Pain, itching, discharge, and other symptoms in your vulva or vagina may be warning signs of a vulvovaginal disease. Pinpointing the precise cause of your disease is the specialty of Joseph Brooks, MD, with Arizona Specialized Gynecology in Phoenix. Dr. Brooks maintains unique expertise in the diagnosis of a range of vulvovaginal complaints — so you can get the right treatment and relief. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online.
Your vulva, the external part of your genitals, is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. When it’s traumatized by infection, chemicals, sex without arousal, and other factors, it feels painful or abnormally sensitive. This sensitivity and pain linger, even after the cause is no longer there.
Many diseases, infections, and ailments affect the health of the vulvovaginal area, including but not limited to:
When you experience pain in your vulvovaginal area, it’s a possible warning sign for a variety of different conditions, such as infections, inflammatory skin disorders, or possibly a growth. An autoimmune disorder called lichen sclerosus also affects your vulva and around your genitals, although not your vagina.
If you’ve seen another doctor about vulvovaginal issues, you’re probably aware that many doctors have difficulty diagnosing your condition due to their lack of expertise. When it comes to vulvovaginal diseases, it can be the case that more than one factor or disease may be at work. A battery of tests is sometimes needed to exclude certain causes, such as an infection.
That’s why it’s important to seek help from Dr. Brooks, a specialist who understands the problem of vulvar pain, as well as the signs of vulvovaginal diseases.
Lichen sclerosus is an autoimmune disease that’s most common in women. Mainly affecting the skin around your genitals, the disease causes:
With lichen sclerosus, you may find it nearly impossible to wear tight-fitting pants, ride a bicycle, or engage in sexual activity.
Due to Dr. Brooks’ expertise, he may diagnose you by simply looking at the condition of your skin. To confirm your diagnosis, he may recommend taking a biopsy, meaning a small sample of tissue.
Dr. Brooks performs your biopsy in his office with a local anesthetic. Reviewing the biopsy under a microscope helps him determine whether you have lichen sclerosus.
If you do have the disease, Dr. Brooks typically recommends a topical steroid ointment, such as clobetasol, or the platelet-rich plasma filled O-Shot®, a nonsurgical therapy.
There’s no need to struggle with the symptoms of a vulvovaginal disease when expert care is available at Arizona Specialized Gynecology. Call today or book a consultation online.