Vibrating Sensation in Vagina: Causes and Treatment

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Occasionally, there is buzzing, tingling or vibrating sensation in or around the vagina. The feeling may come and go and it can range in intensity. It may be a mild irritation or a painful spasm. Each person may have a different experience.

In this article:

Is this a Cause for Concern?
What Does it feel Like?
Symptoms of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina
Causes of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina
Treatment of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina
When to See a Doctor

A Guide for Vibrating Sensation in Vagina

Is this a Cause for Concern?

In most cases, vibrating sensation in vagina is not a cause for concern. Feeling a slight, unexpected vibration in the vagina can be a normal experience and there are several benign causes.

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What Does it feel Like?

Strange sensations are fairly subjective. Depending on the person, it may be described as –

  • Vibrating
  • Humming
  • Buzzing
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling

Symptoms of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina

Due to pelvic floor disorders can cause a variety of symptoms including muscle spasms and other potential symptoms are –

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Painful urination
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Constipation
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Unexplained pain in the lower back, genitals or rectum
  • Pain during or after sexual stimulation or intercourse

Due to muscle spasms, symptoms may include –

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Numbness or tingling
  • An abnormal gait
  • Problems with speech or swallowing

Causes of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina

It’s not always possible, even for a doctor, to figure out the vibrations in the vagina. The vagina is supported by a network of muscles. Muscles can twitch for a variety of reasons including –

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • As a side effect of certain medications

Pelvic floor disorders can cause muscle spasms in the pelvis which might feel like a vibration in or near the vagina. Pelvic floor disorders can result from –

  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Straining
  • Obesity
  • Aging

Vaginismus is an uncommon condition that causes muscle contractions or spasms near the vagina. It can happen while inserting a tampon having intercourse, or even during a pap test.

Vibrating vagina also comes up in multiple sclerosis (MS) forums. One of the symptoms of MS is paresthesia or strange sensations including numbness, tingling, and prickling. These can occur in various parts of the body, including the genitals.

Paresthesia can also be a symptom of other neurological conditions such as transverse myelitis, encephalitis, or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Treatment of Vibrating Sensation in Vagina

Unless an underlying condition exists, there are no formal treatments for a vibrating vagina. Instead, a person can take steps to help reduce the frequency of the sensation. These steps may include –

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Drinking plenty of fluid
  • Trying to relax when the sensations occur
  • Practicing stress-reducing techniques such as meditation and yoga
  • Practicing kegel exercises which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Getting enough rest each night

The tips above may not always be effective. A doctor will then need to determine whether an underlying medical condition is causing the sensations.

The doctor will ask about any additional symptoms and take a medical history. Pelvic examination is also performed.

If the sensations have an underlying medical cause, the doctor will recommend a course of treatment.

When to See a Doctor

An occasional feeling of vibration in or near the vagina probably isn’t serious. Consult the doctor if –

  • It has become persistent and is causing stress or other problems
  • Also having numbness or lack of sensation
  • Burns during urination
  • Swelling or inflammation around the genitals

Speak to a doctor if vibrating sensations in or around the vagina become more frequent or intense. A person should also consult a doctor if the sensations are accompanied by other symptoms such as –

  • Pain during intercourse or from inserting a tampon
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Unusual bleeding from the vagina

The symptoms above could point to an underlying condition such as –

  • A vaginal yeast infection
  • A urinary tract infection
  • A sexually transmitted infection or STI

While it is not clear that these conditions cause vibrating sensations in the vagina, they may cause vaginal irritation.

Infections may require treatment with antifungal or antibiotic medications.

It is also a good idea to see a doctor if the vibrating sensations occur during pregnancy. The doctor may want to perform an examination, particularly if the sensations are a new or persistent issue.

Tell the doctor about –

  • Previously diagnosed health problems
  • All the prescription and over-the-counter (otc) medications
  • Any dietary supplements or herbs taken

Conclusion

A vibrating sensation in the vagina is typically no cause for concern. The cause is often a muscle spasm affecting the pelvic floor muscles. Usually, the sensations are sporadic and do not cause significant disruption to a person’s daily activities.

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