Labia Itching During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on October 19, 2012

Labia itching during pregnancy can cause a great deal of discomfort. Labia itching occurs for several reasons during pregnancy ranging from gestational diabetes and allergies to hormonal imbalance caused by the pregnancy. Hormonal changes disturb the vaginal pH levels and this can be the cause of itching and yeast infection. Do not use perfumed soaps and other toiletries as these can cause allergic reactions. Yeast infections thrive in areas which are moist when the sugar levels are high and gestational diabetes is often the cause of this infection which causes extreme itchiness.

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This is a common problem during the third semester of pregnancy. However, most of these problems disappear after the birth of the baby.

Labia Rash During Pregnancy: Labia rash during pregnancy is caused by the elevated estrogen levels during this period and also because the immunity of the mother to be may be low.


Pathogenic microorganisms cause yeast infections in the tongue, throat, mouth and female genitalia. The symptoms are burning, irritation and redness of the areas. Pregnant women will have to be treated differently for yeast infections as the medication used normally could cause congenital defects in the baby.  It is important to consult your doctor as the symptoms for other infections are similar to those of yeast infection. Sexually transmitted diseases also cause rashes and irritation and if not treated could be harmful to the fetus.

Labia Itching First Trimester: Labia itching in first trimester of pregnancy is a common occurrence. Apart from the hormonal changes in the body which could cause this, many women prefer bathing frequently with bubble baths and use perfumed products which could cause irritation in the genitalia. Douches should also be avoided during pregnancy because this also causes irritation. Constant vaginal irritation increases the risk of infections in the urinary tract which could be harmful to the fetus. Bacterial and viral infection could also be the cause of heavy vaginal discharge.

Labia itching in Early Pregnancy: Thrush infection could be the cause of labia itching in early pregnancy. Candida albicans is a fungus which is found naturally in the intestinal tract, lower bowels and the vagina. Sometimes the fungus could flourish to the point of causing symptoms of thrush which are itching and irritation. Common causes are being diabetic, wearing tight underclothes, being on antibiotics for a long time or a low immune system. Being pregnant does lower the immune system and sometimes cause gestational diabetes which increases the risk of fungus and yeast infections.

If there are any out of the ordinary symptoms like labia itching while pregnant it is best to consult your doctor to rule out problems like gestational diabetes or any other type of infections which could prove harmful to the fetus.

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