Guides, leaflets and resources

All downloadable guides, leaflets and resources from the VPS, including our Vulval Pain leaflet and Smears without Tears, our smear guide, are in this section. They are all available as PDFs, or where possible, as audio MP3 files or plain webpages.

Alternatively, the Vulval Pain leaflet and the smear guide are both available as printed colour leaflets.

If you would like us to post you copies of either or both of these leaflets, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , stating which leaflet(s) you would like and how many.

Smears without Tears: Patient self-help guide for speculum examinations

Smears without Tears (smear guide)Smears without Tears: A woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable (PDF leaflet)

This is a guide on how to get the best out of your smear test (also known as a pap test). You might want to print it out and take it with you to your next test.

We have revised the guide so that the PDF prints out as a double-sided leaflet (rather like our Vulval Pain leaflet), as we think that leaflets are smaller and easier to carry around. When printing out the leaflet, you may find that it prints best if you scale it to fit A4 paper rather than printing at 100%, but the result will also depend on your make of printer, so it's worth experimenting.

Accessibility options

If you have problems with using the PDF file above, here's the new smear guide as an ordinary webpage:

Smears without tears: a woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable

Vulval pain information leaflet

VPS vulvodynia leafletVulval pain information leaflet (PDF)

This is the Vulval Pain Society's leaflet on vulval pain, including vulvodynia, vestibulodynia and other vulval pain conditions. The PDF leaflet is meant to be printed on both sides of the same A4 sheet and then folded into three sections. We usually have these printed out by our printing company and then we distribute the leaflets at workshops, talks, conferences and events, as well as making them available to local support groups and various hospital clinics, but we decided to try and make a download available. We hope they are easily printable; please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you feel you need to make us aware of any problems with this process.

Accessibility options

For those who have problems with using PDF files, it's now possible to view the VPS leaflet on vulval pain as an ordinary webpage:

VPS vulval pain information leaflet (accessible webpage)

Alternatively, you can listen to the leaflet as an MP3 podcast:

Download MP3 of the VPS vulval pain information leaflet (11 mins 8 secs) 

Vulvodynia pre-clinic questionnaire

We have formulated a pre-clinic questionnaire that can be filled in and given to your doctor prior to the clinic visit.

The advantages of this are:

1) Writing down information can focus your thoughts on your symptoms.

2) It can jog your memory - it is not uncommon to forget what to tell the doctor in the clinic due to anxiety and stress!

3) Sometimes the consultations are too short for you to tell your doctor the whole story.  Your doctor will find it very helpful to have a list of treatments that you have used.

The questionnaire can be downloaded as a PDF file using this link - Vulvodynia pre-clinic questionnaire

Accessibility options

If you need to avoid PDFs, you can now access the pre-clinic questionnaire as an ordinary webpage:

Vulval pain questionnaire (webpage)

We are grateful to the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease (BSSVD) for their endorsement of this questionnaire.

Are we speaking the same language? Patient and doctor attitudes to pain

Are we speaking the same language? (PDF article)

In this PDF article, VPS founder David Nunns reflects on and discusses patient and doctor attitudes to pain, and gives some tips on how to get the most from your consultation.

Accessibility options

For those who have difficulties with PDFs, here's David Nunns' article as an ordinary webpage:

Are we speaking the same language? (webpage)