Itchy vulva (pruritus vulvae) is itching of the skin of the vulva. The vulva is the skin outside the vagina, including the lips of the vagina and the skin between the vagina and the anus. Itchy vulva is also called pruritus vulvae. Pruritus is the medical word for itch.
You are sitting in a meeting and suddenly you have an overwhelming itch down there. It's not the easiest itch to scratch, is it? As women, we've all been there! It is one of the most common problems a woman can face and we'll all get it at some point in our lives. But there's no need to suffer in silence - it can be treated.
What is it?
An itchy vulva (pruritus vulvae) is just that, a vulva that itches. Itchy vulva isn't a diagnosis as such, it's a symptom. There are lots of causes of an itchy vulva and it's important to find out what the cause is, so that you can get the right treatment. Probably the most common cause of an itchy vulva is thrush (candida), which is a yeast infection that responds quickly to the right treatment. If you've been treating yourself with thrush cream for a week and it isn't getting better, it probably isn't thrush.
The most common reason for getting an itchy vulva that goes on for a while is being sensitive to something that is getting on to or touching the skin of your vulva, like perfume or soap powder - or even thrush cream!
Did you find this information useful?
- Pruritus vulvae; NICE CKS, May 2016 (UK access only)
- UK National Guideline on the Management of Vulval Conditions; British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (2014)
- European guideline for the management of vulval conditions; International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2016
- Lee A, Bradford J, Fischer G; Long-term Management of Adult Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: A Prospective Cohort Study of 507 Women. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Oct 151(10):1061-7. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.0643.
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