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What causes itching sensation and discomfort at vaginal opening?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: Hi,
I am 53 years old and post menopausal, I am not sexually active and have not been over a year. I am having itching and a feeling that something crawling at my vaginal opening and surrounding labia. I use unscented soap, mild detergent, cotton underwear (boring)! This is the second time this has happened in the past 8 months. The first time, I went to my PCP and she did some testing with no conclusive evidence of anything wrong. She confirmed that my skin is thinning. It finally cleared up on its own... Is this typical of post-menopause? Any advice, natural remedies or traditional medicines?

Thanks,
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It is a symptoms of menopause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am,
Thanks for trusting hcm about your health care.
I have gone through your history and understand your concerns.
Your symptoms are most likely due to hormonal changes caused by menopause.
It could be due to infection if it is associated with vaginal discharge.
Otherwise you can use moisture on it or emolient cream to reduce itching, keep the area XXXXXXX and dry.
See your sugar levels.
Low carbohydrate and high protein diet.
Hope found useful, feel free to ask more information.
Good luck.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Richa Agarwal (56 minutes later)
There is no vaginal discharge of any kind. What type of moisture product would be best?
I have family history of diabetes but my blood sugars are within normal limits. I eat a low carb diet, could probably up my protein. What about probiotics as a supplement?
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You can apply vaselline also.

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am,
Sorry for such a long delay in my response.
You can apply vaselline as a moisturiser .
You can take probiotics or add yogurt in your diet.
Because it is thinning of vaginal epithelium ,estrogen cream is also useful.
Hope found useful.
Good luck.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes itching sensation and discomfort at vaginal opening?

Brief Answer: It is a symptoms of menopause. Detailed Answer: Hello ma'am, Thanks for trusting hcm about your health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Your symptoms are most likely due to hormonal changes caused by menopause. It could be due to infection if it is associated with vaginal discharge. Otherwise you can use moisture on it or emolient cream to reduce itching, keep the area XXXXXXX and dry. See your sugar levels. Low carbohydrate and high protein diet. Hope found useful, feel free to ask more information. Good luck. Regards