The vulva is the outer part of the female genitalia, the organs of the reproductive system, and protects a woman’s sexual organs, urethra, vestibule, and vagina. The vulva is made up of the labia, clitoris, opening of the urethra, and opening of the vagina. When the vulva experiences inflammation from infections, injury that irritates the skin, or an allergic reaction it called vulvitis.
Low estrogen levels lead to thinner, dryer vulvar tissue. Women who have gone through menopause and young girls who have not experienced puberty have lower estrogen levels. Any woman can experience vulvitis but it is more common in women that are post-menopause and young girls who haven’t experienced menstruation.
Symptoms of Vulvitis:
- Vaginal discharge
- Scaly, thick white patches
Symptoms of vulvitis are similar to other infections or diseases. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to get the correct treatment and diagnosis.
Causes of Vulvitis:
Inflammation in the vulva can come from infections, allergies, irritants, and injuries. Here are few examples of what can cause vulvitis.
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Pads and tampons that have harsh ingredients or are scented
- Tight clothing that traps in bacteria
- Bubble baths, vaginal sprays, and douches
- Viral infections such as genital herpes
How to prevent vulvitis:
- Use unscented feminine hygiene products
- Fully dry your vulva after cleaning
- Wear loose or breathable undergarments
- Don’t stay in wet clothes for too long
Vulvitis is common and can be easily treated and prevented. Making changes in your vaginal hygiene can help prevent vulvitis. If you believe you have vulvitis consult in your doctor as some over the counter medicines can worsen your symptoms. Remember not to over cleanse your vaginal area and to keep your vulva dry after washing as it is already a warm and moist part of your body.
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