Hi! Thanks for your question on the forum. Tampons do not cause vaginal tears if used carefully. However many
women do report abrasions from use of tampons. If you are using tampons and have developed an itch, then this
could be due to some infection. Leaving tampons for too long or not maintaining good person hygiene while
inserting them or leaving the tampons out of their packs before use are often the cause of infection. The itch
could also be due to allergy to the material of tampon. Hence stop using tampons and use pads instead and see
if it helps. If it does not help you need to get a complete STD panel done. A vaginal swab should be
Vaginal itching could also be due to thrush or fungal infection, bacterial infection, trichomonas infection or
herpes simplex infection. It could be any other STD too. If you have a discharge too it could be either of
thrush or fungal infection, bacterial infection, or trichomonas infection. Thick white discharge with
itchiness and swelling could be a yeast infection or candida infection. This would need treatment with both,
oral antifungal taken once a week for 4 weeks or more and local antifungal application.
Alternatively it could be due to allergy to undergarments, soaps, creams, razors etc. Many a times it can be
due to an unknown cause. This itch is difficult to treat.
The treatment will depend on the cause. In your case it may be tampons, but it may also be that you use them
well and hence it could be any other cause too. Please consult a gynecologist as it is difficult to diagnose
the cause of itch on net. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!