Your doctor can suggest treatment with creams or ointments that help return a more normal appearance to your skin and decrease the tendency for scarring. Severe cases of vulvar lichen sclerosus can significantly impair the quality of life that patients have, as it often negatively affects women physically, mentally, and emotionally. Mayo Clinic Marketplace Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
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However, it is sometimes identified among pre-menopausal women, and, even more rarely, among males. Some scientists believe that a genetic predisposition to lichen sclerosus exists. Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that most commonly affects the vulva, groin, and perianal region of postmenopausal women. Affected Populations Lichen sclerosus affects mostly females, usually between the ages of 40 and 60 years. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products.
Vulvar lichen sclerosus: breaking the silence
Diagnosis Lichen sclerosus is diagnosed in advanced cases by looking at the skin affected. If it's severe, you might need a small operation, such as surgery to widen your vagina or remove your foreskin circumcision. Some cases of lichen sclerosus may be linked to formation of certain antibodies e. For this reason, many affected women and men avoid sexual activity, tight undergarments, and such activities as riding bicycles.