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I have recently been diagnosed with lichen scleroses after previously being diagnosed with sex addiction a year ago, is sex related in any way? I am 17 years old and am scared, I don't know how to go about the disease. In addition to this I have heard cancer in the vaginal area is much more common now and I also bleed when I have sex. It is painful and extremely embarrassing but I am terrified of losing my sexuality. I currently have a boyfriend but am to ashamed to tell him about it and I remain as aroused as I was previously, I don't think I could handle being celibate as some sources of information have recommended and am worried about the impacts of LS on any future relationships ... The white has faded after using a steroid cream but gone a purple/red colour and still itches. I also wondered about the chances are of it reappearing in later life if symptoms fade now? And the complications with giving birth in future? Please help, any advice will be gratefully received.

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replied February 7th, 2011
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The exact cause for Lichen Sclerosus is still not established. Few doctors believe it to be due to a ‘too active immune system’, hereditary or even post injury. It is not contagious and can be diagnosed by taking a skin biopsy. The genital lesions should not be ignored even if they are asymptomatic due to high potential of these genital lesions to turn cancerous. Be in regular follow-up with your doctor (Dermatologist or skin specialist) for treatment, monitoring of the skin lesion changes and for controlling them.
The bleeding during and after intercourse could be suggestive of vaginal, cervix, pelvic infections, Cervical erosions, cervical polyps etc. Consider visiting your gynecologist for a thorough evaluation to find the exact cause and get started on treatment as indicated by your test results. If infection is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent re-infection. Avoid having intercourse while being on treatment course.
Take care.

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