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What is Lichen Sclerosus?

This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the vulva in women and female children and also the penis in men and boys. It is commonest in girls before puberty and women after the menopause but can and frequently does, occur at any age. The true incidence of lichen sclerosus (LS) is not known but affects at least one in a thousand women.

What's in the Information Pack?

  • A detailed explanation of what Lichen Sclerosus is from medical professionals
  • Photos of Lichen Scleroses condition and treatment process
  • Causes of Lichen Sclerosus
  • Possible complications
  • Treatments for lichen sclerosus
  • How Yes Lubricants can help soothe and relieve symptoms

Fast Facts

Can People With Lichen Sclerosus Have Sex?

Many women with Lichen Sclerosus can have sex, and indeed regular sex is often recommended as without it, the introitus may close up. The use of dilators, vibrators and finger insertion is also encouraged for the same reason.

However, women with severe Lichen Sclerosus in the genitals may not be able to have sex. The disease can cause scars that narrow the vagina, while scarring of the clitoris can result in the inability to orgasm. Intercourse can be painful, because of the broken or ulcerated skin and can cause the patches to bleed. Many women will also be post-menopausal, so this can be doubly upsetting.

However, it is stressed, that although Lichen Sclerosis is a disabling disorder, it is very responsive to treatment, and intimacy can in many cases be successfully restored.

What Causes Lichen Sclerosus?

Doctors don't know the exact cause of Lichen Sclerosus, but it is classified as an auto-immune disease. It is thought that people may inherit the likelihood of getting the disease. Sometimes, Lichen Sclerosus appears on skin that has been damaged or scarred from some other previous injury.

Is there a cure?

Although no treatment is likely to reverse the symptoms of LS completely, the disease can usually be well controlled and the symptoms reduced with steroid application.

Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus in women

Women with Lichen Sclerosus usually develop small white spots and sometimes bruising on their vulva. Itchiness develops which can be severe. This itchiness tends to be worse at night and may disturb sleep. It has been described as "A Torment".

There may also be itchy spots on the skin around the anus.

Over time, the spots can spread and merge together to form large white plaques.

The skin of the vulva or anus may eventually turn very pale and shiny, and become fragile, thin and crinkly or scarred and thickened. Some patches of skin may become inflamed and raw, and may eventually split. Sore or cracked vulval skin is more prone to vaginal infections.

Without treatment, the skin of the vulva may scar and shrink over the following months or years. and can lead ultimately to the fusion of the labia.

Further complications can result in pain on passing urine, difficulty with childbirth and bowel movements.

Is Lichen Sclerosus Related to Cancer?

There is a small increased risk of vulval cancer (estimated at 5%) and the value of regular self-examination cannot be over stressed. You can see how to do this here.

Lichen Sclerosus does not cause skin cancer, and the incidence of developing it is low, but it is advisable to have any changes checked by your doctor every 6 to 12 months.

How is Lichen Sclerosus diagnosed?

The diagnosis can usually be made from the appearance of the condition. However, Lichen Sclerosus can resemble vitiligo (loss of skin colour) or Lichen Planus (which is more purple), so for a certain diagnosis a biopsy can be carried out and a small specimen of skin examined under the microscope. A blood test may also be carried out to check for thyroid disease and anaemia, as these may be more common in women with Lichen Sclerosus.

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Susi & Sarah, co-founders of
Yes Organic Lubricants

"I feel so much more comfortable using something natural and I am so pleased it has turned out to be the best I have ever used."
"Yes has totally changed my sex life! I always found sex painful and although my husband suggested it might be the fruity lubricators with god knows what ingredients, we never actually got as far as trying to find an alternative. I just put up with the pain and presumed that was just my lot! I'm loving Yes. I am no longer in any pain at all. Thank you - I am now a lifetime fan."
Kim, US (March 2013)
"It really does help with dryness and helps to make sexual intercourse less painful."
Mary, MI, USA (April 2013)

Soothe and Relieve Symptoms

In what way can Yes help?

  • Making love - When penetration is painful, as it often is with LS, then Yes lubricants provide cushioning and glide to enable intercourse, giving a protective layer to sensitive tissues that permits relaxation into sexual pleasure.
  • Using dilators The use of dilators or trainers is often recommended as a way of maintaining the openness of the vaginal entrance. For maximum compliance with this device, a strong and safe lubricant is needed to ease the introduction of the dilator into the vagina. Anticipated pain can cause flinching before using the dilator, and eventual avoidance of its use. Yes makes insertion comfortable and the treatment better tolerated.
  • Calming the itch Yes water based is a soft cool gel which is pH balanced and can provide relief from vulvovaginal itching and irritation.
  • Soothing the papercuts and fissures When there is any splitting of the skin, Yes oil-based, rich in natural oils and butters, can be safely emollient and soothing.
  • Compatible with cortico steroid treatment Yes intimate lubricants and moisturisers will not interfere with the action of topical steroids, although should not be applied at the same time.
  • Ideal as an intimate wash Medical experts on LS stress the importance of not irritating the vulva with soaps, washes, douches or intimate wipes which contain harsh and harmful chemicals. Yes water-based can be used directly, or in dilution to safely wash intimate areas and keep them clean and calm.

Why should I use Yes Organic Lubricants?

When your intimate areas are already sensitive, thin or sore, naturally you wish to avoid any product that will provoke stinging, that will interfere with your topical steroid treatment or further compromise your intimate comfort. The purity of Yes products means that you can use them safely and confidently.

Yes is the natural choice of intimate product for women and men who experience Lichen Sclerosus. Yes lubricants and intimate moisturisers are based on unique organic formulations, and are guaranteed to be pure and free from any known skin irritants. Yes protects, lubricates and rehydrates intimate tissues, and at their core the products use ingredients that have proven pedigree as skin foods. Yes products are safe for use with vaginal dilators.

The accepted treatment of Lichen Sclerosus is a topical steroid. While Yes lubricants and moisturisers have immense value as a complimentary addition to the LS "Tool Kit", they should not be regarded as a replacement for steroid creams.

  • Guaranteed pure, hypoallergenic and gentle
  • Soothing relief from itching, irritation and discomfort
  • Formulated with ingredients that have proven track records as skin foods, so you can trust that your delicate tissues will be well cared for
  • Suitable for use as an intimate moisturiser and sexual lubricant
  • pH balanced to restore and maintain the typical vaginal environment. This ensures you retain your natural protection against thrush and other infections
  • Hormone and paraben free; no known contraindications
  • Free from all known skin irritants: certified organic and hypoallergenic
  • Recommended by healthcare professionals
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