Lichen Sclerosus Specialist

Gynecologists located in Princeton, NJ

Lichen Sclerosus
Lichen Sclerosus services offered in Princeton, NJ

Lichen sclerosus is not common, but it can cause numerous difficulties for women who are affected. Diagnosing and treating this condition is an area of specialty of Markidan Gynecology and Women's Health. If you have questions or concerns, book a personalized visit today to learn more. 

To schedule an appointment, please call us at (609)-683-3661.  We are conveniently located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Lichen Sclerosus Q & A

What is lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition that often affects women who have already gone through the menopause transition. That said, younger women, children, and even males can develop lichen sclerosus. 

The condition often causes symptoms in the genital and anal areas. Some of the signs of lichen sclerosus include:

  • Smooth, flat, white patches of skin
  • Redness
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected areas
  • Skin that tears or bleeds easily
  • Pain during sex
  • Itching, sometimes severe
  • Painful urination

Symptoms can come and go or persist over time. It’s also possible to have lichen sclerosis without experiencing symptoms. 

What causes lichen sclerosus?

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of this skin condition but suspect that hormonal imbalance or an autoimmune disease may be to blame. It’s clear that the condition is not contagious, so there is no need to take steps to protect your partner(s). 

If you have lichen sclerosus, getting treated is important. Some women with the condition experience adhesions of their vulva skin, and others notice a narrowing of their vaginal opening that can make sex quite uncomfortable. 

There is also a link between lichen sclerosus and squamous cell skin cancer. Women who are diagnosed with lichen sclerosus should perform frequent skin checks, and many need to have a biopsy if certain changes are noted during a visual exam.  

Can lichen sclerosus be treated?

Lichen sclerosus is an uncommon condition and many women struggle to find a physician who is comfortable treating this condition.  Dr. Markidan has successfully treated numerous women, including many who seek out her expertise from distant locations.

The key to successfully managing lichen sclerosus is tailored instructions on the use of medication, as well as close monitoring, by the physician, and the patient’s adherence to the treatment plan.  

Corticosteroid ointment can help control the itching commonly caused by lichen sclerosus. You may need to apply these medications twice a day at first but can reduce the frequency of application once your symptoms are under control. 

If you would like to discuss the management of lichen sclerosus in detail, please call Markidan Gynecology and Women’s Health today to schedule a visit.