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I have suddenly got an extremely itchy vagina this morning in the opening of it, I went out and bought some vagisil it has soothed the itch but when I apply it, it burns badly for about 30 seconds but the itch has gone, is it meant to burn?
I've posted this before as I do feel very strongly, that more women need to be aware of this:
I am now post menoapuse & recently suffered from vaginal atrophy (VA). I had always thought I was a woman who knew about things & was aware of my body, but VA really took me by surprise .
It's not something that is common knowledge & I so wish it was - as it is a real curse of the late/post menopause for many women.
I've copied & pasted from another post I made about it as I do feel that women should be aware of it so they can recognize the symptoms.
Vaginal Atrophy (VA) is what happens post menopause & it is my mission to make more women aware of it.
Basically (& you can google for the finer details) the lack of eostrogen causes great dryness up your fanjo. It makes sex painful & also leads to itchiness that makes thrush seem mild. It is horrible & causes enormous discomfort. I had to rush to the loo just to scratch - the itchiness is almost unbearable. The itch is both inside your fanjo & all over your vulva
If you are menopausal or post menopause & get an itch and/or great dryness do look at the possibility that it could be VA & go to see your GP.
It is easily sorted out with topical eostrogen in the form of 'Vagifem', a small pessary that is inserted into the vagina with an applicator.
You need a 10mcg dose daily for 2 weeks & then a maintenance dose of 10mcg twice weekly.
There is a great deal of argument about giving women vagifem long term &, it seems to me, that many health professionals are not up to date with recent research.
I discussed this with my GP with this piece of research:
Brussels, I get this and am mid thirties so I doubt I am menopausal either.
What do you use to wash the area with when showering? I've been using vagisil wash for ten years now, ever since pregnancy and the massive increase in discharge that it brought, and if I run out and use anything else - even if only a tiny amount and strictly on the exterior, I get terrible dryness, itching and irritation (which I use Lanacane cream to combat if it happens) So I'd recommend vagisil wash and definitely no soap as a starting point.
You can get VA in the peri menopause stage, mine started at the age of 48 and my last period was just before I was 52. That was why I struggled getting treatment started....told by more than one GP and even gynae that it didn't happen until well into post menopause treatment, absolute nonsense! My issues since starting treatment have gone, apart from the odd flare up from time to time, sort that out by upping my HRT for a few days.