This section contains all the latest news and information from the Vulval Pain Society.

VPS is in The Independent!

The VPS has contributed to an article about vulvodynia appearing in UK newspaper The Independent. You can read the entire article on The Independent's website.

Manchester Vulval Support Network: meeting on Monday 25 September 2017, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Read the text-only version of this flyer for the Manchester Vulval Support Network meeting

UPDATE - City, University of London vulvodynia study

We're pleased to able to report that this study, 'Experiences of psychological needs and support among women with vulvodynia', has had sufficient participant response for analysis and is therefore now closed. Any further updates and news we have about the study will be posted here and on our Older studies page.

Many thanks to all who participated in the study.

Input needed for the Lichen Sclerosus Priority Setting Partnership

The Lichen Sclerosus Priority Setting Partnership are looking for people to take part in a survey they are running to find out what research questions are important to patients with lichen sclerosus and health professionals who are involved with the condition.

For more information about the survey, download the LSPSP's PDF poster or visit their page on the University of Nottingham website.

NEW - What is the vulva?

ASCII-style graphic containing a large white question mark on a jade green background. The question mark is made up of a list of the structures of the vulva in small font text

A basic guide to the different parts of the vulva, location and function. The page includes a labelled colour photo of the vulva (so may not be safe for work), plus a full text description of each of the structures indicated in the photo.

There's also a quick guide for health professionals to carrying out a vulval examination, and for patients, there's a link to our How to perform vulval self-examination page, which has a labelled black and white line diagram of the vulva.

The new page can be accessed from our main menu at What is the vulva? or by clicking on the green square above this text.

Participants needed for web-based study on female pelvic pain and self-esteem (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)

London Metropolitan University are looking for participants for a study regarding the impact of female pelvic pain on self-esteem. The aim of the work will be to find out how pelvic pain affects the self and how it relates to sexual distress.

To participate in the short online survey, you will need to suffer from a pelvic pain condition such as vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids or other pelvic condition.

Full details of the study are available on our Current research page.