Managing Painful Intimacy from Lichen Sclerosus

Heal lichen sclerosus with NeuEve

What is lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a rare, chronic skin disorder, usually of the genital and anal areas.

It causes small patches of skin to become thin and colorless. It occurs more often in women over 40 years of age. Occasionally men and children are affected as well. It occurs in all racial groups and it may run in families.

What are the symptoms?

Lichen sclerosus causes the affected skin to become thin and dry. The skin develops white patches. As a result, the skin becomes brittle and may crack and bleed, causing pain, itching, and discomfort. Yet, in mild cases, there may be no symptoms.

Lichen sclerosus more often affects the skin around the genital and anus. It can also affect the skin on the arms, back, breasts, and other parts of the body. When it affects genital areas, it can lead to painful sex or pain when using the bathroom.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Smooth white patches on the skin
  • Blotchy, wrinkled patches
  • Tearing or bleeding
  • In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated sores
  • Painful sex

What causes lichen sclerosus?

The exact causes are not known, but some risk factors exist such as,

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • An overactive thyroid gland
  • A family history of the condition
  • Previous damage to the skin

Lichen sclerosus is not contagious and thus, cannot spread via intimate contact.

What are the complications?

In severe cases, scarring may cause the vaginal wall to shrink and tighten. This makes sexual intercourse very painful. Women with genital lichen sclerosus may have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Thus, starting treatment early may reduce the chances of getting cancer.


If you have suspected symptoms of lichen sclerosus, it is important to see a doctor. The doctor may examine your skin patches and look at a small sample of skin under a microscope (a biopsy). Once diagnosed, the doctor may provide treatment.

Biopsy diagnosis

Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist in women’s health or skin conditions. Due to its potential cancer risk, early diagnosis can allow early treatment. Thus, it can help prevent cancer and save your life.


Currently, there is no cure for lichen sclerosus. The aim of treatments is to reduce symptoms.

After diagnosis, doctors may prescribe a steroid cream to reduce itching and soreness. Yet, steroids weaken the immune system. Long-term use often results in thinning of the skin and yeast infection.

Safer alternatives to steroid creams are NeuEve healing products. NeuEve works by providing nutrients. These include vitamins and minerals to promote healing of the affected skin. NeuEve is a natural product, not a drug. Thus, a doctor’s prescription is not required.

NeuEve can be a home remedy for self-treatment of lichen sclerosus.

To date, NeuEve has helped thousands of women with lichen sclerosus. There have been no reported side effects. The products for lichen sclerosus are NeuEve cream and NeuEve Silk suppositories.

For women with vaginal atrophy, adding dilation can speed up the healing process. The reason is that dilation stretches the atrophied tissue. It promotes the regeneration of the skin.

Magnetic Vaginal Dilators* help speed up recovery from vaginal atrophy.

Magnetic Dilators


Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition that may persist for many years, though it is relatively rare. In young girls, symptoms often improve significantly upon reaching puberty. Spontaneous improvement may occur when lichen sclerosus affects non-genital body parts. However, when it involves the genital and anal areas, it rarely resolves on its own.

In many cases, symptoms can be managed effectively with certain self-care strategies.

Why Consider NeuEve?

Long-term use of steroid creams may carry potential side effects. NeuEve is crafted from natural ingredients, offering a gentler alternative for self-care. It is designed to support well-being through nutritional supplementation.

NeuEve's commitment to safety is underscored by its use of all-natural and organic ingredients. It has been a part of many women’s self-care routines, helping them manage the discomfort associated with lichen sclerosus.

Some products claim to cure lichen sclerosus. These are false claims because lichen sclerosus has no cure. Some claim to use “natural” ingredients, but their ingredients are not natural. Some are poisonous, artificial, or petroleum-based, not from a natural source. One example is colloidal silver, which is promoted as “safe,” yet it is a poison.

Tips for Using Dilators Safely:

  1. Gradual Progression: Avoid rushing to use larger sizes too quickly, as it might lead to overstretching injuries. Vaginal recovery is a gradual process. It's advisable to progress through dilator sizes step-by-step to prevent discomfort or injury.

  2. Preventing UTIs: Dilation exercises can inadvertently introduce bacteria from the skin into the bladder, similar to sexual intercourse. It’s important to urinate immediately after each session to help flush out any bacteria that may have entered the bladder. Drinking plenty of water before the exercise can also help maintain sufficient urinary pressure to clear the bladder effectively.


Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. It is about natural products, nutrients, and/or methods for managing discomforts (not diseases). It is not medical advice for the treatment of any diseases.


Customers reviews

Loyce H.

This stuff helps immediately for relief. NeuEve cream is great at providing relief to my Lichen Sclerosus external vulvar itching. I use it once a day and it gives all day/night relief. I sleep well at night finally!

Sandra Phipps
Ladies aging does not mean you have to give way to painful sex! Go to to get the NeuEve cream and silk suppositories as Dr. Chang has done her best to fix all women with menopause, dryness, and other problems. It turned a dry thin skin lichen sclerosis patient into a young girl again. I swear by these products.

I have lichen sclerosis. I often get fissures in my vagina. Often times my membranes will feel paper-thin and the fissure(s) will appear. In one week, this cream has lessened the fissures and I feel so much better.


What a difference!
Honestly, I am not usually a person who writes reviews for things, but it was the reviews on this site that got me to purchase this in the first place. I am 55 years old and FINALLY am in menopause as of last November.

In the last few years, I have been dealing with vaginal dryness and tearing. I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus and my doctor prescribed a small dose of estrogen to help with the dryness. That has not helped at all and even though I made sure to lubricate before intimacy, it was still very painful. I honestly thought my sexual days were over. But how? I’m too young! My husband has been so patient and understanding but I wasn’t going to accept that this was the end of the line for me. I was willing to try anything, but nothing was working.

My doctor suggested coconut oil but it’s so messy! I started searching the internet and somehow found NeuEve. What the heck... I’m willing to try anything at this point. It has been fantastic! I noticed a difference right away but was still a little reluctant to put it to the test. I waited until around the 5th dose and absolutely NO PAIN!

Even my husband said he noticed the difference and the fact that I didn’t flinch from pain. They do suggest taking fish oil and calcium pills too and I am more than happy to do that if I get the results as I have! So, after one month I have renewed for a recurring order. I would highly recommend it to anyone dealing with vaginal dryness and Lichen Sclerosus. Thank you for such a great product!

Gail M.
I have been dealing with Lichen Sclerosus for over 10 years, so I experience pain 24/7. Started using the NeuEve cream along with the silk suppositories as directed and I noticed relief in less than 24 hours. I have tried other products over the years, but none have given me relief from the pain like NeuEve. Thank you for a great product. I highly recommend NeuEve.


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  • Melissa Reddy

    good day I have LS for the past 10 years i need this product , an im in Soutn Africa — kzn – Durban – please advice how do i order this. thank you

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About the Author

Dr. Renjie Chang's medical and pharmaceutical experience:
- OB-GYN in the Peking Union Hospital in China
- a faculty member of OB-GYN at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- drug developer at the Abbott Laboratories in Chicago
- Founder of Lavax Inc, where she developed an innovative vaginal microbicide for preventing sexually transmitted disease with grants from NIH and Gates Foundation
- Founder of NeuEve, an all-natural women's health company