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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How to Find Peace After Stress Triggers Your LS, Jennifer’s Story

How to Find Peace After Stress Triggers Your LS, Jennifer’s Story

Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/w0GRYydvRsM Listen to the interview here Introduction and Excited Announcements In today’s episode, we are joined by Jen, who is one of my OG followers, and my ride-or-die ladies! I’m so thrilled she is here with us to share the amazing story of her journey with Lichen Sclerosus. Jen’s journey involves a traumatic birth and a lot of stress to her vulva and vagina. She discusses what this process was like, how her symptoms manifested after the birth of her daughter, her diagnosis, and how she now deals with stress and Lichen Sclerosus. Lichen Sclerosus Support Network - A Huge Thank You To Our Sponsor! Before we jump into today’s episode, however, I want to thank our sponsor, the Lichen Sclerosus Support Network (LSSN) for making this podcast possible. LSSN is helping bring information, education, and most importantly, support to all Lichen Sclerosus warriors. Be sure…
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Lou’s Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosis Story

Lou’s Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosis Story

Our sister in Lichen Sclerosus, Lou, from Australia, shares her diagnosis story with us. Her trials span everything from doctors to mental health. Be prepared to smile and laugh because we had fun. And although our stories are individual to ourselves, we share many similarities. If you haven't heard my story yet, you can find it here lssupport.net/my-lichen-sclerosus-diagnosis/. If you need help dealing with appointment anxiety, check out the podcast episode “How to Overcome Appointment Anxiety so You Can be Your Best Advocate”. Share in the sisterhood of LS and stay tuned to the end for an exciting announcement. If you need help preparing for a visit with a practitioner, check out LSSN's guide for advocating for yourself. Don't forget to subscribe to be notified of the next episode, or find all the podcast episodes here for more education and diagnosis stories. Instagram @lichensclerosuspodcast Facebook @lichensclerosussupportnetwrok Resources: Video Lou shared…
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