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The latest news and info from the Vulval Pain Society, a UK charity supporting women with vulval pain.

Petition launched to get pelvic pain included in UK medical student curriculum

The VPS has been asked to pass on details of an online petition to get pelvic pain included in the UK university curriculum for all medical students. You can read more about the petition here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128528

The VPS is a charity aiming to educate the public about vulval pain as well as provide help and advice to sufferers. We therefore support any initiatives to help increase the knowledge, skills and competencies of all health professionals, including medical students, in improving the assessment and management of chronic pelvic (including vulval) pain. Pelvic pain conditions are poorly managed and have a major impact on patients' quality of life, everyday functioning and reproductive health. It is vital that we invest in the education of our future workforce in the field of pelvic pain if we are to improve treatment and support available to all those living with pelvic pain conditions. 

New vulval pain support group on Facebook

Colourful photo of daffodils, tulips, bluebells and other flowers, linking to Pudendal Neuralgia and Vulvodynia UK's Facebook support group

Pudendal Neuralgia and Vulvodynia UK have asked us to post a link to a transitional Facebook group which allows ladies to join their full secret Facebook group once the administrator of the group has had contact with them. As the official group's members want it to remain secret, we can't provide details here, but if you follow the above link to the group and (if necessary) sign up with Facebook, you can contact the administrator for details on how to join the group itself.

Participants needed for online study on sleep, fatigue and chronic pain (University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK)

The University of Hull is looking for sufferers from chronic pain to participate in an online study on how sleep, fatigue and symptoms of chronic pain may be linked. To take part in the survey, you will need to suffer from chronic pain, and also to be able to nominate a friend of the same age and sex as you, whom you regard as healthy.

The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete and may be accessed directly at https://hull.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cp-patient-survey.

You can find out more about this online study, or visit our Current research page for details of other studies in whiich you can participate.

Please note that the survey closes on 24 March 2016.

Participate in an online study for women with symptoms of vulval pain (Queen's University, Canada)

The Sexual Health Research Laboratory at Queen's University in Canada are looking for women aged between 40 and 55 to take part in an online study on vulval pain. The study will involve completing online questionnaires to assess symptoms, psychological and social wellbeing, healthcare experiences and sexual and relationship functioning.

You can access the study directly at violet.sexlab.ca.

Find out more about this online study or visit our Current research page to see other studies in which you can take part.

Manchester Vulval Support Network - group details and meeting dates

Read the text version of the above flyer for Manchester Vulval Support Network - group details and meeting dates

Read more: Manchester Vulval Support Network - group details and meeting dates

Channel 5 need interviewees for new sex education TV programme

Crackit Productions have asked us to pass on the following information.

'We're working on an exciting brand new series for Channel 5’s 5* Channel (which is currently being rebranded), called SEX POD.

We’re filming at a studio in London and are keen to find individuals or groups of 18-30 year olds who will come and discuss their sex lives or stories and also ask some generic relationship/sex questions for us in our specially designed pod.

Read more: Channel 5 need interviewees for new sex education TV programme

London Vulval Pain Support Group meeting, Saturday 30 January 2016, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

The London Vulval Pain Support Group's January meeting will definitely now be taking place in the usual London location on Saturday 30 January 2016, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm. Further details about the support group and its meetings can be found on the LVPSG website, or you can email the group administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.