Vaginal burning

Every woman has experienced vaginal discomforts at least once in their lifetime. Most common symptoms include discharge, odor, itch, pain and vaginal burning. These symptoms cause you to sit restlessly, always feeling like something is not quite right “down there”. If the symptoms get stronger, they can seriously affect the quality of life, especially your love life, since sex can become very uncomfortable and even painful.

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

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Thrush (also known as yeast or candida infection)
  • Strong detergents, lotions, vaginal sprays, bubble baths, etc. These kinds of products often contain irritants and allergens that can cause a burning sensation shortly after application.
  • Menopause – lack of estrogen causes thinning and shrinking of the vaginal tissue, and lack of lubrication necessary for a painless intercourse. This can cause friction during penetration and inflammation since the tissue is not elastic and thick as it would be with higher levels of estrogen.
  • Both lack of hygiene and over-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
  • Antibiotics
  • Diabetes
  • Synthetic underwear and tight clothing
  • Irritation caused by condoms, spermicides, lubricants and even from semen

"A burning sensation in the intimate area is usually a sign of irritation or an infection."

What to do if you experience vaginal burning?

If you suspect that burning may be related to a product you used recently, rinse the area thoroughly as soon as possible to remove the residues and minimize the effect. Afterwards you can use a natural soothing product or a vaginal gel with prebiotics that can help the good bacteria recuperate more quickly and hopefully avoid other symptoms. In order to prevent these kind of issues, choose natural products that do not contain harsh chemicals, fragrances or dyes.

If other symptoms do occur, such as discharge, odor, itch or pain, consult a medical professional. In case you have an infection, you should get appropriate therapy in order to resolve the cause of the problem, and not only the symptoms.

If vaginal burning is occurring due to dryness, ask your gynecologist for a most suitable solution. Your options include local estrogen creams, vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. The main difference between moisturizers and lubricants is that the first group of products will provide you with a more of a long-term relief. This is ideal if vaginal dryness is causing discomfort when exercising or walking. Lubricants are used prior to sexual intercourse and will provide you short-term relief, which can help make sex more pleasurable and painless.

When the 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 can only make things worse, causing swelling and pain.