Chronic vulvar irritation and itching can be bothersome and embarrassing. Sometimes the discomfort is so bad it starts to have an impact on your daily life and possibly your intimate life. There are many reasons vulvar irritation and itching can occur. There may be a product that is coming in contact with your skin that your skin finds unfavorable. If that is the case stop using all products and soap and only clean the genital area with plain water. If you feel you have an infection such as yeast, bacterial vaginosis or a Sexually transmitted disease see your health care provider. If you have done the above and still have chronic itching, it may be constant or come and go, then find a provider who specializes in vulvar conditions.

At Lakeview Women’s Health we do specialize in vulvar problems. One of the more common problems we see is Lichen Sclerosus. If you look on line and search Lichen Sclerosus it is stated it is a rare problem, we don’t agree. Because of the frequency of Lichen Sclerosus, June Franzen, NP at Lakeview Women’s Health has started a support group and there are over 60 patients who have been diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus.

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that most commonly affects women before puberty or after menopause. Although rare, it can also be seen in men. … The disorder is not contagious nor is it a sexually transmitted disease. If left untreated, the condition can have serious effects. Severe cases may cause severe pain during sex as it causes the tissue to become fused together and can cause permanent scars. Lichen sclerosus can be a risk factor for skin cancer and vulvar cancer.

Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus can be tricky, corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for treatment. These medications can cause thinning of the vulvar skin and often another medication such as estrogen cream is prescribed to help restore that skin. The Juliet laser has also been very successful at helping to relieve the symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus, this treatment is available at Lakeview Women’s Health.

If you have chronic vulvar irritation that needs to be checked out or you have known Lichens Sclerosus and would like to find a provider to manage your condition, please call the clinic for an appointment. 928-733-6291.