Stinging in The Vagina – Why Does It Sting Inside the Vagina and How Do You Avoid Soreness?

Last updated: 29 October 2020

Many women of all ages are occasionally bothered by an uncomfortable and painful stinging sensation in the vagina. Very few women completely avoid vaginal discomfort in their lifetimes.

Stinging and burning in the vagina may occur for several reasons, some more worrisome than others. Often, it’s just a harmless vaginal irritation and burning sensation – this can be remedied with a gel applied to the outer genitals.

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Whatever the cause of stinging in the vagina, it is an unpleasant problem that requires action. Read on to find out what can cause the stinging and how to get rid of the symptoms.

Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Anne, Varde Pharmacy
Anne has a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked as a pharmacist at the Varde pharmacy for several years. Here she advises both costumers and doctors about the correct use of medical products.

What is Vaginal Stinging?

Stinging in the vagina is a common problem for many women. It’s a cutting and burning sensation that often worsens when you urinate. For some people these symptoms will pass, but for most people treatments are required.

When you experience stinging in the vagina, it is usually your body’s way of warning you that there is a problem that needs treatment. You should always pay attention to these bodily signals. Stinging in the vagina is a source of major and annoying discomfort that can be remedied in several ways.

Why You Experience Stinging in The Vagina

There is not one overall answer as to why you have stinging in the vagina. While some experience stinging because of a simple fungal infection, others experience stinging because they have a bacterial infection, which is often transmitted through sex. It is therefore unhelpful to give all women the same treatment when it comes to stinging in the vagina.

It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor if you experience a burning or stinging sensation in the vagina.

Having said that, there are often more minor causes of the stinging. In the vast majority of cases, the discomfort and stinging is a symptom of vaginal irritation. This condition is not dangerous in the slightest but can be very annoying.

Vaginal irritation may occur for various reasons.

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What Is Vaginal Irritation? Irritation of The Vagina

Vaginal irritation occurs when there is imbalance in the vaginal area. It can either be due to a bacterial imbalance or dryness in the vagina. In many cases, dry mucous membranes in the vagina are the reason why women experience discomfort.

Dry skin is weaker than clean, moist skin. It is easily damaged and prone to small cuts and sores. The same applies to your vagina if it becomes too dry.

If you’ve had a cut on your body (anywhere on your body), you know how it can swell, rise and give off a warm sensation. The same happens when you have a cut or wound inside the vagina.

But why does dryness develop in the vagina? There are many reasons for this. First of all, you need to understand that the vagina is moistened through the mucous membranes, which draw moisture from oestrogen produced in the ovaries. This moisture is known as discharge. Oestrogen is produced from puberty to menopause, and throughout this period oestrogen levels slowly decrease as you grow older.

Therefore, dryness in the vagina becomes a major problem for many women as they hit menopause.

However, vaginal irritation doesn’t only affect older women, it’s also a prominent problem for many younger women. It may be caused by pregnancy, contraceptive pills or other types of medicine that dry out the mucous membranes in the vagina – following which, stinging symptoms can occur.

Stinging in The Vagina After Intercourse

Stinging in the vagina can be a problem even when carrying out regular tasks in everyday life. You may feel stinging when you cycle, walk or lift heavy objects.

However, vaginal soreness often worsens during and after intercourse, especially if you don’t produce enough moisture, which is the body’s natural lubricant. ‘Dry’ intercourse is accompanied by pain both during and after because of the friction that occurs.

The dry mucous membranes are chafed, become sore and irritated – which also increases the risk of getting small wounds on the mucous membranes. This causes stinging in the vagina.

Painful stinging and intercourse should not be synonymous with each other. But unfortunately, this is the case for many women. The fear of pain and stinging in the vagina therefore diminishes the natural sex drive, thus, with the right help you can get your sex drive back again.

A good way to start replenishing your sex drive is to encourage your partner to focus more on taking their time and trying foreplay. If you suffer from stinging and dryness in the vagina, it may mean that you can’t jump straight to intercourse simply because your vagina is not wet enough. It’s important to take your time getting worked up before initiating intercourse.

This way, you can allow your vagina time to build up enough moisture, avoiding painful friction and thus avoiding stinging in the vagina.

However, a long and thorough foreplay session is not always enough if your mucous membranes tend to dry out too quickly. If this is the case, you may need extra assistance to retain moisture.

Try Intim Glide from Australian Bodycare, a great product that provides you with plenty of moisture to avoid friction in the vagina opening.

Intim Glide is a dermatologically tested water-based gel which you can use as frequently as needed – without worrying about harsh ingredients on sensitive areas. The gel is formulated with the active and antiseptic ingredient Tea Tree oil with its antibacterial properties which counteracts unwanted bacteria that you may pick up from your partner.

When using Intim Glide, you are both protected from bacteria that may cause stinging, soreness, dryness and itching on your genitals.

The gel has a soft, wet consistency and is easy to apply. Make sure to spread copious amounts of the gel either directly on the man’s penis or at the opening of the vagina, so you will have enough moisture for a pleasurable intercourse. This will help your sex drive return.

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Stinging in The Vagina During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, many changes occur in the body and this can cause some problems. Have you experienced soreness in the vagina during pregnancy? Soreness is most commonly associated with fungi, which irritate the genitals and cause stinging sensations.

These fungi are relatively harmless but incredibly annoying.

The fungi and stinging sensations in the vagina are caused either by the changing hormonal balance or a bacterial imbalance, which will alter the natural pH of the vagina. It is quite normal to get fungal infections when you are pregnant because the body’s processes are more easily unbalanced.

To combat this, you can try wearing cotton underwear during the daytime and forgoing underwear altogether at bed time to let your genitals breathe.

Stinging in The Vagina and Frequent Urination

If you experience stinging in the vagina, it may be a symptom of several other problems. Frequent urination is just one of the causes of vaginal stinging, but the stinging and urination are just symptoms of fungus.

Fungi are relatively easy to deal with, and you may only have them in the vagina because you are pregnant, which in turn makes you need to urinate often.

When the vagina is kept moisturized for a long period of time because you are sexually more active, it’s easier for fungi and bacteria to multiply. Therefore, be sure to wear cotton underwear to allow your vagina to breathe.

Then treat the bacterial and fungi infections with the appropriate cream products.

Stinging in The Vagina and Menopause

If you experience stinging in the vagina and also are experiencing the usual signs of menopause, stinging in the vagina may just be another sign. It’s true that when you are menopausal you produce less of the female sex hormone, which makes it harder for your vagina to create the optimal conditions you had when you were younger.

For example, your skin is thinner and your mucous membranes are weakened. This is why you may experience vaginal aches due to menopause. This symptom is called vaginitis.

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How to Treat Stinging in The Vagina

If you are bothered by stinging in the vagina, there’s a lot you can do to treat it. As stinging is often caused by dryness at the vagina opening, it is important not to dry it out further. Your intimate hygiene is important, thus, if you wash your genitals too much, you risk irritating the vagina even more. T

herefore, do not wash the intimate area more than twice a day. Preferably, you should only use water or a good cleaning product designed for use on intimate areas.

You can also soothe burning and itching sensations with Australian Bodycare’s Femigel. The gel works quickly to soothe and cool the outer genitals with Tea Tree oil, an ingredient known for its healing properties.

Furthermore, it also works effectively against bacteria, so you can treat any bacterial problems that are creating or aggravating the burning sensations.

The water-based gel contains natural ingredients and is dermatologically tested, so you can use it without worries. Many women completely eradicated itching and stinging sensations after using the gel. In a 4-week clinical trial, 9 out of 10 of the participating women eliminated all intimate discomfort and unpleasant odours too.

Apply a small amount of Femigel around the vagina opening as needed. If you are affected by persistent burning sensations, you should treat up to twice a day. If you’re feeling just mild irritation application once a day is enough. You will soon notice a difference.

You can also use Femigel before and after sex, just as it’s suitable for use before and after visiting the swimming pool, where you are particularly exposed to bacteria.

Furthermore, it is a good idea to use Femi Daily as a supplement, which, as the name suggests, can be used as a daily preventative. The gel is a good product that you can use to prevent problems such as vaginal dryness and burning sensation.

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