Shortly after giving birth to her first child, Jayme began experiencing itching and discomfort in her vaginal area. At first, her gynecologist diagnosed her with a yeast infection, but when the irritation failed to go away and instead became worse, she visited the emergency room for further treatment. There, she was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, a rare skin disease affecting the skin around the genitals and anal area that results in white patches, severe itching, dryness, severe tearing and even fusing of parts.
“About one in 60 women will develop vaginal lichen sclerosus,” OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains. “And since it’s so often misdiagnosed as eczema or yeast infection, it’s very difficult to get a good diagnosis or treatment.”