Lichen sclerosus is a rare and painful condition of the vulva. It is very disruptive to your life and is also very difficult to treat. Dr. Christi has introduced innovative treatments for this troubling condition.
Lichen sclerosus is characterized by very thin skin on the vulva that is shiny and patchy, and often very itchy and painful. Because the skin is so thin, it tears easily and will bleed. Intercourse becomes almost impossible.
Unfortunately the cause is unknown. It occurs more frequently after menopause, so there is likely a hormonal component. It may also occur in previously damaged and scarred skin, and we think there may be an autoimmune component in some cases.
The first treatment is prescription-strength corticosteroid cream. This soothes the itching and calms the inflammation in the skin, and can be used long term if needed. Estrogen creams were once used, but have recently been found to be ineffective.
Other innovative treatments include:
Lichen sclerosus is a difficult condition, but Dr. Christi has many options to help you. Please call our office at 281.717.4003 to schedule a consultation.
“After 2 surgeries to open fusions in my vagina and external genitalia due to lichen disorder, I was still unable to tolerate any sexual activity. There was marked improvement after the 1st Mona Lisa Touch Laser treatment and after each subsequent treatment. Now, with follow up laser treatments every 6 weeks I am able to have intercourse again. I still have the lichen flare ups, but the treatments keep it from being unmanageable.”