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Why does my vagina itch *days* before my period?

Have you ever noticed your vagina starts to itch a few days before your period…? Could it be a yeast infection? Maybe, maybe not. Many menstruating humans experience vaginal itching in different stages of their menstrual cycle. Remember, the menstrual cycle lasts ~28 days, having different functions in each stage, and every uterus is different! But why is it so common for people to experience that deadly itch before menstrual bleeding?

It could be many reasons, but it always links back to vaginal pH levels. A normal pH level for your vagina ranges from 3.5-4.5, which means it is acidic. If your pH levels are higher than 7, it is considered alkaline, which means your pH levels are too high and infection has risen. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again – your vagina is a self-cleaning oven, which means it doesn’t need any scented soaps or creams (that will mess with your pH balance) to get clean. 

Is it yeast infection?

Yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, occur when there is an overgrowth of the Candida fungus in the body. While Candida is naturally present in various parts of the body, such as the mouth, intestines, and genital area, an overgrowth can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and complications. Symptoms like itching, burning sensation, redness, swelling, and abnormal vaginal discharge that is typically thick, white, and odorless. Learn more how to detect yeast infection and how to treat it from our blog. 

Hormones also play a key role in your itchy vagina

Your vagina experiences a decrease of estrogen levels during the start of your period (the follicular phase). This change in estrogen is making your vaginal wall go all kinds of crazy, causing the vaginal wall to thin, increase inflammation, and create more acid in your vagina. Guess what? Yeast loves acidity, which could be one of the reasons why you feel itchy down there.

Aside from itching, many people also experience stinging and irritating sensations just days before or during their period. They could be experiencing cyclic vulvovaginitis. 

We’ll elaborate.

Cyclic vulvovaginitis

Cyclic vulvovaginitis refers to the recurrent burning *and itching* happening down there before or during menstrual bleeding. It could mean that your vagina is experiencing intense burning, stinging, and overall irritation due to candida infection. How lovely does this sound? Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, don’t even THINK about having sexual intercourse – your vaginal walls will scream Bloody Mary.

Are you boiling your menstrual cup before and after every cycle?

If you want to prevent your vagina from getting a yeast infection or other unwanted cause for itch, you've got to make sure you're boiling your menstrual cup consistently and cleaning it properly! Our Lunette Cup Cleanser not only cleans your cup, but it doesn't have any harsh chemicals that will mess with your pH levels! It's a win-win situation.

So how can we treat an itchy vagina, especially before menstruation?

Hopefully you don’t always experience discomfort before or during your period, but if you do, there are many ways to prevent itchiness and keep your pH levels balanced. Raw probiotic pills are a vagina’s best friend. Eating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, or miso can also make a great impact. Let’s not forget about cranberry juice – that stuff is full of acidic compounds that will fight off bacteria and keep your vagina happy. Also, tight, synthetic underwear can suffocate your vagina and create moisture, so remember to let it breathe. It's important to clean your vulva (external area) with lukewarm water or products that are meant for the delicate genital area, like Lunette Intimate Wipes or patented Lunette Intimate Cleanser.

If you’re eating healthy, exercising, cleaning your cup right, and taking care of yourself, then you're doing it right!

46 comments on Why does my vagina itch *days* before my period?

  • Ran Zhuo ling duscha
    Ran Zhuo ling duschaDecember 29, 2022

    I have itching vagina roughly about 7 or 8 days ago and then lately it has burning sensation when peeing, it doesn’t hurt but makes the itch become more often and also sometimes have a weird fart like odor
    Idk if it is because I masturbated with a dildo before or is it due to my panties…. I’m about to see a doctor tmr. I’m having signs of period today and I hope there won’t be itch

  • Lunette Cup
    Lunette CupJune 24, 2022

    Hi Heisi Kora,
    we recommend checking the information leaflet of the depo to see if this is a side effect of the depo. Your pharmacy might also be able to help. Your doctor should also be able to tell you whether this is to be expected when being on depo. As we are no health professionals and cannot offer remote diagnosis or determine treatment, we ask you to visit your doctor should the itching continue, worsen or if further symptoms occur, like change in discharge or smell.
    Best regards, Team Lunette

  • Heisi Kora
    Heisi Kora June 24, 2022

    I’m on depo, I’m also facing itchiness but I’m also confused I missed my monthly period

  • Rhoda
    Rhoda February 28, 2022

    I also get the itching before and after my period
    I’m even going through it as I’m typing and it became worse today until I used a home remedy which is by adding look warm water to rocky sea salt and squeezing a bit of lime to it and I used it wash my vulva after taking my bath to make the place clean
    Before I was able to get back to my usual activity
    I hope this helps someone
    NB- just the vulva

  • Lunette Menstrual Mentor
    Lunette Menstrual MentorNovember 22, 2021

    Hi Celine! Sorry to hear you’re dealing with such discomfort! Unfortunately we cannot offer diagnosis as we are not medical professionals. We recommend consulting another doctor to assist.

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