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.
Listen to 'Airing Pain: The power of the mind' podcast
UK pain charity Pain Concern produce Airing Pain, a series of audio podcasts dealing wtih different aspects of pain from both the patient's and the health professional's perspectives. Listen to Programme 47: The power of the mind, which looks at new techniques using both the brain and the mind to control pain. You might also be interested in the many other programmes available in the series. All the podcasts can be played online, or downloaded from the site for later use. Transcripts are available for some of the programmes as well. Happy listening!
'Female Sexual Dysfunction and the Pelvic Floor': meeting on 1 July 2014 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, jointly with the British Society of Urogynaecology and the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine, are holding a meeting on Tuesday 1 July on ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction and the Pelvic Floor’ at the College in London. For further details, please see the listing on the RCOG's website at www.rcog.org.uk/events/female-sexual-dysfunction-and-pelvic-floor.
UPDATE: Our next two VPS webinars
Unfortunately, the two webinars on psychosexual therapy which were scheduled for 23 January 2014 and 29 January 2014 have had to be cancelled. This is due to serious technical problems which we have recently been experiencing with the VPS website.
Further updates on the webinars will be posted here as soon as possible.
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 - 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.