Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. Mainly affecting the genital skin. It affects men, women and children at any age. It is known to be a progressive condition that relapses and remits. There is no cure. Progression may lead to loss of genital features. There is a small risk of genital cancer in men and women. The internet promotes a theory that it is an auto-immune disease, nobody has yet has been able to prove it. Whatever the cause, it manifests as a dermatological condition. Other factors may play a role. It was first identified in 1887. It is agreed that this is a frightening long term disorder and our aim is to help you with information and education to gain a good quality of life. This complex disorder has simple treatment with a high success rate in calming symptoms and delaying progression.

Lichen Sclerosus for Beginners

“I am new to this and I feel afraid.”

New – Read the Lichen Sclerosus Manifesto and Children’s Charter


A Simple Method to Avoid Vulval Cancer

Follow two women in the USA who are benefitting from a new treatment for fusion.



People with lichen sclerosus are always saying there is not enough being done and not enough real research. Now is your chance to step up and take part in important research in the USA by well known Gynaecologist, Andrew Goldstein. ALSVH would like to support him in this research. He comments as follows:
I currently need 4 more women for my PRP for LS study. They must be off of any treatment for at least 8 weeks (preferably longer) and have active LS (must be confirmed by a new biopsy and by my exam). They will be getting two treatments of PRP and then have a biopsy 6 weeks after the last PRP treatment to determine efficacy. Therefore the study requires 4 visits to my office – the first and last can be done in NYC or Washington but the 2nd and 3rd must be done in Washington. There will be no other investigators (for many reasons) or investigator sites. I cannot provide reimbursement for travel or hotels. Even though it is placebo controlled, if I show efficacy I will treat the women who got placebo with PRP after the trial has finished. Info and the informed consent can be found at http://www.cvvd.org/research

Secondly, I will be starting a genomics and proteomics study of LS- This will be a very ambitious and extremely important study and I have received a grant of almost $400,000 to fund it. I need women with two or more family members (3 or 4 family members is even better) to come to Washington DC for only one visit. They will have 2-3 biopsies and blood drawn. A limited budget for travel (up to $500 per person) may be available. All family members who have LS must come and have biopsies and it is preferred that they have not had recent treatment and have active LS.  We will start this study in October.

PRP – Stem Cell – MonaLisa Touch – ThermiVa

Information coming soon.

Sexual Discrimination against men with Lichen Sclerosus.

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So many of you want to see more done but very few of you want to interact to bring about change. After all lichen sclerosus has been around since 1887 and if we do not get patient power, like other health conditions, we will leave a legacy of suffering for our children. Think of how the Breast Cancer Campaign and AIDS campaigns changed the way that people were helped. We work hard to support you, can you think about supporting us? Politics do matter.

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Current Challenges for People with lichen sclerosus

To make an awareness amongst family doctors and the general public.
To ensure sufficient awareness and education to facilitate a good outcome for the very young children who are being diagnosed now and who will have to grow up with LS. To make a future for them.
To encourage medical professionals to research the truth, whether or not using potent topical steroids does delay or prevent progression to vulva cancer. There is some anecdotal evidence to support the theory that using steroids may be a factor in avoiding vulva cancer.
Educate patients and doctors on the truth about steroids. Encourage good education and abolish the across the board statement that ‘steroids thin the skin’.
Raise the profile for lichen sclerosus in men and male children.