Do You Need to Be on Estrogen if You Have Lichen Sclerosus?

Do You Need to Be on Estrogen if You Have Lichen Sclerosus?

Introduction Once you start going down the rabbit hole of Google, you’ll come across many different treatments and ways to manage your lichen sclerosus. One thing that may come up in your search is estrogen therapy. Conversely, you may have heard others talking about their using estrogen in virtual meetups or support groups. Regardless of where you heard about estrogen, you may be wondering if you need to be on estrogen if you have lichen sclerosus. And this is a good and important question, and we address it in today’s post. Disclaimers *This post is evidence-based; I draw on the medical literature to share what you need to know about lichen sclerosus and estrogen. Importantly, what I share is my interpretation of the science and data. **The information contained in this blog post is up-to-date at the time of publication.  ***If this post is helpful to you, we’d love your…
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Lichen Sclerosus & Menopause: What’s the Difference?

Lichen Sclerosus & Menopause: What’s the Difference?

Introduction A common question we hear at Lichen Sclerosus Support Network is, “What is menopause/genitourinary syndrome of menopause (aka GSM), and how do I know if that is causing my symptoms or changes to my vulva or if it’s lichen sclerosus? And this is an important question.  Unfortunately, most conditions that affect the vulva have overlapping symptoms. For example, if you Google “symptoms of GSM,” “symptoms of lichen simplex chronicus,” “symptoms of yeast (candidiasis),” etc., they will all come back with itch and pain as primary symptoms. In this post, I will discuss what menopause is, what GSM is, and the changes that can occur to the vulva from GSM. I will highlight some differences between GSM and lichen sclerosus  *This post is evidence-based; I draw on the medical literature to share what you need to know about menopause, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, and lichen sclerosus. Importantly, what I share is…
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