Anatomy of female genitalia includes the labia majora, or outer lips, and the labia minora, or inner lips. Several factors can cause labial itching, such as bacterial infection or irritation. Thankfully, in most cases, labial itching is easy to treat.
Itching on the outside of the vagina is an indication of overgrowth of Candida albicans, also known as a yeast infection. Your doctor can confirm the presence of a yeast infection. Antifungal cream is available over the counter to treat a yeast infection quickly.
Bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, cause labial itching. Some bacterial infections are sexually transmitted. Unusual vaginal discharge and odour often accompany a bacterial infection of the vagina. Your labia may also be swollen and red. Your doctor can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic for your infection.
Labial itching may be the result of chemical irritation. Chemicals in soaps, including laundry soap, can cause irritation when they come into contact with the labia. Do not overuse feminine hygiene products, especially douches. Douching introduces irritating chemicals directly into the vagina and can cause your labia to itch. Wash the outside of your vagina with a mild soap such as baby soap to avoid chemical irritation.
The friction that occurs during sex can cause slight injury to the labia and result in itching. Use anti-itching cream designed especially for the vagina to remedy an irritated labia. Water soluble lubricants reduce sex-induced labial itching and irritation.
Some women chose to shave their outer labia. Regrowth of hair in the pubic region can cause itching. Apply conditioner to this region while you shower to soften the hair and ease the itch.