STIs Are Not The Only Reason Your Pubic Region Itches

October 02, 2019
by John Kelly, MD
STIs Are Not The Only Reason Your Pubic Region Itches

When the body itches, no matter where that itch occurs, it can cause serious discomfort. However, if the itching occurs in the vaginal region, it can be both frustrating and painful. While random scratching is no cause for alarm, when it happens regularly and constant, it’s often a sign of something serious.

Sexually transmitted diseases are often at the forefront of people’s minds when they have vaginal or private region itching. However, it’s important to note that while some itching in the private region is associated with STDs, it’s not always the case.

In fact, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, trichomoniasis and others don’t cause itching as a symptom. That doesn’t mean they don’t have other symptoms such as pain during urination, vaginal discharge, abnormal growth, etc.

What are the six other possible reasons that you could be suffering from vaginal itching?

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is similar to a yeast infection but is the result of a good and bad bacteria imbalance. In most cases, there are no symptoms, but when they do appear, they can cause itching in the private region and a white, foul-smelling discharge.


It’s not uncommon to introduce an irritant the body cannot tolerate – be it a douche, soap, cream, detergent, fabric softener, scented toilet paper, etc. However, if you are intolerant to something, most times, the itching won’t just occur in the private region but other areas of the body as well.

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice are small creatures that look similar to a crab, which can make the pubic region very itchy. While they are mostly seen in the pubic region, they can also attach themselves to densely hairy body parts.

Over-the-counter lotion can kill the lice, but it’s always best to talk to a doctor and get a prescription.

Skin Issues

There are many skin-related problems that can cause itching, such as psoriasis and eczema. These conditions can also cause itchiness and redness in one’s private areas. Eczema, which is known as atopic dermatitis, often occurs in people with allergies or asthma. It’s noted by its scaly texture and rash. Psoriasis, which is notable by the red skin and itchy feeling on the joints and scalp, can also occur in the vaginal region.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

The bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection can happen anywhere in the tract – bladder, ureters, kidneys and urethra. A UTI, which if left untreated, will lead to irritation, severe itching, pain while urination, an urgency to use the bathroom and pelvic pain. A round of antibiotics is the only method of treatment to cure you of this problem.

Yeast Infection

Yeast is already found in the vagina and, while it doesn’t typically cause a problem, a plethora of it can lead to an infection. This infection is known as vaginal yeast infection and happens to three in four women at least once in their life.

Doctors may prescribe a round of antibiotics to address the itchy, burning and discharge that is caused by the yeast infection.


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