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Remedies for Vaginal Itching during Pregnancy

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During pregnancy, it is recommended to avoid the use of any self-treatments or over-the-counter medications to relieve vaginal itching. This can be risky for your well-being. Immediately see your healthcare provider to test for any sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs or STIs), which can be the cause behind vaginal itching.

Vaginal Itching Due to pH Changes

If you are experiencing vaginal itching due to normal pH changes of the vagina that occur during pregnancy, you can take a number of self-help treatments, which are efficient in relieving the itching by reducing the PH of the vagina. Here are certain ways in which you can reduce pH of the vagina:

1.Take baking soda baths. For this, prepare a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the itchy areas and wash after a few minutes. This will lower vaginal pH, giving you relief from itching

2.Having sexual intercourse is another remedy to relieve vaginal itching due to increased pH of the vagina. Male sperms are low on PH levels, thus, intercourse is recommended. But consult a doctor before having sex

3.Some women find cold compresses helpful in relieve vaginal itchingCan Over-the-counter Creams Help in Relieving Vaginal Itching?

4.Doctors do not recommend use of hydrocortisone creams as they contribute to the breakdown of the skin, increasing the itching

5.Lidocaine gel, which is a pure anaesthetic, proves to be good for relieving vaginal itching

6.Women who experience genital yeast infection sometimes use one of the over-the-counter yeast infection creams. These creams can quickly relieve the itch, as well as the other
symptoms of vaginal yeast infections

Some women use a yeast infection cream externally once or twice a day to relieve vaginal itching

How you can Prevent Vaginal Itching?

Good hygiene is the key to remain free from vaginal problems. Always keep your vaginal area clean and dry

After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina
Stay away from vaginal douches

Use only fragrance-free soaps and laundry detergents
Wear loose clothes as tight clothes do not let air pass to the crotch

Avoid wearing nylon panties, wear cotton panties, especially white oness

Do not wear underwear at night as this increases airflow to the vagina

Avoid taking bubble baths or using other fragrant products on your crotch. These can cause irritation in the vagina and urinary tract. Take warm water bath instead.

Dr. Sonal Shendkar
Dr. Sonal Shendkar
MBBS, Dermatologist Medical Cosmetologist, 7 yrs, Pune
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Dr. Rakhee Tanaji
BHMS, Dermatologist Homeopath, 13 yrs, Pune
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Dr. Amruta Gite
BDS, Dental Surgeon Dentist, Pune
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Dr. Saurabh Jaiswal
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