Reading and resources

Articles and leaflets

  • Acupuncture by Maryann Child (VPS website) explains a bit more about this therapy and how it can help vulval pain.
  • Living with vulvodynia is an NHS leaflet produced by King's College Hospital which discusses the impact of vulvodynia on your daily life and outlines approaches to managing the pain and improving your quality of life, with a particular focus on psychology and the relationship between mind and body. The leaflet appears here by kind permission of IMPARTS (Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training and Services). Written by Drs Amy-Kate Hurrell and Jennifer Rundle, with special thanks to Dr Sarah Walsh and patients.
  • Metts JF. Vulvodynia. Am Fam Physician 1999 Mar 15; 59(6):1561-2.
  • Vulvodynia (reprint from medical journal)
    by Dr Marilynne McKay



  • Several members of the Vulvar Pain Foundation have their own pages full of information, links and other resources.


Books and journals

You may be able to borrow some of these publications from your local public or medical library:

  • Beat stress from within (package of cassettes and books)
    by David Brookes
  • Coping successfully with pain
    by Neville Shone
  • Coping with thrush
    by Caroline Clayton
  • Cystitis: how to combat attacks and prevent recurrence
    by Dr Caroline Shreeve
  • DIY Sex and Relationship Therapy: An Effective Self-Help Programme for Couples Wanting to Improve their Relationship
    by Lori Boul  (ISBN 1845284747)
  • Journey through Pudendal Neuralgia, by Margaret Stubbs, is the story of the author's personal experience of pudendal neuralgia (a form of pelvic nerve pain), including details of treatments she has tried. Follow the title link above for further details about the book and how to obtain a copy.
  • Learning to control pain (cassette)
    David Bresler
  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
    by Mark Williams and Danny Pelman (ISBN 1609618955)
  • Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing
    by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Pelman (ISBN 074995924X)
  • The stress and relaxation handbook: a practical guide to self-help techniques
    by Jane Madders
  • The V Book, written by Boston-based gynaecologist and member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Gunther Stewart. The author describes it as '…a source book on vulvovaginal health and disease written especially for women. There are several chapters on vestibulitis, vulvodynia and interstitial cystitis, as well as a chapter on sexual functioning in the presence of pain.' The V Book is currently available in the UK from Waterstones, or (secondhand) from Amazon UK, where you can also get it for Kindle.