Lichen Sclerosus and Bacterial Vaginosis: What’s the Difference

Lichen Sclerosus and Bacterial Vaginosis: What’s the Difference

Introduction Misdiagnoses are, unfortunately, a common part of many of our journeys to getting a proper diagnosis. Some common misdiagnoses that people with lichen sclerosus get are yeast infections, herpes, menopause/GSM, psoriasis, and vitiligo. Part of our strategy in creating a world where folks with LS get diagnosed sooner involves raising awareness about LS and vulvar health in general. With that, today we are going to be discussing lichen sclerosus and bacterial vaginosis. In particular, we are going to be discussing the differences between the two in terms of signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Disclaimers *This post is evidence-based; I draw on the medical literature to share what you need to know about lichen sclerosus and bacterial vaginosis. 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…
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Unraveling the Hormone and Microbiome Puzzle in Lichen Sclerosus

Unraveling the Hormone and Microbiome Puzzle in Lichen Sclerosus

Hey friend! I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Melissa Mauskar, a true rockstar in the world of vulvar health research. She illuminated some fascinating new findings about the hormone and microbiome landscapes in lichen sclerosus. I walked away feeling so hopeful about how this work might improve patient care down the road! 🙌 Dr. Mauskar broke down the key takeaways in an accessible way - no need for a medical degree to follow along! Whether you have lichen sclerosus yourself or treat patients, I think you'll find this chat insightful. A few highlights that caught my ear: The role of progesterone and other hormones in LS skin How treatment impacts microbiome diversity Exciting areas for future research. Dr. Mauskar's passion for patient-centered care and collaboration across specialties to move the needle is inspiring. She helped me understand how this study into hormones and the vulvar microbiome in…
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