Almost every woman experiencing vulvar or labial itching (vaginal irritation) is told that she either has a bacterial infection or yeast infection.Symptoms of both these types include itching, rawness, pain, white discharge and burning. However, there are many other causes of vulvar or labial itching including vaginal atrophy, menopause, hormonal changes, ph imbalance, diabetes etc. Let us consider some home remedies to prevent itching in private parts (for women).
1. Boric acid suppositories
Boric acid is antibacterial and antifungal; inserting boric acid vaginal suppository can prevent itchiness, discharge and burning.
2. Plain yogurt
If the itching in labia and vulva is caused by Candida or yeast, this remedy can help. Apply some plain yogurt (or cottage cheese) in the area by smearing a tampon with it first and inserting the tampon in the vagina. You can read the scientific study on this published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. This remedy is also beneficial for pregnant women having severe itching in the vagina. It is a great alternative to using vaginal itching creams like Monistat. Also eat plenty of plain yogurts with live, probiotic culture to replenish good bacterial colonies in the vagina.
Kefir is a probiotic drink which can replenish the good bacteria in the body and strengthen it to fight all kinds of infections. You can use it for douching the vagina and also internally to strengthen immunity. This is an effective home remedy for vuvlar and labial itching.
Apply some pure Garlic oil (or garlic powder paste in water) to the areas with irritation and get quick relief from pain, itchiness and burning. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help eliminate bacteria and fungi that lead to vulvar and labial itching. You can also take garlic capsules internally.
5. Unpasteurized local honey
Applying local raw honey in the vaginal area can also help prevent itchiness, dryness and irritation. Honey has antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties that can cure all kinds of infections.
Eat plenty of cranberries and drink pure cranberry juice to stop vaginal discomfort of all kinds. Cranberries prevent Urine infections as they contain anti-bacterial properties which speed up the recovery and strengthen the body to fight infections. Drinking cranberry juice several times a day can prevent and stop vaginal itching.
Vinegar is anti-inflammatory and helps balance vaginal ph. Use raw, unfiltered unpasteurized apple cider vinegar or good quality white vinegar to douche the vagina. This is one of the best home remedies for labial itching and vulvar itching.
8. Ice cold water
If the vaginal irritation and burning is keeping you up at night, pour ice cold water over it. You can also apply ice cubes or sit in a Cold Sitz bath with ice cubes. Add a few drops of Iodine to the bath or simply ½ cup of Iodized salt to relieve itching and pain.
9. Baking soda douching
Douching with baking soda is one of the best home remedies for itching in vulva and labia region.
10. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is another fantastic remedy for itching in private parts. Apply virgin coconut oil to the red, inflamed skin for lasting relief from vaginal irritation.
11. Essential oils
Many essential oils are known to stop vaginal irritation and itchiness. Tea tree oil is one of the best essential oils for vaginitis, candidiasis, ringworm and other common feminine infections. Dilute the oil and apply it to the privates. You can also use Camelia Sinensis (green tea), rosemary and sage oils to wash your vagina with and prevent itchiness. You can also add a few drops of these oils to bathwater and soak in it.
12. Avoid chemical irritants
Are you using detergent, perfumed toilet papers, harsh soaps, douching gels, lubricants and other products down there? All of these can cause vaginal itching and irritation. Stop using these products and see if it makes a difference in the symptoms.
13. Hormone replacement therapy
For post-menopausal women, itching in the vagina can be due to a drop in estrogen levels. We have discussed many natural alternatives to hormone replacement. Vaginal dryness can also lead to severe irritation so talk to your doctor about creams that can prevent dryness and itching.
14. Eliminate stress
Stress can also be a cause of itching down there. Reduce stress by exercising, meditating and other means of calming the mind.
15. Is it vaginitis?
Vaginitis is a condition that causes severe pain, burning, discharge and inflammation in the vagina. STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are some common causes of vaginitis. Treating the underlying disease is essential to prevent the symptoms.
16. Treat pinworms
Pinworms are tiny organisms that cause anal and vaginal itch. In women, pinworms can travel quickly from the anus to the vagina due to the shorter routes between these regions. This may cause severe itchiness and burning. Use tips from our article on natural remedies to get rid of pinworms.
17. Avoid staying in wet bathing suits for long periods
Chemicals in swimming pools and staying in wet swimming costumes for long periods of time can also cause blisters, itching, fungal infections etc down there. Change immediately after a swim and make sure you practice basic rules of hygiene like wiping front to back after bowel movement. Avoid tight synthetic underpants, pantyhose, thongs and skinny jeans. Keep the vaginal area dry and clean always. Use unscented products to clean the area.
18. Delay sex
Until your vaginal irritation symptoms are not completely gone, it is best to limit sexual activity. Failure to do so could cause you to transmit infection to your partner.
19. Ingrown hair
Vaginal ingrown hair can also cause itching, irritation and pain. The best way to remove ingrown hair is to soak in a Sitz bath for a few minutes. Apply some hydrocortisone cream and avoid scratching the hair as it can cause serious infection.
20. Check blood sugar levels
Diabetes is often one of the causes of sever vaginal irritation. Get your blood sugar levels checked if the above home remedies for itching in private parts do not show results.
There can be many different reasons for vaginal irritation and itching. Before using antifungal creams, make sure to get a proper diagnosis. We hope the above remedies help you.