Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta

OB-GYN located in Suwanee, GA

Lichen Sclerosus Specialist

Post-menopausal women can develop thinning, white skin around their genitals in a condition known as lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus can be extremely uncomfortable, but Dr. Ana Cha, an OB/GYN at Women’s Health Specialist of North Atlanta in Suwanee, Georgia, can help. She offers treatment that can prevent worsening of the condition and scarring. Call her office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment and get any suspicious areas of skin, especially around the vulva, examined.

Lichen Sclerosus Q & A

What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosus?

Along with white spots and itching around the genitals or perineal region, you may experience the following symptoms of lichen sclerosus:

  • Bleeding, bruising, and tearing of the skin
  • Painful intercourse
  • Thin skin that tears easily
  • Bright red or purple bruising

Lichen sclerosus can occur in men and children, but it’s very rare. It may also appear on other areas of your body, including your breasts and arms.

What causes lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus most often develops in post-menopausal women, but the exact cause is unknown. It may be related to hormonal imbalances or a faulty immune system. A genetic component to the condition often develops in areas where scarring or trauma to the skin occurred. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious.

What complications can occur with lichen sclerosus?

Women with lichen sclerosus are more likely to develop cancer of the vulva, but lichen sclerosus doesn’t directly cause skin cancer. Blistering, unbearably painful sex, and extreme itching can also interfere with your relationships and quality of life.

How is lichen sclerosus diagnosed?

Dr. Cha reviews your symptoms and performs a physical exam, which may reveal the condition. A small sample of suspicious skin is also examined under a microscope to confirm lichen sclerosus.

How is lichen sclerosus treated?

At Women’s Health Specialist of North Atlanta, Dr. Cha offers ointments and creams to minimize pain and reduce itching. These compounds contain corticosteroids that can clear up lichen sclerosus. You may, however, need to continue to use them once or twice per week to prevent the condition from recurring.

The revolutionary laser treatment MonaLisa Touch® may also be an effective way to address the discomfort of lichen sclerosus. This vaginal laser stimulates collagen growth and blood flow, which improve the strength of the tissue of the vaginal wall and promote rehydration. Research shows that patients treated with MonaLisa Touch report a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Even if your patches aren’t itchy or painful, they should be treated because they can interfere with urination or sexual intercourse. Dr. Cha monitors the condition at regular yearly visits to make sure no major skin changes occur, too.

If you have patches of thinning skin around your genitals or pain during intercourse, contact Dr. Ana Cha for a consultation. Call Women’s Health Specialist of North Atlanta or book an appointment online to find out if you may have lichen sclerosus.

Accepted Insurances

This is a just a list of some of the insurances accepted at Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta. Please call our office to confirm that we accept your plan.

United Healthcare

Words from our patients

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    "Very comforting, friendly, and caring place. The service is absolutely top notch. Dr. Cha is very personable, friendly and highly competent. Highly recommend!"

    Sysamone M.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Cha is a wonderful, caring and fun person. Had hysterectomy with her and everything went very well. Her office is clean and neat, the staffs are sweet and great."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "I went to Dr. Cha's office to have the Mona Lisa procedure. Dr. Cha and her entire staff are amazing! The staff was extremely professional... Highly recommend!"

    Eleahnore W.
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    "Dr. Ann Cha made me feel very comfortable and so relaxed. I will definitely be coming in for any future procedures."

    Debbie L.
  • Healthgrades

    "I am so glad that I found Dr. Cha's office. She and all of her staff were very professional and caring. They really take the time to get to know their patients."

    Marilyn T.
  • Google+

    "I recently completed the 3-step Mona Lisa procedure. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the team and what an amazing experience it was...."

    Verified Patient
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    "Her staff has always been awesome... I would recommend Dr. Cha's office to anyone looking for a reliable OB/Gyn you can trust."

    Samuel P.
Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta
3890 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 320
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 470-203-6142
Fax: 470-395-4889
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