Dear Pharmacist,
I’m always itchy around my girl parts. Do you have something that will stop the itch?

Vaginal itching occurs often in perimenopause and menopause due to decreasing estrogen levels. Estrogen keeps the vaginal walls thicker and less prone to the thinning that leads to itching, dryness or even tearing with intercourse.

Firstly, you want to be certain that the itchiness is caused by menopause and not something else like a yeast infection. See your doctor.

For mild itchiness, you may want to try an over-the -counter lubricant like Replens. This may increase the lubrication in your vaginal area enough to stop the itch.

For moderate or severe irritation and itchiness, your doctor may prescribe a topical estrogen cream. This will increase the thickness of the walls in the vagina, restore the moisture and can relieve the dryness that leads to the itchiness.

Other non-prescription options to help are wearing loose, cotton underwear, good personal hygiene, and using fragrance free products to clean the vaginal area.

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Meet Deborah Kerr. She's a huge advocate for patient-focused healthcare. After twenty years of store management in community pharmacy, and ten years of corporate management for independent pharmacy, she developed an itch. The more she scratched, the more it spread. Why does menopause take so many women by surprise? Why does it have the ability to impact relationships, and families, and workplaces. It's insidious. She found herself shouting, "there has to be a better way".

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