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! A simple rinse with water will do the trick.

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 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 FeelBetter 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! ;) 

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

39 comments

Here I am, looking for solutions to a problem and I have to read absolute rubbish about “not gendering menstruation” because that is actually a thing. It is the one reason I will never not ever have sympathy for this rubbish. When, one day, idiots actually experience what it really is to be female, and not just in their heads, I might be more tolerant but until then, get off of forums you have no place on.

Miechelle Hart April 16, 2021

I have the same problem. Few days before i get this burning sensation in the “entry” area. All tests results are fine, i’m super healthy. I tried hialuronic acid gels and stuff but… it made it worse. My doctor told me to stop using anything acidic – i switched to high ph gel and …oinment with linseed extract (super cheap and avaialable in pharmacies in poland).

Silvia April 01, 2021

Violet, I have the same thing happen to me. I just my results and everything is negative, makes me wonder if I’m going crazy!

Natalie March 04, 2021

I always get this burning sensation days before I start my period it burns when I go to the toilet and is very uncomfortable. Have had a swab done and everything came back clear. I’m not sure why it happens? Does anyone else get this?

Violet February 19, 2021

Go to the gynecologist! It’s worth it so you can find out what it is. Last year I had a really bad yeast infection. It would not go away! It was so bad I wasn’t sure if it was a yeast infection or not until I got tested. The prescription was garbage, it did nothing for me. I went to my gyno many times. She even doubled the dose. It did nothing. Boric acid suppository kind of helped. It was my first relief. (I did my research and because of the agony I said screw it.) Take it at your own risk though. Do your research. In the end, the one that helped me was the otc monistat 7 day with the extra cream. (Vulva) it’s been almost a year since I had one. Although recently around my period I’m irritated there. Planning to see the gyno soon to figure out why. I don’t think it’s a yeast infection because after my period it’s gone.

Kim February 19, 2021

It is very helpful that you are not gendering menstruation. Wish everyone was as attentive as you. Thank you for all the info!

Luiza February 01, 2021

Mona,
Did you every go to the doctor? I am having the same situation and it’s really uncomfortable. Let me know if you found out anything.

Brittany Morgan November 10, 2020

Appreciate the info and not gendering menstruation! I and guys like me appreciate it.

Dmitry September 30, 2020

Hi, Mona! We recommend contacting a healthcare professional for the itching that is happening all over your body. As we are not medical professionals we unfortunately cannot offer diagnosis.
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor June 26, 2020

I have been having itching mostly in my vaginal and genital region and when i get my period, the itch happens all over the body like a pins and needles sensation. I am concerned because i got my period three times.

Mona June 26, 2020

Hi Cindy, As we are not medical professionals we unfortunately can’t offer diagnosis or treatment. It is best to consult a doctor so that they can provide relief for your concern. :)
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor June 01, 2020

Hey, i have an itchy vagina. It has been 6 months now the vulva is having blisters. This happens after ovulation up until my periods. Please help

Cindy June 01, 2020

Hi Shuzane!

We highly recommend you visit a doctor so that they can diagnose and treat the cause of these annoying symptoms. :)

Wishing you all the best!
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor December 28, 2019

From 1 year have been experiencing itching on my clitorius and on vagina and rashes on underthighes before 1 week of my periods and during periods what whould be the reason

shuzane December 28, 2019

What is a menstruating human? You mean a WOMAN? W O M A N , right?

UnaMujer December 07, 2019

For those of you suffering with BV I suffered with it for over 6 years Until one day I change my soap and I stopped wearing tampons . It’s been 3 years and I haven’t had BV . Stop wearing tampons and use Dr Bronners. I live by this . Hope this can help someone .

Allison Harewood December 03, 2019

Hi Victoria,

So sorry to hear you’ve been suffering from BV for so long- that’s no fun! We recommend reading our post titled “Vagina: Expectation vs Reality”. It has plenty of helpful tips by the amazing Dr. Sherry :)

Best,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor December 01, 2019

Hi Tay,

We recommend discussing this itching with your doctor. As we are not medical professionals we cannot offer advice related to medical surgical procedures.

Apologies we weren’t able to help further!

Best,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor December 01, 2019

This is for Kelly. I have had some of the same issues recently which is crazy because I have never had a yeast infection and I am 37. During my research found “Lichen Sclerosus”. It is an inflammatory disease. It is kind of rare and chronic. Maybe go to a specialist to check it out. Mention the disease. Looks like steroid cream is mainly used. And also try what Brittany said. Keep the area dry, wear cotton, and try to put ointment on the area to keep it dry.

Dawn Celestino November 14, 2019

Kelly,

I’m having the same problem. I’ve been dealing with this for about 10 months now. I’m starting to get depressed because it. It’s a recurring issue with no answers and the same meds over and over. I almost want to give up and suffer in silence. I can’t imagine this going on as long as yours is. I really hope we both get answers soon. This feels horrible and it’s kinda scary. Every month the infection comes back. And every month I cry. There has been a couple things I thought of was gone then boom, it’s back. This is beyond frustrating.

ERIKA October 25, 2019

Kelly- I have been experiencing yeast infections almost every month for 5 years – it has impacted my life in so many ways. From all the research I e done it all comes back to your diet

Hayley October 17, 2019

Help! Whenever I am two days into my period, my whole vagina gets red and swollen, and feels like it’s tearing. I’ve had 4 children, and even after giving birth naturally 4 times, this pain is far worse than the healing process of That. I’ve tried everything, and now it’s worse. The right side of my vulva is completely red and very swollen. It stings when I urinate and sitting/walking hurts really bad. If anyone had suggestions, please tell me!!!

Alicia October 17, 2019

Hi Jennifer!

Because everybody, and every BODY, is different we recommend visiting your doctor if you’re experiencing something of concern.

Wishing you all the best!

-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor October 11, 2019

I’ve been suffering from bacteria vaginoses for 1 year now can you help me out what can i do to prevent it & how to keep my ph balance before and after my period help please 🙏

Victoria December 01, 2019

Kelly, I also experienced something similar to you. It’s incredibly frustrating and discouraging. I’m sorry. The only thing that helped me was emuaid first aid ointment. Hopefully that’s helpful!

Kate October 11, 2019

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