What is Lichen Sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that can present in the vulva and vaginal area and is most common in post-menopausal women. It will often appear as white, patchy skin that is thinner than normal. You may experience itching and pain, especially during sexual intercourse. In severe cases, women suffering from lichen sclerosus are unable to endure sexual relations for years and can experience scarring. Your OBGYN can diagnose lichen sclerosus and discuss treatment options.
Previously, the only treatments for lichen sclerosus primarily consisted of topical steroid ointments with limited results. In some severe cases, surgery is an option. However, surgical solutions for lichen sclerosus can have complications or leave you with scarring. A modern treatment option, the O-Shot, is being shown in studies as an effective treatment option for lichen sclerosus.
O-Shot for Lichen Sclerosus
Recent studies have shown strong evidence that platelet rich plasma, or PRP, can be an effective treatment option for women suffering from lichen sclerosus. PRP is used in many parts of the body to promote healing and rejuvenation. Blood is drawn from your arm and spun down to extract the platelet rich plasma, which is full of growth factors and healing elements.
Your OBGYN will then administer the O-Shot using local anesthesia, to inject PRP into the affected areas in your vulva and vaginal areas to promote skin rejuvenation and healing.
Benefits of PRP
PRP uses your body’s own natural healing mechanism to treat the lichen sclerosis, which greatly reduces the risk of complications and adverse reactions. The treatment process takes about 20 minutes and does not require any recovery time. In one study, nearly 30% of the women who received the O-Shot saw all lichen sclerosus lesions disappear, while almost all of the women experienced clinical improvement in the size of the lesions.
Talk to Dr. Nathan T. Thomas to see if the O-Shot and PRP is an option for you.