Why does the vagina itch after sex?

Vaginal Itch 

When it comes to intimacy, sometimes the discomfort after sex can be quite a buzz-kill. Several women struggle with vaginal itch after sex. Why do ladies itch after sex, and what can we do to avoid a vaginal itch in the future? 

Why does the vagina itch after sex?

Vaginal dryness

A common cause of an itchy vagina after sex is vaginal dryness. Although vaginal dryness is hardly ever a sign of a severe medical condition, it can lead to significant discomfort during or after sex. If vaginal dryness is ignored, it can lead to sores in the tissues of the vagina that can be extremely painful. Most frequently, vaginal dryness is caused by a change in a woman's hormone levels. These factors can easily lead to vaginal dryness:

  • going through menopause
  • using birth control
  • taking antidepressants
  • having undergone chemotherapy
  • having had a hysterectomy
  • currently breastfeeding
  • using products that are scented in the vagina

Although it rarely happens, vaginal dryness can signify an underlying medical condition like Sjogren's syndrome or diabetes. Therefore, if your vaginal dryness is persistent, it is recommended to see your gynecologist.

Vaginal infections

Having sexual intercourse might create an imbalance of the bacteria and PH balance of the vagina. This imbalance may lead to a bacteria or yeast infection. A yeast infection exists when there is an imbalance of a fungus that is called Candida. It is often referred to as candidiasis or vaginal thrush. A yeast infection usually causes a lot of itching and other irritations. These include:

 

  • discomfort while urinating
  • swelling and redness of the vagina
  • experiencing a burning sensation in the vagina
  • experiencing pain or discomfort while having sex
  • vaginal discharge that is white, thick, and odorless

 

Similarly, a bacterial infection occurs when there is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. The most common vaginal bacterial infection is Bacterial vaginosis. It causes vaginal itching, a vaginal odor that smells fish-like, and vaginal discharge. Although yeast and bacterial infections aren't severe health conditions, it is better to have them treated to avoid further discomfort.

An allergy to sperm

A sperm allergy is also often a cause of an itchy vagina after sex. It is also referred to as seminal plasma hypersensitivity or a semen allergy. Women who suffer from a sperm allergy might find that any part of their body will have a reaction when it gets into contact with semen. They will typically notice a reaction and symptoms within 30 minutes of contact with semen. In addition to causing an itchy vagina, a sperm allergy can lead to swelling and redness, a burning sensation, and pain.

Sexual intercourse should be enjoyed without any itches or aches afterward. Keeping your vagina clean before and after sex goes a long way in avoiding infections and irritations. Having a pack of vaginal cleanse wipes close by always comes in handy before and after sex. Couture Aesthetics' vaginal cleanse wipes are hypoallergenic, and PH balanced, meaning you can wipe with a peace of mind knowing that the product you have selected is the best thing you can give your vagina, and remember when you hop in the shower to use your Hydrating Aloe Cleanser .