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 (previously known as vulval vestibulitis), lichen sclerosus, and other vulval pain conditions. We also have information on sex and vulval pain, pregnancy and vulval pain, and other general good advice. Find out more about us.
Participate in an online study testing a vulval pain assessment questionnaire (Queen's University, Canada)
Queen's University need female participants for an online questionnaire study on women's health and genital pain. The purpose of this study is to test a questionnaire (the Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire) that will help healthcare professionals assess symptoms of chronic vulval pain. Participants must regularly experience vulval pain, be 18 years of age or older and be able to read and write in English.
You can access the study directly at https://surveys.psyc.queensu.ca//VPAQ_TR1.aspx
NEW - Transcript and references now available for VPS Webinar 1: Vulvodynia research update, by Dr David Nunns
We're gradually making headway with transcribing all our multimedia content, and you can now read the transcript and full list of references for VPS Webinar 1, originally given by David Nunns in January 2013. The webinar gives an update on vulvodynia research, including the use of enoxaparin injections and Melissa Farmer's groundbreaking 2011 study in which vulvodynia symptoms were reproduced in mice.
NEW - Transcript and references now available for VPS Podcast 4 - Physiotherapy treatment for vulval pain
You can now read the transcript for VPS Podcast 4, which is Women's Health physiotherapist Helen Forth's podcast on physiotherapy for vulval pain, at Transcript of VPS Podcast 4 - Physiotherapy treatment for vulval pain: a presentation given by Helen Forth.
We've also posted a full list of the references Helen uses in her presentation at References for VPS Podcast 4 - Physiotherapy for vulval pain: a presentation given by Helen Forth. The original video presentation itself and MP3 audio recording are of course still available on our Listen and watch page.
The Vulval Pain Society Handbook (4th edition)
The VPS publishes its own detailed handbook covering most aspects of vulval pain, including strategies for treatment and management. Aimed at both patients and clinicians, the book includes chapters written by healthcare professionals with a specialist interest in vulval pain, plus some patient perspectives.
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat vulval pain feature - website item
Here's a link to the BBC website item on vulvodynia written to accompany the BBC Radio 1 item on vulval pain which is on air today. For details of the radio item itself, see BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat - feature on vulval pain.
Use the VPS Easysearch page to search online instead of Google or other search pages. Every time you search for something from our Easysearch page and follow any links generated, the VPS will receive a donation of around 0.5p. If you spend lots of time online looking at different pages, it's well worth setting the Easysearch page as your homepage or adding it to your favourites or bookmarks.
You can use Easysearch from any computer or smartphone and there's no login or registration required. For further information, visit the Easysearch website.