City, University of London (London, UK)

Subject: Experiences of psychological needs and support among women with vulvodynia

Contact: Dr Daphne Josselin, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or on 07724 351705

Details and requirements: There is little research done on the best ways to support women with vulvodynia. Yet knowing more about how women with unexplained vulval pain understand their psychological needs, and how these may be met, would enable health professionals to offer more effective forms of help. Participating in this study might also be a chance for you to have your voice heard in a safe, confidential environment, and perhaps to empower others who share a similar story. Participation in this study involves a face-to-face interview with the researcher, lasting between 60-90 minutes, which will be audio-recorded. The interview will take place at a location convenient to you, and your participation will remain confidential. You will be offered a voucher of £15 for a high street chain as a gesture of appreciation for your time. In order to participate you need to have received a diagnosis of vulvodynia or vestibulodynia; to be aged 18 or over, and not have undergone menopause;1 and you need to live in the Greater London area. This study has been reviewed by, and received ethical clearance through the Psychology Department Research Ethics Committee, City, University of London [PSYETH (S/F) 16/17 81].

1This is because chronic vulval pain may have a different origin among menopausal women, and may be associated with specific emotional difficulties.

(Correct as at 4 July 2017)