Causes and treatment of vulvar dystrophy in Chicago, Illinois area practice
Dr. Sanjay Gandhi at Partners in Pelvic Health of Chicago, Illinois, provides women with the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of conditions that may impact their sexual health. Vulvar dystrophy is a condition that can be addressed with the help of our team. When women know the signs and symptoms of the condition, they can schedule an evaluation with our team and take the first steps in learning more about how to treat and manage this concern with the help of our experienced providers.
What is vulvar dystrophy?
Our team describes vulvar dystrophy as a change in the vulva, which encompasses the folds of skin that are present around the opening of the vagina and urethra. This may include skin changes, sometimes referred to as vulvar dermatoses. There are different types that may cause painful sores, thin skin, or patches of white or gray areas that can be itchy. When this condition occurs, patients must get a proper evaluation and diagnosis to ensure additional problems do not arise, including the shrinking of the vulvar opening or the closing of the vagina.
What causes vulvar dystrophy?
It is unknown what causes vulvar dystrophy to occur in one woman and not another, but women who experience skin irritation may notice worsening symptoms. With a definitive diagnosis, women can seek treatment with a professional.
What are the symptoms of vulvar dystrophy?
There are a few different symptoms that may appear for women who have vulvar dystrophy. This condition may be characterized by:
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Redness of the vulvar skin
- Painful sores that develop around the vagina
- White and gray patches of thick or thin skin
- Scaling, bleeding, and cracking of the vaginal skin
- Itching, stinging, and burning of the vulva
How is vulvar dystrophy diagnosed by a professional?
In most cases, vulvar dystrophy can be diagnosed by a healthcare provider during a physical examination and pelvic exam. In some cases, if the tissues appear concerning, a biopsy may be performed to ensure there are no cancerous cells present.
What can be done for vulvar dystrophy?
While there is no specific treatment, per se, there are ways in which women can reduce their symptoms. Women should wear loose-fitted clothing and underwear that is 100% cotton to ensure the area can breathe. Keeping the genital area dry and avoiding the use of sprays, powders, and scented products can help as well. If you are noticing changes in the vulvar area and are concerned, you must seek the assistance of a provider to evaluate your condition and help you reduce the signs and symptoms of this and other problems that may occur in the vaginal area.
Learn more about vulvar dystrophy and other vaginal disorders
Chicago, Illinois, area women who are interested in learning more about this and other conditions that may impact their sexual health and wellness are advised to book a consultation visit with Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and his team at Partners in Pelvic Health. With four convenient locations, including practices in Woodstock, Lake Forest, and Park City, women have access to the services they need to feel their best. Call our Chicago-based practice at (844) 327-1188 to request a visit at 7447 West Talcott Avenue, Suite #507.