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What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus (LS) usually occurs on the skin around the clitoris and/or labia, which appears white, thin and slightly wrinkled. In addition to intense itching, there can be cracks in the skin, bleeding and pain. No surprise, in the most severe cases intercourse is pretty much out of the question -- the skin not only splits, but scarring causes a narrowing and tightening of the opening of the vagina.

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