It’s not exactly easy to scratch an itch down there, which is why it’s so frustrating when it happens (and sometimes it’s like it comes completely out of nowhere, right?). Vaginal itching can be caused by something as simple as your period products—but in other cases, it can actually be a symptom of a more serious issue. This guide will help you figure out exactly what’s making you feel like you have ants in your pants—and what your treatment options are. (That being said, when it comes to your lady parts, it’s always best to play it safe and visit your gyno for a proper diagnosis.)
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There’s gotta be some silver lining to a dry spell, right?
In life, there are a couple universal truths that stand the test of time: Peanut butter tastes better with jelly. A bike ride on a brisk fall day is always a good idea. And, yes, dry spells happen to the best of us. But about that last one: Even though you may have heard that having a longer party of one means that your vagina could become “tighter,” experts say that this is actually not the case. At all.
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A three-decade snapshot of your snatch.
In Your 20’s…
Puberty’s totally over (thank gawd), and your organs have reached their adult size. Except, that is, for your labia majora, the outer “lips” that enclose the rest of your privates. Don’t be shocked to see these looking slimmer. As you age, subcutaneous fat, including that of your genitals, decreases.
In Your 30’s…
The hormone shifts that come with pregnancy or aging can cause your labia minora, the “inner” lips that encircle the clitoris and vaginal opening, to darken in color. So you can relax if, on your next self-check, it’s like 50 shades of (mauve-ish) gray down there.
The Big Stretch
The uterus balloons to watermelon proportions during pregnancy—then shrinks back down within six weeks after birth. Some 32 percent of women now deliver by C-section, sparing their vag opening similar stretching (though their surgery scars can ache or tingle for years).
In Your 40’s…
Though a woman’s egg supply dwindles rapidly in her early forties, she still ovulates and (sigh) gets her period. Cycles are a bit shorter, though, and tend to peter out by age 51—i.e., menopause. Your body puts the kibosh on fertility five to 10 years before that.
Your repro organs are supported by a hammock of tendons, tissue, and muscle. Extra pounds, aging, or years of high-impact workouts can loosen this pelvic floor, straining organs and causing bladder leakage or a “heavy” feeling down below. Your move: Kegels. Lots of ’em.
Lower estrogen levels affect the vagina’s acid-alkaline balance, which can spur inflammation—along with thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, which can cause itching, burning, and redness. Silver lining: Regular sex can prevent this atrophy (hop to it!).
How Your Vagina Changes in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s
I’m sure that many women would agree that having menstrual related pain is one of the worst kinds of pain. It can stop you from enjoying your day and can leave you unable to do the things you need to do. These natural remedies for menstrual pain will help you to get rid of that crummy feeling and to get on with your life!