wearing loose clothes and cotton.

July 1, 2007 at 8:30 am
(113) Amby122 says:

Hey ladies eat plain yogurt its gross! But it should help. And thumbs up with the salt bath. I’m not sexually active but the yeast problem is common in my family every once in a blue moon you just itch. The plain yogurt frequently maybe one serving a day works. Most will not like the taste so eat it with something fruity say a strawberry or peach.

July 7, 2007 at 12:03 am
(114) barb says:

Hey fellow sufferers, My itching came out of no where,April this year. I’m in my 50′s, this is not yeast or an std. No worms, pets or sexual contact. This is something that the docs aren’t familiar with. The lotions, potions, rubs, baths, etc. are only for short relief. I removed Tide, bounce, for sensitive skin detegents, even used dreft, changed toilet tissue, take warm baths with salts, oatmeal, vinegar, you name it. can’t seem to get anything but partial relief, also take a bendryl at night. cotton panties, and no panties, I think we just all want an answer, and seems it shouldn’t be so hard to cure this thing once and for all. The one thing that I’ve taken from this chat is that could be stress, that I do have,but have to deal with it, in my own way, the gym, helps with the stress but the itching always returns. I’m gonna send these comments to my gyno, so she can see how many women are going nuts with this agravation. barb.

July 9, 2007 at 1:15 am
(115) judy says:

Ladies, I thought I was the only one on Earth that had this problem. I have lived with it for a year now and didn’t dare tell my Dr. cause I was afraid she would tell me I was dying, uncureable or nuts. I have the itching 24/7 BUT about 10 days before my period it worsens to the point I don’t want to leave the house because I am afraid I will itch and not notice doing it. I have tried everything over the counter and nothing has taken it away. I finally told my Dr. in Jan. about it and she told me it was normal. That many, many woman have this problem. She perscribed me a pill but it didn’t work. I am waiting for my next visit to see if there is anything else that can help.
I appreciate ALL of your words because, even though I am overweight and stressed, I know I am not alone about this.
Maybe together we can find something that will help us all.
Thank you again for being honest about this matter and God Bless.

July 9, 2007 at 6:28 am
(116) cLeod says:

My Last Period was June 14 after couple of days after my period my itchy started and its totally disaster. It was awful and i totally scream and I am so scared June 23 i went to see the OB and i got my paps smear diagnosed and its Negative except for this neutrophils. So i just ignored it for couple of days but the itchy is still there, i went to see other doctor to be sure if i really have lots of neutrohils, and yeah there you go so she asked me to check for another smear and she told me i have a genetal warts! F***** boohoooo!!! so i have no choice she asked me to burn and freeze it. And Last July 4 i woke up really painful my lower tummy is hurtin the right side of my waist my back was totally painful. I cried and went to see other doctor again he said i have an urinary tract infection! OMG! He said one cause of itchiness is my UTI?! But how bout my genital wart?! I am still itchy and its getting worse! I cant sleep, eat, work i feel i wanna die! =( My warts is growin back again like multiple, and double the itch! My god i dont know what to do. Btw i am 26 and i am not a sexual active. Please HELP =(

July 9, 2007 at 9:00 pm
(117) Cathy says:

Hello all, I am another victim of “The Itch” My symptoms are pretty much the same as everyone else’s. Vaginal itching w/out discharge and odor. I have tried several of the same remedies as many of you to no avail. I have found that Neosporin the topical anti-biotic helps relieve the itch. After reading all the post and writing down all the helpful advice I want to thank everyone. I have a somewhat different problem along with the vaginal itch. I am itching all over my body which started way before. I feel that I have some form of allergy similar to Teri, which has spread to my vagina . I went to a Natural Health store and they said to eat yogurt, try colloidal Silver, oil of oregano, tea tree oil, vitiam B complex, flax oils. I bought
liquid acidophilus (Bio-K) which you can drink. It can be used to treat a yeast infection by soaking a tampon with it and inserting the tampon. I just saturate a q-tip and wipe vagina area.
I have tried just about all the other remedies but cortisone, gold bond, and vegetable oil. I will try them though. By the way I have been on Predizone for ten years due to Rheumatoid Arthritis , Predizone treats skin conditions also. I believe now after reading all the post that our problem is due to stress, heat, and hormones. We girls are so very lucky to have each other. Please continue with the advice.

July 15, 2007 at 6:09 pm
(118) catherine says:

glad to c im not alone!, tho do pity anyone else who’s going thro, like many others it my itching starts in the evening…why is that?!..mostly on upper body but when i go to bed it goes to vag/anal, which is so bad i cant sleep either, havent change soaps recently and dont think im stressed…gonna go to docs again but i feel like many, u just get fobbed off with a diff cream/pill and they havent even looked it it…got tub of nappy rash cream…gonna give that a go…desperate measures…

July 20, 2007 at 8:34 am
(119) Diane says:

Thank you so much ladies. I’ve had this problem for a few months now and have been too embarassed to go to my Dr about it-thinking I must be the only one who has this and it must be something I’ve done wrong. You’ve helped me so much because now I feel more comfortable calling my Dr and talking about it knowing it’s much more common than I thought (unfortunately). I’m so tired of not being able to sleep at night-scratching it so raw I make it bleed and then I can’t sleep from the pain i’ve caused it and I make it hurt when I pee since I scratch it raw. I thought it might be due to dry skin too so I started drinking more water (which is actually a good thing since i’m dieting). I’ve tried changing my underwear twice a day, and many of the other things we must think to try instinctually but nothing seems to help. I can’t imagine going through this for years like some of you have. I know there are much more horrible things out there but seriously the thought of this for years terrifies me.

July 20, 2007 at 4:50 pm
(120) mary says:

UPDATE from May 11th…I didn’t realize it’s been so long! Anyway, I took the weeklong dosage of metronidazole and the itching was less intense but still there. About a month later I decided to renew my perscription but this time I took my dosage differently – instead of a pill every 12 hours for 4 weeks, I took 4 pills all at once (which the dr recommended as an alternative method). I’m not sure if this had anything to do with it but it worked for the most part. The itching is almost completely gone.

I should add that I also took some advice I found on this site – I keep myself trimmed down very close (I have no idea why that would help but it does) and I use powder on hot days. I also have been staying away from non-cotton underwear that seemed to aggravate the situation.

I’m doing much, much better.

So maybe try metronidazole – good luck to everyone!

July 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm
(121) DP says:

In response to Diane, comment 119…our problem is identical!! I scratch ’till I bleed!! My doctor told me it may be the clothes detergent I use; it’s not. I thought it may be because of a LACK of sex–I’m 32 and I haven’t been active since I had my son 2 years ago. The saying “use it or lose it” has come to mind. Am I losing it? I can’t see using vagisil for the next how many years, ya know? This chronic dryness, itch and true pain CANNOT be NORMAL!!! Somebody find a name for this!!

July 24, 2007 at 7:25 am
(122) Sofia says:

OMG! I am so glad this just isn’t me! I have never had a yeast infection or STP and I am in my 30′s. My itching usually occurs (without discharge) after I develop a UTI. My sisters and I are extremely prone to UTI’s. I knew there had to be some kind of relationship. Reading some of these posts have confirmed it. Does anyone else that gets UTI’s at the drop of the hat develop this horrible itching several days later? My UTI seems very mild this time. I developed it on Friday and of course was not able to talk to my gyno over the weekend. The pain & awful burning from the UTI is gone, but the itching is horrendous – sometimes like a very uncomfortable tickle, and at worst, I want to cry because I can’t do anything except think about how badly it is itching. I’m guessing I will probably be put on meds even though the UTI seems to be passing. I read that mild cases can go away on there own. But the itching is driving me to the point of insanity. If anyone else has had experience with this, please post! I will repost if I learn anything helpful from my doc. Vagisil has reduced the itching,(mine itching is just on the inside, but seems isolated in that small area – I guess this still classifies as internal?) but not completely. Thank goodness I found this site. Makes me feel a little better. :)

July 30, 2007 at 9:23 pm
(123) Natalie says:

Wow do I love Google and all of you wonderful women! I am recently divorced and back out in the dating world (bleh). I fooled around with someone (safely I thought) and for the last 2 months on and off I have had that itching we all know so well. I have been scared out of my mind that I picked up an STD, but I can’t find any STD that is only external, inconsistent itching. No odor, no bumps, no abnormal discharge. In fact, I almost feel more dry than I usually am. I did recently go on vacation and spent a lot of the time at the pool so maybe that’ it? The hot weather + wet bathing suit thing? I do not have the itching every day, but when I do it’s usually in the evenings and it’s brutal. I used an old tube of Vagisil a couple times out of desperation and it helped. I have had a yeast infection before and this is definitely not one of those. I’m so relieved to find this and wanted to thank everyone for being so candid. I think I’m going to try Olive Oil instead of veg oil and apply it in the afternoon with a cotton ball as sort of a pre-emptive strike. I think the Tea Tree is a good idea too, maybe I’ll make up a little mix of the two. I may try using the dandruff shampoo once a week. I’ll let you know how it goes. May you be itch free and well-rested asap!

July 30, 2007 at 11:04 pm
(124) Michelle says:

Hi ladies, you guys are so cute! Anyway, I just started a MINOR, MINOR, slight discomfort a couple of days ago, now it is evolving into more of a slight itch, NO ODOR, NO DISCHARGE. But having sex w/my boyfriend is a little painful, I am going to stop until this gets better. I read on another website that putting about half a cup of salt in a bath w/shallow warm water and sitting in it for 10-15 helps, if you do this for a few days consecutively. I am going to try it for the first time tonight, I have only been feeling discomfort for about 2 days. Not really painful itching, just discomfort, w/very very slight itchy feeling every now and then.
But I have had a yeast infection before, almost 10 years ago, so I know what it is like not to be able to even sleep because you are so uncomfortable! And taking a shower is sooo painful when you are all inflamed and red and itchy!!! I think my problem might be this new weird soap I bought… I HOPE. I see everyone raving about those Witch Hazel pads, I am going to stop using that soap, but if this doesn’t go away soon I’ll check’m out….actually my boyfriend has been using that same soap, so maybe he should stop as well…..? And everyone should post when they feel better, let the other ladies know what u did to remedy your problem. Thanks everyone for their input and online support, keep it up and DITCH THE ITCH!!!

August 2, 2007 at 11:55 pm
(125) 35 year old mom says:

Could this itch that we are all experiencing be from using latex condoms. I cannot use birth control and I’m not ready for my husband to get fixed, so we have been using condoms lately. I’m beginning to think they are the culprit.

August 3, 2007 at 12:23 am
(126) Rae says:

I too have had this annoying, painful, burning, and tickle/itch for the past 2 months now. It was everyday consecutively for about a month following a bout with a UTI. It went away for about 2 weeks and now it has returned. I thought it was completly cleared up after I changed detergents to an unscented dye free formula, stopped using scented soaps, and bought all new cotton underwear. I thought I fixed the problem. I was wrong…it has returned. I am at a loss, without health insurance I can not easily go to the doctor. Could someone please find a culprit/ name for this. It is driving me crazy. I thought it might be stress, but I haven’t been streesed until this occured! HELP!!!

August 3, 2007 at 12:29 am
(127) Rae says:

In addition to my previous comment (above # 126) I forgot to mention that I think this all occured after having intercourse: once after the UTI then again last week, now the symptoms have returned. We don’t use condoms, so for my case I don’t think it is an algery to latex, but could it be my boyfriend? We have been together for almost 5 years and I was just checked for STD’s so I think that is out of the question. What else could it be. Does anyone else believe this may be their problem as well. It just ssems so weird that after 5 years this would just now start happening. UGH…

August 7, 2007 at 2:03 am
(128) Tryna B. Helpful says:

Here’s a few things that worked for me.

If you can afford to do so, take a day off and RELAX! the body heals so much better when it is at rest. You would do it for the flu, why not this?

During this day, drink lots of WATER!! I mean an insane amt of water!! I drank plain tap water in back to back cups from wake up to bed time. I saw a great deal of improvement that day. The water flushes the body and gives it a chance to heal from the inside out. It also eases constipation and may help clear your skin some too. It’s good to do this on your day off just cause all this water will have u urinating a lot. I suggest this for 2 or 3 days then u go back to normal water consumption. I saw/felt lots of improvement towards the end of that day.

This last one may not be do-able for every woman depending on how severe her case. But when you start to see improvement stop using the symptom easers like vagisil. I was using vagisil in the beginning when the itching was at its worst and it worked very well. But when i noticed the itching easing I decided to stop using it to give my body a chance to heal itself.

Things are going well so far. I hope this info helps some1. I made it a point to come back and leave whatever info i found in hopes of helping some1 else. Good luck ladies. We’re in the fight together!

August 8, 2007 at 3:20 pm
(129) brittany says:

I went to the store today and bought benadryl which i am using in conjunction with maximum strength lanacane. I was actually able to nap today to make up for yesterdays sleepless night without itching! i have had this itching for the past three months and it seems to happen on pretty much the same day, a week before my period is to begin. are you women suffering with this itch 24/7 or is it on and off? hope that helps!

August 8, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(130) Lynn says:

Thanks for the advice… I am going to try the benadryl tomorrow and let you know how it works. I go crazy sometimes scratching so bad (I itch like crazy). I’m glad to know there are more woman out there that have this same problem and are able to share a few solutions… Thanks Again!

August 9, 2007 at 3:49 am
(131) Tryna B, Helpful says:

also, when getting out of the shower (try very cool or cold showers, the cold water is good for easing some of the swelling/pain discomfort and temporarily relieving some of the itching due 2 the inflammation) be sure 2 dry youself thoroughly down there. i would take my hair dryer w/ no attachments and just blow down there on a warm setting (don’t burn yourself with high) for a few secs just 2 b sure ur completely dry. bacteria grow in moist areas so u wanna be really sure ur dry b4 putting on ur underwear. Hope that helps too.

August 10, 2007 at 12:57 am
(132) mamashai says:

Hey ladies! I’ve been searching for something on this *forever* and am SO glad I’m not the only one out there. Mine has all the same symptoms that you ladies have, only one little twist: It starts the day I end my period, and it starts with a vengeance. Hubby and I have almost chalked it up to allergies to my tampons, but we’ve changed brands to just about everything and the symptoms never even lighten up or get worse with different brands. We’re happily married 23, and 22 year old parents, but this is killing us because there’s that ‘week’ that we ‘don’t'…and then I have to get over the itching. It always goes away in 3-10 days, but Hubby says ‘all together that only leaves 2 weeks out of the month!’ And he’s right. *sigh*

August 10, 2007 at 10:49 pm
(133) Lisa says:

I am glad to see that I’m not the only one with this problem. I thought at first it was a yeast infection, but I don’t have any discharge or odor. I do think I will check with the doctor to rule it out, but if it’s not I hope one of the remedies I’ve read helps. The itch is UNREAL.

August 12, 2007 at 10:49 am
(134) VA says:

Ladies, I have been dealing with this for 18 years. It started after I had my last child. It was on my chest at first under my breast and between them. I thought it was a heat rash and went to the doctor and he said since I had just had a baby that it was probably hormones, heat and a little stress. I was given a jar of cream to use three times a day and all was good. Then about four to five months later it moved to my vaginal area and there is has been for the last 18 years. I have the symptoms that most of you have, no odor, no discharge. I have been treated for yeast several times. I am now 42 years old and about 20 pounds overweight. Most of my weight is in my midsection. (protruding belly) I am very active but I cant lose the belly (another story) I felt as though all of this is linked somehow. My itching occurs for no rhyme of reason. Before periods, after periods, during sex, after sex, just sitting in church. I have not been able to pinpoint anything. Everytime I go to the doctor its just another cream stronger than the one before and the itching stops for aobut a month but it always comes back. My husband of 25 years thinks its all in my head. I am going to make an appointment to see if it is Lichen. I have nothing to loose. After scratching for 18 years to say some relief would be great would be an understatement. Maybe we should start collecting a litlle more demographic information about ourselves to find a common link. I have been dealing with this by myself I had no idea how many women this affected.
Some Demo Info: African American
Live in the South
Over Weight about 20-25 pounds
I actually eat yogurt daily
I teach middle school
I walk 4 miles every morning for the last four years
Only medical problem is High Blood pressure diagnosed about 4 years ago.
Maybe some doctor will visit this site and develop a cure for us.
Have a Blessed day

August 19, 2007 at 8:14 pm
(135) Cris_N_MD says:

Wow… this post has been going on for over a year now. Anyways, it’s good to know I’m not the only one. Similiar symptoms… itchy, no odor and sometimes a brownish discharge (like what you get after your cycle ends)

I had not planned to respond, but because the last person that posted mentioned some interesting ideas, I decided to join in.

Here’s me:
Black
Maryland
Over Weight about 25lbs (stomach area)
I eat yogurt daily off and on
I don’t exercise
Computer field (IT Security)

Yes, I hope some doctor visits this site as well….

August 21, 2007 at 7:24 pm
(136) leona says:

Yes ladies i am the same.. it was external itchiness but now it just like a burning sensation.. tried about4 different types of yeast tablets because i did have a yeast infection about 2 weeks ago after a course of amoxicillin! was so unbearable! been taking acidophilus everyday n a homopathy rememdy candida something r other!! blue star ointment burned like hell but that worked 4 me b4.. used religously 4 a few days.. now i livin in ireland i cant get it anymore!! :( when i was about 23 i had it n it would drive u 2 suicide but i used ky jelly and i mean i smothered myself in it.. inside n out.. every single time after i used the bathroom.. gonna try that again c it that helps!! hopefully this might help some of u.. blue star ointment, ky jelly, piriton liquid r tablets! good luck please share some tips!! xx

August 24, 2007 at 9:32 am
(137) Heather says:

OMG! Thank god i found this! I feel so much better. Like mamashai, mine starts AFTER my period. Only outside the vagina, and on the lips of it. But definately worse right around the outside of it. I say it starts after my period, but that is because it seems to steadily lesson as the month goes on. I am already hairless, and have been for months now. I won’t swear when it started, but I think it started about 18 months ago when I started working out. I have lost about 75 lbs, but have NOT been working out in the last three months, and STILL it persists. I didn’t spend much time in the pool over the summer, so I doubt it’s that. I have been using a monistat cream at night to help me get to sleep. But by morning, the itch is back with a vengeance. It burns like all hell when i urinate.
Went to the Doc in may-thinking it was just a persistant yeast infection, or possibly recurrent, since I had been self treating for months right after my period. I even had her do a full STD panel. Negative to all including yeast. I don’t seem to be having dryness if the indicator is level of natural lubricant during sex…in fact, since the weight loss began, i have noticed increased amounts of lubrication.
This is so frustrating, and so embarrassing. Sometimes I will go into a dressing room in a dept store just to itch! It is making me nuts! Thank you all for posting! I am going to try some of the advice, and let you all know if any of it works.

August 26, 2007 at 12:40 pm
(138) sweet says:

i thought i was the only one in this world having this irritating itch..i have it for a week now and based on all ur experience..i really need to go to a doctor..i even took a pic of it to have a closer look, and its all d same as yours. and when it itch i always see a white (not smelly) discharge..

August 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm
(139) Sara says:

There are a couple of things here that you can consider….one thing is high blood sugar. Being a RN, I have seen several women present with incredible vaginal itching and it turns out that they have developed insulin resistance or diabetes. This was the first symptom for them. Another possibility is a latex allergy for those of you who are sexually active using latex condoms. This allergy strengthens every time you come in contact with latex. There are other types of condoms avalable such as Trojan Supra Polyurethane Condoms.

As always, it is a good idea to wear cotton panties and don’t smother yourself with tight fitting thongs, panties and trousers. Let her breathe at night!!!

August 31, 2007 at 3:05 pm
(140) Melody Winslett says:

I have the same problem. Okay, I’ve noticed mine the last couple of months during my period and right after and I personally think it has something to do with my tampons. I feel so much better when I switch to pads, so I am just going to stop with the tampons for awhile and see how it goes.

August 31, 2007 at 8:41 pm
(141) blondie says:

Hey guys, I agree with some of what people are saying. I have had this myself and being a nurse I have learned a little bit about it as well. For me it was the stress, and about to start my period. I had a little itch and of course i scratched it and then continued and continued and continued… What I find to help, although dont use much, was to use a little cortizone cream. and make sure you wipe it off well because it stays moist… but in the times where it really itched, i put some of that on there, turned on the tv and tried to forget it. It helped because less and less i would scratch, and ireally prevented myself from doing it at night, i even used a bag with ice in it and that seemed to help a lot. just make sure if you do use any of this stuff, make sure its dry soon after!! :) good luck! and stop itching! I promise it helps, its that once you start, you cant stop syndrome.

September 4, 2007 at 11:22 pm
(142) sweet says:

when i was about to see a doctor, my montly period started. I told my sister about it (shes a nurse) she told me based on all the symptoms..i got jock itch. Try to put some’clotrimazole’ cream 1% on the affected area for atlleast 2-4 weeks. i search the net about it..and it suits all the symptoms i had. Check it out ‘maybe’ it is what causing that itch.

September 5, 2007 at 2:36 pm
(143) woman w/issues says:

I too suffer from the itch since June of 2007. I have been to the doctor now 3 or 4 times and the GYN cannot figure it out so she has referred me to a dermatologist. She originally thought it was an STD (which it wasn’t, I have been married for almost 10 yrs w/3 kids and we were both virgins). She also thought a yeast infection and I tried diflucan and terconazole to clear up the yeast, but I am still itching. She also prescribed steroids and that cleared up the itching but as soon as I stopped the steroid the itch returned. Her only suggestion now is to try hydrocortizone cream and for me to see a dermatologist. I agree that it might have to do with hormones because I seem to itch more a week after my period and then stop a week before my period. Stress might also play a role as someone else suggested – this itching is ridiculous! Please can anyone help?

September 7, 2007 at 10:41 am
(144) Amanda says:

I never thought that it was possible for all of these women to have the same thing. When this started with me I was like oh no a urinary tract infection but it swelled down there, became sensitive to the touch, and the itch was horrible. I’d restrain but when I could scratch I would. I thought it was my hair down there but I’ve always shaved. Short and sweet ladies. I’m 23 so it’s not menopause. I’m married only having one partner him as well so it’s not an STD. It’s not pin worm because my rectum doesn’t itch. Whatever it is I don’t know but I did google vaginal itch and there was a web site that as of now was a life saver. Monthernature cures or something like that. Last night before bed it itched terribly and since I have been getting restless sleep due to this thing I decided to try what the web site suggested trying and I’m here to say it has worked. After only one night I slept straight through, and only occassionaly can I even feel a slight twinge down there. I still have two more baths to go through but so far I’m loving it and it’s so easy. So enough talking about it I’ll get to the point. Dissolve 1/2 cup of table salt in warm bath water. Get in and stick your finger in the opening down there. Just to let the salt water get in. I held it there for like 15 seconds to make sure and then sit in the bath for at least 10-15 minutes. Get out and dry off. Do this for 3 baths and you should notice it’s gone. How long will this last I don’t know but after reading all the crys yesterday on here i just knew I had to share this with you ladies. Good luck. Remember 3 baths, 3 days, and a total of 1 1/2 cups of table salt. If nothing else it is worth a shot. And if it works check there web site to see what they call it. It’s some infection. I hope this helps ladies. I feel for all of you.

September 12, 2007 at 6:34 pm
(145) leona says:

Ladies get ur doctor to prescribe sporanox which is an itraconazole… sometimes woman who are prone to yeast infections r this mysterious itch (as we call it) dont respond to normal anti fungals like fluconazole, Clotrimazole creams and pessaries etc..
itraconazole wil kil skin fungal infection so it maybe why yeast infections do not show up on a swap cause the swap is testin the discharge!
Think it is prescribed as 4 tabs.. 2 tabs then 2 12 hrs later.. but sometimes it mayb a couple of tabs everyday 4 2wks 2 a month!!
Worth a try ladies!
Good luck!! xxx :)

September 12, 2007 at 6:36 pm
(146) leona says:

thats… show up on a ‘swab’ btw!! lol!!!

September 20, 2007 at 10:29 am
(147) Barbara says:

One doctor told me it is “itch-scratc-itch syndrome” meaning that after you scratch and the sores start to heal, they itch (a part of the healing process) and then you scratch again and so on. He said to stop scratching and it would go away. It might work but I have found it almost impossible to stop scratching. I’m going to try some of the above remedies. Maybe if the itch is diminished, the sores will heal and the problem will resolve itself. Thanks ladies.

September 21, 2007 at 10:38 pm
(148) angie says:

I’ve been suffering the same problem off and on for a months now. I tried the salt bath and yeast infection meds. The yeast infection meds. actually burned after a couple of doses. The salt bath seemed to help but after a couple of days I was going nuts. My doctor had given me some prescrition cream for my sons bad diaper rash a couple of years ago and I ran across it the other day. I remembered seeing some women saying they had tried A+D so I thought why not this stuff. It is working! It’s been 2 days and I feel so much better. It’s called Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP. It is a prescription so you’ll have to ask your doctor. Just thought I’d share this with all of you.

September 24, 2007 at 2:44 am
(149) Pam says:

So, after reading all of this I know I am not going crazy. I have bad itching too. Tried showering with only pure water down there. Changed laundry soap, toilet paper, only wear cotton panties. No sign of infection. No discharge, just terrible itching, and yes it is so difficult to not scratch. I thought I had FLEAS !! LOL, just joking.Going to try some of the remedy ideas in the posts. Next will be the dreaded trip to the Dr. I also heard that if you make chamomile tea, let it sit until body temp, put it in a pan and soak in that, it is supposed to help.If anyone gets a diagnoses from their Dr. let us know. Thanks

October 4, 2007 at 12:06 am
(150) Vegas says:

Like all you ladies I had this horrible itch. I had been to my regular doctor twice with the problem and no help. I made an appointment with a gyn when I could no longer stand it and thought I was going to end up with infection from scratching myself raw. As soon as I told him what I had read online and he took on look he diagnosed Lichen sclerosus and prescribed Clotrimazoleand Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream which is a steroid cream and estrogen cream that is needed to help counteract the skin breakdown which can be worse because of the steroid. After the first application of the steroid cream the itch was all but gone and I thank God every day that I looked it up and read what you ladies wrote. It gave me the courage to do something about it and to share the results with you. My doctor was very compassionate and said it is sad that women assume a doctor will think they have an std when they tell them the problem. Maybe a gp isn’t as versed in this as a gyn so ladies go to the doctors trained in that area of the anatomy. I am enjoying my itchfree nights and sleeping again.

October 4, 2007 at 6:18 am
(151) renee says:

I can’t believe how many other people have this problem,I tried everything just like many of you have said creams baths nothing worked i just felt like i was going to lose my mind, I finally went to my doc and honestly he looked at me like I was crazy when I told him how bad it was, he really didnt give me a diagnosis but gave me a prescription for a cream called clobetasol it has a steriod in it and it has help 100% although i know my problem is still there. but i can sleep again.

October 4, 2007 at 1:20 pm
(152) Lily says:

Wow, I’ve learned more in the past half hour, reading all the posts, than I might have, talking to my doctor! I’ve gone to see him twice in the last four months due to recurring UTI and now this! Mild itching all day that is more internal, which started a few days after intercourse, and seemed to spread. I don’t scratch because I don’t want to irritate the skin. So I couldn’t bear the thought of seeing my doctor…again!! Thank goodness for this forum!

I am in my mid-40s and my partner and I don’t have sex as often as I’d like lol but when we do it tends to be quite vigorous. We’ve also started to use condoms for when I’m remiss about taking the pill. Then when I went to get my usual Brazilian, my therapist told me I had dry skin and should stop using soap, and moisturize (haven’t done this yet).

So after reading all your stories (you ladies rock!) I believe that it’s 1) change in hormone levels; 2) a sudden sensitivity to latex; 3) just overall dryness and 4) maybe a milder UTI (again!) since my doc advised me to drink more water and cranberry juice.

It also seems to make sense to me now to try antihistamines, since I’ve also just been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis. Just an overall sensitivity I guess that comes with age. Sigh.

But here’s where I get confused: after the last time we had sex, my partner complained of soreness whenever he needed to relieve himself. Could I have passed something on to him? Or is there a male version of this awful malady??

October 4, 2007 at 1:52 pm
(153) Woman w/issues says:

Since finding these comments a few months ago, I have been doing my own research on my own body and I believe my itch might be related to either (1) hormonal issues due to possible light alcohol consumption over the last few months (since May of this year) or (2) body temperature and moisture down there when exercising.

I recently watched a tv news program that related possible breast cancer with alcohol consumption due to alcohol causing hormonal flucuations in women. Even only having one drink a day can possibly cause breast cancer in some women due to hormone levels is what I heard.

Last month I stopped drinking malted beverages (wine cooler and beer type drinks) and I am not itching this month and usually I have extreme itching by this point of the month. So I am relating my itch at this point to my hormone levels from drinking malted beverages moderately (only 2 or 3 drinks a week). Hopefully I will not itch again.

October 4, 2007 at 5:06 pm
(154) Heather (again) says:

Hi again. I just wanted to tell everyone that I was using “instead” (this is a diaphram like cup that you use during menstruation instead of tampons or pads-it only has to be changed a few times a day, and there is no leaking or menstrual odor-plus you can have sex with it on!!!) Anyway, last month, i didn’t use it-i just used pads. Voila-NO ITCH after my period. I wonder if the instead and/or tampons keeps normal vaginal moisture from reaching the skin around the vagina, and the itch is from dryness. Just a thought. Maybe some of the rest of you could try using a different form of protection for one month and see if it helps.

October 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm
(155) Mary says:

OH MY GOD! I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS THIS TO!

I’ve had it since I was EIGHT YEARS OLD!!

I just itch and itch and at night it wakes me up and I scratch until I bleed!!

I found out that Wal-Mart has Cream called “Vagicaine” that is 20% Benzocaine and 3% Resorcinol.

The Wal-Mart Brand is EXACTLY THE SAME THING as Vagisil Max but Vagisil is $8.00 a tube and Vagicaine is $2.00 a tube…

You read right…

A SIX DOLLAR SAVINGS!

Thank god I found Wal-Mart’s because I couldn’t afford to buy the Name Brand!

I buy it 5 boxes at a time to make sure that I ALWAYS have some on me!

It is the only thing that helps!!!!

It itches so bad I actually cry…

My doctors have never been able to tell me what it is…

One actually told me it was just in my head…

I take baking soda baths and they help for a while but then at night it itches like I’m being eaten by ants!!

It is just horrible…

I REALLY hope that someone comes up with something…

This is killing me!

October 16, 2007 at 12:48 pm
(156) Jean says:

I am so glad I found this site. I thought I was crazy especially since the itching is much worse at night. I have had it for years. I always complain to the doctors. They give me things to try but it hasn’t helped. The last time I complained, he wasn’t very concerned. Now that I know others have it, he will get an ear full. I will try the suggestions until I go back to the doctor.
Jean

October 19, 2007 at 6:54 pm
(157) eel says:

The symptoms I had: intense external vaginal (and rectal) itching, the vaginal walls thickened so they were not soft & smooth and had small bumps, also bumps in the gluteal crease. The first gyn doctor told me he couldn’t see anything (extremely frustrating)so I got a second opinion. After being treated by numerous gyn doctors over the course of three months with numerous creams – steroid based, anti-fungal based, yeast infection based – and embarrisingly being repeatedly cultured for STD (happily married for 14 years)I was sent to a GastroIntestinal doctor (because the doctors latched onto the rectal itching and sent me to see if there was a tear) then this doctor noted an important point overlooked on my culture and sent me to an Infectious Diseases specialist. I went on a one month treatment with a double dose of two antibiotics for MRSA, the bacteria that is resistent to a lot of antibiotics. I then developed internal vaginal itching and for that the doctor gave me two courses of treatment for yeast where – on two seperate occasions – he gave me 3 diflucan/fluconozole pills for me to take 3 days apart, as the first and second would not clear it up. My symptoms have cleared up (at least for now)so I offer you a website to see if your symptoms match those of MRSA – check out the site by the Minnesota Department of Health, it has some easy explanations and answers to frequently asked questions. The Infectious Diseases doctor said he’s only seen 5-6 cases of vaginal MRSA symptoms and he guesses this is why my gyn doctors overloked it for so long. If it makes sense for you, please get tested for community aquired MRSA – you can apparently pick it up like you would the common cold. Best Wishes.

October 19, 2007 at 11:18 pm
(158) Kristina says:

I have had the same problem for about 3 weeks, I thought it was because I shaved down there…but that wasn’t it. Then I went to the doctor and she said that it might be my exzema. I dont think that it is it either! The weird part is that when I wipe, Peeled skin comes off on the toilet paper! But im also having servre itching!!! HELP!!!

October 22, 2007 at 9:10 am
(159) Maggie says:

Hi, what a thing, eh? Women all over the world sitting at their computers late at night, seaching desperatly for some help! It really was great to find this forum where we can talk about this openly without embarassment! After reading everyone’s posts about what helped and what didn’t, I went to the heathfood store and picked up “soothing Anti-itch herbal remedy” by Aubrey Organics, which so far (two days) has been a life-saver! It stings a bit at first, but after 5min or so the itch begins to go and I finaly got some sleep! It looks like you can order it from their website. It has alot of stuff incuding coconut cream for mosturising and tea-tree oil (anti-fungal like for yeast) and lavender oil (anti-viral like for herpies).
I’m still going to make an apointment to see my Dr. but it’ll be easier feeling like I have you all at my back to not let her make me feel like I’ve been a bad girl somehow. I was so sure I’d picked up an STD, although I’d been celebate for over a year before this started, and I felt so stupid! I suppose it still could be, but I feel a little stronger for not being so alone.
Like alot of you it seems worse right after my period and/or at times of emotional stress/excitement.
And for the record, I’m 35, white, a little under-weight and Canadian. No kids, irritating retail job. Non-drinker, non-smoker.
Good luck to all, I really recomend this cream, although only time will tell if it’s really a cure.

October 26, 2007 at 9:32 pm
(160) Ann says:

I have had severe itching for about 5 days. Keeps me up at night. I tried vaseline. No help. I started using medicated pads to wipe the area in combination with benadry cream. It stings for quite a while, but it’s better than the “ITCH”. I was wondering if any of you have recently gone off of the pill. I never took bc before, but since my husband will not get snipped I had to take this step. 3 kids if definitely enough. I took loestrin 24 for about a week, than stopped for various reasons. Now 1 week later I get this incredible itching that I have never experienced before. Please let me know if any of you were on or stopped taking the pill in the recent past. I’m just trying to find the catalyst. Thanks

October 30, 2007 at 4:12 am
(161) Lauren says:

I’ve had the same itching for a while now, and I think I understand the causes. Well at least I think so. First off I’m 26 and this year I have gained a lot of weight due to stress and also I think because of the ortho tricyclen lo I was on. I recently stopped using the BC (and sticking with condoms for now) because it was not strong enough, I would have longer periods and they would always start about 4 days early. Anyway this scared me, that it wouldn’t be effective. Another factor is that I’ve also been stressed with school, work and home life. (I just moved in with my boyfriend 2 and a half months ago). I have always had dry skin and use unsented All laundry soap. I did recently switch to a natural soap for bodywash & hand washing but this has actually helped my dry skin A LOT, so I don’t think this is the issue. The main correlation from what I have read with my experience, is the hormone levels and stress. I do believe that the laundry soap could be a factor for others, but not likely unless the type has recently changed (or laundry machine). What helps me is to wash with a mild baby soap by Burt’s Bees and then use their dusting powder to keep dry. To ease stress I like to do yoga or take a bubble bath by candle light and listen to some Enya. Also keep in mind that stress can come in many forms: physical (too much or not enough exersize), emotional (deadlines, money problems, family problems etc.), or chemical (like unbalanced meals, too much sugar, etc). Hope this helps, good luck and take care of yourselves!

November 2, 2007 at 11:34 pm
(162) jill says:

this is a relief to know that theres a lot of us having this. i really thought im the only one.. it started last may and now its back. it even more intense.. ITS SO ITCHY.. i tried not scratching it cause it gets irritated but what can i do. i don’t want to go to the doctor, its so uncomfortable. it usually happens before my menstruation and i have read few article that it may be caused by stress or low estrogen. i can just want it gone. i have tried changing my feminine wash but its still very itchy. i hate it most went your in a public place and your so itchy. let me know if you guys know something new okey? tnx

November 4, 2007 at 9:48 am
(163) Pam says:

Almost every post here sounds just like me. For the record, I have not recently gone on or off the pill (been on the same brand for over a year), I have not changed the brand of soap I use on my body or my clothes, and I use laundry soap that is dye and perfume free. I did just finish a 10 day course of antibiotics for a sinus infection, and my whole family has been suffering for the past month with some sort of cold/flu that is going around. I am white, 33 yrs old, 2 small children, and I am a homemaker. I am going to start trying some of these remedies immediately. Thanks so much!

November 5, 2007 at 1:34 am
(164) Kay says:

Thanks to this website I no longer think I am crazy or have some sort of awful crotch-rot!

My itch started after 3 doses of Bactrim for a UTI. I had an allergic reaction to the Bactrim and developed hives on my chest, breasts, and thighs. I figured I had a yeast infection from the antibiotics, even though the only symptom was itching. No odor or discharge. The Monistat 1 did not help.

I’m currently taking Benadryl round the clock, inserting an acidophilis capsule once per day to make sure yeast is not th problem, and using the external Monistat cream. I have to stay on Benadryl and keep re-applying any kind of cream hourly to keep my sanity. I am raw, swollen, and in agony between the itching and the pain.

Baths help temporarily, ice cold water helps temporarily, but nothing stops it. I am so frustrated I could cry, but I feel better knowing I am not alone.

November 6, 2007 at 12:58 pm
(165) Vegas says:

Ladies,
Please read my post #150. This is something that is not going to go away by itself or with self=treatment. Please see a GYN and ask if it could be lichen sclerosus. I did and it was and I got immediate relief from the treatment he prescribed. Please, please, please do it for yourself and you will be so much better.

November 11, 2007 at 3:02 pm
(166) Irene says:

I have the same problem with the itching until I realized I may be allergic to aloe vera. At first I noticed it on my face. I thought I had rosacea — red, irritated skin. But when I heard some people may be allergic to aloe, I stopped using it on my face and it cleared up. Then I started looking at all my body soaps and creams and almost everything has aloe in it. Even anti-itch creams. I now try to buy products without aloe (it’s difficult) and I feel better. Perhaps this could be the problem for some of you.

November 13, 2007 at 2:17 pm
(167) Sonia says:

Hey Ladies
It’s good to hear I’m not the only one with this problem. I’ve had it for about 2 months now and nothing seems to help!! I have been treated for thrush and my GP also prescribed me antibiotics (for bacterial infection). Neither of these helped then my GP suggested I visit the STD clinic (even though I was certain it wasn’t an STD I went) I had all the tests done but was cleared. I am at a loss at what to do now, the itching is so unbearable at times that I am unable to concentrate at work. Does anybody have any suggestions for me please?? Help!!

November 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm
(168) Barbara says:

Thank goodness for this site. I too have the same itching problem. Went to my doctor, she said it was dryness, I had no infection or fungus. Prescribed Premarin cream, I tried it for a few weeks, did not help. I am menopausal.
I have tried all the creams made for vaginal itching. All worked for a little while and then the itching came back. My doctor also said to stop using fabric softener (even the “free” kind). I am going to try a few of the natural suggestions I’ve read, i.e witch hazel, yogurt, tea tree oil. Something has to stop this itching. I am so thankful for all your comments. I was beginning to think I was the only one. Will let you know what helps.

November 17, 2007 at 12:33 am
(169) Cheryl says:

Boy was I ever happy to see I wasn’t the only one with this itching. I have had “the itch” on and off for 3 months now. Mine tends to show up a week after my period. I itch a little when I get up, not so much during the day, but boy at night it’s awful. I find myself waking up scratching like crazy.

I finally broke down and went to my GYN and he said he feels it’s diabetes. It runs in my family, and 4 months ago I was told I was border line, and told to drop some pounds. I have tried to get the pounds off, but am having a rough time doing so. My GYN treated me for yeast (though no discharge) and told me to follow up with my family doctor, so they could monitor my sugar levels.

Another thing I have noticed, I just turned 45, and the same time this itching started, my face started to get very oily in the “T” zone and I started to break out like a teenager. This kind of makes me wonder if it isn’t hormone related.

So, in the mean time, I’m doing everything I can to try and drop the pounds, and hope this may help.

November 18, 2007 at 2:03 pm
(170) Nicole says:

Hi,
Ladies I have been having the same problem for about a year on/off. The same(contagious) itching symptons with no discharge or mild. Yes, it is so true about if you wipe or touch down there the itching never stops until you scratch yourself to death. I have tried several things even my babies diaper ointment called “mr.smiths” for some reason that gives me better relief than any other vaginal cream. I hate to use the vaginal creams because I scratch my self raw and when I apply the cream it burns like hell. I have been to my OB and she never finds any infections. I need help I am going crazy. If anyone finds a cure please post

November 19, 2007 at 11:10 am
(171) Sara says:

Hi Everyone-
Now I can tell my husband that I am not crazy. I have been plagued by vaginal itch for the last three years, I’m almost 30. It comes and goes and seems to bother me more during the cold months than during the summer. When I was little, I would easily get yeast infections at the drop of a hat. In high school I went on the pill for irregular periods and never had an infection (even during long months of practice on the high school swim team). In college, the same thing, no infections or itching, despite high levels of stress and constantly working out. About four years ago, I went off of the pill and changed to an IUD (had gotten married and decided I had had enough of the pill). And bam, infections were back. I’d get one about every two or three months. I was then diagnosed with hyperthryroid disorder and had it treated, same thing, they came back.

Now I am 8 weeks pregnant and still dealing with the itchy-ness. I truely believe this is related to fluxuations in hormone levels, why else would I have not been bothered with it when on the pill (I know this is opposite of most women)?
Here is what I have found helps:
- acupuncture: it’s expensive, but find a good one and try it. This method has been around for 4000 years, it’s gotta work or it would not have lasted for so long
- warm baths feel great!
- all the things you’ve heard above too, I am going to try a tea tree oil bath and the witch hazel wipes

PLEASE if anyone comes accross a doctor that has an epiphany, you owe it to your fellow women out there to share. Let’s keep sharing what is working!!!

November 21, 2007 at 8:30 pm
(172) Marlene says:

I used a steroid cream that is commonly prescribed for eczema, and it took care of the problem in a couple of days. It’s best to use it a week your symptoms are gone, just to be safe.

November 23, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(173) Beth says:

Finally, I finally found others who have the same symptoms–I thought I was crazy. I’m 40, it started 6 months after my baby was born and it hasn’t stopped. I’ve looked at possible diseases and it doesn’t seem to match anything yet. Reading the posts has given me some good options. I need a new gyn so it’s time I see a doc. Thanks for your posts!

November 27, 2007 at 5:21 am
(174) whilmia says:

Ladies, I know what you are going through. I thought I was alone with this also and was ashamed to ask anyone about it (friends or family. I have had everything you have mentioned, biopsies-neg. I have been self treating myself, but I think I have the “Itch-scratch-itch” syndrome, so I don’t allow myself to get well. I am so grateful for finding this forum, you have made me feel 100% better. With so many of us out there, they will certainly soon identify this, give it a name and most importantly give it a cure. All we are doing is treating the symptoms but the culprit is still there and we know it. With each treatment we try in the back of our minds we know it is not gone for good. The day somebody finds that treatment we shall all be free. I have been on clobetasol cream since 2003. My Dr. prescribes 30g for 21/2 mos. It does work to clear up the itching, and maybe it would clear it for good, but I always keep scratching at the slightest twinge. Lord help us all.

Here’s me:
Black 62 y.o.
Texas
Disabled/Administrator Entertainment Field
Daily BC powder user +8 Rx meds(2 for stress)
Itching – began 2002 after recvng 16wks IV antibiotics due to infection of ulna after bone implant surgery.

November 28, 2007 at 1:05 am
(175) Fran says:

I had a scary experience a week and a half after my 2nd baby (vaginal delivery),severe abdominal pain and severly high fever (105+) damn near comatose in the er, they did a cat scan because they thought it was my appendix…that didn’t come up w/anything so they did a pelvic (w/pap) and the next day told me that they thought it was clamidia, went in for sample for dna test to be sure, my husband went and got tested also….mine came back positive his came back negative….married 5 years with 2 kids, have had every test under the sun (full panel blood work for each pregnancy) and due to complications no sex for 8mo of my pregnacy and absolutely no sex after (still healing and feeling terrible) also the husband tested negative….my gyn couldn’t believe it….so the only conclusion is that it was a hospitally transmitted disease..after 79 hrs of labor and at least 18 different people with their hands up my cootch some one screwed up and cross contaminated something. The doc at the clinic alluded she had seen multiple cases in a shot period of time but when I tried to get info from her she wouldn’t discuss it. After a crazy regimin of anitbiotics (which turns out I am violently allergic to and went back to the er with hives and difficulty breathing) the clap fairy is gone but I have had this intermittent *ITCH* doc says nothing wrong, all clear, no fungi, no bumps, no smell, no discharge…..Just OMG ITCHY! And sentitive and swollen on the outside. Everything inside seems fine, not really dry but sex seems to really fire it up even w/lube, it’s the deepest most impossible itch. The only other time I have ever felt this was as a teen taking birth control (and not haveing sex…thought the whole idea was to have sex it just didn’t go that way) and having a really bad reaction to the birth control. Have been trying to use condoms for birth control (due to inability to use hormones, tried nueva ring was ok for about 2 mo and then started getting really crazy and having insomnia) and have changed from latex to poly, helps but the itch is still there, wow. I can’t blame my undies, typically don’t wear em, going to hit the diaper cream (plety of that around!) and tea tree oil/veg oil/A&D feels better to share, told some frinds about the clap thing and the reactions were predictably horrible one person went so far as to confront my husband, like it was his fault! He didn’t even have it, good luck everyone and thank you for sharing!

November 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm
(176) S. says:

I am so glad I found this site. I am having the same problems with the horrible itching (day and night), pain and swelling. I have been back and forth the the GYN and he keeps prescribing pills that do not work. I am going to try the veg. oil b/c nothing else I have used seemed to work. The itching is driving me crazy. Thanks to everyone for their comments.

December 1, 2007 at 5:29 pm
(177) a. says:

I’m wondering if my itch is the same: it’s deeper inside, about half a finger’s length. Usually it’s mild, following my period or sex, just for a few days, with no discharge or odor. I thought it was mild irritation from the condoms or lube. This time it’s much more intense, and lasting a lot longer. I went for STD testing this week (waiting for results) and mentioned the itching. She didn’t see anything under the microscope, said my cervix looks healthy, and fleetingly mentioned acidophilus. I don’t think this is bacterial (no discharge at all), but I’ve been eating lots of yogurt. And right now I’m sipping a Kombucha/ cranberry juice cocktail. For the moment it’s better, but I start despairing when the itching comes back. I’m starting to believe it really is mostly stress and hormones, and hoping that downplaying or doing my best to ignore it (in other words, not creating more stress to exacerbate the itch), will help. Mostly though, I’m wondering, from this forum if other women’s itch is deeper inside or more external. Note: I’ve also suspected pinworms or hemmorhoids. I also switched detergent, but this didn’t help. Again, I suspect stress is the major culprit (what if there is an STD? is my partner sleeping with other women? new job, etc.) and I’m doing my best to relax, breathe, and not let this take over my mind.

December 11, 2007 at 6:44 am
(178) A says:

I’ve been on Amoxicillin for the past 8 days for my stupid abcessed tooth and as well I had intercourse 8 days ago and used a gel for lubricant. I think I don’t have a yeast infection (which is common on antibiotics) because I don’t have discharge, smell or rash. Just itch. I’m using Vagisil and it works while it’s on, but as soon as it absorbs, I itch again.
I’m going to eat yogurt and take acidophilus pills to put good bacteria back in my system (cuz that’s what penicillin takes out of our bodies), but if the itch persists, I’m going to my doctor. Too many women think itch is automatically STD. Although it shouldn’t be discounted for the sexually active, there are certainly loads of other reasons to have itch down there.

December 12, 2007 at 12:02 am
(179) Kim says:

I have been having a terrible itch for over a year now. I have seen four doctors and still don’t have a solid answer. I have been tested three different times for STD’s and have been given yeast infection medication from a nurse practitioner who advised she doesn’t think I have a yeast infection but the cream may help. The last doctor was a dermatologist who gave me a steroid cream that helps sometimes but the itch always comes back. The itch occurs in the pubic hair, around the vagina, and sometimes around the anus. It will go away but it always resurfaces and I end up scratching until I bleed. The most frustrating thing is that nobody knows what it is.

December 14, 2007 at 1:01 pm
(180) charlena says:

Well, I am joining the “itch” club. Again, like so many of you I thought I was going crazy. GOD, us women go through so much. This itch is something new for me, but as far as vaginal problems I have them all the time. I always keep some type of bacteria infection. I have taken so much Flagyl until I think my system has grown to it (plus it is horrible). Anyway, reading all of your comments helps me relax,,,just a little. But to know that I am not along and I am not just going crazy does help. However, like some of the other women I wonder is it contagious. My boyfriend hasn’t said anything, but I think I am going to ask him about it. I just wish we could get more answers from the GYN’s instead of the same ole, same ole. I mean I have stopped using everything from scented soaps, sprays, tampons, pads, etc. I don’t use anything scented, just soap and water. Hell, I can barely take baths anymore because I was told sitting in the tub with the soap could irritate my “va-ja-ja”. So mostly I just take baths. Anyway, just wanted to share my experiences and please, anyone, continue to let us know when you start seeing results

December 26, 2007 at 11:49 am
(181) hannah says:

this is not really a club I want to join, but I am so glad to find it because I belong to it whether i like it or not! This itching is driving me crazy, no odor, no discharge….definately uncomfortable during sex. Haven’t gone to the dr. but from what I hear there really is no answer….its weird I have had it on and off for a few months now, tried yeast infection stuff but that’s not what it is. If I keep it clean and dry, and apply diaper rash cream and sometimes hydrocortizone (cause you’re not supposed to use it often) it seems to get better, but then comes back. It’s like it’s fine until I get a little itch, then when I scratch it I can’t stop! Like athlete’s foot but in the vaginal area…talk about horrible.
What’s most irritating is that I don’t have a great sex drive anyway, and this doesn’t help matters for my husband! I can’t stand this! Thanks to all the ladies here, I will try drinking more water, less caffeine, and eating some yogurt to see if that helps…good luck to everyone!

December 26, 2007 at 3:02 pm
(182) Cassie says:

Hey Ladies, First of all let me say that isn’t it unbelieveable that there are this many women out there with similar symptoms and there are no doctors looking for the cause, they are only treating the symptoms. Anyways, I have had this external itching for about two weeks so I went to the doctor who pretty much just said I must have an STD even though I’ve been with my partner for 4 years with no symptoms. So after I spent three days stressing out and around $200 in bills (with insurance) I got a call telling me that everything was negative. She then prescribed a yeast infection treatment which did not help. I was completely stressed out and upset because it was starting to become all that I thought about. Well, I finally found some relief by using an over-the counter fungus cream called miconazole nitrate cream USP 2%. The cream says it is for the treatment of most athletes foot, jock itch, and ring worm. I have applied the cream twice a day (morning and night) for about the past four days and have gotten relief! The cream does not provide instant relief but it has helped a lot! I started using the cream after my fiance bought some for a foot fungus. His doctor said that he probably picked up the fungus from a shower or pool area and that he should use the cream to get rid of it. Well I started thinking that if he picked this up in a shower I could have gotten this fungus from his shower since I sit down in the shower to shave and to take baths. The fungus needs some where moist to grow and as we all know the vagina is a moist environment. So anyways, I started using this cream around the exterior of my vagina and around the inner lips and I have felt a lot better. I don’t know if this is the real cause, but it makes sense why so many women would have these symptoms since foot funguses are very common and very easy to spread. I will continue to use the cream for the full two week recommended usage and I hope to beat this thing for good! I will get back on here at the end of the two weeks and let you all know whether this goes away completely or not. I hope this helps someone else out there and God Bless!

December 28, 2007 at 6:39 pm
(183) Dolores says:

I would like to know if a little girl of 6 can have vaginal irration>

December 29, 2007 at 11:14 am
(184) Pamela says:

Thank you all. I thought I was going crazy. I’ve tried all the usual over the counter ointments, even triple antibiotic ointment, and hemoroid cooling gel. It all works for a short time and then I’m back to this obscene scratching! Bloody raw to the point I want to scream when I urinate!
I did talk to my gyn about this, he prescribed a cream: Nystatin and Triamcinolone, which worked for a short time but now not so much.
I cannot believe that I found you all. I really cannot believe that Western Medicine hasn’t treated this (and us/women) seriously!!
I’m going to search out a new gyn and I’m printing this to bring with me.
But for today – I’ll be trying Tea Tree Oil and A&D for some short term relief. I might even try that jock itch cream…
Thank you all, and if anyone does get some relief, please post it!!

January 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm
(185) DianeM1203 says:

I’m just starting to take Cipro for a Kidney infection. I’ve had the infamouse “ITCH” too. Used Witch Hazel daily which cleared it up. Soaked cotton balls after every potty time. It took time, but it eventually went alway. This time, however, I’m following Vegas and asking for Dipropionate Cream. If that works faster, I’m all for it. Also, where are the female OB-GYNs? Don’t they BLOG?
DianeM1203

January 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm
(186) PJ says:

I was on here last night and read all these comments. Tonight I did more searching after trying several of your suggestions, since they worked as well for me as they did most of you- not much. I found this website with a really interesting power point demo- even has photos. That was a surprise…
Anyway, I hate to say it, but it looks like the only way to get this fixed is with prescription meds….and a lot of them from the looks of it. Click on “Itchy Vulva”, this is the informative presentation.
Ladies we do NOT want this to go untreated….!

January 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm
(187) PJ says:

OK- apparently you have to click on my name in the above, PJ, to get the link.

January 12, 2008 at 4:49 am
(188) moyashi says:

has anybody tried rephresh? the itchiness may be due to an imbalance in the ph level of the vagina. this can be caused by several triggers, like a change in partners, menstrual period, undies, your bath soap, among many others. use rephresh every 3 days to help maintain a healthy ph level. you can buy it over the counter and its easier to use and less messy.

January 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm
(189) Lola says:

Why can’t we find info on this anywhere else. I have been experiencing this horrendous itch for about 6 months. It follows my period and last from a few days up till over a week.

January 13, 2008 at 11:00 pm
(190) mischka says:

lola, your menstrual cycle could be affecting the acidity of your girl part. i agree with moyashi about the ph thing and with rephresh vaginal gel, as well. you can search the net about vaginal itching and menstrual cycle. its worth trying rephresh…. goodluck!

January 14, 2008 at 6:00 pm
(191) leona says:

ok ladies… i think i hav cracked it!!!! Vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis… no tests 4 it as such many gyn n docs miss it…. will b treated wi steriod creams r courses of diflucan even combination therapies…. wil flare up from time 2 time after treatment as it can b a chronic condition but u all are not going nuts!! hope this helps!!!

January 14, 2008 at 6:19 pm
(192) leona says:

oh n get urselves some calcium citrate!! it helps 2!!

January 14, 2008 at 7:05 pm
(193) leona says:

i keep rememberin things to tel u all…. doublebase gel to be used liberally as and when required in between use of the corticosteroid cream… amitriptyline tabs work 2 as well as a low-oxalate diet n calcium citrate intake
REMEMBER LADIES WHEN U VISIT UR GYN PLEASE MENTION Vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis… IT WIL BE HIT N MISS TREATMENT 2 C WHICH WORKS BEST 4 U BUT PLEASE DONT SUFFER ANY LONGER!!

January 15, 2008 at 8:12 pm
(194) jay says:

I am a Filipina, 28YO, married for 3 years, no children. AND – I also get the itch (no smelly discharge too and everything – just the horrible itch). I am for the all-natural cure so I do this & it helps relieve the symptoms :
1. Wash with a very warm water, no soaps. For as long as you want to.
2. Then put a cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of that very warm water, and wash again. A bit stingy and smells funny though. It helps to flush this very very slowly to your vagina as if your giving her a very pleasurable bath. And yes, you can do this for as long as you want. I do this if I want to scratch terribly..so i scratch while doing this and its a – soothing relief…
3. Pat dry with cotton. Blow drying in the lowest setting helps.
4. Swab with cotton drenched in vegetable oil. & you’re done.
5. Dont wear panties after this vinegar bath for as long as you can. Sort of just give your vagina a break and have it air-dried.
6. And yes, I got my irritation from washing my undies with Tide, I used to buy other brand but then it was out of stock. So i dont do that now – and wash our undies with bath soap, instead.
7. Drinks lots of water.

Hope that helps. I’ll post more info if I get to stumble for some… =)

January 17, 2008 at 2:03 am
(195) Kendra says:

Hello ladies!
I’m 24 years old and this is the first time I’ve had this extreme “itch”.
I know that most of u get it around your menstrual cycles but I haven’t had my period for over a year now cause I’m breastfeeding my 11 mth old baby. So it’s not period realted for me. I also rarely have sex so it’s not that either.
I am just coming off of a week’s use of Amoxicillin (antibiotics) which some ladies mentioned. It also caused me to have severe diarrhea. This has caused irritation to my anus so instead of using toilet paper I just use a spray bottle with warm water and then baby wipes after each visit to the bathroom.
I also washed myself really well with cool water, dried myslef completely and then applied Sudocrem (diaper rash cream) and it has relieved the itching almost completely!
I thought it could also be caused by my hairs re-growing down there (recently shaved) so I have gone completely bald again which kind of helps cause there isn’t anything poking me anymore lol.

Also, I remember sitting in a hot sitz bath with epsom salts added to it helped me with my post-labour recovery and irritation down there so that might help with this too.

Oh! and some of u mentioned pinworms… That topic was recently mentioned on the Oprah Show so u should go onto her website and do some reading on that if u have small children in your household!

Anyways, everything I’ve done has helped relieved the itching tonight and hopefully stays that way! Hope it works for all of u too! Good luck and hope u all get some sleep!

January 18, 2008 at 2:52 am
(196) Lynn says:

ive been having this itch since christmas and it came out of no wherei thought it was a yeast infection my doctor gave me tertrazole 3 day yeast infection treatment didnt even work ive been using the cool whipes and vagasil again useless works for a little while then is back again theres no smell and theres not really any discharge only when i put a cream i have noticed cottage cheese lookin stuff but it doesnt smell and it could possibly be from the toilet paper cuz i be rubbing and itchin like a mad women when i whipe down there and for some reason its making my bumhole itchy too im goin crazy i tried the dandruff shampoo thing stated early burned my bum bad its workin a bit in my vaginal area but still a bit itchy i seem to be the itchiest near my clitoris is any one else experiencing that? thanks for the suggesstions ladies! saving me another trip to the useless doctor

January 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(197) macy says:

I HAVE HAD THIS SAME ITCHING FOR 3 MONTHS, I FINALLY GOT LOTIMIN, IMEDIATELY STOPPED THE ITCHING. THE WALMART BRAND WORKS AS WELL. ITS ONLY BEEN 3 DAYS ,DON’T KNOW IF IT WORK LONGTERM. THIS PAGE IS VERY INTERESTING

January 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm
(198) Katherine says:

I also kind of got this out of nowhere and I tried monistat on monday but all that did was leak all over the place and it never really made the itch feel any better. Its not really that bad, it just bothers me a few times a day. I dont believe its an STD and its proven not be a yeast thing since there was no discharge or smell to begin with. All I know is that it is extremely annoying. Its only been a week and I’m already going crazy!! I plan to see a doctor within the week. If I hear anything different than whats been said here I will let you know!

I hope everyone is feeling better! this sucks.

January 19, 2008 at 12:44 am
(199) lisa says:

Omg! I’ve had this itch for 4 days now and it wont go away! I used Sudocream but that only worked for a short time. It seems like the itch is worst around my clitoris too, and it now looks a bit swollen. Has anyone noticed this part looking a little brighter since the itch? I honeslty never noticed this part before. (“the eye that hides under the hood”) if u know what I mean? It’s really sensitive there and I don’t know if any of these creams are safe to put on there?

January 19, 2008 at 10:26 am
(200) Leah says:

I am so glad that I’m not the only one (I know that has been said a lot). I have terrible itching, no odor and no discharge. It happens quite often for me but this time seems pretty bad. Someone up top said that maybe stress due to hormones. My husband and I have been TTC #3 since July so that may be some of it. I am reluctant to get yeast infection meds since I have tried that in the past and it doesn’t help. I have read that it can become ineffective for you if you use it for nonrelated issues, so I try to avoid it unless I am sure it is yeast. It is driving me so crazy that I can’t sleep at night. Like I said, I’m glad this isn’t as uncommon as you would think since you can’t seem to find anything online. Hang in there girls.

January 21, 2008 at 12:30 am
(201) dragging says:

the itch can be a simple change in the acidity of your private part, Rephresh is a good solution to this. Leah since you and your husband have been ttc, the often intercourse may cause the shift of acidity to a more basic environment, thus the itch…me and my husband are also ttc…#1! so good luck to both of us!

January 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(202) MoMo says:

OMG!!! I can’t believe I found this page…and I’m so very glad I did! I’ve had the same itchin’ going on since November. I know it’s not a yeast infection because I’ve had them before. This is a kind of itching down there that I have NEVER experienced before. There’s no discharge other than the clear & normal kind and there’s no odor. The itching is NOT inside the vagina and only on the vaginal lips right next to and on the hairline. The itch is wicked-bad and, like many of you…I just can’t stand it! I won’t ever go back to an OBGYN because of a horrific event that took place a couple years back…so, that’s why I’ve resorted to the internet to find out what the heck is going on with all this itching. I’m not sexually active…it’s been years and the itch began in Dec 2k7…and its BAD! I’ve tried vagisil and was SHOCKED that it didn’t work because I’ve used that before when I had a yeast infection and it worked really fast! So, thats why I know its not a yeast infection. The ONLY relief I get is by washing with mild anti-biotic gel body soap with COLD water. I’ve been doing this at least 5-6 times a day but now will try the LOTIMIN :) and see how that works. Whatever you do…don’t be stupid like me LOL … I even tried BLISTEX LOL thinking it would be SOOTHING and heal the chapping that I caused from scratching so much….and boy was it ever SOOTHING….(NOT)!!! I had to sit in a bathtub of warm water for at least an hour just to get that stuff completely off…and it wasn’t fun! Oh the things women have to go through!

January 22, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(203) macy says:

i went to a dr today. he told me it was a fungal infection. he gave me a perscription for FLUCONAZOLE FOR YEAST AND HE TOLD ME LOTRIMIN WAS THE BEST THING FOR FUNGUS AND A PERSCRIPTION FOR A CREAM IF IT DOES NOT START TO CLEAR IN TWO WEEKS. I WONDER WHY SO MANY WOMEN ARE HAVING THIS PROBLEM, I AM DIABETIC ALSO, WHICH COULD BE PART OF THE PROBLEM. I AM MORE THAN TIRED OF THIS. I KNOW ITS NOT STD. I HAVE A RASH IN ALL THE FOLDS, UNDER MY BREAST, UNDER MY STOMACH ON MY SIDE AND MY CHEST
THATS WHY I KNEW IT WAS FUNGAL. THE DR SAID IT WOULD TAKE USING THE LOTRIMIN TWICE A DAY FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. I HOPE THIS WORKS, THE VAGINAL ITCH IS A LOT BETTER.

January 23, 2008 at 1:26 am
(204) PJ says:

I don’t believe this is fungal in nature. Like some of you recently stated, this is the worst itch ever and unlike anything experienced before. I found myself at Kmart tonight, standing in front of the “feminine protection items” section, and feeling quite hopeless since most of the things available were things you’ve all said really don’t work. I am also disappointed in Vagisil, as that has always brought instant relief to minor irritation in the past. BUT NOT THIS TIME!!!
PLEASE READ COMMENTS # 150, 165, 186 and 187.
Since I have noticed some discharge the last few days, I bought the Monistat. I don’t have high hopes that it will work based on what I’ve learned so far, but it’s the last step before having to cough up the money to get the correct script.
And for what its worth, I have been vegetarian for 3 years, been on certified organic probiotic superfood for several months(includes the full bacteria spectrum plus whole foods), haven’t been sexually active in WAY too freakin long, 40 y/o, pre-menopausal (maybe). The ITCH started about a month ago. No new detergent, no allergies, nada, zip. Up til now I could not justify visiting the ob/gyn since she prescribed $300 metrogel for a bacterial infection I had last year. Thank god it was only (ONLY) $60 with my ins card, but DAMN. I was in shock. Now I always ask ahead of time about the cost.
Based on what I’ve read here, most of the doctors don’t seem to have the answer either. Please check out the posts I mentioned. I really think that’s it!

January 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm
(205) Lilian says:

Hi Girls,
Have had the same itch and discovered white vinegar does the trick. An old wives tale i think but hey it works, cost affective and just add water. I found that even though it may sting a little I was applying more vinegar than water. Just dab cotton balls in solution and wash area. Be sure to use lots of cotton balls and discard them frequently as infection can stay in fibres. Be sure to get your partnerto bathe this way too and finally stop this ithchy merry go round.
Stay happy

January 26, 2008 at 9:11 pm
(206) Beck says:

This is insane, ladies, I don’t feel alone now with my mad itch!!! I tried Nystop powder, summer’s eve femine itch gel and balmex diaper ointment. I was getting desperate. Some days after work I would scratch down there sooo hard I thought I was going to have to grab a steel bristle brush and scratch with!!! If there had been one within reach, I would have. The dr. said I had a yeast infection on the outside so I took all my prescription and guess what…still itching like mad!!! My husband told me to put on some cortizone cream (the cheap Equate kind from Wal-Mart)… worked wonders cool and refreshing kitty!!! Short-term though. Have to reapply every 3-4 days or itching again. Other day I read may be a decrease in progesterone so, I started on natural progesterone cream yesterday. Please if someone finds long-term help…Please share!!!

January 27, 2008 at 3:42 am
(207) macy says:

if you search “fungal infections” and also yeast infec. you will get some helpful info. I found it helpful. diabetes,hormones,stress etc. can contribute to our itching. i have stopped itching as much but it seems that if you even touch there your start this mad itch all over again. this aticle states that depending on how long you’ve had this problem, will determine how long it takes to get rid of it. even after the itch is gone it is recommended to keep using what ever you get releif from. it could takes months or more to complely get rid of it.

January 27, 2008 at 9:50 am
(208) Janet says:

I’ve had this on and off for several months now. It’s really good to hear that I’m not alone and not crazy!!!!! It’s always worse for me right after my period, so I chalked it up to the types of pads/tampons/instead that I was using. So I switch brands often and that seems to help a bit. I am pregnant now and was weaning my first baby when I had my first MAJOR attack. So I really think it has to do with hormones shifting, and stress. The doctors have treated for bacteria and yeast, but there really wasn’t any sign of either of those and the treatments didn’t really do anything. One doc thougth I had a blocked duct and if it came to a head I should come in to get it drained. It never did. So basically the docs have told me that we can just treat the symptoms, ie use warm or cold compresses (whatever feels the best) and stay dry. I’ve read everyone’s posts and lots more online. Right now, this is what helps me most….
I don’t use any soaps down there at all!!! Only water in the shower. (even sitting in the bath tub if there is any left over soap from my daughters bath gets me more itchy…)
Vinegar and water sitz baths… it stings but really helps!!! I read that it’s supposed to help restore the pH and kills any virus/bacteria/fungus/yeast/etc. I actually bought a sitz bath for the toilet, but I also just keep a little squirt bottle of water and vinegar to rinse after I use the bathroom.
I started drinking Kefir.. it’s a milk drink that has lots of good bacterias.. more than yogurt.
It’s not gone completely, but this has helped tremendously!!!!

January 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm
(209) jay says:

Hi again! I am comment #194, and I have additional help for you itchy ladies like me. Aside from the Vinegar bath I suggested, I have found a wonderful product named Betadine Feminine Wash and it realllly is the answer to all my prayers. The itch, the scratch wounds, the inflammation (becoz of too much scratching), the everything that goes with it – are all history. I have been on it (with the vinegar bath) for about a week now but immediate results can be felt after the first wash. It leaves the vagina a bit dry so you have to have your yoghurt, lots of water and diaper nappy creams too for added comfort! Let’s baby our vaginas ladies. =)

Oh! I forget – the wash is not for pregnant women.. It is actually intented to use after childbirth to heal wounds, irritation and all – so this is not just an ordinary wash. But hey, it did just the right work for me!

Hope it is available wherever you are. =)

January 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(210) Penny says:

Hi – There is such a thing as a yeast infection that is EXTERNAL, and without discharge. I kept telling my doctor I didn’t have yeast, and she prescribed some useless steroid ointment- but, I finally got everything checked over – . I had no extra sugar, my urine was fine, no pinworms, no lichen planus. But- when she finally looked – I had a nasty & excruciatingly itchy rash- commonly known as jock itch. And an OTC Canesten ointment has calmed it down considerably. It’ll probably take another week or two to heal – like Athletes foot, it takes awhile. After that – keep the area dry, – I’m going back to baby powder – eat yogurt or take probiotic pills to keep the internal stuff at bay.- Good luck, ladies!

January 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm
(211) Shannon says:

Yep – I’m one of those late nighters who can’t sleep because of this. I tend to get the itching/burning/sometimes swelling about 3 days after my period starts. In the past tea tree oil (diluted) has worked well (relief and clear up within 2 days) but I can’t find mine and have to wait until morning to buy some more. It’s driving me nuts. I really want to find a longterm solution for this so I don’t have to go through this every month (it’s esp difficult while menstruating) – and like many others I haven’t gone to my Dr because he never helps me with anything – how would he find a solution for this one?!

It’s interesting to find out about Cyclic vulvovaginitis which I think my problem is.

I’ve also got chemical sensitivities (hair dye allergy, fragrances, etc) and I’m sensitive to soy – which I’ve had trace amounts of lately (because sometimes it’s easier than being ultra strict with diet) plus I haven’t had sex for two years – so I doubt it could be std related.

I really hope we all find relief from this, sooner rather than later!

January 30, 2008 at 6:55 pm
(212) Janet says:

I’m back… #208…
I was getting better with all of my work, like vinegar baths, Kefir and yogurt, and staying dry and using lots of water but it suddenly got really really bad so I went back to the doc. He said that this time there was a bit of discharge and it is a yeast infection. Because so much of the itching is external and didn’t have a discharge, he told me to use 3/4 of the application in my vagina and 1/4 on the outside where it itches. I’m using the generic Monistat 7 since I’m preggo but otherwise he would have told me to use the 3 day stuff. If I’m not 100% better in a week then he wants me to start Boric Acid soaks.. I don’t know anything more about those.

Anyhow, my sister in law loves Silver Solution and reading about it, it sounds like it’s supposed to kill fungus (like yeast or athletes foot or anything) as well as bacteria and viruses. You can take it by the spoonful or spray it/wipe it on the areas. I don’t know if I can use it since I’m pregnant, but just thought I’d throw it out there and hope it helps someone!! I’ll talk to the doc about it if I’m not better by next week.. of course I may be typing from the insane assylum by then! :)

Oh yeah.. and now that I’m wearing liners again for the lovely Monistat drippings (sorry TMI :) ) they seem to be making me more uncomfortable. I’ve read about cloth menstrual pads and I’m thinking about ording some… anyone with any experience? Could it really be as easy as a chemical sensitivity that we’re all dealing with??? Would cloth pads really help?? Just more thoughts!!!!

February 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm
(213) itchymom says:

Such a relief to find this page. It sounds like our hormones play a big part in this, eh? I got this itch for the first time (definitely doesn’t seem like yeast) about a week ago. I kinda woke up with it after taking a long post-workout soak in bath salts and wearing a pantyliner all night. I thought it was a mild irritation because of the pantyliner, but now I am thinking my ph balance is way off. I am always stressed (mother to an 11 mo old!) and the itching started about three days after my period started (first period since before I was pregnant because of breastfeeding!)… Have any other breastfeeding moms experienced this?? Could be related to the hormone changes??

I am going to try apple cider vinegar in my bath.. white vinegar felt good, but everything I read says organic, raw, apple cider vinegar is best. The ONLY thing that relieved my itch this morning was hydrocortisone. However, I don’t want to use it often. What about neosporin? Or is an anti-fungal better??

Any advice would be appreciated.

February 1, 2008 at 8:11 pm
(214) help-stop-it!!! says:

I can’t believe how many women are having this problem. I am so embarassed by this. I want to go to the gyn but I’m ashamed. but then its silly because its her job to treat female problems. my itch started abou 2-3 wks ago. on the outer lips along the edges especially on the right side. hope I’m not too graphic. its bad when I pee. I take the toilet paper and scratch and scratch until I’m raw and burning. I can’t take it. I don’t even want to have sex with my husband and I’m too embarassed to say why!!! what to do?!?!

February 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(215) Laura says:

Here’s an idea for everyone!
Try unscented everything! Soap, laundry detergent, tampons, pads, panti liners, etc. Anything that touches or goes near the vagina should be unscented!
This will really help with itching!

February 3, 2008 at 12:38 am
(216) Kait says:

Hi ladies, I have the same exterior itching. Mine is definitely triggered after sex. I am on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and do not use condoms because I am in a monogamous relationship. The itching usually begins a day or two after sex and a few times it has been a yeast infection and once bacterial vaginosis (which is easily treated with antibiotics). But, a couple of times my doctor couldn’t find any sign of infection. She thinks it’s related to vaginal dryness and irritation. She also said mild yeast infections can occur from irritation from dryness. My itching is right by the entrance to my vagina and the area right around. I am applying a vaginal moisturizer (KY Silk-E) at nighttime and she said to use a lubricant every time I have sex. I am also taking acidophilus daily. And the usual – wipe front to back after going to the bathroom, white cotton underwear, change after in wet clothes, use only water to wash there, and dry thoroughly after a shower. Hope some of this will help and I’ll let you know if it works for me. I have been having the problem for 4 months. Also, definitely go to the doctor anytime you have symptoms because it can definitely be different things different times, like mine was with the yeast, BV, and irritation. Good luck!

February 3, 2008 at 3:58 am
(217) Patricia says:

Hey ladies.
I’m 16 years old, and desperately trying to find a solution to this insane itching I am experiencing in my nether regions.
I have been like this for about two weeks now; constant itching, irritation, swelling and a burning sensation when I urinate (which is due to cuts from scratching, I think).
I can’t even go to the doctors yet, because I have my period. Argh!

At first I thought I had thrush, so I went and bought some Cannesten pessaries (cream, which has to be inserted into the vagina) and that bought me no relief whatsoever.

After reading previous comments, I am starting to think I may have a yeast infection.
The only relief I have found is by washing thoroughly, dabbing dry with a towel, and applying a small amount of Savlon.
Also, tampons cause less irritation than pads, I have found. Tonight I am going to try a salt bath, hopefully that will help.

I am going to go to the doctors in a few days so I will let you all know if I find a breakthrough.
The itching kept me awake, and bought me to tears the other night, so I feel your pain girls.

February 3, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(218) Sara says:

Hi, I was really glad to find this site.. i was hoping that someone could help me out with this a little. I’m kinda embarrassed to go to the doctor, so i’d like to at least have an idea of what it may be before hand.

Recently i’ve been very itchy around my vagina. For awhile it seemed to be really swollen and it was incredibly awkward to put in tampons. I feel like i have more discharge than i used to and there’s definately a different smell coming from it. Mostly the problem in the constant discomfort that comes from it as it keeps me up a lot of the night and slowly the itchy feeling has been moving closer to my bum. It seemed to have gone away for awhile and then last week it restarted. I was thinking it could be related to having sex with my boyfriend, but we’ve both never been with anyone else and we’ve been together for awhile now and there was never a problem before.

I would appreciate any information you could give me on what this could possibly be.

February 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(219) Kate says:

I am 26 years old, a family practice nurse practitioner, and married. I have had an itch for over 3 months now. It started after I went to have laser hair removal on my bikini area, (which did not work). All of a sudden, I had a severe, wake me up in the middle of the night, ITCH. I panicked and saw my OB-GYN. She ran every test known to man (just to be sure) and I was negative for everything. She noticed some redness around the external opening of my vagina and around the external labia.
My husband and I have been monogamous for 4 years, and have never had an infection of any kind. I read in a medical journal that an “environmental” insult (READ: laser, hormone change, stress, detergent, etc) may cause an allergic=type reaction.
All I know is that a steroid creme absolutely helps, but you cannot use them for long. In between “treatments” I apply a benzocaine cream (like Vagisil’s anti-itch cream) and it provides TEMPORARY relief.
This is driving me crazy. It’s not something you can talk about, and you certainly cannot scratch when you feel like it!
By the way, stopping the “itch” cycle is the most important factor in taking care of this delicate skin. Do whatever it takes to alleviate the itch OTHER than scratching.
I have also seen a dermatologist, and she thought I had contact dermatitis (fancy for a reaction to allergens or chemicals), but after going totally “dye-free”, etc, I still have this stupid, maddening itch. Any ideas are welcome.
Good luck everyone. It really is peace of mind to find this page.

February 7, 2008 at 12:38 am
(220) Janet says:

I first started with a yeast infection 3 years ago after that the itching wouldnt stop the doctors cant find anything and just keep giving me the same creams over and over. can someone help?

February 7, 2008 at 8:02 am
(221) Deanne says:

I also have the insane itching that keeps me awake at night. I’ve been itching with no dischange on and off for the past 3 month. I tried creams, wipes, yeast infection treatment, vinegar…. nothing works. I’m having trouble getting health insurance cuz of my bad health history, so i need an answer without going to my doctor… PLEASE HELP ME

February 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm
(222) Carla says:

I summarized info from previous posts (that seemed most helpful and safe) for myself to do further research on. I thought I’d put them here for you in case you’d like a succinct list to work from.

Note – I am not a nurse, but I know some of the suggested treatments would only make a “heat happy” rash happier (like using A&D ointment). Also, I’m not sure, but I think most of the creams listed are prescription since most everyone agrees that the OTC creams only help temporarily:

(Again, I copied the following info from reading through previous user posts)
Suggested DIAGNOSES:
Lichen sclerosus ** note below
Lichen Planus

(Again, I copied the following info from reading previous user posts)
Potential HELP:
Cotten underwear
Witch hazel (baths & pads)
Tea Tree oil
Salt soak baths
Eating Yogurt
Taking Liquid acidopholus
Using Medicated soap
clobetasol
Trimovate Cream
sudocrem (nappy rash cream)
sporanox which is an itraconazole
Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP

(Again, I copied the following info from previous user posts)
**Lichen sclerosus – Clotrimazoleand Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream which is a steroid cream and estrogen cream that is needed to help counteract the skin breakdown which can be worse because of the steroid

Good luck everyone!

February 7, 2008 at 7:53 pm
(223) leona says:

CHECK ALL CREAMS N OINTMENTS U R PUTTIN DOWN THER!!!! iF THER IS AN INGREDIENT CALLED PROPYLENE GLYCOL IN IT DO NOT USE AS IT CAN CAUSE FURTHER IRRITATION!! STOP USING!!! N USE AN EMULSIFYING OINTMENT (EMULSIFYING WAX AND PARAFFIN) AS A SOAP SUBSITUTE AND SOOTHER AVAILABLE IN MOST PHARMACIES!!

February 8, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(224) Hillary says:

I have some good advice try not wearing any underwear and wear a skirt a few times a week also sllep naked and keep the area very dry. I have the same problem I itch like crazy no odor or discharge but mine itches after a shower more or when I excerzise. Diabetes can cause it or eating to much sugar or even food alergy or blader leakage. airing out is the best thing for this though!

February 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(225) macy says:

thank god, my itch is much better, almost no itching.Used nystatin cream and bathe with T/gEL THERAPEUTIC SHAMPOO
IT WORKS FOR ME.THE SAME AS SELSUN BLUE SHAMPOO.

February 10, 2008 at 1:58 am
(226) Jo says:

I have spent at least an hour or two reading each post. Thank you Carla for summarizing my notes .It is almost 2 am and I look forward to tomorrow.For the record.
I am 45,white,Canadian, 3 children,non-smoker,athletic,average weight.Never use perfumed soaps to wash,drink to much coffee and lead a stressful life!

February 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm
(227) Mad says:

Have the same problem, usually right before my period. Found out its because I changed detergents/Fabric softeners, and also dryness. Use oil, baby oil, vegetable oil, it alleviates the itching. Also the cotton underwear works. I used to sleep with jammies, now I sleep naked – feels better. What’s funny is how is it dryness when I’m sufficiently (sometimes too much)lubricated for sex? I don’t know. But Try the vegetable oil, baby oil. Right now I’m using massage oil, and itching isn’t too bad. Takes self preservation to not scratch!!. I think the whole waxing thing might work too. When I waxed it stopped itching, now that its growing back, its started again. Hopefully I’ll get back to normal soon. Good luck to you guys!!!

February 11, 2008 at 6:04 am
(228) koolkora says:

FYI, the other diagnosis is liver stress. This is normally a pregnancy complaint, but can happen when you are not pregnant as well.
Nettle leaf is an herb that also helps with itching and allergic reactions, you can find it is tea form, pill form, and as a homeopathic.
Though I haven’t eliminated the itching/stinging/tingling/burning that I am experience on many parts of my body, I have found that vaseline helps quite a bit.
I send my prayers for all the women here still suffering!

February 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(229) cupcake says:

Hey (228)koolkora can you say a little more
about your comment on liver stress. Thanks

February 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm
(230) ashley says:

hey girls,
i am 19 years old and first of all, i’m so glad i found this site. it is such a releif to know that i’m not alone. i have had this problem for 8 months now and i have tried EVERYTHING. i mean i have always used all natural detergent, soap, shampoo, face wash everything i use is naturual for the past six years..
i have tried tons of creams(prescribed and over counter), i have tried rephresh gel, i have tried switching from tampons to pads, pads to tampons, none at all, cotton panties, no panties, medications, tea tree oil, witch hazel pads, yogurt, benardyl anti-itch spray(burns so bad), using natural toilet paper, baby wipes, unscented powder, changing my sheets, cleaning my cat alot, i dont drink any caffeine or juice, i drink TONS of water, i have used salt in the bath, vinger baths, peppermint baths, yeast infection medicine, meditating, crying, itching, not sleeping, cleaning obsessivley, i haven’t had sex since october and it’s february now, the itching actually started in like june 2007, i eat healthy, i’m not over or under weight, i have tried everything.

nothing works.

someone please help me
atcherryblossom@yahoo.com

February 16, 2008 at 1:20 am
(231) chelsea says:

i have had this problem off an on since my early teens and now i’m 28. it’s a relief to know i’m not alone. my naturopath gave me boric acid capsules. not sure how readily available they are off the shelf but you can make them yourself. you can get glycerine capsules and boric acid from the pharmacy. use a very narrow funnel if you can find one and pour the boric acid into half the capsule, then cap it. if you can’t find a funnel use a spoon and be prepared to spill. insert the capsule into your vagina at night when you go to bed. the heat from your body will dissolve the glycerine capsule and then release the boric acid into the vagina so it can work all night. make sure to put on a panty liner because when you stand up in the morning all the dissolved glycerine and boric acid will run out. i find that by the time i’ve showered it’s mostly out but i usually tuck a pantyliner in again for the morning at work, just in case. when the itching starts i find that inserting a boric acid capsule that same night helps prevent itching. usually after a night or two of capsules the itching is gone until the next bout. clearly this isn’t a cure but it brings a lot of temporary relief. as well, i would suggest journaling. i’ve found that keeping a record of sleep, stress, diet (yep, a daily record of everything you eat), cramping, mood, discharge, breakouts, itching, etc. can really put you in touch with your body and help you pick out patterns in the occurrence of the itching (and your overall wellbeing too!)

February 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(232) Mindy says:

I have read through all these comments and am so happy to do have done so. I have been experiencing the “itch” for the past 7-8 years, but this past week has been the worst its ever been. In the past, I would take a hot bath or use witch hazel pads and it would bring relief. This week I have tried baths, witch hazel, tea tree oil, cotton panties, air dry, etc…and nothing has helped, only makes it worse. I finally found a can of Dermoplast anesthetic spray from when I had my son 2 years ago. I sprayed it on and it’s the only thing that has brought relief. I also have my husband out buying A&D ointment and KY jelly as well. I have an appt with my doctor next week and I am so thankful that I have found this website so I know the right questions to be asking and the possible treatments. Hang in there everyone! and keep the comments coming. I am willing to try almost anything!

February 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm
(233) JB says:

Hello Ladies,
Last night I was on this page at 4am because the itching was horrendous! I am treating myself for yeast infection but the itching was so bad that I went to the chemist this morning for an external solution.
The pharmacist gave me an anti-fungal with cortisone in it, which kills two birds with one stone. So far it has worked very well–no itching!
Out here in Australia it’s called “Resolve Plus 1.0″ and the drugs in it are: Miconazole nitrate 2% and Hydrocortisone 1% and it is used for inflamed or itchy tinea.

Hope that helps and good luck!

February 17, 2008 at 4:12 am
(234) Julia says:

Hi everyone
I am 24 years old and have been suffering from this horrendous condition for about 3 years now – and i think I am about to go insane. I have been to countless doctors, gynos, specialists, naturapaths for years now and no one seems to know what is going on. I have been tested for every STD under the sun, as well as any other possible cause, but nothing positive. My next visit will be to a psychiatrist because I am sure i am slowly going insane.

Some days it is so bad I break down into tears as I cannot cope with the irritation.

It is definitely not a yeast infection – I have an amazing itch just outside my vagina and on the inside of my vaginal lips. It has the same sensation of a sandfly bite – where it tingles so much you just have to scratch it, but once you do, you cannot stop! Then because i have scratched, it hurts heaps when i pee.
I avoid wearing tight pants/underwear as it just irritates the area.
I have tried every remedy under the sun i think! Nothing has worked to cure the condition, but the following things have certainly soothed the symptoms!
- white vinegar: I pour some on a cotton wool ball and dab on the itchy area – WARNING: it stings like buggery but with in 15 seconds or so, it is like an instant relief for a while (a few hours)
- low oxylate diet: i have found some help with following this – just Google it and you will find a list of foods high/low in oxylate. It has helped at times. Some foods to really avoid are carrots, corn, caffeine, cocoa, strawberries.
- calcium citrate tablets: these tablets help to cancel out oxylate in your body.

I have found great peace in knowing that i am not suffering alone here! I have my suspicions that it may be linked to stress, which is what my doctor suggested, but it is like the old ‘what came first? the chicken or the egg?’ story. Do I itch because i am stressed, or am i stressed because i am itching????

I need relief – and fast. Three years of this is really starting to try my patience! It is just nice to know that there are others out there who understand how debilitating this condition is and how much it affects your life – my doctors do not seem to understand this.

Good luck – i will certainly be checking this site again for more ideas!
Julia

February 18, 2008 at 1:03 am
(235) Jean says:

I haven’t posted anything until now beacuse I have been busy reading other posts in a desperate attepmt to stop the itching. Thanks to the many suggestion I have been able to find relief for myself!

I am 24 years old, a registered nurse, and have been suffering with this condition for almost a year. I have experienced the symptoms that the majority of women have described on here. Like many, I have tried every cream, ointment, etc. out there.

But this is what worked for me. The itching has gone away in a week:

- I AVOIDED any product with alcohol in it. ALthough these products may cause temp relief it causes dryness in the long run which worsens the itching.

-I used t/gel therapeutic shampoo for stubborn itch and washed daily. It is used for seborrheic dermatitis (skin inflammation) and psoriasis (severe dry skin condition). The menthol is very soothing. So this made sense to me.

-I blow dried the area on cool setting.

-I used an ointment that we use at the hospital that contains no alcohol in the ingredients. Is called Fluocinonide. I haven’t posted anything until now beacuse I have been busy reading other posts in a desperate attepmt to stop the itching. Thanks to the many suggestion I have been able to find relief for myself!

I am 24 years old, a registered nurse, and have been suffering with this condition for almost a year. I have experienced the symptoms that the majority of women have described on here. Like many, I have tried every cream, ointment, etc. out there.

But this is what worked for me. The itching has gone away in a week:

- I AVOIDED any product with alcohol in it. ALthough these products may cause temp relief it causes dryness in the long run which worsens the itching.

-I used T/gel therapeutic shampoo for stubborn itch and washed daily. It is used for seborrheic dermatitis (skin inflammation) and psoriasis (severe dry skin condition). The menthol is very soothing. So this made sense to me.

-I blow dried the area on cool setting.

-I used an ointment (just a dab applied 2-3 times a day) that we use at the hospital and again, contains no alcohol in the ingredients. It is Fluocinonide, which is a potent glucocorticoid steroid used topically as anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema. It relieves itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort.

-Just to be sure I didn’t scratch at night I took Benadryl 25mg which hepled alot. I took it for 3 nights in a row.

-In the morning I took an advil 200 mg which is an anti-inflammatory. I took this for three days just to be sure.

-I also stopped using fabric softener in the dryer because I noticed we switched to walgreens brand with a different scent.

I started this routine on Monday and by the weekend the itching was pretty much gone. But I still wash with the shampoo and use a little ointment just to be sure it’s all gone. Hopefully it doesn’t come back.

I know how debilitating this can be so I hope this has helped someone! Good Luck!

February 18, 2008 at 1:07 am
(236) Jean says:

Oops sorry for the repition in the last post. I was trying to copy and paste.

February 18, 2008 at 1:45 am
(237) Tara says:

I had this a few years ago and the itching was very bothersome. I came to find that it was a topical skin infection. I used dial soap every other night. Using dial every shower will over dry you. I took Vitamin C with Echinacea, limited my sugars and stopped the TAMPONS for a few cycles. At a certain point, I was using all types of creams and it only irritated me more. Keeping myself clean & dry was the better alternative but the itching was so intense I wanted some type of cream for the relief. This seems like alot but the relief will come. I wish you all the best.

February 19, 2008 at 7:18 pm
(238) sara says:

Hi Everyone;

you don’t even understand how happy I am to have found this web site. I have had this problem since October 2007 and well now it is February 2008. I have been to the doctor numerous times. Before even going to the doctor I tried the otc yeast infection medication, Monistat or something. After that didn’t work, I went to the doctor. I had a pap smear done and came back normal and she gave me the pill they give you for yeast infection. Didn’t work.

I then went back to the doctor and she gave me antibotics, thinking that it could be a bacterial infection. That still didn’t work.

Then I was given flagl and that worked for awhile but after months of itching the skin was irrated. So the doctor told me about Nystatin, I tried this and it made all the itching come back. Previously I had used vagisil cream and that only made it hurt.

So I went back to the doctor again and now she is doing more test. Lately I am now starting to have a bit of discharge, but its wierd its almost like vaginal sweating.

Still waiting my results that will hopefully give me some relief. BTW I have tried using vaseline and it does help a bit.

Also I wake up everynight with the urge to itch…its a horrible situation to be in.

February 19, 2008 at 11:51 pm
(239) kathy says:

Ok, this is probably going to be a long one. The problem first started with a yeast infection. It was treated by my doctor. At that time she thought it would be a good idea to put me on yasmin birth control. At first everything was great. Then later about every three months I was having problems with itching and irritation. Went to the doctor and she seemed to still think it was yeast infection. I was told that the test all came back negative and I was also given a blood test which was negative. I was told to avoid any underwear that was not cotton that includes all thongs no matter what they made of. Avoid tight fitting pants. Use cetiphil soap, the cleansing bar, not the antibacterial bar. Avoid sex when having problems. I should avoid latex condoms because I get slight rashes when using latex paints. Also, avoid tampon use.
I also tried to find research because I thought my birth control was causing the problems since it was occuring after my period, when I start a new pack of pills. My doctor didn’t think this was the answer, she even told me that it’s hard to find out what the problem could be because she had a patient who had irration problems from her water when she bathed. My further research found it could be from stress, which lets face it that doesn’t go away, hormone levels changing and eating too much sugar around your period.
Still, I had problems so my doctor changed my birth control to yaz. Which is a lower dosage pill. I was fine for about 6 months. I have recently started to have problems. Of course after my period. I didn’t treat it for a yeast infection because it got better then came back and got better. I thought it would be ok to be intimate and as a result of my actions, it’s back. The only thing I can think is its the tampons, sugar or birth control. Looks like another trip to the doctor soon.

February 20, 2008 at 12:39 am
(240) Mazie says:

I’ve seen a GYN and she put me on an expensive prescription medication that did not clear up the problem, but she also said to buy over the counter Monistat which should help. I bought several tubes and the itch never did clear itself.

I found what relieves best for me, but hasn’t cured the problem is washing the southern region in the a.m. and the p.m. and drying well and applying Benadryl Cream which works longer than the generic brands.

There were times when the itching was greatest and it’s when I’ve been subjected to higher temperatures and getting overheated under the covers at night brings on the itching cycle. Also sitting a lot while wearing slacks or skirts with silk slip.

I have sensitive skin, so the doctor said to use baby shampoo to wash with. That has helped me a lot and I changed from scented detergent to a liquid hypoallergenic detergent for laundering clothes and avoid any type of fabric softener.

I use quality tissue paper and did notice that cheaper brands make the itch worse. This is something you might give attention to noticing.

I also drink lots of water and eat yogurt and drink cranberry juice. I’ve noticed if I don’t drink enough water that the itching is more likely to be greater at these times too.

I wear loose cotton clothing that’s comfortable and the itching many days is not bothersome.

Hopes this helps someone.

February 20, 2008 at 2:54 pm
(241) sara says:

I just recieved a call from my doctor and she has given me another hopefully the last solution. She gave me this cream Taro terconazole, for yeast infections. She also told me that this is a very common problem and yeast infections, if that is what this it, can last for months.

I’ll let everyone know if this works…have to use it for a week.

February 20, 2008 at 9:06 pm
(242) tanya says:

Hi, i’m 18.
i have a horrible itch for about 2 weeks now. it’s in the interior of my vagina hole and it’s killing me!
There is no discharge or smell, it just itches really badly. A bath relieves it for a while, then it’s back again. The itch is worst during the night, when i’m doing my homework and it itches the least when I wake up in the morning. I don’t know if it’s due to stress.

I sometimes get this really strong urge to empty my bladder, even though I just visited the loo. It’s really irritating and I get quite frustrated with the itch and the bladder problem altogether. :(

I have a loving boyfriend and we recently just started having sex. That was when the itch came on, and we stopped since.

I’m really embarrassed about my problem and don’t know how to approach a doctor!

February 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(243) Penny says:

HI: I left a comment at 210 also which blamed it on jock itch, which was what my doctor diagnosed at first – (thats a form of yeast infection that can be outside the vagina, which we knew wasn’t infected). Boy – were we wrong!
Anyways, for a couple of weeks I tried to get rid of the itch with a topical Canesten ointment – in the end I realized that this was only making my skin worse – very sore. I’ve also tried the hydrocortisones with not much success.
She wants me to consider using an estrogen cream – Can anyone here tell me about these? I’m in my mid 50′s – so hormones could definitely be part of the reason.
Right now I’m using anti-histamines and trying different ointments. I have been using a lot of the benzocaine type ointments (Vagisil, Lanacaine) to anaesthetize this itch from hell. They work – but I think they also backfire by irritating your skin. I’m trying out Aveeno’s Intensive and their Anti-itch for Dry skin ointment (it has Menthol) as alternatives. And soaking in an oatmeal bath when I can-
Anyone have any ideas about the itchies that have worked, and more info about estrogen creams?- Thanks

February 22, 2008 at 2:07 am
(244) Ugh says:

I’m 20 years old, i’ve never been sexually active in my life. I’ve been have this annoying, extreme itchy feeling in my vagina since September 2007. When I initially visited the Doctor she suspected the itch was caused by a urinary tract infection. So i took the antibioitics and nothing happened. Then I went back and she prescribed some medication for yeast infection. After taking the medication most of the itch seemed to disappear. Unfortunately, however the itch came back and seemed to have to have travel to the area around my anus. Now I’ve noticed a boil growing in the inner “lip” area of the vagina. However, thankfully that has gone away. But my vagina is still reallly itchy. I went to the doctor again and she took a swab. Now I’m waiting for the results. I’m sooooooooo annoyed and stressed out about this! It’s nice to know I’m not alone. Some things that I’ve done that seem to be helping somewhat are:

-wearing no underwear and wearing very loose fitting pants that allow for air circulation.
-making sure I dry the vaginal area properly after washing.
-i’ve stopped using soap to clean the vagina area.
-i’ve stopped using perfume on my body and any other creams(just incase i have an allergy to something).

I wish everyone a speedy recovery and relief. I will keep you posted on any progress that I make.

February 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(245) Camille615 says:

omg I am not alone . it sees that it is hitting all ages I am 47 under alot of stress too and over weight but after reading all of the post it seems that age or over weght is not the trouble I am going to try some of the things yu guys have done and ake an apptment with my doc and also bring all of these post with me it has to be something an they have to find out what this is . I will let you know what he coes up with thank you for posting I am Not Alone

February 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm
(246) lee says:

You are not alone, I have had this itch for over a year now. 3 doctors and tons of medications, pills, creams, inserts you name it I’ve been on it. Nothing is helping. My doctor has tested me for every disease imaginable. He says I am as clean and disease free as can be. Im a young and active 62 yr old. Iv been on hormones, creams, and every natural remedy in the ‘book’ literally. I have looked up natural cures, using herbs, and vineger & baking soda, took acidopholous pills and ate yogurt until it made me want to puke just looking at it.

My doctor said after all the tests and treatments he thinks it might be some type of dermatitis and gave me Bethamethasone Valerate cream 0.1% to try, it’s only been 1 day. I’ll let you know how it goes. So far no itching today. I described it as a knawing or biting feeling rather than an actual itch. No discharge or odor. When it gets bad, it brings me to tears and I want to climb the walls it gets so intense at times. I feel a bit better knowing Im not alone, and it hits ladies of all ages young and old.

February 22, 2008 at 11:59 pm
(247) FnlyRlf... says:

It’s a Miracle !!!! Finally something that will work. I have had terrible itching for about 10 days (no odor or discharge). I finally decided to see a doctor at the urgent care, he gave me 2 doses of diflucan for yeast infections without even an exam. He told me to take one now and one in three days, so i did. By the 4th day the internal itching, swelling and redness went away but i still had terrible itch on the outside, especially at night. I was desperate so one night i started using tucks to wipe after i used the restroom and i used Lamisil cream on my labias. the very next night there was no itch. I know Lamisil is for foot fungus but it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy now

February 23, 2008 at 8:08 pm
(248) FnlyRlf... says:

… one more thing, i did some research online, and what we all are suffering from could be jock itch. I know it sounds insane but the medication used to treat foot fungus and jock itch cured me. By the way, I have been married for 11 years and my husband has not had any STD’s or symptoms so i did not get this from him. And lastly, I haven’t had a yeast infection in about 12 years until now and NEVER any STD’S. I hope this info will help some of you out. I know how terrible it is and nobody needs to suffer like this. Good Luck to all!!!

February 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm
(249) Gianna says:

I think for many of the women on here it’s a case of DERMATITIS/PSORIASIS

What worked for me was dandruff shampoo, in which case, I know it was dermatitis for me because thats what the shampoo treats. NOTHING else worked… other products only made it worse in the long run including tucks pads.

I’ve never had skin conditions anywhere else on my body until the itching down there.

It doesn’t hurt to try it like I did, when you’re desperate!

I wish you all relief!

February 24, 2008 at 11:38 pm
(250) mel says:

Wow ladies I just spent the last hour reading up on this crazy itch. Yes comforting to know we are not alone but disturbing as heck to know that many of our doctors are busy scratching as well, scratching their heads trying to figure us all out. :( I have to wonder what we all might have in common beyond this insane itch? I am in my mid 40′s, have 2 children, dating, (yes std clear been there done that and passed the tests). Not overweight, live in the terrible dry conditions of western Canada. Suffer terribly from all kinds of skin and respiratory allergies yet own 3 furry pets. I eat a healthy diet, keep my sweets and salts to a minimum but have a love for moderate beer intake. I have worn cotton undies forever, I have had many UTI’s, and yeast infections in the past seems they disappeared and now I get the itch. I am a non smoker and the only medication I take with any kind of regularity is sleep aids. I thought the itch for me was allergies. I have not changed my laundry detergent in over 3 years but am now cutting out the fabric softeners. I am fearful of trying the great suggested remedies from above due to my insane allergy issues and horrible fear of contacting UTI’s, thus far I am considering the salt and vinegar bath’s. Beyond that dicipline to minimize the scratching and perhaps back to the benedryl … yet again… Ladies thank you just for the support I hope with luck something works for someone as a result of these great posts.

February 25, 2008 at 4:27 am
(251) Charleen says:

OMG. This itching is driving me to the point of insanity! I wanna jump off my roof!
Sooo about a week ago, my husband and I went to a Passions Party and purchased some Intamacy Enhancing Gel. It has Peppermint Extract in it or something, and it recommends one pump per person. So he and I used one pump each. Nothing. It didn’t work, so we let our neighbors borrow it and they say it worked great. The husband (in the neighbor couple) said we may want to try a couple more squirts, for good measure, and also on the bottle it says more to your liking or whatnot. So this night, I went first and put SIX pumps on my vagina!!!!!! omg the burn was intense I was hoppin around my bedroom screamin. After a minute or two it calmed down and we had our intimate moment. The next day i was all irritated and sore. It escalated the next two days into this god-awful itch thats driving me bonkers! Nothing is working really. I went and got some Vagasil right away at the first sign of itch. Nothing. So I used some of my daughters diaper rash cream that took the itch away immediately. But it’s really really hard to get off your vagina. The next day I noticed serious burning when I urinated. I cried it stung so damned bad! So I washed all the cream off in the shower and lie down with a mirror. There are tiny little cuts allover my vagina! Like the pink part, and on the inside of my inner lip a big gash! Thats whats stingin so friggin bad when I pee. I hope it’s just irritation from the sex stuff, and I irritated it more by scratching. This is agonizing though. This is a real problem obviously, seeing as though the original post was put up 5 years ago! And here we are ranting about the same symptoms still. I havent read anything online about anyone elses experience with this sex gel, but Im out 45 dollars now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I just took a Benadryl, and got out of the bath and shaved my pubes all off because they were rubbin the area and making it worse. I put a hair dryer on it after I shower too, on cool and that just feels good. And scratching.. I scratch and rub and squirm and whimper because I need to relieve this damned itch@!!!!!!!!!! Good luck Fellow Scratchers.

February 26, 2008 at 11:00 am
(252) sara says:

Hey Everyone;

So I tried the doctor recommended taro-terconazole and it was the worst experience I ever had. I had to stop the treatment half way through and everything. The treatment caused a rash all over my vagina and on the onside of my legs. The rash really hurts to point were I cannot walk anymore without wanting to cry. I have now stop using the cream and waiting for rash to go away and then will try something else.

Note to everyone: Stay anyway from Taro-terconazole

February 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm
(253) crystal says:

Thank God I found this web site. I have had an itch for the last week. It is driving me insane. I know it’s not a STD. My husband has no symptoms at all. In the daytime it does not bother me. But, when the sun goes down it begins to itch and burn like crazy. I have been using vagisil. It gives some relief but not much. So yesterday I began to take Complete Allergy pills. After my shower last night I didnt put the vagisil on. All I did was take 2 of the pills. i slept through the night without any itching or burning. Also after i use the bathroom I wipe with Huggies baby wipes. And it has helped alot. I have a dr app next week. I have tried A&D and that didnt do anything. I had to wash it right off. I am just happy to know that its not just me going through this hell. Sometimes the itching is so bad I scratch till I bleed. And we all know that is not good to do. But it feels so good when i do scratch. lol. Well ladies I hope we all can get help with this problem. If anyone has any other ideas please share them with us.

February 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm
(254) Abby says:

I have had the same problem off and on. When I moved to England last year they had this stuff call Eurax cream and it is AMAZING. It works like a second after you put it on! I haven’t seen it around here but I’m sure you can get it somewhere.

February 29, 2008 at 6:27 am
(255) Paula says:

I, too, have had this problem and have had it for 24 years It is very hard to diagnose, but treatable. I was diagnosed with “lichen sclerosis.” Most doctors will notice it right away just by looking at the skin, but you will need a biopsy to be sure. Check the skin surface. It becomes thin and delicate so that it tears easily. In severe cases, scarring can occur. Scarring causes the inner lips of the vulva to get smaller which can lead to painful sex if left untreated. LS may be caused by an overactive immune system. LS is not an infection and cannot be spread and is not contagious. Also, it is not an STD. Some of the symptons are: mild to severe itching in the vulvar area, skin that appears fragile, pale and/or whie, bruised skin with broken blood vessels or blood blisters, small tears or fissures in the skin, scar tissue covering the labia or clitoris, bleeding or tearing of skin when having bowel movement. There is medication available and it works. A prescribed strong topical corticosteriod is applied to the area, which is a type of ointment that reduces swelling and itching on the skin. This medicine reduces the body’s immune response. Your skin will return to its normal surface and strength. You are only on the medication for a limited time. LS is not skin cancer. Scientists have found that skin that has been scarred from LS is more likely to develop skin cancer. I’ve had this for 24 years. The medicine is a wonderful treatment. LS is not curable, it is just treatable. See your doctor and ask him to check if this is what you may have. Good luck!

March 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(256) Therese says:

Check out this site for some good info on a possible cause and treatments: http://www.natural-advice.com/pruritusvulvae.htm

Coconut oil provides good temporary relief for me.

March 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm
(257) Glasschicky says:

So glad to see others are going through this as well… I am 6 1/2 months pregnant and have been dealing with vaginal itch for a few weeks now, no discharge nothing. I’ve pretty much scratched myself raw and in my failed attempt to relieve the itch I used Vagisil and I swear it was like rubbing alcohol on myself. I’ve been using it for a few days now and still no improvement. My husband is getting frustrated because I don’t want to have sex, 95% of the reason is because I’m so sore from scratching myself. I’ve had yeast infections in the past and I actually take probiotic pills daily to avoid getting one so I’m SO confused as to what it could be! Save me from my itchy Va-jay-jay!!!

March 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(258) bianca says:

so, i am 2 months pregnant, this is so annoying. i got home, put on comfy clothes and then the itching started, just like that. no discharge! nothing just itching. i used both hands and scratched myself raw, bleeding. i know its gross, but i am scared its something bad. i have been with my boyfriend for 1 and a half years and this just now starts? :/ i will have to make an appointment and find out!

March 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(259) Lauren says:

Hi Ladies, There sure is alot of information flying around this site. I was stunned to get this itching last week. It was so bad that I could not wait for monday to get back to call my doctor. to get me through the weekend I bought OTC medicine and slapped on vagisil and some other stuff that had an ejector tube to get inside. I bought some tucks towlettes. They were burning. I was reluctant to pee when I realized how it was irritating my skin just outside my vagina, I told my husband all about it.. he is very understanding. I am 53 and have had no periods for a year. I do not take any medications. I am pretty healthy, but could lose weight and change my diet. My mother is 80 and on no prescriptions at all and thinks all doctors are worthless. I am inclined to believe her after reading all these messages.
I went to my GP yesterday and he gave me a script for the Diflucan. The generic is Fluconozola. That cost $14.00 for one pill. I must say that in 24 hours the itching is subsided. I have tried to not keep putting stuff on me, to just let the medicine work (if it does) I don’t think if you keep overlapping different things , you never will know which really worked. The first night it was so bad, I slept in the spare room with an ice pack wrapped in a towel between my legs. It felt so good that it actually relaxed me. Believe or not my senses in my clitoris were heightened and I was easily able to have an orgasm by masterbating. I know that sounds crazy, but I fell right to sleep afterwards. Anyway,
I think my diet has a lot to do with it too. My doctor said that there was visible yeast inside me. For any of you who have adoctor , at least go get an exam to start with. It sounds as though some of you have terrible doctors and you should try to change. I can not imagine having this for months or years.. Tonight I took a warm bath with almost a bottle of white vinegar to see if that would help. I also put on an old nightie with no undies on. I am letting her breathe…. I hope we can all get through our various ills. Our bodies are remarkable and I think this is my wake up call to start taking better care. I talked to my mother all about this and she said to cut out sugar, bread, pasta, milk ( I may starve) she said that corn is bad
(turns to sugar or something) She weighs 126 and is 5’7″ I am 5’9″ and 194. She could not believe me, that I have put on that weight.Me neither.
Any way, I think there may be a correlation to this problem and something we all have in commom, but what is that??? We are all so diffferent and have such diverse lives…
I think it will be easier to get rid of this itch than figure out how to post this comment. I have never done this before in my life,
Hang in there and thanks for all the tips and info.
I better go put on some underwear before my husband gets home! :)

March 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm
(260) Diane says:

I was experiencing intense itching in my outer labia, perineum, and rectal area. No discharge and no odor. The itch was keeping me awake at night and driving me crazy. I went to the doctor and was told to use canesten cream. I did so with no relief. I returned to the doctor, and aparently canesten can actually agravate the problem. The Dr said it was an external yeast infection and prescribed terazol/hyderm cream applied 3 times daily. Its a bit expensive but worth every penny. My itch is gone in less than a week.

March 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(261) Mrs dee says:

hey u guys i had this same thing a while back about 4 years ago and it was driving me crazy i had been itching alot and i noticed that i had torn my skin and so i stopped and i took hot baths and it seem to help none of the vaginal creams work and i went to the doctor and they said that i was nothing maybe just like some soap or maybe even the material of my clothes so about a year later i found out that i had HPV and there are no testing for it. it is an STD that has no symptoms and it’s very common in women the only way you can tell if you brake out with it and it’s nothing nice i just thought i would shine some light on the topic and tell everyone what my itching was …and you don’t have to have unprotected sex to get it either you can just touch and it’s that easy…

March 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm
(262) Gloria says:

I had problems with yeast infections and Bv for four years. My itching gets really bad and it is unbereable.
It turned out to be a contact dermatitis. I am allergic to all the “caine” anestetics and all the parabens. Benzocaine is the main ingredient found in Vagisil. So the more I used vagisil the worse I got. It got to a point that my skin peeled off just like when you get a sunburn. The only thing that really relieved me was the Aveeno oatmeal bath. The swelling and itching went down in no time. Try that if you are having itching but no other simptoms. Good luck

March 7, 2008 at 12:06 am
(263) amy says:

hi, i stumbled across this website looking for help for this awful, debilitating situation. i have had burning and itching for about 2 mos. now. i’ve seen about 5 doctors, now seeing a urologist. mine seems to have stemmed from a very bad uti. the dr before the urologist diagnosed me with urethritis. i have done some online research and basically it is irritation of the urethra. the urethra can then press against the vagina, causing pain and burning there as well. what i have learned so far: consuming alcohol, spicy foods, onions can irritate the urethra, especially if it is already sensitive due to a previous infection. i am so tired of dealing with this. i have tried antifungal creams, antibiotics, vinegar baths, drinking vinegar. the urologist performed an ultrasound to check for cysts and there was nothing evident. he confirmed that spicy foods, coffee, alcohol, can be the culprit. this current episode did begin with a cup of very strong coffee (not a big coffee drinker) and it doesn’t matter if it is decaf or not. my plan now is to make my diet as dull as possible, plenty of water, and continue with the prescription dose ibuprofen one doctor prescribed for me.
i am amazed at how many women are dealing with this problem yet cannot get a straight answer. it is very upsetting.

March 7, 2008 at 9:52 am
(264) sara says:

I think I have finally found the solution to my problem. After months of being tested and put on different medications that didn’t work, I have found something that work. I was having a routine Transport Canada medical done when I had to do a urine sample. I didn’t think anything would come up on it considering I had a urine sample done a week previously and was told I had a yeast infection and was treated for it. So anyway

March 7, 2008 at 9:57 am
(265) sara says:

I think I have finally found the solution to my problem. After months of being tested and put on different medications that didn’t work, I have found something that work. I was having a routine Transport Canada medical done when I had to do a urine sample. I didn’t think anything would come up on it considering I had a urine sample done a week previously and was told I had a yeast infection and was treated for it. So anyway I got a call the next day from the doctor saying that I had a UTI. She gave me some anti botics and now I am feeling 100% better. I also had wrote earlier that I was on a taro cream and it caused a rash so I asked my pharmasist, who is my brother in law, and he recommended a mixture of two creams, hyderm and clotrimaderm and I am happy to report that the rash is disappearing.

So I would recommend that people get checked for a UTI, vaginal itching is not listed as one of the symptoms but it was my major one.

March 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm
(266) Sue says:

I just recently joined the ranks of itchyness. Have always heard of Vagisil but never quite understood that dilemma-never had it.

Why is it always worse at nite? It keeps me up. I had yeast infections when I was younger and a few since but never had itching just to itch. Being driven crazy does not even begin to explain it. I started getting really scared. I never heard any of my close friends/sisters who blab about everything else ever mention this.

I read up some on causes: Yeast infection, Genital warts, menopause, fungal infections, etc.

It started about 1 month ago. I tried Monistat even though I was sure that wasn’t it-it didn’t work. I’ve been using baby oil, mineral baths, vaseline, lotion, and vagisil. I even stopped shaving thinking it was extreme dryness all over which I get every winter around this time but never “there” and not as bad as this year seems to be.

The only thing that has changed is that I started exercising every day a couple months ago at work. But I haven’t been getting really sweaty down there-not even mildly. I itch on the outside including my lower pubic bone, outside lips, and bikini area. Sex doesn’t make it worse or better. I’m under stress now with child support/visitation but that’s nothing new. I don’t wear underwear and I usually sleep naked.

I did read that genital warts (HPV-there are so many strains) can cause itching. I had those in my 20′s with no repeat until about 5 years ago–all low risk thank God! (recurrence or re-infected? seems docs don’t know all the answers for sure on that). Never have I had itching with it. My pap smears have been normal every 6 months for 3 1/2 years. Explain that one?
A previous poster mentioned being tested positive one way and negaive another for HPV. I read that that is possible and to be sure, you have to have some kind of DNA test.

I am going to be 41 in a couple months, have 1 child, am white. I could stand to loose 15 pounds.

I am so glad to hear that I’m not the only one and I’m hoping, from everything I’ve read, this is hormones/pre-menapause. I wrote down all other suggestions and causes from all of you and am going to try it all (maybe except the alcohol) before I call my doc.

I can’t thank you all enough! I was embarrassed–even talking about it with my boyfriend. But now that I know it is so common, I’m not going to be embarrased about it anymore!

March 11, 2008 at 1:08 am
(267) LeeLee says:

Hi all, I’m up tonite and was up last night. I just started itching all of a sudden yesterday about 3pm. It has constantly increased. I was up last night trying to figure out a way to make it stop. I bought Monistat 3 today with the external cream that comes with it for itching. I’m itching inside and out. I’m hoping that it will work. I was fine at work today but tonight it’s back worse again. Any suggestions?? Never had it this bad before.

March 12, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(268) Mari says:

I also was taking amoxicillin and got a yeast infection. I am so glad to hear that all I have to do is go to the store & buy Monistat 7. I have been going nuts with the itching & burning. Good luck to all of you ladies!!!

March 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm
(269) Barb says:

I have had this “itch” since July 07.It began between vagina and anus on top of the episiodomy. (That is where the scar is when you have had babies and they stitch you up). I went to a surgeon to check out hemohroids and wasn’t that. Went to VA and they said it was just a little bacteria and prescribed a strong steroid cream and ouch, I couldn’t take that. It got worse as the months went by. One Dr. said it was so inflamed I had to keep it dry. So, I used Dove deodorant fresh and it worked like a charm. Dr. was outraged and said stop that. I took salt baths, baking soda baths, and put every known antibiotic for fungus known to man. I used baby powder and oil, desetin, and finally even witch hazel. I slept with towel between my legs so the skin could breathe. Nothing really helped.December I saw a Dermatologist and he said I had lichen dermatitis and prescribed a mild steroid cream 2 X a day and desitin over it. Really helps and almost gone. Couple of weeks ago I got up during the night bleeding, bad from the urethra. Really bad. So I went to ER and they said I had cystitis and went to dr and got more meds and finally today all clear but I said, I am raw inside and red and he prescribed fluconazole and said that should kill any bacteria inside the vagina, urethra and colon.I may have spread all the bacteria when I used the desitin and smeared it all over from front to back. So he gave me a triple dose and I go back in a week. I have discovered a few things on this journey. One, taking a bath in T Gel is quite comforting. I put in about 3 to 4 Tbsp in half bath and soak for 15 min. I really liked the Dove anitperspirant for drying down there and it did more good than bad. I like using corn starch for a really dry and silky feeling. I bought special underwear like mens boxer shorts so it wouldn’t cut me down there, white and cotton. Wear loose pants and still clean with cotton balls and witch hazel. Hope this helps someone else who is suffering. Also went to numerous other DR.s in between who prescribed many useless meds and cost me too much.

March 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(270) Barb says:

P.S. I am 75 years old and this is a first for me with any of these complaints.

March 14, 2008 at 12:24 pm
(271) Barb says:

I thought I would mention diet. It does make a difference. Sugar makes yeast. I personally found out I can’t have chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tea, even decaf, sugar, corn, spices, tomatoes, salsa (yikes). I think everyone has to experiment with their own diet and find out what makes your rash rage. I miss the coffee lates most of all. But with one bad habit we replace it with another. I personally can’t take aspartame or splenda because of the chemicals and I have a sweet tooth. But once in a while I will have a diet drink. Drink lots of water and also use less salt.

March 17, 2008 at 1:10 pm
(272) Lori says:

Hi all. Yup…have a terrible intense vaginal itch too. I may be figuring out what mine is though. I think I may have an allergy to sanitary pads because my itch comes a few days after my period ends. So intense. Have used benedryl, steriod creams, natural creams, aveno baths, you name it. Every month I get tested for an infection and the last 3 months nothing was there. (I was at one time getting infections every month whether it was BV or yeast. Terrible) Right now I am just not using anything and praying and not having any sexual contact with my husband for a whole cycle. I won’t use pads this time…either a tampon or the Diva cup. Give it a try. Words of advice to some though….really soaping your genital area may do more damage then good. Soap not only changes the PH (vagina needs to be acidic…soaps can be alkaline and raise the PH making it susepitable to infection) also soap can not only wash away bad bacteria but good bacteria as well. Also certain soaps like Ivory are very very drying especially in that sensitive area. It is recommended that you never use soap there….just warm water to rinse. The vagina is supposed to cleanse itself and if it doesnt then you have problems. Eating a good natural diet and staying away from sugars and junk food is good too. God bless to everyone….I feel your itch and pain!!!!! :)

March 19, 2008 at 11:59 pm
(273) echo says:

hi ya’ll! OMG!!I thought I was the only one suffering from this..Mine started awhile back w/ burning on the inner lips especially before or after my period, then my anal area started to bleed and itch non stop and I now have it around my anus and the inner vaginal lips! I was tested and I have no std or hemmoroids, and my doctor said it was a yeast infection from taking antibiotics YEARS ago! I used this topical cream and it doesn’t work..I’m ready to lose it! does anyone else here have it around the anal area as well? along with itching and burning?..SOMEBODY HELP!!

March 21, 2008 at 1:20 am
(274) genevive says:

hi everyone
last month before my period i experienced extreme itching and burning.. it was almost unbearable at nighttime. i’m not sexually active, so that can’t be the cause. i’m very sensitive to all kinds of scented laundry detergents, and I recently changed brands and started using scented sheets so that may be it. last month the itching ended a couple days before i got my period, and i’m really hoping that it will go away a couple days before my period and then stop all together. should i see a doctor?? thanks for everyone’s help, hopee we find a cure soon :)

March 25, 2008 at 11:09 am
(275) chris says:

i was taking an antibiotic for acne and got a terrible yeast infection. after it cleared up i still had a lot of itching and burning. the gyno said it was some kind of dermatitis and recommended hydrocortisone ointment and vaseline. the combo alleviated the symptoms but they never went away. i read on this site about using t-gel theraputic shampoo as a wash. i do this every time i took a shower. i also starting using aquaphor ointment. this combo has helped tremendously and i think i am almost back to normal. i have been using this treatment for about a month. hope this helps. good luck everyone!

March 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm
(276) Mary says:

Hi everyone! Iīm so glad I found this page on the internet. I am definitely not alone! I also have a horrible itchiness on my vulva. It started in december around the anal area, then moved towards the vaginal lips as well. I was absolutely desperate, the itchiness kept me awake for many nights. I went to the doctor and he gave some topical stereoids. It disappeared for a few days but came back in January with an almighty revenge on my vulva area!! I went back to the doctor and I have been traeted for fungal infection, worms, thrush… Nothing seems to work! No cream or antibiotics are helping at all. One day I ended up in hospital as my inner thighs went red , inflamed and with something that looked like blisters. They told me it looked like an infection (on top of whatever was causing itchy vaginal lips) due to scratching. I finally saw a dermatologist who said it looked like a dermatitis, so she gave me yet another cream that made me feel worse. I am going to be tested for allergies. I have changed my shower gel, sanitary pads, underwear, washing powder…. I now dont use any creams or lotions and it is better than what it was a month ago but it is still itchy and some days are worse than others….. I try to keep myself busy to avoid thinking about it and it helps a lot to know that I am not alone and some women have the same problem. I hope we all find a remedy soon! In the meantime lets try to survive with a good sense of humour (hard to do in moments of crisis…)By the way washing the vaginal area just with water has aleviated a little bit. Keep in touch!

March 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm
(277) Barb says:

I went to my dermatologist today and he said my rash isn’t improving, even after 9 mos, so he did a biopsy. Two weeks he will tell me if it is ls for sure and if so there is no cure.

March 26, 2008 at 8:40 pm
(278) Haley says:

THANK GOD. I was really worried because I’ve recently become sexually active again and I thought it might be some kind of STD. I’m still going to see my gyno, but I definitely feel reassured to know that other women are suffering from this (not to say that I’m glad you are). I’ve done research over and over and nothing matches this itching without discharge and/or odor. The only things I could find were linked to that and suggested yeast infections and STD’s. It’s a scary thought, as I’ve never been in that situation before. I definitely feel better knowing that I’m not the only one. But I just wish there was a way to make it stop FOR GOOD. Everything suggested seems to make the problem go away temporarily, which I’ve been able to do – but it always comes back once I stop my treatment. There must be a condition that causes this, why haven’t doctor’s been able to figure it out yet?

Thank you, ladies! You’ve been a great help.

March 27, 2008 at 3:01 am
(279) Prego says:

I am currently pregnant with twins, and I’m in the last trimester. I have always had this itching severely when pregnant. No discharge or odor either.Its both inner and outter vaginal areas.I usually sit in the tub to get the itch to subside but then later its back and bothering me. Wakes me during the night, Causes swelling after i itch and then it hurts very bad and I can stop it at all. Currently I am experienceing the annoying itching late hours fight. I tried a anti itch cream but no luck. I just moved and I have A&D Ointment somewhere but not sure exactly. I’m almost tempted to search even tho its 3am. I had 2 showers and a bath today. Bath was before bed. I got to sleep but then the problem woke me.I see my OBGYN Doctor tomorrow so I will return with info on it if he can figure something out. I have to stop being so bashful and clue him in on my issue. I know its not a STD because I’ve been checked for issues like that and I’m good there.

March 27, 2008 at 4:22 am
(280) Mary says:

Hi all! Yesterday I went back to my GP and she suggested going to a sexual health clinic just in case. Luckily i was seen on the same day and tests done- biopsis-Everything was negative but she said in some areas it looked like thrush. I was given thrush tablets 2 months ago but not a cream so it is worth trying the cream… I will be tested for allergies in May and in the meantime she suggested not to use any shower gels at all. only a mild cleansing cream I bought at the pharmacy. I have been suffering from this for nearly 3 months non-stop! although now it is better tnan a month ago when I could not sleep and all I could do was cry and scratch. Well now I definitely avoid scratching as it makes things worse and I have not used any creams for a while. It is still itchy but I can cope with it better and I sleep wonderfully…. I read somewhere that when it is very itchy it helps a lot to put something very cold on your vagina area; I also tried that and it helps a bit, but be brave and DO NOT scratch as things will go worse. Go for walks or to work or anything that keeps your mind busy! And for those of you who have not been to the doctor i strongly recommend it as it might help you. I really hope you all improve because it is absolutely horrible. I keep thinking how long it will last as I feel that it is affecting my mood enormously…. All the best to you all!!

March 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm
(281) Kathy says:

I am stunned at the number of women suffering like I am. Please, please read PJ’s post #186. I read it (you have to click on “PJ” and it will take you to the link). I saw the slide show and read everything. I am going to the doctor today with the print outs. I am 100% convinced I have Lichen Simplex Chronicus. There are 2 other versions as well. There is no way what is described on this board is the result of minor changes we all go through in life. Read the case studies and you will see yourself in the descriptions. I’m going to get the treatments recommended. I refuse to suffer one more itchy day of my life on this or be awakened at night to the point of tears over this. Please read PJ’s post. If it were a matter of creams and potions, something would have worked for all of us by now. This is a medical condition that effects 1 in 300 women. I’ll post again following my doctor’s visit and treatment. Good luck and God Bless to all of you.

March 27, 2008 at 11:35 pm
(282) Kathy says:

Ok, I went to the GYN today. Told him EVERYTHING. I held nothing back. Told him I was going insane and it had to stop. Told him my suspicions of it being Lichen Simplex Chronicus. While he didn’t confirm anything, he didn’t disregard it. I have had psoriasis since I was 12 and have been under great stress lately, both of which seem to be triggers for the “itch”. The lichening occurs as a result of the scratching. You scratch, your skin thickens, you scratch more and the on and on it goes. You eventually cause scarring, etc. The clinical findings are:
Relentless itch
Years of itch
Itch eventually developing into burning pain
Worse with heat, stress, periods and tight clothing
Wake up at night to scratch

The critical thing is to stop the scratch-itch cycle and give your skin a chance to heal. He prescribed the strongest steroid cream on the market. I did not tell him the name I had discovered on the internet through PJ’s post, but he did, in fact, prescribe the drug they use for Lichen. It’s called CLOBETASOL. Apply 2x daily for 2 weeks, then once daily for 1 week. Then he gave me a less strong steroid cream that I could use more frequently than the ultrasteroid cream which the pharmacy had to mix up (you have to go to a compounding pharmacy that will make it for you – the less potent one). Also gave me a prescription for Zyrtec which is an antihistamine to help me sleep at night and to help the itch/alleric reaction. However, it is now an over the counter medication. In the worse cases, they actually inject the steroids directly into your skin to help it.

So I’m armed to the gills with the strongest stuff out there. This is indeed a MEDICAL CONDITION ladies. It’s not an STD. It’s not in your head. It’s not a yeast infection. Women have gone for 20 years with this condition before being diagnosed. Please be pro-active in your health care. Think of all the money you spend on insurance, deductibles, co-pays, over the counters remedies to say nothing of the emotional toll this is taking on you. Which, by the way, is more stress which contributes to the Lichen. So take a deep breath, know that you are not alone and that there is help out there. Do not despair. If your doctor is unresponsive or brushes you off, get another one. See a dermatologist, GYN or anyone who will listen to you. Please do not suffer one more night with this. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Good luck.

March 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm
(283) El says:

Ladies, if you’re in Australia, try Lucus Papaw Ointment (in the red tub) Works as a barrier cream & moisturizer, and is fine on cuts/burns. Doesn’t cure the itch but is defiantly soothing! Works in much the same way as Vaseline but natural and much better for your body

March 30, 2008 at 12:00 am
(284) reya says:

I’ve experienced the vaginal itching 2 or 3 weeks ago, it lasted for two weeks, I thought its because my puss cells in my urine test went up to 500. I have a UTI which I am treating with Ciproflaxacin. I’ve known that UTI can cause itching. But when my puss went down to 25. I stopped medicating then I tried taking amoxicillin 500, and canesten cream in my vagina. and thank God I am itch free now.

March 30, 2008 at 8:32 am
(285) Dawn says:

Glad to see light at the end of a tunnel. I was terrified of an STD. Mine started 3 days after being in a hot tub at the gym. Have not had any sexual contact in 15 years so it would be sad irony to pick something up that way. The itching and burning is sometimes unbearable. Does anyone else get so bad it feels like stinganettles (excuse the spelling)? It’s horrible. I’m going to try some of the suggestion, I almost feel like I’ve become allergic to my own fluids the only thing that helps is being completely dry.

Good luck to everyone.

March 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(286) Mary says:

Hi again! One of the creams I have been prescribed contains Clobetasol but it is not helping me much…. I was really happy because I thought the worst had passed as for a large number of days it was only a little bit itchy, but…. last night I woke uo at 2:30 am with a terrible itching again, so I could not sleep and I am starting to be a bit depressed about it…. Any help?? Please, I do not know what else to do …I have tried every possible cream, tablets, new clothes, washing powder, etc, etc… and the itching continues….. This is unbearable… I am going to stop writing now because I need to cry… sorry…

March 31, 2008 at 1:08 am
(287) lyn says:

wow…it is very nice to discover this post, like most everyone else im surprised so many ppl are experiencing the same problem. I have all the symptoms of everyone else, its veryyy frustrating, its all im thinkin about latley and im scared to go to the doctor….think i’ll try to make an appt tho if it doesnt get any better in the next week. seems crazy to me that so many ppl have unanswered questions about this,im starting to get scared that i wont b able to figure out my problem !! i started making a list of all the suggestions/creams ppl had tried but the list got so big i started to get frustrated lol i just wanna know what this problem is ! im hopin doctors can figure it out even tho im dreading that lol

March 31, 2008 at 2:57 am
(288) beebee says:

I have to say reading most of these have made me feel a little relieved, but this itching is absolutely driving me insane. I have an appt. tomorrow for the gino but its 3 am and i cant even sit down. I dont know what to do i am doing everything to itch it. I read on some of these the perscription Diflucan works? Does anyone have personal experience, i am will beg my doctor for some. ahhh i cannot take this itching

April 1, 2008 at 1:18 am
(289) LaLa says:

OMG! I’ve been dealing with itch and clear discharge for so long. my GYN said I have herpes but ran no tests because she said there are so many false negatives. I had one itchy bump like sore but itched in the whole area often. I changed soap and the sore went away. However I still had the itch. I believe now it is an allergy to soap and detergent. I always feel I need to cleanse the area but I guess that is making it worse. This is miserable. However, just yesterday I started taking acidophilis and I bought some Rephresh as recommended by some of you. I can tell you that there is literally no more itching and the discharge has ceased. I hope that the acidophilis combined with the Rephresh will help to balance out the PH levels and I can be normal again. I also have ordered some cleansing lotion from Drugstore.com that is supposed to be very helpful called BALNEOL. Anyone tried this? I don’t know if I will even have to use it after the dramatic changes I’ve already experienced, but I like the fact that it is a “cleansing” lotion as I feel the need to clean the area with more than just water. I would like to thank all of you ladies that have offered your advice. I am feeling so much better about myself and even more attractive—this had really lowered my self esteem.

April 1, 2008 at 7:30 am
(290) Ayrad says:

I would ask to you girl a question. How much does your vulvar itching affect you social life (discomfort, need to scratch in public, squirm etc., urge to run to the restroom to scratch, maddening itch at work, and so…). I have a friend with this awful problem. This is an important aspect of her itching.
Could you tell your experience?

April 1, 2008 at 10:42 am
(291) Claudia says:

OMG ladies, this is unbelievable I am so relieved to know I am not the only one…I am 27, married 1.5 years and sexually active. I have an itch down there every other month. First I thought it was the pill because of the hormones levels, etc, but now I am on the Nuvaring and it is the same. Some day on Jan I spend an hour in the bathtub with some bubbles, etc…and next thing I know, I have an itch….I used monistat 3 days and it went away…Then on feb i went to the pool with my nephews and next thing i know,,,another itch…I try not to pay attention to it but it is unbeareable specially at night, so another dosis of monistat…I just got back from the bahamas…paradise beaches, the cleanest beaches you could ever imagine and everytime i came out of the water i went to my room, i showered and put dry clothes…I come home next thing i know….ANOTHER FREAKING ITCH!…it is the worst thing we can experience…Now this time i said to myself IT IS NOT A YEAST INFECTION!…no monistat..I am using Vagisil Maximum Strenght and it works fast and the relieve lasts longer than anything but still is so frustrating. Now, reading the other comments I just thought about something, before getting married I used to wash my undies in the shower with regular soap…so the scent wasn’t strong at all, but I started a new rythm of life and now I throw all my undies in the wash with a very strong detergent…plus fabric softener…So I am going to cut that out…maybe it will help. Never heard of the acidophillus pills but ill tell you something i have a yogurt every other night so…i am not sure about that….
If none of our doctors have a real answer to this, i guess we should not worry about it to much – health wise – i know it is the worst feeling ever …just another course…like the painful periods….and thats another subject.
good luck ladies!

April 1, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(292) Crystal says:

Finally…someone else. I can’t believe how common this problem is. I thought I was suffering alone. I have had this problem for at least a year now. I have tried so many things off and on and haven’t really found anything that works. Mine is much worse at night and I do believe it is because I get hot. I also believe that increased moisture is a contributing factor. My vaginal lips are scaley(sp?) and swollen from scractching. After reading your posts tonight, I decided to try some of your remedies. I shaved in that area, used desitin, dried myself with my hair dryer, took two benadryls, and I’m going to wear loose panties while sleeping. I also am going to separate my panties from the general wash and try a milder detergent. I’ll keep you posted.

April 2, 2008 at 9:49 am
(293) EV says:

I have had on and off itching since October ’07, but only two instances where it was really bothersome (right now being one of those times). The first time, I thought I somehow got a yeast infection (I had never had one so didn’t know) even though there was no odor. I did notice I was dryer down there and what little (normal) discharge I had was not as fluid and more congealed. Again white and odorless. Well, the last day of the yeast infection treatment, I had my period. Lo and behold, when my period ended, I was cured. I only use tampons. Don’t know what this could mean.
Anyway, I found out about a month later that I have an allergy to avocado. This is significant because I don’t break out in hives, but get the most wicked stomach ache. I had always blamed it on bad fish in sushi or the like, but I had avocado on a veggie sandwich and BAM, worst stomach ache. Unbearable. This is interesting for us BECAUSE this kind of allergic reaction is related to a latex allergy. If you are having sex using latex condoms, this could lead to irritation on varying levels.
So I assumed all that itching was because of that… until now.
I’ve been using non-latex condoms with my boyfriend, and have had really no issues. Last week though, I had sex with him even though I noticed I was really unusually dry, and the itchiness has been building up since. Yesterday and last night it was at its worst. I soaked a paper towel on very salty water, dabbed myself several times, patted myself dry and then put what was left of my old topical cream that came with the vagisil from October and also took a benedryl. Not sure if the benedryl helped as it knocked me out, but I guess that’s a good thing. I’m trying not to itch but sometimes when I wipe, like others have said, I have the hardest time not wiping and wiping and wiping, haha.
I thought maybe, as well, that having sex with my boyfriend was maybe causing the reaction because maybe we aren’t “clean”. The last occasion we had sex we had just gotten home from a bar and in a semi-drunken state had sex. I guess from now on I need to be adamant about hand washing and such, just in case. I live in NYC so who knows what you pick up from the subway… gross.
On my way to school I am picking up witch hazel (going to use it sparingly) feminine wash and probably some very mild antibacterial soap. I’m going to try not to use any creams or anything. I’ll let you know…

April 2, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(294) C says:

Ok – thank goodness I’m not the only one. I can not use any products down there as it just irritates the problem. I itch so bad sometimes it bleeds and the only relief is vaseline or an ice pack or both. I have tried Balmex, A&D, prescription Taclonex, everything you can think of but it usually exacerbates the problem. Went to a dermatologist and she said not to use Summer’s Eve and any of those cleansing products. She recommended I only use Cetaphil down there and not any soaps. I still have the problem and am going to the GYN this week to have it looked at. I’ve had the problem for about two years now and nothing seems to relieve it. I first thought it was a yeast infection and treated it as such but Vagisil, Monistat type creams end up stinging me. Forget the tree oil, that would hurt like hell!

April 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm
(295) Layla says:

I also have the same itch without the smell and discharge. I just had my first sexual contact 2 weeks ago and I am not sure if it has something to do with it.

April 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm
(296) Lea says:

I just recently discovered the itching… it’s not horribly uncomfortable yet though. My big question is, does anyone know if it’s contagious? I would hate to get my finace infected with whatever I have. Besides, I’m not sure I can go without sex for years (if it lasts that long) :) It would be wonderful to get this huge weight off my chest and this itching down below gone!

April 3, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(297) crystal says:

I orginally posted comment 292. That night I was about 75% much better…I think it was because of the benadryl I took. Here it is 2 days later and I’m itching like crazy. I bought the tucks pads, so I’m going to try those tonight. Let me just say…this sucks!

April 4, 2008 at 10:08 am
(298) vicky says:

i’ve had the itching for about 5 months…and its driving me insane!!..i’ve gone to the drs..& i dont have any std or infection..and my partner hasn’t complained about any itching..its just so frustrating not knowing why and how …but im glad im not alone

April 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(299) katie says:

hi im 16 and ive had this horrible itch since yesterday my inner lips are very red and sore but i’m not having sex and i use all hypo allergetic soaps i can’t tell my mum and i deffinatly can’t see my dr can anybody help me

April 7, 2008 at 12:34 pm
(300) Gia says:

I have been experiencing the same annoying itch for about 2 yrs now, on and off, also with no discharge or odor! The crazy thing is, I asked my aunt about it and she has had the same problem for many yrs! No Dr has been able to help her and so far, none have been able to help me! I have tried prescribed meds and it never works!It seems that this is something that plagues many women and modern medicine just doesnt help! I often thought I was the only one going through this, but now I see I’m not. This is probably why there are sooo many anti-itch solutions on the market. If anyone ever finds a “cure” for this, PLEASE SHARE!

April 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(301) Joey says:

Well, I’ve been a member of the “itch club” since last Thursday. Today is Monday, so it has only been a few days,but I am getting concerned after reading all of this that it may last eternally…I do feel better that I am not alone. I am shocked there are so many others with this. I did start using a detergent I have never used before just 2 days before the itching began. Just got my old detergent again today, so I have to re-wash everything and see if this clears up. Other than that, I am just trying to leave it alone. The more I itch, the worse it is. I actually thought it was clearing up today, but no such luck. I can say with conviction I do not have a yeast infection, and have been with my husband only for the last 19 years, so an STD is doubtful, but I guess you never know. I plan to go to the gyn if this is still happening by the 10 day mark. Thanks to all who have left comments and advice.

April 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm
(302) monica says:

I have the worst itch in my life.
Has been help bath with camomille tea and baby cream at night.
The worst is that my couple is so bad and told me he is not responsable what i should do he is so mean.

April 10, 2008 at 1:24 am
(303) CHELSEA says:

HAPPY I’VE FOUND THIS BOARD…SOMETIMES IWAT TO CRY BECAUSE IT SEEMLIKE I WILLHAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS FOREVER…I ACTUALLY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TRICH AND WAS PUT ON FLAGYL…AFTERWARDS I HAD NO DISCHARGE ORITCH UNTIL A WEEK LATER…THAT WAS IN JAN…MY OBGYN SAID THE MEDS WERE MOST LIKELY CAUSING ME TO HAVE A YEAST INFECTION…SO I BOUGHT MONISTAT WHICHNEVER HELPED…I WENT TO MY PCP IN MARCH AND SHETESTED ME FOR STD’S AGAIN AND EVERYTHING CAMEBACK NEGATIVE…I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO…THIS IS A LESSON FOR ME NEVER TO HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX AGAIN…I THAKFUL IT’S NOT WORSE…BUT I’M SUFFERING STILL…THE DR SAID IT’S PROBABLY IN MIND MIND BUT IT’S NOT…I’M STARTINGTO JOURNAL ON WHAT I WEAR AND WHAT I EATANDHOPEFULLY I CAN FIND A PATTERN…I’VE ALSO NOTICED WHEN I ITCH I HAVE THIS TINY BIT OF DISCHRGE IN MY UNDERCLOTHES…I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP US BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO HVE CHILDREN ONE DAY AND I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL HAPPEN BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS…I HOPE GOD CONTINUES TO BLESSUS…AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN HELP ONE ANOTHER.

April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm
(304) Mary says:

Hi everyone! Iīm Mary (also comments 276 & 280) My results are back and everything is fine. For the past 4 days I have been so much better that I want to share with you what I have done differently. Originally I was prescribed antifungal creams with cortisone but as it did not work the doctor told me to take anti-histaminics as well but he did not mention that they will not have any effect if I took them while I was applying cortisone creams (very bad i have to say!) Nothing worked;they also told me to stop applying creams for a while and to wash with aqueous cream(for those in uk). I have not been scratching for a while and it was getting better but occasionally the itching came back with full revenge! I went to Spain for a few days (as Iīm Spanish) and I had my period those days; the first days the itching stopped so I thought it could be an allergy to the water in uk but towards the end of the week the itching came back in full force again! A very good Spanish doctor told me to take anti-histaminic tablets at night but without using any other creams. I came back from Spain on Monday and I have to say that since taking only the anti-histaminic tablets I have been really well! Today during the day I forgot that I have been having this condition for three months! I will be having allergy tests in May. All the best to you all and although I am not totally recovered i feel SO MUCH BETTER that I cannot believe it- For the first time in three months have other thing in my mind, not just the itching!! Speak to you soon ( I hope with good news)

April 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm
(305) Rayanne says:

Thank God for this forum.

I have the same problem as most of you. Itchiness and swelling a few days into my period. It’s ridiculous how badly I want to scratch all night. And it usually is worse in the evening/night. I find this is a common thing with all of you too. Why at night?

I’m chocking it up to hormones and stress. It sounds so vague but I don’t know what else to blame it on. Because it is usually around my menstrual period.

Do we just have to bare with it?! Are we hormonally imbalanced? Help!

April 12, 2008 at 5:23 pm
(306) Dani says:

HELP!!! im a very self conscious 16 year old and had an “itch” for 3 days!!! Got home from gymnastics one day and it just started. I dont know what to do, i dont know what i can say to my mum, or a doctor, or my boyfriend!!! I’m a virgin so i can rule out any STDs!! Please Some one help me it will be much appreciated! x x

April 12, 2008 at 10:34 pm
(307) Tina says:

I had the same things happening. My doctor gave me a steriod cream first. Then followed up with a treatment for yeast and bacterial infection (very common amoung adult woman) She also told me that my husband could be “carrying” the yeast after we had sex. So we stopped for 4 weeks. I have not had the itching for almost 6 months. My doctor is great and listens, keep talking and make sure you tell them everything no matter how hard it might be. Women’s bodies are very complex. There are lots of reasons other than STDs for womens health problems.

April 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm
(308) Becky says:

I know this sounds funny but try it. Change your toilet paper. My daughter and I have had the same problem. She was alot worse. She would cry, scratch so much she would bleed and went to the doctor I dont know how many times.All test were neg. and all the meds did nothing for her. After she moved out of the house it went away. She got it again time after time til we figured out it was the toilet paper. Myself end up with bladder infections again and again, with the tests coming out neg sometimes. the doctors say that its from bacteria(bladder infections) but when I have slight burning and pain, I learned the hard way to change the toilet paper. Now I dont ever have the problem or my daughter. We use Angel Soft. Try it.. My daughter was going insane with it. The docs all told her the same things, it the soap, hormones, laundry soap, find it yourself.. but try what we did.. it worked for us..

April 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm
(309) pam says:

i have this problem right now going on 6 days. it is an awful itch and now i have swelling. i have used cortizone and monistat and that helped a little. finally last night i took a benadryl and a 600mg ibuprofin. i also took a hot soapy bath instead of a shower. i FINALLY slept peacefully and i haven’t had much less itching and iritation today. i have taken nothing or put anything on myself since last night after my bath. iam getting ready to start my period and i have no idea what this “itch” is. it can’t be an std so who knows. i just hope what i post helps someone else. i have only had this problem once before and it went away in like 2 days..good luck ladies!

April 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(310) googlehead says:

Just had to follow up to hopefully put someone out there at ease. i got myself so worked up the last few days and basically was convinced i had a major STD. Main reason being my itch was a bit on inside of the vulva area (sometimes i felt the itch was elsewhere too though) and no other signs. i convinced myself there were warts on the vulva (where 66% of warts usually are according to internet) when in all actuality it was just the irratated skin from a little old yeast infection! Doctor says thats what happens sometimes and it looked a little like raised bumps. Please, whatever your outcome… do yourself a favor and do not make yourself sick with worry. I say go to the doctor asap instead of trying to figure it out in your head. I think my worrying made me feel even more itchy too! She gave me a pill fluconazole and some cream. i will post again if there are any problems. Your not alone.

April 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(311) Amber says:

I have had the same problem for almost 4 years. I went to my doctor & he couldn’t find anything wrong. He told me to re-grow my hair around the vagina which I had been shaving for 3 years prior. I did that & It helped a ton! I also started taking Acidophilus & it has helped as well, but none of these completely relieved it. I visited a specialist today & she said that I have a dermotoligy condition. Pretty much b/c I have let it go for so long my inner lips have started to grow together. She is putting me on a steriod cream that she said should put everything back to normal. I will give it a try & let you all know. She also mentioned that this is typically chronic & will come back every now & then but the cream will help.

April 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm
(312) Marty says:

Hello ladies…well i too have experienced the “itch” at night mostly. I so can relate to most of you women on here. I too have to agree with Reya(284) I have used canasten cream it is used for thrush but i found it gave relief. I wasnt sexually active for over a year and i found starting sex again after a break started by itch again.I personally believe sperm is a creator of this awful little problem, hey my opinion no one has to agree but i just found it to be one of my problems after stopping sex for over a year. I wish everyone luck and maybe every little bit of info will help each and everyone one of us in some kind of way :) Goodluck ladies

April 18, 2008 at 8:48 am
(313) Carol says:

I had it for three or more years and had to ‘pinch’ the skin to get relief.

Gyny gave me cream and it didn’t work.I was going out of my head with it and went to a female Gyny. She was well read on it and prescribed Advantan.She said the one substance that can be prescribed (not sure what but I was using it prior)will make it worse, the other one will make it better.
The itch was gone before the cream was finished. I now live with a woman who has the dreaded itch, and I recommended Advantan to her. She is using it and finds it stops the itch instantly, but she is on tube number four and it is still here, but I hope it goes, as I know this horrible itch is a something most of us have suffered in silence with.Good luck

April 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm
(314) crystal says:

Hello ladies. I havent been on here in awhile because I have found relief. I started having that horrible itch and burn back in March of this year. I used Vagisil, Johnson and Johnson’s no more rash 3 in 1 formula. None of that worked. So I began to use baby wipes. Yes, baby wipes. I use Huggies Sensitive baby wipes. No more toilet paper. And I stopped washing down there with soap. I use warm to mild water. No SOAP!!! And I dont douche anymore. I was going to go to the dr. but, the itch began to go away. Even when I have a bowel movement I clean up with the baby wipes. I have been itch free going on 2 months. Oh and I drink alot of water. ALOT. I cut back on the sodas and sweets. That also has helped alot. Oh and for the women who still sleep with panties on that is not a good idea. Your vagina needs to breathe. Trust me. I dont ever sleep with panties on after this episode with the ITCH. Lol. I hope all of you ladies find what works for you. But try the baby wipes. You wont be sorry. But you will be itch free.

April 19, 2008 at 2:58 am
(315) Donna says:

Oh, thank goodness I found this post!!!! Here it is 2:00 in the morning and I’m searching the internet for causes of vaginal itching; I almost wish I could die I itch so badly, it’s driving me crazy! I’ve had this problem off and on for a few years now, but it seems to be more frequent after I had an almost full hysterectomy a couple of years ago. I’m 52 now and this has become an almost daily problem. I’ve used the unscented hypoallergenic laundry detergent and softener for years so I know it can’t be from that. I’ve tried cortizone and fungal creams that only help temporarily so I think I’ll try the tea tree oil tomorrow (tonight I guess I’ll try the vegetable oil). Thank you so much for all the suggestions! I’ll try them all till I can find one that works. I never realized so many women suffered with this problem! You’d think the doctors would be able to find a cure for it with so many of us experiencing it. Well, I’m off to give the oil a try. Thanks again!

April 20, 2008 at 1:00 am
(316) Jo says:

Laidies!!
I hope I can help. I too, have had this awful itch for a couple of years. Then I went and got it under my breasts. Just today, I bought “BikiniZone” cream. It has WORKED!!! ALL DAY today!! it is lidocaine. I hope it continues to work. It is worth the couple of bucks I paid. You can check out their website. The product is available at Walmart and places like that. It is with the shaving things. http://www.bikinizone.com

April 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm
(317) Joey says:

Hello ladies, well, this is my second post. First one was a couple weeks ago. I took some peoples’ advice and used the Tucks pads, and forced myself not to scratch at all, and it cleared up in a couple of days. Unfortunately, just after this, I worked out one day and then proceeded to run errands for 5 hours in my sweaty clothes, and you guessed it, I made the whole thing come back with a vengeance. I can manage to get to go away for a day or 2, and then any time I get the least bit sweaty, it’s back. I have to say I make it way way worse by the scratching. I have raw red bumpy areas now–much like diaper rash— and I think I’m going to go insane. Trying desperately to leave it alone. Yikes, this is horrible! I feel fairly convinced though, if I can keep it clean and dry for several days, it will clear up again, and I will not make the same mistakes this time. Thanks again to all who have posted, it really helps to see others with this as well, although I wish we all could get rid of it!!

April 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm
(318) Barb says:

Dr. did the biopsy and said the good news it wasn’t cancer. I said, well what is it. After 9 months of itching and burning at times he began treating me in Dec 07 for lichen dermatitis and he said, oops, sorry I gave wrong diagnosis. It isn’t that. Well I said what is it? He said irritant dermatitis. I think that means, “I don’t know what it is dermatitis”. So he said keep using the steroid cream 3 days a week and Beaudroux’s butt paste on top of that. For past week I have used only corn starch and feeling better already. Bathing with no soap and not wearing underwear. Cut way down on sugar and taking lots of vitamins and added L Arganine today.

April 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm
(319) turtleflyer says:

Some of you may want to ck out Vulvodynia, there are several types. See if any of them have the same symptoms that your have

April 26, 2008 at 12:56 pm
(320) Suzy says:

Hi, This post is great, I was getting worried that there’s really something wrong with me. I have had this itch for almost a week and I think my boyfriend has started to wonder if I’ve cheated on him, which I haven’t. But basically I’m finding that the only relief comes from allergy tablets, which makes me think that it is maybe from a change of detergent, especially since I tend to get an itchy nose at the same time, I know, bizarre. So, I thought I would post just in case it works for some others out there. My mum recently passed away so I have the feeling that the mixture of stress and a different detergent is causing this. I’ll keep taking the allergy meds til it hopefully goes away. Good luck everybody!!!!

April 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm
(321) Michelle says:

I have had a persistant itch for almost a year now and have been to my OB several times and have taken every med. under the sun. Even though I have been married 15 years and have only had sex with my husband I have also been tested for all STD and came back negative. A friend of mine who is an RN suggested I cut out all artificial sweeteners because some people are allergic to the sucralose especially Splenda which has been related to vaginal itching. Give it a try I am going to.

April 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm
(322) gin says:

I’m so glad to find this blog. I’m amazed at how many women have this problem. So many good suggestions. i will definitely try the holistic methods.

I have the same problem on and off for the last year or more and it’s always worse at night–just like so many of you said. Itching on the labia (the outside and only on one side), no discharge, no std’s–very puzzling. And it’s been getting more frequent. Up most of last night-probably the worst night yet.

I’ve changed soap(s), bought new panties, (i thought maybe i was reacting to latex in the banding), taken baths at night, don’t use scented panty liners or t.p., stopped tampons, — to no avail, i just can’t pinpoint the cause. i’m afraid to wax or shave not to disrupt anything and make the itch worse.

I have a ob/gyn appt next week to talk about progesterone. maybe this is all part of perimenopause?! — if it is, this is worse than the hot flashes, and hardly discussed in any books or sites.

so happy to find this site–i guess misery loves company. good luck to all and thanks for the suggestions ladies.

April 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm
(323) Catherine says:

Well this is making me feel better to know that there are so many other women out there who are suffering from this same problem that I have been. But it also saddens me to know that there really isn’t a true cure for it yet. And from the sounds of it, when I go to see my obgyn in a few hours, most likely I am going to be offered the same type of remedies most all of you have gone through, just to find out that it doesnít work. After reading all of the submissions, I’ve noticed that most everyone has different methods of be-riding this terrible beast.
Unfortunately, I am due to have my baby anytime now so most of these I am afraid of trying at the moment, and up until now I have had no problems throughout my entire pregnancy. *plays doom music* I have been facing this itch for about a week and a half, and don’t know what else to do. I found out I was pregnant within the first month. Since then, I have not taken any pills or medications of any kind. I just bear with headaches and other pains that come my way.
I am a rather large yogurt eater, and so this isn’t helping my problem as some of you have suggested. I had one yeast infection at the start of my pregnancy 9 months ago, but didn’t take anything for it. I just delved into Yoplait yogurt as my obgyn recommended and haven’t stopped eating it since. *shrugs*
I don’t use scented or dye soaps, nor wash and/or dry my clothes in anything scented or that has dye in it, I wear only cotton panties, and I donít use bleach in my laundry either. There is no discharge or odor of any kind, except the weird white residue from scratching so much. I am very hygienically clean. I take baths and/or showers on a regular basis, and use no soaps or scents of any kind down there.
I donít take bubble baths, and when Iím done, I dry myself off extremely well. I am vegetarian and huge into natural remedies and such, but I never use any products of any kind before I discuss it with my obgyn and even then, I research it to no end because I have learned in the past that just because it bears being natural doesnít mean its safe.
I have never experienced such an obnoxious itch before. As most of you are saying, it’s itchy; it gets even more unbearable after urinating and then when I do decide to go to bed. I haven’t been able to sleep for almost a week because every time I roll over, it starts up again. I ended up getting rid of the hair down there, because I read that when pregnant, you can sometimes get bad dandruff from the hair, so I removed it, but it’s still there and just as annoying.
I have scratched like there’s no tomorrow. I am only twenty-eight years old, so I am seeing that age doesnít matter as far as this issue is concerned. We have eighteen years of age posted up until the late sixties. So it canít have anything to do with that.
I have not been sexually active for about six months now. My pap smears are good and my obgyn has tested me for STDs and those all came back as negative. *sighs* I just don’t know what to do anymore. I feel as though this thing controls most everything I do at the moment. Walking is about the only temporary relief I have found that works for me.
So, like the rest of you, I too am having this same issue. Like I said earlier, I do have an appointment in a few hours with my obgyn and I am going to bring it up to her. Unless she gives me something different, or offers any suggestions that I havenít already read about, Iíll post up what she recommended. But otherwise, I feel your pain and you all have my sympathy for this problem. And I hope that together, we can all find something that will work for all of us for good. In the meantime, good luck, try to have the best day/night as possible and try not to scratch too badly. *hugz*

April 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm
(324) michelle :) says:

Wow, I really had NO clue everyone had the same problem I did. But the thing is, I only had it for like a week, and it stopped. And it hasn’t came back yet, I didn’t have any discharge or anything, and if it was an STD wouldn’t it have stayed for more than a week? I’m getting tested though, i have ONLY had sex with 3 guys. So I really doudt its an STD, and I’m glad that you guys share :) . I hope some one finds out something quick!!!!

April 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm
(325) Anne says:

Hi everyone,
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find this forum because I feel like I’ve done so much searching. I’ve had this going on for over a year, starting after a 3 month treatment of broad-spectrum antibiotics and at a time when I was not sexually active. I get itchy all around the area and sometimes it feels like there is something in the folds of my clitoris and I noticed some of that white stuff that almost looks like dead skin on the outside. I have tested negative for all forms of STDs, yeast, and BV SEVERAL TIMES. Been on acidophillus for about a month with little relief. Got off birth control, which definitely made it flare up worse than normally. I’ve also restricted all sugars and wheat as well as alcohol for about 2 months now. It’s really a daily thing with a few days itch-free in between. None of the over-the-counter things helped even after 2 weeks of treatment back-back. Neither did Diflucan. Tried tea-tree oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic… no help. One thing that gives me some relief is live yogurt on a tampon. For a while I changed to Ivory laundry soap but saw no change. The one thing that makes me think that it’s yeast is that at one point right after starting birth control, I think that I gave my boyfriend a yeast infection because it went away after he used some athlete’s foot cream on it… but maybe I had a yeast infection then but not now?
I’m going to see a homeopath tomorrow… maybe she’ll have something to suggest? Keep strong everyone. The answer is out there somewhere…

April 30, 2008 at 10:56 am
(326) Anne says:

Hi again everyone,
I know that someone had mentioned lichen planus here. I was just speaking with a Dr. friend and she also suggested screening for lichen sclerosis et atrophicus. Check this one out… it might be the answer for some of you. I will ask my Dr. about it next time I go in.

May 1, 2008 at 4:41 pm
(327) Mari says:

omgosh….i have had the itching for about a year now. i went to my gyn and had EVERY TEST imaginable (HIV, Herpes, STD’s), even a coloscopy….no warts, no yeast, no STD’s. i saw 3 different doctors and they all said they had no idea what it is. my doctor suggested a small amount of cortisone, not in, but around the itch. i only use aveeno, only take baking soda baths, no bounce or fabric softener in my underwear, and i even stopped using liners (which drive me crazy). if anyone figures out what this is, please share!

May 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(328) Penny again says:

Well, saw the doctor again – thought I was going to get an estrogen cream, but was prescribed a cortisone cream. A little wary, but the dermatologist said it could be used for long periods w-out side effects & it was fairly low dose. PMS-desonide.05%. Should stop using it periodically or it loses its effect. But boy, it did work. Got off anti-histamines in less than a week. No more night itch waking me up. A little bit of itch in daytime – now I try to use an Aveeno skin cream to counteract the dryness (she said I have chronically dry skin). Must not scratch – Even a tiny bit of touching down there sets off more itch. but boy, what a diff….

May 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(329) Claire says:

My doctor says try Dreft (baby laundry detergent) and Dove soap, NOT Ivory.

May 4, 2008 at 7:49 am
(330) Charlie says:

Hi girls, I was at first so relieved to find this site and then so mortified. I cannot believe that so many of us suffer from this problem without the doctors addressing it properly. Like most of you I have an odorless itch with no discharge. I have thought it was the last traces of thrush for years and it is only recently that I suddenly decided that maybe it wasn’t and started looking elsewhere. Like others of you I have tried the various thrush medications and cortisone cream with no real change. It does sometimes go away and perhaps the hair aggravates it, I have also considered things like food intolerances (gluten and lactose)etc. One thing that has only been mentioned in passing is folliculitis. I have had little whiteheads on my thighs and arms for years and only recently when googling discovered that it is probably folliculitis. This can be a staphloccocus or fungal infection and is related to things like the rashes under the breasts etc that some have mentioned. I have been using a tea tree facial cleanser on this and it seems to be improving. I wonder if there is a link. Does anyone else have these little pimpley whiteheads as well? There is a link to impaired sugar metabolism (diabetes or prediabetes) with this as well so perhaps there it is part of the same problem.

May 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(331) JoAnne says:

Wow, I cannot believe that so many women suffer from *exactly* what I have been going through for the last week. Do any of you notice that your pH seems to be off too? I seem to be more acidic down there and not only does it itch, but it aches and throbs. Is this something that any of you have experienced?
I’m going to try some of the solutions suggested here and I’m going to make an appointment with a naturopath as well. For the record, I am 49, white, not overweight and peri-menopausal.

May 4, 2008 at 8:40 pm
(332) Jennifer says:

Hey ladies. I’m 13, and I have this itching problem. It’s horrible!!! Gosh, it stings, itches, burns, hurts, but no odor. It can’t be yeast infection, or STDS, I’m still a virgin, and I haven’t even had my period yet! My mom says it’s probably something in the water. I dunno, I’ve always used Dove soap, which kinda helps, but I think I might have an infection. I’ve gotta go see a doctor….fast! Good thing I’m not alone here, but I might be the youngest. -blush-

May 5, 2008 at 7:40 am
(333) Clandia says:

Hey ladies, iam so happy to find out that i am not going mad,but this constant itche sure is pushing me there.It seems to have started a year ago about the same time i started taking the pill.i have treid so many vaginal icthing creams but the itch still goes on.Iam 32

May 7, 2008 at 4:29 am
(334) Pats says:

Hi Jay (Filipina), I’m a Filipina too! I just have this itching the other day, and is really itchhyyy…. You said that Betadine Feminine Wash really works??? Are you really really sure!?! Then I gonna get later and use it asap!!! Thanks!!!

May 8, 2008 at 1:33 am
(335) Pats says:

Hi ladies, I’m having the same ‘itch’ problem. Got this 2 days ago, and I don’t have any idea on how and why.. I’m 24 and underweight… It just came to my mind to have my blood sugar check.. Unfortunately it’s high.. 141.. (normal is 80-120).. I see some connection with the sugar level and our itch problem.. Let’s solve the puzzle.. Can you also check your sugar level? This will help us find the answer.. (it can be..)

May 10, 2008 at 11:01 am
(336) M says:

Hello All,
I’ve also had very much the same symptoms! I have been to my doctor and tested for everything. I changed my soap and even tried the Tea Tree Oil in my bath. I found out it was the brand of Toilet Paper i was using check to make sure that the paper is not recycled and that there are no perfumes or dyes in the paper. My mom bought me pink toilet paper for breast cancer and thats what the problem was – hope i could have been some help.

May 13, 2008 at 9:27 pm
(337) Barb says:

Hi, I am back. I have posted for months and the last one I went to my dermatologist who did the biopsy and said it wasn’t lichen schlerosis as he had treated me since Dec but yesterday I went to a gyn and she said she sees signs of L S and that the steroid cream the Dr. had me on was too weak and she said I should not use a cream but an ointment. So she prescribed the clobetasol. I still don’t wash down there with any soap, and don’t wear underwear and wear loose clothing. I guess this is going to be an ongoing thing forever but at least today I have not had any itching.That makes 9 Dr.’s in 11 months and I don’t know how much money I have spent on this so far. Good luck

May 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm
(338) Barb says:

I forgot to mention the most important part. Two weeks ago I cut out eating any food that had high fructose corn syrup in it. HFCS is in most packaged food and drinks and I have noticed a 75% improvement just cutting out that food. I read labels and look up food on the net and As I said before sugar makes yeast and HFCS is the worst. Check it out when you can.

May 14, 2008 at 2:41 am
(339) Vaginal Order says:

VAGINAL ODOR is Natural and this way it should remain. Even though women must look appealing, it is very necessary to consider their health first. Although they say that globalization has left a trail of positive benefits, this is not necessarily true especially with the complicated health issues of women.

May 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm
(340) Ronda says:

For about four days now I have had an extremely soar and itchy vagina. Its only itchy if I scratch or touch it. I have some white discharge but it doesn’t smell and its not in large amounts. There may be some swelling, im not quite sure. Is this just a yeast infection? PLEASE help!!

May 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(341) Anne says:

Hello again everyone,
I have also seen a lot of improvement by changing my diet. Even though I am not testing positive for yeast, I still feel like Candida is the culprit. So I’ve started to do the yeast-free diet (google “the yeast connection”) and have found that it really helps. I’ve been more or less on it for about 3 weeks and like Barb, have seen about %75 change. On the days that it gets worse, I use a yogurt soaked tampon overnight and it seems to help for the next day. I’m also taking acidophillus. It’s sort of a hard diet to go on at first. But the good thing is that it’s a really good way to improve your health overall. It includes a lot of whole grains and fresh foods. Good luck everyone!

-anne

May 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm
(342) Kate says:

Hi Ladies,

Here is something interesting and worth looking into. I looked up Pinworms after one of the ladies mentioned it below. Pinworms is a common worm infection in USA. It is spread via children. It mainly causes anus and vaginal itching with no other symptoms. It is most active at night with disturbed sleep…sound familiar? It causes irritability. Doctors may give antibiotics to cure it or prescribe over the counter medication specifically for pinworms. There are many websites that explain pinworms including treatments and how to confirm if you have this worm infestation. I am not saying that this may be the cause of the itching, however, it is worth checking out just to eliminate it as the cause of the itching. Take care. /Kate

May 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(343) Gia says:

Hello, I wrote comment #300… I still haven’t found anything to stop the insane itch! It stops only when I’m on my period and then returns full force. As I said before, my aunt has been experiencing this for nearly 15 yrs!!! Her and I have been seeing many Dr’s and nothing has lasted for long… the most I’ve gone is about a week without the itch and then it returned. I’m starting to think that this is a condition that women are just forced to learn how to deal with as there may not be a cure.

I’m a 22 yr old African American woman, am not overweight, have healthy eating habits, and am very physically active. I have no idea what this is… someone mentioned that they simply chock it up to sperm. This may be true, as crqazy as it seems. I never had these problems before I started having sex a couple of yrs ago. I don’t have any STD’s but I have this horrible itch that keeps me up at night and sometimes I scratch till I bleed and am swollen! I hate having to go through this!

I am just so glad that there are women who are also going through this and who are willing to share their findings on possible cures!!

Thank you ladies so much! I hope we can beat this!

May 19, 2008 at 1:51 am
(344) Nora says:

I am also a mysterious vaginal itch sufferer. Someone mentioned pinworms could be the problem. Has anyone had pinworms before?
I can no longer enjoy intercourse because I am focusing on using the friction to calm my itch! It has now been 14 months since my itch began. Thanks for all the support.

May 19, 2008 at 2:35 pm
(345) me says:

what do you guys wash yourself with?
i’ve heard baby shampoo?
help

May 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(346) amy says:

hi ladies,
a few things, i have been experiencing itching, burning, rawness, and more discomforts since January. Negative yeast infections, stds, utis, etc.I finally saw a fabulous dr who diagnosed me correctly. For me, there a few things at play. 1. interstitial cystitis aka painful bladder syndrome: this can cause burning, the urge to pee etc. 2. lichen sclerosis: this is an auto-immune skin condition that can be present in the genital. I now have a lotion I apply once daily and the itchiness and burning (this also causes burning) have improved. 3. vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis: 2 nerve conditions that doctors 1. don’t know much about and 2. don’t want to deal with. I saw about 8 doctors in total – gyns, urologists, general practitioners – before I finally got some real answers. Doctors, even gyns are not familiar with these conditions. But the good news is there are medications and other treatments. If your itching doesn’t stop, search for a dr who treats these things.

Wishing everyone the best.

May 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm
(347) MACY says:

MY DR SENT ME TO A DERMATOLOGIST, HE GAVE ME MEDS FOR YEAST INFECTION, lotrisone cream and i got zeasorb powders, which keep you dry. the itch has stopped for now. if you have yeast infection for a long time it takes longer to treat

May 19, 2008 at 10:32 pm
(348) me again says:

i just googled lichen sclerosis & it seems that i have it :(
i’ll bring it up w/ my gyn when i see him in a few weeks.
i get irritated at times& skin breaks at the folds & some itching sometimes

May 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm
(349) Rachel says:

I had the itch, redness and swelling with no odor or discharge for about one month on and off and everytime it seemed to get worse. It seemed to go away during my period but then came back. Sometimes I would get a slight anal itch. I am married for 14 years and was almost positive it was not an STD (of course there was a doubt in the back of my mind.) I also did not suspect a yeast infection because of no discharge or odor. I was using vagisil and it made the burning alot worse. I had not changed detergents or bathing soaps Anyways, I read this forum and got really scared that is was going to be an on going problem, so as embarassed as I felt, I decided to see my doctor (luckily I have insurance). During my visit she examined me and told me that not always is there large amounts of discharge or odor with yeast infections. She said a yeast infection is the main infection that causes an intense itch. It could also be a conbination of infections. She diagnosed me with yeast infection and vaginitis. She did order some cultures which I do not have the results for yet, but meanwhile she prescribed one dose (one tablet) of Fluconazole generic for Diflucan. Ladies, let me tell you that I drank that pill as soon as it touched my hand while in the pharmacy. Five hours later I no longer had burning, just a little itch and by the next morning which is right now I no longer have and itch, swelling or burning. THANK GOD!!!!!!. I am hoping this was the cure for me. I will still follow up on my culture results to make sure it was nothing else, but I think my doctor was right. Also, a yeast infection is contagious, so be careful not to pass it onto your partners. A male can get a yeast infection and go on without symptoms and maybe repeatedly pass it on to you. You can google male yeast infections for more info. My words of advice are stop medicating yourselves. Even home remedies or natural remedies can harm or make the problem worse. Go see a doctor. Try to see a female doctor who can understand what you are feeling. Although embarassing, try to tell all your symtoms and ask questions. If you don’t have insurance or can not afford to pay, there are free or low income clinics where you can go. I hope you all find a cure because no one should have to go through such discomfort. Good luck and I will be back with any new informaiton.

May 31, 2008 at 6:47 pm
(350) Kathleen says:

I, too, have had episodes of severe itching over the last few months. It gets red and itchy just around the edges of the labia. No discharge or foul smells. I’m a medical transcriptionist and have been working a lot more over the last few months, sitting for hours at my desk, and I’m wondering if that might have something to do with it….not sure though. I’ve been using Equate brand Vagicaine cream from Wal-Mart, the generic Vagisil, and that really helps calm the itching and pain. Has some numbing medication in it. So glad I found it!!!!!

May 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm
(351) Kat says:

It is unbelievable that we are all SUFFERING from this and NO ONE can really help! To all you ladies out ther e that have already posted I will be praying for all of us. This is 2008 and I can’t believe that we can’t find answers. I go to the doc June 10 but I’m sure that it will be to no avail. God bless you ladies that have been going thru this for 20 years, me about 3 years now. I find that I have a weak bladder and that when I leak that that irritates it much more. Any of you the same way? I am gonna try the jock itch idea. We seem to have tried everything out there so keep trying ladies and we’ll have to take care of ourselves!
Just know that when you are up at all hours of the night that you are NOT alone. Somewhere out there, there is some other female sitting at home scratching and crying right along with you!

June 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(352) Christina says:

Hi Ladies,
Like everyone else here I have suffered from unbearable itching and the feeling of “crawling” skin in my crotch area for years.I found it to be particularly bad at night-with all the constant scratching I haven’t had a decent sleep for ages!
I have tried all sorts of creams and potions but none have ever cleared the itch up.
Anyway,after reading all the comments and ideas on this site I tried JB’s suggestion,(Comment No. 233),because I live in Australia and was able to purchase the cream she suggested at my local chemist.
AND GUESS WHAT? IT ACTUALLY WORKS!
It is called “RESOLVE PLUS 1.0″ for inflamed or itchy tinea and contains 2% Miconazole nitrate and 1%
Hydrocortisone.(Cost-$13.95)
I bought it about a week ago and applied it twice a day,along a little diluted tea tree oil dabbed on with a cotton ball.
I also only use very gentle,unperfumed soap such as “Dove” because normal soap tends to irritate the itch and make it worse.
Now the red itchy rash has completely gone and I can sleep soundly again for the first time in years! What a relief!
Thanks so much for your suggestion,JB-you’re a lifesaver!
Anyway,everyone,give it a go and hopefully your dreaded itch will be gone forever.Let us know if it worked or not.

June 3, 2008 at 5:34 am
(353) Pats says:

Hi Girls… I think I have found the answer! I just went to my Ob-gyne after experiencing it.. She prescribed me ‘Neo-Penotran’ Suppository and it really worked! Thanks God! Just used it for 7 days and after 3 days of using it, I can say that the itch has gone! Now, I am 100% itch-free!!! Just try to use it! Promise! It could really help you all!!! I now the feeling…

June 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm
(354) Jovalee says:

I am 14 years old and a virgin. I had a yeast infection for over a year and I had HORRIBLE itching. I took the pill and that didn’t work, then I took the vaginal suppositories and they didn’t work because it was really hot and they melted, (although I don’t know if that would affect it or not), anyway, about 2 or 3 weeks ago I went back to the doctor and she prescribed vaginal cream and I used it and it helped. I don’t have the discharge and the odor is gone but i still have the itching. It is a hell of a lot less than it was but it is still there and in different places. When I had the yeast infection it was in the vagina and on the crest of it, now its on the outer lips. I don’t know if its the yeast infection coming back or what. Can someone please help?

June 11, 2008 at 11:32 am
(355) Mara says:

Hi guys,
I am so happy to have found this site. I also have severe itching (mostly at night too).It has been so helpful to know that I am not the only one who is going through this. This is sensitive subject and it feels good to be able to talk about it. I have had it for about 3 months now. I am going to try and take some of your guys advice. I did change soaps awhile back. I will try and change to dove as so many have suggested. I am in my 50′s and in menapuase so maybe that has something to do with it.

June 13, 2008 at 12:30 am
(356) jackie says:

Yes, it can make you insane. After all, tickling is a form of torture and there’s no difference with this condition. This is what I think is going on with me and may apply to SOME others, but not all: I am 66 and haven’t had sex in over 10 or 15 years. I have definitely “atrophied” down there–called atrophic vaginitis. Lack of estrogen and no sex can cause this. I’m using a combination of things right now which seem to be helping. Some I’ve found on this site, so THANKS! My doctor prescribed estrogen cream to apply to the outside genital and anal area–it’s not to be inserted. So first I’m taking a 2 or 3 minute bath in plain warm water–no soap. Then I’m drying with a towel and then a hair dryer. Then in the morning, I’m applying the estrogen cream–it made me itch at night. (By the way there are more sweat glands in the genital area than any other place on the body!) Before bed I’m taking a Benadryl pill and using Vagisil, which has worked great for me. I’m trying to be very gentle with myself “down there.” I blot instead of wipe, trying to heal the little skin tears down there. Hope all of this will work, and maybe help you. Maybe we should just lose our embarrassment and just itch away publicly so we would know our friends and neighbors who are also having this problem! Just kidding–we need a little humor. Good luck all you lovely ladies. Don’t give up.

June 22, 2008 at 9:34 am
(357) Anonomyus says:

Hi everyone,

I never thught this much people would have this problem, ive been itching for 2days and have used monistat and azo pills, NO RELIEF, i think im just gonna go to the emergency room, cuz this feels terrible, hope everyone the best of luck!!!!!!!!!

June 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm
(358) Linda Harris says:

I would like to thank whoever wrote #255. It fit my symtoms exactly. I went to my family dr. and he didn’t know what to look for. He sent me to a gyn and he said that that is what it looked like (lichen scrolsis) but he did a biopsy and it was. This is my third week on the medication and it’s absolutely amazing…I have no more itching. #255, if I could get in touch with you and thank you I would. I’ve had this for 2 1/2 years. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

June 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm
(359) Laura E says:

Wow. I am so happy and so sad to find this site. I am happy that I am not alone, and sad to see others are suffering too and that there is no one “cure all”. I have had itching for longer than I can remember–but its been at least 19 years (I remember wanting to die when I was 10–now I’m 29). I’ve seen doctors, tried creams…I never had any good doctors though and now have a military doctor so I’m not really comfortable going to her (no offense to her, they just aren’t specialists in the military). My itching varies…from extreme buring where I can’t stop scratching, to mild…and it comes and goes, mostly its always been there, I’ve just lived with it. It is sometimes vaginal, sometimes around the anal area…always on the outside of the skin, always with no discharge. I use unscented everything. I am healthy, active, taking vitamins of all kinds. I’ve cut back my sugar, and the bottom line is that I have tried SO many of the remedies here, I don’t know what is left, it feels hopeless. I am thinking now that I do want to talk to my doctor about lichen sclerosus, but I have to admit that I am scared. I am scared because I’ve dealt with this alone for 19 years with no answers.

Thank you for reading my pain, I’m sorry if you are reading this and sharing it, but thank you for that too–I always thought no one would understand, but I am glad to see so many ladies who do. I wish a Dr. would read all these posts and want to find a cure for us…something to explain an itch that is not an STD or yeast related…
Good luck ladies.

June 24, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(360) me says:

what do you guys do for scratches, cuts, tears that come with the territory?????

help please

signed
-in pain-

June 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm
(361) Stacey says:

I suffered from this for many months and finally came across a dr who had my cure. First switch to baby detergent on your cotton undies, with NO fabric softner. Then air dry your underwear. When you use fabric softner or dryer sheets it leaves a film on the inside of your dryer, this in turn leaves an irritating film on your underwear (even “scent free/ sensitive” sheets). Hopeful this helps someone else!

June 25, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(362) cathy says:

Sorry to see that there are so many dealing with this itch. I just finished a 10 day treatment of Keflex for a bacterial infection. I had broken out with swollen red knots in my left armpit that were so sore I could hardly put my arm down. Dr. told me to stop shaving, throw away my razors and deodorant as the micro cuts from shaving were spreading the bacteria. After 7 days on 500 mg of Keflex 4 times a day, 2 more knots showed up along the hair line in the vagina area. The Doc said it was not uncommon for a bacteria infection like I had to spread especially if any lymph nodes had any infection in them or I could have spread it on my hands. I don’t know how, because that was my first fear and I had been scrubbing my hands even before I saw her for the rash under my arm. I had been eating yogurt every day like Doc told me and I had been taking Culturelle, a probotic, to try to stave of the inevitable yeast infection. Didn’t work. Treated the yeast infection with Monistat suppositories and Nystatin cream for outside. It only got worse. Oh, I am 60 and my GYN has had me using Premarin cream for dryness for the past year. That didn’t help either. My daughter suffered for six years with what the Dr’s said was yeast. It came every month with her period and every time she took any antibiotic. She lucked up and saw a new Doc, a little oriental lady, who diagnosed her with a type of yeast or bacteria that is resistant to all the normal treatments. She prescribed a boric acid suppository to use that flushes out everything in the vagina and restores the normal PH. She has very little trouble now. She also follows the diet the Doc prescribed, eating lean protein, veggies, and complex carbs. Sugar, bread, simple carbs are very rarely on her plate. As for me, I finally decided to try an old remedy from my mother-in_law after using everything else I had ever been told to use by any Doctor. One tablespoon of clorox in 1 quart of cool to cold water. Sponge off the area with this solution, pat dry. Can also be used as a douche for nasty yeast infections or if you take tub baths, put 1/4 to 1/2 cup in the bath water and soak. Cholorine kills almost everything thats why it is in pool water. The same remedy will cure poison ivy too. Hope this helps someone else.

June 29, 2008 at 12:40 am
(363) Gloria Short says:

Hello. My name is Gloria Short

I am sorry so many of you are itching. But here is something to consider. Try not to drink so many sweet drinks such as regular soda, or an over load of juices, orange juices ect. It’s ok to drink cranberry juice in moderation. Start DRINKING MORE WATER.

If you are a diabetic and if your Blood Sugar levels are HIGH for a prolonged period of time, that can cause a woman OR a man to have itching. High Blood Sugar can also cause recurrent infections such as vaginal yeast infections, vaginal/groin rash and itching.

So if any of you out there are diabetics have your 3 month profile AC1 level checked by your “Endocrinologist” Doctor. Simply have your doctor to have your labs drawn to see what your AC1 results are.

OR, you can have your FAMILY DOCTOR to have your labs done to see what your AC1 level is.

More information……..

What is an endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist is a specially trained doctor. Endocrinologists diagnose diseases that affect your glands. They know how to treat conditions that are often complex and involve many systems within your body. Your primary care doctor refers you to an endocrinologist when you have a problem with your endocrine system.

What do endocrinologists do?

Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in your system. They take care of many conditions including:

diabetes
thyroid diseases
metabolic disorders
over or under production of hormones
menopause
osteoporosis
hypertension
cholesterol (lipid) disorders
infertility
lack of growth (short stature)
cancers of the endocrine glands

Endocrinologists also conduct basic research to learn the way glands work, and clinical research to learn the best methods to treat patients with a hormone imbalance. Through research, endocrinologists develop new drugs and treatments for hormone problems.

Best Regards;
Gloria Short
Houston, Texas
twicehome@yahoo.com

June 29, 2008 at 9:13 am
(364) Laurie says:

Hi Ladies I too have suffered the unbearable itch. I was at the Dr.’s office the other day and happened to see an article that was about vaginal itching with no oder or discharge. I can’t remember how the word was spelled unfortunately but it was something Dr’s never look for and it is something like “lechen” I will look again and see if I can find it and re post for everyone here.

June 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm
(365) Michelle says:

I too, like so many others on this thread, was amazed to hear about how many people suffer from this. My itching started last year after a partial hysterectomy. Although I don’t have periods anymore (yea!) I do still have cycles because I still have my ovaries. However, the itching. OMG! I have scratched until I bled and I’m sad to admit that but it’s true. It itches so badly that I truly don’t care at the time, I just want the itching to stop. I’m a very clean person and I always wear fresh clothes and shower daily. However, I use regular laundry detergent and I bleach my undies in hot water. So, I”m going to start there and change to a milder environment there and make sure I shower and change right after working out.

I know that the itching is enough to drive you insane. I mean out in public or when driving I almost wish I was home so I could scratch. How unreal is that? I will check back here to see if anyone has any good results. This sounds like a national health problem. Look at all the people suffering and it is suffering!

July 1, 2008 at 3:47 am
(366) Danielle says:

I’ve had the itch for about a week and a half now. I’m fourteen, and just got some vagisil today, which didn’t help at all. I’m a virgin, so we can rule STD’s out. I just tried some baby powder, and it caused a burn, so I took a shower, and it hasn’t gone away. It’s like it’s cooling down the itch. So now it’s cold, just no itch.

I’m too embarrassed to go to my pediatrician, because he’s a man. My mom is a doctor, and said it’s probably a yeast infection, but I have no discharge. It’s been hard getting to sleep most nights, but there’s virtually no itching during the day. What should I do?

July 1, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(367) Judy says:

I googled severe vaginal itching and found this site with all of you having the same problem that I have had for almost three long years now. In response to the person that left the comment about two or three people above my comment…the one referring to what she read at her Dr’s office, I just found what she was talking about. It is called Lichen Sclerosis et Atrophisus. Google it to find out more about it. I read some interesting things about it tonight. I will be taking this info to my doctor. I am pretty sure this is what I have. Good luck to you all.

July 2, 2008 at 10:10 am
(368) Sarah says:

I’m experiencing some minor itching right now as well and I’m assuming its from the Amoxillin I have been taking for 10 days for a throat and sinus infection. I’ve spoken to nurses before about this problem (happens whenever I take that antiobiotic; such a piss off) and they have given me some advice…

1) Wear cotton full-butt underwear. Thongs can transfer bacteria from your rear to your vagina, and artificial fabrics do not breathe.
2) Do not wash with soap; even if it is anti-bacterial. That can disrupt your vagainas natural balance.
3) Try soaking in a bath with Natural Collodial Oatmeal. You can buy this at drugstores in pre-packaged one-bath packets. Ones I have found are either “Life Brand” or “Aveeno.” Do this once or twice a day for 15-20 minutes. I was told until the symptoms subside, but that is because mine were not severe.
4) If the timing is right, having your period can help re-balance things down under.
5) Eat more yogurt. The natural bacteria in it can help.
6) See your doctor! Absolute #1 advice given. As embarassing or inconvenient it may seem, it is worth it to treat what you have properly. It is also possible to go to a walk-in-clinic, or a sexual health clinic. All have nurses you can speak with about your symptoms and usually do not do an physical/internal examination.

These suggestions are likely only useful to those experiencing minor itching, with minor discharge (such as myself.)

Also, I am not a registered doctor or nurse, so please take this advice in terms of what your health care practitioner has already outlined for you.

I plan on following these tips for the next couple days, and if there is no improvement, I’m booking a doctors appointment. (Oh joy.)

July 2, 2008 at 10:15 am
(369) Linda says:

If you think you have lichen sclerosis read poster #255. I read it about 6weeks ago(the symptoms she described were mine exactly) and went to the gyn. The dr. did a biopsy and I did have it. The ointment he prescribed stopped the itching in a few days. It has been wonderful!

July 4, 2008 at 4:49 am
(370) diane says:

I am now in my 40′s and haven’t had the itching for about 15 years.I too had no redness or discharge & had many appointments with the doctor who would be no help at all!!Eventually I was sent to a specialist who diagnosed it as excema…I was treated and it has never re-appeared.Now I have a 5 year old daughter with the same symptoms that the doctor has done nothing about!

July 4, 2008 at 6:22 pm
(371) Deb says:

I too had the same itching but no odor or discharge. Tried everything just about like everyone else on here and nothing worked. When I ran across a post where someone had stated it might be the toilet paper, decided to change it. It worked! No problems for over 4 weeks now. After thinking about it my problem started shortly after using Cottonelle with ALOE (used 7 months). Switched to just plain Charmin.

July 6, 2008 at 2:15 am
(372) Marie says:

After reading these posts, I want to share my experience. Just two days ago I started having the itching and burning. I had to really think back to what I did different in those previous days that would have caused this. It finally occured to me…I used a new shaver to shave the bikini area (and a little closer in). I had just switched to the new VenusBreeze. It has these purple moisturing strips on the sides. I must have gotten a bit too close. Whatever is in those strips is what is causing my itching, burning, redness, and swelling. It is quite painful. Just thought I would share that it is not always medical, a simple change in routine can throw you into a tailspin! :)

July 6, 2008 at 11:33 am
(373) Tammie says:

I have been having the itch problem on and off for a year now. I have been doing research and hope I may have come across my problem. I am a lover of spicy foods. I know someone mentioned in their post that spicy foods my cause vaginal itching. I plan on trying to eliminate them from my diet, and seeing how that goes. Know that I think back I have eaten spicy things when the problem has reered its ugly head, so i will try changing my diet and let you know how it tuns out. Gosh I hope I may have figured this thing out, cause if not I think I am going to lose my mind. It just takes over your whole life that is all you can think about is the annoying itch. Wish me luck!!!!!! I will report back.

July 6, 2008 at 11:44 am
(374) penelope says:

like the rest of you, i too have the ridiculous itch that cant be scratched. i’d say its been going on for about 2yrs now. the weird thing is,its always itchy in the same spot. only on the left side of my vulva, and mostly at night. has anyone else experienced this?

July 8, 2008 at 2:46 am
(375) shawna says:

I have had this problem for almost a year. I was treated twice for bv and twice for yeast. My gyn cant find anything else wrong with me. I have tried steroid cremes with no relief. The only thing that helped was cranberry supplements even though im negative for uti. My acupuncturist thinks they help by getting ph levels back to normal.

July 8, 2008 at 8:14 am
(376) veronica says:

Thank God I am not alone. I’ve had this horrible itch for almost two weeks. My itching is both inside and outside the vagina. I’ve tried everything I can think of: witch hazel, diaper rash ointment, neosporn, anti-itch creams, menthol, warm/cold water….EVERYTHING! I had a similar problem to this 7 months ago when my IUD caused a PID, but that cant be the case now because I had the IUD removed. My husband and I have been married for two years so I know an STD cant be the case. The itching didnt start until the weather got really hot. I have a doctors appointment today so I hope to find some non-painful relief. My problem just might be stressed related too because as soon as the itching started, my face began to break out (this is not normal for me).

July 8, 2008 at 10:40 am
(377) Amanda says:

penelope, i’ve experienced the same thing too. i find it rather strange.

but to everyone else, i’ve actually noticed that i itch basically right after my period, so i was thinking it was the tampon string irritating me. i’m not really all too concerned with changes going on down there because my last period was my first period after having sex for the first time. it ended about a week ago. and i know sex can change things such as discharge and what not.

July 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm
(378) ouch says:

it started a couple or days ago and i swear it feels like a bugbite is in my vag, ah! its killing me and ive never had sex so its not an std. i was at a lake during the weekend so maybe i did get a bugbite but i never have before sooo.. ah! it itches!

July 9, 2008 at 7:13 pm
(379) shawna says:

Has anyone tried refresh? I just purchased it today. Let me know

July 10, 2008 at 11:54 am
(380) cherry says:

I have been reading the posts over the last few days and it has been a revelation! I have had an itch for about 3 months, again just an itch, no other symptoms. I think mine started in the hot weather, wearing tightish jeans (a lot), driving a lot,and has been there ever since. It has been driving me absolutely nuts for the last few days particularly and I have been feeling very low, but reading the posts has helped as all sorts of thoughts run through your mind as to what it could be! I am married, for the last four years and therefore sure the itch is nothing STI related, but it leaves you a bit desperate!
Anyway, I thought i would feedback on my efforts and results:
For the last two days i have been banishing bubble bath from my daily bath, I have bought a hypo allergenic ph balanced feminine wash, which i use to cleanse and then I dry myself afterwards with the cool setting of the hairdryer (very sexy!not). I have also been applying Sudocrem a few times a day which had almost instant results although did make it a little bit more ticklish rather than itchy, but was a step in the right direction. As I think I may be pregnant I haven’t been able to try any of the other creams and potions so have had to stick to more gentle products. Just 24 hours later I am already less itchy. When I wipe I don’t feel the urge to scratch my skin off which is what it has been like. Today at each toilet visit I have applied a cool compress to my lady parts which has served to chill them out a little!! Anyway, tonight, I can definitely feel an improvement. I feel more comfortable for sure…and not so stressed about it. I feel that being too dry and hot down there is my issue so I am working on this premise at the moment..I am planning a trip to the gp next week if it doesn’t significantly improve. Anyway, thought I would share my small success with you all, in the hope that it may help someone else…
I am astonished by the way that there seems so little help for us ladies as it seems so common, and we are pretty much left to work it out for ourselves.
Good luck to everyone with all your endeavours to vanquish the dreaded itch!!

July 11, 2008 at 10:52 am
(381) Joleen says:

Yesterday morning I found this website and was so relieved like the rest of you to know Iím not alone.

Iíve had itchy issues for nearly 2 years, Iím nearing 40 and have 2 children under 5. Iíve had many other developing changes I feel sure now is peri-menopause: insomnia, night sweats, spells of depression/exhaustions, dry skin, including monthly vaginal itchy spells before and during my menstrual cycle.

I am sure now the vaginal itch is brought on by hormonal changes since they happen monthly. I first thought they were yeast infections (triggered by the upset of my Ďnatural balanceí each month). When I described this theory to my gyno and asked that I might be in peri-menopause she blew me off and gave medication for a yeast infection, for which I had already tested negative. Iím relieved to read that some also feel they become more acidic at times.

I have a regular cycle of cervical mucus. While itís completely natural (and helped predict my fertility for getting pregnant), I swear it makes it burn worse and on top of which it keeps me in a nearly regular state of moisture in my vaginal area. If I am broken out and rashy the mucus really just makes it worse. So I wear panti-shields and change them throughout the day as needed to stay dry.

I am highly allergic to detergents, lotions and perfumes, so for many many years have used skin sensitive products ( I even get a rash in my vaginal area if I use scented mini pads!) and never take baths. I had already implemented a more vigilant routine of the many good things people have suggested here: cotton underwear, drinking more water, eating yogurt. I stopped washing with my skin sensitive soap and wash cloth and started using my hand along with my childrenís body wash: California Baby Super Sensitive Body Wash and Shampoo. If I got itchy Iíd use hydrocortisone or an anti-yeast cream like Miconazole nitrate.

This all helped, until this past week when the itching and burning came back with a vengeance and my normal routine was not helping. I was out of my mind yesterday morning when I found this site and needed an immediate relief (no time to even go to the store!)

After reading through all the suggestions it struck me to treat this condition like a diaper rash. Think of fitÖ red irritated skin in a moist area. I need the vaginal skin to heal so it can get back to a normal balance. I applied my childrenís diaper ointment; Boudreauxís Butt Paste and had IMMEDIATE RELIEF! Despite the funny name this stuff is amazing and always cleared my kidís worse rash overnight.

So hereís my suggestion to others who have tried everything (be sure to see the doctor first to eliminate all other issues):
1- wash gently in the shower with your hand and either use no soap or a very gentle, hypoallergenic wash. (California Baby Super Sensitive Body Wash and Shampoo available online or at Target in the baby area)
2 Ė pat dry (donít rub!) with toilet tissue or use a blow dryer (my boys would get terrible diaper rash you couldnít even touch them)
** I also recommend that you keep your pubic hair trimmed short, my theory is that all the hair traps moisture and ads extra friction. Think of having a rash on your hand that gets wet and rubbed all day Ė just makes it worse. Use a beard shaver (same kind you can give buzz cut hair cuts). Just be careful! You have to turn yourself into a pretzel to do this!** (or get fully waxed – doesn’t hurt as bad as you might imagine)
3 Ė apply my favorite diaper ointment Boudreauxís Butt Paste.

Every time you go to the bathroom (oh the urine burns!) after youíve wiped carefully (rubbing with dry toilet tissue even causes pain and irritation), clean with wet tissue, gently, cold water feels the best. Pat dry and reapply the Butt Paste.

In just one day my irritated skin is healing and I donít itch anymore. I hope it lasts!

So whatever triggers your itchy, irritated skin Ė hormones, medications, lifestyle, allergies Ė I think the key is to keep it from getting too bad and healed right away. Try the Butt Paste! I am feeling on the top of the world today. Ö. Now how do I get the hormonal changes to stop triggering this? Maybe Iíll see a holistic doctor?

Good Luck!

July 12, 2008 at 1:10 am
(382) jayze says:

I had the same itch and read these comments. Went to the store and bought lots of things. Finally used a cream for “jock itch” and it is working great. I looked up jock itch in women online and found some info. It is rare but I think that is the problem. I used the cream 4 days now and am feeling so much better. Don’t know why a doctor couldn’t diagnose that. Just my opinion but the jock itch cream really works. I’m not red or itchy anymore. I was also urinating constantly at night and that has stopped.

July 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm
(383) shawna says:

I have been using refresh for a few days and the itch is 80 percent gone. I would definitely recommend it Good Luck everyone.

July 12, 2008 at 9:07 pm
(384) TC says:

I can totally relate, I have had an crazy tickle like itch deep inside my vagina. I tried Monistat 1 day cream and it totally burned. I went to see my gyn immediately. She took a test for yeast and bacteria but both came out negative, so she gave me a flagyl antibiotic. You use it nightly for 5 days. I did it and it was going away. Then after the fifth day it returned just as strong. So my hubby bout me some generic yeast cream that you use for 7 days. So I did this faithfully and I began to see some relief. And now I’m here on the 8th day itching like crazy. the advice nurse recommended gynolotrimin 7 day. So here we go again. This is so awful. Tomarrow I take a state board exam to get my dental hygiene license and I can’t even concentrate.

July 14, 2008 at 2:18 am
(385) RENA says:

Ok Ladies I think there is a xolution to your problem. I have gone to the doctor twice before finding a cure. If you have not has a pap smear ore a vaginal culture done, do it now. You could have what they call a common STD which is caused by a parasite that can be passed on to you from someone with a yeast infection. This is called Trich (Trick). It is an STD and can not be cured with amoxicillan, penicillian or bactrim. The itching and burning will get worse before it gets better but it will end within 2weeks of taking the meds.. I wish you all good health .

July 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm
(386) Wendy says:

Hi Ladies–Just found this site tonight and was releaved to see I’m not alone. I’m 42 and feel I am definitley in perimenapause.I’ve had the itches for over a year now. My second gyn (the first did nothing) explained the itching is caused by a flucuation in the ph balance of the vagina. She suggested to apply yogart (plain) to the vagina for 15 minutes rinse and air dry or dry with a cool dryer. I thought she was crazy and got a good laugh out of it with my friends, but it really does work. Eating yogart is still good to do but this gets it right to the problem area. The yogart is suppose to help raise the “good bacteria” in the vaginal area. I do this process after I shower, I found it easiest to do while sitting on the toilet. If anything drips and it will, it goes right in the toliet. Rinse with luke-warm water right over the toilet and flush it all away! It should be ok to do as much as needed, but I feel releif ASAP. Hope this helps someone.

July 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm
(387) Sonya says:

I’m emarassed to say that I’ve had this for around 4 years, and my dr. has ruled out everything and has basically told me it’s my nerves…so here I am 4 years later with a cabinet full of medicine, and a prescription for nerve pills, still itchy…I am going to try some of these remedies, and pray that it works. It’s been so long since I’ve felt normal down there that I can’t even remember… I’m 33, and tired.

July 17, 2008 at 11:37 pm
(388) Deborah Manley says:

Just a note from the experienced, and a bit older. I suffered a great deal for about 20 years until I was sent to the University Of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic. I am happy to report that for the past 20 years I can manage my skin care and my crotch discomfort…Here is a tip; Baking Soda!

July 18, 2008 at 6:40 am
(389) Candi says:

I thought I was all alone. I’m so relieved to find this site. I started reading last night and again this morning, partially because the itching woke me up.

I’ve been a sufferer for approximately two years(during the time I bought a new house, started on blood pressure meds and got married)now and I’m fed up. I’ve tried almost everything and nothing seems to cure the problem only mask it temporaily.

At first I thought it some sort of STD, but I’ve gone to my GYN several times and he has ruled that notion out. He recommended using jock itch cream which I have tried to no avail. I even used yeast infection cream as my pharmacist cousin suggested to me a year ago. And, as you can see, that did no cure me either.

I have read through everyone’s comments and concluded that this itch is probably a cross between a diaper rash,jock itch and hormone inbalance. I will begin a regimen of eating yogart and using buttpaste in the external vaginal area, and see how that works for after couple of weeks. I will check back in with my results.

Thanks so much for your help!

July 18, 2008 at 10:32 am
(390) lisa says:

hello . im 22 years old and im going crazy because i dont know what this itch could be.. i have no health insurance so theres no way i can go to the doctor without spending an arm and a leg. my itch started about 2 days ago. i dont see anything scary down there but of course its red when i scratch and it burns cuz i probably scratch too hard… i need help its mostly on one side of my vagina and like on the hood of my clitoris. and oh yea im also on my period so how can i tell if im discharching!? im so scared guys please help!!

July 18, 2008 at 11:57 am
(391) ks says:

I have had this for years. I can completely eliminate the itch if I use water to clean after peeing, instead of toilet paper. This requires thorough hand washing, but to have all the swelling gone and the itching gone, it is a relief. I actually find some toilet papers are bearable, and use those at the other times, but some are awful. the worst seems to be “Charmin”. It makes me itch insanely.
I was in France last year and didn’t react to the toilet paper.
I also found that certain menstral products are fine, and others cause the same awful itching. Are we all having reactions to chemicals in toilet papers and feminine products???

July 19, 2008 at 6:39 pm
(392) Feiona says:

I have the same thing. I itch really bad but it only itches during the day and it just started yesterday which was the day before I was due to come off my cycle. I have been putting diaper rash cream on down there and it helps a little bit but it doesn’t get rid of the problem. I haven’t been to the dr yet and I really don’t want to. I am going to see if it clears up within the next couple of days and if it does’t I am going to try some of the otc creams for a yeast infection. This is very annoying!!!!

July 20, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(393) Yup... says:

pruritus vulvae… do a search, and find the mooddragon site… it will help push you in the right direction. I’ve been married for ten years, and was a virgin until then, as was my husband. So, I knew it wasn’t an STD, but I had been dealing with this for six years. I tried just about everything- and what DID work, often did not work for long. My main symptom was, as most of you- intense itching that would not stop… and I’d scratch until I bled. No answers from my Gyno. He said it looks raw, but everything tested out “okay”. I finally saw an endocrinologist and found out what my problem was associated with. You won’t get a cure until you get to the root of the problem. Don’t diagnose yourself. First see your Gyn., then if there is no definitive answer, see an endocrinologist. I hope each of you find relief. It’s awful to deal with!

July 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm
(394) Tammie says:

Well, I’m back, I tried cutting spicy foods out of my diet. I was good for a while, then the day before my period the itch came back so i guess the food had nothing to do with it. Know since it came back just before my period I am leaning more toward the hormonal imbalnce. This thing is going to drive me nuts. But thank you ladies for suggesting sudocrem. I had to order it on line and took almost two weeks to get it, but omg just in time. It really does help. I couldnt believe how well it really did help THANK YOU THANK YOU I feel like i wouldnt have gotten through it this time if I didnt find this web site. I know I should really go to the DR. but I always feel like it is just a waist of my time because they always tell me it is because I sweat alot when I workout, and I do, but I just cant see that being my problem. I will keep checking back to see if anyone else has come up with a true solution where you dont have to walk around with diaper rash cream on all the time. At least for now it is keeping it somewhat under control thanks again.

July 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm
(395) Christina says:

Hi Tammy,
Good to see thbat your itch has cleared up for now.
Sudocreme is OK but I find the best ointment to be “RESOLVE_PLUS 1.0″, available from your chemist. It really does work-it cleared up my chronic, itchy crotch rash in about 3 days!
Please note that it’s more suitable for external application than internal vaginal application.
I also applied a little diluted tea-tree oil every morning which also greatly helped and soothed the itch.
Try the “Resolve” and see how you go.

July 21, 2008 at 10:41 am
(396) Dawn says:

Hi ladies
I have recently had this problem. After several unsuccessfull visits to the doctor I decided to do my own research. I have suffered from skin allergies for years so started looking into what I was using on my body. So many products we buy contain very nasty chemicals which can lead to itchy skin. Check out http://www.mypure.co.uk for the massive list. Anyway, I stopped using everything for a week. Only washing with water. The itching reduced significantly. Then I washed & conditioned my hair and the itching returned immediately. Driving me insane. It was then that the penny dropped. Now only using products without chemicals and there is no sign of itching and my eczma has cleared up.
Hope this helps.

July 21, 2008 at 10:48 am
(397) Dawn says:

When you get to http://www.mypure.co.uk go to site map then purity & safety info then chemical checklist.

July 21, 2008 at 9:14 pm
(398) Fiona says:

I have had the exact same problem now for almost 2 yrs… i find Lamisil Gel (for jock itch) works a treat and relieves any itchiness almost over night! Give it a try :) an extra tip is to use a hair dryer to dry your genital area before applying the cream to get rid of any moisture that may disrupt PH level.

July 22, 2008 at 10:20 am
(399) Keila says:

Wow! The same! And yet different…. Hmmm…. Oddly enough my itch started about an hour AFTER I had left my GYN! So it started on Friday, July 18. It started after I had decided to take a meal in an air conditioned restaurant after walking in the humid Japanese summer. So the humidity and wearing jeans could be a reason. Also hormones as the reason I was seeing my GYN was to discuss my current hormone imbalance.

Here’s a description of my symptoms:
-itching along the inside of my vaginal lips and around the entrance to my vagina
-the entrace is kinda whitish or gray
-odd growths in the areas where it itches the most, NOT warts I think, more like… tentacles? It’s kinda gross. I’ve had them before a few years ago and they went away on their own. Also I had a GYN appt soon after they showed up and he didn’t say anything. My current doc hasn’t said anything as well.
-My boyfriend is the ONLY guy I’ve slept with and I’m the only girl he’s slept with so it’s not an STD, and we haven’t been sleeping together for even a year yet!

I’ve found a cool washcloth at night and sleeping w/o panties helps. Also the itching seems to go away, go down when I’m dry, so I’m thinking sweating has something to do with it, I’m just worried about the growths. I might go see my doc this weekend if it doesn’t go away. Third time this month! My lady parts are giving me ALL sorts of joy recently….. -_-

Any advice?

July 22, 2008 at 11:09 am
(400) Elizabeth says:

Okay so like all of you, I too have this unbareable itch down there. I first thought it was a STD and scared myself to near death. Thankfully thats not the case. But then it all made sense, since I changed the laundry detergent and fabric softner, stayed in a wet bathing suit all day and was put on a antibiotic for a piercing infection I think those all had something to do with the itch. But I have stopped useing the antibiotic for 3 days now and its still not going away. I really think it is a form of jock itch for women. I’ll be going to my gyno today to see whats up down under, I bet shes going to say it’s a form of a yeast infection and give me some sort of oral med.

Reading all your posts makes me feel at ease that I’m not the only one, but also scares me because I feel like there will never be a cure and I def don’t want to be itching my way through life.

One more thing before I go.. I’ve read on the internet while doing this research (and finding this site!) that this could be sparked by rough/dry sex. That having rough sex can make little cuts and shafing inside the vagina which could be why some people itch. So always stay lubed!

July 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm
(401) Beatriz says:

Does anyone have any lower abdominal pain along with a dry, itchy feeling around the vagina? The pain is not terrible, more like a sore feeling. I am currently taking an antibiotic for a UTI, but I’ve had UTIs before and never with these extra symptoms. And I just read posting #391 and she mentioned Charmin toilet paper. And just a few days ago I bought Charmin toilet paper. Maybe that’s it.

July 24, 2008 at 7:15 am
(402) Skittles says:

OMG!!!! So many posts!!!! I thought that i was the only one with our problem, I’m just glad that I’m not alone. Just like many of you I too have the itching, and the ripping, and the waking up to itch. I tell ya I’m right there with you ladies. I feel your pain and I do feel very sorry for ALL of you. I’ve been itch free for a few months now. THANK YOU GOD!!!!!!! I honsetly can not tell you how, b/c i really dont know. I have read every single post as I am typing it is 7:02am eastern time…FLORIDA. I started reading around 4am. No, I don’t sleep at night and I’m still not sure of that either.

The only advice that I can offer up is ths:

1) GO BALD!! Seriously I’ve been shaving since the day i got my 1st hairs. The less irritation the better.

2) STAY AWAY FROM PANTIES!!!! I found that when I did wear them it would just trap the sweat and bacteria and whatever else was down there bothering me.

2) STAY CLEAN IT HELPS TREMENDOUSLY

3) STAY DRY

4) TRY AND BE AS STRESS FREE AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know ya’ll are like this chick is out of her dang mind….but seriously it ALL helps.

I’m happy that I’m not alone in this matter, but then I’m also very sorry that anyone has to go through this terrible thing.

GOD BLESS and GOOD LUCK ladies!!!!
My prayers are with everyone!!!!!

~*~K~*~

July 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(403) Trish says:

ANSWER!!!I know exactly what everyone is going through. I went through it for three years on and off. I would go to the doctor’s and get tested for yeast…nothing. They would tests for STDs…nothing. It would go away and come back. It was horrible. I went to so many doctor’s and it felt hopeless. Some nights it was so itchy, I would cry. I finally went to another doctor and he simply said “It could be vaginal dryness from within” I thought, how could that be possible, it is the outside that itches, sometimes the inside. He told me to pick up “replens” and internal vaginal moisturizer that sheds the inside of the vaginal walls to produces healthy and nourished vaginal walls. And guess what…it works. I was “episode” free for two years, then it came back, so I went out and bought replens and it has been gone for a year so far. Please try this. It could be the simple solution to your problem.

July 26, 2008 at 2:50 am
(404) C says:

I am really glad that others are having this issue. Im 21 years old and have NEVER had an itch this bad before. My mother has had vaginal itching for about 10 years now. It did stop for about 6 months then one day on its own it decided to come back. And then about two weeks ago i dont know WHAT i did but i started itching like MAD! usually my period is around the 20ish so im seriously hoping its just my hormones going a lil’ wacky! ive itched so bad ive wound up bleeding a little and from that i cant tell whats worse, the pain from scratching too hard or the blasted itching! i have tried vagisil but it really doesnt seem like its doing much of anything. I might try that witch hazel idea, yogurt and maybe replens if i can find it here.

i cant really see a gyno im super shy.. im hoping its something like hormones or not enough of what yogurts got in it or something. If ANYONE knows of a sure cure PLEASE post! vaginal itching it starting to sound like a cold to me. you can find good coverups but the docs cant seem to find us a frickin cure!

July 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm
(405) Trish says:

SURE CURE>> Trust me, use replens, it isn’t the same as using external lubrication, this actually sheds the dying skin inside.

July 27, 2008 at 7:18 pm
(406) Darlene says:

Relief for night itching….I go to bed with ICE in a zip lock bag wrapped in a wash cloth between my legs! It is the only way I can sleep when the itching has started. The cold makes the itch go away. I only experience this horrible itching during the summer. Dont know if it is related to a higher body temperature? Anyway, I love the ice pack!!

July 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm
(407) Rosie says:

Yeah, all the same symptoms for over 6 months, am 59, and as perplexed as everyone else about this insane itching. It seems the older we get, the more sensitive to chemicals and the environment we get. Nowadays, I have more symptoms then cures. While our GYN’s experiment with our problem, we’re going to have to try to find some relief. To me, everything seems to be pointing to sensitivity or allergy. BENADRYL gives night-time relief (knocking you out) but leaves you feeling drousy. There is a BENADRYL GEL that is the best relief I have ever had since this itch started. As soon as it was applied (anus, vagina lips- inside and out)there was a cooling sensation, followed by almost instant relief. DO NOT USE INTERNALLY- it is topical. This looks like it might be MY answer.I feel so good right now, I almost feel like I’ve never had the problem. This is the first day of use, but I really have high hopes here.

July 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm
(408) veronica says:

I’m very happy to see that im not the only one with this problem. I’ve had this Itching for at leased 2 yeasr if not more now. and i was too embarested to go see my doctor. but i just went to my doctors and all std test came back negative which is a releif but not really because now i dont know what to do about the itching. it seems it only happends in the evening or at night and it stops when i have my period contrarily to other women who have posted there story. My doctor told me it could be a reaction to condoms or laudry detergent. So i guess ill have to experiment with that. but now that i’ve read some info about Lichen Sclerosus that looks alot like what i have i guess ill have to ask my doctor at my next apointment. I hope we all find a cure!! i cant even imagine living with this for an other year!! good luck every one!

July 30, 2008 at 6:58 am
(409) lee says:

Read with interest what everyone is going through. It is hell, I’ve had it about a week now but put it down to the anitbiotics I’ve been on. Got some Canestan cream (topical) and a probiotic and it seems to be helping. Drinking plenty water. It is something that drives one mental especially at night. Poor old fanny feels like a full blown rose.

August 3, 2008 at 2:54 am
(410) itcher says:

same thing for me! itch itch itch!! i started using coconut oil and it has helped immensely!

August 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm
(411) Di says:

Sometimes severe itching accompanied by a little burning can be mistaken for a vaginal infection but its actually UTI. Just drinking some Citro Soda to make the urine alkaline can eliminate this problem. 2 sachets about 2-3 times a day-dont take eno or alka seltzer as a substitute. I now have severe itching on the surface which Im sure is not UTI since there is no burning or foul smelling discharge. It simply itches and irritates. I am trying this bacterial ointment Muciprin which is helping. Before this I tried Siloderm which is an anti fungal and anti bacterial mix but didnt work. Hopefully Muciprin will help. Will keep you all posted.

August 5, 2008 at 7:51 am
(412) Carla says:

I also have been iching for three years, but it all started when they changed the toilet tissue to recycleable.I can’t use perfumed soaps, use body shop grapefruit soap, but don’t put it on the sore area. I also have tried Hydrocortisone Acetate cream 1%, only helped a couple of days. My Dr. just gave me Clotrimaderm/1% 5HC POWDER (WMT), but it was for a rash under my breasts…why not so I tried it and it is working right now.

August 6, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(413) Dee Dee says:

i am experiencing this right now….thats why i am on here searching for an answer. i have NO discharge whatsoever and i itch like hell! all on the inside of my lips. i know its not an STD…..my bf and i both got checked…..and they say a yeast infection only has discharge 40% of the time…i think i am going to target to get some cream or itch wipes or something. i hope something helps this nasty itch

August 7, 2008 at 11:09 pm
(414) Christian7 says:

Hey Gals! Well, after 15 years and SCADS of doctors (Urologists, GYNs, Endocrinologists, Gyn. Dermatologists, Gyn. Oncologists, etc…and even a wide vulvar excision and lasering of the vaginal area), I have finally found my cure. It is my prayer that it will be YOUR cure, too.

Do LOTS of research on something called Cytolytic Vaginosis or CV. The best site I’ve found is a study that was done on women who were suffering, just like you and me. It’s

The short of it is that CV is pretty much the OPPOSITE of a yeast infection: it’s an overgrowth of lactobacilli. Therefore, the more we were treated for yeast, the worse it got! This condition will cause different symptoms in women. For example, I didn’t have much (if any) discharge, while some women will have lots. Some women will itch terribly, while others will burn. Go to and read about Cytolytic Vaginosis.

I wish desperately that more doctors were aware of this and how to treat it. One of the symptoms is a worsening in some women of symptoms (whatever they may be for each particular person) at different parts of their cycle (like before their period). This can be brought on by several different things, and doctors are still not in agreement about what causes it. The best treatment/cure (and you’ll find this in the study found in the first website I listed) is this:

Douche with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda to one pint (two cups) of water. Do this daily for 14 days. Also, sit in 2-3 inches of water with 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda each day for about 15 minutes. This will help the outside, while the douching will bring the ph level back to where it should be.

See, with CV, the vagina is VERY acidic. My husband even said once that my secretions (I know…WAY too much info) taste “bitter” or “sour” (like a lemon kind of sour, not a stinky kind).

Best of luck on your research, and I will be praying for each and every one of you. I went from specialist to specialist and had biopsies and surgeries, and I finally have my diagnosis and cure. It’s just amazing.

It wouldn’t hurt to try it. I went out and bought a hot water bottle to douche with, and I just do it in the shower. So, read up on Cytolytic Vaginosis, and ask your GYN why you’ve never been tested for it. Most PH levels of people with CV are around 3.5-4.0.

May the Good Lord bless you all!

August 9, 2008 at 9:55 am
(415) Goin Nuts says:

Ok This is insane. I had 2 yeast infections in the past 2 months, now the doctor said I have a UTI, so he put me on Bactrum, an antibiotic. However, I have been itching like insane especially at night!! I bought vagisil wipes AND cream and they make it worse!! I know your not supposed to scratch but I cant help it! Now I have it sore from scratching so much! AGGGGHHHH Going insane here!

August 9, 2008 at 11:21 am
(416) Laura says:

hey ladies! i too felt so much better after finding this discussion. i feel like i have been suffering with this itch so long that i can’t remember living without it! when i go to the doctor, i don’t even know what to tell them! i have had yeast infections in the past, and i am sexually active. i have been tested and told that i don’t have anything, but it is of course possible that they are wrong. the only reason i feel like this has to be something other then an std is that it is so constant, i never get a break! last night i tried benadryl and a dab of vegatable oil to combat any dryness and it worked wonders, i slept like a baby and no itching yet today. i hope this works for you, it’s definitely worth a shot right! i am going to keep this up and hope if i can avoid itching down there for a few days, things will have a chance to heal. i don’t know what else to do! every time i think i have found the cause, it comes back!

August 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm
(417) Terry says:

Thank you all for your amazing insights. I can tell you that I’ve been dealing with this itch for 6 months, went to Dr. & Gyn, etc. Tried everything. I don’t think most of this itching is related to the menstrual cycle, as I am nearly 80, still sexually active, and I know I don’t have an STD or Yeast infection. Recently I was on a strong course of Flagyl & Levaquin ( two powerful antibiotics) for 2 wks for an infection elsewhere. My itch went away completely for a week, then returned as horrendous as ever while STILL on the antibiotics. Now I am planning to try the salt baths & using A & D cream, or any other zinc-based diaper rash cream (this is helping a lot). Will keep posted. XX Love to you all.

August 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm
(418) Ann says:

This is for # 401 Beatriz- I am having the same lower abdominal pain (slight) but annoying with vaginal itching. No discharge, or odor. Miserable. Are you feeling any better? Do you know what was causing it? I was on steroid cream, I thought it worked, but came back only 2 days after I stopped using it. I have been to the OB and she did not see a yeast or bacteria. I am going back on Thursday to test for STD (highly doubtful), but it is driving me crazy. I am thankful that this sight is here and I am feeling much more optimistic that something is not more seriously wrong! Thank you for you honesty.

August 14, 2008 at 7:23 am
(419) Kim B> says:

Problem, Itchy.
I have a few questions I would love to have women think about and get back to me on.
I have this bad itching for a few weeks too.
But has anyone done any of the following then the itching started????
Used a sex toy on the clit and internally?? Had anal sex?? Used condoms for the first time or had not used them for a long time then did and this started?? Used vaseline or KY for lub with your sex partner all the sudden and had not before or lately??
The reason I ask, these are things that I have done and I am trying to figure out if perhaps one of these may have caused it for me. Please write back if so. I am wondering it I might be alergic to a new dildo I started using but not sure.

August 14, 2008 at 8:56 am
(420) Kim B. says:

After I wrote my comment, I whipped out the container of plain yogurt that I picked up last night at the store for this itchy reason. I placed a towel on the floor took off my bottoms and sat with my knees spread apart. I scooped the yogurt and spread it all on the outer side of my virgina and sat there with it on for about 15 minutes while I was on my laptop to keep busy.
I have to say, I am guessing its going to be a temp fix but it sure worked and took away the itching, at least for now!

August 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm
(421) MJ says:

I have the same problems like most of you ladies.. And you might find this helpful..I haven’t tried this but while doing the research about our case i found this site. Might as well divulge it to you guys right away. I know how hard it is to suffer this fate so i don’t wanna make some time out.. Maybe we can all start doing this. Try visting this site..
http://www.probiotics-lovethatbug.com/sitz-bath-recipe.html

August 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm
(422) ROMY says:

FOUR MONTHS AGO, I WAS USING CONTROL BIRHT PILLS. THE FIRST MONTH WAS OK, BUT THE SECOND ONE I STARTED FILLING A LOT OF ITCHING AND BURNING IN MY VAGINA LIPS. I THOUGHT I HAD A VAGINAL INFECTION, BUT IT WASNT. THE PROBLEM WAS THE CONTROL BIRHT PILLS SOMETIMES CAN COUSE DRYNESS IN THE VAGINA. MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBE SOME OVULES OF ESTROGEN FOR TWO AND I WAS FINE AFTER THAT. I ALWAYS USE OXIDE OF ZINC WITH VITAMINE A AND D2 IN MY VAGINA AND HELPS ALOT

August 15, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(423) Ann says:

Hi- I thought i would give you an update on my lastest. Went BACK to the ob yesterday because the itching was getting worse. At this point I have a FULL Blowen yeast infection, that she did not see last week. I do not have odor or any external discharge… She prescribed Fluconazole.Hope this works and is the end of all this. I just wanted to share with you, that some of you might have a yeast and not think so. Good luck

August 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(424) Jenn says:

Ok so I am having the same prob— pretty sure its an infection (not yeast) maybe bacterial I dunno I have to find money to visit my OBGYN monday and we’ll see. BUT GOOD NEWS FOR MOST OF YOU
VULVITIS is most likely what you have I dealt with being undiagnosed for a YEAR no sex as a newlywed etc… I was put on Amitriptyline varying doses up to 200 mg and it went away so try it ladies

August 15, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(425) jo says:

I had itching and I put it down to an infection.(no yeast symptoms)Down below its like if you itch you seem to start a vicious cycle. Sensitive skin or the nerve reaction of sexual organs. With regular cooling with just water (in evening when it had my attention) Germolene (unorthodox I know) and most importantly to convince myself it was dry – baby talc. I slept with no knickers. It went eventually.

August 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm
(426) Must Stop The Itch !!!!!!! says:

I’m 30 & I too have had this extreme itch now for a little over 3 years , It started The first summer after the birth of my son with ringworm/Jock itch I had somehow gotten the rotten fungi from somewhere , large rings grew from my thighs and eventually with the use of lotrimin Godspeed , it calms it down for a while but never seems to completely dissappear tried buying new underwear every so often thinking that the fungus was not washing out in the laundry, even double washed cycle clothes for an extra rinse, but thats not all , the Hood! the labia/vulva a completely separate itch , have tried all the above mentioned except for tree oil , sits baths , vagisil , creams ointments ,powders,(acetonide) prescibed and otc , was prescribe dyflucan even though again no sign of yeast was found , had 2 neg paps done , checked for herpes it was negative too, again have doctors baffeled , tried different soaps , no soaps , to wash or not to was the whole enchilada ! Infact I don’t think there is much I did not do that all you in your posts have already do as well. Next to no sex life or desire because of this do not know if this is because of itch or not. Don’t think it’s lichen sclerosis because LS is usually attributed to extensive itching or atrophy of the skin like a secondary skin problem and not a direct cause. It does seem much worse about a week prior to menstrual cycle, very little relief in between , urinating does set it off bad ! Pad do irritate even more , probably due to Compressing & heat & moisture ! Sugar is not to much an issue , I do not think it is a cause from a dietary issue , I am a smoker and have even changed brands figuring that maybe the chemicals were making its way into my urine causing further irritation but there was no marked difference at all. Diaper cream does provide short and I mean short term releif but does help with the cuts that are caused from the scratching, the same with hydrocortizone for those late night interruptions! I am totally at wits end ! Loosing alot of sleep over this! There are days I don’t even sweat and still wind up scratching crazy at some point even when it seems there are no triggers , I am completely baffeled , I know this sounds weird but I almost have to attribute it to hives/ urticaria “Vaginal Urticaria” it comes on just like hives and seems to dissappear like hives , only at times sometimes you swear you have some bug biting you , like flees or something or some hair irritation , But I seriously wonder if we do get vaginal uticaria , why not , seems to fit , most of us are under stress or hormone imbalance , maybe this is the answer and we need some serious stress management huh ! When I start to scratch ,it is as if it whelts but not whelting with finger scratch marks but just makes the rash more pronounced and swells somewhat. I can appear to have clear normal skin one second and then BAM either after urinating or making some clothing adjustments or while trying to sleep etc. all parts of the day in a mannor of every inconvience !reddness and rashy bumps with some swelling & puffiness ! could it be a form of “Vaginal Urticaria” If this is as simple as it sounds why is there no diagnosis for this?

August 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(427) Must Stop The Itch !!!!!!! says:

sorry for the last post , reads terribly , I’m tired , meant to say I have tried just about everything in these posts.

August 16, 2008 at 12:24 am
(428) candi says:

Someone please help me. My young daughter who is 6 years old has the same problem mentioned by most of the women here. Poor thing is 6 however and doesn’t have the maturity to be discreet when scratching. We are going to a pediatric obgyn in 2 weeks, but she starts first grade in 1 week and I know the kids will make fun of her. I have tried everything to give her some relief, but will try some of the mentioned remedies tomorrow…changing detergent, baking soda sitz baths, etc…She too, has no odor or discharge so it is not a yeast infection and we have ruled out pin worms. I just want her to get some relief. Any suggestions would be sooooooooo appreciated.

August 16, 2008 at 8:43 am
(429) Catherine says:

I posted on here about three and a half months ago acknowledging this same type of problem. Soon after, I gave birth to my now three and a half month old son *squee* and for the first two days after he was born, that problem went away. I ended up having to get stitches after he was born due to his gigantic 15 inch head, and was given a product called Dermoplast. I was told that if I had any irritation of any kind caused by the stitches, to spray on the Dermoplast to the entire vaginal area, and I would get immediate relief. That crazy itching I had been having for quite some time came back. I tried to wait it out, but it was getting more and more annoying. So, I grab the can of Dermoplast and sprayed down my entire area. I have not itched since that day. *smiles* I highly recommend all of the ladies and little girls that are suffering from this problem, head over to your nearest Wal-Mart, go to your pharmacy area, and it’s in the first aid section, I believe by the athletes foot care and such, and grab a can of Dermoplast. It has honestly worked wonders. I used it once over three months ago, and I have never felt it again. And it’s so nice!!! I think that the can only costs about four or five dollars, but it’s totally worth it. Please just keep in mind, that if you have any cuts or open wounds from scratching down there, that it does burn for a couple of minutes or so, but then it slowly starts to subside and you literally start to feel the results almost immediately after. I hope that someone tries this out and let’s me know if it worked. My gynecologist couldn’t figure out what it was, and just said to wash my vaginal areas twice a day, blah blah blah, but as most of us know, it never lasts. But this Dermoplast she gave me for my stitches, it’s been a miracle! *hugz* to all, and I really hope that this helps most, if not all, of you… Take care and enjoy your weekends!

August 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(430) Ellie says:

i was so rellieved that other people have the same problem..but the thing is, i am younger than 15, i have never has sexual intercorse (sorry about spelling) and im just really freeked out, and i get sooo nnoyed! and then i i have itched it fr too long, when i wanna pee, it stings. and that KILLS! i think i maybe worse when im on my period. i have had the itching for over a month now, and i don’t wanna tell my mum… i don’t wanna see a GP either… what the HELL can i do..

August 18, 2008 at 12:17 am
(431) prettygyrl says:

hey just wondering if anybody could help me out i’m 21 years old and about a week ago i start itching inside of my vaginal wall. it itches so bad that i cannot sleep and i itch so bad that it starts to burn when i pee. I know it’s not an std because i just went to the gyno PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE!!!!

August 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm
(432) Kathy says:

Hello Everyone. I turned 51 and got hit with menapause terribly. I also came down with terrible vaginal itching that was driving me crazy and so much burning when I urinated. Ohhhh it smarted bad. I know myself well enough to know that it wasn’t a yeast infection. I am married and have one partner, so I know it wasn’t STD’s.
I went to the dr. and they set me up for a punch biopsy and lo and behold….I have vaginal Lichen Sclerosis. I will have it forever, they say, but it’s at least a bit more managable with meds. This autoimmune disease can hit women at all ages and men too. Most Dr’s don’t know what it is even and so it’s up to us to educate them. There are several support groups and I suggest if your results are positive, that you join them. You are not alone and there are many of us finding our voices. They need to research it and find a cure. Best of luck to you all and I so hope it isn’t this awful affliction.

August 18, 2008 at 11:07 pm
(433) Kristina says:

Hi Ladies! Your not alone. I have been suffering with this for two years now. I have been to the doctor many times. I have not tried all the things that have been brought up here but I will start trying some and let you know. DONT PANIC. Your not alone. We will figure out what is causing so many of us all this fustration and pain. Good luck!

August 19, 2008 at 10:10 am
(434) Surfincali says:

I am so sorry for all of the discomfort a lot of you are experiencing. I have tired this and it works almost intantly. take a fresh garlic bulb and peel one of the cloves paying close attention so you do not knick the clove. once it is peeled insert in in the vigina or between the lips of your vigina. I know this sounds weird but it works better and faster that vaginal creams on the market.

August 20, 2008 at 8:25 am
(435) Sheila says:

Wow. I can’t believe so many other women have this problem. I am even more surprised that there is no cure yet!! I am 29 and have the same irritation and itching as you all. I have been to multiple OB/Gyns and no one seems to know what it is. They test for yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and UTIs. I’ve had all those too but this itch isn’t any of those. The doctors can’t figure it out so they say maybe it’s stress, eat more yogurt, etc. I wish we had an answer. My sister had the same issue and uses a cream for vaginal dryness called Premarin and it worked for her though it stopped working for me. I have also used cortsone creams prescribed by the doctor. I now only washe my undies in baby detergent like Dreft and have switched to washing in that area with only water. I really hope some drug company sees these posts and comes up with a new drug. Good luck to all of us!

August 20, 2008 at 7:20 pm
(436) Al says:

Wow! 435 comments on this problem. I was deperate for help about a month ago and found solutions in this chat. First of all, background: I am 66 years old with a bladder leakage problem. I use a light Always pantiliner but had never had this horrible problem before. I developed the itching last fall after driving a two week trip. I attributed it to not changing pads enough, sweating with tighter pants and sitting a lot. It went away for the most part but then I started having problems again this spring. I treated it with Vagisel, 1% Cortizone, or A&D Ointment. They helped some but I got a very serious eruption about a month ago and found this website. First of all, I realized that I had mistakenly bought the fragranced pads which I immmediately quit using (am allergic to most fragrances) I decided on the rest of the plan: Wearing no pad during the day or changing often when wearing one, bathing with AVeeno bath wash instead of Dove soap, using no creams, and cleansing with Witch Hazel after each bathroom use. At night I applied Anti-fungis foot powder. Alas, it cleared up. I must mention that this itching was not in the vagina (I think that would be a yeast infection) but this was like a jock itch between my legs and vaginal area. So thank you everyone for the “natural remedies”.

August 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm
(437) Maisha says:

Thank God for this thread, I thought I was going crazy!! I’m 34, I’ve only been itching for a few days but that’s long enough. The itching started a few days before my period and has been constant. Is it just me or does the menstrual blood seem to make it worse?! I tried the tea tree oil and benadryl today. All I can say is ahhhh.

August 22, 2008 at 9:36 am
(438) Kim B. says:

Itching. I left 2 posts a few weeks ago.
I am still itching, tried a few things, have not been persistant with doing them and the itching is getting worst. I came back to read the new posts, I feel soooo bad to hear that a 6 years old is having this problem. Poor baby! I feel for her! I would not wish this on my worst enemy!
Well, I am going to go to the store and get the dermablast (have to go back and check the name and write it down (already forgot the name of it).
I too can say that its on the whole outside hair area. I always shave down there and once it gets to less then a 1/2 inch, I shave bald again. Funny thing, this started up after I shaved.
I was also never a bath type of girl. I would always only shower.
Well, this summer, I started showering a lot!
My tub is visually clean, so I do not wash it before taking baths. I fill it up and get in.
I thought about something. Perhaps I may have got some sort of foot fungus from sitting my bottom in the tub?? That is a posibility. I am going to get something at the store for fungus. If I think about it, as I sit here and am feeling the itching feeling, ummmm kind of feels like a tickling sunsation, what if its mirco buggy things like jock itch??? Strong posiblity. We women can get something like that so easy from a tub and not realize it. Men always seem to have itchy feet, they stand in the tub and low and behold, what ever is itching their feel, can get on out bottom.
I am running to Walmart right now!!
This seriously has not started for me until this summer with the bathing!!
Doctors don’t realize that we sit in tubs and this can happen. I bet its some fungus from feet!! Yuck!! I will post in a few days and let you all know if it works!!

August 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm
(439) Hillary says:

I know exactly why I itch like crazy! It’s because I’m diabetic & when I eat something sweet (which I’m not supposed to!) the reaction is a lot of itching down there. Eating candy does that to me. And I’m not the only one that has determined that – my ex-mother-in-law is the one that told me that every time she ate a candy bar (she’s diabetic) that by the evening or the next day she has a terrible vaginal itching attack. I told her I did too! She applies benadryl or hydrocordisone cream and it relieves the itching. When I refrain from sweets I don’t itch!

August 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm
(440) Michelle says:

After suffering so much and trying all the above remedies, I realised that the skin’down there ‘ is the same as your mouth. This prompted me to use Bongela for mouth ulcers and it really has worked! There is a slight burning sensation for about 30 seconds but certainly not painful. I tested a small area 1st and after an hour I went the whole hog! What a relief, I had a great nights sleep without itching and feel normal again! I’m carrying a tube of bongela with me now at all times……obviously this hasn’t been checked out by a medical profesional so try a small bit first, but honestly I was so depressed and in so much discomfort, if it worked for me it could work for you too! x

August 24, 2008 at 11:41 am
(441) Kim B. says:

I FOUND RELIEF!!
ok, so I took so advice from above and found instant relief that is not temp.
I have been applying over the counter jock itch cream twice a day, after my morning shower and again after my night shower and I have been totally back to normal.
No itching!! Accompanied with my itching that started, I also had a fishy odor that was pretty much on the outside as I wasn’t having a discharge, it would be there when I would be sweaty after a long day, that went away right away too once I started the jock itch cream.
I recommend everyone to at least try this!

August 24, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(442) jessi567 says:

in bewteen my periods i occasionally discharge brown stuff and sometimes even a little blood?! is this normal?! because i’ve not had sex and it doesn’t burn when i go to the toilet or have an odd odour so it can’t be a yeast infection can it??! oh and y’day i developed a few tiny red bumps at the rear end of my vagina, i shaved y’day and went a bit too far “/ so i’m hoping that it’s just a skin irritation because it itches slightly?!?! anyone got any advice?!

August 24, 2008 at 7:22 pm
(443) dee says:

I have had vaginal itching for seven years…almost every month! No discharge only itching. I have been tested for all STD’s, Diabetes(common symptom), Immune diseases, hormone’s, and thyroid. All came back negative. I have went through five doctors and I have an appointment with a new doctor that specializes in vaginal diseases. I have been waiting 6 months to get an appointment with him. I am told that women come from out of the state to see him, so I hope he helps. I went to a holistic doctor and she actually helped the most. I take probotics (the stuff in yogurt) two times a day among some other vitamins. I went on a no sugar diet. The months I was on that I did not get a yeast infection. It is a very hard diet to follow but it works. Yeast is fed by sugar, so you have to eliminate sugar in your diet. You actually feel better after about a week. I have taken A LOT of Diflucan. To much…it’s not good for your liver. Which is another concern. My Doctor said that it is not made for long term use. Anyway, the diet is the only thing that worked for me but go to your doctor, there are a lot of things they have to test you for. I will let you know what the next doctor says but my appointment is not until October. For now no more sugar (no artificial sweetners either). I have had this a long time but you might want to try just cutting down sugar and see if that helps. That doesn’t work for me it has to be no sugar at all. I even drink soy milk. No dairy. Good luck ladies…I can’t stand it anymore. I just want to know what’s wrong and how to fix it!

August 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(444) PK says:

Hi,
I had the same problem a couple of days ago and I was suffering for almost 2 weeks. Well I then used the walgreen’s version of Monistat for 3 days ovul insert and the cream that came with it and voila it was gone.
I used the vagisal screening kit to make sure it was not a bacterial infection.
Since I got this infection just after my periods I believe my hormones had a role to play in this.
Since then I am eating around 1/4 cup of yoghurt and a clove of garlic in the night.
Hope this was helpful

August 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm
(445) Anne says:

Hi,
I’m the Anne that posted #325/6. It’s been 3 months and I’m still ITCH FREE! Listen up everyone- first off, get yourself checked to make sure that you’re not suffering from an STD. Second, check that you don’t have a lichen like lichen planus or sclerosis. THIRD (this is where the itch stopped for me) GO ON A SUGAR and YEAST FREE diet. It’s hard but it works. You might not think that you have a yeast infection (I was tested 4 times with a negative result) but I’m telling you girls, it may still be yeast related… no matter what your doctor says. TRY IT. The average time you have to stay off sugar is 4 months. I was itch free after 3 months. Read “The Yeast Connection” and get their cookbook. The first two weeks were hard because I wasn’t even eating fruit, but it was okay afterwards and my diet has become healthier in general because of it because I learned more about whole foods. You will also have to cut out a bunch of things like alcohol, dairy, and wheat for a while. Don’t go for the band-aid solutions like all the yeast creams and pills. First off, they could actually be doing more harm than good because they are harsh chemicals that may add to the stresses that your body is dealing with. Second, these are quick fixes that may or may not work and if the itch is coming back, you may have a deeper infection that needs to be treated with a diet that will:
a) starve the yeast
b) give your immune system a big boost. that’s why it’s really important that you make sure that you’re not just startving yourself. Make sure that you are eating loads and loads of veggies and non-wheat whole grains and carbs and drinking tonnes of water. Also, it’s a good idea to go on probiotics in order to replenish the bacteria that are normally in your body and which can help to crowd out the yeast to the point where it can’t cause problems. But make sure that they are the ones that don’t get digested the moment they hit your stomach acid… some yoghurt is good and so are capsules that say that they are “enteric coated”. Anything else that you can do to boost your immune system will help (e.g. exercise, meditation, relax, garlic, etc), but don’t overdo anything… remember that you’re trying to take stress away, not adding it!
I am now eating pretty much as I did before the start of this nightmare so IT’S NOT FOREVER! If you hate the itch as much as I did you’ll be motivated enough to keep going. If I were to do it again, I might consult a registered nutritionist before I went on the diet because it took a lot of research and reading to get the nutrition right. But if you’re broke yet motivated (like I was), start researching today. One more thing, when you go on the diet, the itching can get worse and you may feel pretty crappy for a bit. This happened to me in my second month on the diet. This is called a healing reaction because your body is dealing with all of the toxins that are being produced by the dying yeast. It’s only a phase and shouldn’t last too long. OK, I’ve come back to the forum because when I first found it, I was a bit discouraged by the lack of success stories. I want to pass on my experience in the hopes that it might help someone who has the same problem I did.
Good luck to you all. There’s a solution for you out there so just keep researching and trying new things (that don’t compromise your immune system and overall health).

Anne

August 31, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(446) Sonya says:

It is most likely Bacterial Vaginosis and cannot be cleared by using medications for yeast infection. Just like yeast infections cannot be cleared by using the other medications, such as Flagyl. One is a fungi and the other is bacteria. I had the same problem, but NO MORE!.. YIPPEE!

August 31, 2008 at 3:19 pm
(447) Sonya says:

It could also be Trichinosis, as well. The biggest symptom for that is when the itching is minimal or gone, and then comes back worse at the time of your menstrual cycle or ovulation. Oh, and ladies, do not use baby powder. This will hinder things and can cause yeast to grow underneath the powder. If you used mini-pads, do not use the scented ones. Yeast grows in moist, dark and warm areas.

September 1, 2008 at 11:23 am
(448) Emithatgurl says:

I this problem about 2 weeks ago. Glad to hear that other have this issue also. I had mine a little over 1.5months. It was getting unbearable the pain and the itch. I would scratch so hard that I would bleed. I tried Alcohol (bad idea) but it relieved it for a white. I tried Witch Hazel and even that Monistat anti-itch cream. Nothing worked. I went to my GYN and she saved my life. She said that I had a small yeast infection. It can happen on the outside also. It can be from sweating down there too much and not changing pads or underwear quick enough. She gave me

September 1, 2008 at 11:29 am
(449) Emithatgurl says:

I this problem about 2 weeks ago. Where it would only itch in the outside. No discharge no abdominal pain. Just itching. Glad to hear that other have this issue also, and that I can help with my solution. I had mine a little over 1.5months. It was getting unbearable the pain and the itch. I would scratch so hard that I would bleed. I tried Alcohol (bad idea) but it relieved it for a white. I tried Witch Hazel and even that Monistat anti-itch cream. Nothing worked. I went to my GYN and she saved my life. She said that I had a small yeast infection. It can happen on the outside also. It can be from sweating down there too much and not changing pads or underwear quick enough. She gave me Nystatin-triamcinolone cream. It worked in 3 days. I’m ITCH FREE!! So its pretty much a common problem in women and nothing to worry about. Just make sure you keep dry down there. Good luck!! Any other questions feel free to contact me I can also, give you my GYN’s info in NYC. (emithatgurl@gmail.com)

September 1, 2008 at 11:32 am
(450) Emithatgurl says:

Sorry my first response was cut off.
I had this problem about 2 weeks ago. Where it would only itch in the outside. No discharge no abdominal pain. Just itching. Glad to hear that others have this issue also, and that I can help with my solution. I had mine a little over 1.5months. It was getting unbearable the pain and the itch. I would scratch so hard that I would bleed. I tried Alcohol (bad idea) but it relieved it for a white. I tried Witch Hazel and even that Monistat anti-itch cream. Nothing worked. I went to my GYN and she saved my life. She said that I had a small yeast infection. It can happen on the outside also. It can be from sweating down there too much and not changing pads or underwear quick enough. She gave me Nystatin-triamcinolone cream. It worked in 3 days. I’m ITCH FREE!! So its pretty much a common problem in women and nothing to worry about. Just make sure you keep dry down there. Good luck!! Any other questions feel free to contact me I can also, give you my GYN’s info in NYC. (emithatgurl@gmail.com)

September 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm
(451) Jessie says:

I have the exact same problem as you all. Itching (off and on for almost a year now) with no discharge or odor or STD’s Sometimes seemingly come go with times in my period. I think I know what it is for me after reading your messages. I have allergies and if I were itching anywhere else all the time I would go back on my allergy medication, Zyrtec (or the generic of that). I tried it today, along with some baby oil, to treat the dry irritated skin (I headed warning and stayed away from cremes with alcohol in them) and I feel good so far. I’ll come back and let you guys know if I still good later.

September 3, 2008 at 10:01 am
(452) Permanent Relief (Maybe) says:

Don’t mean to sound crude, but we are all women here; so, I’ve got to say that we must have 452 of the most clean coochies on earth. We must, if all of you wash down there as much as I do.

While I’m glad to know I’m not alone, it’s disturbing to know that sssooooo many of us ar dealing with this issue. I even had one gyn (female) tell me that I had scabies! After using a very toxic remedy (Lindane) for that diagnosis, I still didn’t find any relief. In fact, it got worse.

My goodness! Does 452 post on this subject, from women otherwise un-connected to each other, equal a phenomenon?

In any event, I don’t know how permanent this solution is (as I’ve only been using it for the last 3 days), but I received a hydrocortisone 2.5% prescription for crumbly, dry skin on my lips. Since I noticed what I believed was a lot of skin loss in the vaginal area due to the itching. I deduced (along with some info I read on this blog) that much of the itching may have to do with the drying-healing-scratching cycle that was now in play; so, I slathered on some of the hydrocortisone cream. The relief was almost immediate. Vaginal wipes after each bathroom visit, the cream and some Gold Bond medicated powder as needed (you can feel that out yourself)so far has don the trick. It’s worked for me so far. Perhaps MDs wouldn’t consider using such a prescription in that area of your body – a good idea; but, unless one of them can suggest some other remedy for relief – right now! – This is what I’m going with. I’ll let you know how it works out for me.

September 3, 2008 at 1:42 pm
(453) samira says:

So I have a question, the other day I had a bad itch on my vagina, and it kind of burned as well. I scratched it and it started to bleed.
The area it itches on looks like when you peel off skin after wearing shoes that aren’t to comfortable. I dont have any other symptoms but the area that itches also appears to have some sort of fluid around it.
Has anybody heard of anything like this?…..

Samira

September 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm
(454) Breastfeeding Mom Having Same Problem!! says:

Hello Ladies. It IS truly amazing just how many women are suffering from this problem. I recently had my first child five months ago. I was given antibiotics during and after labor. I told my OB that I had an itch and she prescribed Nyastin cream (baby had thrush)and informed me to use the cream down below. She also put in a precription for a yeast infection cream as well as had me try monistat cream (internal and external cream).

Well, none of them worked. I have this itch, no unusual discharge. My pap was normal as well. You know, with Drs it’s black and white, no gray area. Since its not a yeast infection and my pap was normal, my ob is unsure how to treat. Not sure how to get rid of it, it is very uncomfortable as I am sure many of you can relate to. Since I am breastfeeding, I wasn’t sure if this had something to do with it since I’ve read that you can get a little dry down there?? Not sure, just trying to make sense of this.I will try the witch hazel. Does anyone else have any remedies?

September 5, 2008 at 12:27 am
(455) Yvonne says:

Hi Breastfeeding Mom. Please read responses 440, 441 and 452. Hope one of them is a viable option for a breastfeeding mom. Of course, ask your doctor if it’s safe for you and the baby.

September 5, 2008 at 12:31 am
(456) Yvonne says:

Hello Samira. I’m not sure if anyone else on this board has ever heard of anything involving the sypmtoms you’ve described, but I haven’t. However, I’m sure your experience wouldn’t be a first for a doctor. Please see one right away. You certainly don’t want whatever it is to get any worse. And, I’m sure you’d like to know what caused it. A doctor can likely tell you.

September 5, 2008 at 1:41 am
(457) MISSY says:

Well, I am not going to repeat the infamous line left by others about not being the only one. I, too have suffered for a couple of months. I have started using a&d ointment, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I also have tried a home remedy to soothe the itch until I can get to the gyno’s office. BTW my symptoms or anal and external vaginal irritation (extreme). I use aveeno active naturals soothing bath treatment (target) and get this . . .two tablespoons of powdered milk in a cool bath. This certainly cools me down!!! Might try the witch hazel, see how that works.

I am 41 years old, black, very involved, fat (no way in hell I can dress it up), overweight by about 35 lbs. not sexually active at the moment, (damn).

I have noticed that I am beginning to sweat a great deal more than I have been in recent years. Good luck!!!

September 5, 2008 at 2:22 am
(458) Breast Feeding Mom Having Same Problem!! says:

Wow! what an incredible dialogue :) Thanks so much Yvonne for the advice. I will consider trying advice from postings 440, 441, & 452 and I will be sure to ask the pediatrician if it is ok for the baby. Emithatgurl, thanks for your insight as well. And Missy thanks also, for you input. Truly all the info that everyone has shared is good stuff, since with such a diversity of suggestions, since everything is not going to work for everybody, in trying some of the suggestions, something might stick to relieve “our little” problem :) )))

September 7, 2008 at 9:55 am
(459) Tracy says:

I had the same problem in 2001 that went on relentlessly for an entire year. Same thing where yeast was never found, my OB tried me on Diflucan and then Neurontin to see if the nerves were causing the brain to think there was something wrong. Almost immediately the pain and itch dissappeared. I have been free of symptoms since that year until last week when It all started again as bad as I can remember. Trying the same Meds no luck just yet but talking to your Doc about Neurontin may be a good idea. Also I stopped taking ANY vitamins and diet pills that had herbs and I think this also helped. My Doc from 2001 said it sounded like Vulvadinia which may be something to look into on the WEB. Best of luck to all this can be a all consuming at times. :)

September 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(460) Rose says:

I can’t believe that other women are suffering from the same outrageous itching. I too feel like I’m just going to go crazy from the itching. I’ve scratched myself so bad down there that it is painful (extreme burning)when I wash with soap because of the irritated and open skin. I’m a diabetic and I think it does have something to do with sugar and yeast. Oh, and have you ever been having sex and you start to itch so bad….it’s awful. I don’t even want to go to the Dr. it’s embarassing and it doesn’t seem like they can help anyway.

September 8, 2008 at 11:14 am
(461) Holly says:

Hi everyone- I’m new to this site…have any of you been tested for Lichen sclerosis, planis or simplex chronicus? It may or may not be the culprit. I am going through the
same problems as you all. My main area of itching is the outer labia, or hair area. I am currently using elocon cream, which does help a lot. Also, have your doctor test for atypical yeast, there are a lot of unknown yeast that most cultures don’t show. Thanks Holly

September 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm
(462) samantha says:

ok so, been reading all day these posts . great info. What if its a STD?? itching, no discharge, no odor, nothing visual abnormal, what std could it possibly be. I had a one night stand 1 month ago and now I have this dry itching. I have already ruled out yeast infection.

September 9, 2008 at 8:26 am
(463) Holly says:

Samantha- You may want to try estrogen cream,
it is used for dryness. Premarin is probably the most common.

September 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(464) Jessie says:

I didn’t have a yeast infection. In fact this started a year ago after treating me for a yeast infection. Anyone who like to hear a possible SOLUTION who doesn’t have a yeast infection look here.

Samantha I just posted something (I’m not sure if anyone is reading it) that I tried and so far its working. I had the mystery itch for almost a year off and on. I think this itch has to do with dry irritated skin. I went back on my allergy medication (the generic of Zyrtec available over the counter) and started moisturizing my vagina with baby oil. Baby oil doesn’t have any alcohols in it and is hypo allergenic. It is sensitive enough for your nether regions, smells nice and you don’t have to do it every day (once your skin is back normal moisture). I do it once every few days and it no more inconvenient than moisturizing my face.

My theory is due to some sort of random hormonal change our skin is becoming sensitive to something and having something that resembles an allergic reaction. I’m not saying it will work for you, but if you itched the way I did its worth the shot (plus generic allergy medication and a bottle of baby oil is a lot cheaper than continuously buying vagisal). The hardest part is getting over the healing scabbing hump. The healing itches in and off itself so resist to let the other stuff work.

September 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm
(465) Jessie says:

Sorry I’m leaving another comment but I feel I need to warn other women. It is a shame the way women’s health is treated. I’ve always been told I had bacterial vaginosis (even before I was sexually active). The imbalance of bad bateria was normal for me. I didn’t itch or have stinky discharge. When I went to get my IUD they wanted to treat me for it so I took the meds. The medication threw off the pH in my vagina and I got a hardcore yeast infection and that is when I developed the itch.

The over diagnosing of yeast infections in women is no secret and between all the soap, cremes and god forbid women who douche often. Its no wonder its dry and itchy down there. The pH and bacteria in our vaginas have a very delicate balance going on.

I’m ashamed to say it never occurred to me to just moisturize with baby oil or take allergy medication. Because it was happening down there I felt like something “bad” had to be going on and not just a normal irritation.

September 10, 2008 at 11:04 am
(466) Mary says:

I have had vaginal itching from when I first lost my virginity. After sex I used to have the most dreadful pain that felt hot and itchy. I assumed that sourness was normal and it would go away as I grew up and became more used to sex. Well this didn’t happen. I have never really felt things were right.
A rather devastating thing happened about a year ago. I was sexually assaulted but due to a lot of change in my life at the time I never had time to comfront it. Since that time I have faced a seris of post traumatic stress sypmtoms. The most traumtic being the effect it has had on my sexual relationship with my long term boyfriend. Who has been fantastic throughout the whole thing.
So i was finding sex painful and having a lot of vaginal discomfort, itchiness, redness, discharge. I went to see the nurse and have checked for STDs with all results negative. I was disagonised with thrush which was then cleared but after being okay for about a week the whole thing came back. My doctor has not been at al helpful. She told me it was all psychosymatic which could be likely but the itchness just doens’t fit-it just springs upon me at the most random times of the day.
I had bacterial tests done but again all clear.
It’s really difficult to get my head around. Initially before i was treated for thrush the Doctor told me it was all in my mind. So i dont really feel confident with what she is saying.
The pain is real and quite unbareable. I have been able to tell my mom which has been a real breakthrough. But the pain goes back a lot further than just the assault. Sex has never been painless.

September 11, 2008 at 12:10 am
(467) Megan says:

OMG!! im surprised that so many women have had this same problem!! the last few days ive been itching really badly, this morning ive notticed that ive even been swelling! my mom gave me some off brand cream (you inject into your vagina) so far it hasnt gotten better or worse, other than the swelling thats all the symptoms i have. i cant afford to go to the doctor, so im stuck with whatever everyone else says. im going to buy the monisat-1, tomorrow, but we’ll see what happens.

September 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm
(468) Lisa says:

I felt compelled to write since I came to this webpage looking for the same solution as everyone else! I am 26 years old, and have experienced itchiness since October 2007. No discharge, no evidence of a rash, only sensitive skin due to being itchy. Initially, a doctor did a swab to check for yeast overgrowth and STDs. It was found that I had a mild yeast infection, no STDs. So the doctor prescribed me with something to get rid of the yeast infection. It alleviated the symptoms for a bit but unfortunately about a month later the itching came back.

I went back to the doctor and next we decided to experiment with using only 100% cotton underwear and pads, sleeping without bottoms at night, no washing with soap down there, just a gentle rub with a wash cloth as my skin was very thin by this point with a lot of dry skin sloughing off. This was to check if I had a skin allergy to anything I was possibly using, including soaps and detergents. Again, this did not help and using a Zinc cream like Penaten Baby cream, vaseline or a feminine deodorant spray only helped ease the itchiness but not cure it. She told me to come back if that did not work and felt that a biopsy should be next to test for Lichen sclerosis. I asked the doctor about Vulvodynia as well, based on the suggestion of another post on here, but the doctor did not believe I had it as it was not consistent to my reported symptoms.

A few days ago, I went back to the doctor and she looked at my test results again and found a sensitivity to strep listed on there, which was apparently consistent with the itchiness I was feeling and the pattern which the itchiness took (It was mostly itchy around the hair growth zones). She did not feel after looking at me, that I had Lichen sclerosis, which meant no biopsy. *phew!*

This time around, the doctor has prescribed me with heavy duty antibiotics in order to get rid of the strep infection and to prevent a yeast infection caused as a result of the antibiotics (Lamasil and Cephalexin), and also prescribed my husband the same meds to ensure that he didn’t have the strep bacteria as well and was passing it on to me unknowingly. We have both been on the medication for the last couple of days and will be on it for 14 days total. I promise to come back on here again to post my results! Fingers crossed, this is my solution!

September 12, 2008 at 12:24 am
(469) Julie says:

What antibiotic did your doctor prescribe? My PCP found strep down there too, but the antibiotic made me so sick to my stomach I could not take it. I called and told them and they didn’t do anything. Maybe I could ask for the antibiotic you are taking.

September 12, 2008 at 12:52 am
(470) chriss says:

Does anyone link your ITCH (not yeast or bacterial) to a birth control use? I researched more on my bc and found it likely it’s from that or from missing pills during the pill cycle. I was thinking of trying to figure that out by monitoring my pills to see if the itch changes or doesn’t reoccur…of course that is not the quick fix we are desperate for! I am definitely going to use some benedryl (wow= duh) and go from there and watch my bc use.
I had lab work this week where I was negative for both yeast and bacterial. Nurse didn’t suggest what it would be…GO FIGURE!

September 12, 2008 at 2:14 am
(471) Jennifer says:

Ah my sympathy to all you girls who are going through this hell hole… I just started to get this insane itch. It wasn’t so bad at first but now it’s killing me. I don’t like to move an inch and when I pee it BURNS. Only because I soaked it with a cold, wet rag thinking it would help because it did soothe it down and make it feel better. But when I peed, the urine was so hot that it just was the worst feeling ever.

Sadly I don’t even know what to do. I’m not comfortable putting any stuff on my vag and I’m not comfortable going to my doctor either. Call me dumb but I just have my reasons…

I’m just going to try my best not to itch it and let it heal itself hopefully. Please go away…. ahhh.

September 12, 2008 at 4:26 am
(472) Lisa says:

Julie – the antibiotics I’m on are called Cephalexin and Lamasil.

September 13, 2008 at 12:28 am
(473) Toni says:

Im experiencing the same thing, crazy itching and no odor or abnormal discharge, sometimes i cant fight the urge to scratch and i scratch til i cut myself but i still want to scratch. Its unbearable. And it always itches in the same general area. I will try and see a doc but since its said that some docs dont know what it is i mite try some of the recommended treatments and see which one helps.

September 13, 2008 at 9:07 am
(474) Elizabeth says:

I feel everyone’s pain! I have so much of this! It started back in June after a period, I treated myself for a yeast infection. I was good until the following month, when I thought the yeast infection came back (I am very prone to them). Well, it did not go away so easily. I call my gyno, and they call me in some medicine for yeast infections. Seemed to ease it…but that’s when it all really started. About once a week I would start to get an itch in one spot on my inner labia. I’d kind of squeeze it, easing it for a little (not an easy area to just scratch!). Then, my entire area would just kick into full itching, irritated mode. Unbearable! I wear a military uniform, and they are not easy to wear when you have such an issue! I wanted to just be in sweats, but couldn’t! I went to my gyno, and she did two cultures (sp). Negative for everything. Well, I really started looking at my area when it would all start and noticed how inflamed my labia would get. About 2 years ago I had an inflamed labia, went to the emergency room (it was HUGE!) and they really couldn’t explain it. They subscribed me an allergy medicine, but I just took benedryl, slept, woke up fine. So, about 2 weeks ago, when I noticed how inflamed I was getting, I took a benedryl. Totally eased it. This past Sunday, happened again. Popped two benedryl, helped. Felt the itch start on the labia last night, put the itch cream the gyno gave me, hoping to nip it in the butt. Well, I woke this morning with a full attack of this monster. I took two benedryl, which when you wake up at 445am, doesnít help with getting you awake and ready for the day, but within an hour or two, I felt so much better. I am going to try new detergent and soap. I am also going to stop shaving. I read someone cut out sugars and yeast in their diet. I am going to try that too. But I still want to go to a doctor for allergy testing. Let me also share with all of you that I have noticed with weight gain that I get really weird things going on in my female area. I think that has a lot to do with it. And since one person shared that diet information, it makes sense. Weight gain can definitely come from unnecessary sugars and carbs, ya know? It will be hard, but if I have to choose between good food and my area feeling like it was bit by 2874823 fire ants, Iíll pass on the sugars and yeasty foods.

And another thingÖonce again, going back to the yeasty food and sugars; I moved into my own place in the middle of July. Well, I supposed because I donít live with my parents anymore, Iíll enjoy a glass of wine and a beer or two like every other evening. Now, do not get drunk, but since I do consume those, and this itching thing has been happening mostly since Iíve moved into my place, it could be from that. So, I suppose my evenings need to be filled with hot tea instead  I hope my story and ideas help everyone, and myself! I am saving this link, and will report back with results after a few weeks of testing all this stuff. Best of luckÖ

September 14, 2008 at 10:53 pm
(475) Mary says:

I have the same problem. No yeast infection. First, I changed soap to Dove-sensitive skin…huge relief, have used it for years. (Also I use “free and clear” laundry detergent and fabric softeners). Now, once again I have the same problem and have narrowed it down to toilet tissue. Not all white unscented tissues are the same; some cause severe itching and burning. Charmin with Aloe is helping right now. I use cortisone cream morning and night when the itching and burning gets bad. It really helps. Doctors don’t always have answers.

September 14, 2008 at 11:02 pm
(476) Mary says:

Mary again…Just an FYI–
Married x 15yrs with 2 children. No STD’s, no birth control, no douching ever, do not shave the area, just trim the hair. Occasional glass or 2 of wine. Not overweight, do have thyroid disease. Love chocolate and desserts, no blood sugar issues. Regular diet, not a health-nut but not an overeater nor a lot of junk food or fast food. Exercise regularly, swim, bike, walk and tennis. Many allergies, use hypoallergenic makeup.

September 15, 2008 at 2:38 am
(477) Louise says:

I’ve had a problem with outside vaginal area and anus itching for about 4 months now. I’ve been using different things to help with the itching like: water and vineger, lanacain, and different creams for itching. I went to my doctor and she gave me something for yeast, but it didn’t work. I continued washing with water and vineger and it worked, but then the itching came back. I noticed some rash too along with the itching, but no discharg and not odor. Anyone had this axact sypmtom?

September 15, 2008 at 5:35 am
(478) Kiwilass says:

Such a relief to read this. I was convinced I had contracted something awful somehow and would have to try and explain this to my husband…

I notice some people have said they noticed white bits there. I noticed this too on myself – but then realised it’s just tiny bits of toilet paper – from when I have been scratching while wiping!

It’s sad that there doesnt seem to be a remedy or even a name for this, yet there are clearly so many sufferers. I’m going to try antihistimines, drying properly and using A&D Cream. I just want a break from the scratching!!

September 15, 2008 at 11:15 am
(479) Shelly says:

WOW!! I have been reading these posts for the last few weeks and am amazed at how many people suffer from this itch. I also suffer from an itch and I also wandered if I had contracted something. That would be pretty tough to explain to my husband.

Anyway……I usually get this itch about 10 days before my period. Could it be changes in hormones? It seems like it would be such a simple solution to fix, but nobody seems to have an answer. I have tried benadryl, vagisil, soaking in epsom salts (helped for a short while), and avoiding soaps and perfumes. NOTHING seems to be working. The itch is always outside of the labia and it gets so red and swollen. I feel for all you other ladies. It truly is miserable. I will check back and see if anyone has found a miracle cure….until then I will keep trying to tackle this crazy itch with other suggestions that have been posted.

September 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm
(480) Sharon says:

I am about to go out of my mind. I have gone to 2 GYNs, 2 Dermotologist and now 1 Allergist, who is going to do patch testing. This has been going on for 7 months. I have been prescribed approximately 4 different creams to no avail. The only relief I receive is from an over the counter product called VagiGard. I am besides myself. I have been under a great amount to stress this year with trying to sell my home of 38 years; buying a condo; birth of a grandchild; death of a close family member and then numerous pressures at work. I wish someone could come up with an answer.

September 16, 2008 at 5:54 pm
(481) don't give up says:

I have gone to many dermatologists and OB/GYN’s to determine like many of you what is wrong with me. I really didn’t get an answer until my OBGYN recommended a Gynelogical Oncologist. I feared that what she was saying was that I had Vaginal cancer or something like that. She reassured me that she did not think that it was it was better to make sure rather then try and guess. One of the symptoms of vaginal cancer is itching….now don’t all panic! I went to the new Gynecologist and he ran a complete blood, thyroid and estrogen profile tests. Everything came back normal except for a few things. He had taken a PH test of the mucus in my vagina it was abnormally high and I had no bacteria (neither good nor bad) in my mucous. And my estrogen was low for someone my age (42) especially since I was having regular periods. All the while, I thought that my skin condition was caused by something I was allergic to because I have a formaldehyde allergy. And despite my best efforts and sleuthing, the itch never went away not matter what I changed.

With this new information the doctor and I were able to put together what was happening to my body.

The OBGYN diagnosed me with atrophic vagnitis because of the following: my ph test, the symptoms started to occur one year after I gave birth. My eye sight started to deteriorate at the age of 40. Add to this a drop in estrogen hormones and a stress out mom.

Google it on the web and see if the symptoms are close to what you have. Many women have it yet they don’t know what to call it and sadly, it is very hard to cure but I seem to have made some progress. No I am not cured but most days are better then bad. Here is what I have found to be helpful.

Get a vaginal ph test done.
Get a estrogen test done.
Get a biopsy to rule out cancer.

Basically what happens is that when your hormones levels decrease, (and this can occur at any time for any reason – even nursing mothers can get this) your body stops lubricating itself (most women have painful sex) and thus your skin gets itchy because your ph is off and either alkaline or acidic.

For me, I find that virgin coconut oil is very soothing and has the perfect ph for your private skin area. I take a weekly bath with 3 cups of apple cider vinegar in a tepid bath. And shower with an olive oil soap which is not harsh and doesn’t remove naturally skin oils. You may not like the way the smell of vinegar but believe me, it will feel good. Take a lactobacillici probiotic every day….(the good bacteria in yogurt) or have plenty of yogurt everyday. I drink a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water each day and this has really helped me. Also, try not to wear underwear at night while you sleep – the oxygen really helps the skin to heal. My skin did exhibit two different kinds of lichen because of my ph levels so the oncology gynecologist put me on clobetasol (potent steroid cream) for a while and then lowered me down to triamicinolone and it was gone. If I do feel like it is coming back I just put a little bit on and it goes away but I don’t have to use it very much any more.

I know all the dreadful sleepless nights that many of you have had….it isn’t fun but it won’t get any better until you get yourself thoroughly diagnosed. Good Luck!

September 17, 2008 at 9:22 am
(482) don't give up says:

Also, I have found the products like Rephresh to be helpful, particularly after my period. It seems as if my body doesn’t completely get rid of the blood and the rephresh does help or anytime when I feel irritated. All in all, I am able to sleep comfortably and soundly where as a year a go this time, I was miserable. I also found that on really miserable nights rather then take benadryl that an ice pack helps because itching cannot happen below 40 degrees! Take care, you can get better and live a functional life!

September 17, 2008 at 11:27 am
(483) Gwen says:

Reading these 400+ posts left me numb! They go back 2 years! While I was thrilled to find the discussions and to know that I am not alone in this thing that has been making me crazy sending me to multiple visits to both my GP and my OB/GYN (no yeast, no std’s, causing me to make full use of my health insurance…thank goodness I have health insurance…I am DISTURBED! Ladies…there is a problem here…it seems it would qualify as a crisis…can you imagine how many more women/girls must be suffering but not able to articulate it to anyone never mind get to a computer to post their concerns…my daughter has mentioned similar symptoms (she’s 15)around her period (shortly after or before)…I never once thought she could be suffering from the same thing her 46 year old Mama is…until now! I itch on my labia(s) majora and minora…suffer from what feels like a UTI (but test negative) no odor, clear discharge…right before, during (thought I was allergic to tampons and pads) and after my period after intercourse…but I now realize I’ve been itching ALL over my body as well (I usually just take a benadryl and not give it much thought) until my vulva is affected…then I panic…OMG I must have an STD…I asked my fiance if he has had sex with anyone else without protection last night…he said no, which set me on my internet search which led me here…so, I am thinking we ladies are being exposed to something that is causing this MYSTERIOUS malaise…Now, what can we do about it…who do we go to to begin looking into this (research)??? Something is awry! Will stay in touch with any findings discoveries, etc…

September 17, 2008 at 11:50 am
(484) Gwen says:

Thanks “don’t give up”…I am going to my GYN this afternoon…I will ask about the tests, etc. that you recommend…but, what to do about my 15 year old who is having many of the same symptoms…will follow up with this board.

September 17, 2008 at 9:44 pm
(485) Enlightened says:

test

September 18, 2008 at 12:25 am
(486) DrivingMeBANANAS! says:

I’m itching! No STD, no icky discharge, no BAD smell,…just a sour sweaty smell sometimes. It itches so bad! More so at night,…I’m guessing because my mind isn’t running around in circles with things to do like during the day! I have tried lube, vagasil, p-jelly, and even eating some yogurt for a few weeks! Nothing is working! I read a few posts about feet/jock itch powder and I must say,…the story about how the things that make a mans foot itch,…are collecting on the very bottom of the thing I bathe in daily! I will stop taking baths and I will go out this weekend and buy some powder! I’m not sure what brand they used,…so if anyone has any suggestions I will check back and pick up your suggestion,…and come back to let you guys in on the results!

September 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm
(487) Bri says:

It’s driving me certifiably crazy!!!! Thank you all for your comments and recommendations. I’ve deduced that the cause is stress combined with too much caffeine, and fabric softener a close second. I am going to try an antihistamine, which I really don’t like because they make my brain feel fuzzy (just what I don’t need!). I’ll let you know how/if it works.

September 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm
(488) Beth says:

Over 3 years ago I began to itch.
Same story as everyone else. Nothing seemed to work.
I visited a sex clinic about half a year later. They diagnosed me with Bacterial Vaginosis. They prescribed something for me that worked for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately I am still cursed.
BUT…
The doc.s said that it is unknown how it is caused, let alone treated completely.

Ask your doctor about it!

September 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(489) Christina says:

Re: DrivingMeBANANAS!

I do believe that many of these chronic itching cases are caused by Jock itch or tinea.
You were asking for the name of a good Jock itch powder….I have tried various powders but find cream or ointment to be more effective in this area -try “Resolve Plus One”,available at chemists.
It is the only thing has worked for me-my unbearably itchy crotch rash has finally gone after using this cream.

September 19, 2008 at 1:51 am
(490) DrivingMeBANANAS! says:

Christina-

Thank you for replying with a brand name!! I have purchased the creme and I’m going to cross my fingers in the hopes that it works as it did for you!! I tried explaining to my guy that it was the detergent not 2 weeks ago, then made him switch to dove soap, then just 2 nights ago after reading on this site,…I yelled at him for standing in the bath with his icky feet and for me not realizing this could be the very cause of it all!!! lol Bless his soul! He is so patient with me and my craziness!! He was the one who brought this to my attention,…He asked me the other day,…”N, you used to never itch/feel like this before,…what happened???” I’ve even been avoiding sex for the longest time,…thinking it only scratches the itch that shouldn’t be scratched!!! I have all the hope in the world that this creme everyone suggested will do the trick! If that doesn’t work,…I may try the baby oil idea,…because it is somewhat dry-ish,…ACK!

It’s driving me bananas!!! lol To top it all off,…work is stressing me out to the point of icki-ness,…I’m not sure when I’m supposed to start,…(no not pregnant havent had sex since the last cycle),…its a full moon and that makes me crazy,…AND,…im itchy. What a year! OHHHH,…my new years resolution is to NOT take a bath and sit my vajayjay on the bath tub floor! I will return and let you guys know! God Bless!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

September 19, 2008 at 8:22 am
(491) Jenn says:

Does anyones itch around the pee hole? mines kinda irritated around the pee hole like kinda bumpy from itching i guess what is that?!

September 19, 2008 at 8:24 am
(492) jenn says:

my pee hole itches what is that??

September 19, 2008 at 10:23 am
(493) amber says:

i am going to turn 19 in 9 days and this just started happening to me about two days ago. i have a really bad itchy feeling but no discharge or odor. i looked on a site that said that it could just be from stress or too harsh with toiletpaper on sensitive areas, but i really dont know. at least i know i’m not the only one.

September 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm
(494) Jenn says:

Thank god im not the only one that makes me feel better..ive been looking online everywhere and could never find anything about it..but i dont think that we have changed tolit paper at all..but i just turned 19 in july..does anyone else have this problem?

September 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm
(495) Linda says:

Hi Ladies, So glad also to hear I am not the only one. I am 60 years old and it has nothing to do with sex am sure,,For the past month I have been using Desitin cream and washing with soap at least three and four times a day and re=applying the desitin,,,it does help some but like the rest of you,,when I get ready to go to the bathroom and have to wipe it starts to itch again like crazy. I have read alot of your suggestions and just went down and took a benydrl and put some monistat cream around and inside a bit,,its burning a bit but instead of using pads I have been using clean washclothes in my panties to see if that would help..I have no discharge and no smell either,,I have had a couple UTI’s and the doctor recommended me to use a spray bottle after every toileting,,I have done that ,,nothing helped there either,,but I have not had a UTI for along time,,I know what a yeast infection is,,its not a yeast infection,,it just itches around the outside of the vagina ,,not within,,Have used the same laundry soap for years so know that is not it,,and as for stress,,well,,I have had worse stress than I have to date,,so I don’t believe that is the culprit..Anyway,,I will let you know if the benedryl works and the hydrocortisone cream,,I will try using the hydrocortisone cream tomorrow,,ditch the itch is right lol

September 19, 2008 at 9:43 pm
(496) DrivingMeBANANAS! says:

Jenn- I itch around that area, as well. Also have a few bumps (no STD’s of any kind) I’ve been taking my cranberry pills, too and drinking loads of water,…I’m chalking it ALL up to dry skin,…very dry and itching the irritated skin just makes all matters worse.

I havent used the jock itch creme yet,…but it’s on it’s way here. (I added it to my drugstore.com order) I started today! BOO! I hate full moons! I feel somewhat relived thinking that this could be hormones and a mixture of simple things. I will keep you all updated on the jock creme and let you know if it clears up!

September 19, 2008 at 9:47 pm
(497) DrivingMeBANANAS! says:

Linda-

I think you’re doing the right things,…by ruling the simple things out one by one! Vagasil and Monistat aren’t doing jack crap for me! Someone told a story from up above,…several people in fact said that they found jock creme an instant relief and it stays gone! They say it is a fungus from the bathtub,….all the soap scum and fungus that can be on sweaty feet/bodies! NO WONDER! If you’re still searching in a few days,…it wouldn’t hurt to try it like me! (((Itchy HUGS to everyone!!!)))

September 20, 2008 at 1:42 am
(498) ugggg says:

i went to the doctor for my routine std check up i was told i had bacterial vaginosis which is like to opposite of a yeast infection basiclly i douched too much and the bacteria went double time to reproduce itself and i had too much bam bv infection so the doc gave me antibiotics which da da da da da as you guessed it gave me a yeast infection so i did the 7 day cream so i’m going along thinkin my tootie is normal and this itch starts i wrote it ooff to the yeast infection clearing up so i took a monistat 3 day treatment i jus figured the meds were too strong but here it is days later and i am scratching like crazy my std screen was negative for everything and the bv is gone and no yeast no discharge no nuffin idk what tha heck it could be but i’m glad to hear someone else is goin through this too with no real diagnosis from doctors tells me its jus one of those things

September 20, 2008 at 4:46 am
(499) just me says:

I think its the toilet paper contributing to my itch. I know one time I used one with Aloe and it was horrible . I purchased the extra strength one this last time and sinc eI have the itching came back. worth a shot ladies

September 21, 2008 at 12:18 am
(500) Jenn says:

So you all think that the itch that im haveing is nothing serious right? (the itch around the pee hole)

September 21, 2008 at 9:16 am
(501) Christina says:

DrivingMeBANANAS-

Glad to be of assistance-let us know if the “Resolve”cream works or not.
I also dabbed on a little diluted tea-tree oil every night while I had the rash-I found it very soothing,as well as having mild antiseptic qualities.
Fingers crossed for a good result for you!
If not you can always give it to your boyfriend to put on his “icky” feet to keep the tinea at bay!

September 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm
(502) Sarah says:

Wow – like so many of you, I am astounded by the number of women with this same problem! I’ve been to approximately ten docs in the past two years and have mostly left the appointments feeling like I’m crazy, but I know I’m not! I have traveled hours to see specialists and have had biopsies done to figure out this nightmare. After seeing a wonderful and patient doc, my particular diagnosis at the moment is lichen simplex chronicus, lactobacillosis (WAY TOO MUCH good bacteria!), and vestibulodynia. All this basically just says that I’m itchy. Duh! Anyway, after thousands of dollars in medications and doc appointments, finally there is something that manages the itching. I have tried doxepin, nortriptyline, and Neurontin. They have all worked very well by basically numbing the nerves. This has been a life saver for me. I was at the end of my rope and actually requested that the doctor remove my vulva! Instead he has prescribed these meds. I had side effects from the doxepin and nortriptyline, but the Neurontin has been great. I hope this helps. If you are at your wit’s end, beg and plead with your doc to prescribe it! It’s not a cure, but it will help you cope and get back to at least your daily activities and a full night’s sleep. It’s so nice to at least think about something else for a few minutes besides itching!!!

September 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm
(503) ParkersBabe says:

Hi ladies!

I am a 73year old lady from the UK.

I have type 2 diabetes,, just tablets and no insulin.
I also have the dreaded itchies.. no smell or discharge.
When it began I thought it just the heatrash thing I have had in the past under my boobs..its the sugar content in the perspiration and responds to Canestan cream. Well it always has up to now.. and this time it doesnt.
So I went to the doc and she prescribed Trimovate cream and said apply it thinly.. which I did but the relief was very temporary.
It has got worse and I have tried SudoCream..the nappy rash baby creme, Vaseline which was always good for many skin conditions.. E45 cream which moisturises and softens.. and some emmolient cream which stings and tingles when I put it on and then settles down to do not a great deal of good.
I think it stings because the area is red and sore.
I now have it spreading to my anal area and all of it burns and itches like crazy.
I think all the creams provide slight relief because applying them is a barrier against the air and covers the itchy bits.
Drink lots of water and also cranberry juice.. good for water works generally.
When I go to pee I lean forwas so that the urine doesnt go all over everywhere and start the stinging, burning and itching.
When I have been sitting at the pc it goes off somewhat but comes back with a vengeance when I get up!
THe Vagisil cream helped slightly but cannot be used for more than a week.
I found that the Lady Tena pads I bought and used were an irritant as were thin panty liners.
I wonder if pantyhose contribute to all this as they do not allow the air to reach the intimate parts.
In my case that wont be the cause since I always wear stockings or socks but I mention it here as a suggestion you might care to consider.
To relieve the itching I get a soft cloth instead of a wash cloth and soak it in cold water, pressing the water out and over my vaginal area to wash away any urine or irritant.I dry the area gently with another soft cloth and then slaver lots of cream, usually the E45 as that is a moisturiser and gentle dermitological product.
I will try some of these suggested natural remedies given here on the thread.

I will return with the results.
All take care and let’s hope we can find some relief!

yours in hope

Mary

September 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(504) Holly says:

To Sarah- What symptoms did you have with the
lichen simplex chronicus? And if you don’t mind my asking, what symptoms appearance wise did you have? I’ve had vulvodynia almost a year now. I tried neurontin also, but the side effects were enough to make me stop it. I’m now on cymbalta. I also tried the doxepin cream, I have a rash on my labia (hair area). It unfortunately made my vulvodynia worse. ( My doctors say I have two different things going on, 1 the vulvodynia, and 2 itching.) They have been hesitant to do any biopsies and say it would only show inflammation. But I have always wondered if I have one of the lichen conditions. If you can respond back. Thanks, Holly

September 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(505) Sarah says:

Holly – I’m not quite sure which of my symptoms belong to vestibulodynia or lichen simplex, but they are as follows: itching first and foremost, then pain and achiness when the itching lasts all day without stopping for a single second, and definitely very obvious red areas on the labia, sometimes what appear to be cracks and fissures when it’s really bad.

For a year and a half I was diagnosed with yeast infections because of discharge, but none of the cultures came back positive. Finally that’s when my new doc diagnosed lactibacillosis (or cytolitic vaginosis). This was after 72 diflucan and countless creams, all with negative yeast cultures!

The biopsies where I have the itching only showed inflammation, as your doc suggested.

So sorry – I should have been more clear on the meds. Like you, I was not able to tolerate the doxepin cream, so I was prescribed doxepin in pill form. It worked beautifully, except for some side effects like brain fog, weight gain, anxiety. The neurontin did cause horrible nausea and vertigo for about two weeks, but it finally stopped – thank goodness!

I don’t know if you’ve seen this site already, but it has some pretty interesting reading on vulvodynia.

http://www.ourgyn.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=90&Itemid=66

Hope this helps. It’s disturbing that so many women have this mysterious problem; isn’t it?

September 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm
(506) Lisa says:

Hi there, just checking back in after posting my doctor’s diagnosis of the strep bacteria (post #468). I am on the last day of my medication. It started off looking like there would be no change, then about 5 days in, I got a bit of a yeast infection (thanks to the antibiotics) that went away on its own, had a really bad day where it was so ridiculously itchy and painful I was crying, but today, I’m happy to say that I’m starting to feel a bit like my old self again. The skin down there is still very thin and prone to splitting, but for the last 3 days, I haven’t felt the need to put on anything like Zinc cream or Vaseline and have done just fine and haven’t itched too bad. Am going to give it another week, and then another month to make sure this doesn’t return and if it does, I will let you know!

September 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm
(507) Holly says:

Sharon- Thanks for the info. I acutally was on that ourgyn website today. It has great info. I actually found it a while ago when I was researching my vulvodynia symptoms. Thank god I was prepared when the specialist I saw confirmed my vulvodynia! I experienced
the same side effects with neurontin ( and elavil) like weight gain also. I can’t say I have cracks or fissures on the labia, but I am using a cream called elocon. It works pretty well, but I do have some bad times, like at night. I think heat bothers it. I tend to wonder if the itching is all nerve related, like vulvodynia. I remember noticing relief when I was on elavil for 4 months. Well, sorry to bable, thanks again!
Holly

September 22, 2008 at 7:56 pm
(508) Vernessie says:

Well, hello ladies after reading all the posts on this site, I am going to give some of remedies a try until I see the
GYN. I have had this problem now for four years with no diagnose. Like everyone else I have tried several over the counter creams with no relief. I will post back after I see the doctor.

September 22, 2008 at 11:03 pm
(509) Pam says:

So glad to find so many ideas to try. I am 49, gyn tested and said nothing there, possibly ph imbalance as someone else mentioned earlier. Do think it could be hormonal in my case as it does seem to flare up around my period. I read alot of the postings but didn’t see any mention of an effect on male sex partner. my husband ends up red and itchy too though gyn says my itch is not contagious or and std, wondering if anyone else has similar situation.

September 22, 2008 at 11:44 pm
(510) Zulema says:

Wow like every one else I thought I was the only one with this crazy itch. I started having yeast infections since I was young but more when I got sexually active. One day I thought I had a yeast infection and tried treating the infection but 3 months later it came back, so it kept repeating every three months than the next year every two months.This year on January it just got worse, I would get it every month.I went to the Dr. and she said it was not a yeast infection so I was a little worried, they took my blood test and came out negative on stds. I have seen 5 different gyn Dr. and all 5 have no clue what I have and one even told me I was exaggerating and got mad at me that he hurt me down there and said “you see you have nothing”. They keep telling me to wear all cotton panties, eat yogurt, blah blah and nothing works. Some times I get so depressed I want to kill my self because it is so uncomfortable and I thought I was the only one with this problem. I did notice that i feel a little better now that I use Summers eve shower gel for sensitive skin and I try not to wear jeans, and recently I exercise. Even thought I feel better I am still itching. Unfortunately my best friend is Vagisil, I take it every where I go but I don’t want to relie on it for ever. I am scared because I am going to get my period soon and I always have the worst itch a week before I get my period : (. I am so frustrated I want to give my body as an experiment to see what the hell is wrong with me and maybe we can get help because it affects us and I know it is hard to go to work or even go out to have a good time with friends. Lets hope that someone out there finds something soon because this is very stressful and depressing.

September 23, 2008 at 12:46 am
(511) anastasia says:

hey!!im a 20 yr old college student suffering from the same iching ang burning sensation, but mines is internal iching… its mostly at night. i always use condoms when me and my boyfriend have sex so i know for sure it would not be a std. i can go all day without it iching until i get home, it mostly happens when my cycle is on. the iching is so annoying that it makes me feel like i want to cry sometimes.. i went to the doctor and she told me i was fine.. but she said it could be my hormones changing.CONFUSED ABOUT THAT ONE!!!

September 23, 2008 at 9:08 am
(512) elly says:

hey im 16 and suffering from this itching aswell . ive only had it for three days but mines all through the day and really bugging me im starting to worrie that i could have it for like 2 years as some have said above . my boyfriend says thatt quite alot of women get it but ive always been a girl that wories about my body . im going to the doctors tomorrow but im worried that they wont be able to help me i just want my vagina to get back to how it was a week ago (non-discomforting) i put vagisil on and sudocream and they seem to get rid of the itching but only untill i have to pee then the annoying itch comes bak again

please help me !!!!! :’(

September 23, 2008 at 9:58 am
(513) Holly says:

Well it seems we all have similar itching issues. When I’m really bad I will take a cool bath in aveeno oatmeal or simply rub an ice cube over the area. It does help.

September 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm
(514) Asia Leilani says:

Hi I am 17 and Ive been suffering from a bad for about 2 years now. Me and my bestfriend shared everything. One night she called and said that her boyfriend gave her herpes and ever since that night the itch started. She says that she has sores and itching, I never had a sore at all. The itching use to be unbareble but its starting to calm down on its on its not unbearable anymore I can deal with it. I dont want to tell my family and I dont want to tell my docter. i always pictured losing my virginity with my boyfriend cause he really wants to be my first but how could I say oh my friend might of gave me an std? its not as easy to say with a voice lol but um… yea I jus hope it is nothing serious when I do get the courage to go get checked out. But docters are always wrong half the time I dont want them to say its nothing when it could be something serious.

September 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm
(515) Gaylene says:

I too have been having itching and burning. I went to the doctor today and she determined that my problem is being caused by not enough estrogen. She has put me on vagifem which is in addition to other estrogen and progestren I am taking. Hopefully it will help.

September 23, 2008 at 9:20 pm
(516) DrivingMeBANANAS! says:

Zulema- Yoga helps to chase my blues away,… I have found that I get extremely violent and have horrific thoughts a few days before my period. I often think about suicide,…and I know that I need on something,…but I keep putting it off,…until the next month rolls around and I will cry and cry and cry and scream and throw and hurt,…etc. I know you aren’t as bad as I am,…but maybe if you talked to someone about your suicidal feelings,…they can prescribe something that will help throw your hormones back into the right whack again! I will do this next week, for myself. You gave me the strength,…and I’m not sure how. lol ANYWAY.

I have just put my jock itch creme on that the others suggested,…and I must say,…I feel normal! It’s night time and I’m not even itching at all! **cross fingers** I’m shocked that it worked instantly,…and it makes me think that most of it could be in my head. I will continue to use the jock itch creme and I will swear to get to the doctor about my really bad 3 day mood swing.

(If anyone else has went through the mood swing thing like me,…can you talk to me about what it is exactly and what drugs they prescribe you on? I feel silly after the short 2-3 day span of insanity that’s why I put off going to the doctor! I also don’t have insurance and I’m making a ton of excuses, huh? lol) OK,…I will be back! THANKS GIRLS!! ((NON ITCHY HUGS FOR NOW!))

September 23, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(517) Rene says:

A few years ago, my boyfriend and I had sex without a condom, and then itching started. I’ve always been really scared of getting herpes, and since my situation was embarassing, I looked a lot online and convinced myself I had herpes. one thing about all of my research is that I am a lot more understanding about it, and found out that even some of the people closest to me have it. I don’t want to sound like an a*hole, but personally knowing fantastic people who happen to have herpes really broke the skin condition’s bad stigma for me. Anyway…I digress.
I went to many doctors, and had 1 skin culture and 2 blood tests for herpes, all negative (though the doctors kept saying “false negative…” until the final blood test). It turned out I had a yeast infection, but ever since I’ve had on and off periods of bad itching without bad discharge or smells. It’s really frustrating, because the skin gets really sensitive and breaks easily. The last time I went to a doctor was about 2 months ago, and she said for the final time “don’t worry about it. really.”
it’s just really hard not to worry about it when it’s happening! I’m finally resigning to the idea that it probably has to do with points in my cycle and the detergents and whatnot that I use.
I’m going to try the vicks, right now I’m using hydrocortizone but I can’t stay on that forever.
Thanks for being here, I’ve read through the entire forum and it has eased my mind to know that I’m not alone.

September 24, 2008 at 11:40 am
(518) Laura E says:

So…I last posted around 300 and something, I am back a few months later.

The basics on me:
I’m 29, I’ve had the itching since I was 10. Yeah, 19 years of insanity. I’ve read all the posts on here…and a few (only a small few) sound like yeast infections or temporary skin irritations (and I’m no doctor–just a girl who has researched)…but everyone else sounds like they are in the boat with me. Sorry to hear it, but I want you to know that you have all given me courage to keep trying.

I have vaginal and anal itching…back in the beginning, it was only vaginal, but for some crazy reason now all the skin is irritated. It is only on the outside skin…at times it looks chapped, cracked and it is always a pinkish red…sensitive…and depending on how much I scratch (normally at night) I’ve scratched through the first layer of skin which causes burning. It’s miserable.

I can remember being 13…sneaking my mom’s vasaline, and crying just hoping that the itch would stop. I didn’t have sex until I was 19, so an STD was not ever a part of the picture…and in all my life I’ve only had 1 yeast infection. SO…I guess that this itching is just something I’ve learned to deal with.

I’ve mostly hid it, because I was embarrased…and when it was noticed (once or twice) I was just given a hydrocortozone cream).

I’ve tried a lot of what is mentioned here. I think that although we all may have the same itch, the conditions may vary…I recommend to everyone to read through the posts and try what you can. Different remedies have helped at various times.

1. Hyrdrocortozone (I apoligise for mis-spellings) –the cream can temporarily ease the itch.

2. Jock itch cream –while it never made my itch go away, it was a nice varient from the hydrocortozone.

3. Vasaline. I don’t use it anymore, but when I was young this was all I had access to and it helped a bit.

4. Make sure you STOP using fragrances in detergent and body soap. Also, air dry underwear and only wear cotton.

5. When in the shower, make sure you rinse, rinse, rinse!! I use aveeno anti itch body wash, no fragrance…it does help sooth a bit.

6. A cool bath with aveeno with oatmeal, followed by a hairdryer on a cool setting helps…if you have vaginal dryness like me…a little vagisil clear lubricant (it has aloe) is nice…

And these are just the ones I can think of, that have worked best for me. I also think mine may be hormone related…I recently went of the pill and the itching got worse…I can’t say which part of the month is worse because I think I am still trying to adjust to being off the pills.

Today, I finally had a biopsy done, they numbed the area (the needle hurt), then took a punch biopsy of the skin and gave me a stich or two. I am still bleeding a bit from it at the moment…but I am praying that the lab will be able to tell what I have going on.

Find courage that you are not crazy, you are not alone…and even if you don’t have insurance…if the itch lasts a long time please go to the doctor anyway. Because my issue has gone on so long, I now have fusing of the skin in my labia (which has its own set of problems)…please don’t wait like I did. I can’t say if they will know what is going on, but trying gives me hope.

September 25, 2008 at 12:59 am
(519) Melania says:

I have been having the same symptoms for about four months. Intermittent itching on the vulva, no noticeable discharge or odor. I saw a doctor and tested negative for all STD’s. I’ve tries over the counter yeast infection treatments as well as two doses of oral diflucan. The doctor now says that it’s not yeast after he conducted a wet mount. The itching does seem to be related to my period as it gets worse about a week before my period and lasts for about a week afterwards. I was very desperate a couple weeks ago and tried applying vegetable oil to the labia. This seems to have really helped… I used the oil for two days and then got some KY that I apply after i shower before bed. I sleep without underwear and so far (knock on wood) it’s been keeping the itch at bay. Just thought I’d share something that’s helped because I know how horrible it is. Good luck to everyone!

September 25, 2008 at 7:40 am
(520) nicky says:

Hi ladys!! I have been having this problem since I was 15 years old. I am 22 now.. I started having sex at 14, and continued reularly till I was 19 and was in a faithful relationship for 3.5 years. I am now 22 and single again. I have never had an std, and left the relationship without one too. I have been been with a few men since becoming single again, but since I had this problem in the past for so many years, I figure its a hormonal thing since I just came back off the pill and my body is readjusting to having regular sex again ( the last year of my relationship we bairly had sex ever) I am seeing one person right now and know they are std free. I have no discharge and no smell.. just a horrible itch. This all started after i shaved with a new razor and chafing a lot and ended up with ingrown hairs- so i have been growing my downstairs out a bit. Its gotten worse and worse. I will be shaving tomorrow and post back.. this is sooo horrible. I am going to try and wash all my panties again without detergent, cause I just switched to a powder from a liquid. I dont even feel relief in the shower or bath, and its the absoloute worst immidietly after peeing. It was the same 7 years ago too. i only had 3.5 years of relief while on the pill, and i wont go back cause it made me an emotional basket case.

thanks ladys, i feel soo much better knowing im not alone.

September 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(521) crystal says:

Wow I thought that I was the only one this this problme I’ve had my vaginal itch little over a year now and Its driving me crazy Im a stay at home mother and Its really hard for me to take care of my four girl with this problme.. It has killed my sex life with my husband and Im just ready for it to go away and be gone.. Ive Been to two different ob’s and they have no clue.. can someone help?

September 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm
(522) hans says:

Well my itching began about 1.5 yrs ago. it is on and off, but also the pin pricking kind that drives one crazy.
1. I have removed all soaps
2. used cotten undies
3. been to several docs.
– tried cortisone creams, fungal creams, vaselines – you name it.
4. recently one doc suggested an ultra sound that the itching could be due to nerve (or pressing of nerves in that area..something to check – i get my results in a few days.

I still think for me it is hormone related as it is horrible jst before my period and all throughout..

glad to know i am not alone on this.

has anyone found relief yet??

September 26, 2008 at 6:48 am
(523) chris says:

WOW…. I thought I was the only one in the world that had this itch…Mine seems to worse just before I start my period for some reason but some days it drives me crazy. Finally plucked up courage and I am going to the doctor next week to c about it.

September 26, 2008 at 8:36 am
(524) Ethlehem says:

Wow I cant believe how long this has been going on for. So many women suffer with the same annoying itch! I am single and in a weak moment hooked up with a friend. I didnt have sex with him but he put it in a couple of times. I pushed him off. A couple of days later I started to itch. No rash, discharge, or smell. Just really bad itching. I asked him if he had any stds and he just got tested and showed me the results he had handy in his brief case. Anyway it has been three weeks and it still itches. Obviously he had some kind of bacteria or something that has caused this. I just dont know what?????

September 26, 2008 at 10:05 am
(525) Holly says:

In response to the last 3 posts…Your itching COULD BE nerve related. I have vulvodynia, which at times does itch. From the research I’ve done, some of you may want to check into wether you have enough estrogen down there. Also, some women have a PH inbalance. Some things to try: first, make sure it’s not yeast. You can take cool baths in aveeno oatmeal. I take an antihistamine like claritan, once you get it into your system it does provide relief. Some women are just naturally dry down there. One thing I can tell you is to be persistant with your doctor, don’t let them push it off as being in your head!

September 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm
(526) Laura E says:

It’s been 3 days since my biopsy (I was poster 518) and the results came in with lichen simplex chronicus, which is to say in medical terms that they don’t know what is causing it and that it might be in my head. I itch because I scratch and vice versa, I am stuck in a cycle. My question is…what is the cause? I have had this problem for 19 years. They are going to start me with a topical steriod (and move to shots of the topical cream doesnt work)….I am a little hopeful, but very sad to hear that it’s about me controling the urge not to itch. It’s silly because do doctors really think that I scratch because I want to? I cry myself to sleep, waking up scratching because I want to? That I have had this almost all my life because I want to?

I am just really upset. I hope that you are all more sucessful than I am.

September 27, 2008 at 3:57 am
(527) Jodee says:

I am so glad I found this site, I have been suffering for 2 years. the itching drives me insane! I have tried anti-fungal creams, tea tree oil, lotrimin and other anti-itch creams which only makes it worse because of the moisture. I have changed laundry and bath soap, fabric softener sheets, underwear etc. etc. My Dr. just gave me fluconazole for yeast/candida, prescribed benadryl (LIFESAVER!) and talcom powder for moisture control. I am post menopausal, so he also said I may need a bit of estrogen as well. I just started the meds 4 days ago, so we’ll see. I don’t wear underwear to bed anymore, and that does help at night. Good luck ladies, God bless ya’all

September 27, 2008 at 8:08 pm
(528) Maggie says:

Hey Ladies.. I am unfortunately suffering from the same itch.. I mom is a nurse, and she is helping me by having me take benadryl before I go to bed and having me take long warm baths before sleep. There are also witch hazel pads that can be worn when you sleep and during the day. (or to just wipe) I shaved a lot recently which I’m pretty sure is the reason why I’m itching. Pubic hair, as much as it can be ugly, should be kept around the vaginal area. It helps the body clean and PROTECTS the area, keeping it from irritation such as this unbearable itching! The process of this hair growing back is painful, since it is prickly before it grows long enough to protect. The prickles itch, and they hurt. Some women who just gave birth have situations where they had to shave the deeper area. Again, the process of this hair growing back is uncomfortable and irritating. These women use antihistamines, witch hazel, and warm baths. I hope this helps. I have yet to see results. I have had this itch for almost a week.

September 30, 2008 at 10:08 am
(529) Sarah says:

ZULMEA!! I hope you are still reading this message board and will run across my post. Last February I was so distraught over this horrible, maddening, life-altering problem that I did try to kill myself. I was in the ICU for three days and thankfully (obviously) made it through.

I had been thinking that I’ll never date again, never get married, never have children – I’m 33 and starting to run out of time.

But after I got out of the hospital, I decided that I will go wherever I need to in order to fix this problem and not stop until I do, that I know my body better than any doctor who says I’m fine, that I know I’m perfectly sane (at least when the itch isn’t to bad!), and that I’ll fight for myself if no one else will.

My point is: Please, please go to every doctor you can find to try to help you. Do not let them make you feel like it’s all in your head or that there is no hope. Elavil, nortriptyline, and neurontin have all helped the itch tremendously. It’s not a cure, but I can sleep at night, work, or just go grocery shopping without thinking about that relentless itch.

By the way, I was treated with over 70 diflucan in a year and a half, and it was never yeast. It was lactobacillosis, which has the exact same symptoms as yeast and confuses many docs, even gynecologists.

I had some more info in my posts (numbers 502 and 505)

If you can, please respond so I know you’re ok!

September 30, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(530) Dawn says:

I just started this new birth control about a month or so ago called nuva ring and I didn’t have any problems with the first insert but now the second time around I have headaches, breast tenderness, swelling & burning & the worst of all vaginal iching and burning. There is no discharge but it itches so bad sometimes I can’t help but stop & scratch. I can’t take it anymore! I haven’t had a yeast infection in many years & since there is no discharge I’m not sure that this is one. Vagisil has never worked for me it only burns & stains my undies. I don’t want to go off the birth control but if this irritation doesn’t stop I will have to. I wish I could get something to stop the irritation. It’s very painful.

October 1, 2008 at 10:37 am
(531) KittyRN says:

Well, I have taken some of the stuff learned here and kept searching for answers. Here’s a site that may help some of you. The lactobacillosis vaginosis seems to fit my symptoms most closely. I guess I’ll try the Sodium Bicarb douches. I’ll post back if I have any results. Heaven knows that Monistat, Gynelotrimin, Vagisil, betadine soln, betadine scrub, betadine douche, Calmoseptine, Vaseline, witch hazel, cortisone cream, benedryl cream, triple antibiotic cream, nystantin cream, and a couple of other things I can’t remember right now, have not helped my problem. Let’s hope this will work. http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/610955.html

October 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(532) Maiden says:

Samantha – you asked which STD might cause severe itching. It’s “Chlamydia.” I was even scratching down there in my sleep it was soooooo itchy. My doc did a test, he said I had Chlamydia. He prescribed pills for me and my ex to take. (I had no clue back then that this was a sexually transmitted disease.) So, don’t presume the itchy area is related to a yeast infection, urinary tract infection or other irritants — see your doctor and get tested. I was in a 15 year monogamous marriage and that was the present my ex-husband gave me – Chylamydia.

October 1, 2008 at 7:05 pm
(533) Sam says:

glad to see that i am NOT the only one with this prob! mine started about a year ago….i remember exactly when….it was september…i was using dove soap in the shower…went to wash that area and must have scrubbed tooo hard….(i know, i know….sensitive area….im supposed to take it easy) dont ask why i did it…it was an accident….anyway….i noticed after that i had an irritation..chalked it up to the soap incident and i’ve been waiting and waiting for it to FINALLY stop….i started washing with summers eve sensitive skin formula feminine wash and that relieved it….at that point it would come and go…..go and come….ya da ya da ya da….you ladies know what i mean….have been to the doctor this year for pap smear, fertility testing and all that….found out i have pcos…she found no other symptoms of yeast or bacteria to cause the itching…,.however i did notice that i did not itch not one bit when i was on birth control (started and ended that back in may of this year)…only stayed on that about 3 weeks before stopping it and deciding that id rather have a baby now instead (im 28….its time!!)
im on the clomid cycles with provera to jump start my period…the itching is back with a vengeance and i am not feeling this ladies!!! i THINK im pregnant…not sure yet…waiting to see a positive result or a period before i contact my doc….due to go back in NOV for more testing anyway but i dont want to wait that long…need some relief….not now but RIGHT NOW….i’ve worn liners everyday for about 10 years now…have stopped that in recent months….have some relief but not much….i think it may be the detergent and fabric softner….my hubby does the wash and he really likes to double up on the softner so that may be my problem….going to try washing my undies separately with a mild detergent and NO fabric softner…also going to try some a&d (i hear thru previous stories it brings some relief)…decided to try that since i now have dry skin down there….im peeling, im burning, im itching…IM MISERABLE….im at my wits end….calling doc soon but in the meantime im going to try the a&d and the milder detergent….wish me blessings girls! this is really ruining my sex life….told my hubby the other day i have a raggedy P*&^% and im ready to fix this whole itch-uation…….he laughed in sympathy and pestered me some more….lol….will post back soon….

October 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm
(534) Joanna says:

I suffered with the vicious vaginal itch for years. My ex-husband is a physician, my best friend is a physician and my current husband is a pharmacist. So trust me, I have tried EVERYTHING! Nothing worked, until now. My protocol:
1.Wash with a good allergenic organic soap (no perfumes etc.)
2.Shave the area lightly and rinse thoroughly.
3.Dry the area completely (use the gentle setting on my hair dryer)
4.Apply a generous amount of triple antibiotic ointment (not cream) to the area 2 times a day.
I do it mornings and before I go to bed. I am almost symptom free after 3 days. Let me know if this works for you. Best of luck in your search for a remedy.

October 2, 2008 at 2:31 am
(535) Coyoteblu says:

Hello ladies,

I have to say that after reading a few of the post it is glad to see that I am not the only woman that has the discomfort, I have to honestly say that mine was odd because their were no bumps, redness nothing it was as if I was going through a sorry ladies horny phase that once I did that secret thing that women do I felt fine for a minute then discovered that a little bit of cortizon 10 did the trick and that is only if you have outside vaniginal itching not for the inside ladies so that you all for allowing women like me to read about things that are going at the time it is happening. THank you all.

October 3, 2008 at 12:50 pm
(536) Nicole says:

It is so comforting to know I’m not the only one. I’ve only had the itch for about a week not. But it is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!! When I don’t otch it gets a tingly feeling, and then sometimes the only way to satisfy this itch is to almost put pressure on it. Help!!!

October 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm
(537) Maitri says:

First of all, I want to thank all of you who have written in. I have been reading for some time and was a little shy to post. BUT, if these things help anyone, it’s all for the good.

I am 54 years old. From young on I suffered from yeast infections. My doctor always prescribed GyneLotrimin cream and suppositories and it always worked but would eventually come back.

Now, as a perimenopausal women with grown children, divorced and not having sex the last several years, any std’s were longsince ruled out but I found out that what I had was two-fold. In as few words as possible, both vulvitis and intertigo. The latter occurs often in women who are overweight, have large breasts, etc. I would get these terrible rashes which itched and burned under my breasts and in the creases where thigh met vulva, if that’s the way to say it, inotherwords right where your panty elastic goes around the inner leg. I wear 100% cotton and even wear them a little loose, but in really hot weather, it’s an area, like under my breasts, where it tends to sweat in the heat and being overweight there are folds of skin there where moisture etc gets trapped.

After trying everything on the market, from doctor’s scripts to otc remedies both medical and natural it just wouldn’t go away. For the area underneath my breasts and in the crease of my leg where the panty elastic fits, I found that using Lotrimin SPRAY (in the Dr. Scholls section at grocery or drugstores) for, yes, men’s athlete feet, etc, works like a miracle. In fast, it clears it up so fast the skin will actually look like it had a sunburn and the dead skin will peel off like a sunburn leaving smooth skin in it’s wake. I make sure to use Cornstarch baby power or just plain cornstarch from the grocery store and dust the areas to keep them dry after using the spray. For those areas it really works.

NOW, the vulvitis is a different matter. I have scratched until I was so red and swollen I thought I would run screaming in the streets scratching as I went! BUT I remembered a couple of things.

When I was pregnant with my 2nd of 3 children I went to an osteopath who delivered my daughter. At that time I was battling the yeast infections still. He said the most important thing to do is keep our bottoms DRY. To achieve this, as soon as you walk in the door, he said, take your panties off and put something loose and flowing on so the air can get to your bottom. THEN he said something that has really helped.

You know those silver hooded lamps people clamp onto cars to see to work under the hood. Well, they are very cheap and if you (pardon me ladies) lie on your back, your bottom clean and nothing on it. You raise your legs up or out and hold the lamp so the light hits the bottom. DON’T GET TOO CLOSE! You don’t want to BURN yourself. But the lamp treatment daily, even two or three times a day, dries all of that out down there and it feels really good afterwards. So those are 2 easy natural tips.

Lastly, the most amazing thing I have ever encountered came to me via a very old lady who still used the old timey cures. I was desparate. My eldest daughter was getting married, and while I’d never had psoriasis before in my life, it was all over the back of both hands. I would scratch them until they bled in my sleep or when I wasn’t paying attention. I tried everything on the market, from the doctor, and again, otc and natural means, and all to no avail.

Well, this elderly lady said, “I can tell you the only thing that will work, and it works on poison ivy or oak or other several itching. It’s MILK.” Just plain old, everybody-has-it-in-her-fridge milk. It had been 3 months battling in and I was in tears thinking about going to my daughter’s wedding like that, but I did what she told me.

Wash your hands gently so they are clean and lightly pat dry. Bathe your hands (or wherever) with the milk. I would lay my hands upside down in the bowl of milk so the tops of my hands were covered. The first sensation is a shock of cold from the cold of the milk, and the hot, itchy hands almost immediately started feeling better. I was to do this 3x or more a day, whenever the itching got bad, and DON’T RINSE THE MILK OFF. Let it dry on your hands and leave it there.

In 3 days my hands were so much better I was in shock. In a week, as I left for the wedding, it was gone.

So, back to the vulvitis, I scrathed so bad, knowing I shouldn’t but unable to bear the itching, which would lead to further irritation to inflamation and swelling and worse. I took a bowl of milk and a roll of clean paper towels in the bathroom, sat on the toilet and used a clean paper towel each time and bathed my whole bottom, hold a clean, well drenched towel on the worst of the itching for a few minutes. Again, the cold cold milk cut the heat and that “nerves gone insane” kind of itching. I also used it in the creases of my legs where the panty elastic went and under my breasts. It is making a huge difference.

I have, at my age, and perimenopausal has the fissures, and skin splitting and cracking and it is agony. As we get older the skin thins making it more likely that this will happen, but also my doctor told me way back when that the constant use of creams, and hydrocortisone products added to thin skinning making you more likely to irritations, and skin cracking and splitting. And any medication has been a stop-gap measure like so many of you have written in. Gets better for awhile and then goes away.

So, I am setting my course on the cold milk and it feels good and makes it better, it really does. Then when you get the least little itch start it again. I don’t know why it works, but it does, and I would never have believed it had I not gone through the psoriasis and seen the miracle on my hands. Enough of the expensive lotions and potions that either don’t work or are temporary.

And stay dry, air it out dear women! and try the heat lamp. It really drys out all the moisture which makes the condition worse and worse.

I hope I can help somebody, because truly, as we all know, you can go practically insane from the itching.

Blessings to one and all,

Maitri

October 5, 2008 at 11:28 am
(538) Terri says:

I have also been suffering with this terrible itch, for four years now. I have been to many doctors, gynos, and dermatologists. They have tested me for everything and even say “I dont know what is wrong with you”. I have been prescribed so many creams over the last 4 years that do not work, I dont even bother filling them. Finally after some research I think I have found the answer (for me and probably alot of the ladies here)

A Yeast Over Growth (google that) I know it was also mentioned above a few times. I was tested many times for a yeast infection and it always came back negative, plus I dont have the “thick cottage cheese discharge) infact there isnt much there except a bit of watery discharge.

I took a yeast quiz and scored very high on it and I also took a yeast spit test and it was positive(you just spit in water first thing in the morn…again google both and you can try them your self) all this after neg results with the doctors and the creams and things they prescribed did nothing. A yeast infection can be more in your body and come out through your skin but not be present in your vagina when they test for a yeast infection.

I have been on a yeast cleanse diet for 3 weeks (no sugar,or sweetners, no wheat, no alcohol, no dairy, no root veggies) and I take oil of oregano 2x day and last week I started on a Candigone treatment(yeast cleanse kit)and i take a nutri cleanse with flax seed, psyllium husks, dandelion root, budock root powder, fenugreek seed powder (to clean out the toxins) I also take a probiotic and eat natural plain yogurt(the only dairy I eat) and I have just started inserting a probiotic vaginally. And I am happy to say my itch is about 75% better all ready.

Most people give up to soon and so the yeast is never fully cleared out and regrows back. You need to keep at this for at least 6 months sometimes up to 2 years or more and you should do at least 2 yeast cleans kits back to back but can even do 3-4.

For me this makes complete sense, I took a fair amount of antibiotics as a child, spent 15 years on birth control then when I got pregnant with my son was when this all started, and I had gestational diabetes, after he was born I had a very bad infection in my c-section and was prescribed harsh antibiotics again…and then I was pregnant again by the time he was 7 months old.

Since being on this yeast cleanse, I also have gotten rid of the arthritis type pain I have in my hands and my anxiety has lessened alot and my moods have mellowed quit a bit…I no longer get angry or fly off the handle like I used to (and its only been 3 weeks) I also had the tender abdomen that someone else mentioned and that is slowly going away too.

Please ladies stop putting all these harsh chemicals on your vagina (even yeast creams) they are so bad for you especially cortisone cream. For the amount spent on all the creams and ointments please stop and go see a natural path doctor, I couldnt afford it so I tried to research for myself and glad I did because this was making me so depressed thinking no one knew what was wrong and that I might have to live for the rest of my life like this.

I have book marked this page and I will update and let everyone know how it goes as I plan on staying on the cleanse for awhile and completely changing my bad eating habbits for life.

October 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(539) Maiden says:

Can anyone recommend a hair removal method for down there? I’ve tried using a razor in the past, but I usually cut myself trying to get a close shave and it seems like the stubble after 1 days growth is very irritating. I would never do electrolysis as that is very painful for me and it would take years to completely remove that hair.

October 6, 2008 at 5:10 am
(540) Michelle says:

I posted comment 440 a while ago and i can honestly say I have not itched since I used the bongela. I used Anusol for the sores and dry areas and when they had healed I used the bongela mixed with lubricant such as ky. The relief was immediate and after a few days it went permanently. I hope this works for some of you girls out there……xx

October 6, 2008 at 11:34 am
(541) Kelly says:

Hey, I scratched like mad for a year,to the point I would have cuts! I couldn’t stop. But after reading these comments I realized….”I am not nuts!”
I tried the ANTIHISTAMINE, and IT WORKED!!! Like a miracle cure! I also tried Claritin allergy creme. It’s for skin itch, caused by dermatits, exzema, etc.. it all worked for me. Now the skin and everything is going back to normal.

October 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm
(542) Liatte53 says:

Hi, I am a 13 year old girl. I have had this condition for about a year now, and it is great to know that I am not the only one. When it started it was really bad, but recently it has felt a lot better. I would suggest not using soap down there, because it seems to irritate the skin. Wear loose cotton undies and make sure your clothes aren’t too tight. You could try using ‘Dermaveen shower and bath oil’ or ‘Lucas’ paw paw ointment’. these seem to have worked for me. I was diagnosed with a sensitive vulva, so that might or might not be it. Good luck!

October 13, 2008 at 2:31 am
(543) Alejandra says:

Needless to say I share your pain ladies. I have had an unexplained itch for some months now. At first I thought I has a yeast infection so being as I’m uninsured I traveled to a free clinic where I was tested for STD’s and also had a Pap smear done. All my results were negative. Now, I always wear cotton underwear since I live in a very hot climate, throughly dry the vaginal area after every shower, and even sleep with no underwear. I recently got back on the pill, but the itching started wayy before I got back on it. Now…as I mentioned before I am uninsured but made an appointment with the center I previously visited. I do use baby wipes and have always used the same vaginal wash when I shower everyday (Summer’s Eve for Sensitive Skin) which to my knowledge has no puerfumes or dyes. I did notice as some of you have said that before and after my period it tends to get worse. I have also noticed that I have an internal itch as if it is a tickle or tingle. And YES I can’t help but to scratch which only makes it worse. Sometimes I end up bleeding from scratching. Now…hopefully I’ll be able to get an appointment at this center as soon as possible because seeing as how I am uninsured and unemployed there aren’t really many options. I really don’t know what else to do. I may try taking some azo pills to prevebt yeast infections which I did take when I thought I had a yest infection before. It’s as if with them the itching went away. I can also say that the itching is accompanied with a swelling in the internal vaginal area. Not sure if that’s a gland or what but I do feel it swollen. Anyways ladies just though I’d share my thoughs and feelings…it’s great to know we aren’t alone in this.

October 13, 2008 at 6:52 am
(544) Letty says:

Ok ladies i have had the same problem, but my relief came by way of my gastro dr. she recommended calmoseptine ointment to relief itch of hemmoroids but it also helps vaginal itch. you will feel a cool sensation when u apply it but relief is quick. hope this helps.

October 13, 2008 at 7:16 am
(545) letty says:

sorry forgot to leave were to get this ointment.

October 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(546) Molly says:

i have just realized that it is the detergent that i’m using on my undies…try to get non scent detergent because scent seems to irritate my skin down there…i also used powder and that does seem to work as well

good luck girls!

October 15, 2008 at 11:49 am
(547) Car says:

I have had an itch on and off since I was on a mega dose of antibiotics in July. My first incling was I had a yeast infection. So I took the trip to the local pharmacy and picked up some monistat. Didn’t work. I was in terrible discomfort. So I called my OBGYN, she called in a Diflucan Pill and Viola, I was cured. Until about 2 weeks later when the itch returned. I again decided to use the Monistat route, and made an appt with my OBGYN. She tested me for yeast and several STD’s. Everything came back negative. After a Dose of Monistat 1, it went away after about a week. (I did this before I saw the Doc). The itch returned in Sept and wasn’t too bad then went away. It is now October and the itch has returned. I have no relief. I do not know what is causing it. I have changed my detergent to All Clear months ago. Does anyone have any suggestions? The only thing I can attribute it to at this time, is my boyfriend uses Toilet Paper with Aloe at his house and maybe that is the cause?

October 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm
(548) Melissa says:

I’M SO GLAD I’M NOT ALONE!!! This stupid itch has only been with me for a couple of days, but I do seem to remember it coming and going before. I think it must be related to hormones. I went on the pill when my husband and I got engaged, then came off for a week, and got pregnant with our first daughter, went on the patch when she was a month old, came off and got pregnant with our second daughter, then had one period naturally and got pregnant with our son. Now that he’s eight almost nine months old, and I’ve had two natural periods, this itch has started, but I can’t remember it ever being so intense. I’m definiatley going to try the tucks pads and the tea tree oil. I looked up some stuff on pubic lice, but nothing about how you can catch it relates to me. I’ll try the vaseline to and get back to you on how it works. Stay strong ladies! We are not alone!

October 15, 2008 at 6:39 pm
(549) Julie says:

Have you tried REPLENS???
Many thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I am 45 (maybe at the onset of menopause -I’ve had some hot flashes) and started getting the horrible itch inside – thankfully nothing external – last week following my period with burning/urges to urinate constantly. Was tested for the standard STDs, yeast infection, UTI, bladder, all negative. No discharge. It was unbearable last night – drove me to surf for suggestions as I couldn’t sleep and found all of your suggestions! I ran to Walmart at midnight and picked up Replens feminine moisturizer on someone’s suggestion and so far… it works for me! The itch and urge to go is gone. Amazing. Replens is supposed to be a 3-day treatment. Have to see what tomorrow brings but I had to share in case it helps someone else (at least, for tonight!) :-)

October 17, 2008 at 11:47 am
(550) Terry says:

DIAGNOSIS !!!! ladies, I have suffered from this devil itch for many months. After several attempts by gyn, (anti fungals, anti-bacterials, hormone creams, moisturizers, etc, etc.) I finally went to a Gyn-Oncologist and he took some biopsies, and I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis! Your problem may be different, but if, in fact, you do have this condition, it is treatable. I used a prescription for Clobetasol (a strong cortico-steroid) which cleared it up very quickly. You NEED to see a doctor and insist on a biopsy, to get a diagnosis of your own. Lichen Sclerosis, left untreated over time, can lead to more serious disease! PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR and start to get proper treatment. I am back to normal now, with instructions that if itching begins again, I can use the Clobetasol selectively. Sometimes the itch doesn’t show up for years at a time, but so far there is no “permanent” cure. repeat: SEE A DOCTOR! GET A DIAGNOSIS!
Love, a compassionate (former) sufferer, Terry

October 17, 2008 at 11:56 am
(551) Terry says:

P.S. yes, calmoseptine is very helpful. It does calm the itch for quite a while. However, you still need a diagnosis to find out what is causing this devil itch! Don’t delay to get a diagnosis, meanwhile addressing the symptoms with the calmoseptine cream. I had no idea that my condition would be lichen sclerosis! You need to find out what exactly is causing your itch. Please. XX Terry

October 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm
(552) Rosie says:

Ladies! I am now 73.. although I am blessed with a good skin and a youthful look.

Now.. the dreaded itchies!
I have tried Vagisil.. worked at first then after a week stopped: Sudocreme nappy rash cream.. slightly better.
Vaseline Petroleum jelly.. not really noticeable relief.
Doc gave me Trimovate.. slight improvement but when I found it contains steroids which whin the skin I decided it a no no for me.
Then Aqueous Cream BP.. great big jar and very cheap.
Slavered that on all effected parts and a tingle at first then blessed relief!
Wash with cool water two or three times a day and gently pat dry.. then slaver on more aqueous cream adn change your cotton pants. No pads becuse they chafe and also prevent the air from reaching all parts.
Even the anal itch that had spread is cooled and soothed.
At night I wear loose cotton pj bottoms pulled down at the crotch to avoid tight contact.. this after washng as before with cool water and patting dry and more generous application of cream.
This provides relief and also moisturises the skin. It can be used to clean your undercarriage instead of soap and will rinse off. It contains no perfume or anything to irritate anad although it will sting on application especially when the skin has been scratched because of the infernal itching, it will settle downand give blessed relief.
I have been using this now for two weeks and things are improving.
Another thing I will pass on to you all is that when I sit on the loo to pee I lean forward so the urine doesnt flow over you poor sore places!

Do try this Aqueous cream BP.. it isnt a proprietary named product and is soft, white and inexpensive.Huge jar!
I will carry on and report back in a week or so and continue to do so!

I do think stress plays a big part as well so try not to stress and worry. Tranquillo!

My love and best wishes to you all

Rosie xxxxxxxx

October 21, 2008 at 8:15 am
(553) Wendy says:

If you have ever been prone to allergies the best thing to do is try the elimination method. Elimate all things that could be causing this inclding shower soap, laundry soap and your TOILET PAPER(switch to a cheap brand, the more expensive ones have more lint while the one ply has almost none or better yet wipe with a damp face cloth. If you get better, you can try adding one back at a time to determine the exact cause if you feel the need.

October 21, 2008 at 9:55 am
(554) Tmac says:

I’m losing my mind. A little over a month ago, during my period, I started to get itching in my vulva. It was all external. Once my period was done, the itching got bad enough that I went to a doctor, a GP in one of those urgent-care places. She didn’t do a pelvic but prescribed two doses of flagyll on the assumption I had a bacterial infection.

Fast forward to three days later, when the itching is back with a vengeance, keeping me up all night. To top it off, my period came again, a full week early.

In full freakout, I finally went to an gyn (once my period ended) where they found yeast. Yay, I thought, finally a diagnosis. I took two doses of diflucan, and they gave me a cream to relieve the symptoms.

The itching stayed gone for a couple of days but came back, and I unfortunately used too much Vagisil, creating an even worse situation. The gyn then gave me a steroid dosepack to clear up the chemical burn from the Vagisil.

Thanks to the steroids, that rash went away, but as the steroid dose tapered off, the itching came back. Last night was another bad one – I was up most of the night.

I’m waiting from a call back from the gyn, but we’ve eliminated almost everything that could be causing it, even contact dermititis.

I’m at my wit’s end.

October 23, 2008 at 7:39 am
(555) Poonam says:

To all the ladies who are suffering,
I had bad time with the same symptoms and three days back when i was sleepless i was surffing on the net and read all ur posts.After reading them i came to know that there is no solid treatment in the market and gyn also cann’t help much…so i thought to use some old home remeady which once worked for a very bad itch on hand for me(even doc steroid cream couldn’t do such good job) and it was completley harmless and very cheap.

I m using it for three days now…at first time i felt like burning sensation for couple of minutes but it was better then the itch day i had to use 3-4 times in a day and i m really happy after that…though it is work to apply it 3-4 times but still for last three days i m sleepin and i can feel that all my readness and cuts have gone which i made coz of itching…..and i can feel that i m getting treated…..i m planning to use it for one week then i’ll give it a break and c if it comes back or it gone for ever….though for very very bad condition u may need to use it for 2 weeks….
in short here is my treatment which is working great for me without any complains—-

Here is the oil recipe-
camphor (get the pure one) ——— 1 tsp make powder if it.
castor oil———2 tsp

mix both of them keep it aside for some time it will become one solution.
and ur magic oil is ready.

to find these two ingredients u can go to any Indian grocery store u will get them there…Laxmi or swad brand is good ones(look for the sealed ones).

u all should give it a try…..

how to apply–
1.get rid of the hair and after bath of pee clean with luke warm water nicley don’t rub urself too much…and no soap.
2.dry urself with the hair drier..don’t burn urself.
3.gently apply this home made oil. u may feel murning sensation but thats ok..it will be better soon
4.wear loose dry cotton undies.

In the first few days u may need to use it after u go for pee…follow the same routine ..washing ,drying,nad applying.

it will give u a huge relief and i think it will cure u also….

what not to eat—-
lot of spices
oily
too salty
and too much of sugar

what to eat —-
vagetables….fruits, pulses ,beans etc
and drink lot of water….

and once a day if u can keep urself open in the direct sunlight for 10-15 min, it will be great.

ok ladies good luck with ur health.

October 23, 2008 at 7:44 am
(556) poonam says:

hi ladies …

one currection….
after bath or pee..

October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm
(557) Tania says:

Dear Ladies! I would like to leave you with hope after reading this comment as I might know why all of you are having vaginal intching which comes and goes without odour or discharge as I had the same thing and figured out what it was.I started having those itching bouts about 4 weeks ago.It was unbearable.Thinking it might be due to some bacteria in my vagina or something like a yeast infection,I started using home remedies for those and was applying garlic cloves and onion inside my vagina,it used to take my mind off of itching for about half an hour,but then it was coming back,no matter what i did.I did douches with tea tree oil and nothing helped.I forgot to mention that prior to that I went to a walk-in clinic and left a sample of my urine there as I suspected a Urinary tract infection because I had a slightly uncomfortable feeling when i went to urinate.The doctor prescribed me a pill for Vaginal Yeast Infection,i took it,but it didnt help and I ended up with the stubborin itching not goin anywhere after the treatment.And then in about 5 days i got a call form that clinic and they said I had URINARY TRACT INFECTION which they didnt see right away,but had to send it to the lab to see it.I took antibiotics and never was i hoping that my vaginal itching was connected to my UTI.But it was.ON THE SECOND DAY OF TAKING ANTIBIOTICS FOR MY UTI THE ITCHING DISAPPEARED!!!! So ladies, please take this into consideration and leave a sample of your urine in a near by walk-in clinic and ask them to send it to the lab for more specific testing.NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I HEARD THAT YOU CAN HAVE TERRIBLY VAGINAL ITCHING BECAUSE OF A URINARY TRACT INFECTION.BUT IT WAS TRUE IN MY CASE.Now after taking antibiotics for 5 days i got great improvement.But yesterday and today i began to feel pressure in my lower abdomen and heaviness and diseire to go to the bathroom frequently again.My UTI is cronic I suspect cause i get them very often.Around once every 6 months.So as of right now i suspect the UTI wasnt completely cured,but im not sure yet because i have not alot of symptoms and will wait a few days to see if it still bothers me.If yes,ill have to go there again.Thank you ladies for you comments.ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF YOU!

October 24, 2008 at 12:18 am
(558) PaulaT says:

Since March 2008 I have had the itch. Like everyone else I went through the process of eliminations. My finale Diagnosis is HPV. I am scheduled for LEEP next week. My concern is with this being on the out side around vulva and hair line will there be scaring?
Does anyone know?

October 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(559) poonam says:

hi ,
i(555) m having great relief and today i felt like normal.
based on my condition and then this(castor oil+camphor) home treatment i would highly recommoned anyone suffering with the horrible itch to give it a try…do this treatment for one week and then if u feel better then continue for one two more weeks to completely get rid of it.

wish u all good health.

October 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm
(560) Candy says:

Thanks for all your info. Based on comments, I realized the terrible itching began after I applied body cream to that area. As soon as I washed with Dial soap and applied baby oil, the itching stoped and has not started again.
Off the subject but re Dial soap: If you suffer from leg cramps, put dial under your bottom sheet.

October 26, 2008 at 10:48 am
(561) Miserable says:

Hi everyone, I am so glad I came across this website. I have been miserable for the past week. It seems like I am in the same boat as everyone else. I have had this itch on and off for about two years now. It seems like sometimes when I have the urge to scratch but I don’t it kind of goes away. So I am thinking maybe I have vulvodynia??
It could be stress related b/c that is when I started medical school. I am 27, on and off the pills. Right now I just want to quit school and find a cure for this!!!
I will try antihistamines, I used to have FOOD allergies before but Never thought this could be related to this. I have gone to the ob/gyn at my school tons of times and my chart always has vaginal itch as the diagnosis? She always just gives me looks and asks me where my partner is. She never orders any tests and I actually have no hope from her. It is annoying b/c I know I don’t have an STD. I have taken diflucan like mnms and to no use. I also have no way of changing my toilet paper b/c this is all we get here. I am thinking it could be due to stress b/c I am a 2nd year med student with exams coming up in a week and all I can think of is how to get rid of this itch. I can’t study at night b/c of this itch. like many others, it is worse at night once I come home from a long day at the library. I don’t have many food options either so I cannot drastically change my diet. My diet obviously involves lots of coffee, chocolate and high sugary food but you cant find many fruits and veggies here. I just want to be back in the U.S. and go see my gyn. Weird thing is that when I am home, I don’t itch?? Sex is never something I look forward to b/c of I am thinking about this itch. Sex was always painful for me. I am just glad I came across this site where everyone knows what I am talking about. All I have here is hydrocortizone but that even doesn’t work at times. I am going to pharmacy and on my list is antihistamines, baby oil, camphor oil, castor oil, Resolve plus One. I will let you know how it worked.

October 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm
(562) Paula says:

Ok ladies.I have sat here and read almost 45 comments and I think we all Know that we have an Itch here or there sometime.I never had a Yeast Infection b4 Until after i had MY 3 Child and then I started to get them.For awhile,I had the worst Itch ever and had NO IDEA Why,So naturally I was freaking…I went to my Obgyn and He gave me a Prescription for Mon-stat and that Did the trick.I also found out that YOU CAN PASS THE Yeast Infection on to your Husband in the first stage (so be careful) EAT Yogurt to keep the good bacteria where it should be,I ate so much of it;I thought I would turn into Yogurt. Believe me,IF U Have concerns/questions NEVER EVER LOOK UP Info on the web,It will scare you into thinking you do have an STD,Call your health Department or OBGYN…KEEP THE VAGINA HEALTHLY GIRLS !!!! GOOD LUCK!

October 27, 2008 at 12:02 am
(563) nervous says:

Hi ladies. Glad to know it’s so common. My itch started at the end of my period, and about a week and a half after the last time I had sex. I’ve only ever been active with one person and we’ve been together for quite a while, so I’d like to think it’s not an STD but I guess you never know. The itch was pretty bad last week for a few days, and in the past couple days it’s died down a little (not from any attempts to get rid of it).

It seems minor but I’m a paranoid person, and ESPECIALLY after reading some of the scary stories here, I am definitely going to the doctor tomorrow!!

I will post my dr. results asap.

October 27, 2008 at 8:14 am
(564) dania says:

thank god I am not going crazy, I have had this off and on for about 5 years but for the last 3 years it just won’t go away I have tried everything I went to my gyne and nothing no std no yeast no smell no odor so I don’t know what it is I have been married for the last 11 years no other patners before that I was married to my 1st husband for 6 years I am 34 years old 3 kids can it be menapose or what I don’t even want to have sex I want to but after I am in so much pain I can’t stand it, it itches so much is somtimes bleeds, if someone can help find something to help I would truly be in greatful.

October 28, 2008 at 12:43 am
(565) Dolores says:

A friend of mine suggested for intense itching to put yogurt on the itching skin and has even douched with it. She also said to hold a wash cloth on the area with as hot a water as one can stand. This itching is maddening and I plan on trying her method. She swears by it…Good luck.

October 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm
(566) V says:

So glad I stumbled across this board! I have been suffering from itchiness for months now and can’t figure out what’s wrong (no odorous discharge)! My issue is I have always been pretty “moist” down there (which could be the culprit) so not wearing underwear or panty liners isn’t really an option for me. I’ve tried applying baby powder to help absorb the moisture, but it doesn’t really help that much. I change my liners as frequently as possible, but, again, not really making a difference. I’m definitely going to try some of the suggestions on here and report back what has worked for me. I have been REALLY stressed lately… maybe that’s what’s causing it. Ughhhh…. I’m just hoping it’s nothing serious because I don’t have insurance (which is stressing me even more!). But this board has helped relieve some of the stress.. now knowing I’m not alone!

Wishing good, itch-free health to everyone…

October 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(567) HC says:

Hello, I just stumbled across this website tonight. I must say it is great. I had horrible itching back in April, but self medicated with Vagasil and a prayer. It went away for a while and then at the beginning of October, it came back twice as bad. I had not been to a gyno in years and all new patients were backed up for weeks. My itch was unbearable. I teach and I found that I had to leave the classroom at times because the itch was so bad. I would cry in the afternoons and sleeping was not an option. I would wake up every hour only to find that I was scratching in my sleep and scratching myself raw.
It spread from around the lip part to the inside crease of my leg and sometimes my inner thigh. The only place that had redness and swelling was right around the lip part but I had itchy symptoms all over. The only relief I had was vagasil medicated wipes and that was only temporary. Today, by the grace of God, I got a gyno appointment and she found no yeast. I had all the symptoms of a yeast infection except I had no discharge, yeast pockets or odor. She prescribed Diflucan. I took my first pill 4 hours ago and I already feel a thousand times better. I am looking forward to my first good night sleep in a long time. I still itch, but it is not a dying deep itch that is distracting. I hope I am on the road to recovery.
I must admit that I am a little fearful because I am reading that some of you guys have taken this route and it worked short term, but returned with a vengeance a few days later. I pray I am not like that. As for now, I am looking forward to one night of sound sleep.If it does come back, I will be back to gather all the suggestions on this forum. I just know that I don’t wish this on my worst enemy.

For what it’s worth, I ruled out a yeast infection on my own, but apparently you can have the signs of a yeast infection without discharge, odor or yeast pockets. I didn’t know that.

October 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm
(568) Mia says:

Get an allergy test done! I found out that I was allergic to corn. Some things I eat make my head itch but some things cause me to itch down south. It wasn’t a rash, just an intense itch. Turns out, a lot of the powders and creams we use for those sensitive areas have corn starch and other corn products in it. I read labels on everything now! Good Luck!

October 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm
(569) thy says:

Hi ladies thanks alot for all the comments im glad to know that im not the only one going through this.

November 1, 2008 at 10:42 am
(570) kellyam says:

I have been experiencing some itching inside and on the inner lips. Itching seems worse n the evenings and is prominant after using the bathroom. It seems that wiping will cause the area to itch, so the natural reaction is to wipe more and thus irritating the area. I went to the doctor and was examined. Oh, no odor or discharge by the way. I had her check for everything including STD’s, which I’m in a committed relations, but wanted to make sure that I wasn’t the only one commited. HA HA!! Anyway, conclusion was BV or Bacterial Vaginosis. This is when the normal bacteria in that area shifts to a different type of bacteria. This shift my be caused by hormonal changes or other unspecified reasons. This bacteria is more acidic and thus why all the irrition. She said that it was not an STD just something that happens in our bodies. It’s very similar to a yeast infection and is treated with the same medication. She prescribed me Metrogel Vag .75% the generic for this is Metronidazole Vaginal Gel .75% use twice a day for 5 day and don’t have sex during treatment as this may cause reinfection. There is also a pill you can take (JUST ONE) – didn’t catch the name.

Hope this helps!

November 1, 2008 at 10:50 am
(571) kellyam says:

OOPs….. Left something out of my previous post.

The treatment shifts the bacteria back to its normal or previous state and the problem should be resolved IF that turns out to be your problem.

November 2, 2008 at 1:05 am
(572) poonam says:

hi,
i m poonam (earlier post 555 and 559). i m using camphor oil( made at home ,check post 555 for making it) for last 2 weeks. i m getting better and for last 3-4 days i felt 90% better though i had my period also but the oil is working very good for me in that time also.
when i feel good i think of all the suffering ladies and want to tell u to try this …realy its working for me …and i wish it works for u also.
it has no side effect and very cheap also…once u get the castor oil and camphor ..c my post 555 for making it and applying and u will really be happy…
and this is good for all the itch on ur body also ,if u feel itchy on ur body…u can apply it on ur head for couple of hours and then wash, face(avoid eyes) and rest of ur body without worry…but its very sticky so may be u cann’t use it during weekdays when u have to go to work.
about the itch——-
“as kellyam said— BV or Bacterial Vaginosis. This is when the normal bacteria in that area shifts to a different type of bacteria. This shift my be caused by hormonal changes or other unspecified reasons. This bacteria is more acidic and thus why all the irrition.”

to treat this problem it should be turned back to normal type which is not irritating…and our body itself can do it coz it has turned it into the bad one ..and thats because of our bad eating habbits….so we should clean our blood by eating healthy food….less sugar ,less salt ,more green vegetables,yogurt etc…and drink lots of water….very important…

and do some self healing also…like telling urself that u can cure urself…and tell urself that u’ll be alright…u r having no itch…just do proper cleaning ,then drying,and apply the oil and forget about ur itch…
have faith and u all will be alright….but u have to work for it…..without putting efforts u won’t get anything….ok.
try ur best and tell others if u feel better.
wish u all good health.

November 3, 2008 at 11:13 am
(573) kim says:

i j went to the emergency room for this and he sd it is vaginitis, he gave me 2 prescriptions,one for antibiotics-flagyl and anthr one pill for fungus=diflucan..only prob is that diflucan is a one pill treatment and it costs 167.00 for one pill! so looks like im stuck w this unless the anitibiotics help!

November 3, 2008 at 11:24 am
(574) womenshealth says:

Kim,

Do you have a Sam’s or Walmart? Here, in Texas, they have $4 prescriptions for many drugs, and lowered prices for many others. I think I paid $10 for 2 Diflucan pills. (one pill is usually all you really need, my doctor just prefers to give two every time.

Hope you feel better soon!
Tracee
About.com Women’s Health Guide

November 3, 2008 at 10:33 pm
(575) nervous says:

hi everyone, #563. Went to the doc and she tested for yeast and STDs and also did a partial well-woman exam and everything came back clear. And then the itching was gone the next day (haha, almost a waste of a trip but I’d rather be safe then sorry) So I guess for me it was just an irritation I had to wait out. Good luck everyone!!

November 6, 2008 at 6:00 am
(576) nicole says:

Alright ladies here is the deal. Here is your answer so listen up. I suffered from the same problem for about 3 years. It was so annoying and sometimes I would scratch so much it would be red or raw. Eventually i got a Bartholin’s Cyst and went to the gyno to get it taken care of while at the gyno I asked her what the itching was from. She said that because it is so warm and moist down there it is from sweat. SWEAT!! I couldn’t believe my three year problem was from SWEAT!! She told me that washing it well in the shower was a good way to solve this problem. She said to use a mild moisturizing soap. DO NOT USE is harsh soap this will cause the skin to be dry and TADA more itching. It may work either way. You may be dry you may be moist the point is if you wash with something like dove before you goto bed it will help. This has helped me so much. You may also try switching your laundry detergent this can cause your skin to dry up especially laundry detergent like Bounce or Tide. Try to use ones with more water in them. And try out a Hypo-Allergenic laundry detergent. If this still doesnt work, make sure that if you are removing pubic hair that you dont shave it this can cause razor burn and continuous irritation for WEEKS while the hair regrows. If all else fails my friend told me about a steroid cream she used that worked wonders. Hope this helps ladies I know it helped me. Believe me though you aren’t weird and you aren’t diseased your normal. Much Love!!

November 6, 2008 at 11:27 pm
(577) funtae says:

i’ve been havin an itch to no discharge or smell i thought it was yeast so i did the monistat twice in three weeks still no relief i need help what could this be

November 7, 2008 at 8:27 pm
(578) Sandra says:

If you guys keep get reaccuring itch. Go see a naturopathic doctor. They are different than regular doctors, they try to find the root of the problem instead of just treating it over and over and over again. Yeast occurs when the condtions are just right. I also know that yeast feeds on sugar as does bacteria. So if you are having the itch problem, DO NOT EAT ANY SUGAR!!!!
Just some advice from a medical assistant:)

November 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm
(579) Tiffany says:

Hey Ladies. I was suffering with the exact same thing and came across this page last night. I think I have found a way to relieve some of the itch. I used an intimate cleanser called Lactacyd. I washed my vaginal area with it, lathering well and rinsing twice and I must say it calmed the itch almost instantly. It’s made from milk enzymes or something so I guess it kind of has the effect of yogurt some ppl swear by, but without the mess. I swear it’s a godsend!!! Also I’ve just started drinking organic apple cider vinegar with a tall glass of water. That seems to be helping also. Good luck.

November 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(580) Heather says:

Me too ladies….crazy itch. I saw a few similarities in your posts, from oral sex to stress to age (I am 48) to timing (just prior to my period). I did not think STD, no discharge or odor, redness on the outside and it was keeping me up at night. While I have not had a chance to see the Gyno yet, I tried Vagisil (burned like crazy then numbed it up, temporarily). Then I saw the A&D suggestion. BINGO! The itch is very much relieved. I will keep you updated…but, THANK YOU for all your posts.

November 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm
(581) shelly says:

First, have your gynecologist check for infections. If they can’t solve your problem, consider this. I finally figured out on my own what was causing my intense, persistent itching and pasty vaginal secretions: Tea. I was drinking lots of black tea. When I stopped, the itching subsided. When I drank it it came back. Doing a search just now I discovered that OXALATES in certain foods, coffee, tea and cola are irritants that can cause vaginal pain. Check out this link. I can tell you, discovering this connection changed my life! http://www.askdrhelen.com/health-tips/vaginal-dryness.html

November 11, 2008 at 12:51 am
(582) fixed up now says:

well, I had the itches for years, until I discovered I was allergic to latex. Now no condoms and no itch. Hope this helps someone

November 12, 2008 at 11:58 pm
(583) randi says:

Hi everyone! Thank you all for this wonderful forum, I think I would feel lost with out it, even though there is not one quick cure for all this itching it is nice to know you are not alone. I tried some of these suggestions-some sort of worked,but it also sounds like something different works for different groups of people. I tired the witch hazel-it didn’t work for me. I use vagisol when i’m out and about just to help for the time being. When i last saw the doctor about all this, she said i had something called “lichen simplex chronicus” which is just like chronic itching, and it can happen anywhere on the body. Not sure if this exactly what i have, but i did get some topical corticosteroid ointment from her which has worked the best so far i must say. In canada it’s called “aristocort R, triamcinolone acetonide ointment” She also gave me some antihistamines ” hydroxyzine” but i have yet to take one-she said it makes me sleepy. So anyway, it’s been a week now, and I’ve only applied the ointment three times in total (i’m only doing it when i have to) The itch is about 85% better, it’s still there, but much better so far. If it does keep up I’m going to try some of the other suggestions, like new TP, or using baby wipes, someone i think said corn starch, or that camphor and castor oil. Thank you all again for all these great messages and suggestions-keep it up :) Thought I’d share mine with you to :)

November 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm
(584) Kitty says:

Hi ladies, I was so excited to find this thread, thinking I’ve been alone all these years with my vag problems! I’m a little late to the thread but I do have some info that might help some of you. Like I said I used to have terrible vaginal problems that started with chronic YI’s, then it was bouts of BV, and finally moved on to this unexplained itching deep inside, with no other symptoms – no redness, no discharge, nothing. That’s what bothered me the most. I’d go to the doctor and the tests would always come back negative for every kind of ailment, I just constantly itched and nothing would relieve it! Sex was impossible (and PAINFUL!) and I generally felt miserable the majority of the time.

Finally my saint of a doctor tried prescribing me this stuff called Cortifoam. It is a steroid foam that is normally used for rectal problems. I had to use it for several months, starting at a couple times a week for several weeks, and tapering off gradually until I only used it when I needed it. It relieved about 80% my itch from the first use, and over time it did what steroids do – basically sloughed off all the old tissue and allowed new, healthy tissue to grow, eventually getting rid of the itch entirely. All in all I was on it for 6 months or so, which was nothing compared to the years I spent itching due to infections and for no apparent reason! Since I’ve stopped using it(about 2 years now), I have only had one or two yeast infections, no BV, and very rarely do I get that deep itch anymore and when I do it only lasts a few minutes. I know it won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of those things that most doctors probably wouldn’t think to try, so ask yours about it if you think it could help you. I warn you though, it is NOT cheap by any means and my insurance wouldn’t cover it.

Just when I thought I was over my crotchal issues, now I’m contending with this new external itch that happens during my period and sticks around for a few days after. I’ve been researching RepHresh and seen nothing but rave reviews on various message boards, so I think I will try it today and see how it works. Good luck to everyone dealing with these horrible problems! I know how miserable they can make you, but keep your chin up and keep looking for solutions.

November 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm
(585) Rose says:

so i started having this problem about a week ago. at first i felt like i had to pee every 15 seconds. sometimes i went, sometimes nothing happened. from all the research i did, i figured it was a UTI. well i started taking azo and drinking lots of water and i still hurt. but instead of it feeling like burning, i started to itch. no i’m getting back to normal, i just constantly feel like i need to scratch. it’s really starting to bother me =/

i feel dry?

November 16, 2008 at 4:14 am
(586) amy says:

a uti requires antibiotics to be cured. azo just relieves the pain. with antibiotics a yeast infection usually occurs so i use acidophollis to reduce the chances and keep it from getting wickedly out of control if i do get one. lots of water and low sugar yogurt with live cultures is a must also. i’ve been suffering with random itching, uti and yeast since i was 10 (and not sexually active)

November 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm
(587) Charmel says:

Man I have had this same problem since monday it is now wednesday. I made an appointment cuz I’m a little freaked out.The last time I had sex was sunday around 4pm then I went to do the laundry. I used the same soap I used last time.When I came home I did not take a shower like I usually do. I took a shower monday morning and then I noticed I was itching. Weird thing is, only the right side of my inner “lip” is itching.And when it’s not touching the other one, like if I hold it open, it doesn’t itch at all.I use the water from the shower sprayer to scratch lol. But I am very concerned. I don’t think it’s an STD cuz my bf hasn’t complained of anything but I’m still going to somebody’s doc office to get checked out cuz it’s very annoying. I will let you know what i find out.

November 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm
(588) Brittany says:

Hey ladies i found an answer that might help. i went to my doctor and told her about my itching and everything that was going on and she tested me to see if i was allergic to yeast! and i am!!! she said that 85% of woman are allergic to a type of yeast in their cervic so she put me on a 6month treatment program and i was fine i have never had a problem again

November 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm
(589) Brittany says:

Hey ladies i found an answer that might help. i went to my doctor and told her about my itching and everything that was going on and she tested me to see if i was allergic to yeast! and i am!!! she said that 85% of woman are allergic to a type of yeast in their cervic so she put me on a 6month treatment program and i was fine i have never had a problem again

November 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm
(590) kat says:

as with everyone else, I’m amazed to see how many other people have this problem – I wish there weren’t so many postings by people whose dr.s are unable to help. I have always been itchy right before my period (I’m 39 so that has been a long time) – one dr. said it is a slight increase in yeast but I’ve only ever had one ‘real’ yeast infection with yeast symptoms in my life. Yeast medicines don’t do anything either. When I was about 35 the problem started getting much worse and for the past few years it has been pretty bad. Itches mainly on one side and worse before and during my period, and like many others it is worse in the night. For a while I thought I became allergic to latex (no hormones for me, unfortunately for my husband we use condoms) but left home for work for 3 months (ie, no husband, no sex, no condoms) and no difference. For me the biggest bummer is that the itch flares up when ‘fooling around’ so that I want to say, ‘oh, scratch right there, yes, yes!” (that might be funny if it weren’t so true!)

I recently discovered witch hazel – the most helpful treatment I’ve tried. I see that it helps a lot of other people too. Also I’ve tried very hard to not scratch, wash with water when itchy, only cotton and I’ve taken to going to bed without panties. After reading all these comments I think I might try the cortizone cream for a little while.

I didn’t see anything about ‘jock itch’ but have wondered if I shouldn’t try some antifungal cream. anyone tried that?

November 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm
(591) kat says:

I just left a comment but had missed an interesting post that could be good information (#414) about Cytolytic Vaginosis.

November 21, 2008 at 10:46 pm
(592) Karen says:

Hi, ladies I’ve had this problem for years, tried everything under the sun, nothing works because it’s Morgellons syndrom or what the CDC calls unexplained dermopathy. I personally feel it’s some type of parasite. I notice strange tiny white fibers and hair growing in places it doesn’t belong. Pulling those hairs out help. Also collodial silver and wild oregano. Since using these herbs internally and externally I’ve noticed a huge difference and feel much better, although not 100% yet. The CDC is investigating this disorder now. In the meantime for more info go to morgellons.org. Hope this helps!

November 22, 2008 at 12:19 am
(593) Rebecca says:

Hi All
I suffered from undiagnosed vaginal itching for over three years. I tried everything. Thrush (candida) creams, steroid creams and foams, antifungal creams with little success. The best cream I found was Micreme H anti-inflamatory, anti-fungal cream. This provided a little relief.

My symptoms started practically overnight. I had severe itching, similar to a thrush infection but it was not relieved with thrush (candida) treatments. It went on and on. I would have to go to be and lie motionless for hours to get some relief. Steroid creams started to cause discomfort. I visited dermatologists, no success.

After all the creams it was somewhat improved but never went away. It was always there. I started getting vaginal pain, especially at night when I would go to bed.

This year I went to another doctor asking to be treated for a urine infection. Believe it or not it actually worked. I have had a recurring urine infection it seems for over three years that is likely to have caused my vaginal itching also.

It may not be the same for you but I hope this helps someone. I completely understand how terrible it is to suffer undiagnosed vaginal itching. I was depressed, and had a real sense of hopelessness and unbelievable frustration. It affected my sex life as any friction seemed to aggravate it.

Try getting treated for a urine infection, just give it a go and see what happens. If you were like me you might get some relief then have it recur, dont give up. It may be a recurring urine infection.

Rebecca

November 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(594) Vanessa says:

Hooray!!! At last Iv found something that works – Eumovate, worked after a couple of days, havent used it for a couple of weeks now and still no itch :) ). After being infuriated and embarassed by it constantly for the last year and trying everything under the sun, it is such a relief. Please ask your doctor for this if your having no joy with other suggestions, it might work for you too. Good luck.

November 26, 2008 at 10:28 am
(595) SunnyDay says:

I feel your pain ladies. I have been suffering from this for months(years?). It is EXTERNAL and does NOT seem to be related to anything happening internally. I read somewhere that tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. I have been using a tea tree oil based moisturizer (had on hand) and it works, but I am ordering just pure tea tree oil. From what I’ve read, it is supposed to make the itch GO AWAY after using for a number of weeks.

November 26, 2008 at 11:21 am
(596) Jan says:

Hello, has anyone thought of switiching to non-scented TP, and carrying their own when they go out. TP is the cause for me, too much lotion and perfumes in it after child birth it has been a problem.

November 26, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(597) Rosie says:

i did post about me using Aqueous Cream BP after washng vaginal area with cold water, dabbing dry and donning clena cotton pants.
The itchng began Sept 7 2008 and comes and goes. itr ius now Nov 25 2008! The cream certainly seems to work for me as it sooths after application. When I have scratched as do we all? ot stings on application but soon goes pff and stops the itch.
Just been told that a solutuion of bicarbonate of soda also wil bring relief. Not tries this but I will and report back.
i have tried Vaseline, Vagisil, Canestan cream, Sudocream nappy rash cream and E45 cream. None work for me!
Watch this space!
We can beat this gals as long as we keep swopping ideas!
All take care and try NOT to scrtch!
Rosie

November 26, 2008 at 9:40 pm
(598) Brigitte says:

I had the same problem went to different gynocologists they found nothing, but I was still itchy I found this really good doctor and he told me just because I don’t find anything doesn’t mean you don’t have something he said sometimes women get a either too much good bacteria or too much bad bacteria there always has to be a happy medium. In order to fix this problem go to a vitamin store like GNC or Vitamin World and ask for probiotics trust me it helps take one pill a day and it fixes the problem I brought Pearls they are considred the best.

November 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm
(599) Fiona says:

Hi there, up until 5 days ago I was suffering terribly with the same insane itch, no or little discharge, unable to sleep…a total nightmare. I went to the doctors almost two weeks ago and was prescribed canesten cream and pessary, and a course of amoxycillin, and had a swab taken. The antibiotics and cream didnt work at all, I tried practically all of the suggested remidies on here also, nothing would work! My swab results came back 5 days ago which said I had possible bacterial vaginosis, so I was prescribed 200mg Metronidazole (im breastfeeding so not the full 400mg dose) and Canesten Hydrocortisone and its worked! The itch is 90% better, from the first day of treatment I was sleeping the full night, so hopefully that will help some of you girls! Good luck, and I have sympathy because this itch really is a terrible thing!

December 1, 2008 at 12:35 pm
(600) JDaniels says:

The first time I went to the gyno with this problem was around 1994, yes, ladies, fourteen years ago. He panicked when he saw it and called a friendly dermatologist and told her I needed a biopsy that very day. While I was listening. So I went over to her office and she looked and chuckled and said “Biopsy? This is a STAFF infection.”

But I am in the same boat with the rest of you now. I’d be interested in knowing if any of you have seborrheic dermatitis, which simply means “oily skin irritation” or an allergy to your own skin oils, which is an auto-immune disease. Yes, I do, and the southern itching is related to it. If I go on antibiotics for any reason, even the mildest amoxycillin, the first thing that will happen is a florid, itching, raised welt rash on my face and around my hairline(s). The last time I was prescribed amoxycillin, then went back to the GP because of the rash, HE panicked and sent me to the dermatologist on an emergency basis that very day for what turned out to be a virulent outbreak of seb-derm. Enough so that the dermatologist trekked a bunch of other strange health care professionals through the exam room to see it. (I know what the elephant man felt like now.)

Though all of you are describing similar symptoms, there are any number of causes, and it’s going to be trial and error to find both cause and treatment. I find Prep H wipes to be effective, no matter WHAT you wipe with them. I wash any and all itchy places with Nizoral shampoo, which is an anti-fungal that is also available as a prescription oral medication. It used to be used to treat the fungus you can get under your fingernails and toenails, and maybe still is. The trouble is that you have to take it for several months, and your liver function has to be monitored while you take it.

I haven’t seen anyone clarify that when we say “yeast infection” what that means is an OVERGROWTH of the natural yeast that our bodies need to balance the natural bacteria we also carry. This is why, when you take an antibiotic, you will get a yeast “infection”. Your body is producing more yeast because the antibiotic has knocked out not just your strep throat (or whatever) but also the natural bacteria that you need. Yeast is an opportunist. (Like arthritis.) When you eat yogurt to combat the yeast, you are adding back the natural bacteria that the amoxycillin (or other antibiotic) has attacked and killed. That’s why it’s important to eat yogurt with live cultures as opposed to frozen yogurt, which has none. Unfortunately.

I don’t think what any of us are describing is a “vaginal yeast infection” in the traditional sense. It’s a topical reaction to something, a reaction that is related to yeast, in the same way that seb-derm is related to yeast, or that thrush is related to yeast. An interesting note is that if you take an inhaled cortisone for an extended period (for example, if you have COPD) then you will develop thrush and have to treat it with nystatin. If you are full figured, you can get a yeasty infection under your breasts and in the creases further south. I’ve found two things that help this, and they might help the itchy problem, too. First, after you shower, use a powder ESPECIALLY IN THE CREASES like Tinactin (yes, the foot fungus powder) AFTER you are dry. Second, and I’ve tried this and it works, try using your anti-perspirant/deodorant in those creases as well. If your dermatitis is caused by excessive moisture, this should help. I like the gel version.

The whole thing is perfectly logical: yeast=fungus. Fungus is the antithesis of antibiotics. Fungus likes to grown in dark, moist places. (You’ve heard of mushrooms?) So, IF your itchiness is due to seb-derm, or if it is an overgrowth of yeast, the treatment is essentially the same. Yogurt or some other anti-yeast treatment. Nizoral shampoo. Prep H wipes (which simply contain hydrogen peroxide). Limited topical cortisone. Oral Benadryl or even topical Benadryl (which treats the symptom but not the cause), anti-fungal cream or ointment or powder, Lidex… All the same tune, just different lyrics. And by the way, it is probably chronic, so there’s not much hope of an actual “cure” but just continual treatment.

I hope this helps someone. I’ve got to go scratch. ;-)

December 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm
(601) Debbie says:

I just found this, and have read some of the comments. Thanks for all the suggestions. I just don’t know what to try first. My yeast and urine tests were negative. I haven’t had sex in 12 years and am 50 years old. The itching has been going on for a year now. I was just in tears from desperation. Thinking it was yeast, I tried every across the counter yeast med there is. I would get some comfort but continued to itch some during use. Diflucan was useless. Sometimes, I think the itching mimmicks some of the itching I have from dry skin on other parts of my body. When the itching gets worse, I have to urinate more often. I don’t know if this is UTI or just a reaction to the itching. I can’t wait tell I have more time to read all your comments and start trying your suggestions.

December 2, 2008 at 2:40 am
(602) Becca says:

Ladies I feel your itch……Like many of you I’ve been married for 18 years and I have two children. The itching started after I had my last child. I’ve been to my GYN TONS of times about this and have been tested for everything. Everything is negative, nothing works, and I still have this insane itching.
The only relief I have found is to fill a bathroom size cup with lukewarm water and add a cap full of Hydrogen Peroxide. With a medicine dropper rinse the vulva area with the mixture. You can even rinse just inside the vaginal area with the water as well. If you have been scratching, you might get set on fire from the peroxide stinging. If you don’t have any open sores (if you’ve been a good girl and haven’t scratched much) the rinse will be refreshing and stop the itching. Then I put Neosporine on the itchy area. This helps for awhile, but after a while you’re back to itching.

Lord I wish someone could help us with a permanent fix on this! When a doctor can’t find the problem what on earth do you do???

December 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm
(603) Dacia says:

I have the terrible itch! Do you think
there are new chemicals in our products
now that are causing this?

I just ran to the doctor, crying, she
gave me a superscription’s for a Yeast
Infection.

It’s not herpes, it’s not a yeast infection,
I don’t know what it is, but we have all
got to keep each other informed.

I am thinking of printing all of this out
before I see the Doctor..in 2 days.What the Hay is
happening to us?
Did your mom’s or grandmothers ever go through
this?

It’s got to be the products we are buying.

I am worried.

I was hoping by the time I read the last entry
someone would have a cure by now..boo hoo

Bless all of your hearts for the postings!

December 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(604) Sunlui says:

Oh gosh , Iam having too much itch and a white stuff like mucus comes out and this makes it itch a lot which makes it go swollen and when I wash it using my finger gently in to remove the mucus then I get relaxed , please someone do tell me what this is, Iam married for 15 yrs and have 3 children.

December 3, 2008 at 10:52 am
(605) Dacia says:

# 604…..

Going to the doctor tomorrow.
After reading all of the above comments.
I went home last night and soaked in
a warm bath. I grabbed a bottle of virgin
olive oil from the kitchen.

I massaged the oil and just soaked.
I dried off gently, clean garments,
and slept the whole night without itching.

This morning, I showered, grabbed that
olive oil and lightly applied it.

I did take a one pill (for yeast infection)
that the nurse gave me yesterday as I
ran in crying about the itching.

Now, I don’t know if I am getting releif
from the ONE PILL or if the oil is soothing
me..

Will keep you posted..
Talk to your friends, mothers, grandmothers
We have all got to get some relief….
Very uncomfortable….try the oil
D

December 3, 2008 at 11:01 am
(606) Dacia says:

sorry, last comment..I was #603 Dacia

Oh yeah, I got this olive oil at
the dollar store.

It was Virgin Olive Oil with Soy Bean

Christmas sale…$1.50

December 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm
(607) ashley says:

stop eating white bread that is the culprit it causes severe thrush (itching) in women worked for me

December 5, 2008 at 5:26 am
(608) andy says:

One-time use of Dial soap followed up with baby oil eliminated about 95% of the itch. The “Vinegar Anniversary Book” noted using apple cider on that part of body that itches. It works. Good luck

December 5, 2008 at 10:56 am
(609) Dacia says:

Dacia #603

Reporting back from my doctor.

It makes since to me…I hope to be

itch free…

check out

http://dermnetnz.org/site-age-specific/pdf/pruritusvulvae-itchyvulva-dermnetnz.pdf

December 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(610) LT says:

I was so happy to find this site today because I was starting to think that I’d lost my mind. During the day I get little twinges of itchiness, but as soon as I walk in the door at home in the evening after work it’s like someone announces “let the itching begin”. It’s so embarrassing because the children want to talk to me and all I want to do is scratch. And once I’m in bed, oh my god! I scratch until I’m raw and my vaginal lips basically swell shut. Last night I scratched and then got scared because a knot rose up on one side of the lips. Now I’m thinking I’ve caused another problem. I’ve been celibate for over 5 years so I know it’s not std related. I also have a cystocele, which is a prolapsed bladder and thought maybe that is what’s causing it but I really don’t think so. It’s so good to know that I’m not alone. I’m going to try the antihistimine and the witch hazel pads.

December 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm
(611) AmRf says:

yeah i have the same problem!!!! I just lost it to my boyfriend, i only did it 4 times and im scared cuz after the 3rd time i exsperienced some itching, no discharge or oder, just itches around the entrance, sometimes i rub it to make it feel better but the itch always comes back, is rubbing considered scrubbing??? but n e waiz yeah, i think it might be a yeast infection, i tried to make an appointment at plan parent hood but the said they cant make scheduals til january, that really suck for me cuz im scared it might be something worse, i havent talked to my boyfriend about it cuz im not sure if i got anything, or if he gave what ever this is to me, i dont know but i know i need help and what to get

December 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm
(612) AmRf says:

yea i ment scrathing not scrubbing, that sounds so stupid when i read it

December 6, 2008 at 9:48 am
(613) megan says:

ok the thing is this. i’ve been having on and off vaginal itching for like 5 days. that’s like after my period ended and after my so called sexual activity. and i’m really scared about it. i don’t know if i have an std because there wasn’t really any penetration. but yeah there were like kissing and oral sex. so the thing is now, i have this itching, but nothing else. no discoloration, no swelling. just vaginal itching that itches a lot. it’s so annoying and troublesome

December 6, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(614) Lynn says:

I’m an old lady, celibate, and on reading a lot of these comments and several of the sites recommended conclude that my problem is dermatitis. So I will try the benadryl and witch hazel before moving to more sophisticated solutions.

One thing I learned many years ago, though, is not to use soap of any kind on membranes. Flush thoroughly, pat dry, done. This more or less cured the off-and-on more or less chronic yeast and ‘nonspecific’ vaginitises I had through my 20s. I resorted to this after a number of expensive creams left me with rebound issues (great for the pharmaceutical companies), and finally after it came to me that iodine – prescribed to fix the rebound issues – was not a good thing to be douching with. I shudder to think of it.

Good luck with it to all of you. It’s a frustrating, discouraging business sometimes.

December 7, 2008 at 12:00 am
(615) Crystal says:

I of course have the SAME problem as everyone else on here or else I wouldn’t be here! Sounds like a hit or miss situation, one thing that works for one woman , may not work for you. I am going to do the hair dryer after showering, going to use UNSCENTED baby wipes, going to sleep with no panties(even though I’ll hate it) I am going to try to find a unscented soap, and I am using Vagisil cream(first time tonight -wish me luck). I think that it may have something to do with blood sugar levels as I am borderline diabetic, so I am going to try to REALLY smarten up with my diet! STRESS! Yup, I have it…I think that could be a factor too, and the hormone thing! Right before and during my period! CRAZY! It IS worse then, for me anyway. I am scared to have sex…hate using condoms,I don’t feel that what I have is contagious, but would hate to take the chance! I went to the Dr. too…nothing. He told me to come back if it persisted.I don’t know what to do!Best of luck to all of you!

December 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm
(616) hjm says:

I had the same problem, severe, uncontrollable itching to the point of bleeding for several days, worse at night. Tried OTC yeast medication with no effect. The itching started ~5 weeks after I gave birth. I suspect it was due to increased moisture causing skin breakdown from normal discharge after having a baby (like a 6 week long period) I was wearing thick pads, not showering every day since I am home with a newborn, and the clincher was having sex one time with a condom, after that it became unbearable. I read a bunch of entries on this site and came up with something that worked. To treat the symptoms (not the problem), I used a prescription steroid cream called Lidex that I have used to treat eczema for years. It treats the inflammation and speeds up the healing process. This is not for long term use, just flare ups, it can thin your skin if overused. You can use the OTC hydrocortisone creams for itch relief, they take longer because they are weaker steroids. I also used an OTC benadryl topical cream to control the itch. After the first application of these two creams, I was 90% better, in three days it was completely gone. I also stopped wearing pads, started showering daily (or more if itchy)using Aveeno soap instead of Dial, and drying well after shower for prevention of skin breakdown from moisture. Its been about two weeks with no recurrence. Hope this helps someone!

December 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm
(617) Abigail says:

I just got put on the pill about two and a half months ago. I’ve been with two guys and they have both been checked for STD’s so i know its not that. but i was on Yaz and wasn’t supposed to have a period at all. But i had a period for almost three weeks straight. When i would have sex with my boyfriend it would almost burn so we quit and it got better. but now i have a terrible terrible itch with no discharge or odor. i have no idea what it is but its driving me crazy. i dont know what to do. can someone please help me!!

December 14, 2008 at 10:50 am
(618) Jennifer Goldstone-Smith says:

Hi All,

I have had this same itch for about 4 months now. Comes and goes…what I have noticed is that the itching increases as it gets closer to my period. I’m 43 and peri-menopausal….I believe it to be a fluctuation in the hormones. Whether pregnancy triggers it, puberty triggers it or the “change” triggers it, It is a hormonal reaction of some sort even birth control pills. Think back and see if any of these one things was going on when it started. I know my testosterone is low and I started taking a very low dose of testorone cream …it helped….definitely, however I did not like the side effects of the cream, so I stopped taking it and it is back….So instead of all the band aids ie. cortisone, benadryl you need to get the root of the problem…hormone imbalance…..I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do. But one thing I know don’t itch….squeeze the area or push on it , but don’t scatch…it tears down your membranes. Hope this helps.

December 15, 2008 at 1:58 am
(619) W says:

k seriously, this is getting really annoying… I’m 18, this is the first time I had this itch, and I REALLY didn’t feel like reading through over 600 posts… sorry. I’m embarrassed to go to the doctor or my mom and prefer to remain anonymous (hence the internet), it CAN’T be an STD cuz my bf was a virgin, I’ve used only 2 different types of soaps in the past like 4 years, I’ve had no problems with my birth control patch, and the itch started a few days before my period, no discharge, only period crap, and no smell. It’s mostly on the top by the clitoris and a bit on my bumcheeks and on my lips inside and out. It can’t be crabs either, cuz then my bf would have had it awhile ago and he’s really the only person I’m in close enough contact with to get them from anyone. it’s driving me insane, and my freaking panty-liners aren’t exactly helping. I can barely get to sleep because of how bad it is, and if I’m at work it’s worse, because I CAN’T do ANYTHING. please help, someone!

December 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(620) Missy says:

Hello, I’m 34 years old and have been itchy for about 5 years now with no unusual discharge. It’s only on one side of the vulva – the left side. It’s not bad during the day but definitely at night it wakes me up. When this first started I did all sorts of reading and research on anything that could cause vaginal itching. I thought maybe parasite but when I went to the gyno, after she did a test she looked puzzled and said “I think it’s yeast” and gave me a prescription for fluconazole, which I didn’t fill because I didn’t find her guesstimate convincing enough to stick chemicals in my cooch. On another gyno visit a different doctor upon vaginal examination seemed equally puzzled and just remarked “hmm you seem to have a little imbalance” – and that’s all she said. I’m not sure why I didn’t ask a follow-up question, I think I was just relieved that I wasn’t pregnant, the itch seemed minor at that moment. Sometime thereafter I switched to a 75% raw vegan diet, and shockingly, despite the raw food diet having solved every other problem I ever had, the damn itch was still there!! I am truly puzzled. I finally decided to buy a yeast infection treatment (Monistat 7), but it doesn’t seem to be helping even though I’m on day 6. I’m still itchy. I notice that fruit, alcohol, and sugar make it worse. I also notice that when I scratch, sometimes I feel bubbles in my intestines. At this point I think it is perhaps an internal candida? I am going to do more research and see if I can solve this. I don’t have sensitive skin at all so I doubt it’s soaps or anything like that.

December 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm
(621) Cat says:

I have this too. I have had vaginal ithcing for about week – no discharge or odor. I thought I had thrush but treatment has not worked. I am worried because I have had some spotting between periods recently but the Dr said that was due to me having had 2 children in 4 yearsa and breastfeeding them both for over a year. I stopped breastfeeding in Aug 08 and he reckons the periods are still settling down. However, now this itching has started I am worried about cancer. My Mom died of cancer in August and it has left me with a terrible fear of it. I am under intense stress due to my grief. Don’t really know what to do. Good luck to you all.

December 18, 2008 at 9:22 am
(622) Nethra says:

I have the same problem for the past few months. There is an intense itching but no discharge or smell or colored patches. especially i could get it during the few days before the onset of periods.I had consulted a gyneac, who prescribed some lotion and powder which has no relief. I am really scared of what it is? I am just 22 and got married few months ago. Its really horrible to express since i cannot control rubbing for 4-5 days.. Please if anyone could suggest the right way, i will be more thankful to them…

December 18, 2008 at 10:00 am
(623) Nethra says:

I have the same problem for the past few months. There is an intense itching but no discharge or smell or colored patches. especially i could get it during the few days before the onset of periods.I had consulted a gyneac, who prescribed some lotion and powder which has no relief. I am really scared of what it is? I am just 22 and got married few months ago. Its really horrible to express since i cannot control rubbing for 4-5 days.. Please if anyone could suggest the right way, i will be more thankful to them…

I could say one best way to reduce the itching/irritation, that i did this and got a temporary relief. Add 2-3 spoonful of salt in a warm water and immerse the infected area in to it for few minutes, it works for me and i am doing so even now..

December 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm
(624) helpme says:

I am 27 years old and have been suffering from minor itchiness my whole life. However, 2 months ago the left side of my outer vaginal lip swelled up and became incredibly itchy. I tried sitz baths, ice packs, i wear cotton underwear, don’t use any product down there, nothing helped. I went to the doctor and she gave me a prescription for a 1% hydrocortisone. Swelling went down a little but not much, itching eased a bit but seemed to come back in full effect when i got my period. i tried shaving all the hair off, what a mistake that was…my skin became dry and started scabbing. the scabs have almost completely healed now though.

i am still going to try applying one drop of tea tree oil 2x a day, and get some aloe vera gel to help with the itchiness. i’m wondering if anyone else is experiencing swelling along with the itch? i can’t stand the way it looks and i’m afraid this is never going to go away. :(

December 19, 2008 at 12:12 am
(625) Sera says:

I have a similar problem. This is the second time that it has happend. The first was last year around the same time. The itiching was on the inside however. It got to the point where I could not sleep at night I would constantly wake up at night. Now it has returned, I do not know if its because of a UTI that I got, but the itiching came the day after the UTI. I went to the gyno and I got anti biotics for the UTI, and he said that he saw nothing, no irritation, no infection, nothing. So since he is a horrible gyno (like most I have been to – I’ve been going to him for 8 years on and off now) he insists that there is nothing wrong.

So the itiching continues, I do recall my regular doctor giving me antibiotics last year and it helped, however he is on vacation for a week, and that is just the worse.

December 19, 2008 at 3:49 am
(626) Stacey says:

Ladies……JOCK ITCH. Get the creams and sprays. It’s a fungal bacteria but it’s very controllable. It’s also very easy to spread while infected!!!!!

December 20, 2008 at 12:59 am
(627) lynn says:

I was itching for no reason my discharge was white thicker but no oderthis has happened maybe 3 times a year my paps r always fine someone wrote about tea tree oil its great make sure you get the kind that is for anywear on body it is also a fungus fighter and can be bought at CVS but the best is stuff called rocket balm completly takes itch away find on internet or sex stores but worth calling to see if they have it it says its for men they will tell u it works for both and its cooling

December 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(628) nobluemoon says:

Oh my, I never realized this was such a problem for others….I have been going crazy every night for the last 4 years with this crazy itching, no discharge, no odor, just itching until I think I am insane…..I used Monistat on the advice of a pharmacist and there was only minor relief during the week that I used it…after I stopped, it was back full blown…..I wonder if it is some type of worms or something, as this itching is almost always at night…I shower, cleanse every night, I shower, cleanse every morning, wipe myself, and except for some moisture, which is normal, there is no excessive discharge or anything like that, so why is this going on and on? Some of you have given some good advice, and I am actually relieved to see that I am not the only one with this problem, but then, what is it, an allergy to food, to our own urine, to our own moisture? I know it is not a yeast infection, so what the heck is it?

December 24, 2008 at 9:54 am
(629) Samantha says:

Wow i am so glad that i am not the only one…i have itched so bad that it is seriously inflamed, i dont know what to do i have tried creams and they are not working and i am even itchy RIGHT NOW! I have read almost every comment on here i wanna try the witch hazel ASAP. Although i must say i do remember when this started and i swear i think it has something to do with having hair down there because when i would shave and it would grow back i would itch like crazy on the top where i would shave and i think i must have spread some infection or germs from itching with my hands or something… i dunno but i need some relief before i go CRAZY

December 24, 2008 at 11:43 pm
(630) Emma says:

I’m 18 and just started having that itch last night. My boyfriend and I had sex last friday night twice. Once with protection and once without. I’m pretty sure I don’t have an STD because we both got tested a few weeks ago. It’s so aggravating and embarassing! I try to scratch undercover and the way I walk is just ridiculous. I tried using an anti-itch cream [vagisil, I believe] and it only soothed the itch for about an hour. What other things can I try to soothe it for more than an hour?!?!

December 27, 2008 at 11:37 am
(631) alison says:

man, it is awesome to know i’m not alone. this itching is driving me insane. i tried the yeast infection stuff…yeah, didnt work. now i’ve got baby rash cream, and it seems to be working. this first started a week ago, and i hate it. i dont want to itch anymore because it is so raw down there. i’m going to try to drink more water and cut back on the coffee and see if that might do anything.

December 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm
(632) jane says:

Just a few tips…

1. Try to stay as clean and as dry as possible
2. Whenever the urge to itch strikes, try using witch hazel pads or a soft cloth, and NOT your fingers or nails (that will make the situation worst and may lead to a serious infection)
3. Try Azo yeast tablets (one tablet three times a day.
Hope these tips helps! I too would like to know the cause of such repeat itching, as yeast infections have been ruled out. This forum, however, has been extremely helpful!

December 30, 2008 at 4:50 am
(633) ursla says:

i am having vaginal itch and uti for a few months already.my discharge is thick like cottage cheese sometimes, especially when it nears my period. i have a burning feel near my vagina, esp during my uti. i experience pain during sex sometimes.i feel that my vagina is too dry sometimes.i have even stopped using feminine wash and douching and also sex.
i am worried that it might be std or cancer or something bad. and most importantly, i’m worried that my husband will be infected.
please help me.

December 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(634) Judy says:

I have had the same symptoms as each of you and it has been twice within the last couple of months. The doctor didn’t find any problem but prescribed Diflucan (which I took just in case it was a mild case of a yeast infection). I had the same occurance this past week and instead of going to the doctor I tried a prescrition Ketoconazole 2% on 12/30/08 and it worked almost right away and today 12/31/08 I feel much better. I no longer feel like I need to use a brillo pad. I only had the cream at home because it was prescribed to my 8 year son for a small fungal thing he had on his feet. It is for fungal type problems – but hey it worked for me. I use it 2-3 times a day. Good Luck!

December 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(635) mary says:

I have had intese itching for about 1 1/2 years. I knew it wasn’t a yeast ionfection b/c I did not have any other symptoms. It can be terribl, almost unbearable at times. I tried one of the recomcendations today the witch hazel. it really seemed to help me. From what I have been reading, I think I may have the beginning of linchen sshelrus( I am not sure how to spell) If anyone out there has this diagnosis i would love to hear what the prognosis is and what you have tried. Thanks everyone :)

January 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(636) Judy says:

Trust me when I tell you ladies that the Ketoconazole worked wonders. I had the same intense, unbearable, itching that you described. I could not get a diagnosis from my doctor and I feel it is because it is something in the fungus family causing the skin to get irritated, etc. Just like when one gets a rash of some sort on the skin – the same thing can happen on the skin down there as well. Try it and post the your outcome. Judy

January 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(637) Gracey says:

Wow! so many people have the same problem! You would think that a gyn somewhere would figure out what the problem is and how to fix it, because the itching is enough to drive someone crazy!!! When I was younger (15-18 probably) I had extremely bad vaginal itching before my periods and durring them for the first few days, i never thought too much about it i guess i thought it was the norm. But it stopped after a while and i forgot all about it for a while. But this month I started taking fertility drugs and all of the sudden its back and driving me nuts!!! Ive looked all over the internet for something to explain this and how to fix it but found nothing. So I got some vagisil and baby powder which relieves it temporarily but by the next time I pee its back! Quite annoying!! And now that my period is half way over its gone! its sooo strange…has anyone been to the dr that has had the same problems??? any advice???

January 4, 2009 at 3:29 am
(638) Joiya Elayne says:

Hey Ladies, im only 18 and recently i have been stressing about my father coming home from vacation. Long story why ive been stressing, but recently ive been getting an itch at night. When i looked down there i have tiny fine bumps on my inner vaginal lips and i am really red from scratching. my vagina is really irritated. Once i start scratching i tend to swell up. So i applied cold water and 1% hydrocortazone cream (vaseline)kind and the itching went away, I also changed my underwear. Ive never had this before and there is no odor or an outbreak of large bumps or any discharge. Freaked me out until i found this website and read about more women like me. it really helps, let me know the results from the drz ladies. Would love to hear the feedback.

January 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm
(639) Ebony says:

Oh my gosh I have the same problem. I have had it for a couple of years now and I use Vagisil it works for my outer vagina but I want to have intercourse I cant do so withthe itch. I have been tested for a yeast infection and its negative. The doctors said I am addicted to vagisil and I need to stop but its soooo hard!! Anyone else in the same boat???

January 5, 2009 at 1:26 am
(640) kc says:

I can’t believe there are so many other women with this problem!! I have been having this problem for 1 1/2 – 2 yrs. now. I seriously wonder if this has always been a problem for women or if something has recently caused it for all of us?

January 5, 2009 at 1:28 am
(641) kc says:

Someone needs to start a Yahoo group for this issue! Possibly, by doing so, we could brainstorm some solutions!

January 5, 2009 at 9:32 am
(642) jennTr says:

I have had the same problems for months, probably since around August. It was driving me insane! I tried 2 things that definately worked, both of which I read about on here. First I switched laundry detergents and second I used some generic vaginal itch cream (purchased at a pharmacy…but you can also find it at Walmart). I hope that this continues to work for me and I wish the same for you ladies!

January 5, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(643) kb says:

i just started itching a couple of days ago. after researching on the web i think it may be Trichomoniasis. its a curable std (i know. std) that can be transferred through sex without condoms, bathing suit or towel sharing. the parasite reproduces every 8-12 hours which would explain the constant itching. if you’re sexually active your guy wouldn’t know if he had it because it is very rare for men to have symptoms. womens symptoms include (some not all) itching, colored discharge, occasionally no symptoms at all. it can be treated by prescription. im going to my doctor in a couple of days. so ill let you know!

January 6, 2009 at 12:33 am
(644) Angela says:

I can’t believe how many people suffer from this!! I had itching for a couple months, so bad that I would make trips to the rest room just so I could grab a wad of tp to itch with, then be mad at myself for giving in to the urge, now in pain. I tried everything, read all the comments on here, surfed the internet, and then I found the cure in my medicine cabinet. I had a baby last Feb, and when we brought him home from the hospital he had a diaper rash from antibiotics, BAD! It was raw and bleeding!! His pediatrician gave us samples of the cream “Calmoseptine.” I soon went to Walmart and bought a whole tube, for it cured his rash in two days, I mean it was GONE!! On it reads: “a moisture barrier that prevents and helps skin irritations; skin irritation from urine; diarrhea perspiration; fistula drainage; minor burns; cuts; feeding tube site leekage; wound drainage(peri-wound skin); scrapes; itching. As I was thumbing through creams for my VI(vulvar itching) I tried hemorrhoid creams, yeast infection creams, vaseline, desitin, and then I came to this. The minute I put it on, I was relieved. It has menthol in it, which is an antiseptic and analgesic, but leaves it nice and tingley feel good. Also, the next morning when I woke up, (yes, I slept ALL night!!) NO ITCH!! I just started using it as a routine before I went to bed, and after my shower in the morning, and my itch was gone!! I wanted to get back on here and tell all you miserable girls about my findings! I hope it works for you all as well! It is in the pharmacy section of Wal Mart, a green tube or tub. I found it right above the Band-aids. When I visited with the doctor about using it, she just said “It’s amazing stuff, isn’t it?” After all this time of being miserable, I found out the cure myself!! She just said to make sure to use it on the outside, not to get it in the urethra, or it could cause a UTI. I just rub a small dot (maybe the size of a pea) on the perineum, and that seams to do the trick. The minty freshness spreads to take care of any itch. Well I hope this all works as well for any of you who would like to try it as it does for me!!!

January 6, 2009 at 12:47 am
(645) Angela says:

Just me again, thought I would add the website for that cream in case anyone wants to check it out further before buying. Like I said, it is amazing. I was a believer when it worked so well on my baby, now for this too!! And it’s relatively cheap, I think I paid around $7 for the tube. Good luck to all- check this out!! http://www.calmoseptineointment.com

January 6, 2009 at 12:57 am
(646) Dee says:

It’s been over 3 yrs since my vaginal itching started. I had done oral sex with someone that I hadn’t known for too long and about a week or 2 after that the itching started and has been on again-off again until now. To this day, I regret that incident but in the mean time I am looking for a cure, some relief. I’m going to see if its pin worms and then do some more research from what I’ve read in this thread. Don’t quit ladies!!

January 6, 2009 at 3:05 am
(647) ouch :( says:

omg at least some other people know what im going through because my boyfriend just looks at me like im absolutely crazy and i just want to smack him! lol. ok im 20 i live with my boyfriend and neither one of us has been with anyone else for at least a year. ive been tested recently and im clean and he is periodically tested at his job and he is clean as well. i just started a birth control pill. but i recently had a cyst problem in my uterus. now this month the other day i started having an inch on my vulva not inside the vagina but around the hole and i started itching like crazy. i think i broke skin because it started to bleed and now its bubbling a little bit. im not sure if its from the sore swelling because i broke skin or what. im researching herpes and its freaking me out. i really don’t believe it to be that or i would have seen it *and my docs* previously right? this really has never happened. im scared to have sex :( its driving me crazy i really could use some input my lovely obgyn cant “squeeze” me in til the end of jan/beginning of feb. GR! help me please i want to sleep and i cant now

January 6, 2009 at 10:33 am
(648) E says:

I itch myself raw sometimes.Only in the vaginal area. Not inside??? Never seems to go away..

January 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm
(649) Danielle:P says:

omg! thank goodness I’m not the only one. Yeah it’s been on and off with me too. I know for sure it’s not an STD(I’m 16 and a virgin) I’ve itched myself raw too. In fact I scratched so hard i started to bleed. I read one of the above comments saying something about laundry detergent. My mom told me that she switched laundry detergents a couple of weeks ago, right when this started happening. I don’t know for sure if that the reason why though. Im gonna have to test it out to see so im washing all my panties in a different laundry detergent to see what happens. In the mean time if your looking for a quick fix try some Cocoa Butter(as long as the itch isn’t internal of course!) It worked alright for me for now.

January 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(650) Deborah says:

I also had this itch for about two years. I would get it every couple of days and it would last for days at a time. I would be so miserable, not wanting to get out of bed. I was embarassed to talk to anyone about it so I just tried to deal with it. but then it got so bad I couldnt stand it anymore. I talked to my mom about it and she said she thinks its genetic because she and her mom gets it too and all my sisters. I never knew. Anyway, she told me to buy two things.. first Apple Cider Vinegar (used for cooking) for instant relief. Then she said buy PROBIOTIC ACIDOPHILUS which are caplets. I put a cup of the vinegar in my hot bath water and the itch went away immediately. Then I started taking one caplet twice a day everyday and the itch was gone! After a few months of no itching I stopped taking the caplets and what do you know? The itch came back and ten times. So now I take the caplets everyday, regardless of the itch or not and I have been itch free for over a year =D Woohoo! You should all try the probiotics.. they’re not expensive.. a $5 bottle should last a month or so. And they’re natural! You can buy them at any drug store.
Good luck ladies..

January 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(651) mary says:

Dear Freinds,
Well I have to say this site was extremely helpful. I have using Witch Hazel for about 1 1/2 weeks and itch has gone away. I use it in the morning before work and I have had itch free days. Only once or twice did I have to reapply the Witch Hazel in the PM. I am also jotting down some of the other advice. I was sure I had the beginning of vulvar cancer. I will be getting checked by my gyno soon. However, after reading all the comments i am sure it is not vulvar cancer. Thanks so much!@!! :)

January 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm
(652) CLAUDIA21R says:

HRY

January 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(653) Deborah says:

Ladies, not sure when all this was posted and did not take time to read all of them.(busy at the moment) But learn about lichen sclerosis. I have it and have had for almost one year. Look at the color of your viginia.
Do you see some color differances? maybe white? Any way I told my doctor about the difference in color…he at first joked about it and asked what color is it suppose to be. He took a look and said you may have LS and it could be a precancer of the skin. Thank goodness for a informed doctor. He did a test and I tested for LS positive that was in June. By November it was about 98% better but has to be watched carefully. Please ask your doctor to do a test, simple in office test.

January 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(654) Manda says:

Ok… so I just spent my Friday night reading all of these posts HA but I am finding it very helpful(or at least I think it will be)! I am going to wal-mart tonight to stock up on all the suggested remidies. I got married 7 months ago but was only with my husband the first month due to military so I really don’t think my problem is sex related. My laundry detergent is not scented but my body wash is however. So… Ill be back on to let all you fellow itchers know!!

January 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm
(655) Emma says:

Hi Ladies! Emma again! I last posted on Dec. 24! Since then I’ve turned 19. . . AND cured my itch!!

AS some of you have read, my boyfriend and I had recently had sex. Knowing we both tested negative for STDs, I could not find a reason as to why I was having that severe itch!!

After getting tired of the itch, I went to the doctor, did a urine sample and turned out I had a Urinary Tract Infection. I’m telling you. . . i would have NEVER guessed! The doctor prescribed me Amoxicillan and the instant I took it the pain was gone in about. . . 10 minutes!! WAYYY better than ANY cream I had ever used. And the itch is still gone.

I searched for possible causes for UTIs and there were many. So make sure you look at the causes because maybe those could be the reason behind your vaginal itch!!

I hope I’ve helped you all!!!

MY ITCH IS GONE!!! YAY!!

January 10, 2009 at 12:44 am
(656) Dee says:

Deborah (#653) what was the LS test like? Did it hurt?

January 10, 2009 at 2:36 am
(657) ellen says:

I have been struggling w/ this for almost 2 years. I’ve tried everything from steroids to estrogen creams to vit E, etc. etc. etc. Probiotics, omega oils…I’ve been told I have low estrogen, eczema, chronic yeast…???? None of the treatments have helped.

I have been cultured for every STD-negative. Tested for thyroid, diabetes, etc. etc. Even the blood test the dr. finally drew for herpes is negative on both types.

BUT I wanted to offer some hope to my fellow sufferers. I started doing the “standard” stuff–no panties at bed, avoid tp when I can and use a squirt bottle of water after going to the bathroom, no tight clothing ( i miss my jeans!), etc. These have all provided some relief.

However, I switched drs and the new one did a very detailed culture of vaginal flora. It came back w/ my having a very large amt. of strep bacteria in my vagina. I took one week of Augmentin and feel 60% better. I was re-cultured today for yeast, BV and Strep. If all is normal, I am told the other inflammation may just go away now that the infection is gone….

Who knows how I got this or for how long? Many women have it growing naturally in their vaginas w/ no problem. Others can’t tolerate it, esp. in large amts.

I’ll update again but am so thankful that it seems to have helped. I never would have thought strep, something most doctors do not routinely culture for unless you are prego.

Just wanted to throw that out there.

January 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(658) Jane says:

My ob/gyn recommended an ointment called TRAUMEEL. It is homeopathic.

January 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(659) Jane says:

Ladies, if your doctor takes more than a day or two to fit you in… you need a new doctor! Don’t be afraid to switch doctors until you find someone accommodating!

January 11, 2009 at 4:12 am
(660) Cat says:

Wow I am so glad to have found these posts. I have also had “the itch” on and off (mostly on) for years now. Like most of you, worst at night, after toilet and around menstrual cycle. I stopped using soaps of any kind in vaginal area some time ago after a trip to the DR. She suggested it was a soap allergen. The it still itches really annoyling evening when washing in the shower. She prescribed an anit-fungal, anti-biotic and steroid cream. Minimal effect from that and generally it stung a lot when applied!
I have an appointment at Sexual Health Dr next week – they are meant to be better at diagnosing these symptoms than GP’s. I will post any useful information.
What I was wondering is that with some many woman who have this problem (not just me!)
It would be great if all the symptoms were coallated and all the “cures”. Might be useful to see the more common symptoms and cures people are experiencing?
Maybe someone has already done this for themselves, if they could post it it would be really useful for us all! I would be pleased to see a DR about it and see if we can get a formal diagnosis for this most annoying condition!

January 11, 2009 at 4:29 am
(661) Cat says:

Me again, just found this site which has some suggestions that seem for a try. The idea that it is a skin condition rather than a gynae condition puts a different perspective on it too!

http://www.mydr.com.au/womens-health/vulval-problems-a-self-help-guide

January 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm
(662) Manda says:

So here is my follow up:

After my mad dash to wal-mart I found out that the A&D ointment works pretty good. I apply after my shower in the morning and before I go to bed. I changed my soap and all is well!!!!

Good Luck Ladies!!

January 12, 2009 at 5:11 am
(663) maria kennett says:

i too have suffered with this itch.it drove me mad until i tried sudocrem.its amazing how quick;ly the itching stopped.i recommend it to anyone that is going through this annoying itch.

January 12, 2009 at 10:24 am
(664) chris says:

ladies i have found the solution through this site and trying things on my own. witch hazel has been awesome and treated this. i also utilized a betidine wash in the shower for the affected areas. my friend talked me into a Phyto Estrogen formula from GNC which may support the hormonal levels. i am finally on the road to recovery. whatever this is has the ability to drive you absolutely out of your mind. i am hoping that this news will bring others relief. besides the witch hazel i used a oil of sol but this is hard to find. Glycerin can also be used which helps to soothe areas as well. granted it may or may not work but as stated i think i am finally on the right track. i thank all of the women for their suggestions and supplying info about this problem. it has been hell and this was going on for 2 months. stress may induce and i can not say that it would not have something to do with this. so take what you need and hopefully you too will find relief.

January 12, 2009 at 10:26 am
(665) Kelly says:

I have itch right at the top where the beginning of the “slit” is on the outside of it all on the hair line. Sorry.. I really don’t know how else to explain where it is.. and it drives me nuts. I am so annoyed. My doctor told me its dry skin. I put cream there, however it still itches.. I shave and it still itches. WHAT IS IT?

January 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm
(666) Ann says:

I’ve had such an itch for almost 9 years now. Finally, I got a diagnosis of lichen sclerosus. But for a long time (years) there were no symptoms other than itching, so only finally 9 years later do I begin to see a whitening of the skin that reveals the lichen sclerosus. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, and I have several other symptoms of autoimmune disorders (ulcerative colitis and early onset arthritis), so this makes sense in my case. Anyway, I just thought I’d mention that diagnosis, in case anyone else wants to look at it.

January 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(667) mimi says:

I am blown away at all the comments. I thought I was some kind of freak with itchy cootchie. Apparently it’s a girl thing.Wow.Thank you so much everyone I feel much better seeing that this is very common actually. I’ve been with the same man for years…and I’ve been to the gyno…and I’ve been tested for everything…so this has baffled me.It seems it came after i had babies.I will try several things suggested here(just when I was wondering what to do with my trial sizes of diaper cream!)YES!!

January 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm
(668) april says:

yes i developed this itch and burning but itching like crazy i used vagisil at first it helped i got some more and it didnt help the second time does anyone got any anwsers iam sick of this itching

January 13, 2009 at 1:39 am
(669) hope says:

ladies, i dealt with this constant itch for 3+ years, and was finally healed! i didn’t see the doctor during my years of torment, but finally decided to do something about it. though there was no discharge or anything indicating yeast infection, my doc prescribed me with an anitfungal cream…Athlete’s Foot Cream. The colors on the tube of the cream are orange, white, and gray. I was healed in the first week! Just apply it to your vagina twice a day..morning and night. And just have ALOT of faith.

January 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(670) Cindy says:

Hi, I can’t believe there are so many of us suffering like this. I am past menopause. My husband of 37 years and I have had sex only with each other. My vaginal itching has been constant for a year now. It started at the same time my mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Talk about a stressful year! My husband had a bout of jock itch after being on antibotics. I used his anti-fungal cream. It stopped the itching. The itching came back when I thought it had cleared up and stop using the cream. Now I keep applying anti-fungal cream just to keep the itching at bay. I noticed that #68 Jamie said she got relief from drandruff shampoo. A few years ago I had an itchy rash under my breasts and I researched that and read that someone used dandruff shampoo and got relief. I tried it and it worked very well. I will try dandruff shampoo among other things I have read here. Thank you to all of you!

January 15, 2009 at 1:10 am
(671) Enough says:

I dealt with intense itching for about 2 months. I went to two different doctors. The first time around I was diagnosed with a yeast infection and placed on two doses of Diflucan. Which did not work. After trying that my mom said to use castor oil (YAH RIGHT!). I then called the doctor and stated that the symptoms were still there and not any better, she asked me to use Monistat 3. Three days later I called back, because it didn’t help and was told to try Hydrocortisone. Well, that didn’t help either. After a month I went to my mom’s OB/GYN who examined me and stated I had no yeast or infection and gave me Clorbetasol to help with the intense itching. I used the cream for less then a day, because it itched even more with the cream! I finally gave up using all of the creams and medications and listened to my mom and tried castor oil… I WAS IN HEAVEN WITHIN 3 HOURS!!!! Everything has been back to normal for the last 2 weeks!! I take about 2 teaspoons of castor oil and place it on the entire vagina area after showering. I also switched to a MUCH softer toilet paper.

It’s a shame that none of the doctors knew about castor oil! I suffered through the itching and pain for two months! I should have listened the first time around when my mom said to use Castor Oil. Apparently, that is what they use in India when irritations occur in the vagina and anus area! I learned my lesson…

January 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm
(672) Michelle says:

I am ready to lose my freaking mind, people! I’m 18 years old and a senior in high school. I have no idea what the heck is going on down there, but it’s driving me crazy! This has been happening since, I don’t know, last Friday or Saturday. So about a week. I’ve been insanely itchy ever since the end of my period and it hasn’t gone away! I’ve tried Cortizone 10, but it only helped for a few hours then it was back to agonizing pain. Today I tried sitting in a warm bath with salt in the water and that was great until I got out of it. Then I tried the vegetable oil thing, and that didn’t help at all. I’m going absolutely crazy and I want to cry from all of this! It’s only red and itchy on the outside, mostly in my inner lips. The top of my clitoris is a little red and the skin is really dry… a couple days ago it was peeling and I FREAKED OUT! I’m not sexually active and I’ve never been to a gyno before. But from the looks of it, the gyno hasn’t been much of a help. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately because my absent father of 4 years now has decided to waltz back into my life and I also got into the world’s biggest fight with my older sister and we haven’t talked in over a week. I don’t know how to make myself unstressed (in case that’s the problem) because the itching is making me so stressed out! I’ve been on this site nearly all day writing down everything suggested. I really, really, really hope I can find something that will help because next week I have my first semester finals and if I’m Itchy McGee I’m going to do terrible! (And I highly doubt my college will enjoy that.) Oh gosh, this sucks. If anyone finds something that is 100% fool-proof, please please please post it! I’m completely losing it. :(

January 17, 2009 at 2:25 am
(673) CareBear says:

Vulvovaginitis

Alternative Names
Vaginitis; Vaginal inflammation; Inflammation of the vagina

Vulvovaginitis is inflammation or infection of the vulva and vagina.

Causes
Vulvovaginitis can affect women of all ages and is extremely common. It can be caused by bacteria, yeasts, viruses, and other parasites. Some sexually transmitted diseases can also cause vulvovaginitis, as can various chemicals found in bubble baths, soaps, and perfumes. Environmental factors such as poor hygiene and allergens may also cause this condition.

***Bubble baths, soaps, vaginal contraceptives, feminine sprays, and perfumes can cause irritating itchy rashes in the genital area, while tight fitting or nonabsorbent clothing sometimes cause heat rashes.*****

****This is where It applies to me, I have an IUD, so this is most likely the culprit in my case but i wouldnt trade it for nothing, i love the care free 10 years it provides me. I have the same symptoms…STD free- monogomous 14 yr relationship, no odor or discharge but unbelievable itching, redness, & swelling. For awhile I thought it was related to my period as it seemed to follow a couple periods i had, but ive noticed this time how stressed Ive been and it began to bother me between cycles. Im happy to tell you that it will subside, however it takes several days and I cant tell you for how long till it happens again. I get these episodes a few times a year. They key is to avoid scratching as you can tear the skin as you probably know its very delicate down there & you can possibly give yourself an infection. Keep yourself clean and dry, I change my undies several times during these days even if I feel I am fine. Use the highest percent of cortisone crean 2x daily, and take your benadryl in the evening as it tends to be worse near bedtime. Below are some other causes but from most of these posts it sounds like the common Nonspecific vulvovaginitis (where no causative organism or irritant can be identified) can be seen in all age groups!

I really hope this helps some of you as I took out quite some time to post this for strictly your own benefit. Good luck ladies.

Other causes are listed below which have discharge and odor involved!

Candida albicans, which causes yeast infections, is one of the most common causes of vulvovaginitis in women of all ages. Antibiotic use can lead to yeast infections by killing the normal antifungal bacteria that live in the vagina. Yeast infections typically cause genital itching and a thick, white vaginal discharge.

Another cause of vulvovaginitis is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis may cause a thin, grey vaginal discharge and a fishy odor.

A sexually transmitted disease called Trichomonas vaginalis infection is another common cause. This infection leads to genital itching, a vaginal odor, and a heavy vaginal discharge, which may be yellow-grey or green in color.

January 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(674) Annabella says:

Having suffered the same problem for over a year, I finally was told that the itching suffer is an allergy to soap. For the past year I took everything available for a yeast infection until a new OB/GYN confirmed that it is not a yeast infection but an allergy. He advised that I use plain water in that area since all soap is made of the same basic ingredients. Wearing cotton underwear does not help any either and since I stay at home I tend to go without any all day and even that has not helped. Using a bit of vinegar at bath times does help though.I can’t say that benadryl helps because I usually take it for other allergies and I can’t say there has been any relief in that area. So ladies be careful with what soaps and detergents you use. I have recently used bath soaps from the health food store and detergent for babies clothes because they are less harsh. Good luck ladies.

January 18, 2009 at 1:08 am
(675) does it matter says:

annabella its no wonder your issue is persisting in excess of a year. What your saying is your dont wash your crotch ( use water only) and dont wear undies ( which absorb excess moisture). There are hypo-allergenic soaps and even scent free soaps and laundry detergent. It seems your issue is derived from lack of hygienics.

January 18, 2009 at 1:56 am
(676) TooLong says:

I have been struggling with this problem since my sons birth 5 yrs ago. I have had several yeast infections which the doctor has connected with the birth control shots that I am on. The many medicines perscribed have fix the problem, temporarily, I been looking for a remedy to the itching which I have associated with the excessive sweating. I think I will be seeing the doctor soon to discuss this. Any suggestions that will help me?

January 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(677) TheCure2It says:

Ladies, I don’t know if we all have the same issue per say, but I’ll share what happened to me and how I cured it. I started with a bad yeast infection, I saw 4 different doctors and they all just kept testing me for an inside infection and of course STDs, which I was clear of. My symptoms were that I’d get itchy and scratch and my skin would flake off, it was all external, no discharge, nothing, but this cycle of itchiness would continue and I was prescribed all kinds of meds, I was on 4 different kinds of pills and I started getting really sick. So one day I decided those meds are not helping me since they were set to cure something inside causing yeast infections or whatever, I decided it is my skin, even though all the docs ignorned me when I said what I thought. So I started taking measures into my own hands and went to the drug store and looked for a lotion that would be safe to use down there, I got Aveeno baby lotion which works on eczema because I thought maybe I have that down there since all my symptoms seemed similar. Once I started using that, I got a bit better, I could not itch for a bit in the day and that was helful. But then it stated coming back again so I tried another doctor and this time she helped me, told me to get diaper rash cream (she recommended Balmex) and the stuff they use in neosporin, Bacitracin (get the straight up Bacitracin because the neosporin has other ingredients you don’t need to put down there). In the beginning I combined the Balmex, Bacitracin and this other med I got from the other doc, Desonide Cream 0.05% because this last doc told me to continue using it cause it helps and she said they can all mix, its fine. So then I started getting better and cut out the prescription cream and just stuck to Bacitracin. And I think it makes complete sense to use it because it heals cuts and wounds and since you can put it right on an open cut of course its safe to use on your labia. ha. anyway, I hope this helps if any of you ladies had a similar case to mine. good luck!

January 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(678) TheCure2It says:

oh also, since you are currently sensitive in that area, all my docs recommended not having sex, and I know it’s hard when you’ve had it for so long, but I do think It’s fine to have sex, just not oral. Because one of my doctors actually asked me if I was giving my bf oral before sex and I wondering why such a personal question? and he said because sometimes we might be allergic to our own saliva, and I started paying attention to that afterwards and I don’t think its so much that we are allergic to it, but the acidity or whatever of it def. did irritate my vagina more than usual during this itchy time. So I would just be aware of it, just a tip, hope it helps!

January 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm
(679) Glenda says:

Ladies, my mom was having the same problems that you all seem to have…I don’t think it’s an age issue, because she’s 73….I took her to the Dr. Friday and although I felt sympathetic with her and all of you, she was hilarious…but the results were wonderful…after examining her, he told her to increase her water intake (which would maker her urine less concentrated)and since she had to get up several times at tight to go to the bathroom, to try wearing depends for a little while….in the daytime, she was to wear a pad..he said to get her poise, because they are the best at keeping moisture away from the body….and at night before going to bed, to generously apply destitin…..she was giving him those “looks” that mothers are good at, but she kept her cool…but in the car, that was different…she mumbled all the way home, about him wanting her to wear diapers..but, ladies, after one night she was doing better…after reading these posts, I had jotted down everything you all had said worked for you, and I was ready to start getting the stuff for her to try…I dont know if it will help you all or not, but I do hope at least some of you who get desperate enough to try this see the same results as her…after reading these, I had told mom whatever the Dr. told her I would pass along to you all whether it helped her or not…I wish you all the luck in the world…who knows? I may be the next one back on here looking to you all for tips….

January 19, 2009 at 3:40 am
(680) Annabella says:

To: does it matter
I said the doctor suggest I did not use soap, I never said I did not use soap. As I suggested, the health store sell a number of soaps (which I use)that are milder that what one would normally get. Further, my discomfort did not persist every day for an entire year!! There were longer periods of relief than discomfort, but the level of the discomfort is great when there is an “attack”. I live in the tropics and we know about proper hygiene and shower at a minimum of twice daily WITH SOAP!!

January 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(681) HELPP says:

help, I got tested 2 weeks ago for any sti’s the results were clear, so i know its ot a sti. i had sex with my bf.. a couple of days later i was itching no discharge or odour or pain when passing urine nothing.. juts pure itching around the vulva and the vaginal entrance. i tried canisten cream and pessary.. no change. the cream also caused a burning sensation, so i stopped using the cream. i just stayed natural bathed in warm water no soap etc, it calmed it down, untill of course i go to the toilet then i wipe and it sets it all off again, please help me, what could it be???

January 20, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(682) Me Too says:

Me too…
I had no idea other women have this problem.
I’ve had this for almost a year, it comes and goes. And I have it near my anus sometimes.I scratch so much I get raw. There is a lot of pain, mostly bothers me at night.
I have been to 4 Drs. they have no idea what it is.
There has to be an answer to this problem.

January 21, 2009 at 3:54 am
(683) annie says:

alright.
i got the itch down there right now and its pissin me off!
i noticed that it only happens about every 4-5 months, not that much.
and its only after i have rough or dry sex with my boyfriend
is anyone getting the itch from the same reason i am? ahhh how do i get rid of it!! let me knoww
good luck ladies!

January 22, 2009 at 8:35 am
(684) Judy says:

I found a cure for me. I went on the South Beach Diet in order to limit sugars. The itching stopped after one day! I was using Lotrimin for the itching and haven’t used it since I started the diet. I had tried Monitstat, Flucanzanole, Estrogen Cream, etc. This is the only thing that has worked. I’m on my 8th day. Try it. It’s a miracle for me.

January 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(685) Relief says:

I’m 30 and the itch started at the end of my period and had been going on for almost 3 weeks. I usually itch a little around that time so I thought it was the same thing except that it was so severe and spread to the anal area. Since I knew it wasn’t an STI, nor a yeast infection, I decided to google and found this page.
I saw where one lady posted about washing the vulvar area with just plain water and drying completely.
So during my shower, I make sure that my body wash doesn’t touch the area more than I can help, then after I shower I wash the area thoroughly with just plain water for a few minutes and make sure the area is completely dry afterwards. I also use baby powder in my underwear after I shower and the itching has eased so much. It hasn’t even been a day yet and I’m not scratching my skin off anymore.
I also recently switched my detergent and I’m under some considerable stress so that might contribute but washing with plain water, drying completely and using the baby powder worked for me. I hope it will help someone else as well.

January 23, 2009 at 6:50 am
(686) sara says:

Someone in the list said tee tree oil. It gave me INSTANT relief. And lasted for hours!
Tea tree oil is good for to heal external skin problems and kills germs and bacteria, not just mask a problem.

Use it only externally.

Yogurt is also good – to eat – every day to return a good balance of bacteria to your body.

I’ve heard also baby powder in that region is not good. I would think it would trap moisture which would really make the problem worse.

Try Tea Tree Oil!

January 24, 2009 at 12:27 am
(687) mary says:

It sounds like many of you have yeast infections. They often are associated with a smelly discharge, but not all symptoms are the same with everyone. As it was explained to me by my older sister, it makes you feel like you want to shove a round soft-bristled brush up “there” and scrape everything out. Solution: Monistat. I personally prefer Monistat 1 because it is easier to deal with, but be careful. One of my sisters discovered she was allergic to something in that product that isn’t in Monistat 3 (you will realize this if it the itching and pain gets a few times worse immediately). It takes a few days, but the symptoms go away.

For something different, does anyone know if severe itching can be caused by pubic hair alone? such as when it is growing back?

January 24, 2009 at 10:29 am
(688) dezzy says:

I’ve been experiencing external itching and pain during sex. My gyno did all exams-no STD, no pregnancy, great health for me.

However she said that the pain during sex could be vulvodynia, when your vulva is swollen. This is a chronic condition that doc’s don’t know much about. They don’t know how one gets it and what to actually do about it to make it go away. It has a mind of it’s own, it comes and go as it pleases.
Well, the vulvodynia is accompanied by many symptoms, one of those itching. We may all have vulvodynia!
My doc prescribed a numbing cream for sex, it’s a bit of an inconvenience, but it works.
As for the itching, she suggest I change detergents (I use ALL clear, non-scented, hypo-allergenic) , wash with Citaphil down there, and stay away from anything with alcohol and scent in it (hydrocortizones, neosporin).
I still have pain during sex and the violent itching occurs daily.
Does anyone know what I can do to stop the itching and the pain down there? I’m 30 and healthy, within my weight range to be considered healthy. What gives?

January 25, 2009 at 1:09 am
(689) somewhytegurl says:

I was amazed to see how many women there are with the same problem…. I found this website and it helped me shed a little light on the issue, hopefully it will do the same for those of you who read this…

http://assetchemist.org/Asset_Chemist_Health_Centre/Vulval_Dermatitis.html

January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(690) A says:

I have been experiencing this for 5 months on and off. I finally went to the doc today and she took cultures for a screening. She also gave me a hygienic cleansing lotion. I just tried it, and it made me feel better. She said you can get it at walgreens or at drugstores. It is called Balneol. Hope this helps!

January 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm
(691) De-wormer says:

Does no one research any of these symptoms online before posting??? I bet 75% of you have pinworms! I’ve had the exact same symptoms as most of you. I finally took pin-X and a pill called Zelcom (I’ve only seen this at asian pharmacies). 2 weeks later… all the itching is gone. Trust me on this one. TAKE DEWORMER, USE HYDROCORTISONE, CLEAN ALL YOUR SHEETS, AND WASH YOUR HANDS WELL AND EVERYTHING WILL BE JUST FINE.

January 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(692) Nikki says:

Wow, I have had the same syptoms for 2 years, with the exception of my pregnancy. I really thought that the itch was related to hormones since I didn’t have it then. I went to the gyno again for the third time and once again he has given my yeast infection meds. He wants to see me in two days and then he will try something else. I have used the Clobestrol and it worked great, however my gyno doesn’t want me on the steriod cream too much. I have made a list of all these suggestions and am planning to take them to the doc with me this week.

I think at first my doc thought the itch was warm weather related. Also I am over weight and he thought that had something to do with it. I guess I am wondering if this issue is effecting women of all sizes and races.

January 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(693) mickey says:

my sister and i have the same problem, she went to her gyne and was told it was the hormones working, usually 1-2 weeks before your period. like it was an allergic reaction to her own secretions. what i do is put cold compress to the itchy area, relieves me well. will try the witch hazel tucks pad though.

January 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(694) leona says:

can believe this thread is stil goin!!
this condition is so hard n i bet if it was men it would b long cured!!!
Look ther are a lot of vulval conditions n i bet many of u hav tried every single 1.. i no i did.. until i eventually found out it was vulvodynia which normal creams n tab wil only make worse
check out curetogether.com

January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(695) Carrie says:

Possible… Vulva ó Lichen Planus

January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(696) Carrie says:

Sorry about the partial post above. I am a little bit of an internet retard.

I have had itching, no discharge, no smell, NOTHING for almost two years, now. My itching drives my insane some days; and, on other days… no itching at all. I can not figure it out!!!

I have been through countless doctors, and have been tested for every STD coming and going; and, still, no one can tell me what is wrong. I understand that medicine is not an exact science; but, two years is ridiculous.

So, I did my own Google search. Thank God for Google!!! I came up with four possible diagnoses: VULVA: LICHEN PLANUS, Lichen Simplex Chronicus, Vulval lichen sclerosus, and Vulval intra-epithelial neoplasia (VIN).

My doctor is having me tested for the first one. I looked the information up on Google, printed it out, and highlighted the symptoms that I have had. Only then did I present it to my doctor. Girls, if you get a doctor who will not or doesn’t seem to listen or gets upset that you have done your own research, move on to a different doctor.

Anyway, LICHEN PLANUS has many symptoms that I have experienced. Most of the symptoms I highlighted have to do with the skin on other parts of my body, as well as, in my mouth. Be warned though that the information I found stated, “Diagnosis of this condition can sometimes be extremely difficult.”

January 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm
(697) chris says:

Early January I left remarks to anyone reading. I was plagued by the itchies starting in Novemeber and now under control. I tried all of the creams which only caused the area to itch and burn more. Our poor vaginas what a way to have to live. I took an earlier excerpt from someone and used Witch Hazel every time I had to urinate. I did this religiously every time. I also once home from work do not wear underwear. Witch Hazel has helped tremendously but it has not been 100 percent. When having the itchies in the vaginal area it also started in the anal region as well. It drove me crazy and I was so miserable.
Here is what i recommend
Witch Hazel after each time urinating for at least two weeks.
Glycerin, Oil of Sol, Oliva Oil applied to the areas lightly each time for a two week period.
Underwear off when at home.
Washing with a betadine wash or something like this each time showering.
Taking Phyto Estrogen Capsules from GNC. two pills a day.

I now have this under control and only use Witch Hazel in the morning and at night before bed.
I still wash with Betadine in the shower.
I am taking the Capsules daily.

I have the pleasure of having to go in and out of people’s homes daily and am always in motion. This whole itching thing ruined a vacation for me and can make you into an irritable B….

I hope that you ladies try this. I know that it works and I am thankful for a web site like this. I can not say that I am cured but I am a hell of a lot better off than I was and can now begin to live life again. yeah

January 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm
(698) chris says:

Also Yogurt daily is something that is a must as well.
Stress, well what can I say, this is a difficult one to lose or get rid of. I have a very stressful job and I guess it finally did some of this.
I am also starting to exercise again which will help to manage the stress.

Good Luck to all and I hope that my suggestions will help someone. Will check in from time to time

January 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(699) Nicole says:

I am so glad I found this. I have been searching the web to find out why, like so many of you, I have been having this vaginal itching with no discharge or odor. It started about a week ago. I had taken my last antibiotic for Strep Throat the day before. The itching was so annoying that it woke me out of my sleep. I went to the doctor but the test for yeast was negative. She sent it in for more test. I doubt the possibility of an STD because my sexual encounters were protected. Like many of you, the itch doesnt start until I get home in the evening or at night or when I use the restroom. I just changed soaps from Dial to Dove but it really hasnt helped any. I hope I can find the answer to this.

January 31, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(700) Another sufferer says:

I have had this problem off and on for 6 years!! It started when I was pregnant. Pregnant women PLEASE PLEASE be careful!!!! I had prob with my preg and was in and out of hospital, a nurse THOUGHT it was a yeast infection and had me use Monistat…I went into labor they could not stop 2 days later (2 months early) After blood tests it was NOT yeast!! The itch went away for a little and then started to come back a few days before my period. But this month it has not gone away!! I have not slept the past couple nights. I was reading this from 4am to 6am! I can’t believe with all of us there is no “answer”. I am going to the store in a few and am buying several differnt things to try. I don’t know what else to do!!! I need to sleep tonight!!!!!!

January 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(701) JaZoMom says:

I’m amazed and dismayed that so many of us are suffering!!!! I’ve itched off and on my whole life (now age 41); have always treated it as a yeast infection until just recently. After taking enough anti-fungals to kill my liver, the yeast (if there ever was any) is gone, but the itch continues. My delicate skin has been torn to shreds to the point where my doctor said I had “vulvar dystrophy” — degeneration of vaginal tissue. I was prescribed a steroid cream, which helped immensely to break the itch cycle, but the underlying little tickly feeling and a bit of burning continued. I read a book called The Yeast Connection which lead me to the term “vulvodynia” and the following website:
vulvarpainfoundation.org. Also just Google Vulvodynia and there are some very good websites with good suggestions — most importantly, the connection between our diet and our itch. It relates to oxalates in foods that we eat. I’ve been on a low oxalate diet for five days now and am improving — finally!! (someone mentioned it in this thread a few months back I think). I really think diet is the key. Good luck to you all.

January 31, 2009 at 4:48 pm
(702) JaZoMom says:

Forgot to mention above:
Balmex (diaper rash cream) has almost always given me the best results. If it is the oxalates that cause the problem, it makes sense that we itch after we pee, because we are peeing out the oxalates. Balmex is a skin protectant, so it shields your skin from the pee. Drinking extra water makes your urine less concentrated… it all makes sense. My itch, like many of yours, comes and goes based on my cycle. I don’t know what the connection is between the cycle and the oxalates, but I’m determined to find out.
I tried anti-itch creams like Cortaid,and the results were only temporary. My doctor said those were fine to use in moderation as long as you rub them in (don’t leave a thick layer on), and to be very careful of Vagisil, as it can cause chemical burns!!

January 31, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(703) Another Sufferer says:

I wanted to add more to my earlier comment, I just couldn’t because of the itch. I have tried A&D, cortizon cream, gentle soaps, sleeping with ice packs with not much relief. So while ready some other peoples comments I thought about something, about a year ago I showed my GP these spots I would get on my arms and back off and on. They turned out to be an over growth of good fungus that we have on our bodies. He gave me a fungal cream so I figured why not try it. SO I have to say that there is an 80% less itch. I am going to see what happens when I try to go to bed tonight!!

February 1, 2009 at 10:46 am
(704) Doris says:

Diet is the key.Start writing down everything youu eat and take notice. I have had the itch for years.about 8 years ago I started doing this. For me yougart is a sure itch,sour cream,fruit,sweets,gluten,nitrites,oxalates.There is very little I CAN eat.I am the extream,but when I do eat right there is no itch,no pain anywhere.My husband had kidney problems all his life,when he gave up bread,spicy foods and sweets he’s fine. I could go on and on about family members who found out all the medical problems was what they were eating.Just do the reseach on foods.

February 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm
(705) Patty says:

Okay, yep these last few itches, like so many of you have described has become a bit more and more unbearable and like the person before me stated diet is actually a key for me….but in another sense. I am actually and have concluded this to be MY culprit. I am allergic to latex and that is what I use an a contraceptive, and I knew I was allergic to it but that mixed with stress and there you have my reason for this massive itch. however, mine is a bit different, I feel it between my pee hole and the actual vaginal entrance I have been trying not to scratch so I just run some water down there and I get some relief. I am also ovulating so this is also a hormonal imbalance. at least that is what i want to believe because if its anything more serious I will be on the news! :) The ITCHING MUST STOP!!! lol

February 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm
(706) Maddie says:

Hey ladies,

I read up to about comment #60 and just decided to write my own instead of searching through 500 other comments. I have a few other factors that i didn’t see listed by anyone else. I am 17 years old and I have only had sex with one guy. We have used a condom everytime except just once in November we wanted to see what it was like without one…we only did it for a minute like that and he didn’t ejaculate but idk if this could have anything to do with my problem either =] He has in the past had sex with a couple other girls…but always with a condom, so I am doubting if this is a std but correct me if i am wrong! In December right after my period I started to get very itchy. The severe itching lasted for about a week and a half. Now two weeks ago I got done with my period and I have had severe itching ever since…I really need help with this! I can’t go to the doctor for personal reasons…so any suggestions as to what it is? I have already tried medicine for yeast infection and no change….
Thanks!

February 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm
(707) Toni says:

hey guys, this is embarrassing but i need an answer. for about two weeks now i have had such a bad itch down below. its defiantly an external deal. i have virtually no discharge and no smell. i am kinda sorta sexually active… but we lost our virginity to each other and were still together. we don’t do it very often(every couple months or so) and when we do we always use a condom. i’ve been on birth control and doxycycline for about a year or so now. i also have pretty sensitive skin. i really want to know whats going on. theres no chance of it being an std. please help me. im 16 btw.

February 5, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(708) Kris says:

Try changing the washing detergent you currently use. Allergies to chemicals used in cleaning products are very common, especially in highly sensitive areas. Also, best to be wearing underwear and clothes that allow your body to ‘breathe’. Try 100% cotton underwear at least.

February 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(709) Marilyn says:

I was bothered for years with what I thought was an infection but the doctor tested and said there was nothing. I tried the creams, nothing worked. My sister told me about boric acid for yeast infections so I thought what have I got to lose. I went to a compounding pharmacy and asked for boric acid in capsules. 20 pills cost me 12.CAD. I inserted one of the pills into my vagina when I went to bed that night and within that night the itching and burning was gone. Boric acid resets your acidity level. Anytime the itching starts I do a treatment and its over. I had a friend with vaginal herpes who tried it and she got relief within two days. I am a fan of boric acid, its just a thought but I think hormonally and physically we go through so many changes that of course it affects our body fluids and we react to everything internally. Check with your pharmacist to see if there is any damaging side effects; I haven’t seen any over a two year period using boric acid approximately every 2-3 months it cycles. I hope it helps if you try it. Good luck.

February 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(710) Marilyn says:

I was bothered for years with what I thought was an infection but the doctor tested and said there was nothing. I tried the creams, nothing worked. My sister told me about boric acid for yeast infections so I thought what have I got to lose. I went to a compounding pharmacy and asked for boric acid in capsules. 20 pills cost me 12.CAD. I inserted one of the pills into my vagina when I went to bed that night and within that night the itching and burning was gone. Boric acid resets your acidity level. Anytime the itching starts I do a treatment and its over. I had a friend with vaginal herpes who tried it and she got relief within two days. I am a fan of boric acid, its just a thought but I think hormonally and physically we go through so many changes that of course it affects our body fluids and we react to everything internally. Check with your pharmacist to see if there is any damaging side effects; I haven’t seen any over a two year period using boric acid approximately every 2-3 months it cycles. I hope it helps if you try it. Good luck.

February 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(711) Marilyn says:

I should have made it very clear on my last posting that you are not to swallow the pills as boric acid is poisonous but is used in many lotions as anti-viral. These capsules only be used vaginally and I only use one at a time, the pharmacist said he thought a very low dosage would be safe, the best is to ask your doctor before using just in case there is a reaction.

February 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(712) Mary Pickering says:

Have taken the advice of some of the ladies and used sudacreme. It has worked for me. Thankyou very much to whoever suggested it…

February 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(713) shay says:

i do have the same problem but unlike alot of you i have herpes.i get the itch and the odor maybe twice a year. the only problem that i have real bad is that i do i have the dicharge alot. it doesnt smell but i really hate it. im constantly buying panty liners but im glad that i found something. i use rephresh and so far it works out good. i even recommended it to somebody else. if somebody finds something that is better, please let me know. my email is shay3627@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(714) Rachel says:

Hi ladies! I unfortunately have been having this problem for the last couple weeks… at first I couldn’t figure it out, but it just dawned on me–I had been using fragrance-free Woolite for a year, and ran out two weeks ago, so I used whatever happened to be in my parents’ laundry room–some kind of Tide. I bet the fragrance is causing it!

It infuriates me when I think about it–look at all of us who are having this mysterious problem, and tons of women use regular detergent, fabric softener, soaps with chemical irritants like fragrance, etc etc. I wonder how much of this is related to our problem.

Other tips: obviously, don’t use tampons with “deodorant” in them, and if the problem persists, I would actually recommend not using them at all. Also, remember that pads and pantiliners are manufactured from synthetic chemicals, so if all else fails, you might want to consider using a reusable cloth pad instead. You can find them by searching on the internet–get the kind with snaps so that you can snap it shut and carry it in a purse when you are done (they are waterproof so they won’t leak).

Good luck!

February 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(715) Jen says:

Has anyone here been diagnosed with endometriosis, or do any of you have symptoms of endo? I recently got diagnosed with that, and I also have had vaginal burning/itching for the past two years, and I’m wondering if they are related?

February 12, 2009 at 9:12 am
(716) crysty says:

Hello ladies. im 19 years old and ive been having severe itching for about a year now. ive tried everything but nothing has worked. i’m really worried about it being an STD! the itching comes and goes. there might be times that it doesnt itch for month then when it comes back ill have it for like 3-6 weeks. this is horrible! i made an appointment with my doctor but he gave it to me for a month from now. HELP!!!!

February 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(717) helfyre says:

i too suffered with severe itching for several months. i found this site when searching for some relief. like so many of you i have spent pounds and pounds on soap free wash liquids, creams etc. i tried antihistamines and no change. i read for hours relating to so many of you out there. one comment mentioned the contaceptive pill Yasmin and this got me thinking. i also have been on Yasmin and have since changed to Marvelon. i noticed that on the pill free week i had a brief restbite from the itching (although of course i was on my period for this week). i decided to stop taking the pill and see what happened…and NO ITCHING!! not even a little bit. could it be that the pill is the common link between all our itching.

February 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm
(718) Brittany says:

#700 I CAN’T AGREE MORE Hey everyone… What a relief to know that I’m not the only one!!! I have had this on and off for about a year. It’s horrible. I’m rushing to the store ASAP to try a few things out and I’ll let you know how it goes. Suicide comes to mind. I can’t take the itch!!!! I need some sleep.

February 16, 2009 at 2:10 am
(719) Jewel says:

is a witch hazel tukx a cream? or pad? sorry for the ignorance. Im just having the same problems with you girls

February 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(720) Steph says:

I had horrible itching for three years, and I had been to several ob/gyns because I thought my itching was due to yeast infections. No one could tell me what the problem was, but it definitely wasn’t a yeast infection. Finally, I read about cytolitic vaginosis. Three days of baking soda baths and all itching went away. Whenever it seems to be starting up again, one or two days of baking soda in the bath takes it away completely. Amazing!

February 17, 2009 at 6:13 am
(721) Lucy, Miami, FL says:

I hope it’s not but there is also a skin disorder called lichen planus that can affect that area. It also can attack ankles, wrists, and scalp. It is not contaigious and the cause and cure is unknown. It has an infuriating itch and on these other areas you can see small bumps that itch, break, and then leave a discolorizaton for quite a while. A dermotologist can prescribe something to help that itch. But if you noticed it in other areas first then for sure see a dermotologist because it lasts for a long time.

February 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(722) danielle says:

does anyone know if your partner can also get the itch from you? I need to know?

February 18, 2009 at 5:34 am
(723) melanie says:

For years I suffered with vaginal itching. I thought I had thrush. I used every thrush cream available. I was so fed up, I avoided sex because I always had an itching flare up a day after sex. After many years I was tested for Herpes and the test result was Positive. I have never ever had any lesions or sores EVER! Apparently Herpes causes itching and similar sypmtoms to thrush. For years I suffered believing I had thrush. I believe the friction of sex causes an outbreak of itching. I never knew it was herpes because I thought herpes would be sores! I tried loads of antiviral tablets and the only thing that offers immediate relief, crazy to say is coldsore cream yes the ones you use for your mouth! It contains camphor which is cooling. After reading all the comments I think camphor really does stop the itch whether you have thrush or herpes or any kind of vaginal itching. I hope this helps, just because you might not have the sores you can still have herpes. Is camphor cream used in that area safe if you are pregnant though?

February 18, 2009 at 5:41 am
(724) THATO says:

my itching started when i slept with this guy, a week or so i was itching every minute that was 4 years ago. am still scratching, i have tried vaseline which works only for that time and the itch comes back. i have seen 1 doctor who told me nothing actually, i wasted my money going there. now i don’t know what to do and i really don’t want to have my first child scratching so much.. Please help with a Cure

February 18, 2009 at 10:06 am
(725) Carol Rowell says:

I also had this horrible itch for about 3 years and they never could find out what caused it. My gyn prescribed elavil to help me sleep at night, so that i would not wake up and scratch, she also did a test for cancer which was negative. The elavil worked for night time so that i could sleep, but i still scratched sometimes during the day. I don’t want to scare anyone, but in Jan of 2008 i was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks after my itching went away just as fast as it came. I also had a non blood relative that had the same kind of itch in the exact same place, she was diagnosed with anal cancer and passed away in 2007. She too was treated for yeast infections. I really beleive that it is hormone related. I tryed to tell my gyn this for the 3 years that i almost scartched myself to death. I have noticed that doctors do not want any imput on what you may think is wrong. Again i don’t want to scare anyone, but i do think that it is something that should not be overlooked. I wish all of you the best of luck, and hope that none of you have to go through what my aunt and myself had to indure. The only good thing is i have not scratched anymore not the first time. By the way i had my breast surgery back in March of 2008 and i am doing great.

February 18, 2009 at 10:19 am
(726) Cristina says:

I have had the same itching symptoms since I was about 14yrs. It Comes and goes. I soak in epsom salt which helps a lil. It is not contagious although I am have no idea why it does it. I have had sex with my husband several times (more for him then me)and he never complained of anything bothering him. I think it may be the equivalent of how a man feels when they get Jock itch. I dont think that a doctor would be helpful cus lets face it most of them are Men and unless a woman doctor has dealt with the same symptoms and annoyances she isnt going to have a cure for you either. Tried the benedryl spray thing and it sort of burns at first but the itching has stopped! I find if I can do my best to refrain from scratching as much as possible that it usually goes away in 3 to 5 days. The other interesting thing is it seems to flair up just before my monthly.

February 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(727) Jc says:

Hello Ladies,

I wanted to leave a note regarding changes I made that seem to help with the symptoms.

1. Changed the toilet paper to Charmin
2. Always rinse twice when using the washer cycle.
3. Air dry all cotton panties.
4. Do not use preparation-H wipe. It was burning by sensitive areas.
5. As someone mentioned, air dry vaginal area with cold air
6. Pray

February 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(728) Kristi says:

I would have yourself tested for genital herpes. I too had all of the symptoms I am reading here for the past 5 years. I had to see a different GYN as my usual one was unavailable. He suggested herpes. I had the blood test done and sure enough it was positive. I have 2 children and been married for 13 years. My husband took the blood test and it came back negative so I guess I contracted it before our marriage and did not have symptoms for over 10 years. Please have yourself tested so as to not spread the disease any further. I too thought I was just allergic to detergent or toilet paper.

February 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(729) Susan says:

Ok…I have been having this light vaginal itching, and sometimes it’s more of a tickle than an itch. HELP!!

February 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(730) Dehlia says:

#13 has the same problem i do!!!! I am only 14, still a virgin, and i have this mysterious itching!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

February 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(731) helfyre says:

Just a quick update (last comment 13th Feb). Still no itching since i decided to stop taking the pill. Last nite i was able to be intimate with my husband, it had been almost a year since the itching started and our love life stopped. How silly – taking the pill for birth control but the itching meant i was always too sore and embarassed for sex anyway!!! so ladies, i would urge those using the pill to have a break and see if it helps, cos if u are like i was, then pregnancy will be the last of ur worries right now.

February 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(732) Molly says:

I have had this problem for years with no real answer from the doctors. My daughter is 15, I found out I was pregnant with her when I had a itchiness episode which couldn’t be explained. I have had this issue continuously over the years that would become excruciating just before my period and would disappear during my period and for a couple of weeks prior. I am definitely screwed up when it comes to my hormones. I am turning 50 this year and I am actually glad to hear I am not the only case of this out there. I have talked with many girlfriends over the years about this, but they don’t understand because they haven’t experienced it. I think that this is why the doctors can’t help us out. Unless you experience it, it fails to be a problem that is being addressed with an accurate cure. I have tried every cream out there, but the only solution is when I get my period so I’m sure that it is a hormone issue. Good luck to all.

February 23, 2009 at 7:17 am
(733) jane says:

oh my am I so glad to read your comments! I’m not alone. Nothing seems to help long term. My latest cure is athletes foot powder which, so far seems to help, particularly with the itching at night. in my case (50yrs) i do believe it has to do with hormonal changes so have double my dose of hrt to see if that will help too.

February 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(734) kim says:

i thought i was alone with this itch. It started sometime after my daughter was born then quit for about a year then started again. I think it is stress and or hormones. i have tried different creams and gels. vagasil worked for awhile. Lately i have been using (this might seen strange) oral pain relief with benzocaine. makes it numbs stops the itch at least temporally. does not burn unless you have scratched until you have bled.
Found an add for BALNEOL in a magazine.It is a hygienic cleasing lotion for anal or vaginal itching. i am going to try it if i can find it.

February 24, 2009 at 8:20 pm
(735) Melanie says:

Wow…amazing. I have been experiencing itching along with the rest of you. I have bgeen to the Gync and she has informed me that it is most likely hormones and that if I try to do the recommended changes and they do not work then she was going to try the BC Pill. I am 38 and have already had my tubes tied and now I have to look forward to taking the pill all over again. She recommended that I:
Use Dreft for my bottoms
Do not wear bottoms at night
do not use soap in the vaginal area
Avoid using any OTC remedies and let nature take its course

She took samples for testing for STD’s, which I am certain are not possitive since I have been with my husband for 12 years and we are committed. She said you can still have an STD while being in a committed relationship. I go back next week for a 6 week check up and at that point we will discuss further treatments. I am not looking forward to any pills, especially since I hear they are not safe for women over 35, but we will see what she has to say.
My own remedies in the past have been Benedryl at night, to help for the itching that wakes me and salts water baths. I have also found that using A&D ointment seems to relieve the burning from the itching. All of my symptoms started after having a Hysteroscopy/D&C last year and using a pad after the procedure. The itching has just been getting worse with time. Hopefully we will find a solution because I would also like to have a normal sex life again with my husband, along with feeling better about myself. Good luck to you all!

February 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm
(736) J says:

Ok, I thought I was going crazy until I found this site. For me it started last month, just a few days before my period, and my period actually dragged on for 12 days, which scared me to death. It was just spotting, but it wasn’t old blood. I called my OBGYN and his nurse said it was probably a yeast infection, and gave me a pill to take, along with over the counter cream. I tried that, the bleeding finally stopped and so did the itching. Now the problem is it’s been over a month since my last cycle started, no sign of another one, and the extreme itching, burning and redness is back. I’m a bit freaked here. My cycles are always regular, 27-28 days, normal fertile cycles and everything. I’m not sexually active, so what on earth is going on? I was tested for HPV last year and it came back positive, which floored me, but no genital herpes. Does anyone know what’s going on?

February 25, 2009 at 5:17 am
(737) Alexis says:

I started getting a very severe itch in my vaginal area about three weeks ago. I knew it wasn’t an STD because me and my husband are both clean, and we are faithful, and he and I had only ever been with one other person each before marriage over two years ago. it was horrible. I couldn’t get rid of it, I would itch so bad that I bled, I couldn’t help it. I checked, no yeast infection, or pregnancy. I forgot that I changed to a generic laundry detergent a few weeks ago. I have been washing in my Dove Body scrub, and I have older underwear that I didn’t wash in that detergent (BUT CLEAN)…Itching completely stopped…TRY THAT! Name brand may be more expensive, but worth it…no itch crap…I just tried it tonight, so we shall see how it goes…ladies, it was so bad that I haven’t had sex with my husband in over two weeks! Crazy!

February 25, 2009 at 8:10 am
(738) Crystal says:

can someone please help, I started this annoying itch yesterday. I am going crazy, I want to itch but I dont, but when I do it hurts.I am shy to have a male doctor to look,

February 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(739) J says:

Ok, it’s not detergent or soap for me, or an STD. This JUST started last month and I’ve been using the same detergent and soap for months. And it only starts right before my period. It drives me so insane that I want to set fire to that area because the extreme burning has got to be better then itching! And I read all the posts above, no help. I can’t stand this much longer. I feel for the woman who said suicide seemed appealing. How sad is that? I wear cotton panties, don’t use scented stuff or powder, don’t have a yeast infection, and this has never happened before.

February 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm
(740) Sleeping with mittens on says:

I have the answer, Tension Myositis Syndrome. Look up the works of Dr. John E. Sarno, it healed my back pain and now I am convinced, since all the docs say nothings wrong, that it’s TMS. A lot of people on this site say itching increases when they get home from work and start to relax – me too. If your personality is super responsible person and often feel you haven’t done enough, you are the poster child for TMS. The remedy is getting educated on this syndrome. Sounds goofy but I saw this doc on 20/20 and read some of his books, it really ended my back pain once I learned about what was the cause. The basic idea is, we tend to repress anger and anxiety, since the brain can’t deal with it outwardly, it picks a spot on the body to iritate. I can’t do his work justice so its worth a google.

February 25, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(741) J says:

Thanks for that, but not applicable to myself or many of us. My itching is a constant torment, and doesn’t ease up until after my cycle has ended. The itching keeps me awake at night, so there has to be another reason. For others, it started after pregnancy or sex…me? It started out of the blue a month ago, and I’ve never been pregnant.

February 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(742) Itchy Mc Itches-a-lot says:

I have been having most of the same symptoms as well. I have severe itching that seems to me a very deep sub-dermis itch in on and around my vagina. I started noticing the other day that I am very very dry there but I am positive that this is not the cause of my itching rather another symptom of whatever. I DO NOT have any discharge or foul smell of any kind. I have not been on any kind of antibiotics of any kind for years and have used the same detergent for years. I use summers eve sensitive skin body wash and have forever. I do have quite a bit of swelling and 2 things I noticed toinght is that #1) I am starting to throb down there, like I can feel my heart beat down there (am I turning in to a man?…Just kidding)and #2) I felt like I was tearing down there when I had a BM and sure enough I am lightly bleeding (like a tinge but not like a period). My period is late by a few day but I am sure I am not pregnant because I had my tubes tied almost 9 years ago. I would like to get to the bottom if this soon without having to go to the doctor and without using a bunch of creams lotions and/or potions. Helpppp please I am begging you all!!

February 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(743) Vickie says:

Oh My I love this website..I thought I was going crazy with the nasty itching and the swelling of my vagina.At night I scratch and try not to but it cant be helped.I was taking antibiotics for a sore throat.I has a yeast infection,I thought if i shaved it would help.Oh my it made it worse I got razor burns all down my botton.Then I would take hot showers that felt so good it made me cry.Well I burned my vagina lips and parts of my inner thigh.I was in HELL!!.I havent had sex with my hubby since April 2008, he has stage 4 cancer and he is on chemo all the time.SO its not STDs.I have read so many comments on this page,the vinegar and salt baths helps alot.I got Tea tree oil and it helps.It burns for awhile and then it soothes.It got where at night I would cry, it would burn and itch at the same time.I dont have a discharge and i dont have a bad smell.The money thing is hard right now since I am the only one working.I did the monistat thing,it helped but not all the way.I am taking Acidophils and also AZO makes a yeast infection pill too.Right this minute after my vinegar n salt bath then a shower I feel ok.I am burning but the itch is gone for now.Is there anything that any of you can tell me to use?? I am hoping the te tree oil will help..I am happy to know I am not by myself on this problem..I want a healthy vagina again My email is triple7lulu399@aol.com

February 28, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(744) curly says:

I read through many of these posts & none seem to mention an obvious culprit….sanitary pads. After my third baby was born I used always pads while I bled. As many of you know, post-partum bleeding can last for a few weeks. By the time it ended I had such a horrible itch. Nothing could relieve it. My midwife ran a bunch of tests & when everything came back neg. she concluded that it was irritation from the pads, asked me what brand I used & said that Always brand was the worst.
I just had another baby 6 mos. ago & suffered the same thing. Midwife prescribed a good creme & it has cleared up.
Good luck everyone!

February 28, 2009 at 11:22 pm
(745) Jessica says:

I’m unfortunately having the same problem, and after doing some research, the issue might be the use of the birth control pill. I did not experience itching until using the pill, but I read that the change in horomone levels can cause this symptom. In addition, I have experienced it right before my periods are about to start since I got off of the pill. I think my body is just trying to balance itself back to normal again.

March 1, 2009 at 1:00 am
(746) sgirl says:

Here’s my story…
My itch is not the “omg this is so horrible” type itch. It’s more of a tingle in just a small spot in my vagina and it just started 2 or 3 days ago. I don’t have any other symptoms such as a discharge, burning, or oder. I also don’t have any blisters or bumps. I’ve had yeast infections and also chlamydia but have been infection and STD free for years now. I also haven’t had a new sex partner for months. My last partner and I are still close friends and he has not had any issues down there. I am kind of worried…
Anybody have any advice?

March 1, 2009 at 2:05 am
(747) happygirl says:

I’m not sure if this has been suggested because I only read through the first 30 or so posts – so many ladies with the same issue! – but when I have this issue (no yeast, no infection – just an insane topical itch), my OB/GYN turned me on to Gentian Violet. You can buy it over-the-counter (usually have to ask for it from the pharmacist, but it’s inexpensive and available everywhere) and it’s been very effective in my case. Even when my yeast test comes back negative, swabbing the area with a few q-tips of the solution relieves the itching and the swelling that I’ve usually caused myself from scratching.
The one bizarre “draw back” from painting yourself with the solution is that it is a very, very, very bright purple and it stains everything. After applying it, I always wear a pad and a pair of panties that I don’t care if they end up with a bit of purple on them. It stains the skin for a little while, but it’s a side-effect I’m willing to live with for the relief it gives.
I hope this helps some of you out there. It was a godsend for me!

March 2, 2009 at 10:00 am
(748) Melanie says:

Follow-up to previous post.
I went to my follo-up doctor appt today and all of the tests that I had done last month came back negative…no STD’s no infections, no vaginal issues to cause such issues. I am going next week to have a vulva biopsy of the skin to see if there is any underlying skin condition that can cause this. I am to use A&D or any other such items to help relieve the discomfort (pain) that I am dealing with from scratching so much. I have broke skin with the itch which causes burning and swelling. The A&D helps soothe the issue from the scratching. I am also dealing with anal itching which makes it double trouble and when one doesn’t itch, the other does. I will keep you posted on what comes of the bipsy and what other course of treatment there is.

March 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(749) jess says:

Yeah I’ve been experiencing this vaginal itching, and on some days, it just drives me insane! I’ve been thinking of going to the doc, but I honestly don’t want to go…plus I don’t think it’s anything serious. I’ve had bacterial vaginosis before, and it’s definitely not it because the discharge and pain are completely absent. Those OTC cure in the box crap things don’t work either. Oh, if I only had a couple or a few diflucans. *sigh*.

March 4, 2009 at 7:51 am
(750) wayniewoo says:

I have suffered with this for two looooong months and have finally found a combination that works for me. When this origionally started, I used Cantesten for around a month and I think I must have burnt myself or something. All the doctor wanted to do was send me to the gum clinic, but i knew it was more an oversensitivity or something.

Anyho, after weeks, I now do the following and it seems to be working (be free for a week)

1) Switch your washing liquid to Surcare – this is the one key thing that i think has worked
2) I only use my little boys Kandoo wipes, even for a weewee
3) It may sound mad, but i use a little bit of hair conditioner while i shower (only on the hair) and rinse well. I am getting a bit older (35) and thought that maybe the hair was getting a bit madder!
4) When the itching is really bad, i used to use a small amount of ky jelly

good luck – would recommend trying the above!

March 4, 2009 at 7:57 am
(751) wayniewoo says:

Oh yeah, and switch ur showergel to simple products …..

ps – I also came off the pill a few weeks before this started and am also convinced that it may be my body just readjusting ….

March 5, 2009 at 9:48 am
(752) Lilly says:

I am SO glad that I’m not the only one with this problem. I’m only 17, and I just started having sex for the first time at the beginning of the year. For probably the past month or so now I’ve been experiencing itching with no secretions or sores. Sometimes I won’t feel any itching, then suddenly WHAM, it’s unbelievable! I haven’t used anything different (soap/panties/etc) for years now, no medications, nothing. The only thing different I can see is that I’ve started to have sex. We use a condom every time, and my boyfriend doesn’t have any STDs. I’m starting to think that maybe there’s a chance I’m allergic to latex, but I’m not sure. I never get itchy when I wear latex gloves, but maybe I’m just more sensitive down there? I don’t know. I have my first gyno appointment next week, so hopefully my doctor will be able to figure out what’s wrong. I’ll try to post back with what she tells me.

March 5, 2009 at 11:40 am
(753) jen says:

Hi guys — I’ve had this problem for over two years. I switched ob.gyns and saw the new one yesterday. She said that it is probably an extremely persistent yeast infection that has not responded to normal treatment. I’ve been examined a bunch of times and the old doctor saw no yeast, but she said that that’s sometimes the case — you can’t see it, but it’s there. Long story short, I am going on DIFLUCAN for SIX MONTHS to suppress it. Wish me luck, and this might be something for you guys to investigate as well.

March 6, 2009 at 2:09 am
(754) Stacey says:

This may or may not apply, but might be worth checking out….Candidiasis.

Itís a yeast related health problem. Candidiasis or Candida albicans issues are apt to trouble people who have take repeated or prolonged courses of broad spectrum antibiotics during infancy, childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

It affects women more than men. Vaginal itching, burning, or discharge is a symptom. As well as craving sugar, shaking or irritable when hungry, Fatigue, depression, headache, muscle aches, constipation &/or diarrhea, bloating/belching or intestinal gas, loss of sexual desire or feeling, attacks of anxiety or crying, sensitivity to milk/wheat/corn or other common foods, bad breath, Ö

I’m just learning about this. Here are some resources to investigate and help start a conversation with your doctor:

The Yeast Connection Handbook -William G. Crook, M.D.

http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/dfbmd/disease_listing/candidiasis_gi.html

March 7, 2009 at 10:34 am
(755) stefanie says:

If anyone reads this, I just want to inform you that the problem is most likely a fungus. Yeast is a fungus, but not all fungal infections are yeast, and won’t let off a discharge. After a week of creams that masked the problem I was prescribed Nystatin, an antifungal cream, and it worked like magic!

March 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(756) Donna Green says:

Here’s what I did to immediately relieve my pain (I also could not sleep at night) (before gyno visit):
Use vagisil wipes and put monistat anti-itch cream on the wipe. don’t put it in your vagina just fold it and leave it there. You’ll have to change it frequently, but this helps you sleep at night for atleast a few hours. Try to get into the gyno as soon as possible though, because this won’t last long.

What the gyno said I had:
Bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and yeast.

What I was prescribed:
500 mg of metrodizanole, for the bv and trich (4 pills total) and a diflucan pill (be careful walgreens will give you the generic version which may work for some, but not for others, the real version is only a few bucks more if you have insurance, so tell your pharmacist you want diflucan)

I had to take all the pills at once. This made me feel very sick the morning like I had the flu. But it went away after a few hours.

A few days after I had my period and my symptoms completely went away, yet after my period they returned but not to a large degree like before.

I used rephresh (buy at CVS or walgreens) shortly after my period stopped and after that I feel much better.

Hope this helps and goodluck!

March 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm
(757) Bernice says:

It’s such a relief to know that this crazy itching is common among us ladies. This is the first time I’ve experienced it. I thought at first it was irritation from my sanitary napkin or infection from an antibiotic I took recently. I don’t want to go to the doctor, so I’m trying an ointment that has always helped me out during itchy times–Diprogenta. Fingers crossed that it works. Good luck to all!

March 10, 2009 at 9:55 am
(758) Melanie says:

Anotehr update:

I went to the gync yesterday for my vulva biopsy, which wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. She said that we will have results in a couple of weeks, but if cancer is present, we will know asap and we will begin treatment. Unfortunately, I am not on eo f the lucky ones who is dealing with a yeast infection or bacterial infection. I have been tested and cultures have been done and all is negative. I was certain that this was all due to having a d&c and hysteroscopy last year because it all started 2 days after I had that procedure done, but no such luck. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is not a cancer and possibly a dermititis or a hormone imbalance…we will exhaust all options til we get tot he bottom of it. Good luck to the rest of you and may God bless you all.

March 10, 2009 at 10:46 am
(759) ella says:

wow. we women get the short end of it
sometimes, don’t we? like everyone else, I
am SO glad that there are others with this.
not glad that we HAVE it, of course, but
that there are others out there that know
what this is like. for the past 3-4 months
I’ve been getting this crap about a week
before my period. it is so bad that I have
scratched myself raw, which as we all know
doesn’t help. it is not a yeast infection
because it doesn’t respond to treatment. I
got one of those tests that checks the vaginal
ph and it said mine was like 5.0 which is
still in the normal range. as soon as my
period starts it is gone. totally. it is
the weirdest damn thing. what has actually
worked for me is using witch hazel pads and
a steriod cream called triamcinalone. that
is the only thing that has helped me. the
cream is something I get from my doctor for
eczema on my hands. however, as someone who
has been a chronic yeast infection sufferer,
here are a few things I have learned.
don’t wash with deodorant soap! use a gentle
liquid, even a baby wash product works excellent. don’t douche. ever. wear cotton
panties or none at all, and go without when
ever it is feasible. as my doc said, a girl’s
gotta breathe, even down there!
and if you are at all like me you are very
sensitive to your man’s semen, so if you go
bareback during sex, it is very important to
rinse that stuff off asap!! I use my shower
massage!! WOOT!

March 10, 2009 at 11:05 am
(760) jen says:

Me again. Just got off the phone with the doctor and it turns out I also have Strep B in the vagina. They rarely culture for this unless you are pregnant (I’m not), so make sure your doctor tests you!

March 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(761) paige says:

Jen,

I have had this thing for almost 2 years and I also was treated for Group B Strep in Dec. It didn’t fully go away so I just repeated antibiotics and will be re cultured at the end of the mth. Although I still itch/burn, it is a lot better. A LOT. And yes, they rarely culture for this in non prego. women.

March 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(762) Meg78 says:

Hi Ladies,
I have been suffering from vulvar vestibulitis for 12 years now. It is pretty much under control, but I do occassionally get itching,burning and pain especially with intercourse. I would really recommend getting the ďVĒ book by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart. She is a leading gynaecologist out of Boston and the book is incredible for answering all sorts of these questions. There are complicated reasons for the itching and burning which are not always because of an infection. Sometimes other things can be going on like for instance nerve cells can get damaged and send messages when there isn’t actually a problem. In addition things called mast cells which produce histamine and therefore itching can grow in the vestibule, which is that delicate little area near the entrance to the vagina. I really recommend the book and definitely be proactive and insist that your OB/GYN tests you for skin problems as well as infections. She has a really good chapter on what sorts of tests and things you can ask for. Sometimes just reaching for over-the-counter cream or getting a prescription from your OB/GYN when you don’t have an infection can actually make the problem worse. I find that getting right out of any exercise clothes and getting dry really helps. I make sure that I wash with water after sex and the next day I bring a spare pair of underpants in case I’m a bit damp from the night before. I am now trying nortriptyline which is like amitriptyline to see if that helps, but that is also because I developed RSI in my arms and so I’m hoping to kill two birds with one stone! Just to encourage anyone who reads this, having this condition does not have to mean the end of your life or your sex life. Dr. Stewart is really good about reassuring people in the book that this is a manageable condition and is not linked to anything more serious. There is a lot that is not understood, but there are a lot of treatments that can really help you feel better. If any of you also experience funny cramping or spasming sensations especially during arousal which I did, I found that doing Kegle exercises four times a day was very helpful with reducing my pain with intercourse. It’s also worth mentioning that there are of course lots of ways to have sex and I found that I got a bit depressed when I had pain or itching and avoided this kind of contact, but now I make an effort to have other types of fooling around with my boyfriend even if we can’t have intercourse. Having fun other ways makes us both happy, and it really helps with my mood and self-esteem. It’s also not a bad idea to have your partner read parts of the book. Mine is incredibly understanding but not all of my boyfriends have been so nice about it. I hope this helps somebody. Good luck!

March 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(763) Lillasiadoll says:

Hi Ladies,

Here is a home remedy I found useful and and good luch.

Apple Cider vinegar (about 1-2 tablespoons) diluted in warm water (approx a cup) and used as a topical wash on the vulva and in the vagina. It will sting initially, likely, but this will subside as it begins to work. Usually 2-3 applications will take care of the itching and possibly even one dose is enough. It is also best to use organic apple cider vinegar to eliminate any impurities.

March 12, 2009 at 2:09 am
(764) Mindy says:

About a year after I had my hystorectomy (in 1992) I started having a lot of sinus infections. The doctor at the time just put me on strong antibiotics for 10 – 14 days. Then 2 weeks after that my sinus infections started back up and he put me back on the antibiotics for 10 – 14 days, and back again comes the sinus infecton. I was starting to get yeast infections like crazy. I talked to the doctor about it but I’m sorry he was just a pig about it. And said tough luck. Over the counter products seem to anger my yeast infections so those are not an option for me. After about 6 months or more of that I quick going to him and since then I have had to live with getting yeast infections quite offten. I studing many many different things and have now talked to many many OBGYNs, P.A.s and nurses. I have tried the whole proper yogert, different diets, you name it I have tried it. Finally I have figured out what workds for me. If I have to go on antibiotics I have the doctor write me a perscription for two Diflucan – one to be taken with my first antibiotic and the other one about 5 days into my treatment. Also I have found a few daily maintinace things to do to keep this raging yeast trouble in check. (Also yest I know they are “just” yeast infections (been tested many time – been happily married for about 30 years and there are no surprises for us when it comes to STD). Since we have figured that my PH goes crazy after intercourse I need to do one of two things after we make love. Eith #1-Use a PePHresh vaginal Gel that balances my PH so I don’t get a yeast infecton. OR #2 I can insert (vaginally) a boric acid capsul right after we make love. and if for someother reason I get a yeast infection I can insert 1 capsul a day (at bedtime) for 7 to 10 days. To make the boric acid capsuls you just buy a bottle of boric acid and buy a box of empty #3 gel capsuls. (you can get them from a pharmacy that compounds…call around regular pharmacies until you find one that will sell you empty gel caps. They may want to sell them to you 100 at a time for $15, but it is money well spent. I want it made very clear that I have been working with doctors with these ways to prevent and stop yeast infections for years. You need to work with your doctor to make sure what exactly your problem is and the best way to fix it or give you the most comfort you can have. The doctor and the pharmasist showed me how to fill the empty #3 gel caps with the boric acid along with the instruction to insurt on filled cap into the vagina at bedtime after sext (for prevention) or once a day for 7 – 10 days when you have a yeast infection. I also make sure i eat yogert with live active yeast (and there is a new yogert on the market that has probotics in it too. I eat that along with the other treatments I do. I figure you can never go wrong with healthy foods that taste pretty good. My question is i know we should

March 12, 2009 at 3:01 am
(765) Jenny says:

I am 34, have had 2 sexual partners (one of whom I married) and began itching nearly 8 months ago. No discharge, no sores, no smell. I went to several doctors and they all said the usual: wear cotton, take Benadryl, avoid soap. Then I demanded a biopsy. Absolutely do this! Turns out I have VIN (vulvar intra-epithelial neuropathy), which is precancer. I had to have the skin cut off since there’s no cure. The underlying condition is HPV, not the genital warts strain but one that makes you more vulnerable to cancer of the vulva. I had never heard of this before and have been with the same sex partner for 12 years. Get checked for an STD no matter what. And demand a biopsy if you don’t find relief. Good luck!

March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(766) Paige says:

Has anyone else noticed improvement upon getting her period? Mine is worse before but improves during my actual period (though not normal).

Thanks!

March 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(767) maggie says:

Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences. I’m an 18 year old virgin, so this is deffinately not an STD, and I have been itching like this for about a year wondering what it was. It’s gotten to the point where I have to do something, so I just bought some of the tucks with witch hazel, fingers crossed. I wish I could go to the doctors, but without insurance and not enough money… it won’t happen, which is why I love the internet and all of you guys sharing your experiences.

March 13, 2009 at 10:30 am
(768) stephanie says:

i’m having the same problem. it’s not as intense as some that i’ve read, which is pretty much all of them. i was suprised to read it could be PIN WORMS or STREP B. years ago my son had strep around his anus. anyway i have been with the same person sexually for about a year and it was the day after the last time we had sex that i started itching externally with no discharge or oder. i thought it might be a yeast infection so i got the monostat 1 day treatment and monostat cream. it’s been 3 days and i still have the itching. since it didn’t start til the day after having sex it has me a little worried. i don’t think it’s PIN WORMS or STREP B but from reading some of these it might not be a bad idea to check into to those two things for some of you even thought the PIN WORMS might sound a little far fetched, but you never know. most of the women say that it’s worse at night and if i’m not mistaken, it think that’s when the PIN WORMS move around the most. anyway, i’m glad it was brought to my attention, as well as other things on here, which i’ll be trying.

March 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(769) curious says:

have any of you passed the itching to your partner

March 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(770) J says:

Lilly – you might be allergic or sensitve to latex. It’s more common then you know. Causes severe itching and sometimes sex can be uncomfortable.

Paige – same for me. It’s horrid right before, a little less during, and stops when my cycle ends.

I think I know why though. It applies to me but maybe not all of you. I used to practice NFP (natural family planning), and I remembered some things I’d learned. Your hormones can change with extra stress, lack of sleep, or from taking an extended dose of antibiotics. To regulate your hormones and PMS again, take 400-800mcg of folic acid daily, drink plenty of water, and PAY ATTENTION to your cravings. If you are seriously craving something, eat it. I learned in nutrition (and it was backed up in my NFP book) that if you are craving something, your body needs it. It lessens PMS symptoms and helps keep your hormones regulated. I did that this month and the itching wasn’t nearly to the suicidal point. Mostly if you drink plenty of water, take the folic acid, you’ll probably see a difference.

And for those of you who’ve tested positive for HPV, find a GNC near you and buy the Women’s Ultra Mega daily vitamins. It contains brussel sprout and cabbage powder which has I3C in it, that prevents cervical cancer caused by HPV. Or, just eat brussel sprouts, kale, and cabbage! Hope this helps.

March 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm
(771) patty says:

i think it may have something to do with ivory soap in my case (and I read other posts which mentioned ivory soap)
also maybe hormones.
i’m trying to keep things clean and dry and covered with vaselineto protect from urine during the day (use a pad b/c vaseline stains)

March 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm
(772) Ani says:

Hello. I have some news which might sound strange. Iīm 34. all the same as you for so many years!!!! Actully iched SO much – I tore a minor hole down there in the most fragile flesh, so got a purple and white oozing wound that needed to be treated by doctor with antibacterial creme. Anyways, Been to the doctor so many times and gyno who took a blood test from a small cut down there (and could see I was allergic to something but not what). I was at the “skin doctor” with something else completly… AND Iīm now told I have nickel allergy (Iīm Danish, so hope itīs called the same in English), which causes the iching espacially evenings and crazy nights. High nickel content in food: Chocolate (!!!), most dryed beans etc, seaweed (I just thought I felt really bad because I ate much too much sushi!), tea, garlic and so many other food. I received four pages of food cotaining different amounts og nickel – and this explained SO much. why I felt so painfully bloated after eating some of these things, dizzy and not good at all. The only thing that that helps in that situation feeling not good, or evenings and crazy nights with icthing – is an anti histamin tablet (bought over the counter without side efftects). 20 min after I feel normal again, which is SO GREAT. Hope this story helps. Iīm so much happier now I know what works or not works for me re. food and the painful itch :o ). All the best, Ani

March 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm
(773) joanne says:

hi ladies, having read all 772 threads, i am still at a loss as to what this itching i have is caused by, let me start by saying i have not been to the docs since 2001 but have visited 5 times this year already, firstly as i felt low run down and lathargic, sweating a lot and losing excessive amounts of hair, my gp did a blood test to check for thyroid problems but came back clear, as did the urine test to check kidney function……the following week i started with a rash all over my torso, which the first doc couldnt diagnose but the second visit a week later another doctor said was pityriasis rosea, this i had for 6 weeks, no syptoms just a rash

the rash went on sat but i started with a severe throat infection on the monday which the docs said was either farengitis or tonsilitus but wouldnt give anti-biotics, in my despair (and i know i shouldnt have) i took 4 anti-biotics over two days that a friend gave me, these helped my throat and i started to pick up…………..wait for it, i know your wondering why im on this discussion site, well two days ago i started with the vaginal itching, and a close friend who is a nurse said it was probably due to the 4 anti-biotics, and it was probably thrush, like most of you though no discharge no odour just this unbelievable itch, now mine is on the upper part of my outer labia and all around my clitorus, it is swoolen but not sure if thats just from (the not scratching but rubbing im doing) or some kind of infection

ive been married 25 years and can rule out std i havent had sex with my hubby for about 3weeks so its not related to intercourse, my period was due yesterday and im usually as regular as clock work but have nt turned up yet, havent spoke to a doctor about the vaginal itching but they have all said my other ailments are all brought on by stress, im not stressed per say but i am with the being unwell if that makes sense

help, help

March 16, 2009 at 9:32 am
(774) G says:

Honestly, this itch this has a lot to do with hygiene and basically how sensitive our bodies are to outside factors. i’ve had this problem for the last 3 years, but it’s improved a lot after I changed some habits, because a lot of it has to do with our sensitivity. it’s almost borderline female jock itch but here are some tips i’ve learned from experience:

stop using all types of fragrance, perfumes, and etc. in the area.

recommendations:
Arm and Hammer laundry detergent for all your clothing. not just your underwear because your pants can breath into it too. Arm and Hammer is targeted towards people with skin sensitivity.

and make sure your clothes are put in the dryer asap. so the water doesn’t become stagnant and make sure your clothes are completely dry.

like said before. COTTON UNDERWEAR. if you need to, stay away from THONGS. Those things are dirty, bacterial from the anus is constantly being transferred everywhere, ladies, it isn’t always clean back there. if anything just wear them on special occasions.

for those who have sex, wash yourself afterward because having all the fluid transfer on your body will cause irritation. and dry yourself thoroughly. I’ve noticed that itch came back when I was active and already doing all these things.

swimming: don’t sit around in a wet bathing suit bottom all day, bacteria/yeast and etc. can form and cause itching and etc..

I’ve noticed that tampons helps a lot for us when we get our periods and have the itch. don’t leave a pad on too long .. same reasons

a lot of this has to do with our bodies and it’s natural defenses aren’t up to par. some of us just have more skin sensitivity than others. A good diet generally helps, which will also boost our immune system in defending our bodies against these bacteria. bacteria is common and on our bodies at all times. it is just sometimes the balance is out of wack when our immune system is down when we’re either stressing or not paying attention to our health.

and for those who have noticed, taking anti-biotics while bring the itch back for awhile. it’s because the anti-biotics also kill the good bacterial that eats away at the yeast and etc. therefore, if you know you have this problem tell your doctor so they can prescribe something to help deal with the itching, during the time you are on anti-biotics

bottom line: moisture = bad, using things with chemical irritants = bad, hygiene = good, overall health has an effect too.

This is are just tips and knowledge that i’ve acquired over time. and creams do help with the itch when it becomes chronic and i recommend it, rather than scratching. it only causes more irritations and problems. you should still check your gyno if your problems are extremely intrusive to your life and have other serious symptoms. better safe than sorry. and you have every right to demand your gynos to take you seriously. check for bacterial, yeast, and etc.

March 16, 2009 at 8:21 pm
(775) Ruth says:

First of all, it was definitely a relief to me, like many of you, to find this forum and know I wasn’t alone… a little discouraging on the other hand that after 2 1/2 years of posting there are not any straightforward answers as to the cause and appropriate treatment… I suspect because there are several different causes (for example, I can rule out the pill because I’m not on it). I didn’t read all of the comments… only about half of them, which was plenty to make a list of things to try.

In January I got a yeast infection from antibiotics I was taking for strep throat… it never seemed to heal completely and whether or not it is connected I’ve had the same insane itching many of you have described for weeks now. I took two days of fluconazole since I thought it was a carry over from the yeast infection. (side note: I’m living in Guatemala right now so some resources are limited but self-medicating is easy… no gyno needed). It didn’t seem to help which is when I decided to look online for issues regarding vaginal itching, because there was no discharge or odor… it seemed different from a yeast infection. I’ve experienced a lot of relief in the past few days since I read suggestions here. I’m currently doing the following:

1. stop scratching! (I know it’s ridiculously hard but bite down on a pillow, cry, scream, whatever… itching only makes it worse)

2. use olive oil (you can also use vegetable oil) as a lubricant and soother… I put this on in the morning, at night, and sometimes during the day depending on how irritated I am. ALSO, this is all I used until I could quit the scratching… my skin was way to sensitive to put anything else on it so I had to wait a couple days before trying the rest.

3. Vinegar and salt water soak/rinse. After every shower I dissolve salt in warm water and mix in some vinegar and rinse off my vaginal area… sometimes I do it a couple more times during the day just for good measure.

Other than those things I’m making sure to practice basic hygiene, drinking lots of water, eating less sugar. I haven’t changed any products yet but I might change my laundry detergent to arm & hammer or equiv. again, just for good measure.

The itching has come back a few times, like today when I was exercising (maybe because of heat?) but doesn’t stay long if I don’t scratch it and put on more olive oil if needed.

It’s been about 3-4 days since I started this and I’ve been generally itch-free (no more crying, waking up in the middle of the night, etc).

Hope some of this helps… I’ll check back if I have any updates. I also definitely agree with the previous comment about the importance of basic hygiene… not that I was a dirty person before…

March 17, 2009 at 9:49 am
(776) Melanie says:

Back again to find out some more info frrom anyone willing to post:
1) Does anyone experience anal itching along w/the vaginal itching
2) Does anyone or has anyone shaved the vulva/vaginal area?

These are just some thoughts that I have had about this issue since I have been dealing with ti for a year now. I am still in the process of having different tests being done to see what the problem is…I have posted a few times in the past but have not yet heard anyone experiencing any of hte same symptoms besides the nerve racking itch that makes you claw your crotch to blood. Anyway there are a few things that I have been trying along the way to help deal with the itch until the doctors can find out what is truly going on…exhausting all medical possibilities.

-I have switched to Aveeno soap for vaginal area (using Bath/Body wash to soak in periodically)..this has helped w/the burning from washing down there and cooking it down when it is raw. The doctor as indicated that soap is not a necessity for cleanliness, but that the Aveeno is fine to use

-Using a “butt cream” eg. A&D, Desitin, protects the area from urine, rubbing or scratching and also natural moisture NOTE: do not insert in the vagina.

-Cool air blow drying rather than towel drying lessens the irritation

-Use a spray botttle (or perianal bottle from child birth) after using the bathroom and pat dry/air dry instead of wiping, after a BM use wet wipes instead of toilet paper and wipe front to back to avoid vaginal area

-go commando whenever possible..even if it is for 30 min…if the vaginal doesn’t get air, it is not happy

-Wear loose clothing that breathes – no nylon, polyester, spandex, lycra. These generally cause sweat/moisture which irritates

The only cure you will find is going to the doctor. If the problem persists for more than 2-3 weeks and you have been treated for yeast, you should be checked for something else. Dermatitis, dysplasia, cancer or bacterial infections may be present.
I will keep posting periodically and keep checking on what is happening w/all of the ladies out there. Hope this infor informed some/all of you.

March 17, 2009 at 11:04 am
(777) maria says:

Thank you all so very much–this site has helped me more than you can imagine.

I have been experiencing the symptoms many of you have had–itching, no discharge, mainly outside the vagina–and I tried the OTC yeast infection medication.

It’s better… but it’s not gone. I am now going to try the baking soda, vinegar, olive oil approach and change my detergent and hope for the best. I will follow up if any of this works–or if my OB/GYN helps out.

March 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm
(778) mickey says:

Hello ladies!
I have been desperately searching online, and cannot find a thing!
I first started having severe itching about 2 weeks before my wedding. I had no discharge or odor, and it wasn’t my vagina that was itching, it was the outer lips.
The weird thing was, the more I would itch, the more I would get these raised welts that looked like a bug bite. This lasted for about 4 days before I started freaking out–I did not want this to be there for my honeymoon!!!
I went to the doc, and she said it looked like I had HIVES on the lips of my vagina.
She tested me for a yeast infection, as well as STD’s and it came back negative. She told me to get vagasil, and that it would clear up.
Well, it cleared up and I really think that it was stress from the wedding.
I am on here again because I started having the SAME issue as last time… it’s been about 4 months since the wedding. I do admit I have been stressed with finances more than usuall… but I just don’t know what to do.
They seriously remind me of hives… but they last for a week or so. The “welts” only appear if I itch alot… I try to ignore it during the day and I am fine… but once I start ithcing, I CANNOT stop.
Getting a super cold wash cloth, ringing it out and just gently patting and softly wiping makes it feel REALLY better…
I honestly do not know what else to say… other than maybe I am just weird and get hives on my vag lol.
Anybody else have this???

March 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(779) ptches says:

I have had this off and on for years and have found it comes after drinking juices, tea or anything with artificial sweeteners. I think it makes us have more uric acid in our system causing this. The deep itching is horrible. Feels almost like small grains or something creeping through your meat, causing that tingling and deep itching. The itching stops when dry, but these things cause you to have moisture. Once I get off all these things for a while it goes away. I seem to be very sensitive to them now. Why? I dont know. Maybe they are putting something different in these things that affective us so we become super sensitive to them. One small additive could be the culprit. This, we are getting from ingesting something, not from external sources. think about it

March 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm
(780) Lisa says:

So I am not alone, My doctor ( a man ) thinks I am nut’s but it’s been 6 months and as many trips to the doc, I went to a Medi clinic and the Doctor there gave me a cream call’ed Lotriderm it is a topical antifungaland it has saved me!!!! I don’t know how long I can use it for but twice a day everday and I am Itch free, I am going to keep looking for the cause but this works for now.
Good Luck!

March 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm
(781) Kat says:

Hi Ladies!So I’ve been having this itch for 3 days already. I’m 26, by the way. I wrote because I found relief. Itch hasn’t completely gone, but it has been significantly reduced. Been taking cetirizine for days when it has been so freakin’ itchy, but that hasn’t helped a lot.

Last night, i read that apple cider vinegar mixed with water helps soothe it. So i tried it. After that i blew dry myself (cold air) and then i put on Castor oil (outside only)

It’s a tiny miracle i will forever cherish. Woke up feeling infinitely better!

P.S. Been eating lotsa yogurt too!

March 20, 2009 at 4:27 am
(782) em says:

im 23, feels like other ladies had felt on vaginal itching its been 1 week since i experienced this kind of symptoms. this is my first time of scratching heavily as if the itching will releive.. I have take amoxycillin because i thought its an infection.. what can i do about this itching.. please send me advise.

March 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(783) Meena says:

hi I would advice you to get triphaladi choornam boil it and wash your baginal area with it. It will help you with this itching. Imnot sure how many of you are aware of the ayurvedic system of medicine. If you can research on it and order this triphaladi choornam im dead sure it will help you all. I have gone through this and my ayurvedic doctor asked me to wash myself with this water twice a day and it cured me instantly.God is great

March 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm
(784) poonam says:

hi ladies,
around oct end of 08 i also had the same problem and then i tried some of the indian home treatment for this which have worked very effectively for me and i don’t scratch myself anymore …if occasionally i doubt , i again follow the same treatment…just bcoz i don’t want that itch again:)

which i think couple of ladies have tried…or they thought of tring them…

after many months i just came here to check how all r u doing …i just want to say to all who r still suffering that give these things a try u’ll find some diffeence …..

here r some of them for u——

for few thing u may need to go to INDIAN grocery store….if u can’t find these items urself ask the store people ..they will help ..

ok..

as millanie post #723 is using some cream having camphor—– camphor is very good,it has a cooling effect ….u can apply it without worry in the outside of vaginal area ..in fact on anypart of skin of ur body u can apply castor oil(2tsp)+camphor(1 tsp powder) mix it and keep it in a glass bottle apply whenever u need …its very good relief from any type of skin itch. and also very effective dendruff treatment (4 tsp castor oil +1 tsp camphor) apply it before sleeping next day wash u head with mild soap…u’ll feel so nice:) anyway comming back to vaginal itch:)

and second treatment is—u can get “ajwain” this is small seeds with strong smell if u rub them…smell is very effective for headache also:)
and with this u have to take “DHHOONI”
Q.What is DHHOONI?
A.DHHOONI is smoke, carfully exposing the area to the smoke of the herb for min of 4-5 minutes.
Q.HOW CAN I TAKE IT?
A.what i did is i got steel measuring cups from sears for $9.99. and using the 1cup size cup for this purpose. (U CAN USE ANY SMALL “STEEL ” PAN FOR IT )….u will need mittens for holdling the hot handle..
ok this is the instrument u’ll need:)
now second part is u make the powder of 1/2 cup of “AJWAIN” in coffee grinder and keep it in a bottle…

WEAR MITTENS AND GET THE STEEL CUP..now put 1 tsp of AJWAIN powder in the steel measuring cup and heat it on the gas…”BE CAREFULL NOT TO BURN OR PUT FIRE” it will become red and nice smoke will come out…u have to expose urself to this smoke..keep urself 6-10 inches above smoke..u will fell it lil bit warm thats ok…u may need to repeat the heating of the pan and may need to put more ajwain..

VERY IMPORTANT– before u start doing all this make the arrangemnt in ur kitchen so that no one comes there to inturrupt u and u can do this without any mistake ….like putting a small mat near the stove floor where u can keep the hot cup or pan so that u do’t burn ur floor….plan all the safety measure before doing it….and undress urself below belly before u start it…

and do it for atleast 4-5 min.

i know first it seems lil difficult and crazy…but if u can do it carefully u’ll be ok
…and u may need to do it once or maximum twice a day for 3-4 days…but u’ll get the instant relief afer the first time and u’;; notice the great releif…..its amazing! u may not need to do anything else but sometimes when u cann’t do this then aaplying that oil will work for u

NOW THIRD HELPING TREATMENT IS—- potash alum…we call it “fitkari ” also.

just grind it and in 1 cup of water put 1/2 tsp of it and wash urself nicely inside out with it …do it every night and morning:)

and last the treat ment which meena post #783 told might also work though i didn’t try it but i know that trifala(tri-herb) is very very good for many things…good meena…thanks for this…

i hope u all can get rid of this horrible problem soon…..

for some more tips go through my previous post # 555 …

ok take care…and be healthy:)
good luck:)

March 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm
(785) Unknown says:

ayee iight listen i have this stuff that is white and its stinks and its slimy and nasty can someone tell me what it is i cant stand it i need help.

March 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm
(786) A says:

Hi..even I am suffering from vaginal itch. I get a white thick discharge and i think that discharge causes the itch. I dont know what the hell is it..i started eating raw garlic every night. it looks like the itching has reduced. let me try and tell u if garlic really works!! all the best ladies :)

March 26, 2009 at 1:55 am
(787) Rawinia says:

I’m glad to see im not alone when it comes to vaginal itching.I get this white discharge all the time and it gets really itchy. It drives me crazy because it makes me walk funny in order to stop it from itching. I also cant sit still or sit comfortably without it itching. It cant be an STD because I’m married with a husband which we were both virgins to each other and well I am pregnant which could be the cause but are other pregnant women out there getting itchy down below aswell???Any one got any suggestions???thanks

March 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(788) Melanie says:

hi ladies –
the white discharge is most likely yeast infection. You can buy OTC products to help…monistat, vagisil etc….also, introduce yogurt to your diet…preferably one with a probiotic in it…yo-plus, activia etc……it is common for pregnant wormen to have yeast infections due to the hormonal change and the pH balance changing. You should contact your OB and see if there is something else you can try…hope this helps you.

March 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(789) Joan Hansen says:

I finally found relief. It’s Witch Hazel. I was suffering like the rest of you. I used every product on the maket and still I was scratching until I was swollen. Then I started to wash with Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash after every trip to the bathroom – and followed that up with a splah of Witch Hazel. It works! Now I just use the Witch Hazel and I’m itch free. It comes in a bottle (cheap) and also in “Tucks” pads.

March 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(790) Hannah B. says:

Use Nystatin and Triamciconolone Acetonide Cream. This is a prescription cream and strong enough that really works!!! same symptoms as most of you and suffered for about 2-3 months.
finally another doctor prescribed this cream..it stung at first but on the 3rd day the burning sensation was gone, most of all, 85% of itch is gone…I’m on my 4th day and am planning to use it for another 2 weeks until it’s totally 100% gone.
THIS WORKS:)

March 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm
(791) Hannah B. says:

Following my previous post above, make sure you cleanse and dont use soap or cleansers anymore –instead just water. Pat dry and apply the cream. Air it out, just stay in bed or relax..and at night dont use undies anymore. I believe this itching is when our vagina becomes too dry or too moist. Also it may be because of the PH balance that got out of “whack” for some reason.
anyway, I decided to post to make sure because I noticed we see a lot of complaints but others have not gotten back with how their condition improved.

In my case, I used Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide (Cream) USP.. this is a prescription cream only that is really meant for this kind of woman problem.

Good luck ladies.

March 28, 2009 at 2:47 am
(792) ashley says:

use some coconut oil.. will reduce the itching a loooooot.. also if any swelling, will subside.. in my case the itch started because i shaved off my pubic hair and now that its growing, its poking my labia and the whole portion is itchy and swollen… also get yourself checked for worms.. generally worms, if in your stomach, come out of your anus at night and create a havoc in the nearing areas..

March 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(793) Tula says:

On one hand, I’m relieved to know I’m not alone. On the other, the hundreds of postings with no real solution, no solid diagnosis, no word of assurance from any doctor, is utterly depressing. I am in the middle of menopause and I have had this condition off and on since my 20s. I’ve had it as a thin person and as an overweight person. I’ve had at all various times during my menstrual cycle. Stress does seem to be a factor, but I am not sure of that because I’ve had it creep up when I’m happy and everything’s going well. I’ve been tested for all kinds of stuff, including a yeast infection. No test was positive. Once I scratched so much I landed in an emergency clinic for a severe allergic reaction — allergic to what, I don’t know, but I broke out in hives, and had two shots of epinephrine to stop the swelling. Eating yogurt has no effect. I sleep with a washcloth between my legs: a clean washcloth every night. I wear only cotton panties. I no longer ever wear hose or tights or anything that might increase sweating. I use scent-free detergents and soaps and even run my laundry through an extra rinse so none of the soap residue remains. (I’ve tried using water instead of soap between my legs, but it doesn’t help. I use Eucerin soap, which feels a lot like olive oil, and is odor free.) I do not use dryer sheets. I feel like I’m allergic to my own sweat. It’s mostly around the vulva, but can spread to my thighs, my belly, my underarms, and at the hairline on my neck. I find some relief from ibuprofen. It’s not a cure but it will help me fall asleep. Without question I think I’m sort of stuck in a scratch-itch cycle, but I defy anyone not to scratch when they have this. In the past, I’ve had relief from Clobetasol cream .05% (also called Temovate or Embeline.) I found the trick with that is to use it ONLY when you need it. As soon as the itch stops, stop using it. Unfortunately, right now I don’t have health care coverage, so I can’t afford to go to the doctor to get a new prescription. Some of the people on this list clearly have yeast infections or other issues.(If the itch is internal, it’s probably a yeast infection.) If it’s a yeast infection, that’s a simple matter. But I’m very frustrated that here are 700 women with a problem that is life altering that doctors clearly know nothing about, and, I’d have to conclude, could not care less. Am I angry? I am extremely angry.

March 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(794) Tula says:

If you have a white discharge, you have a yeast infection. This is easy to treat. You can have your doctor culture it, or you can get Monistat or one of the over-the-counter meds.

March 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(795) Melanie says:

Tula—I feel your anger and I join you in the process of figuring this out. I have posted several times in the past and have passed on all the tricks the docs have had me try but have not been helpful in any single way. I do not hink I have any kind of control over when the itch comes on and I know I do not have any kind of control in not scratching. It is like a nagging mosquitoe that just won’t leave you alone….My husband is very frustrated with it all too. Sex is unbearable and even when I am not itchy, I don’t want to tempt fate and make it irritaed to bring on the itch…It is not fair that I have to or any person should have to deal with this for so long. It has been a very long year of my agony. I am still in the process with the doctors to see what it could be, my GYN said she will get to the bottom of it…I just want it over. So far, all tests, cultures and biopsies have no outcome. I go again Tuesday to see if there is any other findings in my last biopsies. I pray for an answer and one day, I hope to write good news on what this junk is and what we can do to deal with it. …Until then, I will keep applying A&D ointment to help prevent any further skin damage to the area. It does bring relief to the raw vulva area, and allows me to pee without crying from the burn. I have also found soothing from using Aveeno soap in the vaginal & anal area. Good luck to anyone else out there dealing with the mad itch not from yeast or bacteria.

March 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(796) Hannah B. says:

Tula, I feel your frustration, but don’t feel helpless because there should be a solution, I know a lot of women who posted on this thread posted “during” the time they have this problem…but you can count very few women went back to update their condition…(grateful to those who have)…
I know it is very diffuicult doing normal activities when we have this–it is embarassing to even discuss to your closest family or friends.
I, too have sufferred for almost 2-3 months. Just recently I think I am getting closer to being cured. I can now sleep soundly without scratching and when I wash there’s no stinging or burning and itchy feeling.
Please go to Thread # 70 and #791.
I have the same symptoms as you–I too have itchy scalp, torso and I broke out in hives–all at the same time, I was itching down there. My hives are gone..I still have itchy hairline at the back of my neck but it is tolerable now. I took Methylprednisolone for the Urticaria (Hives/allergies) …and for the cream down there, I applied Nystatin (see above posts). All those prescribed by my doctor.
I hope the meds that helped me out is also applicable to you. Check with your doctor, you mentioned you dont have med insurance anymore…maybe you can just sacrifice one more visit and bring up these meds along the way and see if your doctor agrees or maybe not? just a suggestion but ultimately you would need to try a medication because I know that 1 day to 1 year is unbearable…and it needs to be cured fast.

Good Luck Tula and let us know what happened.

March 30, 2009 at 6:12 am
(797) aep says:

Hi all.
I have suffered from vaginal itching without discharge for years off and on. My gyn just diagnosed me with Lichen sclerosus. Click on this link to learn more about it.
http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/linchensclerosis/a/lichensclerosus.htm.

I have been on a steroid cream for almost four days and feel so much better! Hope this helps some of you!

March 30, 2009 at 11:45 am
(798) BrendaJay says:

PLEASE READ…..THIS IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME! Hello ladies, I have been reading all these comments for about a year. I too had this dreaded itch, I have tried almost every suggestion here. I would like to share with you, the product that has come to my rescue. LOTRIMIN AF ANTIFUNGAL,CLOTRIMAZOLE CREAM. I used this product day and night for 20 days (reapplied after every urination). I found immediate relief with my first application. I tried other Lotrimin creams, with different active ingredients,but they did not work. I hope this info will help. Thank you Ladies for all your comments, they have helped me so much.

March 31, 2009 at 6:35 am
(799) Miranda says:

I have the same problem. So what kinda a doctor do I have to see about this kind of problem? PLEASE can someone help?

April 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm
(800) Jennifer says:

I also have the same problem with vaginal and anal itching going on about 3 months now and it continues to get worse. I definitely empathize with all of you. It’s at the point now that I cannot even stand it anymore. So much so, that I found this website and purchased many of the items people recommended frequently in their posts after I got out of work today. I tried this as soon as I got home and am feeling much better.

Here is what I did:
* Took a warm bath in an oatmeal bath treatment (like Aveeno)
* Washed with the Aveeno bar (I also purchased the Aveeno Baby fragrance free body wash for future use)
* Patted dry with a towel
* Wiped with the Tucks pads with witch hazel
* Applied Monistat Soothing Care Maximum Strength Itch Relief Cream with 1% hydrocortisone (this is a new product)
* Put on cotton underwear with an unscented panty liner and used the Monistat Soothing Care Medicated Powder in the underwear
* Also purchased unscented baby wipes to use after going to the bathroom at home.

I also packed a little cosmetic bag to take to work tomorrow with the panty liners, Tucks pads in a ziplock bag, unscented baby wipes in a ziplock bag, Monistat cream and powder.

Here’s to hoping this works for the long term!
Best of luck to all of you!

April 3, 2009 at 5:00 am
(801) M says:

Have just skimmed through this thread in hopes of a cure. I have internal itching and a stinging session in the bladder when I need to pee. Have suffered loads from thrush years ago but this is different as it doesn’t respond to Canesten. Doctor’s tests showed nothing useful. However as I write I think I’m feeling better. I have made this condition go away 3 or 4 times in the last few years using GARLIC. The lady who mentioned eating raw garlic is probably onto something. I haven’t tried that yet. But what I do is insert 1 or 2 peeled cloves (not too large as they are harder to get back out) inside me like a tampon. They often come out on their own when you use the toilet but if not you need to hook them out with a finger. Not the most pleasant thing in the world but honestly it works. Can take a few days unfortunately and don’t leave a clove up there for more than 24 hrs without changing it is my advice. Hope this helps.

April 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(802) Itchinglikecrazy says:

Two weeks ago, I had a sinus infection so my doc put me on amoxycilin. Last Tuesday, I went tanning commando and since Wednesday morning, I’ve been itching like crazy.

I’ve never had a yeast infection. No odor. No discharge. I thought I may have sunburn my vagina but it’s been at 5 days now and thought it would stop.

I can’t put any creams on it because I get UTI’s very easy.

April 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm
(803) Sue says:

Please…try taking Fish oil. I stumpled across this accidentally and it has stopped my itching in just a few days. Coincidental, I don’t know. I don’t always take fish oil but every time I start a bout of this terrible itch, it has gone away 1 to 2 days after taking a fish oil pill.

April 5, 2009 at 9:08 pm
(804) Kay says:

Oh, thank goodness. I’ve searched for answers on vaginal itching before, but the sites always come up with yeast infection. Since there is never any discharge or odor, I know that’s not it. I was terrified I had herpes or something, and that it just wasn’t caught when I went to the doctor. I’ve had the itching (and the resultant scabbing, when I’ve scratched more than I should have) on and off for over a year now. It started with jock itch, which I caught from my then-boyfriend. We were both independently given an antifungal cream, and it went away. A month or so later, though, I started itching like crazy just before my period. My OB-GYN gave me a different anti-fungal and said not to worry. The cream she gave me worked briefly, but the itch kept coming back, at first on a monthly basis and now with no rhyme or reason. I’ve been using a tea tree soap (which seems to do best for me at not setting off the itching too often), I air dry thoroughly after showers (thank goodness no one can see me spread-eagle on the bed so air gets down there!), and use Charmin bathroom wipes as preventatives. When it does appear, I use the Lotramin AF with Miconazole Nitrate or Monistat external cream (which is a lot more expensive). These help to clear up the itch, but nothing I’ve tried has made it go away permanently. Following an earlier link (http://www.mydr.com.au/womens-health/vulval-problems-a-self-help-guide), I’m going to try their advice about the Vaseline and hydrocortisone. I’ll let you know how it works, because I am very much sick and tired of this. I’ve repeatedly tested clean, I don’t take antibiotics, I drink plenty of water, wear cotton underwear, sleep nude, and do everything my doctors suggest, and it still comes back.

April 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(805) jennifer says:

I had the same problem shortly after I started dating this new guy. I couldn’t figure it out for my life and I was extremely uncomfortable. Then one night while we were having sex it started itching insanely. I’m pretty sure the itching was caused by his completely but not freshly shaven pubic area. I stopped seeing him because of it and I have not had the itch since.

April 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm
(806) Tabitha says:

Bacterial Vaginitis can cause itching with no discharge. That is why it is always good to go see a doctor. The only cure for it is Flagil and it is usually taken twice a day for ten days. Bacterial Vaginitis is not really a STD. It is too many good cells fighting nothing down there. It can usually be caused by taking antibiotics or it can be cause by being very sexually active. Clyamidia can also show the same symptoms as Bacterial Vaginitis, so please get checked out by your Gyno to make sure. If Clyamidia is left untreated it can cause permanent damage and can cause you to become sterial. Also, your partner can be re infecting you. Even if you have been faithful, your partner may not. So, if you have any vaginal itching that is not cureable than get seen. If monistate does not work seven days after you use it than stop using it for a couple of days and then go see your doctor. Monistate can hide some symptoms of Clymidia or Bacterial Vaginitis.

April 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm
(807) Tabitha says:

As for the yellowish odorless discharge. It is possible to have an STD with odorless discharge. Everyone is different. It could be that you have too many white blood cells stacked up in your cervic that you haven’t experienced the full on symptoms of the STD. Also, if you have had a history of having a STD in the past you are more likely to develope PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)or HPV. PID can feel much like Bacterial Vaginitis and is pretty much a re occurance of Bacterial Vaginitis. If this is the case than you need to have a pap smear done every six to twelve months to make sure you don’t get ovarian cancer. This is why regular trips to the gynocologist every year is a good thing. Especially if you are over the age of 30. You should know your body and if it is not funtioning currectly you need to get seen. If you don’t know your body down there and don’t know how it should be functioning than regular trips to the gynocologist every year will help clear up lingering questions un answered. You should feel very comfortable when talking to your gynocologist. If you don’t then you can switch gynocologist until you do. You have a patient right to switch practitioners.

April 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(808) Tabitha says:

For all the ladys who are talking about being on Amoxicillian to cure their itching. All antibiotics can cause yeast infections. Antibiotics are used to treat regular infections not yeast infections. The doctors have a pill called Dyflucan that can be used to treat a yeast infections, but if you want to save a little money than it you can by over the counter creams. Antiboitics can also cause bacteria vaginitis if you are very sexually active while on them. Also, if your PH is out of balance in your uterus than you are more prone to yeast or bacteria vaginitis if you don’t have an STD. A good way to keep the good bacteria in you uterus that balances out your PH is to eat yogart. At least one cup a day or if you are on antiboitic you might need more than one cup. Now a days, you can buy little yogart shots. Not only does these shots or cup of yogart have the active cultures that you need they also help you stay regular, because a lot of girls have a problem with staying regular. The only antiboitic that treats bacterial vaginitis or PID is Flagil. Flagil gets rid of the good or bad bacteria, but like all other antiboitic Flagil can also cause a yeast infection so just make sure you have monistate cream around for after you take the antiboitics and try to substain from being sexually active while you are on antiboitics or if you are having any itch at all. You can cause damage to your vaginal walls and loose sensitivity. Try to stay away from douching too. Douching isn’t very good for you. It messes with your PH balance and can make you more prone to any bacteria infection.

April 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(809) Tabitha says:

For all the ladys who are talking about being on Amoxicillian to cure their itching. All antibiotics can cause yeast infections. Antibiotics are used to treat regular infections not yeast infections. The doctors have a pill called Dyflucan that can be used to treat a yeast infections, but if you want to save a little money than it you can by over the counter creams. Antiboitics can also cause bacteria vaginitis if you are very sexually active while on them. Also, if your PH is out of balance in your uterus than you are more prone to yeast or bacteria vaginitis if you don’t have an STD. A good way to keep the good bacteria in you uterus that balances out your PH is to eat yogart. At least one cup a day or if you are on antiboitic you might need more than one cup. Now a days, you can buy little yogart shots. Not only does these shots or cup of yogart have the active cultures that you need they also help you stay regular, because a lot of girls have a problem with staying regular. The only antiboitic that treats bacterial vaginitis or PID is Flagil. Flagil gets rid of the good or bad bacteria, but like all other antiboitic Flagil can also cause a yeast infection so just make sure you have monistate cream around for after you take the antiboitics and try to substain from being sexually active while you are on antiboitics or if you are having any itch at all. You can cause damage to your vaginal walls and loose sensitivity. Try to stay away from douching too. Douching isn’t very good for you. It messes with your PH balance and can make you more prone to any bacteria infection.

April 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm
(810) Tabitha says:

If you are experiencing burning with the Monistate cream, don’t worry, you may just be very sensitive to the cream. So the Dyflucan pill may be a better approach to taking care of any yeast infection. It takes a good 48 to 72 hours to experience relief from the Dyflucan pill. So, if you want than you can choose a milder non itching cream. Don’t use powders. Regular powder can cause more vaginal problems.

April 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(811) Tina says:

I was very glad to have found this websight. The itching was driving me crazy. I’m 48 and figured it had something to do with my age. But I just couldn’t stand it. I read one of the comments and it said that acidophilus was good. I read up on it and went to the vitamin shop and bought it in the liquid form. I bought cranberry pro-96 acidophilus. I took 2 tablespoons on Sunday night. I slept through the night. I took another 2 tablespoons in the morning. The itch is virtually gone!!! Got tired of trying the creams that had to be reapplied everytime after I went to the bathroom. I am actually able to move normal now without feeling like I have to itch every 2 seconds. The stuff works and it’s all natural without the steroids. I am just going to keep taking it daily for overall better health. It’s Monday night and I feel normal again. Thanks again for this great websight. I hope this helps someone like it helped me!!

April 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm
(812) Melanie says:

Final results from Biopsies….
I went to the GYN for the results of my biosies that were performed 1 month agao. They came back that I have a “spongiotic dermatitis” and a psoriasis. I am 38 and it is very unusual to be diagnosed with psoriasis at this age, but apparently not impossible, since I was just diagnosed. I recommend that if the basic changes in your detergent and soaps and fem hyg products don’t resolve your itching, then you should be checked. It is not a “psychological” issue..you are not making it all up. The Gync said that it is more coming to have these itching problmes than we all know. More and more issues are being seen in the last 5 years than ever before.
I do not know if any of you have followed my threads, but I have been dealing with this for a year and it was not getting any better. It was not a constant itch, but when it happens (5 out of 7 days) it is a mad itch that you would love to just cut out of you. No matter how much you scratch, it just won’t let up. It is a painfully pleasant itch that you just can’t stop. I will keep on posting when new things arise. I will be seeing a dermatologist along with continuing my gync appointments. Good luck to you all.

April 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm
(813) Jean says:

I’ve just discovered this forum and at last have found many people with the same problem as myself. I’ve been bothered with vaginal itch for years and at this moment in time am at the end of my tether with it. I just don’t know how I’m managing to function throughout the day. It’s driving me demented! I’ve been to the doctor and also the gynacology department of my local hospital and have tried everything imaginable to no avail. The first hospital doctor raved about trimovate cream, but it didn’t help me. I’ve also tried all the canestan products, vagisil, eumovate, activ balance gel, Eurax, E-45, vinegar and even TCP which numbs it for a while but is so painful when it wears off. The itch is inside and outside and I’ve even made myself bleed with the scratching and putting things inside to scratch. The only thing which has given temporary relief is the liquid they apply at the hospital before examination (acetic acid). Everyone thinks I’m mad when I say this! The second doctor at the hospital recommended Aci-Gel because it contains acetic acid but it was discontinued in the UK in 2005. However, I managed to get it on the internet from New Zealand and it did help a little at the beginning but not anymore. I was back at the doctor today and was given Elocon cream but because it is such a strong steroid cream I can only use it for a week. I’m at the end of my tether with it all so, if anyone can help I would appreciate it so much.

April 10, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(814) Phyllis says:

The only thing that will really cure this is a yeast free, sugar free diet and treatment for systemic yeast infections. See the book The Yeast Connection. It took me over a year to eliminate this problem, but now it’s gone!

April 15, 2009 at 9:18 am
(815) angel says:

Hi all, been having this itch for a few months now. Seems to happen a few days before my period starts…just at the opening of my vagina, and it gets worse at night. I am guessing it is a hormone imbalance due to it happening before my period? or should i see a doctor since it is recurring and could be something more serious?

April 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(816) Melanie says:

Angel -

April 16, 2009 at 1:34 am
(817) Christine says:

Hello ladies, I am certainly not alone in this area I see, and really not happy to know that thousands of ladies are suffering this same problem. I have worked in the medical field most of my adult life, and am seeing this problem more and more.. Not good :(
I am hearing lots of complaints and seeing little more than comfort measures. I have been to 7 different specialists and have been tested over and over.. 4 years later I am finding myself getting frustrated by this problem.. I have found so far that every doctor says “your fine” am I? NO! Over 4 years I have been suffering this over and over.. Nights are the worse and the pain sometimes keeps me tossing and turning for hours.. I have heard things about detergents, soaps, and so on.. come on.. seriously.. are we all using the same things? Doubtful that changing your detergent cures it, you will most likely have a repeat in the near future. I also hear. “I tried this new product today and I am getting better” I doubt this as well.. Once again whatever it is that is plaguing us has eased up and ran it’s course only to return again in the future. Also I have heard people say “stress or hormones” please note that the people writing with the same problems are between the ages of 16 and 50ish? I doubt hormones would plague all of those age ranges.. and stress.. Come on if it were stress this issue would have been addressed long before now. My doctors have all said one common thing.. “we are hearing of this problem more over the recent years” Please be careful of the things you are trying many things say external use only.. this means if your using it between your outer lips, you are using it internally and you may have worse problems later.. not to mention powders and lotions can give you the dreaded UTI which means more pain and suffering in the end. Trust me I have tried so many things over the past few years and have payed the price for it. Careful also with trying some of the creams that numb the area as some have effects that cause long term issues, such as desensitizing the vaginal area for long term periods of time. My only suggestion that has helped so far is to lay in bed with a cold pack against yourself and take some benadryl.
Also.. being married I know my husband doesn’t suffer from the problem which tells me it isn’t something that is caused by yeast. Has anyone else heard complaints from their partners?
A friend of mine suggested that it could be a form of genital herpes and I asked my doctor to test for that as well.. Again not my problem.. (most doctors do not test for all STD’s unless it is requested)
Though a few people have touched base in here on the idea of fungal infection.. I am going to look further into this and see what I can find out. Fungal infections would be hard to identify in the inner vaginal area and would surely be a bit harder to cure (most cures take months.. not days) Most fungal infections would come and go but lay dormant for days , weeks, or even months but would reoccur until cured. So I guess it is time to make yet another dreaded trip to the doctor. I will post again if I hear anything more on this possibility. good luck to each of you.

April 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(818) Dionne says:

Hi Ladies, Like everyone else glad to find others with the same problem but disgusted that we can’t find any real answers from medical professionals!

Melanie, I’ve really been following your post because we seem to have similar symptoms. I’m 35 yrs old and have been experiencing this vaginal AND anal itching for almost two months. I’ve been to a couple of GYN who can’t give me any answers. They simply give-up once they’ve ruled out yeast or bacterial infection and STD.

I’ve always used Aveeno and other sensitive skin products because I have sensitive skin so that’s not the problem. I’ve been using A&D lately just to get some relief and also started taking fish oil since that’s supposed to be good for so many things… noticed some difference but these are just temporary fixes, I need a PERMANENT result !!

Here are some questions:
1) Has anyone else experienced extremely dry, tight and scaly skin on other parts of their body? I have, on my scalp and lips

2) Did anyone get checked for possible nerve damage? I was watching the show “The Doctor’s” where they talked about vaginal itching and nerve damage as a possible cause among other things.

3) Does anyone else get bumps/lumps on the vaginal lips that come and go. For me, this only started when the itching situation started but the GYN said it’s just blocked lymph nodes and not to worry… why didn’t I ever have that problem before???

4) Lastly, any of you ladies ever used hormonal drugs related to infertility?

My next visit will be to the dermatologist because something tells me this problem is skin related.

If I don’t get answers from that, I will check into the nerve damage and hormonal inbalance.

Good luck ladies and I will check back if I find out anything significant

April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(819) angie says:

Thanks everyone for the helpful comments. I too, have vaginal itching without discharge and odor. Have had this problem on and on for about 3 yrs. Went to my gyn. She did a pap and found nothing.She suggested hydrocortisone cream. Tried it with no results. I guess my next step will be to visit the Dr. again and talk with her about some of the things I have learned by reading many of you all posts. I will write back if there are any new results. I am married and STDs were ruled out at my Dr.’s visit. I will request more detailed test be done this time. Will post results. Thanks for reading.

April 17, 2009 at 11:31 pm
(820) Alice says:

and i thought i was so alone! im on antibiotics now…
this itching is unbearable i’ll try what you say..

April 18, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(821) Melanie says:

Dionne – This is for you….
I have finally experienced an itch-free life again!!! My gyn and I were persistent to find the answers. I told her that I could not live like that anymore and that if she didn’t find any results for me, that I was going to go insane. I cried and cried to her about the itching and she said she would get tot hte bottom of it. She did! She did the biopsies and did find that I had what is called “spongiotic dermatitus” You should look that up because it does have itchy bumps involved and other scaly itchies with it. I too experienced an itchy scaly patch, on my hiney, of all places. She biopsied that too and foudn it to be psoriasis. She said that the 2 may be linked but that a dermatologist would be bettr to diagnose that. Now, I have no more itching in the vaginal area or the anal area….thank the lord!! I put many holes in my clothes itching and rubbing both areas all of the time. I go to the derm a doc on Monday and will post more when I find out from them what is going on. Since I have been put on the hydrocort cream from the gyn (a stronger dosage) and also an allegra, things have been perfect. The scaly patch on my butt cheek is still there and still a little itchy…but I have also just recently developed a new itchy rash thing onthe crease of my elbow area (kinda looks like my butt cheek thing)…I will find out what that is too. In the meantime…I would insist they do a biopsy on the vulva (the itchy area) and see what comes of it…it is the only way to get a true diagnosis of the cause and how to treat. The bumps that I had there were apparent after the itch started and when they were large, they itched like crazy. The gyn originally thought they were ingrown hairs, but come to find out, they were part of the dermatitus. I have not had any other bumps like that since I started the steroid cream she prescribed. I will get the name of the cream and post it in my next posting for you. I am no longer using the cream because she said I only needed to use it for 2 weeks and it should clear up…and it has.
Best advice to all – be persistent with your doctor…it is not “normal” nor is it something you have to “deal” with…there is a reason for the itching and you need to get to the bottom of it. If you let the itch go on and don’t get a fix, it can lead to more serious problems and diseases. My gyn said that if your vagina is having troubles, it will tell you and you need to pay attention to it. Itchign is not Normal…not persistent itching.
Dionne – let me know if you need any other help or want to know anything else that has happened!

I will keep checking back!
Good luck to you all!

April 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm
(822) Lynette says:

Thanks Dione (818 post)for your comment about lumps/bumps. That makes so much sense- I guess the coming and going of lumps is the big clue about that. So many possibilities for treatments in all the posts. I’ll keep trying the suggestions. For relief from the itching, I use a squirt bottle (like an empty dish soap bottle) with water and a little baking soda. Instant relief but the condition still lurks. Maybe some day I’ll try going to the doctor. I’ll add info below that I found by going to one of the sites in a post above- this is info about other sources of info and it looks like we could get free advice by contacting them:

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Where Can People Find More Information on Lichen Sclerosus?

* National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Information Clearinghouse
National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
301/495-4484 or 877/22-NIAMS (toll-free)
TTY: 301/565-2966
Fax: 301/718-6366

This clearinghouse, a public service sponsored by the NIAMS, provides information on arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. The clearinghouse distributes patient and professional education materials and also refers people to other sources of information.

* American Academy of Dermatology
930 North Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847/330-0230 or 888/462-DERM (3376)(toll free)
Fax: 847/330-0050

This national professional association for dermatologists provides patient information and referrals to dermatologists.

* American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street, S.W.
P.O. Box 96920
Washington, DC 20090-6920
202/638-5577
Fax: 202/484-5107

This professional association provides referrals to gynecologists and has patient education materials.

* American Urological Association
1120 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410/727-1100
Fax: 410/223-4370

This professional association provides physician referrals to urologists through its Web site. Many public libraries now provide access to the World Wide Web. Ask a librarian for assistance.

* National Vulvodynia Association (NVA)
P.O. Box 4491
Silver Spring, MD 20914-4491
301/299-0775
Fax: 301/299-3999

This association provides information and support to women who have vulvovaginal pain, including pain caused by lichen sclerosus. The NVA maintains a network of support groups or support individuals throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. The association also publishes a newsletter.
Acknowledgments
The NIAMS gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Alan Moshell, M.D., NIAMS, NIH; Libby Edwards, M.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and Harriet OíConnor, National Vulvodynia Association, in the preparation and review of this fact sheet.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the Federal medical research effort in arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. The NIAMS supports research and research training throughout the United States, as well as on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, and disseminates health and research information. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse is a public service sponsored by the NIAMS that provides health information and information sources. Reproduced from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMA)

April 21, 2009 at 11:44 am
(823) Dionne says:

Melanie, thanks so much for the info and would appreciate if you would post the exact name of the steroid cream. I made another gyn appt with a new doc (about a month from now) and hoping to walk in the office with a boat load of info for her and walk out with a prescription that will work for me. To be honest, I’m trying to avoid a biopsy in my vaginal area. last one I had 3 yrs ago was on the back of my leg because I noticed a patch of dark skin and was worried. Anyway, it was my first biopsy and to my shock a deep chunk of skin was removed….I thought it would just be a slight scraping of skin but if I must, I will.

Lynette, not sure how long you’ve been suffering from this itch but please don’t wait til “someday” to see a doctor!

In general, I’ve been reading up on “lichen sclerosis” and “spongiotic dermatits” and think my problem might be the latter even think i figured out what might have triggered all this…EXTREME STRESS!!! (too bad a simple vacation won’t stop the itching ;-) )

April 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(824) Melanie says:

Dionne -

April 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(825) Melanie says:

Dionne -
The steroid cream is called Triamcinolone Acetonide 1%. She also prescribed Allegra to help w/the itch. So far, 2 weeks later…all gone! As for the derma doc, I went yesterday and it was not psoriasis, it was a skin rash caused by itching. It was basically caused by severe dry skin and now I have to lotion up everyday on my entire body w/Eucerin lotion and use a gentle soap. I am using Cetaphil now, and she said that would be fine. So, I hope all of this helps you and maybe anyone else who may be having the same issues. As for the biopsy, it was very very very minor. It was a small piece that didn’t require stitches. The injection was a small prick that numbed the area firt. My doctor is fantastic and I hope you have the same luck with your new one. I will keep checking here to see how you are coming along! Good luck to everyone!

April 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(826) Deana says:

This itching (and some burning) happened to me several yrs ago. I went to doc thinking it was a yeast infection. When cultures come back, it was major overgrowth of group b strep. Antibiotics should take care of it, but doc chose not to treat it with antibiotics because of yeast risks. normal flora of body was out of whack and eventually stopped itching and burning on its own.

April 22, 2009 at 9:55 am
(827) Julie says:

Hello Ladies. I too have had the same problem. My GYN did a biopsy. It turned out to be contact dermatitis. I was allergic to something. After changing everything that comes in contact down there…I narrowed it down to KY Jelly. Apparently lots of women are allergic to the glycerin in it. Try changing soaps, toilet paper, and personal lubricants. I found that oil based ones don’t affect me like the glycerin ones. They are a little more expensive, but worth not itching! Astroglide X is a good one to try. Good luck!

April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(828) sk says:

I am 65 and have been told the itching is from age. Sigh. However, it was driving me crazy, and it took me two weeks to get up enough nerve to check the Internet. I went through over 100 comments; had been using A&D which helped some. But Terri’s doctor’s recommendation to use vegetable oil! I have done that for 3 days and the relief is amazing! Especially overnight. Thanks, hope this will help others.

April 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(829) Valerie says:

Wow. I have spent hours reading through these posts, and i can relate to so many of them, it is truly a tragic situation. I have been experiencing vaginal itching for about 14 months now, I can’t remember what life was like without it. It is comforting to know that there are other people out there going through the same thing, I know that so many people have said that, but the more that say it, the tiny bit better we all feel. I have been to the doctor probably half a dozen times about this issue, I have used OTC and prescription for yeast infections, holistic treatments, MORE prescriptions, no avail. I plan to go see a gynecologist again in a few weeks. To all who suffer, you have to remember that you are a stronger person because of it. after all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Good luck to all, I pray for a resolution to this issue, but for now I suffer along with you.

April 23, 2009 at 8:45 am
(830) emma jones says:

Dear me! I’ve had this since xmas and i swear to god i have tried everything. eventually, i’m getting somewhere …

i came off the pill last november, so went back on it (although i really didn’t want to) and that solved about 50% of the problem

i also stated washing in e45 bath oil. i use it as a shower gel or in the bath if i get time. if i’m in the shower, i put a handful of it on at the beginning of the shower and rinse at the end. it appears to have solved another 49.5% of the problem.

this e45 stuff is great. i’ve got my life back and can honestly say that i am happy again.

i’ve been mostly itch free for about a month now – just the occassional ‘twinge’, but i wonder if that was always there and i just didn’t really pay much attention to it before?

my doctor did prescribe some nerve damage pills, but i was very reluctant to take them as they are associated with the anti-depressant family. i didn’t want to go back there again!

however, these are my back up plan ….

please persist with ur gp’s. they are just so reluctant to get involved in anything they don’t understand. they are fine for in-growing toenails, but that’s about it!

good luck ladies – please invest in the e45 bath oil, its fantastic

April 23, 2009 at 11:59 am
(831) Cindra says:

I have this severe itching for over a year now. The doctor said that I didn’t have any estrogen in my body, so she put me on an estrogen cream. When I first starting using it, I had some relief. But it’s back with a vengence. I have called the doctor and waiting on a call back. How can you not scratch, your clothes rub you, your figet in your chair, oohh it feels so good. LOL. I’ll let you know what my dr suggests when I hear from her.

April 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(832) Wendy says:

Hello Ladies. Wow. Thats all I can say. And I wanted to share my story with everyone here, because it could help someone in this HUGE batch of ladies.

I’ve had these symptoms on and off for most of my adult life.

I just recently found out that I have a gluten sensitivity….. which I’ve personally linked with my crazy itch. My doctor has NOT linked the two together.

I personally found that after I removed most of the gluten from my diet (especially refined ones)… my symptoms left.

Also…. when I was experiencing the symptoms, I used coconut oil to ease the itch. I personally cannot use any kind of over the counter anything because of sensitivity. Coconut oil kills yeast and is also a natural antibacterial and antiviral.

I also took olive leaf extract and garlic supplements which eased the symptoms over a LONG period. I prefer the freeze dried herbs as they are more reliable in their ratios.

Eating yogurt or other natural cultures also helped, but only for a bit if done alone.

Hope this helps someone out there! Also, I drink only water and herbal teas, which is something I didn’t need to change but drinking artificial anything can irritate it further. So be aware ladies!

And a quick fact…. there are 135 medical schools in our country (US) and only 30 of them require nutrition as a subject. This is why our doctors do not know what is going on.

April 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(833) Miranda says:

What causes vaginal itching, burning, and irritation?
There are several common causes of vaginal itching, burning, and irritation, including:

Bacterial vaginosis. It’s normal to have a healthy mix of bacteria in the vagina. But the wrong bacteria growing there can lead to an infection. Besides itching, other symptoms that come with bacterial vaginosis are inflammation, burning, discharge, and a fishy-smelling odor.
Sexually transmitted disease (STDs). Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea all can cause vaginal itching and irritation and other symptoms.
Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis). About three out of every four women will develop a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Yeast infections occur when the yeast, candida, grows excessively in the vagina and vulva. Pregnancy, intercourse, antibiotics, and a weakened immune system can all make women more likely to get a yeast infection. In addition to irritation, a yeast infection will produce a thick, white, cheesy discharge.
Menopause. The drop in estrogen production that occurs at the end of a woman’s reproductive years can cause the vaginal walls to thin and dry out. This can lead to itching and irritation. Thinning of the vaginal walls is also a problem in some women who breastfeed.
Chemical irritants. A number of chemical substances, including creams, douches, condoms, contraceptive foams, detergents, soaps, scented toilet paper, and fabric softeners can irritate the vagina.
Lichen sclerosus. Thisis a rare condition that causes thin white patches to form on the skin, especially around the vulva. The patches can permanently scar the vaginal area. Postmenopausal women are most likely to develop this condition.
How are vaginal itching, burning, and irritation treated?
Vaginal irritation will often get better on its own. However, if the irritation continues, is severe, or comes back after treatment, call for an appointment with your doctor. The doctor can do a pelvic exam. The doctor will probably also take a sample of the discharge to find the source of the problem.

How vaginal discomfort is treated depends on what condition is causing the problem:

Vaginosis and STDs are treated with antibiotics.
Yeast infections are treated with antifungal medications. They are inserted into the vagina in the form of creams, ointments, or suppositories, or they are taken orally. You can buy these medications over the counter in different doses — one-day, three-day, seven-day. However, if you’ve never been diagnosed with a yeast infection, see your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.
Menopause-related itching may be treated with estrogen cream or tablets.
Other types of itching and irritation respond to steroid creams or lotions, which reduce inflammation. A prescription-strength steroid cream can relieve the irritation of lichen sclerosus.
In young girls, it’s important to report any itching, burning, or irritation to the doctor because they can be signs of sexual abuse.

http://www.webmd.com

April 24, 2009 at 9:59 am
(834) Melanie says:

MMiranda – thanks for the medical def of vaginal itching and causes….for some women…that may be helpful…for others, not so much.
I had a doctor check me out last year for my issue and all she said was “I don’t see anything abnormal but maybe you have a yeast infection coming on but all of your test are normal…here take some oral diflucan and try this steroid cream” end of discussion….I called them back and told them that it was still itching and that I was tearing my crotch apart and they said “there isn’t anything else we can do”. Needless to say, I was not overly impressed.
I moved in August and the itch persisted and was getting worse. I found a new doctor and cried to her about what was happening and she said that there was something definitely wrong and she was going to get to the bottom of it…and it was not my imagination. If you have read my previous posts, you know that it was a spongiotic dermatitis…which I was prescribed a stronger steroid and an allergy med for…and 3 weeks later..still no itch. So, if you are not lucky enough to havea doctor who really cares and if you are the type of personality who doesn’t insist on treatment, then you may not find a solution. Not ever case of vag itching is from sanitation, allergy, std or yeast….there are thousands of reasons for it and unfortunately, it is process of elimination.
For the most part, everyone is posting on here to find some relief rom the itching, not a cure. If you are looking for a cure, you need to go to the doctor..if you are looking for some sanity try the tips you have found on this website. My doctor gave me sesveral things to try to help relieve the itch while finding a diagnosis:

A&D ointment – this helps to protect the area from eliments (urine, moisture and from rubbing)
Aveeno body wash to wash the area helps to soothe the area that is raw
blow dry the vag area after shower/bath to avoid contact rubbing w/towels
avoid products with alcohol in them, they can surface burn the vag area
avoid rubbing with dry toilet paper
apply the a&d before and after using the restroom

These are all just tips to help soothe the area and get some relief from the itching..they areNOT cures.

Also, avoid wearing tight clothing and avoid wearing underwear that doesn’t have white cotton crotches…thongs irritate also. these are tips to try..not miracle workers.
Do not use fragrences on the vag area, detergets, toilet paper, powders, creams and dryer sheets. By not using the items it will not stop the itch, it will stop the itch from getting worse. Again, these are all tips…not cures. You need to avoid irritants in the vag area if you already are dealing with irritations.
It was 1 year of non-stopitching and rubbing for me that I thought I was going to lose my mind. It made me very miserable wtih my children and family. I could not have sex because it made it itch all the more. I feel for anyone who has been going through this for any duration of time. All I can say is be persistent with your doctors until they find the problem, don’t give up and don’t let them give up.
Good luck!

April 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(835) Sara says:

I had this problem, and it occurred out of the blue. After reading through this board, I decided to try changing my laundry detergent. My roommates had bought a new kind that I had used. I bought ALL FREE AND CLEAR…no dyes, no perfumes…NO MORE ITCH! Thank goodness:) Oh, and I also picked up the Tucks pads with Witch Hazel…very soothing!

April 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm
(836) Diana says:

I have researched this unbelievably. I have told my GP doctor, no luck; my urologist, no luck. Gyn thought it was due to yeast infection…no luck. YEARS of suffering.
FINALLY, one night after hours on the computer, I discovered a website that I believe explains it. It appears to be thyroid related problem… (vulvar) lichen sclerosus. You need to see a dermatologist to have a biopsy. Read up on it.
http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=wom_issu/6787

April 28, 2009 at 12:45 am
(837) Victoria says:

Ladies i hope i have a cure for all… as i know how excruciating it was for me and all of you guys too.
I had the same symptoms, SEVERE itching, no discharge and no odour… i basically scratched so badly to the point that my flaps were swollen like lips with collagen (Pamela Anderson lips).
I went to a gynaecologist who did every test under the sun but came up with everything being the all clear.
I came home in tears, due to the fact that nobody could give me any advice that could help me…
ALAS… my last resort being my mother. I told her my symptoms and she gave the best advice.
She told me to apply lots of ‘Elocon’Cream(Australia)and take a ‘Clarytyne’ tablet daily, with that, to make sure i rinse myself well after doing a ‘wee’that i rinse myself with water and always pat dry, or more so… use a hair dryer to make sure its dry and apply ‘elocon cream’ again and again.
Ladies i can’t tell you how much it helped me within minutes of applying the cream. After a day i felt brand new again.
Its been over 6 months now, and its never come back again. However i do always try to keep myself dry at all times and i always have ‘pure cotton’ panty liners at all times.
Good Luck ladies.
I highly recommend that all you ladies try what i had done as i know first hand how horrible it was, not only that, but how worried i was that i could have contracted some horrible disease down there.

April 28, 2009 at 10:42 am
(838) Angel says:

My two cents:

I had tried many things suggested in this post but they did not help. When I woke up at night with the itch, I had to watch TV to keep my mind off the itch. It eventually went away when I focus on the story on TV. After suffering the insane itch several times a day for many weeks, I noticed that every time I was on the phone the itch would start. So one time the phone rang, before answering, I told myself not to scratch. The itchy feeling came. Because I was prepared, it did not escalate. With practice, the itch eventually went away. It took about two weeks. After this, several time I fell the itch coming. I was able to control it mentally and it went away.

There may be a medical issue that caused the itch originally. I don’t know what it was. I do try to eat right and not use fabric softener, etc. My advise is: if nothing works for you, give this a try. It won’t hurt. You’ll feel better about yourself too when you know you can take control over this itch.

April 29, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(839) Jean says:

I finally gave up on “womens conditions” and goodled “jock itch”. I have been treating myself with what was recommended for both men and women. (I was surprised to find out that women can have jock itch too) It has helped tremedously and controls it. I don’t know that there is a “cure” but will ask when I see my ob/gyn next. If someone else is seeing their Doctor or nurse soon will you be so kind as to ask about female jock itch and if it can be cured. In the interim the google site that I went to said to use a combination anti-fugal creme and hydrocortisone and to use them together. I bought a large tube of store brand anti-fugal creme at Wal-Mart since it lasts longer and was cheaper.

April 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(840) Jean says:

Sorry but I meant anti-”fungal” creme in my post

April 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(841) Marcy says:

I use Spring Valley Probiotic Formula Acidophilus for intestinal health. Our intestinal effects a lot of our body function. Also Echinacea herbal supplement it help you immune system fight bacteria. This has really helped me no itching what so ever. I have found our intestinal health can affect a lot of areas in our body if there is build up or candida yeast in our intestine.

May 7, 2009 at 3:38 am
(842) John says:

Hi Ladies I am a Laser Therapist and do not use IPL however being a male I cannot understand how this must feel for you all except that it must be quite distressing. Do not rule out STD’s and get a broad spectrum blood scan. For those that wish to try this use as a topical solution direct to the affected area Calloidial Silver (anti-microbial). Have a luke warm bath in a mixture of Rose hip and Roman Cammomile oil alternatively apply a very dialuted mixture of these two oils directly to the affected area the itch should be relieved quickly (please do not apply prior to sunbathing) dilute with a good carrier oil. Hot water will temporarily relieve the symptoms only to have them return with a vengence. Hope this works for you it has for my clients.

May 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(843) Lori says:

OK, for some of you with vaginal itching w/ no discharge (and possible burning/stinging sensations) you may have VULVAR VESTIBULITIS. Google it or try the website http://www.nva.org
Many women go to 13 gynocologists before being diagnosed. For me it makes sex very painful and the itching/stinging is always incredibly worse before my period. It occurs at the opening where penetration occurs (the vestibule). If you think you may have it, see a pain specialist for gynocology.

May 13, 2009 at 10:24 am
(844) Ginny says:

No one has mentioned- TRY CHANGING TOILET TISSUE. Both myself & my 42 yr. old daughter have this reaction if we use certain toilet tissue. Northern & Scott seem to work best for us. Cottonell is the WORST. Can’t understand why Dr’s can’t figure this our. Hope this helps someone.

May 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(845) elancee says:

I had sanity-challenging itch for about two weeks. I’ve experienced yeast infections and am already on the bandwagon with hygiene, limiting sugar intake, probiotics and keeping the area dry, etc. This itch was apparently from extremely dry skin. I’ve been applying pure vitamin E oil for a couple of days with beautiful results. The itch is totally gone as long as I keep the area moisturized.

I like the advice on switching toilet tissue. I really hope you all find solutions. This itch was SO AWFUL!

May 14, 2009 at 2:31 am
(846) nici31 says:

I had this problem, and was so irritated…after about a week of it i had enough and went to urgent care…and thankfully the dr there was SMART…he told me it was an allergic reaction to the condoms my partner and i used…told me to take benadryl….and to my suprise…it totally worked! no more itching! no more pain!! back to normal..i took the benadryl a couple nights in a row…and it worked very well! along with the vinegar douche he told me to use to clear away anything left over…

good luck ladies

May 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(847) natalie says:

I have the same problem, i had it about a year ago, and now it came back , i have been to the doctor(a diffrent one this time) and the medication that he gave me is very diffrent from the first doc, i am hoping this one work this time.

May 17, 2009 at 5:24 am
(848) just me says:

well i hear you ladies!!!! only i have had this same problem off and on now for almost 8 years yea i said 8 years. long time uh? well i have changed soaps, laundry soap, bath soap, underware, drinking water thing, shampoo, toilet paper, lotions or no lotions, nothing has ever worked. i have seen countless docs. and they have no answers for me, other than i sweat alot so try powder summers eve) to stay dry, well that don’t work either. i don’t have a yeast infection or std or anyother infection, have found things to help with that aweful aweful itch but nothing to completly get rid of it. i read these comments of yours and i thought i was the only one with this, but i see i am not alone. the itching is worse at night way worse and if i sit for very long and try to relax, so i try to stay busy but this doesn’t help to sleep at night!!! the vag. creams did not work, the meds did’t work, home remedies aren’t working, and i don’t know what else to try, the doctors don’t seem to know or even know how to help treat it cause they don’t know what the cause is, there has to be something out there, we just haven’t found it yet. i do know one thing heat seems to make it worse and going to the bathroom and then you know here comes that itch back its aweful. i have tried everything there is to try and all the things you all have listed here and found nothing to cure it only to help cover the symptons for a while so i am open to anything. and one thing i have noticed is that the men don’t seem to have any symptons especially after innercourse. anyone else notice that either? well good luck ladies, if i find something that works i will let you know and you all do the same.

May 17, 2009 at 9:32 am
(849) leslie says:

I have “The Itch” too, im surprised to see so many women and so many years with no results other than symptom relief. my itch bothers me mostly at night and when i get a little too sweaty down there, i have had unprotected sex with my bf of a year(he was a virgin) and he has never had any symptoms which makes me believe its not contageous. been to the doctors not an infection or std, no secretions or smell…just itchy. hopefully one day we will at leas

May 17, 2009 at 10:54 am
(850) jen says:

hi ive had sex once but i no its not an std cuz we r both faithful i tink its the antibiotics thing because i just came off a treatment of antibiotics but im afraid to go to the doctor because my mom is a gynecologist n well known so cant go to any other doctor n i dont think i want her finding out im not a virgin so do you think i should just go and buy one of those over the counter stuff for yeast because i have the discharge to and the symptoms or i should just wait it out to see if it goes away?

May 20, 2009 at 8:56 am
(851) emma jones says:

See above comment 830

seriously girls, i swear to god that the E45 bath oil cured me. i can now use whatever washing product i like, wear pants to bed and wear leggings. i only had to use it for about a week before i had my life back!

Please, please, give it a go!

May 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(852) phyllis says:

I am a middle school teacher and have the itching problem. I truly believe it is stress. It seems that it always gets worse on the weekends just when I could relax. This is typical of a stress reaction. Adrenaline keeps you going during the stress and then the adrenals are exhausted and bang out come hives, itching and other problems.

It is important to avoid medications that will exacerbate the existing problem or cause other problems.

May 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(853) jasmine says:

i’ve had itching once before. but this time it began immediately after a morning after pill. it was the first time i used one and basically i got suffered from all the side effects the pill had enlisted. but the itching has been around..it’s going to be more than a week now.

May 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(854) Barbara says:

I am 66 years old and have LICHEN SCLEROSIS.
I have had the itch for over 8 years and it has gotten worse in the last two years. I only saw a few ladies here that also have this disease. The itch is around the vulva and is really called a dermatology problem. I have used many creams to releave the itch, but still have most days feeling like climbing the walls. THERE IS NO CURE FOR LICHEN SCLEROSIS. Recently I had a yeast infection along with this when I went back to GYN Oncology. The antibiotics relieved the yeast infection but the itch remains. The reason I went to a GYN Oncologist is because of a biopsy I had two years ago said to be “Vulvar dysplasia” VIN II. That also started out with the itch. This was negative for Cancer. But believe me I wouldn’t wish the surgery for that on anyone. They cut and removed tissue on both sides of the vulva. Stiched the cuts also. Horrible experience. And to top it off, I had a heart attack a week later. It took 6 weeks for that to heal and the removal of the stiches was so painful.
Now this LS, which I have my doubts about because there was no biopsy done this time. I suffer pain almost everyday. Mostly, when I pee, I try not to wipe hard but that is when it itches the most. I need relief. If anyone out there has LS and has itch almost everyday, let me know if you have something that works for the itch.

May 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(855) Melanie says:

Barbara – First of all, I am sorry to hear about all of the pain and suffering you have been through…what a rough time! As for my opinion, I think you shoud have had a biopsy to diagtnose the lichen sclerosis??? From my experience in the last year, my gync said in order to find out the reason for the itching, a biopsy will give a definitive answer. She said it would diagnose lichen and any other disorders/diseases of the vulvar area. Luckily, in my situation, I had a year of constant ittching with no relief which started from a hysteroscopy/d&c for a biopsy of the uterus. I am 38 and after having that procedure, it had irritated my vulva and the chronic itching was due to a spongiotic dermatitis that developed. So, after having the vulvar biopsy, I have been put on a topical steroid cream which has cleared up the itching. As for some help and relief of the itching….I recommend:

NO WIPING after using the bathroom…use a spray bottle and a blow dryer (the less you have contact with the area,k the better off you will be in the long run)
Use and A&D type ointment (fragrance free) and use it before urination, bm’s and sleeping and after. This helps to protect the area from further irritation of rubbing/scratching
Benedryl tabs at night to help sleep
No undies whenever possible and lose clothing to allow the vag to breathe
Discontinue any products that seem scented or linty.
Avoid hot showers/baths
Also, the use of Aveeno body wash did alleviate some itching..but not a definite cure.

Hope this helps…I would be persistent with the gync and tell them you will not live with this for the rest of your life.

Good luck!

H

May 23, 2009 at 1:58 am
(856) just one of you says:

Hi Emma, can you please tell me whr I can find E45 bath oil you mentioned?

May 23, 2009 at 2:03 am
(857) itchyitch says:

thanks to whoever started this blog.

May 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm
(858) Linda says:

I too have had the itching, with no odor or discharge. Went to the doctor and it did turn out to be a yeast infection. She said you don’t always have these. Went and got Monistat and that was the end of that. The little tube of stuff that comes with it is a life saver for the outside itching. I am now 50 and have an itch again but not the say kind. If you’re in the memopausal stage that will do it. That is what mine is. Love to use Bath and Body Works bodywash but can’t anymore cause it irratates it. Can’t use estorgen creams because of a heart attack. I find that appling the k y jelly helps. It’s like the rest of your body when you have really dry skin and you have to put lotion on. Mine is worse at night so I just apply the jelly like a lotion it that area and I have no problem. I do it again in the morning after a shower. I sleep with no underwear and that helps also.

May 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(859) jamie says:

WHAT IS E45 BATH OIL AND WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? I went to Walgreens and they have no idea what I am talking about. The only thing they have is Vitamin E Skin Oil, is that the same thing you are washing with?

May 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm
(860) Jupi says:

wow – i never realized this itch thing was common – both my sister and i have it – i’m not sexually active either. my question – do any of you wax regularly? i noticed this happened or started happening to me after i started getting waxed…maybe that’s the culprit?

May 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm
(861) Jenn says:

Hi guys. I am also having the same symptoms. It’s so annoying! My boyfriend lives out of state right now and we go about 4-5 weeks without seeing each other. For the week that he is home, we of course have a good deal of sex and I notice that it’s when he leaves that I’m the most irritated. I guess it’s just a shock to my system. But this last time he visited was the worst. I can’t get rid of it!! I’ve gone through 2 tubes of vagisil….it works for a few hours, but then it comes back. Any other suggestions? Thanks

Jenn

May 27, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(862) Kathy says:

Hey guys i am a virgin and i have never experienced this before..i have just recently gotten over a yeast infection and my symptoms have just passed but just a week after i have two spots of itches on the inner lips of my vagina. i do not know what to do …please any help

May 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm
(863) Laura says:

Try Bio-K probiotics. It is much more powerful than regular yogurt. It can be found at Whole Foods. Also, baths with 5-10 drops of pure essential oils can be beneficial as well. I had this problem for a year and a half and it finally went away on its own after having tried all kinds of medications that didnt work. I think the pH was off. That was over three years ago. I was tested for everything and everything came back negative. Don’t get down on yourself, and good luck!

May 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(864) Lesley says:

I have bouts of itching now and again, and have found yoghurt to cure it in no time. Just get some plain yoghurt and apply to the whole inner area. Make sure it is plain, not vanilla or fruit flavoured, it has to be living acidopholous (spelling could be wrong here, sorry). You can get it from a supermarket or from a health food shop. At the same time it doesn’t hurt to eat a few small tubs of flavoured or plain yoghurt over a period of a few days so it cleanses the inner system as well. Works for me. Yoghurt replaces the good bacteria in the body that may be destroyed or weakened by antibiotics, or other causes.

May 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(865) Jenn says:

Can’t find E45 bath oil!! Anyone know where I can find it? It’s not at any pharmacy I’ve tried. Maybe a natural health store? Please help! Everyone says it works wonders and I need something that will actually work. Thanks ladies :)

May 28, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(866) itchy too says:

I am in Jamaica and I just now came across this site. I must say that I was shocked while at the same time relieved to know that I am not alone in this. What I have found to work is baking soda in cold water after my showers. I tried warm water but using cold water is more effective for me. Just an amount specifically for the vaginal area, highly concentrated. IT WORKS. It’s worse in the hot months but I always ensure that my Baking Soda is on hand. It really helps. I also realize that if I use scented Pantyliners, tissue etc. it recurs so I avoid them at all cost. NOTHING SCENTED. Try the baking soda and share your findings.

May 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(867) elancee says:

(update to 845)

I learned the pool I’ve been in the past two months has been overly acidic. That was the major contributor to my extreme dry skin.

@ Jupi, waxing could very well be the problem. I hadn’t considered that.

May 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(868) Chan says:

I too am relieved that I’m not alone in this torture! I also agree with many of you that it is a shame that more attention hasn’t been given to something which obviously affects so many of us out there.
And now, my “home remedy”…at the first signs of onset I begin this regimine : In the morning I have a glass of cranberry juice (just to flush out anything that shouldn’t be there), take some benedryl (catch the itching BEFORE it gets insane), and some Midol (irritation, swelling, general irratability). I then wash the area with Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser made for sensitive skin. Generic is great too! After the area is thoroughly dried, I just pat on some cornstarch. Yup! Just plain ol’ generic cornstarch like mom’s have been using for diaper rash for years. lol. Throughout the day, I use non-alcohol handy-wipes after using the bathroom and poof on some more cornstarch. As you can probably tell, I too suffered for years and I’ve just now found a “mix” that works for me. I truly hope that this will be helpful for someone else. I know it’s not a cure, but I’m not a medical expert and they don’t seem too worried about it, so we do what we can to get through the day and not wind up in prison from the constant itching and torment…lol Good luck!

May 30, 2009 at 12:02 am
(869) Kat says:

Help Me Out If You Can. Here’s my situation: About a month ago I began to feel the itching and irritation that I assumed was a yeast infection. The itching was so unbearable one Saturday that I decided to go to Urgent Care. I was told that it looked like I had a yeast infection and was given a pill to take that day and one more of the same pill to take in 3 days. At the same visit they decided to test me for bacterial vaginosis and chlamydia. My test results came back negative for bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia and a yeast infection. I was supposedly perfectly healthy. The itching had seemed to subside a little, until my period came. The moment I used a tampon everything felt irritated. I dealt with if for the few days of my period, but now that it’s over I am overly irritated and itchy and it’s burning now too! All of my discomfort is on the inside and it’s driving me insane. If anyone has any thoughts on this I would greatly appreciate it, seeing as I have gone to see my personal Gyno. since then and have been re-tested for Chlamydia, Gohnorrea, Trichomoniasis, Yeast Infection, and Bacterial Vaginosis and once again ALL tests have come back negative.

May 30, 2009 at 3:03 am
(870) Allen from Philippines says:

hi ladies, i really did not expect that there are lot of people suffering what i suffer right now,, i was just shock last night when i was awake because i have some itchy on my vigan.. I did nt think that it was bad but when i share it to one of my friend she told me that maybe because i usually engaged into sex, but i answered him of course i am not.. i tried to search on the internet to know what i reall feel. I was thankful because i am not alone and i was fortunate enough that i read lots of suggestion with all of you.. but still i did not do anything unless im sure the cure to ease this itching…i need your support guys ,… i often feels like alone cause im too shy to share this to anyone..

thank you in advance

May 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(871) Melanie says:

Kat: I have posted several times in teh past regarding my situation…which sounds much like yours. I have finally had 2 months of itch-free life since my gync did a biopsy and determined that I had a spongiotic dermatitis. I also went to a dermatologist who confirmed the results. I was given a steroid topical ointment to use for 3 weeks and found relief in 2 doses (1 day) I was told the dermatitis was from an irritation which was from a contact irritant (allergy/irritation) Unfortunately, it is completely unknown what originally created the irritant, other than I had a procedure done (d&c/hysteroscopy) which the betadyne or just the mere fact that they vaginally did the procedures and could have scraped the area and irritated it. But once the area is irritated, it is almost impossible to cure it w/out medication. In order to get the correct meds, they need to do a biopsy to make sure of the different strains it takes to. They also want to rule out cancer or precancer (dysplasia of the vulva) Eitehr way, I recommend it get done to find a solution/cure. Until then, I recommend discontinued use of any perfumed items (detergetns, toilet paper, soap, panty liners, creams, powders) to discontinue use will not cure anything, but will stop further irritation. Avoiding wiping, or any kind of touching in that area also help prevent further irritation. Use a vaseline or A&D (I used that) to coat and prevent irritation in the area from urination, bm’s or any other contact to the vag area. the A&D also helps for when you MUST rub/scratch..prevents any further damage to the tissue. Good luck and hipe anyone finds help with these posts.

June 1, 2009 at 11:49 am
(872) Jas says:

Me too is experiencinf vaginal itching right now. I 33 years old and married for 2 and 1/2 years.
It started the other day. It was so itch that I scratch it. Nad now, it irritated and it was painful. I have a white vaginal discharge but, it was odorless.
My husband advise me to see my OB Gyne but I want to seek first for ideas on the net, so… I found this site.
I’m releif that I not alone with this problem.
Hoping someone can give us a clearer ideas regarding this.

June 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(873) GIna says:

Hiya Ladies I hope this helps you but I had this Itch for years and finally found out what was up with me so maybe it could be the same as some of you
I am allergic to Toilet paper especially recyled paper
I have gone through loads of different brands to find the right one that doesnt make me itch so maybe you have the same problems as I did

June 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(874) Holly says:

So i have it too. But i have only noticed that people found quick fixes.. or like “the water in their pool was too acidic”.. So I am still without answers.

June 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(875) Melanie says:

Holly: Sorry to hear that you do not find any help within these posts. None of us are doctors (not to say some haven’t posted) but most of us are just woman going through similar issues and any help anyone gives, is good help and not to be considered as “quick fixes” I have posted at least 5 times with opinions and ideas for whoever seems to have the same symptoms I have had in the past. I suffered for over a year and went to 3 different doctors before I was finally able to find someone who took the time and effort to help me and not think I was just looney. From the experience I have gone through, and the doctors I have talked to (derm, gync & gp) all of which are FEMALE…they all agreed that every woman goes through changes in their chemical makeup and all have different issues, but in many of the cases, an allergic reaction is the root of it…or sensitivity. Don’t give up and don’t feel alone. We all have endured our fair share of pain, discomfort and unbearable hatred of our situations. Good luck!

June 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm
(876) Jami says:

Hello, I am having the same issues!!!! However, i recently just went off of birth control, as my bf and i are trying to have a baby, and everything seemed normal, but now i am still itching like crazy , i tried the monostat, the vagisil, and the benedryl, and we havent had sex in two weeks, Im wondering if maybe its because i stopped the pill? Has anyone else recently stopped birth control that is experinced this? Docs appt this week.. hopefully i can help you guys out too !!

June 5, 2009 at 12:20 am
(877) Nancy says:

I suffered the same problem over a year and a half. I had tried all the over the counter stuff and the prescription stuff. I was going crazy. Until my doctor told me one day, that he didn’t have a clue what to do because he had already given me everything he possibly could. I was devastated!

He suggested it might be time to think about having a baby because things could get worst in the future. We thought about it and decided to do it. I swear that the month I got pregnant it miraculously went away! I couldn’t believe it either. I was at the point where I was missing work and my social life. Somehow the pregnancy settled that agonizing problem.

June 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(878) Sue says:

Washing yourself with plain water and using a basic laundry soap such as Arm and Hammer, Cheer Free and Gentle, Dreft, or Sun and Earth are very helpful. This will rule out any sensitivity to unnecessary ingredients. That way you can see the severity of your symptoms without that being a factor! In the meantime A&D Ointment Rocks and can be found in the Infant section of most pharmacies!!

June 6, 2009 at 1:26 am
(879) itchyitch says:

Hello Ladies. I hv had the same problem for over 8 months. The whole period was like a nightmare. Dry itch, no odor, no discharge- unbearable. you can’t help scratching it, but you do so and it just becomes more horrible, get small bumps on the hairline of outer lips and sometimes bleeding. I tried many things from vaseline to prescribed nystatine and triamcinolone acetonide. This cream which I used for one month helped me only as long as I used it. I started to eat yogurt which I kind of used to avoid before and wash my clothes twice- once with detergent and again without it. Then I got castor oil too. It seemed to relieve the itch. but then since around a month ago I completely stopped the use of toilet paper and started washing myself with plain water ( sounds crazy but what’s the harm if it helps). and applied castor oil3-4 times a day for 4-5 days and then for 5-6 days at night only. Within like 15-20 days the itch was 95% relieved and now I hvn’t felt like scratching for at least 15 days. So now what I make sure is no toilet paper and eat a bowl of yogurt everyday. I am like 99%better now except for the fear that it might reoccur.
So my advice for you ladies is that try no chemical substance comes into contact with that sensitive area. use mild non-allergic soap like aveeno or cetaphil, no scented products whatsoever, don’t shave the inside hair, Stop The Use Of TOILET PAPER completely for a few days (wash instead) if you can ( cuz that’s the most direct way to know if you are allergic to toilet paper), and apply castor oil a few times a day. but you have to be patient, it doesn’t show effect in a day or two. be patient for at least 15 days. cuz if it’s an allergy then it will take atleast a few days for it to go away. and try to not scratch, it just aggravates the problem. applying yogurt might also help. but castor oil also soothes a lot. I don’t know if allergy medicine benadryl can help keep it under control so that you can keep yourself from scratching while you practise what I hv said above. refraining from all possible chemicals that come in contact might help some of us who might be allergic to something or the other.
Good luck to all of you!

June 7, 2009 at 3:35 am
(880) Eiranne says:

I have been on the internet all day looking for what this could be and pow, I find this. I am so happy (yet sad) to hear that this is some what “normal” At least I am not alone. I am having itching with no other symptoms too! I am about to try over the counter stuff plus try some suggestions you all have made. I have done some other things but no relief. I am dying over here! I will post tomorrow to let you know how it works and will go to the dr. the first thing this week! I am a persistent person so I WILL find out what is going on! Then I will let you all know what is going on. I will not leave the dr. until I fond out! Good luck ladies! And if you do find out please let us all know! Be blessed always!

June 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(881) Paula says:

Ladies i feel your pain, litterally! though i have been researching around and i may have something that could help… Vulvodynia, theres further info on wikipedia about it but the reason so many of yous are suffering so long is its not very well known to doctors research began about 10 years ago on this unknown pain women were suffering but it is still relativly un diagnosed by the doctors as it is not a first thought but on reading the symptoms of itching, burning and cracked skin the more i read i had a strong feeling this was the problem!
i was at the doctors and told her exactly what i thought it was and all i had read about it and she is referring me to dermatology at the hospital after telling me she didnt know a lot about it herself and the books they all have are pretty much useless for diagnosis. I think dermatology may be where my problem started, i was on a course of roaccutaine- a strong drug for acne which i think is the cause of the problem as i am only 20 so menapause would not be likely. roaccutaine causes a dramatic increase of testeorone in your body which causes an imbalence with your estrogen, which i think is generally the cause.. not how much yoghurt you eat or what washing powder you use on your delicates. The problem with diagnosis is also that there are so many different causes of vulvodynia that a doctor cannto simply suggest that is your problem if they cannot pinpoint a cause. Those of you around hte age of menapause… that may be your cause for imbalance… likewise those that have started a birth control tablet… changed your diet etc. I had read up that calcium cilicate is sometimes recomended, the hard little bumps you may feel is said to be fromed by oxalate acids combining with the calcium in your blood forming little hard crystals that attach to tissues, the imbalance allows these acids to pass into the blood when usually they wouldnt be able to. i havnt tried the calcium cilicate my self so i can comment how well it works i am currently just using an estrogen steroid cream to help reduce the problem and see what happens with it until i hear back from dermatology, though i have my fingers croseed this will maybe help so i dont have to go back to the hospital! Oh and just to add, if you talk to a doctor about this and they suggest and antidepression teblet do not be alarmed they do not think your a deranged woman who is just depressed, i have read up that it is a very weak form they may provide to help you sleep at nights

I dont know if this will apply to everyone, but i certainly hope it provides help for you ladies; I think we suffer enough problems without this affecting us also!

Good luck X

June 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm
(882) itch_itch_itch says:

OK I too suffer from this dreadful itch. I don’t know the answer, but I have been putting Destin on mine, and at least now I can sleep, I too am going to try an antihistimine. But why doesn’t a single doctor have a clue what is going on with our itch!

June 9, 2009 at 8:17 am
(883) Lindsay says:

I had the same thing for over a year. I did research on my own since Dr.s didn’t know what they were talking about and now I am doing my own study. Please email me if you are on Hydroclorothyazide or any other BP medicine. I was on it and when I switch to a different med, it was GONE!!! lindsay.kinnon@ yahoo.com

June 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(884) Kelly says:

Wow!! I have looked all over the web for information about vaginal itching and feel such relief finding this thread! It is disturbing that there seems to be no “permanent” cure – then again if there was something mentioned I may have missed it… I only read into the 300′s of comments.

I’ve lost track of how long I have had this vaginal itch because, like many of you have described, it comes and goes.

This year I asked my doctor about it and was treated for a yeast infection. There is some whiteish collection but never present as discharge.

What *IS* present is a thin, single white line along the left side of my vagina where the itch is present.

I have taken to using Vagasil cream whenever the itch rears it’s ugly head and it provides much relief.

Good luck – and whoever discovers the cause of this mystery itch should get something written in a medical journal!

June 10, 2009 at 11:43 am
(885) dig this says:

Ok girls…I’ve read a bunch of your posts and no one has mentioned that exsessive sex may be the cuplrit! I’m in a relatively new relationship so naturally we have alot of sex, therefore I’m thinking this has something to do with the itching. Neither me nor my partner have any std’s…(that’s a relief) but the ever present itching is a nuisance. There are no signs that I have a yeast infection so I’m not sure what this is a symptom of. We are both mindful of cleanliness,so again I can’t imagine why this is occuring except that possibly my vagina has become sensitive to the overabundance of intercourse. With that said…I’ll take the ithcing, use a topical hydrocortizone cream and keep the great sex! Unless someone else has a better solution.

June 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(886) Dionne says:

Hello Again Ladies,
I’m checking back to say that I’ve found relief for my itching…see my previous posts (818 & 823). After two months of non-stop vaginal/anal itch and trying many of the suggestions here I started to take some antihistamine for my seasonal allergy and noticed SOME relief. I went to the dermatologist three weeks ago because of some severe dry cracked skin on my lips and hairline (which, by the way, started about a week after the vaginal itching) Without even an examination, the doc prescribed a steroid cream(triamcinolone acetonide 1% comes in cream or petrolatum base) which has cleared the itching and dry skin COMPLETELY. The derm mentioned that this is the most common and lowest dosage and anything stronger may not be able to apply to the vaginal area
What’s important for me to mention is that I went to the doc with a lot of my own info and made him read it. Info that I gathered online and mostly from this thread here, that’s why he gave me that prescription!
Doc didn’t know what the cause or what may have triggered it which is a shame because I would like to avoid this situation in the future but for now just so happy to be itch free!!
THANKS MELANIE FOR YOUR HELP!

June 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(887) Melanie says:

DIONNE – I am sooooo happy for you!! I have been checking back on here to see if you found any help. I know they were finally able to help me and it has been about 10 weeks that I am itch free now and not using anything except my old normal routine. The gync/derm both told me that any mild rub or irritation in the vag area can cause a severe dermatitis breakout which could be allergic from irritation. Which, really makes sense if you think about it. I just hope that other women dealing with this itch take the advise to see a dermadoc if the gync comes up with nothing. In most cases, it has to do w/the skin and not your vag area.

Again – glad to hear you came out good Dionne! Good luck to everyone else.

June 11, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(888) Char says:

Some of you are probably suffering from a simple microbial infection.
Try soaking your underwear in bleach and then washing them again.
And…put some rubbing alcohol on a wash cloth and wash the outside(NOT inside) of your vagina. Do this a few times a day for a few days. I know there is going to be some stinging and burning but it doesn’t last long and soon you may figure out that the itching is completely gone.

June 12, 2009 at 9:47 am
(889) Lynne says:

Hey Ladies!
After MUCH hours spent on the Internet,trying to get to the route of this Problem (THE HORRIFIC ITCH, I find these postings,like all of you somewhat relieved to know that I am not alone!
Still after one year (STILL_ITCHING)
Idid see OB Dr. thinking It could be Lichon Scelerosis, I had a biopsy done,results wereSPONGIOTIC DERMATITIS (allergy/irritiatation) Allergic to something? WHAT???
Prior to this problem I did switch detergents, So I went back to the old one.
I also do not use toilet paper I use baby wipes (sensitve)
Dr. did prescribe Allegra which has been great I am finally able to sleep thru the night and this dreaded itch does seem to be getting better.Nights were always so much worse.
I’m almost forgetting what NORMAL felt like….
Thank you all! God-Bless

June 13, 2009 at 9:56 am
(890) Vigina Vigina Why so Blue? says:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your words of wisdom Ladies. I have only had this itching thing for about 3-4 days and was pulling my hair out trying to understand what was going on and it feels so good to know that Im not alone. Trying to hide a work and scratch…crossing my legs tightly or rocking back in forth in my chair until I could get a bathroom break and when I finally got to the bathroom I would GO CRAZY… a few times I have seen blood thats how bad its been.

Well to sum up what I have learned… since I have already done everything trying to treat a non existing yeast infection I am going to:
*rewash all my underwear in white vinegar to make sure that they are clean
*take a Vinegar and Salt soak/rinse
*use EVOO or Vasilen to releave the discomfort
*and TRY to just NOT ITCH until its gone

I really hope that this well help. I am recently married and since I have been to the geno like 4 times in 3 months about something going on “down there”
My husband and I dated for 7 years before marriage and have both been tested for STDs. I do have HPV with Vaginal warts and I hope to get the meds for that soon but it cost SO MUCH is crazy. I dont want to have sex with him because im itchy… there is no smell or discharge but Im scared I will reach down and scratch while he is inside of me.

Once again Ladies you all have been a God send. I started ready some of this last night… blackberry in one hand while scratching with the other. This has really been an hard experience but I hope it goes way soon and I can get my “vjj” back

June 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(891) denise says:

I have had this intense itching off and on for years. A reason has never been found. I am currently in an episode right now and it’s driving me crazy. Mine seems to occur after a sexual episode with my husband. It doesn’t happen every time but when it does, it’s been after having sex. Doctor says it’s not an STD. Eventually it goes away but it can take a while. Hope we find an answer soon.

June 14, 2009 at 5:05 am
(892) Karen says:

Okay, so I tried Witch’s Hazel AND IT WORKS for now. I experience this itch after having rough sex with my husband.

June 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(893) Mary says:

Okay so this is the first time i’ve experienced any itching down there and Im 22! I have a slight discharge but nothing major really. Recently I was very sick and was in the hospital with some form of strep throat for which they put me on amoxicilin. Only Im currently studying in Spain and the amoxicilin was in this weird powder form that I had to mix with water and drink. After about a week on amoxicilin I started itching. After reading that it is a potential cause of yeast infections I discontinued using it early and have been off of it for 4 days but am still itching. Its not super bad but bad enough and I am not able to see a doctor since I am currently living in another country and will be here for another month. I found some vagisil and will try that but does anyone have any other advice for me? Just try and wait it out until I get home to the states? Do you think that this is caused by this weird form of amoxicilin? Thanks for all your advice and help ladies!!

June 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm
(894) Melanie says:

Mary – Most def the antibiotics you were on caused a yeast infection…amox is a big starter of yeast infections in women and children. I would buy yogurt with active culture in it to kill the yeast…you can buy plain yogurt and apply to the area as well as eat yogurt. The vagisil should help with the itch, but myself, I never had much success with it curing the infection. I always had to use a prescription pill. A yeast infetion can cause further prolems if not treated and go away. If the itch persists for more than 3-5 days after OTC treatment, you should consult a doctor. You may notice the discharge getting worse in time also, and it is that discharge that causes the severe itching. I would also avoid warm baths or soaking in anything. Keep the vag area dry…moisture is a breeding ground for infetgions. Good luck!

June 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(895) Victoria says:

***** BEST ADVISE EVER ********
Stop fooling around and go get tested for every STD your doctor can think of. Don’t let your doctor tell you “its just a yeast infection.” Get tested NOW!!! Every symptom I’ve read here sounds like herpes. Don’t be afraid get tested for every STD you can think of. Be firm with your doctor…. After all don’t you want to know why your itching so much or do you want a generic answer.

June 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(896) DM says:

OMG! This must be the most untalked about woman’s affliction ever. Look at the number of posts on this page.

I’ve had this ongoing problem for over a year, mainly after I go to bed. Drives me nuts and sometimes I find I’ve scratched in my sleep to the point of bleeding.

I’m going to try the remedies mentioned here and see if it’s any help. I’ll report back after…

I’m also going to the Doctor for an unrelated issue, so I’ll check up on this too.

DM

June 17, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(897) Tina says:

HOLY MACKEREL, LADIES! Have your doctors never prescribed Temovate for you??? I was given this YESTERDAY, and the itch is COMPLETELY gone!!!

The generic name of this medication is Clobetasol, pronounced kloh-BAY-tuh-sall. As the prescription pamphlet states, “This medication is a super high-potency corticosteroid ointment.” The strength is 0.05% and it is a clear ointment, to be “applied directly on the itchy area twice a day for 7-10 days.”

My old-school GYNECOLOGIST (who is the doctor you need to be seeing since this is a VAGINAL problem, NOT your Family Doctor) took one look and knew IMMEDIATELY what the REAL diagnosis of this problem is. If y’all would like to research it further, here’s the name of what I’m sure 99% of us have: Lichen Sclerosus , which is basically a totally non-scary, non-specific, non STD, Contact Dermatitis type of thing. In other words, an itch-scratchy aliment of the SKIN, not the vagina. However, it would have been reeeeally embarrising… for me anyway….. to go to my dermatologist to have this looked at. I don’t think he even has stirrups! Anyway, The Mayo Clinic has an awesome site to research it. Take a look at mayoclinic.com and type lichen sclerosus into the search box – It shows you what it is, how researchers don’t really know how we got it, (grrrreat) if it’s really bad what tests can be done for it (if you feel you should rule out skin cancer or something), what medications are available to treat it, etc.

Now, I am NOT a doctor or nurse, but judging from these itchy-scratchy posts, you MOST LIKELY have Lichen Sclerosus if:
* you do NOT have a white, cottage cheesy discharge. If you DO, that’s PROBABLY a yeast infection.
* after you wash your vaginal area thoroughly, your CLEAR discharge does NOT have a fishy-type odor to it. This is important. If it DOES, that is PROBABLY Bacterial Vaginosis.

Note please, that I did NOT read all 800+ posts before me, so if someone posted this information previously, forgive the duplicate post.

Now, on a personal note, I’d like to say, PLEASE CALM DOWN to all of y’all who are freaking out! I had this same thing exactly 20 years ago (I’m 47), and it amazingly went away on its own…as the Mayo Clinic page will tell you it can sometimes do. BUT it took MONTHS for it to finally stop. I was NOT willing to go through that again! What the ointment basically will do for you is STOP the cycle of itch-scratch-itch-scratch-itch-scratch and on and on and on. Your vagina NEVER gets a chance to heal, not even in your sleep, because it stays inflamed, etc. Over the counter medications and all these fairly ridiculous home remedies listed in these posts do NOT work long-term because they simply don’t have the power to, and most will only make the problem WORSE! The Temovate/Clobetasol ointment has super strong anti-imflamitory AND anti-itch agents in it. In a word? DONE.

So, PLEASE stop all the home remedy stuff and GO TO A GYNECOLOGIST so you can get properly diagosed! To get an appointment quickly, tell them that it is an EMERGENCY. When the appointment setter asks “what for”, tell them “you’d rather not discuss it.” It MIGHT work for you, it did for me. :) If you have a great relationship with your family doctor, maybe they will just call the medication in for you. I’m telling you, it absolutely, completely works.

Good luck to all…. Tina

June 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(898) Tina says:

FORGOT A COUPLE THINGS! This should be obvious to everyone, but if not, before you apply the Temovate/Clobetasol ointment EVERY time: WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP – you don’t want to transfer anything ELSE to your already tender area :) . CLEAN your vaginal area gently, then DRY it gently and thoroughly. If you don’t, you’re sealing water under the ointment…aaaaand then we’re going to be dealing with a yet ANOTHER set of problems! Also do NOT insert the cream in the vagina…even though it seems like this might be a good idea. If you are itching up IN the vagina, Lichen Sclerosus is probably NOT your diagnosis.

A few personal side notes: Because I had this same exact problem 20 years ago and learned a LOT from it, I do many things differently now. The list below are things I started doing even way back then, before I knew what my true diagnosis was.

As an added precaution, ESPECIALLY right now, even though the experts say it’s “not contagious”, but BECAUSE they say they “don’t know where we got Lichen Sclerosus from”….

* I don’t share my towel, washcloth, or shower scrubbie thing with my husband
* We ALWAYS shower before making love. No, not very spontanious, but cleaner. My husband pays special attention to his hands every day – he manages an automotive business, and his nails sometimes get grease around the edges. Not to be graphic, but seriously… this can ruin a woman’s vagina. Your man needs to be CLEAN. Need I say more?
* I do not use bubble bath, bath salts, or anything bath related. I hate that I can’t do that, but it irritates my vagina every time I do it, so they just look pretty in the bottles… and my husband likes bubble baths! :)
* I don’t take a bath in a hotel tub – only a shower. If you’ve ever stepped back in the bathroom when they’re cleaning – and I mean even 4 star hotels – they simply spray and wipe out the tubs with a non bleach type of cleaner. Infections-R-Us.
* I N-E-V-E-R get in a hot tub. EVER.
* I N-E-V-E-R get in a jetted tub. Again, EVER. The reason? I used to clean houses professionally. You do NOT e-v-e-r want to know what comes out of those “jets” when the tubs are actually cleaned. Stay far, far away.
* When they came into fashion, I began wearing thongs… and promptly stopped wearing them – completely. If you’re getting infections of ANY kind, or have irritation of any kind at ANY time… not even right now, cut it out with the thongs for God’s sake. I hear women – usually in their teens and 20′s say, “But sometimes you NEED to wear a thong.” Bullcrap! Women went DECADES, CENTURIES even without them, and you know what? They didn’t have all these wierd vaginal infections!
* On the underwear note, I loved them, but finally got over all the pretty little satin panties I had and went with ALL COTTON panties. Not just cotton crotch. My vagina thanked me for it. :) Stay completely away from those super stretchy nylon things! Oh – and wash ANYTHING that’s touching YOUR or YOUR MANS crotch area in the hotest water you can get, with a detergent you’re not allergic to. A BIT of bleach to your whites is a good idea, if you’re not allergic to it. Personally, I use Tide with bleach for everything and wash EVERYTHING in hot water. I do not EVER mix skanky kitchen cloths, shop cloths, muddy jeans, etc. with my underwear. THINK about what you’re doing.
* I do not lay around in moist bathing suits. This is a CIRCUS for yeast infections, of which I had many before I got the all cotton panties. See above. :) hahaha
* Speaking of infections in general, when your body is out of whack, you get stressed, right? So you might want more sweet stuff, right? Stay away. I once had a yeast infection for something like a little over a year, which my doctor at the time completely gave up on, and sent me to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to finally clear it up! After a zillion tests, what was the culprit? I was TOTALLY sugared up. I was so stressed out about the stupid yeast infection that I was eating an ENORMOUS amount of sweet stuff every single day. The doc kept me on the regular yeast infection medication BUT added a completely and totally sugar free diet and BAM, the yeast infection went away in like two months. Yeast feeds on sugar. Made total sense.
* Ladies, be cleaner with yourselves. If you’re not already doing it, you need to wipe yourself FRONT to BACK. (It’s STILL strange, because I wasn’t taught that way!) Teach your MAN to do this too. If he’s not, he’s spreading his…well…poop… toward his penis. And THEN where is it going to end up? Yuck. I even have flushable baby wipes with aloe (not hand wipes) by the toilet and use them after I go number 2. Make sure they’re flushable if you get them. Don’t want to stop up the toilet.
* And finally….. this may sound stupid but, Are you SHOWERING every day? Is your MAN? Are you both at LEAST washing “The Area”? Check this out: One of my Christian college daughters kept getting yeast infections, one right after the other. She didn’t have a boyfriend, was not, nor had she ever been sexually active. I wondered what the problem could be. Well, we got to talking, and she ends up telling me she absolutely hated the bathroom she had to share with the other girls on her floor. She’s always been a bit overly modest, and absolutely hated having to go down there and share 6 showers with the other girls, even though they were totally seperate! So, she tried to time it when there wasn’t anyone else there…which of course never worked out, so she usually went two or three days without a shower! That, combined with the fact that she felt like she “needed” to wear those stupid thongs and DUH, there’s your repeat yeast infections! Upon my “WWWWWHHHHHHAT????” she dumped the idiot thongs and started showering every day…. even though she still hated that shared bathroom. One round of yeast infection medication and the infections were gone. That was a year and a half ago, and still none.

Ok, I’ve gone on and on FOREVER. Y’all are probably going to throw me off the forum! Sorry! Read my other post… I think it was the one right before this…. about Lichen Sclerosus! – Tina

June 20, 2009 at 10:07 am
(899) Tired of itching says:

I have also suffered from this insane itch off & on for probably more than 10 years. It slowly got worse & eventually I got Nystatin which was mentioned in previous posts. It went away for a long time & has not returned in the last year or so with avengance & only getting worse. However, mine is only on one side, occassionally close to the rectum & toward the clitoris. The Nystatin isn’t working any more & only hot showers or scratching seem to help!! I already use FREE detergents, etc, but after reading several posts I plan to call my gynecologist back first thing Monday morning for an appointment or see if they will call in a new prescription such as Clobetasol. I knew I wasn’t alone, but good gravy all these comments definitely give me the confidence to talk with my doctor more seriously!

June 20, 2009 at 10:56 am
(900) Janet says:

Hi ladies, having the same problem. I can’t think of anything I’ve done differently lately (except age) but something has changed. I know back years ago I had problems with scented toilet paper.. check out your tissue it maybe your problem. Charmin was the worst. Good luck.

June 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(901) lynne says:

Where are you all from?

June 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(902) Hyoga says:

I have the same problem since last weekend when my boyfriend was over. We’ve both tested for STI and it came out negative. I know it sounds crazy but I put vicks vapor rub on it and it helps because of the menthol…!

June 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm
(903) Why me? says:

OMG! i’m so happy to find this.. i’m also 16 and i was a virgin just up until last saturday.. now that i think back on it i believe the “itch” began the next day..but i can’t be sure..if it did it was too weak to notice…
Around wednesday it began to catch my attention ad by Friday i was BEGGing for a ride to the clinic…i was scared i had an std..on account my boyfriend didn’t use a condom..
it’s funny because my body would feel wierd and my lower abdomen and i would get headaches..i was deathly afraid i was pregnant..but i trailed away from that thought after the “Itch” became evident.

it’s so wierd..my boyfriend *in all of our arguing* has promised me he didn’t cheat or have an std..thank God i found this page…i was so afraid..but now i see it’s probably not big but it’s not good..atleast i can ease off of my boyfriend and really get tofixing this itch..
i’m not up fir years of itching..
i mean i just lost it..my sex life can’t be here and gone in a matter of days? can it..can i really be that unlucky..please someone help me..give me some advice..help me to calm down..

June 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(904) why me? says:

haha sorry i mean i’m pretty sure it began the day after i had sex..but i can’t be sure because the “itch” was too weak

June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm
(905) Melanie says:

RE WHY ME –
1st of all, not to preach, but unsafe sex these days is like playing Russian Roulette w/your life/body. You should respect yourself nad your boyfriend and he should repect himself and you enough to use a condom.
2nd – You can NEVER trust what anyone tells you just by word of mouth. Just because he told you he hasn’t cheated or been with anyone else, doesn’t mean you have to believe him. I have been married for almost 10 years and I still got tested for STD’d to make sure my itch wasn’t related to that. Although I trusted my partner, doesn’t mean things are on the up and up
3rd STD’s can be transmitted without full intercourse…and sometimes without sexual contact at all (towels, toilet seats…all sorts of nasties)
4th – you could just have irritation from having sex for the 1st time, or it could be something more serious

The only definite way to find out, is to be seen by a doctor if the itch doesn’t go away on it’s own within a week. The more rubbing/scratching you do, the more you are going to irritate it and it will not cure itself. You can try some OTC itch relief creams, Vagisil, Monistat but I would be seen by a doctor since you did have unprotected sex and you just never know.

Good luck

June 24, 2009 at 8:45 am
(906) 5years+ says:

I have had “the itch” for at least 5 years. I went to the gyn a few weeks ago and was told I had a yeast infection (the usual diagnosis), got the medications (pill and cream) and thought I was good to go. After the 7 day treatment, the itch came back. Worse in the afternoons and at night. I usually wake myself up in the mornings due to itching. I’m going to make a gyn apt and be sure to mention Lichen sclerosus (thanks Tina). I advise you all to do the same because it never hurts to do your own research and give drs ideas! Good Luck, and I’ll report back asap.

June 25, 2009 at 12:33 am
(907) Allie says:

I’m not alone. I am 19 and have had this itch for the past three years on and off. I use lots of things to help. Olive oil,yeast infection treatments, slathering yogurt on my vulva area.

I’ll post back after I try more stuff

June 25, 2009 at 10:46 am
(908) Tinka says:

Hello all I have had the same issue for the past 3 weeks. It seems like the itch came from nowhere. After reading some of the post I went home and I wiped around my clitoris where the itch was with an alcohol pad and whala the itching went away….grant it, it burns like hell for the first 10 seconds but the burning goes away as does the itching…I tried this on Monday and I did it 3 times since I first started and I have not had the itch since….I too went to my gyno last Friday and she didnít see anything she said just a light discharge which was normal…I asked her could it be herpes and she said absolutely not because she didnít see any broken skin, or bumps so that ruled that out…so I left but the itching stayed..it was not until I read on someoneís post they used alcohol so thatís what I tried and it worked…I am not going to say it will work for all but itís worth a try and itís an inexpensive fix for those who does not have health insurance…

June 25, 2009 at 11:29 am
(909) LeLe says:

Hi Ladies! I have been reading a lot of the posts and I have an appointment to see my gyne Friday. I feel that this site has given me the proof I need to go after the information I need and have my doc take me seriously! I have always had this condition, since high school and I have always used an over the counter cream for it. It has no odor and no discharge, which as gross as it sounds, would make me feel better cause then I could pinpoint the problem! I am guilty of the bubble baths, the scented lotions, detergents and fabric softener! I will stop using them now and cut the sugar (thanks Tina) casue I loooove sugar too-it alleviates my stress–I’m getting a Master’s degree! I appreciate the candor and great information you ladies give. Keep talking and I will keep reading! Blassings!

June 26, 2009 at 1:34 am
(910) over it says:

Ohmigod, I am so happy I finally decided to google vaginal itching and find all these posts!!! I have had vaginal itching off and on for years!!! Lately it has been maybe 4 months of it. Driving me totally crazy. I had my second baby 6 months ago, but I don’t really think that has anything to do with it. I don’t really want to go see my doctor because she is super expensive, and I canceled my insurance after baby was born. Plus I still owe her money. We hit some very rough times with this economy and new baby. Anyway, I am so happy to see that I am not alone, and to read all the different things people do. Vagisil does not work for me either. I also swell up like crazy from scratching. I’m going to try some of the stuff mentioned on here. Hopefully something will work. If not maybe I will go to a women’s clinic or something. Just glad to know there isn’t something seriously wrong with me. God I wish it would stop though. It really does make me crazy. Plus once you start scratching it is hard to stop. It’s like the itch intensifies once you start scratching, then next thing you know it’s all swollen and burning. So frustrating.

June 26, 2009 at 10:08 am
(911) robyn says:

Try vitamin E oil it helps

June 26, 2009 at 10:11 am
(912) robyn says:

vitamin b oil helps

June 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm
(913) Alison says:

For the past few days I’ve been experiencing a lot of itching but not just the outside of my vag the inside near the opening! Even my butt is a little itchy..and by butt…you know what I mean. I went to a clinic cause I was panicked and was examined and tested for everything. They said it wasn’t any std or a yeast infection…so I don’t know what it could be. The doctor DID say never to use soap directly on the inside of that part…just a little on the outside because apparently the vagina is self cleansing. A few days before it stared itching me I was washing myself with warm water and vinegar. (BAD IDEA) I think that might have caused the irritation…or maybe just made me more susceptible because my backside had been itchy on and off. Sometimes you have to retrace your steps and you will realized that you wore underwear two days in a row or that it wasn’t cotton or that it wasn’t all the way dry …all these things can cause bacteria or irritation which is not I guess a huge issue that doctors are able to see precisely…I just plan to cut out alcohol, sugar, stuff like that…always wash, wear dry cotton underwear, wear thongs less, don’t put random soaps or chemicals on that part of you and for god’s sake do not use vinegar…

June 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm
(914) Teyler says:

I’m 20 and have been dealing with the same problem for a few months now. The itching on and off, which seems to occur more drastically when i have to wipe after using the restroom. After reading Tina’s post i have a new sense of hope. So my next move is going to be an appointment with my Gyno and some Clobetasol, thanks Tina!

June 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(915) Carrie says:

I have had the same horrible itching for over a week and don’t know how some of you can deal with this for so long. I have had some itching over the years but this is nothing like the past. The itching is from the front vaginal area to the anal area and even inside. While reading these postings today I tried the vinegar rinse which worked for 10-15 minutes. I then tried the vegetable oil which again didn’t last. I found out through allergy testing last year I have quite a few food allergies, milk, lactose, potatoes, corn, soy, mushrooms and wheat. Since I have not been very good at staying away from these foods, I wonder if that could be a contributor. I was experiencing itching from these allergies on my feet and hands and other areas before this vaginal itching started.

I have spend several hours today reading the postings and writing down possible remedies and conditions. I also have a doctor’s appt. scheduled for Tuesday and hope to get some answers. She is a homeopathic type doctor whose office did my allergy testing. I will post anything that may be of help to anyone.

June 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm
(916) Carrie says:

Ladies,

The rubbing alcohol works!! I started trying it yesterday and found I had to reapply every four hours and burns like hell for a minute or two but it took the itching away completely. I applied this morning and have not had to do again yet today. I bought the box of the alcohol swab that have 100 individual packets today. Their easy to put in your purse and take anywhere. I also have been either rinsing with water or using the sensitive fragrance free baby wipes after going to the bathroom. I plan on putting some in a ziplock bag to keep in my purse. It feels great to be able to sit still and not have to dig myself to death. Hallelujah!!!

June 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm
(917) Ann Marie says:

I too have the ‘itch’ glad to see i’m not alone but sad as many have said to see that there are no clear answers. my story is that it started 4 mos ago i waitied until after my period (hoping it would go away) to see a doctor. i saw primary doc, gyn and dermatologist. been tested for yeast, std’s, lichon sclerosis, ph, bacteria and am told all is normal. i actually had a smilar but different bout of this about a year ago. the gyn then told me i was alergic to panty liners -said many women are and have itching because if it. i no longer use panty liners.

i stayed home from work today for first time since this happened because i couldnt sit or stand after getting dressed.

have been given antibiotics for yeast, bacterial infections, vagisil used to work but no longer helps. was given lidocaine but am cautious with it cause it can cause other problems. have tried steroid creams, anti fungal creams, home remidies such as olive oil and corn starch.

problem i am having right now besides the itch is that my skin is peeling – i hadnt been putting anything at all on it just dealing with the itch so it’s not a reaction but part of my itch problem. anyone else have this -it peels really bad like when you have peeling from a sun burn. put vasaline for 3 days with no relief – vitamin e oil doesnt help either. recent pap and glucose blood work were normal.

i have tried the majority of the suggestions here. thinking of trying alchohol but afraid now that the skin is peeling so bad. my mom suggested i let the sun hit the area. tried it yesterday and today -no immediate relief…

called primary and derm docs today -dem doc suggests i see a gyn (the gyn is the one that referred me to the derm) very frustrating as you all know.

I pray for you all that we will all find cures…

June 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(918) Sarah says:

How to treat bacterial vaginitis naturally:

Step 1) Wash twice a day- once in the morning and once at night- with cool water. If you have a removable showerhead, use that to spray gently into the external vaginal region for 5-10 minutes. Do this after shampooing or washing other body parts to prevent irritating residue. Do not use any form of soap on vaginal region.

Step 2) Apply plain (sugar free) yoghurt directly to the vaginal region after both washings to replace the good bacteria.

Step 3) Take an oral probiotic supplement once a day in a spoonful of yoghurt. Look for Acidophilus; it is sold in most drug stores along with other dietary supplements.

Step 4) Sleep without underwear and go commando whenever possible- preferably under dresses or skirts. If you must wear underwear, choose 100% cotton.

Step 5) To lesson painful itching use 1% hydrocortisone cream, not Vagisil. DO NOT scratch or rub vaginal region.

*If swelling, pain, redness, or itching has not lessened after 5 days of natural treatment, seek a doctorís assistance. They can prescribe antibiotics.

*If vaginal discharge is white and smells like bread or beer, you have a Yeast Infection and should see a doctor. There are very effective treatments for yeast infections.

*You may want to consider continual, once daily use of Acidophilus to prevent future bacterial infections.

July 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(919) Pat says:

I am 62 years old and have been having a serious problem with this same situation. I was embarassed to even go to my DR because it was so bad.

Finally, my GYN tested for yeast infection and I was cleared. She finally decided it was a fungal infection. I’m not really sure but I have had a little relief for short periods of time.

Right now there is another out-break of the itchyness.

What she told me to do was:

Use Dove for sensitive skin
Wash my panties with dreft
After shower or bath use hair dryer and completely dry vaginal area
wear cotton panties
Use Aveno in baths
DO not use wash cloth on vaginal area (causes the itch to start)

Hope some of these will help you all.

July 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm
(920) Susan says:

Ladies,

I’ve been suffering from this itching since more than a year now..still no relief, it comes, it goes and comes again. I have been on treatment for one year almost, yet no doctor has been able to cure me. I’ve been able to find only temporary relief by using eumovate or anti histamines. I have followed every instruction white underwear 100% cotton, non biological soap, soap for sensitive skin with no perfume or detergents, cut down sugar.. yet no improvement. Every doctor at first thought thinks it’s STD and this gets me irritated as I haven’t been sexually active. At times I get very depressed and wonder what will happen in the future in my life. I am only 22 and I ask myself if a boy will accept to marry me with this problem. I want to enjoy my life like every other girl of my age, yet I restrict myself from going out as I know I will be very uncomfortable in front of my friends as I will want to itch everytime. Only God knows when this itch will finally leave me and let me live a normal life. If only I could know the cause and put an end to this. :-(

July 2, 2009 at 1:37 am
(921) Melissa says:

My itching started Friday night, I thought it was a normal yeast infection so I called in a refil on my diflucan (spelling). This did NOT help. The itching was terrible still. Irritated to stand,sit walk,anything. I even tried not wearing underwear. I went to the gyno Tuesday and was givin a cream that really helps. And was told it is most likely a bacterial infection.
Trust me, as embarrassing as it is to go to the doctor for a basic itch, you will feel so much better knowing what the itch is from. Like it was said before, don’t use strong soaps, and cotton undies are always best.
Moral of the 900 and some posts..CALL YOUR OBGYN! Get the proper diagnosis. You WILL feel better! Good luck everyone!

July 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm
(922) Sandy says:

I’m in day 2 of itching and have not had this problem in years. Back then was when I first became sexually active but this time I’ve not been active in months.

While I’m researching it I’ve been simply putting VASELINE on the affected area and it really helps, until I go to the bathroom and need to reapply.

The only different thing I can think of is my diet, I was on a candida diet and have phased back into eating sugar, cheese, and bread. I’m going to go back to the diet and see if that works.

http://www.holistichelp.net/candida.html

I also dropped weight quickly on this medical diet and felt so much better!

July 3, 2009 at 10:52 am
(923) Carrie says:

I am on week 2 of this horrific itch. I had some relief for hours at a time with the alcohol. The relief is not as effective now as when I started using the alcohol. As of today I still have the vaginal itch both inside and out but not anywhere else. By the time I went to my doctor 2 days ago there wasn’t a place on my body that didn’t itch. Which lasted about 2 days. I was shocked when she said it was a yeast infection because here was no discharge and no odor. I wish it was only a vaginal yeast infection but was told I have candida which is a overgrowth of yeast in your body. Beside the 2 pills for the vaginal yeast infection, she prescribed nystatin, probiotics, and digestive enzymes along with a strict diet for 3-6 months. Absolutely no sugar including no fruit, juice, yeast, vinegar, mushrooms, processed food, or high carbohydrate veggies. Put that along with my food allergies of dairy, soy, corn, potatoes and wheat there’s not a lot I can eat. It’s kind of depressing but I remind myself it could be worse and it’s time to take control of my eating habits. I’m 52 and need to lose 20 pounds anyway and now I should be able to do it. For any of you that are not finding an answer to your itch check out candida online. Some sites have a questioneer to determine it its a possibility. Not many doctors know much on it. Check with a homeopathic doctor
if yours doesn’t. My brother has a severe case and it has effected his life considerably. It can be very serious and can even be fatal in some cases if left untreated and is very difficult to get rid of. Here are some of the symptoms for those interested.

Candida albicans symptoms include:

Past history of frequent courses of antibiotics or steroids,fatigue or muscle aches,delayed food allergies,crave sugar,sometimes feel spaced out, bothered by depression, irritability, headaches and/or digestive problems.

How do you get Candida?

Poor dietary habits, especially excessive intakes of sugars, starches, yeast-containing products, and processed food; repeated use of antibiotics; the use of hormonal medications such as corticosteroids and birth control pills; and protozoa and other parasitic infestations.

Hope this may be of some help to some of you.

July 5, 2009 at 12:33 am
(924) tuper says:

I’ve had this itch for over a year now. I’ve been diagnosed with BV and Yeast, but only 2-3 days after treatment, the itching returns.

As long as I’m doing SOMETHING to it down there, it is manageable. If I innore it, all heck breaks loose!

I have been tested for everything, including a swab for HSV on a spot where I scratched myself raw. All negative.

My doc currently has me on diflucan once a week for the next 6 months. I jave to take it once every 4 days or else.

I go in for a biopsy next week. NOT looking forward to that, but am thinking this is lichen sclerosis. That should be able to tell me one way or the other on that.

I’m not looking for “relief” from the itching, I’m looking for the CAUSE of it. I can treat myself all day long (and did for about 6 months before I finally went in to see the doctor.) But I want the underlying cause of it to STOP. (Or at least be treated if it turns out to be auto-immune.)

Funny thing is, I do have a LOT of kidney stones. I read on here someone mention avoiding high oxilate foods. As much as I love my tea, chocolate, and fruit…..they will be the next things to go. Wouldn’t that be nice if I killed two birds with one stone?

Good luck to all of you ladies who are having issues. My biggest reccommendation is to go to the doctor. Be persistant if they son’t seem to want to help. A diagnosis is much better than just treating the symptoms.

July 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(925) Melissa says:

OMG, so glad to hear I’m not the only one. My itch starts a week before my period and goes away after I start. I have tried monostat and vagisil. It’s just a temp fix. Not sure if it’s hormone changes before I start or what. I know it’s not an STD been married for 10 years and have had this problem for at least 7. Anyone else have the problem before u start????? HELP!!!!! I’ve talked 2 my doc and she just gave me a cream and it was a temp fix.

July 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm
(926) Annabelle says:

I am truly sorry that so many women are dealing with this, but I am relieved that I am not alone in this misery. I have had a mild case of vulvar itching for a few months now and was too embarassed to talk to my gp about it; tried an over the counter cream for the itch–didn’t help much, had no evidence of a yeast infection and continued to deal with it. I have used Dove for years, Tide-free, Bounce with no perfumems–I don’t think it’s an allergy. My husband is so faithful that if I gave him my blessing to have an affair he wouldn’t do it.

A few months ago, I had strep throat; I was prescribed Amox. and less than a week later I knew that the strep was back, unfortunately, the itch got worse and spread to the vagina. I had to get a stonger antibiotic, Zithromax 5 day pack and the strep finally went away but I wanted to just die because of the vaginal discomfort. Got the 3 day over the counter medicine, for yeast infections and it seemed to subside for a day or so. Finally, I called the doctor’s office, spoke to her nurse who relayed everything to the doctor and called in something, which “works in 90% of the cases.” Well, guess what? You know where this is going… so she wanted to see me. She examined me and said that there was no evidence of yeast, but took a culture and recommended that we wait a couple more days for the swelling to go down. She thought with everything that I had taken I could also have had a reaction. In the mean time she recommended some over the counter treatements: acidophilus pills, some Aveeno oatmeal soap, Vagisil and some more Monostat–she was hoping that it would lubricate and calm the area. She joked that if all else fails I could try garlic–I told her she’d be writing about my case! Well, $70 later, I was still feeling pretty lousy. She called me with the results–no yeast. That was last week, I called again today because I am at my wits end… she prescribed Metronidazole, 4 pills to be taken at once–for yeast. I had to go through the nurse again, I would like to know why, if the results were negative for yeast she thought it was back. Anyway, I am so desperate that I will try almost anything, but I am so down about this that I am doubtful. I promise to let you know if it works. In the mean time, I wish everyone the best of luck in getting the answers, ending this misery and getting back to normal–if you even remember what that feels like.

July 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
(927) chase says:

I have also suffered with this on several occasions and I have narrowed it down to 2 causes. It was either my laundry detergent or my toilet paper (odd, i know). I switched both at the same time so I don’t know which one is the cure, but I am itch free. I switched my laundry detergent to a “nature free” detergent (no perfumes) as well as my fabric softener.

For my toilet paper, I have always used Charmin and had no itching, but my husband bought Royal toilet paper a few months ago (a lot of it as it was on sale) and I had been using it. I switched back to Charmin and no problems. I remember 10 years ago I figured out that the brand Cottonelle was directly related to my blatter infection…after I switched brands, no more infections. Charmin has always been good for me. Try it!!!!

July 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(928) Annabelle says:

Hi, I’m back–I was #926. Well, I think it worked, the 4 Metronidazole 500 mg tablets. I feel significantly better, not 100% but at least I won’t be throttling anyone. It seems to have been fungal. If IT comes back–I’ll be posting–otherwise I plan to keep up with this. Best of luck to everyone.

July 8, 2009 at 11:55 am
(929) annie says:

I also have itching in the nether rehions – since March. I was worried it was diabetes, but I have no other symptoms. I suffer mainly at night, just the occasional problem during the day. It wakes me up at night and drives me mad. I itch til it hurts.All I can think of is that it’s stress related but would so love a cure! I am scaredd to go to doc so wont go. Will try the remedies here and cross my fingers they work!!

July 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(930) lisa says:

hello ladies! I have been dealing with this same horrible itch that all you describe for about a month now… I have been following all your posts, I hope many of you have found the cause behind it. I have a feeling that there could be many causes to this itching, but my doctor diagnosed me with B strep infection, which she says is very common in women and seen in girls starting at age 5. So I just wanted to let you know to ask your doctor to have a culture done. I had 2 cultures done by my doctor, one internally and one externally around my labia (since this is where the itching is). The internal culture came back negative, while the external one came back positive with B strep infection, which is the same which is the same bacteria that causes strep throat. I was just prescribed an anti-biotic. I hope this information helps, get to the doctors ladies (It took several visits to figure out what this was!) GOOD LUCK!

July 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm
(931) ItchFree! says:

I had the same thing when I was on the BC pill. Any and all of them did it. I was on them for 12 years. Then 6 weeks after my daughter I had the Mirena put in. Guess what! I havent had any itching or any problems since. It actually quit once I got pregnant and had Mirena put in and it never came back with the Mirena.

July 9, 2009 at 3:29 am
(932) DD says:

Thanks all who have submitted, I thought I was going mad!! My itch started about 1 month ago, I’m 39, it is worse during the night. I actually press my outer labia between my fingers almost a squeeze to ease the itch. It becomes swollen and throbs for ages. I do not seem to be bothered through the day only at night??There is no discharge or smell associated with this… Just an aching itch. I’m off to the Doctor, just when I think it’s gone it comes back. Thanks again for all your input, it has put my mind at ease.

July 9, 2009 at 8:09 am
(933) nagella says:

hi! im feeling that itch too but no discharge. i’m planning to go to the doctor to have it checked. Anyway, i’m getting paranoid i might have STD or something but as i checked the net STD should have discharge or foul odor? itching alone does not mean i have STD, right? somebody please reply.. thank you.

July 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(934) annie says:

ahhh, witch hazel, such relief! I have researched a bit about my tiching and have come to the conclusion it is hormone related. I have had irregular periods for 5 years now, am hot, have hot flushes and night sweats, dry and itchy below. Am so relieved as I was worried it was diabetes, even although I have no other symptoms, just the vaginal itching. Witch hazel ladies, is sooooo soothing!

July 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(935) Amy says:

I finally got total relief! After suffering with this for 4 weeks, now I haven’t itched for 5 days and feel like myself again. Lactobacillus acidophilus, the good bacteria in yogurt was the key for me.

I think I had a bacterial infection. It might have been brought on by using douche too often (douche upsets the balance of bacteria in the vagina). Also, I started wearing a lot of pretty undies which are mostly nylon. Boring old cotton is better though because it lets the area breathe. It could have been caused by contamination from my bum to the vaginal area, either through sexual contact or just poor hygiene. I don’t know, I suppose there could be a lot of causes.

The itch started at the opening of my vagina and spread to the whole vulvar area, the clit and labia. As it receded, only the outer labia, especially at the top, and the mound were itchy. It kept me awake at night, sapped my libido and made me scratch til the area bled but the more I scratched the worse it itched. It was nearly enough to put me in the psych ward.

At first I assumed it was a yeast infection and bought Monistat 1. Now, after researching, I know this is a bad idea because treating for a yeast infection when its not one makes it harder to treat the real thing. Anyhow, the anti itch cream had some effect but it was temporary. The whole treatment didn’t do anything. I tried soaking in a bath of various things mixed with water. At different times I tried baking soda, vinegar and salt. Only the baking soda helped. It gave me relief for one night but the itch was back in the morning. Hydrocortisone cream made me itch worse, if anything. Witch hazel had no effect. Bacitracin (an antibiotic) might have helped, though by that time the itch was on its way out, and it might have brought relief because the area was dry and the ointment is oily.

L. acidophilus is the only thing that worked and gave me real relief. I was skeptical when I read about it on a natural remedies website, but I was desperate enought to try anything. I found the capsules (it has to be capsules, not pills) in the refrigerated section at a natural foods store. I inserted one directly into my vagina, pushing it as far up as my finger would go. Incredibly, the itching stopped in 5-10 minutes. This was 2 weeks after it had started and I had tried all the other things. The relief was so great I nearly cried. It kept the itch at bay for about 4-6 hours. Whenever it came back I put another one in. The most I used in a day was 4. The capsules caused a little bit of white discharge when the stuff worked itself out of my body, but I gladly took that over the itching. After a week of the capsules I noticed that I needed less and worked down to 2 then 1 a day.

As the itch started going away I noticed some other things that helped. I washed the vulvar area in the morning at night, drying it thoroughly afterward. Then I put Vit. E oil on it, especially the outer labia where the skin was very dry. I also changed my underwear several times a day.

It is possible that the infection (I assume that’s what it was) would have run its course in 4 weeks anyway and would have gone away. But since the capsules gave such obvious relief, it is possible that that was the cure.

I hope my experience helps someone. I wanted to share the L. acidophilus remedy because I am grateful to the women who posted it and passed it on.

July 10, 2009 at 9:08 am
(936) DD says:

Hey There, I have been doing alot of training walking ,running… etc. And over the last few days with rain I have not been able to go, hence the itching has gone, Could it be something to do with excercise and continual sweating etc, advice on anyone else’s experience would be helpful.

July 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(937) lisa says:

July 10, 2009

I have been reading this form off and on for a long time and this is my conclusion.

Some of you have talked about the PH balance in your body. Soooo many aspects of our health depend on the body having a healthy PH. If you have a high sugar/acidic diet, lots of pop, sugar and coffee, your body is much more acidic than it should be and infections easily take a firm hold.

Changes in hormones, diet, medications, anything can effect your body PH. Then you are suseptable to all of those things that cause our itch.

I have herpies, it comes out in blisters and hurts, it is not the same as an itch from fungus infection. The internet has lots of pictures so you can compare.

The times that you get itch, may not always be from the same cause so the treatment that worked one time may not work the next.

In the long run it is better to make your body as healthy as possible so that you avoid the itch in the first place.

Also the high acidic diet causes a lot of heart burn. So help yourself ladies by making long term changes in your lifestyle and not thinking that there is a perminent quick fix because I don’t believe there is.

The last big itch episode I had was easily cleared up with the “jock itch” cream, sometimes you may actually have a yeast infection and need to get treatment for that.

You need to know your body and don’t over react, as that could also cause a more acidic body. Read up on the PH balance and the low PH diet.

My cousin has caused her cancer to stop growning with this PH diet. I know I am starting to sound like a quack but it is true.

Good luck with your quest for better health and most importantly…NO MORE ITCH!!!!

July 11, 2009 at 7:04 am
(938) Sarah says:

I am 17 years old and i have never had sex. i have this itching down below and little bumps. I dont drink much water or exercise much, so could this be the problem? please help because i cant get up without having it itching constantly. im too afraid to ask my mom because we dont have that relationship so someone please HELP!!!

July 13, 2009 at 10:50 am
(939) Christa says:

Grind ginger root and squeeze the juice into your vagina. You can do it twice a day until symptoms disappear. Its a natural African remedy to vaginal infection and it wworks. It burns when you apply it, which also helps relieve the itch but burning goes away in about 4-6 mins and you are on your way to recovery. Hope it works for you, goodluck

July 15, 2009 at 10:13 am
(940) Mig says:

I have also had this itching for about a year. I have had two biopsys which came back negative. She also did some slides which came back with nothing. The doc says it has to be something I am using. She said not to wash the vaginal area with soap (I only use Dove) she said rinse with water is fine.

I have only use free and clear type detergents to clean my clothes and in fact I have even tried no detergents at all in the washer several times. I never use dryer sheets or fabric softner at all.

I did spend a month at my daughters home helping with her kids and the itching decreased a lot. I wonder if it had any thing to do with their water? I have thought about trying a charcol filter in our shower and see how that works.

We use Scott toilet paper but I think I might buy a roll of Charmin and see how that might work. Good luck to everyone!

July 18, 2009 at 5:55 am
(941) Thorn says:

I have finally discovered the cause of my itching. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus, both very painful auto-immune diseases require me to take narcotic pain relievers daily and a myriad of other types of medications. This causes a lot of itching vaginally and on the inner thighs at times. The concentrated urine theory is very accurate as well. Many medications are eliminated through the urine too. I have found through trial and error that the most effective treatment is “100% Aloe Vera Gel” applied after each trip to the bathroom. It helps the itch immediately and forms a barrier. Try it for 10 days and it will possibly heal up and not be as active.

Good Luck!

July 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm
(942) Myesha says:

I have been expieriencing the same problem…i tried monastat and it didnt work at all… but my doctor says it wouldnt really get any better until i give birth…im 32 weeks pregnant…

July 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm
(943) robin says:

Ok, does ANYONE have cyclical itching that comes like clockwork at the same time of the month AND is relieved by sex???? It’s the weirdest thing, and my Dr. thinks I’m nuts, but the itching disappears IMMEDIATELY after sex…comes back after a few days though if I’m at that point in my cycle (day 17 is when the itching always starts and lasts until I get my period). I feel that it’s obviously pH related and that the semen somehow helps in balancing the pH – just wondered if anyone else has experienced this….

July 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(944) Michelle says:

I am so glad I found this forum!! I too have been suffering with Vaginal itching on and off for 4 years now! The Itch starts 2 weeks before my period and continues for a week after! This year for me has been one of the worst..the itching has now become so severe that it keeps me up at night and i find myself scratching until my skin is raw!! Urinating after itching burns so badly I cry in pain! I’ve been so afraid of going to the doctor..ive been thinking i have herpes or something worse, but coming here and reading this forum im starting to see that it may in fact be something not as serious! Hang in there ladies now that we know we are not alone we can concure this itch together!!

July 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm
(945) anancy1010 says:

as everyone else i thought i was the only one so relieved iam not iive used vagasil powder,petrolium jelly so that it would protect it from wetness itching no vaginal odor finally tried monastat tried the one day treatment used they have wipes in there and they did not burn will be purschasing more of those also the cream gave me great relief hope this helps

July 20, 2009 at 1:32 am
(946) Dee_Oh says:

It drives me crazy too for 3 weeks
I am 20 yrs old.. And can’t proceed me life normally.I am Arab & Single so seeing a gynecologist is (PROHIBITED)
I wish to have an answer soon

July 21, 2009 at 1:58 am
(947) Jo says:

Hi I have the same problem and I’m about to kill myself. Has anyone found a doctor recommended cure to this annoying itch?

July 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(948) mary says:

Witch hazel on a cosmetic pad works sssoo well! I use it daily and have been feeling well. I even work out on a daily basis and it still keeps the itch away. Good luck everyone!!!

July 22, 2009 at 12:29 am
(949) kei says:

I AM 21 YEARS OLD AND FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS HAVE STARTED HAVING SEX AGAIN WITH MY CURRENT BOYFRIEND. IT HAD BEEN ABOUT 3 YEARS THAT I HAD SEX WITH A GUY. WE SEE EACH OTHER EVERY 3 WEEKS SEEING AS HE LIVES IN ANOTHER STATE, AND EVERY TIME WE HAVE SEX FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 3 WEEKS, IT AFTERWARDS BURNS WHEN I URINATE. I AM ALSO ITCHY AND IRRITABLE IN MY VAGINAL AREA. I HAVE RECENTLY FOUND A SMALL BALL AT THE BOTTOW OF MY VAGINAL OPENING AND RIGHT ABOVE MY ANUS. IT IS SORE WHENEVER I TOUCH IT AND I CURIOUS TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ANY ANSWERS FOR ME..? I HAVE BEEN TESTED 3 TIMES IN THE LAST YEAR AND HAVE CAME UP NEGATIVE EVERYTIME. I RECENTLY HAD A YEAST INFECTION AND IT WENT AWAY, BUT I STILL CONTINUE TO ITCH. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY KIND OF ANSWERS FOR ME PLEASE? IM IN NEED OF HELP…OR ADVICE

July 22, 2009 at 11:40 am
(950) madeisha brown says:

Mucus but it doesn’t have a scent whats the problem

July 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(951) Ann Marie says:

Previously posted: my issue been going on for 4 months after reading many of the posts i went back to drug store.

I found something that for the past two days has helped may help someone else. I got benadryl spray (diphenhydramine hci, zinc acetate) i was itching 24×7 with vagisil being my only relief (i have tried everything and been tested for everything -been to 4 different docs 7 times) anyway the bernadryl spray burned really bad for about a min then things got really warm then it felt numbish – a day and a half later and i almost felt normal again (did use the spray again last night after showering itching was mild compared to how it’s been. having almost no pain or itching today) not sure how long it will last but may help someone else.

went to GYN today (already had the appt sched) she says thinks i may have some kinda allergic reaction cause the benadry is an antihistamine -she said i could try something like claritn during day and gave me rx for vistaril for night antihistamine. she said i can use the benadryl spray as much as i want too.

worth a try if you havent tried it yet. i was at witts end went thru a tube and half of vagisil in one week that’s how bad it was. i’m not calling myself cured yet (it’s only been two days of relief after 4 mos of itching/pain but at this point any relief is better than none)

July 23, 2009 at 1:45 am
(952) Kami says:

It is July, 2009, and I’ve had the itch since February! I thought it was yeast so I did 2 weeks of OTC Monistat–no change. Went to the doctor for 5 days of Diflucan. No change. Went to the GYN who gave me a prescription yeast cream. No change. Went back and he gave me a steroid cream. It stopped but came back. Then he referred me to a gynecologist who specializes in vulvar and vulvar cancer problems. I was TERRIFIED. I ended up going to a different doctor who took a biopsy and told me it was likely pre-cancerous or cancer. GLORY TO GOD it was neither. He has now prescribed two different creams for “chronic vulvitis.” I don’t know the names of the creams, yet, because the pharmacy is closed and I have to get them tomorrow. However, thinking back, we just moved to Shreveport, LA, a year ago and my son (15,now 16) had serious health problems (gastro) and was ill from August, 2008 until March, 2009. Then I began with this vaginal problem. We started noticing that the water smells EXACTLY like LAWN FERTILIZER. Of course the local water company says “The water is GREAT! No problems. It’s clean.” But HELLO, are they going to “police” themselves? Not hardly. I changed to fragrance free/hypoallergenic laundry detergent and even STOPPED using soap “down there.” As well, I began to use distilled water (not from Louisiana) to rinse and the problem has improved. But as someone else said, when I pee I REALLY notice it. At other times, too, but that seems to be the worst. So, is it the urine/what is coming out in the urine, is it the water, or is it the thickening/thinning of my tissue (I’m 45). I don’t know, but I just THANK GOD it isn’t pre-cancer or cancerous. Make sure you go to the doctor because those are two possibilities and you want to rule that out ASAP in order to get treatment if it is one of those. So happy to have found this site. At least I know I’m not the only woman dealing with this ITCH!

July 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(953) Carrie says:

I have commented a few times on this site and have been to my doctor twice in the last month. On top of the other medications I have to take for candida she has me taking allergy tabs. I also have many food allergies. I have discovered if I stop taking the zyrtec within 2 days the vaginal itching is back full force. My last visit she prescribed Allegra because the Zyrtec can make me feel tired. Just a suggestion ladies it took a few days for the zyrtec to work on the itching symtoms but as long as I’m taking them the itch is gone most of the time.

July 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm
(954) Jo says:

Ladies,
I had the same problem for over 6 months. I read online about Pinworms and bought an over the counter medication. I took it even though I had not been tested for pinworms. I felt better the next day. No itching!! Pinworms are usually found in children so your doctor probably hasn’t checked for them or other parasites. The information online said that men can be carriers of pinworms and other parasites and not have any symptons. They are very contagious and it may take a few times of using the antibiotic to fully get rid of the worms.
Hope this helps

July 24, 2009 at 3:13 am
(955) Natalie says:

Thank you for posting this! I’m having the same problems! Ive been diagnosed with yeast and bacteria but I’ve continued to have this itch. No discharge. Except I just found a clear discharge but no real odor. I have an appt. with my gyno tomorrow morning (Thank GOD!) and HOPEFULLY she will have some answers! I just hope it’s nothing serious. I’ve already been tested for chlamydia and gonnorhea and both came back negative. I hope my gyno will give me an answer because I’m sick of staying up and worrying/wondering/freaking out/and just plain suffering! I’ll keep you posted on what my gyno says!

July 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(956) Vickie says:

What a relief to know I’m not alone.
I checked out one of the websites recommended and ran across a mention of something called “Lichen sclerosis”. I’m now wondering if this is my problem since I have some small white spots on my hands. I have an appointment coming up with my doctor’s nurse practitioner; so I will be able to ask.

July 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(957) Melissa says:

I came across this site while dealing with some current issues, but wanted to share with you all something that my doctor diagnosed me with a few years ago. There is a fairly common condition that is not very well known about called VULVODYNIA. The best website for information about this is vulvodynia.com. Hopefully you all can take a look at it and at least bring it up to your doctors. Hope everybody feels better!!!

July 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm
(958) Misery says:

it was so relieving to find I’m not the only person suffering from this strange itch phenomenon. I am going to be 31 soon and have been itching for many a year. I had no probs with yeast infections or itching at all until I got sick and now that my immune system is weak, I developed everything. I appreciate all your input and I will be trying some of these suggesstions

July 26, 2009 at 3:14 am
(959) hannah says:

I’m 26 and I’ve been suffering from a constant itch since the beginning of the year. it comes and goes, no discharge and i’m wondering if it could be related to the implanon rod? i had it inserted in Jan this year. The itchiness began a month or two after. are contraceptives likely to cause itching?

July 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(960) Alicia says:

How i wish there was a cure! I’m so frustrated that i cry about it all the time. I’m 23yrs old, 2 months ago for the first time in my life, i began itching and after a week it got terrible with other symptoms… I was passing a yellowish liquid and it was so much in quantity i had to wear a pad. I was in alot of pain and couldn’t even sit down. I remember standing in work all day! The itch was undescribable. I went to a gynac and she didn’t do a swab or culture test to know what it is, she just took a look and told me it was a yeast infection. She gave me flagyl for seven days but it didnt work so i revisted her and she gave me klion which is a tablet to insert for ten nights. It worked and i was so relieved. But low and behold its now only 2 months after and the itching is back… But this time i have no other symptoms like before just the itch. I’m so depressed. Today is sunday and i will be calling a new gynac tomorrow to check on it and hopefully this time i will be tested so i can be treated properly. I bought an ebook, natural cure for yeast infection. It wasnt much help. It just stated the same things we all know about wearing cotton undies and keeping dry etc. And the remedies were using yogurt, garlic and tea tree oil. I hope it goes once and for all. :(

July 27, 2009 at 3:05 am
(961) Misery says:

I’m going on 31 yrs old soon and have been suffering from this itch for over a year. Went back and forth to the gyn but they were never much help. I went out and bought some witch hazel and moisten a cotton swab with it and use every time the itch persists.I’m not sexually active and haven’t been for years but would still like to get rid of this crazy itch. I’m going to call the gyn tomorrow which is Monday and when I see him (hopefully soon) I’m going to ask him about scraping/testing for pinworms. If this is or even isn’t the case I will post.Good luck to us all!

July 27, 2009 at 4:27 am
(962) Misery says:

I wrote many suggesstions down and will try them . I’ve tried the witch hazel but it’s only temporary relief and I want permanent! lol So I am going to call the doc this a.m. and will ask him for mentioned tests. I will also visit the store soon and I have a list of suggestions written down by all you poor fellow sufferers. I will post back anything helpful, as of now I don’t want to use witch hazel for the rest of my life peeeyoo!

July 27, 2009 at 4:50 am
(963) Veronica says:

Oh my god… This is the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced! The itching and soreness started after trying Ivory soap… It was supposed to be the sensitive skin type. The soap accidentally got up inside my vagina and since that night it’s been a terror.
Today I went to walmart and got a monistat 1day treatment and applied it maybe 4 hours ago and now it’s really angry. The itching will not stop and will not let me lie down to get some rest. I don’t know what to do!
My boyfriend is also experiencing some weird symptoms as well. There isn’t a rash on me in any way, but I’m red and itchy. He has a little rash going on that doesn’t itch and some peeling so that’s why I thought it was a yeast infection. His symptoms are similar to that of men with a yeast infection.
I’ve got quite a bit of history with vaginal problems… PCOS and HPV (no warts). We have had biopsies done and check ups every 3 mo… After the last one they said that everything was “Normal” but I never understood just how I could go from a CIN1 result in a biopsy 1 mo to nothing 2 mo later. Obviously my body is giving me hints that something isn’t quite right and that I need to get checked out again. God please make this itching stop!!!

July 28, 2009 at 10:35 am
(964) -D says:

It’s nice to have a forum for us to discuss this- but I would really like a diagnosis!!! Has anyone found out anything more about a diagnosis on this? I’ve never had this problem before, but it started maybe 4 months ago, and its constant now. Itching mostly at night, when I’m relaxing in the apt. Feels like a yeast infection, but no unusual discharge or odor, and it’s been 4 months, so I’m guessing it’s not that. It can’t be herpes bc it wouldn’t last 4 months straight without it calming down and flaring back up, or getting worse with sores or anything like that. The itching is not getting worse or better, it’s just there. All the time.

July 28, 2009 at 11:10 am
(965) Amelia says:

Almost a “1000″ posts on this subject! Well ladies I am at a loss for a cure too but do have some plaguing questions, questions that may or may not help us to figure out the source of this distress…. I am 31 way overweight, a smoker an occasional drinker and a mother of 1, I doubt my background helps much because it seems people of all walks are experiencing this problem here goes my story….

Like most of you ladies I have tried switching laundry detergents, even used hypoallergenic laundry detergents and bath soaps body washes and even did away without using it, even washed my clothes and body with no soaps. I have been to the obgyn and had more negative paps than I care to shake a stick at, have had cultures done, a skin sample everything short of a biopsy. Again like many of you I was sent home with a yeast infection prescription (diflucan) and some anti-fungal cream with no sign of a yeast infection, I can’t even recall ever having a yeast infection in my entire life if I ever did it was very minor and unnoticeable…anyhow….

Here is how I think my problem started and was exacerbated, many of you might have similar findings well here it goes…

In January of 2005 I was blessed with a beautiful 9 lb. 2 oz. baby boy , natural vaginal delivery with no epidural (yeah ouch!) but during my pregnancy I found out I had “Group B Strep” and had been prepped to take the IV antibiotics just prior to delivery to protect my son from this harmful bacteria. My son was born and after getting over the “month long pregnacy period” and healing it was not long after I started to experience an array of symptoms bouncing back from the pregnancy horomone “relaxin” and a “pregnancy tumor” on my gumline as well from the stress of being bloodtype 0 negative and my son being 0 positive I was encouraged by doctors and nurses to take a “rhogam vaccination” but declined mainly because I don’t believe in “plasma soups” and am extrememly skeptical that they are totaly free from diseases…. It wasn’t until after I had fully recovered from my delivery when I started to experience the brunt of the storm … a year prior to my pregnancy I had for the first time in my life dealt with pretty bad exzema on my shins what I had attributed to as winter itch I live in the north east and I have seen humidty drop between 7-11% very dry, no big deal I though , so I kept moisturing ran humidifiers yadda yadda, running through the gammut of creams, aloe and cortizones, anyhow winter passed the following spring I became pregnant and I thought I was doing pretty good with eczema break outs except post pregnancy thats when my problems exploded when my horomones shifted “Kabaam!” I was now getting eczema/ dermatitis around my waist bands my underwear was driving me bonkers it would irritate the bejesus out of me with intense itching on my waist my legs had sporatic problems and then suddenly one night I tried to go to bed and my body exploded in hives or “urticaria” it was unreal and explosion out of nowhere! I went to the ER that night and there was nothing they could do over the course of a few months I went through a few more similar minor episodes. Now ! Coincodence or not my brother just prior to my hivey explosion had broke out in a skin condition that had looked far worse than mine almost looked like impetigo , he was also checked out by doctors and shipped home too with no avail and the kicker is that I had my big explosion came just shortly after my brothers condition was getting better (sounds contagios and still makes me wonder) now during these months (winter months) shortly after I had gone hivey my husband then broke out with the worst hive explosion I had ever seen in my life , head to toe he was full of wheals and streaks in gigantic patches all over his body again back into the ER nothing they could do, my husband has had many outbreaks like this and we attribute it to cold exposure , hot/cold urticaria… we all experienced a different looking type of skin outbreak witin days of one another gettting over each others symptoms ….a trilogy of skin terror literally , I have never seen anything like this in my hole life….My brother has never had an out break since and my husband still experience these symptoms…..Now onto the subject of “THE BIG ITCH” in the spring following the wintery outbreaks , me and my huband had moved into a new place in late spring over a year after I delivered my son and next thing I knew i’m scratching like crazy between my thighs , I went to inspect as all us women tend to do and was baffeled completely ! I had ringworm/Jock itch large rings had formed on the inside of my thigh at first I had though it was tick bite ! I had never had this in all of my life ! how in the heck did I aquire jock itch I asked myself ? I am a cleaning nut and barely ever use restrooms/bathrooms other than my own home am baffeled as to how I got this but there was a suspicious and kind of disgusting catch to this, my husband has really bad feet ! yes those dermatophites ! yellow thick crusted scaley feet and toenails, so I was convinced that somehow his foot fungus invaded my space but the doctors seem to think intently that this cannot happen , that you cannot get jock itch from someones bad feet ( I am still skeptical about that conclusion). Well I had batteled with this jock itch for nearly 4 years now , the discoid patches have come and gone peridically using lotrimin spray , occasionally cream but I still get this intense itch in the corner of my thigh with that said on top of that itch I was literally getting what I believe were small hives all over the outside of my vagina it would swell and break out mostly at night literally for almost 2-3 years, I have dealt with what I’m guessing there is no terminology for it but i’m calling it “vaginal hives or vaginal urticaria” It has seems at any time in which my vagina (outter parts) were expose to cooling it would trigger a reaction and the same when going to the bathroom now you have to admit cool toilet seats don’t help so every time I was exposed to cooling I would break out, seems weird gets more weird, after putting up with these insane outbreaks day in and day out dealing with hot and cold it started to get worse , not only was the coolness affecting my breakout but it suddenly seemed like everytime I urinated it was an even worse trigger, it is the evolutionary itch ! it comes in stages , for a few years I put up with external itching but when my urine started to trigger the itch the itch started to move more inward inside the labia for the most insane itch anyone ever have to deal with making it seem like the “itch scratch itch” scenario a viscious cycle, the itch is so intense like many of you have described it feels like it is underneath the skin all I could picture was something grousome like vaginal scabies or some kind of dang parasite living in my skin , the itch is so bad you actually create sores that mimic herpes but you just can’t help not to scratch it, it feels like you have poison ivy in and on your vagina and all you want to do, lol, and my husband laughs at me at times because I say that I wish I could tear it off at times I want to jump out of my skin so bad! what in the heck is there that doctors cannot see under a microscope ? can’t the see a histamine reaction to be certain or find a fungus, bacteria or a parasite or something other than stress and horomones ? it’s not an itch scatch itch problem its a scratch-stress-scratch problem , the scratching is the stress duh! I have the same amount of stress as any typical person does and I don’t think my vagina is trying to involuntarily talk me out of stress ! I too am at my wits end with this , I am not I diabetic but do belive that sugar intake does make it a bit worse by making stronger urine I had gotten to the point where I though it was the yeast in bread and bagels attributing to it but after a month or so of eliminating yeast still no avail , not a dietary yeast thing , I am not a regular soda drinker and only use a teaspoon of sugar in a coffee at a time too much sugar actually gags me I don’t eat tons of sugary food to say its a sugar problem but like I said small amounts of sugar will noticeably affect your urines PH , my urine is typically a light color and have never had any UTI’s and do imagine anyone who would eat enough sugar will have a noticiable higer ph when going the bathroom and experience a UTI duh!…. BAD SUGAR!

I do have hypothyroidism where I take 75mcg of levothyroxine daily but did not start taking until a few years after I started experiencing these symptoms , the thyroid med have neither helped or hindered my problem so my guess is that this ITCH is unattributed to the thyroid ( I could be wrong, just my opinion) because thyroid does account for some skin conditions so I do not completely rule it out.
I have had my gall bladder recently removed, nothing there helped or hindered as far a gastro/digestive related disorders like celiac sprue and putting my yeast theory to the test found it is not a gluten/yeast problem. (if it is I will be damned, lol)

I do know that sometimes we can do so much to treat this condition on our own behalf and actually do worse like create thinning or thickening of the skin with creams and treatments or moreover scare ourselves with the threat of cancer when it may not be cancer. This condition has been around for a long time as some of you had said 20-30 years or more you have experiences this, in those 20-30 years of seeking an explanation i’m willing to put my eggs in one basket and say over the past 20-30 years or more with increasing pollution and food processing and additives that the problem does not stem from a wholefoods source but the source of the wholefoods. I was astonished to learn that through my yeast investigation for example “I’m a bagel-holic” I could swim in a sea of bagels sleep on a pillow made of a bagel….lol…anyhow through my close observation of my own dietary do’s and don’t and no-no’s I discovered one morning during my normal breakfast routine that I had a bag of bagels that I had on the kitchen counter a little longer than usual and was actually baffeled why you may ask, here is why, the bagels I had purchased were WAL-MART bakery bagels onion or everything I forgot, anyway, normally after 3-4 days at best of these bagels sitting on counter they would get moldy sometimes even after 2 days, well what I had though was peculiar was that these have been on my counter over a week, so I’m thinking to myself this is rather unusual ? So I decided to read the ingredients to my amazement there was a new ingredient listed, I said to myself huh, this is why they are not molding they used a new preservative, So being the inquisitive person I am I hoped online and went to the FDA’s website and looked up this new preservative and actually had to call someone because this lovely new ingredient was not listed, there was a variation of this ingredient but not the one in the bagels that I was currently consuming at the time, well the woman whom I was talking with was actually concerned that this ingredient was not listed with them too…checking all the spelling variations it just was not there ! so I left it at that, I can make the coice not to eat these dang bagels so I didn’t, But still curious I “googled” this ingredient and found liitle to go on, it is apparents not a widely used ingredient in this country, but did find that it is mineral salt of some sort imported from india used in “platicizing” in otherword plastic injection moulding, this is what they used to blow plastic into moulds, hmmmm…and this was in my bagels ? how is this food safe as a preservative ? they are blowing plastics with this stuff ? why does “WAL-MART Bakery” have foodstuff additive that are not listed with the FDA ? HMMMMMMMMM Since that time I personally haven’t seen any wal-mart bagels in their bakery. I wonder why that is ?

To make a long story short unless you grow it or kill it yourself you really have no idea what its going in and effecting your body , it’s beyond enviromental sensitivity and stress, and even if you do grow it or kill it yourself you still have to put up with toxicity from the rain water and such…you will never win untill poor agricultural and enviromental health practices are forbidden!

LOL..sounds cooky but it seems like mother nature is talking out of our cooches …….

July 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(966) amelia says:

found the ingredient in the bagels “Azodicarbonamide” the only thing the spelling was a hair different on the packaging, “Azodiacarbonamide” almost the same but it was labeled a hair differently and was listed as a plasticizer… anyhow, you get the picture.. :-)

July 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(967) Lisa says:

Hey Ladies – - -so good to see that there are so many women that are having this problem… I was beginning to worry that I wasnt taking such good care of myself – - has anyone figured out what it is caused by??? a million things go through my head when I get these…. too much coffee, sweating, holding my pee to long, not enough water, etc… The things I have tried have been working too, I did hear that you can use Vagisil internal… I know it does say for external use only but word is its for both… also the vaseline has worked wonders and so has drinking a ton of cranberry juice…. I did hear that it is a hormonal thing and many women get it around the ages of 25 and once you do get them that you are pretty much prone to them…. Thanks for sharing your stories……..xoxoxo

July 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm
(968) Stefanie says:

Hey gals, I was relieved when I stumbled upon this site and read all your stories. I will definitely change out my soap and drink plenty of water. I haven’t had any recent changes in laundry soaps or fabric softeners so I know that’s not the case. I was wondering if maybe it was pin worm but I do not have any children so I’m not sure if I could have since it’s commonly found in kids.
I’m going to try out all the different home remedies I’ve read on and keep you all posted. I hope you guys get better! I’ve been under a lot of stress lately but I’m not sexually active. I’ll update you guys once I know more about the situation! :]

August 3, 2009 at 7:59 am
(969) stephanie says:

hi im so glad that im not the only one!! im 20 and have been suffering from itching and burning, swelling and redness. my b/f says that it might be from having alot of sex. witch we have be having more than usual. so i was thinking that maybe it is just iritated.. but im not sure. like most of you said that at night when im sleeping or relaxing is when it really starts to itch… ITS DRIVING ME NUTS! if anyone knows some at home cures please let me know!

August 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(970) glenda says:

So glad to find out that I’m not the only one out there with this problem. Been to the doctor many, many times about this and even have had biopsies done with all coming back free and clear of infection, std’d or anything else. Even the doctor seems baffled. i got told i must be allergic to soap too, but even went to the most gentlest i could find gave no relief. tried all kinds over the counter remedies along with various prescriptions. i’m at the end of my rope.

August 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(971) Misery says:

It’s so disappointing that we cannot find out what is causing this problem. I have an appointment tomorrow with a new female gyn. I have been using witch hazel religiously and sleeping without panties which is quite unnerving as I don’t have the money to get blinds yet lol!Anyhoo, I plan on bringing many of the solutions up to my doctor and I’m am determined to find at least a long term remedy, if not a cure for this!I will post when/if I find out anything about her suggestions and the treatments.

August 5, 2009 at 12:30 am
(972) dana says:

When I read all of your cases, I think: holy crap, how can there be this many of us out there, and still no treatment? Not even a drug company interested in a niche? or do they benefit from us attempting a million products to try to get rid of it?

I have had “the Itch” more often than not over the 15 months. At the same time I also often get paper-cut like cracks, usually recurring in the same locations, in certain places from my perineum to above my hood. Like several people mentioned early on in these posts, I have found A&D ointment helpful. I have tried dozens of prescription (antibiotic, antifungal, steroid), non-prescription (Monistat, anti-chafing gel, powders) and alternative treatments (tea tree oil, cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, yogurt… right now I’m drinking Kefir). I find that oil-based treatments seem to spread the itching to area around my urethra. I found it helped a lot wear only 100% cotton underwear.

I’ve tried two GYNs and neither see any yeast – one commented I have plenty of the “good” bacteria. Neither doctor seemed to be very concerned, despite the fact that I am in near constant discomfort and this condition has completely RUINED our would-be sex life. It is not an STD – have tested negative for everything. Steroid creams (clobetasol, Lotrisone) help me, but the condition recurs as soon as I stop treatment – it seems like it just masks the symptoms… plus steroids have obvious risks and side effects, especially: skin thinning (just what we need!) and compromised immunity (great!). Steroids are simply not a long-term solution to this long-term problem. I stopped seeing the first doctor after she asked me if I wanted to be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia yet again (already 3 times negative in the last year and no new partner) and patronized me about using adequate lubrication. Btw I’m on oral contraceptives and am compelled to continue using them to inhibit ovarian cysts.

I have been doing exhaustive research (to the degree of a dissertation and/or diagnosable obsessive-compulsive disorder). A lot of women here mentioned something that I noticed – that it gets worse after sex, within a few days of intercourse. One thing I recently learned that seems important is that semen has a very high pH compared to a healthy vagina . High vaginal pH encourages (bad) bacterial growth, but also encourages the worse type of yeast (filamentary ie chains together). So I’m thinking if it gets worse after a raise in pH, a sitz bath with vinegar, as some have suggested, would be a good idea. The product RePHresh also aims to lower pH (though vinegar proves less expensive and without potential white clumping discharge nightmares? – see drugstore.com reviews).

I also learned that it’s possible to have an overgrowth of the good (Lactobacillus) bacteria… though some doctors are skeptical of the existence of this condition. Treatment of that can include antibiotics (which we all know can result in yeast problems) or baking soda sitz baths (which raise the pH – and could make things much worse if it’s actually yeast or some bad bacteria).

Still, I don’t know if it’s yeast or bad bacteria or good bacteria or allergy or what to do. I guess I’ll just try vinegar, and if it gets worse then I know to try baking soda instead.

I was curious to see many people mentioning it gets worse in the evening. ME TOO. I’ve been second guessing whether it was just that I was too preoccupied during the day, and of course there are strong social reasons not to be fixating on my own crotch and scratching it during the day. But I think it really is worse at night, because I don’t notice it nearly as much in the morning, even though I’m still at home.

Best wishes to all of you suffering women. Please continue to share what works and doesn’t work for you.

August 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(973) chrysalis says:

Wow, it’s comforting to know that so many women out there are suffering with this. It seems that there are a number of possible reasons for the itch and that rather than simply treating the symptoms with creams, the only way to get a permanent cure is to find the source of the problem. I have been interested in natural medicine for a number of years (though i am NOT a naturopath or doctor) and have had conversations with many people about various skin conditions causing itchiness. Some people i’ve talked to have found that it can be due to a food allergy such as an intolerance to wheat or having too much sugar in the diet. Eliminating or reducing consumption of these foods may help in some cases. Also, if the cause is a persistent yeast infection, it may be worth trying a candida cleanse to rid the body of an overabundance of yeast. These are not easy as they require one to undertake a restricted diet for a month or longer but i think it is worth a try. I will be starting to cleanse this week and i will post a note when i am done to see if it helps. I am an otherwise healthy, 36 year old, caucasian woman, am currently single, am not overwieght and have had the itch on and off for a few months. good luck to all of you ladies! May relief find us all!

August 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(974) Dawn says:

I have been living with this problem for years! I went to the docotor’s office and after many test.. he asked if I was exposed to any enviromental chemicals? I said no! but he told me to was my underwear in Dretf. and using a cream that he gave me. Since using this my problem as not come back! just a thought….

August 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(975) alkanoate says:

hi ladies, I’ve been diagnosed and just wanted to put this thought out there if no one has considered it yet (apologies if already mentioned – didn’t read every single post!! :D ) – I have eczema since childhood and around 3 yrs ago I also started to have itchiness down there and my dermatologist told me it’s eczema.

It helps when I apply prescribtion steroid cream, though just be careful you don’t use too much for too long a period.

I’d suggest checking with a skin specialist if you’ve found there is no infection. Just a thought. Good luck!

August 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(976) Sam says:

Same problem here! I’ve been using Maximum Strength VAGICAINE Anti-Itch Cream that I purchased at my local K-Mart – it really helps soothe the itch.

I have to reapply 3 to 4 times, but it really soothes it. It’s 20% Benzocaine and 3% Resorcinol

August 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm
(977) mahwish says:

I have been suffering with a vaginal itch for the past couple of months. It starts just a couple of days before my period. i have had it tested twice and it was always negative for yeast infection and the paps also always came negative. I am married and we are both loyal to eachother so no chance of stds. I read here that it might be stress. That might be true in my case as I was initially trying for a baby for long and could not get pregnant and you can all imagine the stress of that. Then I finally did get pregnant but had a miscarriage at 4 months. Now again am trying and no positives yet. So might be stress. However, I use an ointment called BAG BALM, that my chiropractor suggested. Its actually used for cows teats (I know what you are thinking but hear me out first), its a very old remedy and many people use it just as facial cream. Even Shania Twain uses it as that. Anyhow, my chiropractor gives it to people with yeast infections and other fungal infections as well, even men. And believe me it works. I just use it for a day or 2 and the itch goes away completely. Even during those 2 days, whenever I put it on it soothes the itch away completely until I have to go the bathroom ofcourse. Search it over the net if you don’t trust me and see for yourself. Try it ladies, it works!

August 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(978) Kay says:

I’m only 16 and I’m having this problem. At first I thought it might be a yeast infection or an STD, but there was no discharge nor am I sexually active. I am completely perplexed as to what brought this on, although after reading some of your stories, I’ve noticed that antibiotics and stress are common in a lot of cases.
I’ve actually been on two different antibiotics recently (Doxy for acne and Cephalexin for a broken finger) and I’ve been extremely stressed out about some school related issues. My period is about a week away, too.
Maybe these could be contributing factors? I’m not sure. However, this itching is causing me to lose sleep and is causing severe discomfort. I’ve tried washing the area, using Benadryl cream, and I’ve started taking acidophilus (which I’ve been slacking off on) again. The Benadryl seems to provide the best relief at this point, but I’m worried about what some people have written about it trapping bacteria. I don’t want to do anything that might make the condition worse.
However, if this itch sticks around, I’ll definitely be seeing a doctor soon. Hopefully they’ll have some answers…

August 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(979) Doris says:

I have had to use wipes for quite some time now as a precautionary cleansing for hemmoroids. I make my own wipes. 50% witch hazel and 50% water. The only thing the commercial wipes have more of is mostly preservatives. This has worked well for me. I cut paper towels into fourths and crumble them up. I then put them in a covered plastic container with the witch hazel mixture and keep them in the bathroom. I use about 16 4×4″ squares, 2 Tbsp of witch hazel and 2 Tbsp of water mixed. I also have developed the itching problem in the last two years so am going to try my “wipes” for that. I just can’t see paying for expensive wipes when the homemade ones serve the same purpose. Here’s hoping that someone will find a cure but I’m not sure it has hit the right doctor yet.

August 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm
(980) Emily says:

Same problems as all of you have commented. I have found that this problem occurs a week or 2 before I get my period. And this occurs only on a 3 month cycle. I’ve changed my laundry soap and have started taking ADZ Yeast tablets…it’s a homeopathic (sp?/probiotic tablet found over the counter..has helped very much. So glad to know that I’m not the only one going insane:)

August 9, 2009 at 6:37 am
(981) janice says:

ive had this itching as well for a while now. it just keeps coming back.usually if i use savlon it goes away for a bit but it always seems to come back. ive recently switched to non scented soap but so fair no help. i wouldnt think its an sti i havent had sex and ive only had oral sex with 2 people, the first i would hardly count and the second my boyfriend who i know is fine. im freaking out about it ro be honest. i also get splits in the skin? is that normal with yeast infections?

August 9, 2009 at 8:38 am
(982) Kathy says:

I have read most of the comments regarding this itching problem. Have many of you have been going to a tanning bed? I have narrowed my thinking down to damaging ourselves from a tanning bed. I am curious to see if anyone else with this problem has been in a tanning bed before this started.

August 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm
(983) Allyson says:

Has anyone tried a dermatologist? I saw Dr Perricone on PBS the other night and he said that putting Gamma Linoleic Acid cream onto eczema would make it stop in 5 days. ?? I haven’t tried it, but it sounds interesting.

August 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm
(984) ashlee says:

Same here! Im 15,but not having sex, so i know its not an STD and I’m not starting menopause! so I dont know, Im too embaressed to tell my mom. what should i do???

August 9, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(985) Jo says:

I have been having the same problem. Is there anything out there to help!! I put a prescription powder on it and that helps for a little while but then it comes right back!! It gets so raw down there that it burns to pee!! Please can anyone help????

August 10, 2009 at 10:48 am
(986) M says:

OMG, I am so happy I found this and all the sharing given here. I have had this problem and tried to find an answer for years. The Tucks pads are working wonders instant relief and have had no itching for 2 days now. Just some thoughts to pass on to you all. Google or do a search on the harm of using dryer sheets. You will be blown away at the chemicals in them. I now use tennis balls in my dryer for static cling. Also do a search on pads we use for our periods and you will see the chemical they use to bleach the tree bark they use in them to obsorb it all is diazipan, probably spelled wrong. But that is the same chemical they used in Viet Nam called Agent Orange. And yep, we are wearing that between our legs ladies. Just a couple of things you might want to look at changing. I still have to wear a pad when I leave the house, perimenopausal and sneeze and pee thing. That’s when the itching for me is the worse. It starts it and I make it worse because I can’t leave it alone. Good luck to all, and may we all find relief. Thanks again for all the sharing.

August 11, 2009 at 6:06 am
(987) Ton says:

I began itching about 3 months ago. I have read the posts on this site and have tried most of the suggestions, but I have found that they only provide temporary relief, if any. The itching started in the vaginal area, mild at first. It then became very severe, like many have described. The itch became so severe that I could not stop scratching, which caused irritation and swelling of the vagina. Then the rash spread to the back of my neck, chest and arms. When the rash spread, I got some relief from the itching in the vagina, as I was itching all over, but it was less intense. It kept me up at night. Benadryl has provided relief for that. The rash on my body subsides and the intense vaginal itching resumes. The cycle repeats. I almost welcome the body rash because the vaginal itch is less intense. Also, sometimes when my vagina is not itching seriously, I instead get a severe irritation that causes pain when my hair rubs against my undies. It feels like raw nerves! I have changed detergents, toilet papers, all the other allergen concerns, but it hasn’t made a difference. I have contemplated going to a doctor but wasn’t sure which one to go to. I am diabetic, so I thought maybe my endocrinologist. I originally planned to go to my GYN until the rash spread, and then I decided it was probably a GP issue. I don’t know but I am definitely making an appointment with somebody!

August 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(988) Brittany says:

Hello, so i read through all the posts. I think only one other person mentioned this and its TEA Tree oil you can get it at bath and body works. Its commonly used for zits on faces, diaper rash on baby’s etc. It has multiple uses and is mild enough that it should not bother you if you have sensitive skin. FYI when you first put it on there is a burn/sting to it but it will go away almost immediately along with the itch yay:)

August 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(989) MD43 says:

I too suffer from this. I have been to the doctors several times over the last year. The steroid they prescribe does not work. I use acidophilus every day. I have severally cut down on carbs and sugar for several days now. (I better lose some damn weight!!! LOL!) I cleanse with Ivory soap (although a trip to Whole Foods should be able to get me something organic with no dies or fragrances which might help.) I personally think sugar and severe stress is a part of it. And mine seems to get worse when my period is about to happen but disappears when I get it. I also find the homeopathic remedy calls for soaking in salt water for a little while. I haven’t tried it yet, but I may do so in the next day or so. My symptoms seem to be declining. I really hope the best for everyone here and hope that we can find a solution soon.

August 13, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(990) Emma says:

So, is this normal then? Cause to be honest, I’ve had this problem since I was like, fourteen (I’m sixteen now). I don’t have a doctor, and I’m not that close to any of my sisters or my mom, so I haven’t asked, but it kind of worries me. It’s just that every couple of months I’ll get awful itching with no smell or anything. I had it before I ever had sex, so I pretty much rule out STD, but it’s so bothersome and it seems so weird. Not to be dramatic, but I would love some confirmation that I’m not dying.

August 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(991) unbearable says:

omg.
this is all too true. way itchier at night. no smell or discharge.. swollen, pink , and cut from scratching so much. i dont undetrstand why its worse at night. i did hcange my soap accidentally last week to something that is suppoe to be for sensitive skin so maybe thatsi t. like other commenters i too use dove regularly, have for years. i too have been having more sex. as well i too have not changed my laundry detergent. its getting ridiculous though! because i have to walk funny as well so i can scratch it and go unnoticed..
soo i guess from all these posts im suppose to live iwth it- try vinegar… the cremes dotn work.. and ill go back to my old soap.. and maybe try the tea tree oil
any for sure way to make it go away for good though?!

August 16, 2009 at 10:19 am
(992) Victim J says:

I also have the same problem… don’t really know why I am having the itch… anyway, tried using Canesten cream which you can buy over the counter and it worked relieving the itch. You can also use Pinetarsol spray to wash your vagina. See if it helps.

August 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm
(993) ria says:

ive been suffering from the itch for a month and a half. ive tried amoxycillin and it just worsen the itching. then i tried betadine feminine wash. it works for me. the itch lessen day by day until it was gone.

August 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(994) ria says:

i suggets to try betadine feminine wash. i have beeb suffering from the itch for months. anf it worked for me. the itch had gone.

August 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm
(995) In despair says:

I have had this problem for 20 years. I am 27. I was embarrassed to ask my mom and doctors for a long time. This seems to be a problem that comes when I am stressed or the temperature of my body or my environment changes. I have an appointment with my doctor next week and I am printing many of the suggestions many of you have posted. I do suggest that you go to the doctor and find out what is wrong… don’t wait and do not let your embarrassment get in the way of finding help.

August 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(996) Elise says:

I was experiencing a vaginal itch for about a year, and it was so bad that I was bleeding because I was scratching so much. I came across this forum and tried someone’s suggestion of WITCH HAZEL, and it has been so amazing!! No more itch!! I use a cotton pad and clean the area everyday after my shower in the morning and before bed at night and I feel clean and comfortable, NO ITCH! I use a natural version called THAYERS Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera that you can get at a health food store. It’s alcohol free which keeps the ph of the area at neutral, and it’s fragrance free so there are no added chemicals, but it actually smells a little like real cucumber. I also use it after sex and on really hot/humid days where I sweat all over. It’s been really great for me, I would strongly suggest it! I would also suggest to change your laundry soap and fabric softener, even if you’ve used the same one for years, our bodies are funny and our chemistry can change at any time.

August 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(997) Maria says:

I’ve been having the itch for a few days. It’s both in and out and very irritating. It doesn’t make me crazy but a bit uncomfortable. There is no odor or discharge and I’ve never had a yeast infection. I’m also just 26 years old. I think it’s because I don’t drink much water (okay none for a month or two – mostly juice). I read somewhere that it could be a possibilty. I’m going to try it and if some of you are like me and haven’t been drinking any water maybe you should start. I know this itching is scaring me a bit enough to do it.

August 18, 2009 at 7:01 am
(998) Eve says:

I have had this itch again for a few days now – and no abnormal smell or discharge that I’ve noticed. I thought originally it was thrush so took the canesten pill, but it didn’t make any difference. The strange thing is that it seems to go away when I start having regualr sex again – it only flairs up if the boyfriend and I argue and don’t see each other for a while. I don’t understand. Any ideas?

August 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(999) Mig says:

I can not believe how long some of you have had this. I’ve put up with it long enough myself. I wrote last month that I bought a shower head with a filter in it to see if it would help. Our water has a strong Chlorine smell. Sad to say, it did not help.

I also can not believe that NO doctor has come up with any kind of cure for this.

August 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(1000) SARAAAAAAA says:

OMG!!! This is carzzzzzyyyy!!! i have been having the same issue for the past 2 years now. What do i do for it..i do not know. I have been to my OBYGN 2 times and noting has help….pls let me know if any of you have anything that would help..i’m going to try some of the things i read here tonight..Thanks and GOD bless!!

August 20, 2009 at 3:30 am
(1001) Lola says:

I can’t believe this thread is still active… I actually visited this page a few months ago, having suffered for 2 years (!!!) from an annoying itch, sometimes mild, sometimes much worse. NOTHING helped – I changed soaps, shampoos, laundry detergants, I changed my diet – no sugar, no dairy, lots of yogurt, you name it. I went to doctors, they couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I tried prescription drugs and natural remedies. I tried wearing panty liners, not wearing panty liners, wearing only 100% cotton panties. Everything suggested here, I tried. Nothing worked.

Now, all this time I was into gaming; hardcore raiding in World of Warcraft, to be exact. This means I played at least 5-6 hours a day, 4 days a week – and that’s a minimum. My computer is actually a laptop, and I don’t have a desk; so I was playing on the couch all this time with the computer on my lap. See where this is going?…

About a month ago I stopped playing, just quit cold turkey. As a result, the amount of ‘quality time’ I spend with my computer on my lap has been reduced dramatically. And guess what? THE ITCHING STOPPED! Just like that!!! Suddenly I realized it’s been a few days, and then a week, a month and more, with no itching w h a t s o e v e r !

I don’t know if it was radiation from the computer, maybe heat (it tends to get pretty hot after working in full load for a few hours), maybe a combination of both. But that was it! Not my diet, not my soap, not my type of clothes and underwear. Just the stupid computer sitting on my lap for so many hours every day.

There you have it… I know this will probably not be relevant to everyone, but if you tend to use a notebook computer on your lap for many hours – this might be the cause for the itch.

GOOD LUCK, GIRLS!!!

August 20, 2009 at 3:39 am
(1002) rochelle says:

I went to the gyn and had a pap smear done. Tested neg for STD but positive for HPV (non-cancerous type). My dr said it is very easy to get and is very common. Men have it and dont even know it because there are no symptoms. But if your partner has it then you will continue to get yeast infections. This the body’s natural defense working to rid itself of the virus. If your defenses are up it usually goes away on its own but If defenses are down it can take over. I have to go back in 6 months for another check up. In the meantime I have to eat less sugar, increase fiber & water intake.I eat yogurt but have cut out other dairy products. I air out at night and have started walking during the day. As far as the itch I cleanse with vinegar & water and use a topical cream. So far so good.

August 21, 2009 at 12:04 am
(1003) Elaine says:

I have had a problem with this too – it can be miserable at times. A good friend of mine told me not to use bar soap of ANY kind. She sells a botanically based line of products and suggested I use the baby wash in the shower. It has no fragrance which can really make the problem worse (and fragrance can be found in Vagisil). I bought it and IT WORKS! Just thought I would pass this along… go to the shop online page and look under the “ABC babyline”… it is $14 but it last for a long time! $14 has saved me a lot of discomfort! Hope it helps some of you!

August 21, 2009 at 12:09 am
(1004) Elaine says:

Sorry… the website is http://www.sarahwood.myarbonne.com
Good Luck

August 21, 2009 at 10:23 am
(1005) Shayna says:

Can someone please help and tell me that if what I am experiencing is, in fact, a yeast infection how long the Monistat 3 kits take to work? I put one in last nite and still, here I am, a sleepless night later, with extreme itch. The creams, nothing works…. I’m about to drive myself crazy and go to the ER since I can’t get to the DR till Monday.

August 22, 2009 at 10:15 am
(1006) SUZY Q says:

I have found RELIEF!!! FINALLY after tea tree oil, with hazel, etc, burned the heck out of my houcy, I called my girlfriend who is really over weight and she said she burns under her breasts and the only thing that healed it was this cream, I asked if I could borrow some for my houcy to see if it would releive my itching and burning, I got it and applied it, right away the pain stopped, the irritation went away, I finnally slept through the night with no itching! OMG! It is awesome! The name of it is CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE OINTMENT,0.05% BY FOUGERA LABS I LOOKED IT UP ON THE INTERNET AND IT IS FOR licnen scrolsis, GIRLS RUN TO YOUR DOCTOR AND GET SOME NOW!!!!!OMG IT WORKS! NO MORE PAIN NO MORE DAMN ITCHING!!!!!

August 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(1007) Rochelle says:

In answer to your question Shayna, Monistat3 takes three days to work hence the #3 in the name. Monistat1 would have taken one day. Good Luck!

August 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(1008) Tia2009 says:

I have had this itch for weeks now and it is horrible and like many more of you i am sat scouring the net at 1am to try and find out what is causing it. I thought i may of picked up an STD or a water infection at first but i have only slept with my boyfriend and we always use condoms. I have been scratching that much that i have swollen down there. It mostly happens after sex and after urinating.

August 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm
(1009) KatAnn says:

I am overwhelmed with tears by all the posts here of fellow sufferers that UNDERSTAND the horrible, antagonizing, mind-boggling agony that this itching creates. October will be TWO years I’ve been in living you know what. I’m going insane!!! I’ve been to doctors, specialists and even the “Mayo’ Clinic to no avail. ALL of the suggestions from all of the posts have been tried TO NO AVAIL. I PRAY EACH DAY THAT GOD RELIEVES THIS LIVING HELL. I feel like I cannot go on and no one around me has a CLUE what this is like!!!! AND like some of the others, mine is starting to attack me under my breasts & in between my breasts – the same “scratch till I bleed” kind of affect that I create down there- now I have it in two places-God forbid.

August 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm
(1010) Frannie says:

Hi ladies,

I too have had this problem. It started when my menstrual cycle resumed after the birth of my first child. The itching started around two weeks before my period (so around ovulation) and would get progressively worse with each day. Also each month the itching became more intense and lasted for more days. One month I even had sores where the lips meet the pubic hairs. The skin healed with my next period, but the itching still recurred the next two months. I searched the internet for a cure and the most likely cause I came across was that hormonal changes during ovulation create a vaginal discharge that irritates my own skin (some months it even caused my husband to itch after sex).

Here’s what worked for me:

1. Before going to bed, rinse affected area with a warm salt water solution (around 1/4 teaspoon salt in 2/3 cup water). This isn’t anything elaborate like a douche, just stand in the tub and apply with your hand (no fingernails!), be sure all discharge is rinsed, pat dry with toilet paper and wash your hands well.

2. Don’t wear panties while you sleep.

3. In the morning wash lightly with a mild unscented soap, not glycerine based, such as Dove or Ivory. Be sure to rinse well with plain water.

4. Wear cotton panties during the day at least until itching clears.

5. If this doesn’t help within a few days it’s probably something else so don’t hesitate to see a doctor in case it’s serious.

For my husband’s “situation” I applied a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture (now that’s romantic quality time!) and his itch went away within a few days.

I hope this helps, especially those women who are unable to seek gyno care for whatever reason. The hearts of all of us women in the world cry out when we hear of such situations. We have all experienced oppression in some form, simply because we were born with vaginas (which sometimes itch, as if that weren’t enough!). But we are united as a sisterhood, regardless of our individual cultures, whenever we support one another and share our stories.

August 25, 2009 at 1:32 am
(1011) April says:

I think I may have found something that some of us women could be suffering from. I have noticed that when my itching is at it’s worst, I can get some relief from inserting a lite flow tampon. So I came to the conclusion it must be something in my vaginal discharge causing it.
Seems the treatment can be done by douching with baking soda and water. I also have tried applying a small amount of Vaseline as a barrier to the secretions. The condition is called cytolytic vaginosis.

August 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(1012) Carla says:

Hey Ladies, Yesturday and a week prior I wa in the same situation. I don’t know if any of you all work but it was unbearable for me. I took some of you alls suggestions. I soaked in a warm bath with baking soda and and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. I soaked for about 15 minutes. Last night I slept with out undies and I wore cottonpants and undies to work today. So far I am not have any signdss of the horried itch that I have had for over a week. I also used a little Vasaline after my bath. Hope this works for you too. (I think my jeans were making the situation worse.)

August 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(1013) Just me says:

Ladies! Ask your doctor about a fungal infection!!! I developed severe cold/allergies symptoms which were followed by vaginal itching. My doctor prescribed a very potent natural fungal killer. I had to get this from a naturopathic doctor. I rarely see MDs but it’s doing the trick!!

August 27, 2009 at 3:26 am
(1014) Pishapoo says:

I have read almost all the entries beginning in December of 2006 to August 26th 2009. Because I ditto everyone’s comments (itching, no discharge…)I won’t go through it all except to make things worse…I started my period today and started itching yesterday!!! ARRRGHHH! It looks like A&D got he biggest rating, oh and the Tuck’s Witch Hazel pads. I must try. For those of you using Vaseline, it does have 1000 uses, but you shouldn’t use it in/around your vagina. It doesn’t RID you of the itchy buggers. AND if you are using baby poweder…use CORN STARCH NOT TALC. Corn starch helps keep you dry. The regular powder will sometimes ball up and make you itch, too. EEE GADS! I have found that sometimes TOILET PAPER, or better yet, over using/drying aggressively causes redness and itching. This has happened to my kids, too. Doggone it! To the Sisterhood of the Itchy V’s…blessings on whoever was up in the middle of the night desperately searching for relief from this curse called the mystery itch!!!

August 27, 2009 at 3:58 am
(1015) Pishapoo says:

But I sit here at 2:55 AM, afraid to move because for a brief moment…AAHHHHH. I just remembered…I think I have A&D in the kids’ bathroom. But then I’d have to move. CRAP! I wanna cry!

August 27, 2009 at 5:57 am
(1016) Sarah says:

Hi, just to say I suffered for months and thought it was thrus so took 2 thrush tablets and lots of cream but nothing worked except betnovate cream, and that only lasted a day at the most. Then a friend said she’d used a vaginal pessary so I went to Sainsbury’s pharmacy in store and bought one of their own – used it over night, and hey presto – it worked. Have put some cream on at night to make sure it stays away and now after 5 days use nothing – and it’s gone – what a relief. ps I’d taken antibiotics for a sore throat half way the discomfort and I think these started the thrush up again with a vengence.

August 27, 2009 at 6:31 am
(1017) Anon says:

wow i just been searching the net because i have a constant itch down there. some days driving me insane. I have been to the doctor about it they said it wasnt thrush but did nothing about it. I do have sensitive skin and just recently changed my soap powders and that. but I just feel relieved that there are other people experiencing what im experiencing, because some days its just plain embarrassing cos it could come on while im at work, but mainly at night. Someone suggested baby creams for rashes, so I might try that or acqueous cream. Anyone else know anything that has helped them please let me know

August 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(1018) Itchy Lady says:

Thanks to everyone for their story and their suggestions. I had boils last month and was given a strong antibiotic for 10 days. Boils come from a staph infection in your blood. The itching from the boils, that started in my pubic area, was unbearable, with me wishing to rip off my skin. The boils immediately left, itching stopped and I thought that was the end of that. However itching started again, so much it made me cry. Immediately went to my Gyn. thinking it was a vaginal infection/yeast infection from the antibiotics I’d taken. Neither…Doc said it wasn’t from the inside, that it was skin based and not her dept! Suggested I do the sitz (cool water) baths morning and night. I can’t sleep at night except when I put an icepack between my legs. Therefore, it may be well worth a trip to the GP to get a blood test for staph, just in case. I’ll be getting that done soon. Can’t live like this.

August 29, 2009 at 5:50 am
(1019) lala says:

Ladies… this problem has happened to me for about a week now… most likely caused by my increased excersize and um.. sometimes lazy attitude towards hygiene…i know i am std free and am sometimes prone to yeast infections but this problem is entirely new..thank you for tips and home remedies…question if this problem has affected sex… i’m really wondering if i should tell my partner about this discomfort or hold off for the doctors opinion… any feedback is welcome thanks

August 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm
(1020) Shayna says:

I researched this because I have been having the same problem, I was so horrifed that it was an STI because I just recently slept with a friend and he seems like the “experienced” type. However I did notice the symptoms were those of a yeast infection which will last forever until you get treatment. So stop worrying! Go see your doctor for yeast infection medication :D I’m doing that today.

August 30, 2009 at 12:55 am
(1021) Shopofreak says:

I also have the same problem and have been to many docs .They never tell me anything til the last one.I was told to start switching out toilet paper for a few days .I thought at first what …I have used charmin forever but thought it was worth a try .So I switched to Royal and itching gone back to normal .I was also told if toilet paper didn’t resole it then try switching out body washes or bath soaps.laundry soaps etc.hope this helps.

August 30, 2009 at 2:56 am
(1022) Georgia says:

Georgia,
Same problem that started many years ago, quite often after a period. Had a historectomy when I was in my young 30′s. Had ovaries taken out at 39. Still same problem on and off. Been through 2 divorces, deaths in family – great times and very bad times. Did not notice it being better through hormonal issues or stress issues – just randomly came on whenever. When my mom was alive many years ago she told me about similar issues and said always to wear cotton underwear but she did get relief from it by using Witch Hazel and then wearing no underwear at night in bed. This worked pretty good when it was after period time – it still helps on and off.
But when I did not have any Witch Hazel and sometimes it gets bad enough that it hurts when I pee, and sometimes (rarely) it gets bad enough that it feels like my anal area itches as well – I came up with something that always works even though it is kind of weird to use – Preparation H which is hemoroide oitnment cream! At night time, just before bed I put a good amount on some towel paper or kleenex and I wipe it all over the itchy areas ( making sure I have a good gel amount on. Then I put on fresh, clean underwear and go to bed. It gets kind of hot then I fall asleep and the next morning I wake up to find a nice cool area with absolutely no itch or anything – then I make sure that for the next couple nights I wear no underwear to bed at night. I should point out my last divorce was five years ago and I have had no sexual contact at all – so sex has nothing to do with this problem. I also had the problem during my 14 year marriage and through my 8 years alone and then again off and on during my 7-1/2 year relationship. I have had children as well and also had it on and off then too. When it flares up now and then I always use this Hemoroide cream that is meant for the “butt” but except for the temporary “heat up” it always feels great in the morning and it always works. I went to my doctor and obgyn doctor as well through these years and pap smears and other tests were all negative – this is the only thing that has worked great! Good luck to you all!

August 31, 2009 at 2:45 am
(1023) Misery says:

Ok, I wanted to check back after my biopsy results. I told my gyn that hundreds if not millions of women are suffering from this strange chronic, persistent itch. I explained to her pin-worm was suggested and I also explained to her I suffer from psoriasis.She did the bipsy and finally got my test results although I don’t fully understand it lol.there is no psoriasis but I do have squamous atypia suggestive of hpv effect. and minor vulvar melanosis.That’s all I know now but I’ve reaserached a little and I can’t find anything about this causing the intense itch. My doctor prescribed some hydrocortizone gel which helps alot and I’ll be using religiously but I have yet to find out anything about the itch.Sorry I couldn’t be of more help

September 2, 2009 at 11:06 am
(1024) Kari says:

I read through all of these comments on Monday because I have been experiencing horrible itching since my last period – 3 weeks ago. I have been to the gynecologist. He said it wasn’t a yeast infection and prescribed a steroid cream to use on it. After reading a lot of comments about how that doesn’t help, I decided to try something similar to what I had read worked for some people. I didn’t have any A&D ointment in the house, but I did have Desitin (a diaper rash cream) so before I went to bed, I soaked in a warm tub – without soap and then put desitin cream on all of the areas that were itching. I figured if it was safe for babies it couldn’t hurt me. I then took a Benadryl (recommendation from someone and went to bed. i got the first good nights sleep in a long time. I did all of that again last night and again no problems. I haven’t itched since two nights ago when I did all of that and my skin feels totally different now. I think the Desitin totally did the trick – it was the one that says it’s for overnight relief. If you are suffering from this awful itch, I would try doing that – it worked like a charm. I don’t think I will have to do anything tonight before I go to bed since I believe the problem is all cleared up.

September 2, 2009 at 11:11 am
(1025) Karin says:

I forgot to mention that I had tried everything before I tried the Desitin. Vagisil, etc…. anything I could find. I even treated msyelf for a yeast infection assuming that was the problem at the beginning. My doctor didn’t really know what to tell me besides that my whole vaginal region was red and irritated – no kidding! I had been going crazy with this itch for 3 weeks – waking up at night, etc – barely functioning because all I could think about was how much I itched. I know that trying Desitin sounds weird, but I am telling you it totally worked! It works on babies too when they are having rashes or the beginnings of a yeast infection so it sort of make sense. I would try it if you are itching like I was – it’s worth a shot!

September 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm
(1026) Mary says:

I used to have this problem quite a bit. I decided to go off dessert for a year for unrelated reasons, and I had absolutely no problem with itching at all for that year. Now I am back eating dessert again, and the itching is back! I think it is the sugar that is doing it. I am trying to cut back on sugar again, but it’s difficult.
I have heard that a natural remedy is not just eating plain yogurt, but also applying it topically to the vagina. It sounds gross, but apparently it works. I also have some friends who will put a clove of peeled garlic into the vagina for a few hours, and that apparently works wonders. It seems strange, but it appeals to me a lot more than putting strange chemicals in there.

September 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm
(1027) Mig says:

After about 7 weeks my itch is getting better. The only change is my filtered shower head we bought. My husband but in an expensive hand held one ($50) but there were also $20 available.

I have not had a period for several years. I am married to the same man all my life and have never had any stds. So why this itch has come up is beyond me and by gyn doc. She is as baffled as I am. I have told her about this blog.

September 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm
(1028) bb says:

I am so grateful for the internet sometimes. Much of the advice here was awesome. It’s not like you are going to ask a group of women in public about their pubic itches LOL, so the honesty here is wonderful.

I, too, thought STD or something crazy…heck I even wondered if I had scabies or something. I rarely get yeast infections or anything and my hygiene is fairly meticulous, plus I just had a hysterectomy so I think a gyn would have noticed something off during my workup and pelvic exams. STDs negative and only 1 partner for a few years with rare sex (but he is not monogamous so definite concern there).

I went back to square 1 and I am doing a 7 day clotrimazole to rule out yeast, plus the “hemorrhoid” wipes with witch hazel and aloe. Walgreens has this handy hydrocortisone spray pen which is great for getting the crevice area, and some antibacterial cream. I definitely have noticed improvement over the last few days, whereas last week I thought I was going to scratch all my skin off.

The weirdest thing with this itch is how it localized to the crevice above the clitoris, the upper lip area, and around the anus. It’s not the whole vagina at all and I also don’t have any unusual discharge or smell. In retrospect I have had a mild form of the itch on and off for years but the last 2 weeks were just awful. It is also crazy how it flares up at night. I was on Seasonale but, of course, I don’t need to take it anymore. Of course massive stress in life too lol.

I don’t know if there even is an exact diagnosis or cause (plus I think it is hard because there are just so so many causes of itch that it would be hard to ever say it’s not yeast, it’s not bacteria, it’s not allergy…an itch is an itch, after all). I am glad that so many women shared and I have found relief from reading many of the advice shared here. Thank you ladies.

I hope you all find relief one day as I can relate to the unbearableness of the situation! Another I wonder is about food or preservatives because it seems so many of us women are having issues with our “lady bits”…well, maybe one day someone will research this and there can be a real answer and a cure.

September 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(1029) Sophia says:

Hi ladies, up until 2 months ago I had the very same problem. Anal itch started 3 years ago and vaginal itch (just on one side) started about 1 and half years ago. I know for a fact that I contracted anal itch while traveling and living in cheap hostels in the middle east. I don’t know if the vaginal itch I developed later on had anything to do with the same bacterial. Of course I did the only “logical” thing many women seem to turn to in these situations-googling it up. In the beginning I’d scratch once per day, almost always at night while sitting around the house. The itch was short and violent scratching was a good instant relief and the skin seem to change in color, precisely white and thick, but nothing more. This lasted years until all of a sudden every tiny scratch made the skin come off and made me bleed. The sores would heal instantly but the cycle was annoying. I googled again and found other possibilities like lychen sclerosis and even anal cancer, and wasted alot of money trying remedies like neem oil, nano green tee, kalprex al, vitamins, salt bath. Nothing seemed to work. Then I went to see a walk-in doctor and she took one look at it and immediately prescribed me a cream called Lotriderm. She claims she’s seem tonnes of cases and told me there was nothing to worry about. It was a topical cream and I applied twice every day as instructed (some days I get lazy and just do one). less than a week later all the itch is gone. I was supposed to do two weeks but since it was gone I didn’t bother, knowing too much of anything isn’t good. Not only had the itch not come back my skin has begun to return to its normal texture. I never thought it was possible because of the damage I’ve done to it. It was so thick and white and dry. Now it’s all good. I did a search on this page under the name “Litriderm” and to my surprise there was only ONE mention of it out of a thousand posts. I consulted this website and read all the posts when I was going through my worst phase and now I’m coming back to urge you ladies to try this out. No harm can really come out of it. I’m sure many here are suffering from more severe or other types of bacteria which this cream won’t be enough. But many of you might just simply have what I had. Please ask during your next visit.

September 8, 2009 at 12:55 am
(1030) Amy says:

I am amazed that so many women have had the same experience yet that this is such a mysterious health issue. I am 37 and have been going through bouts of intense vaginal itching for a year. I’ve tried ‘candizyme’ pills, thinking this was an overgrowth of yeast, and symptoms would come and go throughout the month however never completely go away. I have also been tested for STD’s and results were negative on all. Like Sophia, this has affected only one side of my outer labia and I’ve had almost constant small tears and a long fissure, accompanied by extreme anal itching and hemorrhoids…all very painful when going to the bathroom and showering. I thought that my issues could be related to sitting too much (recent broken leg and therefore lack of exercise, a great deal of driving for new job). After reading so many posts and futher researching Lichen Sclerosus online, I am 100% convinced this would be my diagnosis…I will be making an appointment with my gyn asap. I urge you to read the article at web link below, and do additional online searches on this disease. LS is associated with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis as a kid), has a genetic link, and seems to be related to Psoriasis (my brother suffers from extreme psoriasis, also a disease related to rheumatoid arthritis). From what I read, if any of us women have this disease, we need to have it treated with corticosteroids to avoid long term damage to ourselves (preventing the ability to have sex) and minimize the possiblity of vulval cancer. Here is the article, please read in entirety. http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/linchensclerosis/a/lichensclerosus.htm

Wishing all women on this blog permanent relief from their pain!

September 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(1031) Myrna says:

I’ve had

September 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(1032) Myrna says:

I’m surprised how many women in this world suffer from the same problem. I’ve had this problem since I moved to the state of Arizona. At first I thought it was the heat. But I guessed not since it kept on. Then I thought it was yeast infection. Went to several gyno’s but negative. Then I thought it was because I had Adenomyosis. Removed my uterus and I still have my itch. Finally my doctor did a biopsy and I am waiting for the results. Hopefully its not cancer. I hear a severe non stopping itch can be cancer. I will let you know when I get the results. I’ve tried, vinager, steriod creams, douches, tea trea oil, vaseline, powder. You name it I’ve tried it. nothing took the itch, pain irratation away. Just relieved it for a while then everything came back. Of course we all share the same opinion, its worst at night.

September 9, 2009 at 9:07 am
(1033) Mary says:

This is very depressing reading about this problem. I have thought about pinworms…they are the same symptoms…I have vaginal and anal itching just at night. As gross as that sounds, I hope it is pinworms!! I am going to the Gyno for the second time. He also has no idea. No yeast, etc.

September 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm
(1034) Rachel says:

I have had this for years and the the things that help me is to wear a panty liner all day(changing it everytime you go the the bathroom)and then to not wear any underwear to bed. Try to air out as much as possible. Use laundry soap nad body soap without perfume and cotton undies.

September 10, 2009 at 3:22 am
(1035) Priti says:

I had this same problem from 2-3 months of vaginal itching with out odour and discharge. Actually this is a fungal infection named “candida”.The disease is called vaginitis.I have used candid-b cream(clometrizole) twice a day, after shower and at the time to go to bed.and offcourse maintained the hygine by changing panties in the night.finally I get rid of this :-)

September 10, 2009 at 3:32 am
(1036) Priti says:

Hi,
I have had the same problem of vaginal itching, with out odor or discharge. finally I found the solution. Actually its a fungal infection caused by yeast named “candida”. So if we use some antifungal cream having clometrizole (I vave used candid-b)twice a day and offcourse the hygine then surely get rid of this :-)

September 10, 2009 at 6:11 am
(1037) Miranda says:

Like everyone says.. I’m glad to know people are feeling the same pain I am… It’s 3am and I have not slept in 4 days because of this stupid itch.

I’m 21 and diabetic and my itch is just on the outside of the vulva and has seemed to spread up to my clitoris over the past 2 days.

I havn’t tried much in hopes that it will just go away.. but I turned to Vasaline tonight and will start on Acidophilus (Probiotic pills which are AWESOME! you can get them over the counter at the pharmacy or health food store) tonight as well.

I was hopeing to make a appointment with the doctor, but she is booked up and it seems not many people have had much luck with them… so it doesn’t leave me alot of hope.

I will report back later if I have success!

September 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm
(1038) Janell says:

My heart goes out to you all. I have had this once before about ten years ago and I can’t remember how I got rid of it then. I have it again now. The connection might be Angel Soft Toilet Tissue because I bought this brand recently and now I have the same itching, burning, can’t sleep, can’t sit down, the only comfort I find I get is to lay with the fan blowing on me with my legs spread. It’s horrible. Vagisil works sometimes but it burns so bad putting it on that it’s almost not worth it. I have tried the vasaline but all that does is help with the burning, not the itch. I have tried Resinol which totally gets rid of diaper rash and does relieve somewhat but it is hard to wash off and trying to wash it off hurts more than the relief. It’s gone from the inner folds to the outer folds and even the clitoris. It’s not like a rash but an itch inside. The only relief I get is to rub as if I am masterbating, really hard and then stop suddenly. It goes away enough to let me sleep. When I urinate I always go into the bedroom with a cold wet cloth to relieve the pain of wiping,in front of the fan and make sure I am clean and dry. It comes and goes and I think it’s a spirit of some kind. The more I claim that by His stripes I’m healed, the more I have to battle. It gets better, then worsens. People might think I’m strange but I know that when I say “by His stripes I am healed” it kinda goes away and then comes back with vengence, as if trying to get me to doubt. And yes, it is so agonizing that I am trying EVERYTHING I can think of to get rid of it. My Fiance is going to get witch hazel as type this, to see if it helps. He’s HOME!! I pray this helps. I’ll post more if I find out anything further. God bless you all.

September 16, 2009 at 1:17 am
(1039) soul says:

I got this itch when I was 6months pregnant and it lasted my whole pregnancy, I tried the white vinegar, a little bit of baking soda mixed with water to make a paste, Acidophiles, washing and drying well, rubbing really hard, diaper rash cream and so on. They all helped relieve the itch. As soon as I gave birth it went away. Then It came back right before my period. after reading most of everyone’s comments I think it happens because of hormonal changes I breastfeed so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. The clear to white discharge I think make it worse because it keeps it moist and it’s better to be dry down there. the acidophiles helped because sometimes there’s an PH imbalance and I think that’s caused by hormonal changes. I hope my info can help. Good Luck everyone. I don’t have a cure but I think I have what it might be.

September 18, 2009 at 6:25 am
(1040) Ellie says:

I’ve been suffering with this constant itch now for six weeks. I have been using a tube of vagisil every two days! I’ve been to the docs and had the usual tests all of which have came back negative for yeast etc. I really don’t think I can go on like this for much longer!!

September 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(1041) Sharon says:

Try eliminating sweets and especially coke (sodas). I did on Monday and its Friday and I have no itching. But I noticed a difference in just a day. Also I stopped wearing silk underware and switched to cotton or nothing at all.

September 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm
(1042) Skye says:

So a couple months ago I hooked up with a guy but we didn’t have sex…just some naked rubbing and then I changed my mind at the last minute…in fact I’m a virgin (technically). Well about a week later or so I washed myself using a little bit of vinegar in warm water…it burned but I thought it would get rid of some bacteria….a few days later I was really itchy and my first reaction was “oh my god I’m so stupid I thought I’d be safe even though I wasn’t having actual sex.” Then I remembered that I used vinegar and I figured I’d probably just messed up my ph balance or something. Apparently vinegar/douching can get rid or bad and GOOD bacteria. So still even though I though of this the itch was lasting a while and I started thinking maybe I got HPV or something. Of course the guy said he had been tested recently and he was fine, but he did mention something about itching when he was sweaty….which I guess is like jock itch when can cause a yeast infection in women. So I finally went to planned parenthood (they are great) and I had a doctor look at me, while I was crying, and she brought in someone else too and they couldn’t see anything! No herpes no warts nothing. I got tested for everything and no stds….although I have to still find out results for the clap and ghonorhea but I figure that would be hard to get without having sexual intercourse and this was two months ago and it hasn’t gotten worse. Now after I went to the doctor and they said i was fine I was still itchy and worried, but then I actually had to go away with my mom. While I was away I was fine. Didn’t really itch at all. So I thought maybe it was stress related. When I got back home I was fine for a while but then one day I actually (this is kind of funny but oh well) I actually decided to have a little touchy alone time with myself, if you know what I mean, and then a couple days later I was itchy again. Damn it. Guys jerk of ten times a day and they seem to be fine. I am planning to go to the doctor again but I refuse to freak out about this again. I honestly think that I do just have a mild yeast infection. I am concerned cause sometimes the anal region is a little itchy but I’ve gotten that ocassionally just from being sweaty or what not. I also realized that I sometimes don’t wear good cotton underwear…or I sleep in underwear from the same night and don’t shower, which I’m sure didn’t help.

So ladies…before we all go crazy, let’s think of simple things that we can do, and try to be relaxed because it could be stress related.

I’ve read a lot of these posts, and you all seem like you are safe and health conscious women. There are so many women and men out there that just sleep around and don’t use protection or anything and they have nothing. So as far as stds go, the odds are low for you if you are being safe, but don’t be an idiot like me and think you don’t need a condom for foreplay cause you never know!

If in fact it is just a yeast infection which I’m pretty sure it is, or if it is something I can get rid of, I’m taking this as a learning experience to be extra careful no matter what I do with whoever it is.

Good luck my goddesses! Remember to breathe, try natural remedies as well as what the doctor says too.

xoxo