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The latest news and info from the Vulval Pain Society, a UK charity supporting women with vulval pain.

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.

Download Smears without Tears: A woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable       

Share a link to the VPS using Facebook, Twitter, email or LinkedIn

If you've enjoyed anything on the VPS website, or found it interesting or useful, you can now share a link to many of the items here by clicking on our new social media share buttons, where these appear at the end of an item - there's an example of the buttons at the end of this item.

From left to right, the buttons are for Facebook, Twitter, email and Linkedin. Clicking on them will share a link to the article on your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page, or via email if you prefer.

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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.

Read more: VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable...

UPDATE: British Association of Dermatologists Vulval Health Survey 2015

Please note that this survey is now CLOSED. The survey page says to look out for the announcement of the result soon, so as soon as we have any news on that we will be posting it here and on our Older studies page.

NEW - Canadian study on women's health and vulval pain requires participants (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada)

Queen's University in Canada need female participants for an online questionnaire study on women's health and genital pain. The purpose of this study is to develop a questionnaire (the Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire) that will help healthcare professionals assess symptoms of chronic vulval pain. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, be able to read and write in English and currently experience genital pain.

For more details on this online study, please visit our Current research page.     

VPS Webinar with Clare Staunton, 'The Partner Perspective' - full presentation and Q & A now viewable online

You can now watch Clare Staunton's recent webinar from Monday 17 November 2014 online, either from our Webinars page or by clicking on one of the links below. Please note that this recording includes both Clare's presentation and the Q & A following it.

Watch Clare Staunton's presentation, 'The Partner Perspective' from a PC, laptop or notebook

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The technical problem we had with this recording has now been resolved, but nevertheless, please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any difficulties with watching the webinar.

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.

Read more: Volunteers needed for educational vulval films

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.

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