Dr. Goldstein discusses lichen planus.
Lichen planus is a skin disorder that affects the mucous membranes. It affects the mouth so the oral mucosa, but it also affects the mucosa of the vulva and the vagina so the vulvovaginal mucosa. So it can cause bleeding gums, for example, but it also causes sexual pain and scarring of the vulva.
It’s an autoimmune disorder which means that your body is making antibodies to one component of the skin, and these antibodies attack the skin and cause ulcerations or erosions in the vulva and scarring of the vulva.
About Dr. Goldstein, M.D.:
Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, M.D., graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He pursued his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Goldstein moved to Annapolis, Maryland and started the Sexual Wellness Center which is devoted to the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became the Director of The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2002.