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  • The Lichen Sclerosus Blog

    Are you tired of finding conflicting information on the internet about Lichen Sclerosus? You're in the right place if you’re looking for quality, educational, evidence-based information!

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    Lichen Sclerosus and Bacterial Vaginosis: What's the Difference

    Jaclyn Blog

    What are the differences between lichen sclerosus and bacterial vaginosis? Do you have to stop your LS treatment with BV? Click to learn more

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    Graphic design image of a vagina with microbes and bacteria representing bacterial vaginosis.
    • Graphic design image of a reproductive system including the vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries to signify yeast infections which can occur in the vagina and or vulva.

      Do Steroids Cause Yeast Infections in People with Lichen Sclerosus

      Jaclyn Blog

      Do steroids cause yeast infections? Click to learn more and how to manage yeast infections with lichen sclerosus.

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    • Image of a person's hips and legs wearing a blue bikini style brief, with red lines around the vulvar area to indicate pain and itch that are common with yeast infections.

      Yeast Infection or Lichen Sclerosus: Why So Many Misdiagnoses?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Yeast infection or lichen sclerosus? Click here to learn more about yeast infections and why LS is commonly misdiagnosed as yeast infections.

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    • Image of 4 people with different skin color types standing together representing the how color changes can differ depending on your skin color type.

      Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus and Skin Color Changes

      Jaclyn Blog

      Skin color can often change with LS and may vary based on your skin color. Click to learn more about lichen sclerosus and skin color changes.

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    • Graphic design image of a person with black hair in a bobbed haircut, light blue 3/4 length shirt shrugging their shoulders with a puzzled look on their face to indicate confusing over lichen sclersosus and vulvar psoriasis.

      Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvar Psoriasis

      Jaclyn Blog

      Misdiagnoses are common in the vulvar health space. Learn about the differences between lichen sclerosus and vulvar psoriasis here.

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    • Graphic design of image of a yellow and orange bowl with white powder (to represent borax) amongst a purple background. The top title text says: "Lichen Sclerosus and Borax".

      Lichen Sclerosus and Borax

      Jaclyn Blog

      Lichen sclerosus and borax is a controversial topic within the LS community. To learn about LSSN's position on borax, click here.

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    • Image of a person with white skin and a yellow sweater and long brown hair with teal colored question marks around their head. There are two thought bubbles which read: "Lichen sclerosus or vulvar dermatitis".

      Lichen Sclerosus or Vulvar Dermatitis

      Jaclyn Blog

      Lichen sclerosus or vulvar dermatitis? Learn the differences between the two conditions and whether your LS care is causing dermatitis here.

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    • Graphic design images of a pill bottle, a turquoise tube of ointment with an orange cross on it, a jar of cream based medication and a blue package of little pink pills amongst a purple background. This image signifies expiry dates and lichen sclerosus medication.

      Expiry Dates and Lichen Sclerosus Medication

      Jaclyn Blog

      Expiry dates and lichen sclerosus medication. Can you use your medication after it's expired? Will it harm you? Click here to learn more.

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    • Image of a patient lying reclined on a bench, with a healthcare provider talking next to them. This signifies a healthcare provider talking to a patient about phototherapy for lichen sclerosus.

      Phototherapy for Lichen Sclerosus

      Jaclyn Blog

      Have you heard about phototherapy for lichen sclerosus before? If you are curious to know whether this is a good option for you, click here.

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    • Graphic design image of a skin sample showing the different lasers of skin - e.g., epidermis, dermis, etc. This is important because non-ablative laser for lichen sclerosus can heat different layers of skin.

      Non-Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus

      Jaclyn Blog

      Have you ever wondered about non-ablative laser for lichen sclerosus? Is it an effective treatment? Click to learn more.

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    • Image of a diverse group of people holding hands to represent the vulvar lichen sclerosus community. The title text reads, "What's on the Horizon for VLS in 2024".

      Welcome Back to Another Year of Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus Content

      Jaclyn Blog

      Welcome to another year of vulvar lichen sclerosus content! Click to learn more about new VLS studies and what's on the horizon this year.

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    • Graphic image design of the silhouettes of 4 people standing back to back, representing the strength and resilience behind the LS community. The title text above reads LSSN 2023 Year in Review.

      LSSN End-of-Year Wrap-Up and Hope for the Future

      Jaclyn Blog

      What has LSSN been up to in 2023? Click to read our year in review, new research, and what's to come for 2024.

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    • Image of an Asian person, in a soft pink long dress, with a pregnant belly pointing at text that reads "Lisa's lichen scleorsus pregnancy journey".

      Lisa's Lichen Sclerosus Pregnancy Journey

      Jaclyn Blog

      Ever wondered about pregnancy and lichen sclerosus? Click to read Lisa's lichen sclerosus pregnancy journey.

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    • Graphic design image of a person with a blue glove holding a laser device to represent the topic of laser therapy for lichen sclerosus.

      Laser Therapy for Lichen Sclerosus: Experimental Treatment Series

      Jaclyn Blog

      Have you debated trying laser therapy for lichen sclerosus? Want to learn more about if laser is right for you? Click to learn more.

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    • A graphic designed image of 4 tubes in a holding tray. The tubes have a red part at the bottom, followed by a top orange layer, and then a light yellow layer on top. This represents platelet-rich-plasma for lichen sclerosus as PRP involves taking your blood and processing it in such a way that different parts of the blood a separated.

      Platelet-Rich Plasma for Lichen Sclerosus: Experimental Treatment Series

      Jaclyn Blog

      Is platelet-rich plasma for lichen sclerosus is a good treatment option? Click to learn more about PRP and lichen sclerosus.

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    • Image of four people of different ages and skin color sitting together wearing vibrant colored clothing representing clothing and lichen sclerosus.

      Clothing and Lichen Sclerosus

      Jaclyn Blog

      Clothing and lichen sclerosus can be complicated. Click hear to learn what clothing to avoid, what is LS friendly, and general clothing advice

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    • LSSN Mini Summit on Vulvovaginal Conditions

      Kathy Blog, Kathy Video

      Here are 5 reasons you need to be at this year's LSSN Mini Summit on vulvovaginal Conditions to take control if your vulvar health.

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    • Image of people with different body types and skin tones wearing underwear as this post discusses underwear and lichen sclerosus

      Underwear and Lichen Sclerosus: What Kind is Best

      Jaclyn Blog

      If you have lichen sclerosus you may be wondering what underwear is best for you? Click to learn more about underwear and LS options.

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    • Image of a person with long black hair, brown skin, and a yellow headband and blue shirt. On top of their head are three yellow questions marks and the title text reads "treatment" and "adjunct therapy".

      Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Versus Adjunct Therapy

      Jaclyn Blog

      Learn more about the difference between treatment and adjunct therapy and how you can make the most of your treatment plan by clicking here.

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    • Women sitting in a circle holding hands. Finding acceptance and resilience can take time.

      A Look at Acceptance and Resilience. What Does It Mean?

      Kathy Blog

      Want to learn more about acceptance, resilience, and Lichen Sclerosus? Look no further! Click to join us on this round table discussion!

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    • Image of a person with brown skin, short black hair, brown slacks and a yellow tshirt shrugging their shoulders. The test on the left side says 'lichen sclerosus' and the text on the right side says 'lichen planus'. There are graphic question marks on the left and right side and the background is purple.

      Lichen Planus or Lichen Sclerosus? Can You Have Both?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Are you wondering about the differences between lichen planus and lichen sclerosus? Curious if you can have both? Click to learn more.

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    • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is essential for people with lichen sclerosus

      Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Those with Lichen Sclerosus

      Kathy Blog

      Ever wonder how pelvic floor physical therapy can help your LS? You aren't the only one. PFPT Ashley /stump breaks it down for us.

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    • Image of a graphic person with long, layered dark brown and light brown hair, wearing a crimson long-sleeve shirt holding out their hands with yellow question marks on top of their head. Above the left hand side the word says 'menopause' and above the right hand the word says 'lichen sclerosus;.

      Lichen Sclerosus & Menopause: What's the Difference?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Not sure if your symptoms are from menopause or lichen sclerosus? Click here to learn more about this fundamental difference.

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    • A light pink, ceramic bowl sits in the center of the photo. The has been restored through the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi. The cracks in the ceramic are embellished with gold dusting.

      Kintsugi: How I Learned to Love my Vulva Again

      Jaclyn Blog

      Lichen sclerosus can cause changes to the physical appearance of the vulva. Learn how Kintsugi can help heal your relationship to your vulva.

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    • What's the best lube for Lichen Sclerosus?

      Kathy Blog

      Ever wonder what lube you should try if you have Lichen Sclerosus? Click to read about types of lube and what to consider in picking one.

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    • Image of a person in light grey clothing gazing down at their pregnant belly representing lichen sclerosus and pregnancy.

      Lichen Sclerosus and Pregnancy

      Jaclyn Blog

      Do you have lichen sclerosus and are thinking of getting pregnant? Want to learn more about lichen sclerosus & pregnancy? Click here to read.

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    • Take Part In The Revolutionary GRIDD Study Today

      Kathy Blog

      As a patient with a dermatology condition, we ask that you help create the largest database of patients. Join the GRIDD study today.

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    • Image of a person with pale skin a white T-shirt scratching their arm. The scratching is represenatative of the itch-scratch cycle that occurs with lichen simplex chronicus.

      Lichen Simplex Chronicus and LS: What’s the Difference?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Uncertain if you have lichen simplex chronicus or lichen sclerosus? Can you have both? Click here to learn more.

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    • LS Zine cover. LS inlarge purlpe letters. Zine in large teal letters. In front of a purple and teal marble background.

      LS Zine Giving Voice to Patients Around the World

      Kathy Blog

      Download LSSN's LS Zine to read stories and poetry, see artwork, and hear interviews from lichen sclerosus patients around the world.

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    • Image of a wooden desk, with medical articles, glasses, a plant, and a tablet that reads 'chronic pain' on top. This represents the topic of chronic pain and lichen sclerosus.

      Chronic Pain and Lichen Sclerosus: What is Going On?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Click to reach this post on chronic pain and lichen sclerosus. Learn about the causes and what you can do to manage your pain.

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    • Hands holding out a block with the word "Grace" written on it.

      Giving Yourself Grace

      Kathy Blog

      Do you struggle with mental health and Lichen Sclerosus? Click here for 4 tips on how to give yourself grace with your struggles!

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    • Image of a person with pale skin and a black tank top and blue jeans hunched over, with their hands on their pelvic floor in pain from lichen sclerosus.

      Pain from Lichen Sclerosus: The Fundamentals

      Jaclyn Blog

      Do you experience pain from lichen sclerosus? Want to learn more about how pain can manifest and how to manage pain? Click to learn more.

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    • Lower sex drive is a common side effect of LS but it doesn't have to stay that way.

      Is Lichen Sclerosus Lowering Your Sex Drive?

      Kathy Blog

      Do you have Lichen Sclerosus and are struggling with your sex drive? Want to find out why? Come and find tips on how to get your drive back.

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    • Image of three young children lying on the floor coloring. The children represent pediatric lichen sclerosus, which can affect young children and teens.

      Pediatric Lichen Sclerosus: What You Need to Know to Support your Child

      Jaclyn Blog

      Do you think your child has pediatric lichen sclerosus? Are you looking for information to help support your child? Click to read more.

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    • Grooming with Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus (with video)

      Kathy Blog

      Curious about grooming when you have vulvar Lichen Sclerosus? We brought in an expert to answer your questions.

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    • Image of two surgeons in the operating room, in head to toe blue scrubs. In front of them is another surgeon with a facemask and scrubs, looking at the camera. This image represents surgery for lichen sclerosus.

      Lichen Sclerosus & Surgery: What Does the Science Say?

      Jaclyn Blog

      Did you know surgery may be an option for you if you have lichen sclerosus? Click here to read about surgery and lichen sclerosus.

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    • Does long-term use of topical steroids thin vulvar skin?

      Kathy Blog

      Many people with Lichen Sclerosus worry that long-term use of topical steroids will thin their skin and cause damage. But there’s a lot to consider about this gold standard for treatment. In a recent interview, Dr. Jill Krapf helped clear up the confusion.

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    • Image of a purple background with a tube of Tacrolimus on top and Pimecrolimus on the bottom. Both are calcineurin inhibitors used to treat LS.

      Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Series: Calcineurin Inhibitors

      Jaclyn Blog

      Did you know there's a non-steroidal treatment for lichen sclerosus? Click here to learn more about calcineurin inhibitors for LS.

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    • Lichen Sclerosus Holistic Healing Summit butterfly logo with the dates May 8-13, 2023

      Lichen Sclerosus (W)holistic Healing Summit 2023

      Kathy Blog

      If you have LS and are looking for evidenced-based whole-body lichen sclerosus information, you need to be at the (W)holistic Healing Summit.

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    • Image of a yellow pill bottle with yellow and red pills inside. Below the pill bottle, there is a graphic text that reads, "Side Effects" in bold, black letters.

      Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Series Part 2: Steroids

      Jaclyn Blog

      What are the side effects of steroids for LS? What should you do if you have a side effect? Click here to learn more.

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    • How I Successfully Overcame the Fear of Performing My Vulva Check

      Kathy Blog

      Are you doing your vulva check? The first time can be scary, especially with lichen sclerosus. Read to get helpful resources.

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    • Image of a wood table with the word 'steroids' spelled out with blue, yellow, and green colored alphabet letter magnets.

      Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Series Part 1: Steroids

      Jaclyn Blog

      Rarely do doctors give us all the information about steroids to treat lichen sclerosus. Click here to learn all about steroids for LS.

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    • How to Apply Topical Steroid Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus Correctly

      Kathy Blog

      Were you given topical steroids as a treatment for your Lichen Sclerosus but not told how to use them properly? No worries we got you covered.

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    • Image of a 3-D graphic model of a clitoris.

      The Clitoris & Lichen Sclerosus: What You Need To Know

      Jaclyn Blog

      Clitoral phimosis can lead to pain and loss of sensation for folks with vulvar lichen sclerosus. Click to read more about clitoral health.

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      She Reversed Severe Clitoral Adhesions Without Surgery

      Kathy Blog

      Suffering from clitoral fusing? Read how one LS patient reversed severe clitoral adhesions without surgery in less than eight weeks!

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    • Image of a pink, satin sheet, folded to suggestively look like a vulva.

      Architectural Changes & Lichen Sclerosus

      Jaclyn Blog

      Click here to learn more about what architectural changes are for folks with lichen sclerosus and how you can prevent them from happening.

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    • Treating Constipation and Urinary Incontinence with Pelvic Physical Therapy can help you get your life back.

      Can Constipation and Urinary Incontinence be Relieved with Pelvic Physical Therapy?

      Kathy Blog

      Suffering from constipation or urinary incontinence? Holly Horikawa, a pelvic physical therapist, reveals how to break the vicious cycle.

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    • Image of a person with brown skin, their hair in a ponytail with their hands on their forehead with an upset expression on their face.

      Burnt – Stop Ignoring my (Vulvar/Pelvic) Pain

      Jaclyn Blog

      Pelvic and vulvar pain is political. Click here to read a guest post by Sabrina Sarro on the political aspects of living with vulvar pain.

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    • Finding the right support is important

      The 4 Important Elements to the Right Lichen Sclerosus Support Group

      Kathy Blog

      Struggling with the emotional and mental health side of LS? Discover how to find the right lichen sclerosus support group you need to thrive.

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    • Image of three doctors standing next to each other smiling.

      What I Want Doctors To Know: LS Edition

      Jaclyn Blog

      Living with lichen sclerosus can be hard. Here are all the things I want doctors treating lichen sclerosus to know.

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    • You do not have to figure out your lichen sclerosus diagnosis alone

      4 Brave Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosis Stories. You are NOT Alone.

      Kathy Blog

      Having lichen sclerosus can feel like a lonely experience, but sharing our stories reminds us that we’re not alone. In this blog, members of the Lichen Sclerosus Support Network share their diagnosis stories.

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