There could be several reasons for this, but you do not have to be embarrassed or scared as it is very common for most women.
In this article we will be going through some of the causes like vaginal inflammations, possible treatment and when to see a doctor.
How many women experience this?
Almost every woman has experienced burning or vaginal inflammation at some point in their life. It is common for menopausal women but can affect women of all ages and it might help knowing that you are not alone.
However, just because it is common does not mean that you should have to suffer through it. Make sure to get help if the symptoms are getting worse or are persistent. Sometimes over the counter options can help, other times you need to see a doctor to receive appropriate treatment.
What is the cause of vaginal burning?
There can be several reasons to why you are feeling a burning sensation. It is usually not dangerous but if it is connected to other symptoms like feeling the need to go for a wee, but nothing comes out, it could be a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you suspect this is what you are suffering from, consult a doctor to be sure and get the proper treatment.
If you are experiencing itching it could also be a yeast infection in which case, you should treat it accordingly.
Some other possible reasons could be:
- STD (sexually transmitted disease)
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Allergic reaction
The best way to figure out what is causing the burning sensation down there is to talk to your doctor. If you think you might have an STD or bacterial vaginosis it is important to get treatment.
If you don’t have any additional symptoms, the burning sensation that you are experiencing might be an allergic reaction. If you changed something in your routine like using a new laundry detergent, try going back to your old one and see if you feel better. Sometimes small changes in our routines can have a big impact on how we feel. Always make sure to use products that are made for sensitive skin and vaginas.
What you can do at home
If the burning sensation is caused by an allergic reaction or something in your daily routine, there are things you can try avoiding:
- Using perfumed products
- Tight fitting pants
- Wearing wet clothes or swimsuits for too long
- Riding bicycles or horses
- Laundry detergent
- Swimming in pools or hot tubs
- Scented toilet paper
Always use products made for sensitive vaginas and try different mensural pads to see if it makes a difference.
Burning sensation and menopause
When you reach menopause your estrogen levels usually decrease, causing different symptoms in your body. One of them can be vaginal burning, other symptoms may include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Reduced sex drive
Some of the symptoms can have a big effect on your body and life in general so talk to your doctor if you need help, and do not be afraid to reach out. Also remember that menopause is a natural part of life and give your body some extra love and kindness.
Sometimes it can help to talk to someone about it, many women are going through the same thing at the same time, so you are not alone.
Burning sensations and sex
When you experience a burning sensation due to menopause, sexual intercourse can make it feel worse. If you want to have sex it is important that you make sure that you lubricate properly before, either through sexual foreplay or using water-based lubrication. Or both.
Sex is supposed to be filled with pleasure so make sure it feels good for you and do not be afraid to use lubrication and take your time.
Over the counter treatment - VagiVital Active Gel
If you are experiencing burning that does not go away or gets worse, you need to seek medical care. Some cases of burning sensation in the vagina get better on their own but if they do not there are options to help you get better. You should not have to suffer with your symptoms.
There are different kinds of treatments, some options are available over the counter. A vaginal gel is one option if you feel dry, itchy and a burning sensation. This is a good first step to try to get better on your own.