Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition affecting the genitals that can cause white discoloration, itching and pain. Women are most likely to get lichen sclerosus before puberty or after menopause. Lichen sclerosus is a chronic condition, so you can’t get rid of it, but you can treat it. It is important for women with this condition to get treatment as soon as possible and to continue treatment until you are advised to stop. Lichen sclerosus that is not treated can cause permanent changes to the skin of the vulva. In addition, people who get lichen sclerosus have a higher risk of cancer in the genital area.
Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Itching of the vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina) or around the anus.
- Discomfort or dull pain in the vulva or around the anus.
- Vaginal discharge.
- Pain during sex or urination.
- Skin changes around the vulva or anus including white skin, blotchy and wrinkled patches, bruising, or cracks in the skin that sometimes bleed.
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering, or ulcerated sores.
If so, contact us to request an appointment with one of the providers at Urogynceology of Kansas City for an examination as well as to discuss your treatment options.