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Lichen Sclerosus: Symptoms and Treatment

What is Lichen Sclerosus?

While intimate dryness and infernal itching can be symptoms of vaginal atrophy or other intimate skin conditions, it's worth understanding Lichen Sclerosus, and whether that could be the root cause.

Lichen Sclerosus is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by the appearance of white pearly patches of thin skin. It can affect both men and women, and most commonly impacts the genitals and anus, though it can appear on other areas of the body.

While lichen sclerosus isn't contagious or life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable and distressing, and may make things like sex or exercise more difficult.

Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus

In women, lichen sclerosus manifests as white, shiny, thin patches of skin on the vulva, that may appear slightly crinkled in texture. These patches can be itchy, painful, or sensitive, leading to discomfort during daily activities, intercourse, or urination. In around 30% of cases, the anus is also affected.

Who Can Be Affected by Lichen Sclerosus?

While lichen sclerosus can affect anyone, it is most commonly diagnosed in postmenopausal women and young girls who have not yet reached puberty. 

It's not clear what causes Lichen Sclerosus, but it's thought that it may be an autoimmune disease. This is a disease where the immune system attacks part of the body. So, in Lichen Sclerosus, the immune system would attack the intimate skin.

What to do if You Think You Have Lichen Sclerosus

Visit your GP if you think you think you may have these symptoms. The visible appearance of Lichen Sclerosis is usually very typical, so it's easy to diagnose in most cases. They will likely prescribe a steroid cream or other suitable treatment to treat the affected area and provide comfort. 

Victory Oil Feedback From Lichen Sclerosus Sufferers

Victory Oil is 100% natural, fragrance-free and hormone-free, and created with gynaecologists to relieve intimate dryness. Thousands of women have labelled it a "miracle oil" for improving intimate comfort, especially when navigating vaginal atrophy during and after menopause.

But recently we've noticed many women reporting back that this has been a wonderfully relieving treatment for their lichen sclerosis, too. While it's not designed for this purpose, NAYDAYA Victory Oil contains wonderfully nourishing natural ingredients that provide instant relief from intimate discomfort. Check out the reviews below:

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Always Check In With Your Doctor

It's important to visit your GP and flag any concerns. While this condition is usually uncomfortable but harmless, NHS guidance states other health implications to be aware of, so you should always consult your health practitioner for proper advice and treatment. 

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 pelvic health physiotherapist clare bourne discusses naydaya victory oil

Please see our referenced sources for further information:

East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Leaflet on Lichen Sclerosus

The British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease

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