Welcome to the VPS, a UK registered charity.
Our aims are:
To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of vulval pain through the provision of support, education and practical advice
To advance the education of the general public in all areas relating to vulval pain
We offer advice and information on all vulval pain matters. You can read detailed information about Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, Lichen Sclerosus, and other conditions. We also have information on sex, pregnancy, and other good advice. Find out more about us.
UPDATE: Liverpool University vulval pain study
We are pleased to be able to report that this study, 'Vulval pain: the journey to diagnosis', which explores women's psychological journey from first symptoms of vulval pain to a formal diagnosis, has had sufficient participant response for analysis and is therefore now closed. Further news and updates on the work will be posted here and on our Older studies page once these are available.
UPDATE: Coventry University unprovoked vulvodynia study
Please note that this online study, which examines UK patients' experiences of accessing treatment for unprovoked vulvodynia, has finished data collection and analysis and is therefore now closed. We will provide details of the results of the study here and on our Older studies page as soon as these are available.
UPDATE: Our next two VPS webinars
Please note that for various reasons, the two webinars on psychosexual therapy which were scheduled for 20 November and 28 November 2013 have been postponed to Thursday 23 January 2014 and Wednesday 29 January 2014.
More information on these two free webinars will be posted here as soon as possible, so do watch this space.
UPDATE - VPS Super Workshop 2013 - recordings of speaker presentations
In addition to David Nunns' and Sheren Gaulbert's presentations from the VPS Super Workshop in May 2013, we now have available for download an MP3 of the presentation given by Reena Shah.
Further audiovisual content from the presentations, such as the accompanying slides, will follow if available, so do watch this space.
UPDATE: Southampton University vulvodynia study
The Southampton University study exploring the experience of vulval pain for UK women and their partners is now closed to new participants.
The results of the study are currently being written up, and a summary of the findings will be posted here as soon as this becomes available - so do watch this space.
Painful Sex vs 'Normal' Sex: The Differences Explained With Food
Women4Real have recently released a short video which was made to raise awareness of vulvodynia and painful sex. The video has been made independently of the Vulval Pain Society (VPS) by Sally Turner and Sabine Tyrvainen, who run Women4Real.
You can view Women4Real's film on YouTube here: