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Your Vagina Might Be Itchier On Your Period—Here’s Why

Do you have an itch that you just can’t scratch? (In public, that is.) We’re talking, of course, about the delightful phenomenon that is vaginal itchiness, which can be especially worse around menstruation. And just because you don’t see women adjusting their junk every five minutes like some dudes doesn’t mean that they aren’t itching up a storm.

So why are you itching like crazy when you’re on your period? According to Suzanne Fenske, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, there are a few specific factors that could cause this. (Get the latest health, weight loss, fitness, and sex intel delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for our “Daily Dose” newsletter.)

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“One thing is that older blood that’s lingering can cause irritation,” she says. “So it depends on where you are in your cycle.”

Related: ​What Your Period Blood Consistency Means About Your Health

Otherwise, it has to do with inflammation, she says.

“With your period, you tend to get higher levels of inflammation throughout the entire body, so those levels can cause you to have a little more itching,” Fenske says. “It’s a histamine response.”

Of course, you could be experiencing a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis—which is an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria, respectively—but Fenske says most women don’t notice these problems as much on their periods. If you think your itchiness could be caused by a yeast infection or BV, check in with your doc though.

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“Your doctor can take cultures via a quick swab of the vagina even when you’re on your period,” Fenske says. If the cultures are positive, she can prescribe you medication to get rid of the problem. If it’s negative, though, and you’re looking for symptomatic relief, Fenske warns to absolutely not douche, which could only make things worse. Instead, look for an over-the-counter steroid cream, like a 1 percent hyrdrocortisone cream, which is very low dose and safe to use for about three days until your symptoms clear up.

Related: 5 Types Of Vaginal Odors You Should Know About—And What They Mean For Your Health

All areas of the vagina are subject to itchiness during your period, too. So if you notice your vulva feeling irritated, Fenske says you want to make sure you’re not having an allergic reaction to a pad. If you think that might be the case, try unscented pads to minimize a contact allergy. If it still doesn’t go away, check in with your doctor to find the culprit.

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