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Vulvar Skin Conditions

Many women suffer from itching, pain or discomfort on the vulva (labia). This can be caused by local irritants in the soaps, detergents or clothing we use, infections or specific skin conditions that occur on the vulva. Please refer to the resources below to learn more about different conditions and treatment options.

International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases

Often, changing the soaps, detergents and hygiene routines that we use can help with itch and discomfort. Please read the information sheets below from the ISSVD (International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases) to learn more about genital care and genital itch.
ISSVD Genital Care For Women
Above is a helpful document that explains healthy genital care instructions from the ISSVD.
ISSVD Genital Itch
Above is a helpful document that explains what a genital itch is and treatment options from the ISSVD.

Irritations and Conditions

The following are common conditions that can occur. Please review these resources to understand how to prevent them and how to treat them.
Vaginal Infections
Vaginal infections can cause vaginal discharge, vulvar irritation and itch. Please see the website above from the ISSVD with information sheets on:
- Vaginal Discharge
- Vaginitis (inflammation/infection of the vagina)
- Candidiasis (vulvar and vaginal yeast infections)
Lichen Sclerosis
Lichen Sclerosis is a skin condition of the vulva commonly experienced after menopause, which can result in vulvar itch. If your family doctor or gynecologist has diagnosed you with lichen sclerosis, please see the information above to learn more.
US National Institute of Health Fact Sheet
Above is a great resource from the NIH regarding Lichen Sclerosis. It contains topics such as the symptoms, how is is caused and how it is treated.
​Mayo Clinic Fact Sheet
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Here is a great fact sheet from the Mayo Clinic that outlines the symptoms, when to go see a doctor, and treatments available.
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