Vaginal Itching

What Causes Vaginal Itching?

Vaginal itching can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose vaginal itching, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "vaginal itching" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection
  • Low Female Testosterone
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Vulvodynia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
anal itching
grayish vaginal discharge
craving and eating wheat
refined sugar consumption
wearing dirty dentures while awake
very low fat/oil intake
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
severe vulvar pain
chronic nausea
current birth control pill use
poor tolerance of sugars
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vaginal itching:
Cause Probability Status
Low Female Testosterone 98% Confirm
Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection 20% Unlikely
Vulvodynia 3% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate vaginal problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have vaginal itching?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate vaginal itching, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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