Lichen sclerosus is an extremely uncomfortable condition characterized by thinning, white skin around a woman’s genitals. At the practice of Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, New York, Dr. Eden offers treatments that help prevent the progression of lichen sclerosus and scarring. To learn more about your treatment options for lichen sclerosus, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Lichen sclerosus can show up as white spots and itching around your genitals and the perineal region – the area between your anus and vagina.
Other symptoms include:
Lichen sclerosus usually develops in post-menopausal women, and it rarely affects men and children. Some people have the condition appear in areas other than the genitals, including their breasts and arms.
The exact cause is not fully understood, but research suggests it’s related to hormonal imbalances or problems with the immune system.
A genetic form of the condition can develop in areas where skin trauma or scarring has occurred. Lichen sclerosus can’t spread from person to person.
Lichen sclerosus does not directly cause skin cancer, but women with the condition are more likely to develop cancer of the vulva.
The most notable complications of the condition have to do with your quality of life. Lichen sclerosus can cause blistering, extremely painful intercourse, and uncomfortable vaginal itching.
Once Dr. Eden has confirmed your diagnosis of lichen sclerosus by examining a tissue sample under a microscope, she puts together a customized treatment plan. Ointments and creams that contain corticosteroids can help reduce pain and itching. Even after your initial condition clears up, you may need to use them regularly to prevent a recurrence.
MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments are another effective, non-invasive way to reduce the discomfort associated with lichen sclerosus. The laser energy stimulates collagen growth and blood flow in the vaginal area. The tissue of the vaginal wall strengthens and rehydrates, becoming more comfortable.
Women who have lichen sclerosus without painful itching should still seek treatment. Lichen sclerosus can interfere with intercourse and urination. Dr. Eden also wants to monitor unusual patches to ensure your condition doesn’t progress.
If you suspect you have lichen sclerosus, make an appointment at the office of Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., by calling or scheduling online today.