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Disorders of the vulva

     
Lichen sclerosus   Uterine fibroids
Lichen sclerosus is chronic skin disorder that most often affects the genital and perianal areas. It usually persists for years, and can cause permanent scarring. Lichen sclerosus is ten times more common in women than in men. It can start at any age, although it is most often seen in women over 50.   Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that originate in the uterus (womb). Although they are composed of the same muscle fibers as the uterine wall (myometrium), they are many times more dense. Uterine fibroids are usually a round or semi-round in shape.
     
Vaginal discharge   Vaginitis
All women have a little discharge starting a year or two before puberty and ending after the menopause. How much discharge a woman notices changes from time to time and it will change quite a lot between periods. Most women have vaginal discharge but not all discharges are normal.   Vaginitis is a term used to describe disorders that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva, the outer area of labial and skin surrounding the vagina.
     
Vulvodynia   Vulvar cysts
Vulvodynia means painful vulva. The vulva is the external female genitals, including the clitoris and labia. It includes the mound of tissues over the pelvic bone that becomes covered with hair at puberty. Vulvodynia is a quite common condition affecting approximately 15% of all women.   Vulvar cists are also called Bartholin's cysts. The vulva is the area outside the opening of the vagina. This area has special skin with hair and many glands. These glands make a mucous fluid that can collect inside the glands.
     
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