Université de Montréal (Montréal, Québec, Canada)

Subject: A comparison of cognitive-behavioural couple therapy and lidocaine in the treatment of provoked vestibulodynia: a randomized clinical trial*

Contact: Mylène Desrosiers, Research Coordinator, tel (+1) 514-613-6111 ext 47688, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Requirements: The Women’s Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting couples in which the woman experiences pain during sexual intercourse for a treatment study. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to evaluate the efficacy of a recently-developed, 12-week couples therapy (Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy) for women suffering from vulvodynia and one of the most commonly prescribed front-line medical interventions, (i.e. topical lidocaine). As participants in this research project, women suffering from pain during sexual intercourse will take part in a diagnostic gynecological examination, and couples will take part in structured interviews and complete questionnaires. Eligible couples that agree to participate will be randomly assigned to one of the two treatment options, and will be asked to complete self-report questionnaires and structured interviews following completion of the treatment, as well as 6 months after treatment completion. This project is approved by the Research Ethics Committee of CHUM and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal and the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board, and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

(Correct as at 22 February 2015)