Vaginal itching and discharge - child

Pruritus vulvae; Itching - vaginal area; Vulvar itching; Yeast infection - child

Itching, redness, and swelling of the skin of the vagina and the surrounding area (vulva) is a common problem in girls before the age of puberty. Vaginal discharge may also be present. The color, smell, and consistency of the discharge can vary, depending on the cause of the problem.

Female reproductive anatomy

External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries, and cervix.

Causes of vaginal itching

Persistent itching of the vaginal and vulval areas may be due to chemicals such as detergents, infections or menopause. Diagnostic tests such as Pap smear, vaginal culture or biopsies may be performed to determine the cause.

Uterus

The uterus is a hollow muscular organ located in the female pelvis between the bladder and rectum. The ovaries produce the eggs that travel through the fallopian tubes. Once the egg has left the ovary it can be fertilized and implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The main function of the uterus is to nourish the developing fetus prior to birth.

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