Welcome to the VPS, a UK registered charity.
Our aims are:
To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of vulval pain through the provision of support, education and practical advice
To advance the education of the general public in all areas relating to vulval pain
We offer advice and information on all vulval pain matters. You can read detailed information about Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, Lichen Sclerosus, and other conditions. We also have information on sex, pregnancy, and other good advice. Find out more about us.
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:
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...
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.
VPS webinars - past presentation downloads now available
The VPS has put up a new page on this website, VPS Webinars, which we hope will provide everything you need to know about our free VPS Webinars. The page is still under construction, but amongst other things, it will allow you to download past webinar presentations. At present, you can download the slides from Dr Winston de Mello's presentation of 21 May 2013, 'Management of Vulval Pain', plus an audio recording (MP3) of the Q&A session. You can also now watch online Prof Wendy Reid's presentation of 1 May 2013, 'Vulval Pain - Present knowledge', or download the slides, plus we now have the cleaned up audio recording (MP3) of the presentation. Dr David Nunns' presentation of 16 January 2013 will follow as soon as it becomes available.
IMPORTANT! Please be aware that these presentations contain medical photos and images and may therefore not be 'safe for work'.
Journey through Pudendal Neuralgia
Margaret Stubbs, who suffers from pudendal neuralgia (a form of pelvic nerve pain), has written a book, Journey through Pudendal Neuralgia, about her personal experience of the condition, including the various treatments she has tried. For further details about the book, including where to obtain it, read on...