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Vulvar Disease Clinic

For women with chronic vulvar symptoms and/or asymptomatic vulvar conditions or lesions

The Vulvar Disease Clinic at the BCCVH assesses and manages women with chronic vulvar symptoms (more than 3 months of symptoms) and/or asymptomatic vulvar conditions or lesions.  At Vancouver Coastal Health we have been running a clinic specifically for women with vulvar disorders since 1991. In 2017, we expanded and enhanced our services by adding in additional health care providers and additional clinics.

Women with vulvar diseases present with a range of symptoms and signs. A common symptom of many vulvar diseases is vulvar itch. Women may also experience vulvar burning, soreness, rawness, or pain. They may experience difficulty with daily living activities, and sexual activities. Women may also notice changes to their skin, physical lesions (sores, ulcers) on their skin, and or abnormal bleeding or discharge in the area. Unfortunately, many vulvar diseases have similar symptoms and signs and it requires an expert to diagnoses the specific disease.

Conditions Seen in the Vulvar Disease Clinic include:

Inflammatory conditions (infectious)

Vaginitis: candidiasis, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis

Vulvitis: tinea cruri, herpes simplex, genital warts

Inflammatory skin conditions (non-infectious)

Irritant/contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis

Eczema, psoriasis

Atrophic vulvovaginitis (post-menopausal)

Apthous ulcers

Folliculitis, cellulitis

Dermatological conditions

Lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus

Plasma cell vulvitis

Chronic vulvar purpura

Systemic disorders with vulvar manifestations

Lupus, Crohn’s disease, hidradenitis suppurativa

Autoimmune disorders

Reiter’s disease, Bechet’s disease, blistering disorders (e.g. pemphigoid)

Lymphatic disorders

Lymphedema, lymphangitis circumscriptum

Benign cysts, and benign tumors of the vulva

Sebaceous cysts, epidermal inclusion cysts, vestibular cysts, Bartholin’s duct cysts, Skene duct cysts, lipomas, fibromas, leiomyoma, endometriomas, acrochordons, seborrheic keratosis, pyogenic granuloma

Please see our Health Information section  for general information about how to take care of your skin and detailed  information about skin conditions.

Women with benign vulvar diseases will often benefit from seeing other health care providers in the Centre (eg. psychologist) to address their overall health concerns related to their vulvar condition.

GENERAL ENQURIES

  • (604) 875 5022 Press #3

  • info@bcvulvarhealth.ca

  • 6th Floor, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
    2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Thursday    8:00 – 3:30

OUR CORE SERVICES

Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program

Treats women who are suffering from vulvodynia.

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Vulvar Disease Clinic

Assesses and manages women with chronic vulvar symptoms and/or asymptomatic vulvar conditions or lesions.

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Vulvar Intra-epithelial Neoplasia Follow up Clinic

For women who have been previously diagnosed and treated for Vulvar Intra-Epithelial Neoplasia (VIN).

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Vulvar Oncology Clinic

Supports women with suspected cancer, suspected and or diagnosed pre-cancer of the vulva, and/or complex vulvar diseases requiring surgical intervention.

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