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

Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinar, Tuesday 21 May, 7.00 - 8.00 pm

Join us for a free Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinar on Tuesday 21 May with Dr Winston de Mello.

Dr de Mello is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM), where he runs a specialist Pelvic Pain clinic. Around two-thirds of his clinic patients have vulval pain. Dr de Mello will give a short presentation in which he will discuss options for long-term pain management in vulvodynia, including physiotherapy, drug therapies and nerve blocks. He wil then answer questions on the topic from participants.

Read more about the Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinar, Tuesday 21 May, 7.00 - 8.00 pm

UPDATE: Coventry University unprovoked vulvodynia study

Please note that this online study, which examines UK patients' experiences of accessing treatment for unprovoked vulvodynia, has finished data collection and analysis and is therefore now closed. We will provide details of the results of the study here and on our Older studies page as soon as these are available. 

UPDATE: West Midlands Vulval Pain Support Group

We're very pleased to announce that the West Midlands Vulval Pain Support Group is now well under way. The group held its first meeting in Birmingham, and has decided to hold subsequent meetings there as well. The West Midlands Vulval Pain Support Group has been set up to provide confidential support and advice for women in the West Midlands suffering from vulval pain conditions such as vulvodynia and vestibulodynia.

Fon further details about the group, download the West Midlands Vulval Pain Support Group poster from this website. Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who runs the group.

Personal experiences of vulvodynia

How do women deal with chronic vulval pain in real life? Journalist Sally Turner talked to women with vulvodynia and vestibulodynia to find out about their personal journeys with these conditions. You can read their real life stories on a new page on our website, Personal experiences.  

Article in The Guardian

The Sexual Healing section in the Guardian's G2 section (30 October 2009) responds to a query about painful sex. Read Pamela Stephenson Connolly's reply.

McTimoney chiropractic study - latest news

Please note that this pilot study, which examines the benefits of McTimoney chiropractic treatment for vulval pain, is now closed to new participants. The results of the study are now being processed, and news of the outcome will be posted here as soon as this becomes available.

Many thanks as ever to everyone who has taken part in the study - watch this space for the results!       


Talking helps skin

Consultants insist it really works but can talking about your emotions clear up bad skin? This article appeared in the Daily Mail on 23 January 2012, highlighting a new approach to skin conditions.

An article in That's Life! magazine

Read about one woman's story of vestibulodynia in the 'Your Health' section of That's life! magazine in their 3 April 2008 issue.