Lichen sclerosus offers a confusing list of ‘symptoms.’ Not everyone will suffer all of the symptoms. Mainly it is an itchy condition. What happens if you have no itch? Medical professionals use the term ‘ASYMPTOMATIC’ to describe this type of lichen sclerosus. (No pain/problems with sexual intercourse etc.) Symptoms are something you can usually feel but it is possible for lichen sclerosus to be ‘active’ without feelings or itch and this means that there are white areas of skin that need to be treated. Untreated white areas of skin can lead to loss of architecture, fusion of the labia and clitoral hood in females and hard skin that tears easily and other complications. Read more below. Similar problems will arise for males, including phimosis of the foreskin. For this reason, regular (once a month minimum) vulval and penile self-examination is recommended.
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Read more about asymptomatic vulval lichen sclerosus here.