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: Our next two VPS webinars
Please note that for various reasons, the two webinars on psychosexual therapy which were scheduled for 20 November and 28 November 2013 have been postponed to Thursday 23 January 2014 and Wednesday 29 January 2014.
More information on these two free webinars will be posted here as soon as possible, so do watch this space.
UPDATE - VPS Super Workshop 2013 - recordings of speaker presentations
In addition to David Nunns' and Sheren Gaulbert's presentations from the VPS Super Workshop in May 2013, we now have available for download an MP3 of the presentation given by Reena Shah.
Further audiovisual content from the presentations, such as the accompanying slides, will follow if available, so do watch this space.
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:
NEW – Participants required for new UK vulval pain study (University of Liverpool/VPS)
Vulval pain: the journey to diagnosis
In 2011, the VPS consulted its supporters, including members of the London Vulval Pain Support Group, as to which of the psychological aspects of living with vulvodynia they would most like to see researched. As can be imagined, a great many ideas were suggested, but one area which was deemed to be particularly worthy of study was the psychological journey taken by the sufferer towards obtaining a formal diagnosis of vulvodynia/vulval pain.
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...