What works for your Lichen Sclerosus, by You – Part 2.
12 November, 2019
Menstrual products – we are all different, Lichen Sclerosus or not. And we all use different menstrual products. However, for us with Lichen Sclerosus, candida overgrowth, or anything else that may be bothering our lovely ladyhood – we need to find something doesn’t make the pain or itch worse. We have either a preference for tampons or pads – and both can agitate our condition. But lately there has been a lot of talk about other menstrual products – such as pads made out of cotton, or menstrual cups. And for some of us this is tremendously helpful. I mean, shoving up a cup in your vagina might not be the most optimal thing, or easiest, when you have Lichen Sclerosus and you want to avoid tearing. But if you work slowly and be patient it might be the best thing ever. You don’t have to worry about changing it as often as a tampon, and that is a blessing seeing that most of us are in more pain pulling it – especially if you suffer from other pelvic pain conditions, such as vulvodynia, as well. Also, Saalt Cup has a menstrual cup that is soft and that one might be more easily to handle if you’ve got pelvic floor issues. I myself haven’t tried the cotton pads, but I’ve heard they work great with out condition. They are softer (which is always welcome) and more comfortable, people don’t tear as easily as with a normal pad which agitates the skin and might cause a flare-up.
Moisturize – I don’t know how many times I’ve spoken about the importance of moisturizing you skin “down there” because the steroid cream is very strong, and you want to skin to be flowing, not be stiff, because if it’s not flowing it will break more easily. So here are some products that works for many of you when it comes to moisturizing your LS skin:
Coconut oil – I am a big fan of this one. I either use it as a lube, or I blend is with different essential oils to support my skin. I would use an extra virgin coconut oil, that has not been stripped of any beneficial healing properties.
Olive oil – This was one of the first “food products” I used on my vulva (SAY WHAAAAT??). My mum recommended it to me when I was younger after I’ve had a shower to restore the moisture of the vulva. And I love it! Extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols, which are packed with antioxidants that have heaps of health benefits. People whom eat a Mediterranean diet are considered the healthiest people alive due to the high consumption of olive oil, so if it’s good for you internally it ought to be good on the skin eh?
Emu oil – This is one thing I haven’t tried. Because, truth be told, this one seems weird to me. But some women swear by it and that it really helps them deal with Lichen Sclerosus and they don’t flare up as often. You can find Emu oil here.
Let me know of any other tips you might have for us in regards to dealing with the pain from Lichen Sclerosus. Can you also please take my survey to help me get an understanding of what you want to see more of in this space. Thank you!