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

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

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: 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: 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:

Read more: Painful Sex vs 'Normal' Sex: The Differences Explained With Food

Garden party fundraising for the VPS

VPS supporter Andy Shelton has been fundraising for us in York with a garden party and garage café. For full details and photos from the event, click on the link below...

Read more: Garden party fundraising for the VPS

VPS joins Just Text Giving

We have recently joined Just Text Giving, which means that we can now receive donations by text.

To make a donation to the Vulval Pain Society, just text DNKT11 to 70070 with the amount you wish to donate, e.g. £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.

Alternatively, for other ways of making a donation, see Support the VPS.