All talk about this miniature, but very important organ, to some extent is still taboo, which leaves many women alone with their problem – itching, which often happens on this part of the body.
Due to the abundance of nerve endings, the clitoris is sensitive not only to sexual stimulation, but also to external stimuli.
Discomfort in the clitoris can be caused by various factors. For example, mild itching may occur due to strong arousal and stimulation. And chronic itching, which worries outside of sexual and does not go away with the passage of time, may indicate the presence of an infection or inflammatory processes in the body.
One of the most irritating factors that cause itching is underwear and tight clothing. For example, panties made of synthetics or too rigid fabric can not only irritate, but also scratch the skin of the clitoris. It is also not superfluous to pay attention to the washing powder or soap with which you wash your underwear. Try to use products with the most natural composition, which do not contain fragrances. When washing clothes in the machine, select the double rinse option if possible.
During sexual arousal, blood flow to the clitoris increases, causing it to swell and become more susceptible to irritation. Some women experience itching during or immediately after sexual contact. This itch usually goes away on its own without causing further concern.
Syndrome of constant sexual arousal
This disorder manifests itself as a prolonged feeling of sexual arousal without any sexual stimulation, and is much more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of the syndrome of constant sexual arousal are concentrated in the genital area and manifest as itching, burning sensation, throbbing, tingling, natural lubrication and vaginal contraction, orgasms. The duration of these symptoms can vary from a few hours to several weeks or even months.
Although the cause of this disorder is unknown, stress and anxiety, as well as long car rides and inability to urinate, may play a role. Often, the syndrome of constant sexual arousal accompanies diseases such as epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome and restless legs.
An imbalance in the bacterial balance of the vaginal flora can lead to an infection called vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis can cause itching of the clitoris and vagina. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes this condition, but the following things can increase your risk and make your symptoms worse: Sex with a new or multiple sex partner, douching, burning sensation when urinating, pain or burning in the vagina, white or gray vaginal discharge, fishy smell, especially after sex.
A vaginal yeast infection, popularly known as thrush, can cause itching not only in the clitoris, but in the entire vagina. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast called candida. The following symptoms of thrush can cause vaginal discomfort and itching of the clitoris: redness and swelling of the clitoris, painful urination and sex, excessive sensitivity of the vagina, dense white discharge that resembles cottage cheese and does not have an unpleasant odor.
Factors that increase the risk of a vaginal yeast infection can include diabetes or high blood sugar, pregnancy, use of contraceptives that increase estrogen levels, douching and vaginal hygiene gels, antibiotics, and a weakened immune system. If you still suspect that you have a yeast infection, consult a doctor for a correct diagnosis and selection of adequate treatment.
Lichen sclerosus of the vulva
Lichen sclerosis is a non-contagious skin disease that affects the genitals. Although the causes of vulvar lichen sclerosus are unknown, experts believe that it can develop as a result of hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, and damage to the skin as a result of microtrauma.
This disease affects women more often than men and is extremely rare in children. It is most often diagnosed in women during menopause. Along with itching around the affected area, this lichen can present with symptoms such as blistering pimples, skin welts, small white spots that can grow in size over time, and small areas of “wrinkled” skin.
If you suspect that you have lichen sclerosus of the vulva, consult a doctor immediately, as skin scars in this disease can develop into malignant tumors. Diagnosis of this disease is carried out by a doctor under a special microscope. Women with vulvar lichen sclerosus should see a doctor every 6 to 12 months to monitor for any skin changes.
Eczema of the genitals
Symptoms of genital eczema may appear in the vulva, around the anus, and on the buttocks. This disease manifests itself in the form of itching, red or white rash, small cracks, wetting or dry skin, and the formation of a crust over the rash. Genital eczema can be caused by an allergic reaction to clothing, skin care products, and certain medications.
Cancer of the vulva Sometimes itchy clitoris can be a symptom of vulvar cancer. Depending on the type of this cancer, the disease can manifest itself with a variety of symptoms. For example, a change in color in certain areas of the skin, which may be darker or, conversely, lighter than usual. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, non-healing open wounds, moles, and lumps on the genitals may also indicate the presence of an oncological process in the body. If you find any of these symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor to identify possible abnormalities.
Cancer of the vulva
Sometimes clitoral itching can be a symptom of vulvar cancer. Depending on the type of this cancer, the disease can manifest itself with a variety of symptoms. For example, a change in color in certain areas of the skin, which may be darker or, conversely, lighter than usual. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, non-healing open wounds, moles, and lumps on the genitals may also indicate the presence of an oncological process in the body. If you find any of these symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor to identify possible abnormalities.
Treatment and relief of symptoms
Treatment options for an itchy clitoris will depend on what causes it. So, topical creams with a cooling effect help to relieve the symptoms of itching with normal irritation. Loose cotton underwear and clothing can help relieve itching. Applying a cold compress to the area of discomfort and avoiding perfumed cosmetics will also help relieve irritation and prevent further progression of symptoms.
To treat the itching caused by a yeast infection, your doctor will likely prescribe an antifungal therapy. Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with oral antibiotics, available on prescription. To relieve the symptoms of eczema, you can use a steroid cream, which is easily available at any pharmacy.
Periodically, itching of the clitoris, in addition to discomfort, does not pose any threat to health. However, if this problem is your constant companion, perhaps this is a reason to visit a doctor who will conduct a comprehensive examination of the pelvic organs, determine the cause of discomfort and select a treatment option.
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