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An itch in the nether regions can be distracting and embarrassing. Vaginal itching causes discomfort and sometimes even pain, and the cause can feel impossible to identify. Many factors can lead to this irritating symptom, some more serious than others.

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1. Douching

For decades, douching was touted as a hygienic cleansing process after menstruation or intercourse. But the vagina is a self-cleaning organ that maintains a naturally acidic pH. Studies show that douches can make the vagina more alkaline, causing itching and irritation.

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