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What is Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus?

Description of the disease

Vulvar lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin of the external genitalia of women, characterized by atrophy and narrowing of the tissues.


  • Classical lichen sclerosus
  • Hypertrophic lichen sclerosus
  • Morphoea-like lichen sclerosus


  • Itching and burning in the vulvar area
  • Painful urination
  • Loss of elasticity in the skin of the vulvar area


The exact causes of vulvar lichen sclerosus are unknown, but it is believed to be associated with autoimmune processes and hormonal imbalance.


Diagnosis of vulvar lichen sclerosus involves examination by a gynecologist, biopsy of affected tissues, and laboratory tests.


Treatment of vulvar lichen sclerosus includes the use of topical corticosteroids, physiotherapy, laser therapy, and surgical removal of affected areas.


  • Maintaining hygiene of the external genitalia
  • Avoiding traumatic procedures in the vulvar area
  • Prompt consultation with a doctor when symptoms appear


Vulvar lichen sclerosus is treated by a gynecologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.