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saraa
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i woke up this mornign and everything was fine, but as the day moved on i noticed my vagina was itchy.
and it's been itchy ever since and i don't know why.
[Confused]

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Heather
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There are a handful of reasons for genital itching. It could be an irritation -- like because of a certain soap or detergent you're using. It could be an infection, too.

How are you feeling today? Having any symptoms besides the itching? Where on your vulva do you seem to be the most itchy?

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it's feeling the same way as it was yesterday. and the itchiness is closer to the back? like, my hole?

i just finished my period and yesterday was the first day i did not have a tampon in through the day, so idk if that would have anything o do with it.

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Heather
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Have you found you've had irritation with tampons in the past? Or, have you recently switched brands?

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i've never had irritation, or at least noticed it.

ever since i've been using tampons i've used playtex, but last month i switched from playtex to tampax pearl, but last month there was no irritation with the new tampons.

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Heather
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Well, perhaps this month there was.

My suggestion would be to sit with this for a few days. Use gentles soaps when washing, be sure and wear cotton underpants, etc. To help with the itching, you might find some aloe vera or a bath where you put a cup of vinegar in the water helps.

If, in a few days, the itching is still around or gets worse, then I'd go ahead and see your healthcare provider.

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alright thank you so much.

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Sometimes when you use tampons, you'll find that near the end of your cycle because there isn't as much menstrual blood to be soaked up, tanpons can make you feel a bit dry. Also a reason (aside from TSS) using different size tampons depending on your flow for the day is helpful. It could be the switch in tampons as well. Has this ever happened before?

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saraa
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no it has never happened before, this is the first time that it's happened.

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Try some of the things that Heather suggested above. If they work, and it's not an infection - you may want to consider switching back to the brand that you originally used. Some brands don't work as well for some people as others do.

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the brand that i used to use would lalways leak, whereas this brand did not leak...

so i don't really want to switch back to the other brand, idk what to do.

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There are way more than two brands/styles of tampons.

As well, if you're having issues with leaking, that's likely either because a) you're not changing your tampon often enough or b) because you're not inserting the tampon correctly.

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