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.
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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:
- 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
- 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
- Some women find cold compresses helpful in relieve vaginal itching
Can Over-the-counter Creams Help in Relieving Vaginal Itching?
- Doctors do not recommend use of hydrocortisone creams as they contribute to the breakdown of the skin, increasing the itching
- Lidocaine gel, which is a pure anaesthetic, proves to be good for relieving vaginal itching
- 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
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