Had a really fun time last night but now severe itching is taking place down there? Do not worry, though uncomfortable, this is the most common problem that women suffer from after having intercourse.
Vaginal itching after sex can be caused due to a variety of reasons and through this article, we will help to get you an insight into those causes so that you can avoid them in the future and also continue reading on the article till the end to know about some remedial that will help you to recover from the uneasy vaginal itching.
Causes of vaginal itching
Vaginal itching after intercourse can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from a simple latex allergy to as dangerous as sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea or genital herpes.
Some of the most general causes of vaginal itching after sex are:
- Latex allergy
One of the most common causes of vaginal itching after intercourse is latex allergy.
Latex allergy is an allergic reaction that occurs when someone is allergic to the proteins found in latex. An allergic reaction can also be caused in coming in contact with any latex products including latex condoms and lubricants.
To understand whether you are a woman suffering from latex allergy lookout for the following symptoms along with vaginal itching:
- Rash or hives on the skin
- Sneezing, scratchy nose and runny nose
- Coughing and squeezing
- Trouble in breathing
- Severe allergic reaction
We talked about latex causing severe allergic reactions and according to study, the possible reactions can be:
Itching, redness and irritation stay for more than one day. The skin may also appear scaly.
2.Immediate allergic reactions
This reaction occurs when you have become sensitive to latex through previous experiences and again on contact with latex, the symptoms may get flared up due to response from the immune system.
Potentially life-threatening disease where the skin develops painful hives and rashes and one should immediately consult a doctor if you notice such symptoms.
To prevent latex allergy, one should go for non-latex condoms like polyurethane and lambskin condoms.
- Itching due to sperm
Seminal plasma hypersensitivity, a rare but possible condition can also be the reason for your vaginal itching after sex. It is an allergic reaction which occurs on reaction with the proteins present in the semen.
The possible symptoms of an allergic reaction due to sperm can be itchiness, redness, swelling, pain and burning sensation. In some extreme cases, anaphylaxis can also be caused due to sperm allergy.
One may develop the symptoms the very first time one has sex or it can happen later with other sexual partners. It can also happen that the allergic reactions develop with one person but not with the other. In some cases, it also has been seen that the allergic reaction can occur suddenly even with a long term partner.
Vaginal itching due to semen allergy can occur within 10-30 minutes in coming with contact with semen. And also the reactions can be seen in every place that comes in contact with semen including mouth and skin.
If the vaginal itching is caused due to sperm allergy, using a condom during intercourse can be extremely beneficial for you.
People can also undergo medical treatment for treating sperm allergy. A doctor usually places some amount of diluted semen in the vagina and gradually increases the quantity to allow the body to develop tolerance towards it.
- Vaginal dryness
Dryness can also be one of the biggest causes of vaginal itching after intercourse. The itching may be due to dry skin on the vulva or vaginal dryness. When vaginal secretions are not enough to properly lubricate the vaginal wall, it leads to vaginal itching after intercourse.
There can be various causes for women suffering from vaginal infections and some of the potential factors are:
- Not being aroused during sex
- Hormonal changes during childbirth and menopause
- Certain medications such as birth control pills and antidepressants
- Using scented perfumes and soaps down there
- Health conditions like diabetes and Sjogren’s syndrome
- Surgical removal of ovary i.e., oophorectomy
Women suffering from vaginal dryness apart from vaginal itching can also suffer from:
- Soreness around genitalia
- Frequent need to urinate
- Repeated urinary tract infections
- Pain during intercourse
Women suffering from vaginal dryness can use a moisturizer made specifically to be used for the vagina. It is advisable to not to use any other types of lotions for the vagina as it disturbs the normal pH of the vagina and can further aggravate the situation. Maintaining a proper pH balance is also essential to prevent vaginal itching after sex and other vaginal infections in the body.
On the other hand, foreplay before sex will increase the arousal and will also reduce the vaginal dryness in the process.
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
One of the dangerous causes of vaginal itching after sex is getting infected by sexually transmitted infections.
Some of the common STDs affecting women are:
1.Trichomoniasis: Caused by a parasite Trichomonas vaginalis, most people develop symptoms after 5 to 28 days after contracting it but vaginal itching can be the most prominent symptom seen.
2.Chlamydia: Can damage reproductive systems severely but it can be cured with proper medications.
3.Gonorrhoea: Produces intense pain and discomfort if not treated properly and spreads through the whole body.
4.Genital herpes: Caused by two types of virus, herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
5.Genital warts: Caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV), the condition produces burning, bleeding and severe itching.
STDs can produce vaginal infection and the typical symptoms are:
- Unusual and increased form of vaginal discharge
- Unpleasant vaginal odour
- Pain during urinating
- Bleeding from vagina
- Fever and chills
- Sores and parts around genitals and mouth.
If a woman suffers from STDs, it is not advisable to keep it untreated, consult a doctor immediately and follow their instructions diligently and treat the conditions with proper treatments and medications.
Remedies for vaginal itching after sex
As you can already see, most of the vaginal itching can be easily treated with some proper measures and care and therefore some tips that we can provide are:
- Refrain from sex until the conditions improve.
- Maintain proper hygiene down there and keep the areas dry and clean.
- Use products that are specifically made for vaginal care.
- Go for lukewarm oatmeal bath
- Avoid douching
- Try over-the-top medications to treat some vaginal infections.
Vaginal itching after sex is a very common occurrence and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Most of the vaginal itchiness can be treated with the help of home remedies and goes after within some days.
However, that being said, if you see worsening and deterioration of the condition occurring, immediately consult a doctor for proper treatment and medications for your condition. Diagnosing any ailment at its initial stage will help you to get the best treatment for it and cure it completely of the roots.