Is it normal to have a slight vaginal itch? Even if I don’t have abnormal discharge, and it doesn’t smell?

A “slight” vaginal itch without a change in your normal vaginal fluid/discharge is usually caused from a reaction to something your vagina has come in contact with (contact dermatitis), for example: scented soap, body wash, vaginal lubricants and spermicides, latex condoms, scented tampons and pads. Underwear that has been washed in scented detergent and/or fabric softener, tight underwear/thongs or staying in a wet bathing suit can also be irritating to the vagina and cause itching. Other possible reasons for a vaginal itch (without a discharge) can be an uncommon skin condition called “lichen sclerosus” or the result of an infestation with pubic lice. While yeast infections usually are associated with a change in the vaginal discharge, you should be checked for a yeast infection if your symptoms don’t clear up with simple measures.

Avoid using any scented soaps or shampoos near your vagina and wash your clothes with a unscented detergent then double rinse. Never use feminine hygiene deodorant sprays or douches. These products change the normal balance (ph) in your vagina which can cause irritation and vaginal yeast infections.

Vaginal itching can be annoying but try not to scratch this area because it will make the skin even more itchy. If the vaginal itch doesn’t go away after you have removed possible irritants, make an appointment with your health care provider. Treatment is available.​