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