Lichen Sclerosus

innovative treatments for restoring feminine health

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.

What is lichen sclerosus?

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.

What causes lichen sclerosus?

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.

What are my treatment options?

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:

  1. Immune-modulating medications
    These can be helpful, but will decrease the entire immune system which can make you prone to other infections.
  2. Laser treatment
    Dr. Christi offers the MonaLisa Touch laser treatment to rejuvenate and restore the vulvar skin. This is a very new, promising treatment for this stubborn condition.

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.

What our patients are saying

“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.”

-Susan A.