Itching before your period: how to reduce it?

With the menstrual period can appear a whole bunch of inconveniences like itching. Although it can appear at any time during the menstrual cycle, it is most often referred to as pre-menstrual itching.

What is itching before my period?

Hormones during the cycle cause many disruptions and disorders of the period that impact the body with different disorders. Thus, many women experience genital itching before their period.

What are the symptoms of pre-menstrual itching?

Several symptoms emanate from pre-menstrual itching, in menstruating women of all ages.Pre-menstrual itching is characterized by

  • an irrepressible urge to scratch and tingling in the vulva and the entrance to the vagina: this is a discomfort that is constant,
  • white discharge with a thick, creamy texture,
  • pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse,
  • a red and swollen vulva,
  • a burning sensation outside the vagina.

Is it normal to have itching?

As previously mentioned, itching before your period is completely normal and not serious. As menstruation approaches, hormonal changes cause the vaginal pH to change. Most of the time, and until menopause, it is the increasedblood flow before menstruation that will cause tingling and irritation. This discomfort usually passes within a few days. However, if you suffer from discomfort during your menstrual period, the causes may be something other than a heavy blood flow.

What causes vaginal itching?

In order to treat vaginal itching, it is essential to know the cause. This way, the treatment will be adapted and the results will be faster. We have compiled a list of causes of itching in the vagina.

Abundant blood flow

The influx of blood around menstruation and PMS can cause tingling and scratching. Even more so if your flow during your period is heavy. If the cause of your itching before you bleed is an influx of blood, the discomfort should disappear within a few days. If not, there may be other reasons for it.

Vaginal fungus

If your urge to scratch persists during and after your period, a vaginal yeast infection may be the cause of your irritation. It is caused by a disturbance of the vaginal pH and a disturbance of the vaginal flora. Indeed, as menstruation approaches and the uterus contracts to evacuate the endometrium, the hormonal changes in the ovaries will have consequences on the vaginal flora and its balance. With these changes, it is easier for bacteria and yeast to grow and proliferate in the vagina. Generally, it is the fungus Candida Albican that is responsible for mycosis in women. But don't panic, fungus is a common and mostly harmless infection.

Other symptoms of yeast infection include discomfort during sex, changes in the look and smell of vaginal discharge and swelling of the labia. There are several types of mycosis (even breast mycosis, which affects the breasts of breastfeeding women). Consult your doctor so that he or she can prescribe the appropriate treatment!


Irritation before, during and after menstruation can also result from another disease, vaginosis. This gynecological condition affects one in five women.

Vaginosis is caused by an imbalance in the microbial flora of the vagina, which causes the disappearance of lactobacilli (which ensure an appropriate level of acidity in the vagina to prevent germs from developing) and the multiplication of germs such as Gardnerella Vaginalis. This germ is naturally present in the flora, but in balanced quantities. It is when it is out of balance with the vaginal flora that vaginosis occurs. Vaginosis results in an inflammation of the vaginal mucosa. It also causes itching, pain and redness in the vagina. The discharge may also change in appearance and color and have a foul odor.

How can I treat pre-menstrual itching?

Of course, itching before your period is not inevitable. There are several things you can do about it.

Good intimate hygiene

Intimate hygiene is very important to fight against intimate discomfort. Make sure you use suitable products with a neutral pH. Be careful never to wash the inside of the vagina: this unbalances the vaginal flora and encourages the proliferation of bacteria and yeast.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking enough water every day is very important for your body's overall health. It also helps fight pre-menstrual irritation and uterine cramps, since by drinking a lot you urinate more. And by urinating more, you eliminate bacteria and bad toxins. Drinking a lot helps prevent the risk of irritation and heal in advance. It is recommended to drink about 1.5 liters of water per day (to be adapted according to your daily activities). This will also help to avoid dryness of your skin which could be at the origin of this discomfort.

Taking medication

In case of persistent itching before, during and after your period, taking medication can be a solution. However, be sure to consult your doctor, pharmacist or a health professional who can guide you.

What to do if the itching persists during or after the period?

If the itchy skin persists during or after your period, it may be due to another illness or infection such as vaginitis, vaginosis or fungus. It's important to make an appointment with your gynecologist if these symptoms don't go away or to have a test or sample taken.

The FAQ of itching during menstruation

What does itching before my period mean?

Itching before menstruation is a tingling sensation and an irrepressible urge to scratch the skin of the vulva to get relief. It can be caused by different things: blood flow, dryness, vaginal fungus or vaginosis. See your doctor if it continues during and after your period for treatment.

How do I know if itching during my period is a rash or a yeast infection?

It can be hard to tell the difference between a simple rash and a yeast infection. A yeast infection will cause abnormal discharge, irritation and burning in the vagina and vulva. Get in touch with your health care professional if you are unsure, and to have a suitable treatment.

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