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.
Petition launched to get pelvic pain included in UK medical student curriculum
The VPS has been asked to pass on details of an online petition to get pelvic pain included in the UK university curriculum for all medical students. You can read more about the petition here:
The VPS is a charity aiming to educate the public about vulval pain as well as provide help and advice to sufferers. We therefore support any initiatives to help increase the knowledge, skills and competencies of all health professionals, including medical students, in improving the assessment and management of chronic pelvic (including vulval) pain. Pelvic pain conditions are poorly managed and have a major impact on patients' quality of life, everyday functioning and reproductive health. It is vital that we invest in the education of our future workforce in the field of pelvic pain if we are to improve treatment and support available to all those living with pelvic pain conditions.
New vulval pain support group on Facebook
Pudendal Neuralgia and Vulvodynia UK have asked us to post a link to a transitional Facebook group which allows ladies to join their full secret Facebook group once the administrator of the group has had contact with them. As the official group's members want it to remain secret, we can't provide details here, but if you follow the above link to the group and (if necessary) sign up with Facebook, you can contact the administrator for details on how to join the group itself.
Participate in an online study for women with symptoms of vulval pain (Queen's University, Canada)
The Sexual Health Research Laboratory at Queen's University in Canada are looking for women aged between 40 and 55 to take part in an online study on vulval pain. The study will involve completing online questionnaires to assess symptoms, psychological and social wellbeing, healthcare experiences and sexual and relationship functioning.
You can access the study directly at violet.sexlab.ca.
Manchester Vulval Support Network - group details and meeting dates
Channel 5 need interviewees for new sex education TV programme
Crackit Productions have asked us to pass on the following information.
'We're working on an exciting brand new series for Channel 5’s 5* Channel (which is currently being rebranded), called SEX POD.
We’re filming at a studio in London and are keen to find individuals or groups of 18-30 year olds who will come and discuss their sex lives or stories and also ask some generic relationship/sex questions for us in our specially designed pod.
NEW - Transcript and references now available for VPS Webinar 1: Vulvodynia research update, by Dr David Nunns
We're gradually making headway with transcribing all our multimedia content, and you can now read the transcript and full list of references for VPS Webinar 1, originally given by David Nunns in January 2013. The webinar gives an update on vulvodynia research, including the use of enoxaparin injections and Melissa Farmer's groundbreaking 2011 study in which vulvodynia symptoms were reproduced in mice.