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Hi there. I've been a member of the Lichen Sclerosus group here but now feel the need to step over here for a bit. Prior to menopause, I had all sorts of vaginal issues. Burning, itching, pain, etc and then I'd be fine for awhile. Several doctors in my practice mentioned lichen sclerosus. One finally biopsied me and it was negative (which actually can be false). Anyway, about 2 years ago I finally hit menopause and a lot of the issues I was having did go away. Mostly, I think due to the lack of constant discharge I was having. Now I am dry as a desert. In some ways, this helps me, but now I have other things going on. I feel as though I am disappearing in the vulva area. To my view, it looks as if things are fusing/sealing up. My doctor says it's not as bad as I imagine and he doesn't seem worried. He now says I have atrophic vaginitis (I'm 54). I asked 3 times during the last visit if he still thought it could be Lichens and he said no. I guess the skin is the proper color versus the discoloration. He thinks my best bet will be estrogen cream. I was already using Premarin cream but had stopped because it makes me feel itchy when I don't itch before using it. It's not a horrible itch, but it's there. So he changed me over to Estrace, hoping a different base would make a difference. I've used it two days. No itching but I feel some slight burning. Now let me say: I have the most sensitive skin on earth, all over so why wouldn't it be there. I can only use vaseline on my face and Vanicream on arms/legs. But part of me wonders if it might be normal to have some irritation from the estrogen creams as they do their thing? Can anyone comment on that?
Also, I was hoping to hear others' experiences with the atrophy/shrinking/disappearing aspect of things.
For the first time, after my GYN exam the other day, I had a little irritation. When I go for my annual PAP smear he uses a lot of lube, so no issues. But he was really trying to view the vulva without lube so I had what felt like some slight pulling in areas that seemed fused together and then I was irritated there for about 2 days. Uggghhhh, I hate this.
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