The true prevalence of lichen sclerosus is unknown, but raises with advancing age. Nevertheless, it can be seen in all ages, including children! It is an inflammatory dermatosis affecting, mostly but not exclusively, women, specially in the vulva. It is an autoimmune disease, but the mechanisms that lead to its development are still unknown.
Some women can be asymptomatic, while others can have very intense itching, burning, pain and discomfort with intercourse.
A brief look in the Internet about lichen sclerosus can be a devastating experience for someone newly diagnosed with lichen sclerosus: you will find pictures of badly scarred vulvas and references to vulvar cancer.
Adequate and timely diagnosis and treatment can slow or stop the anatomical changes, improve symptoms and reduce the risk of cancer.
Vulvar symptoms, specifically in postmenopausal women, long-standing or recurring should prompt a visit to your doctor – it can save your life!