This Brought Tears To My Eyes
This is why you must seek more than 1 medical opinion - If you have an ongoing itchy or painful vulva area...
For most of her life 45-year-old, Clare Baumhauer
assumed her sore, itchy vulva was normal. From as young as primary school (Elementary) age she began telling her Mother that she was sore and itchy down there, and that it was burning when she went to the toilet.
For years (most of her life), Clare Baumhauer's painful symptoms were written off by GPs.
After nearly 40 years of being misdiagnosed with everything from yeast infections to cystitis
, early menopause
, eczema, and even herpes.
In 2016 Clare received a devastating diagnosis of vulva cancer—caused, in her case, by a little-known skin condition called lichen sclerosus
(LS)... READ MORE
Clare is active at bringing awareness about Lichen Sclerosus & Vulva Cancer on her twitter page here or
You can visit her at the website she runs with Emma (below) WEBSITE.
Another Similar Story that also Brought Tears To My Eyes
Emma Norman is another lady that has Lichen Sclerosus. Like Clare (above) her symptoms started during childhood (with her first recollection being when she was 5 yrs old, and screaming in a classroom).
She stayed away from boyfriends and sexual intercourse because she knew inside that something wasn't right, but was too embarrassed and ashamed to go to the Doctor. She felt he would just tell her it was all in her head or something similar.
It wasn't until she was 22 years old that she decided to see her Doctor, following a discussion with her boyfriend at the time. She had tried to have intercourse but was never able to have penetration due to the excruciating pain.
Luckily her Doctor took her seriously and sent her for a smear test. Emma was unable to have the smear test as the nurse couldn't insert the smallest speculum into her, due to the pain being too severe. Her Doctor then referred her to a gynecologist for further tests.
This is when Emma got the shattering diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosus.
Emma is also active at bringing awareness about Lichen Sclerosus/Vulval Cancer to others. You can visit her at the website she runs with Clare (above) WEBSITE
or on her Twitter
page, or FACEBOOK
Lichen Sclerosus - Know the signs
A video every woman needs to see...
As most doctors do NOT educate women about the vulva!