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 (previously known as vulval vestibulitis), lichen sclerosus, and other vulval pain conditions. We also have information on sex and vulval pain, pregnancy and vulval pain, and other general good advice. Find out more about us.
VPS Super Workshop 2015: presentations now available to download and read
You can now watch and listen to three new VPS podcasts, which were three presentations given at our Super Workshop in London on 9 May 2015. Two of the podcasts are audio only, whilst the other has slides.
VPS signs up to eBay for Charity
You can now raise funds for the VPS when you're on eBay, as we've recently signed up to the eBay for Charity scheme. Sellers of items on eBay can choose to donate a percentage of the sale price to us, and buyers can look for items sold in aid of the VPS, or just make a donation to us at the online checkout for any item. You can even just make a donation to the VPS using PayPal whilst browsing eBay, whether or not you buy or sell anything. To find out more about using eBay for Charity, see the relevant page on the VPS website, or visit the eBay site directly.
NEW - Transcripts page on VPS website
Work is ongoing to make the VPS website more accessible to all users, and as part of this, we have recently set up a new Transcripts page. At the moment, this new page contains links to webpage transcripts of some of the VPS podcasts from our Listen and watch page, including presentations from our recent Super Workshop in May 2015. However, we hope eventually to be able to offer transcripts of all of our audiovisual content, including the podcasts, the webinars and anything else which involves listening or watching.
Each transcript contains a link back to the original podcast or webinar, so that readers can if desired use the transcript to follow the podcast. There are also links to relevant content such as research references elsewhere on the web.
Smears without Tears: new revised smear guide now available for download!
We're very happy to announce that you can now download our brand new, fully revised leaflet version of Smears without Tears, our patient's guide to making a speculum exam more comfortable. The guide offers physical, practical and psychological tips for getting the best out of smear tests and other speculum examinations and minimising any possible discomfort or distress. It's aimed chiefly at women with vulval or vaginal pain, but we think the guide may be helpful for anyone who is uncomfortable with smear tests. Smears without Tears has been jointly developed by the Vulval Pain Society and the London Vulval Pain Support Group, from whose site the guide can also be downloaded.
NEW - Participants needed for UK study on chronic pelvic pain and vulval pain (University of Southampton, Southampton, UK)
The University of Southampton are looking for female participants for the final phase of their project on chronic pelvic pain and vulval pain, which was first launched in 2014. This new online study aims to develop a questionnaire that can be used to assess the impact of chronic pelvic pain and vulval pain on women's lives.
If you're female, aged 18 or over, and have experienced pelvic pain and/or vulval pain for a minimum of three months, then you are eligiible to take part in the study.
To find out more about the study, please visit our Current research page.
VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable online
You can now watch the full video recording of the very first VPS webinar held on 16 January 2013. In this webinar, Dr David Nunns of the VPS discussed contemporary vulvodynia research, including the use of enoxaparin injections and Melissa Farmer's groundbreaking 2011 study in which vulvodynia symptoms were reproduced in mice.