Pathological Vulvar Dystrophy (Lichen Sclerosis)

Vulvar dystrophy is a condition that is characterized by the presence of abnormal growth on the skin of white papules and plaques. The gray or white patches of thickened skin can cause reduced self-confidence as the disfigured changes include the vaginal opening becomes smaller causing pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of Pathological Vulvar Dystrophy

Patients with vulvar dystrophy might experience symptoms such as:

  • Gray or white skin on one side of the vulva
  • Scaling, cracking, and bleeding of the vulva
  • Sores on the vaginal area
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Painful intercourse

How is Pathological Vulvar Dystrophy diagnosed?

A physical examination is conducted alongside a urinary test to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms such as yeast infections. In some cases, a biopsy may be undertaken, and a sample of vulvar tissue sent to our specialized labs for further evaluation.

Treatment for Pathological Vulvar Dystrophy

Once a patient has been diagnosed with vulvar dystrophy, a treatment plan is implanted. This may require a long-term plan to reduce discomfort, creams and ointments can be applied to the area, and medications can be taken in the evening to reduce itchiness at night. Patients are advised use unscented products such as soaps, toilet paper, bubble bath, laundry detergent and fabric softener.

Stem cell derived treatment:

Recent studies have bought innovative methods to treat Lichen Sclerosis such as stem cell therapy using Adipose-derived Stem Cells (ADSCs). A recent study concluded stem cell therapy using ADSDs injection represents an alternative therapy to vulvar dystrophies with significant symptoms improvement compared to other treatment modalities.

How does it work?

SVF therapy is the process of isolating adult stem cells from the host tissue. This tissue is then reintroduced to the area of the body that needs healing or regeneration, in this case the vulvar tissue and the vagina.

Local anesthetic is required to minimize any pain and discomfort, a limited amount of fat stores is removed. Once the fat is purified, it is then re-injected into the genital area. Recovery is short with extra-care taken with personal hygiene in the area.

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