I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis in Nov 2014. Leading up to my diagnosis I had had many Drs app., and have suffered a lot of narrowing, deterioration and scarring to the point where intercourse is impossible. The dermovate has given me comfort e, g I can walk without feeling I am going ti split in two. I am 51yrs and thd LS NHS and Macmillan websites have given me advice on the products to ask my Dr. For which has been invaluable. I have yet to meet a GP at my Health Centre or Pharmacist within my small town who can advise re Lichen Sclerosis. Before this, a smear was a routine which was just one of those appointments I just got in with. I have had one sexual partner (my husband of 30yrs) and one pregnancy so boring on the spectrum of sexual health. My recent attempt of a smear filled me with dread. The GP was not LS aware and was ignorant of the difficulties I explained and I had to really stress how I didn't see how a smear was possible. I struggle to insert the thin applicator that comes with the product, 'replens'. After an uncomfortable attempt of which I had to bring to a halt the GP suggested a smear when I eventually see a gynaecologist under general Anaesthetic? I have yet to meet a Practitioner who shows any real knowledge and don't trust this is something to agree to. Surely nothing that doesn't fit awake is goingnto fit just because Im under anaesthetic?
Your answer covers thd pain side of thd smear, however I am looking for assurance of no further tearing during procedure as the narrowing is now so
Will Lichen Sclerosis eventually destroy any reconstruction?