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my clitoris has been covered over by skin and the labia minora

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my clitoris has been covered over by skin and the labia minora have disappeared - i have no itching or other symtems whats happended and can i return to normal
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Mary Claire Haver, M. D. replied 4 years ago.
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Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

How long have you noticed this?

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

Have you seen a doctor yet or tried any medications?

Customer :

not yet i just noticed it 3 days ago - am waiting for appointment

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

OK - what does the skin look like? Is it pink or whitish?

Customer :

pink - normal looking skin

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

There is a condition called Lichen Sclerosus where the labia disappear and the clitoris can become scarred over - it usually is accompanied by some itching and discomfort though and happens over several years. When was the last time you noticed your vulva looked normal (to you?)

Customer :

i did have small white edges to my labia minora and kept getting sore, and skin splitting but thought it was due to riding my bike - so i stopped that and havent had any problems since, but have not let boyfriend touch around clitirois because of delicate skin that i thought was due to getting near menopause

Customer :

i had a smear last year and it was normal then

Customer :

if it is lichen sclerosus is there a treament to get my vulva back to normal please? and is it likely to lead to cancer of the vulva

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

This really sounds like LS - it takes a really good doctor who knows what she is doing and looking for to make the right diagnosis. It is usually treated with very high dose prescription steroids. I have a great website for you:

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lichen-sclerosus/DS00725

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

Tell your doctor to make sure to rule this out.

Customer :

ok thank you even without the itching could it be ls and do you think i will be offered steroids in the uk and will this make clitoris etc normal again and thanks for your help

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

It depends on how bad the scarring is, but most women get much better with the steroids.

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

Here is a link in the UK

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Lichen-Sclerosus.htm

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

print it out and give it to your doctor

Mary Claire Haver, M. D. :

Good Luck - it really sounds like this is what it could be. You should insist on a biopsy.

Customer :

thank you so much - it s so lovely to be able to talk to someone about this - seems to be taboo subject thank you

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