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    Do I have Lichen Sclerosus (LS)?

    I am a 66-year-old woman with itchy vulva with white patches. My GP has been treating me with repeat courses of anti-thrush creams and tablets with no relief in my symptoms. Do I have Lichen Sclerosus (LS)?
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    Dr Ljiljana Miljkovic-Petkovic

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician

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    A Lichen Sclerosus is a chronic condition that can develop anywhere on the body and at any age. The commonest presentation is in postmenopausal women on the vulva. The exact cause is unknown, but an overactive immune system plays a role. Rarely it can change into vulvar cancer so surveillance by your Gynaecologist is very important. It is not contagious. As with any chronic condition it cannot be cured, but symptoms can be controlled. Initially, your Gynaecologist will prescribe you steroid ointment.

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