Does Stress Cause Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus?

Does Stress Cause Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus?

Introduction A common experience in processing a vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS) diagnosis is understanding what happened. “What went wrong?”, “Why did this happen to me?” and “What caused this?” are common questions we here in our community. I know I (Jaclyn) have definitely gone down the ‘cause’ rabbit hole, trying to figure out just what exactly happened to my body to result in VLS. Today, we will discuss a topic that most people can relate to–stress. Specifically, we will address the question, “Does stress cause vulvar lichen sclerosus?” as this is one of the top questions we hear during our virtual meetups, Instagram DMs, and emails. First, we discuss what stress is and then address whether stress causes VLS. Second, we address the flip side of this question, “Can VLS cause stress?”. Finally, we share different ways to help manage stress and develop greater stress resilience. *This post is evidence-based;…
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