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Discusses whether or not STDs might be responsible for an itchy vagina

  • herpes
  • vagina
  • bv
  • itchy
  • itch
  • itchiness
  • infection
  • vaginosis
  • yeast

Question:

"I haven't had sex with anybody in a while. Why is my vagina so itchy?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Thank you for your question. An itchy vagina can be a sign of different things. We will go over a number of potential reasons why you may be experiencing this symptom.

Sometimes, an itchy vagina can indicate that you have some sort of infection. An example of this can be a yeast infection. You may also have bacterial vaginosis. If
you have a yeast infection, it can be treated with over the counter medications. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by bodily imbalances and sometimes requires prescription
medications to clear up. These are not STDs.

It should also be noted that you can carry STDs for years without symptoms. It is possible to have genital herpes (HSV-2) without having a breakout for long periods of
time. A lot of women will feel an itching sensation under their skin when they are on the verge of a breakout. If you have never had a breakout before, you may not
know how to recognize these sensations.

If you have never been tested for STDs, even if it has been a while since you were last sexually active, you should get tested right away. As mentioned earlier, it is
possible to have an STD for long periods of time without experiencing symptoms. In some cases, as with a majority of women with chlamydia, you may never experience
symptoms
at all.

The only way to know for sure why you are experiencing itchiness is to make an appointment with your doctor or to get tested for STDs. While we hope that our answer
pointed you in the right direction, we cannot say for sure what is causing your itchiness without more information. 


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