What is Peri-Vaginal Hypopigmentation?

Have you noticed a dramatic change in the color of your vulva skin?  If so, you may be suffering from peri-vaginal hypopigmentation.  While the color of the vulva skin may change slightly over time, if these changes are accompanied by itching and pain, it’s essential to visit your gynecologist for an evaluation. 

What is Peri-Vaginal Hypopigmentation?

Peri-vaginal hypopigmentation refers to the whitening of the peri-vaginal tissues.  The whitening of the skin may occur evenly or as discolored patches.   Peri-vaginal hypopigmentation is the symptom of a skin disorder known as lichen sclerosus.  

What Is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a non-infectious, non-inflammatory skin condition characterized by itching of the external genitalia, which comprises the labia minora, labia majora, the clitoral hood, and the vestibule.   

Lichen sclerosus also causes vaginal skin to become thin, shiny, and wrinkly.   The thinning of the skin makes it susceptible to tiny fissures, which can cause scarring in the genital area. 

When lichen sclerosus is left untreated, it can result in the fusion of the labia minora and labia majora, and eventually reduce the sensitivity of the clitoris.

The skin changes brought about by lichen sclerosus are often very subtle at the outset, so doctors unfamiliar with the condition may not recognize the early signs. Therefore, if you are experiencing chronic vulvar itching, it’s best to visit a vulvovaginal specialist for an accurate diagnosis.    

How Is Lichen Sclerosus Treated?

Lichen sclerous is usually treated with low dose topical corticosteroids.   Corticosteroids can suppress inflammation and help prevent the symptoms of lichen sclerosus from recurring. 

Lichen sclerosus cannot be cured but can be effectively managed when diagnosed early.  The experts in vaginal health at Fowler GYN International (FGI) Phoenix, AZ regularly diagnose and treat lichen sclerosus.  

You can reach them at https://www.fowlergyninternational.com/, or by calling (480) 420-4001.  

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