Experiencing itching during your period is not uncommon. Typically this occurs as a result of hormonal changes that happen during menstruation..have no fear, these hormonal changes are normal. However, you also might be experiencing itching due to a sensitivity or irritation to the hygienic products that you are using. Sensitive skin can become irritated by tampons or pads which then can result in itching that is caused by irritation, yeast and bacterial vaginosis. 

To avoid irritation, I recommend switching to unscented tampons and pads. Consider hygiene products made of natural, organic materials and use the appropriate size tampon for your flow to avoid highly absorbent tampons. Make sure that you change pads frequently as well, wet pads or liners can cause an itchy red rash on the vulva. Alternatives to tampons and pads include menstrual cups and period underwear. 

Avoid scented cleansing wipes and use warm water and a pH-balanced or mild soap to clean the vulva. The pH of blood is 7.4, which is much more alkaline than normal vaginal pH (3.5 to 4.5), leading to elevated vaginal pH and overgrowth of bacteria and yeast. 

Itching before, during and even after your period for a few days is common, however if the vaginal or vulvar itching continues beyond your period, make an appointment with your provider to rule out an infection.

With love, 

Dr. Jodie Horton