Vaginal burning refers to the burning sensation, feeling of heat or discomfort in the vaginal region. Most women complain of vaginal burning along with vaginal pain and vaginal itching. The burning sensation in the vagina often extends to the vulva and the labia.
Causes of Vaginal Burning
There are many factors behind the annoying problem of vaginal burning. Women should be aware of the causative agents behind vaginal burning in order to get respite from this condition. Few agents responsible for vaginal burning have been discussed in this article.
One of the main culprits behind the irritating condition called vaginal burning is bacteria. Excessive growth of bacteria in the vaginal region – which is called bacterial vaginosis – can cause a burning sensation. Besides vaginal burning, bacterial vaginosis is also responsible for heavy and often foul smelling vaginal discharge and vaginal itching.
Like bacteria, viruses can also cause a burning sensation in the vagina. Viruses like the Human Papilloma Virus and the Herpes simplex virus are responsible for viral vaginitis. Women who suffer from viral vaginitis often complain of excessive itching and burning sensation in the vagina.
When there is fungal growth in the vagina due to infection by moniliasis or candidiasis – yeast strains – it can cause excessive itching and burning sensation in the genital area. Normally there is an overgrowth of fungus in the vaginal region due to an imbalance of the vaginal pH. In most cases vaginal burning caused by fungal overgrowth can be controlled through the application of topical antibiotic creams.
Another factor behind the burning sensation in the vagina is hormonal changes. There is a fluctuation in the body hormones prior to and immediately after the monthly menstrual cycle. These fluctuating hormones can affect the natural pH balance of the vagina and cause an overgrowth of bacterial agents. Similarly, women who are approaching their menopause also experience vaginal burning due to a decrease in the production of the hormone estrogen. Low estrogen levels are responsible for splitting of the vaginal tissue. This can increase the chances of bacterial and viral attacks.
The sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia is caused by a bacterial agent called Chlamydia Tracomatis. As part of the Chlamydia infection, women commonly experience vaginal itching, vaginal bleeding and a burning sensation in the vagina.
When the vagina becomes excessively dry during sexual intercourse it can often give rise to a burning sensation. To avoid this problem, apply a vaginal cream before indulging in sexual intercourse.
Urinary Tract Infections
Sometimes the burning sensation in the vagina is attributed to untreated urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections which are left untreated, can lead to uncontrolled bacterial growth which can attack the vagina and cause itching and burning sensation in the area.
Chemical irritation caused by using certain types of undergarments, personal hygiene products, laundry agents can all cause recurrent burning sensation in the vagina. If you suspect the burning sensation in the vagina is caused by chemical irritants try and replace your personal hygiene products as well as laundry agents with more gentle products.