Vulval Care

Vulval Care for Vulval Lichen Sclerosus, Vulval itching and Soreness, Vulvodynia

General Measures:

  • Healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables
  • Use non-soap based washes and emollients
  • Use an emollient (moisturiser) cream such as aqueous cream or similar instead of soap to clean the genital area. This is also soothing
  • Lubricants may be useful during sex if this is painful
  • Use Non- Biological washing powders
  • Avoid fabric conditioners
  • Avoid perfumed toiletries, bubble baths, and perfumes in the vulval area. These may irritate the skin and make symptoms worse
  • Avoid synthetic underclothes and tights
  • Avoid tight clothes, which can make the area hot and itchy
  • Avoid scratching, better to use a cold flannel applied to the area

NITU BAJEKAL Consultant Gynaecologist, Barnet Hospital
Jan 2007 (Updated Feb 2009)