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Vulvar Dystrophy

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist educational resources, vulvar dystrophy is the growth of abnormal skin on the vulva. The vulvar skin can be too thin, too thick (hyperplasia), or a mixture of both. There are several types of vulvar dystrophy. Two common types include:

  • Squamous cell hyperplasia - an irregular white or gray patch of the skin of the vulva that may be slightly raised
  • Lichen simplex chronicus - a thickened white area usually on just one side of the vulva

When it becomes too thick, it may appear wrinkled and the vaginal opening may shrink. When thickened it may appear hard. The exact cause of vulvar dystrophy is not known; however it may be associated with a prior irritation or inflammatory response.

Read more about these conditions in the lichen sclerosus and lichen planus sections.  

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Symptoms

Read more about symptoms affecting the vulva and vagina that may be causing discomfort or pain.

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Disorders

Read more about vulvar and vaginal disorders that affect women and their quality of life.

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