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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 lichen sclerosus, while small, contributes an important puzzle piece to better understanding and treating this chronic condition.

Let me know what intrigued or surprised you! I always love hearing your experiences and thoughts. And if you appreciate Dr. Mauskar and other clinicians advancing vulvar health, show some love in the comments! ❤️

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore the intricate connection between hormonal balance and lichen sclerosus for a holistic understanding.
  • Uncover the role of the microbiome in lichen sclerosus and its impact on treatment approaches.
  • Create personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs for more effective management of lichen sclerosus.
  • Gain insights into providing comprehensive care for vulvar health, enhancing patient outcomes.
  • Discover the benefits of collaboration in advancing research and care for vulvar health.

My special guest is Dr. Melissa Mauskar

Dr. Melissa Mauskar,  an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is not your typical expert. She's a trailblazer in the field, serving on the board of the newly founded Vulvar Dermatoses Research Consortium and as the secretary general for the  North American branch of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.

With a deep commitment to patient care and a particular focus on lichen sclerosus, Dr. Mauskar's latest research delves into this condition's hormonal and microbiome aspects. Her dedication and expertise in unraveling the complexities of lichen sclerosus make her a true star in the field.

Picture of Dr. Melissa Mauskar, a researcher on the paper "Assessment of the Cutaneous Hormone Landscapes and Microbiomes in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus.

Watch us discuss hormones and microbiome in lichen sclerosus here:

The key moments in this episode are:

00:00:12 – Introduction to Lichen Sclerosis Podcast

00:02:44 – Research Project Background

00:09:36 – Study Methodology and Findings

00:12:42 – Potential Impact and Future Research

00:15:05 – Skin Hormone Levels and Implications

00:17:02 – Significance of Study Results

00:18:01 – Understanding Microbiome

00:20:35 – Treatment Approach and Microbiome

00:24:33 – Role of Yeast in Lichen Sclerosis

00:27:30 – Future Research and Hormonal Influences

00:33:30 – Recognition of Healthcare Providers

00:34:06 – Importance of Care

00:34:52 – Momentum in Menopause Research

00:35:43 – Need for Specialized Healthcare

00:36:31 – Conclusion and Call to Action

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Link to the abstract for the study mentioned in the podcast: This will provide detailed information about the study conducted by Dr. Mauskar and her team, “Assessment of the Cutaneous Hormone Landscapes and Microbiomes in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus,” allowing you to delve deeper into the findings and implications. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38368928/
  • Dr. Mauskar's Instagram profile: Follow Dr. Mauskar on Instagram to stay updated on her work, research, and insights in the field of dermatology and women's health. https://www.instagram.com/melissamauskarmd/
  • Contact Dr. Mauskar at UT Southwestern Medical Center: If you are in the UT Southwestern area and in need of a dermatologist, reach out to Dr. Mauskar for expert care and consultation. https://utswmed.org/doctors/melissa-mauskar/

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