The latest news and info from the Vulval Pain Society, a UK charity supporting women with vulval pain.
Volunteers needed for educational vulval films
The Gynaecology Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is looking for volunteers to take part in a series of short training films on the vulva. The films will be aimed at health professionals (doctors and nurses), but also at patients, and they will aim to cover a number of important clinical aspects of care, including vulval self-examination, use of vaginal dilators (trainers) and vulval desensitisation. Volunteers do not need to have vulval pain or a vulval condition to take part in the films.
NEW - UK vulval pain/pelvic pain study requires participants (University of Southampton)
The University of Southampton have developed a questionnaire which can be used to assess the impact of female chronic pelvic pain and vulval pain, and they are looking for women to provide feedback on this questionnaire.
If you're female, aged 18 or over, and have experienced pelvic pain and/or vulval pain for 3 months or more then you are eligible to participate in this study.
For further details on the study, please visit our Current research page.
VPS Webinar with Krystal Woodbridge, 'Maintaining Intimacy' - presentation now viewable online
For anyone who missed Krystal Woodbridge's webinar on Wednesday 1 October 2014, or who attended but would like to see it again, the webinar itself and the Q & A session following it can now be viewed on our Webinars page, or by clicking on the links below.
2015 British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease Annual Meeting
The 2015 British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease Annual Meeting dates have now been confirmed and the registration site is live! The date of the meeting is Thursday 12 March 2015 and the location will be St Anne's College, Oxford.
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!
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: 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: