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What Are the Causes of Vaginal Itching & Spotting?

author image Rae Uddin
Rae Uddin has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She specializes in scientific journalism and medical and technical writing. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Uddin earned her Master of Science in integrated biomedical sciences with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
What Are the Causes of Vaginal Itching & Spotting?
What Are the Causes of Vaginal Itching & Spotting?

Vaginal itching and spotting--irregular vaginal bleeding--are common symptoms in women. Although these symptoms can be uncomfortable, treatment options are available to either eradicate or control discomfort. Affected women should be evaluated by a medical professional in order to accurately determine the cause of vaginal itching and spotting.

Vaginal Infections

Certain types of vaginal infections can cause vaginal itching or spotting in women. Bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infections, which are both the result of bacterial imbalances in the vagina, can cause vaginal inflammation, irritation or itching. In the absence of treatment, these infections can spread from the vagina into the reproductive tract. If this occurs, a woman can develop pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to symptoms of spotting between menstrual periods, according to

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Women who have a sexually transmitted disease can develop unusual vaginal itching and spotting. These sexually transmitted diseases include chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and HIV or AIDS, according to Typically, vaginal itching and bleeding due to a sexually transmitted disease occur in conjunction with additional symptoms, including abdominal discomfort, pain during sex, vaginal odor or flu-like symptoms. Sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from an infected woman to an uninfected intimate partner unless appropriate medication or protection is used.


Women going through menopause can experience vaginal itching or spotting. Menopause is a specific point in a women's life at which she stops having a regular menstrual cycle. During this time, women can experience irregular bleeding over the span of several months before her menstrual period completely ends. Hormonal changes that occur during menopause can alter the lining of a woman's vagina, causing it to become dry or itchy, the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library reports. These symptoms are a normal part of menopause, but certain treatment options are available to help alleviate vaginal discomfort.

Radiation Therapy

Pelvic or vaginal radiation can lead to spotting or vaginal itching in treated women. This type of therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cells in the body. Skin irritation caused by radiation can lead to vaginal dryness, itching or burning, the University of Washington School of Medicine reports. Certain women can also experience light vaginal bleeding or spotting for several days following radiotherapy.

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