Do you suffer from chronic itching or burning of the genitalia? Have you or your partner noticed changes in the appearance of your genital tissue. Does a family member suffer from any chronic genital conditions? If so, you may want to be evaluated for a condition called vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS).
VLS is a long-term condition of the female genital skin that is thought to be related to an immune system that is too active. The disease process can cause scarring or loss of genital landmarks, such as tucking of the clitoris and resorption of the inner/thinner lips of the genitalia, making them look as though they are disappearing. It can also lead to tightening of the vaginal opening, which can result in painful intercourse. About 4-5% of the time, it can lead to a skin cancer.
Some women have no symptoms, while others can report itching, pain, uncomfortable intercourse, trouble urinating, or a change in the appearance of their genital tissue. VLS has been known to affect the emotional and sexual health of those women affected. All age groups can be affected and it can run in families. Patients often report that they have other autoimmune disorders, such as Hoshimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, or psoriasis.
If you suspect that you or a loved one could be suffering from this condition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for evaluation today. We offer several treatment options designed to eliminate symptoms and to prevent further damage caused by VLS.