Vaginal Burning Treatment and Relief: How to alleviate burning in the vaginal area

Burning in the vaginal area: What’s going on? What can I do?

Every woman experiences vaginal discomforts at some stage in their life. The most common symptoms include discharge, odour, itch, pain and vaginal burning. These symptoms can seriously affect the quality of life. Your love life may be particularly affected because sex can become very uncomfortable and even painful.

3 out of 4 women will experience
a vaginal discomfort at least once in their lifetime

Causes of vaginal burning

A burning sensation in the intimate area is usually a sign of irritation or an infection. It can be caused by:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Antibiotics and antimycotics
  • Thrush(also known as a yeast or a candida infection)
  • The wrong toiletries or personal care items
  • Menopause
  • Lack of hygiene or over-washing
  • Diabetes
  • Changes in the pH value of the vagina
  • The wrong type of clothing
  • Irritation related to sex

Possible causes of vaginal burning explained:

  • Menopause. Lack of oestrogen causes thinning and shrinking of the vaginal tissue. It can also lead to loss of the lubrication necessary for painless intercourse. This can cause friction and inflammation because the tissue is not as elastic and thick as it would be with higher levels of oestrogen.
  • Lack of hygiene or over-washing.
    Too much or too little hygiene or washing can damage the protective layer of the skin and open the door for microbes, irritants and allergens. Using regular soap or strong detergents can strip the surface barrier of the skin, causing inflammation and irritation.
  • Changes in the pH value of the vagina.
    This can be caused by many factors, including illness, medication, harsh soaps and detergents.
  • The wrong type of clothing.
    Synthetic underwear and tight clothing cause heat and moisture to build up around your vagina, the ideal conditions for infections to begin.
  • Irritation related to sex. Irritation caused by condoms, spermicides, lubricants and even semen.

How to treat vaginal burning: Signs and Symptoms to look out for

Product Panic

If you suspect that the burning may be related to a product you used recently, rinse the area thoroughly as soon as possible to remove any residue and minimize the effect. Afterwards, use a natural, soothing product or a vaginal gel with prebiotics to help the good bacteria recuperate and provide some immediate relief. Strong detergents, lotions, vaginal sprays, bubble baths, etc. often contain irritants and allergens that can cause a burning sensation shortly after application.

Go natural. Opt for natural products that do not contain harsh chemicals, fragrances or dyes.

Burning due to Dryness

If you are experiencing vaginal burning due to dryness, ask your gynecologist for a suitable solution. Your options include oestrogen creams, vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. Moisturizers are intended to give you more long-term relief. This is ideal if vaginal dryness is causing discomfort when you exercise or walk. Lubricants are used prior to sexual intercourse and will provide short-term relief, which can help make sex more pleasurable and painless.

Moisturizers = long-term relief Lubricants = short-term relief

Irritation and Inflammation

When irritation and inflammation occur, allow your vagina some time to heal and avoid intercourse until the symptoms are completely gone. Resist the urge to scratch the affected area, because this will only make things worse, causing swelling and pain.

Rest and resist

Other symptoms

If a range of other symptoms occur, such as discharge, odor, itching or pain, it is possible that you have an infection.

Check with your doctor to see if this is the case.

What to do about vaginal burning?

There are good, highly effective, non-antibiotic, non-antimycotic treatments available for bacterial vaginosis, candida and other microbial imbalances. Check for non-antibiotic, non-antimycotic treatments with your OBGYN. Multi-Gyn’s bio-active treatment options like Multi-Gyn ActiGel or Multi-Gyn FloraPlus help alleviate symptoms and restore the balance of your vaginal health.