Vaginal burning is often seen in association with other vaginal symptoms, including vaginal burning, irritation and pain. Burning may be extremely uncomfortable, and feel like tingling or pins and needles in the vagina. It is almost always important to get the burning addressed and evaluated. According to WebMD, some of the more common causes of vaginal burning include vaginitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), product sensitivity or harshness and atrophic vaginitis.
Vaginitis is considered an inflammation of the vagina and the vaginal lining or mucosa. Vaginitis may result in itchiness, pain within the vagina and may also be associated with vulvar symptoms. Burning itchiness, pain and swelling may also be symptoms of vaginitis. Read more about vaginitis.
Sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia, genital herpes or gonorrhea, trichomoniasis may all cause burning sensations. Lichen planus and lichen sclerosus may also cause skin changes around the vulva and vagina and may cause pain with associated burning in the genito pelvic area.
The vagina is also sensitive to chemicals and allergies to products, like creams, douches, detergents, latex condoms, sperm, scented toilet paper, bactericides and spermicides, may all cause burning. Read more about this in vaginal hygiene and vulvar hygiene.
Atrophic vaginitis or vaginal dryness, that is caused by lowered estrogen stored in the vaginal walls and decreased lubrication, may also be associated with vaginal burning. Some women with neuropathy, nerve issues or nerve pain, may also present and report localize their symptoms in the vagina and vulvar area. Some examples include: diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.