News

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

VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable online

You can now watch the full video recording of the very first VPS webinar held on 16 January 2013. In this webinar, Dr David Nunns of the VPS discussed contemporary vulvodynia research, including the use of enoxaparin injections and Melissa Farmer's groundbreaking 2011 study in which vulvodynia symptoms were reproduced in mice.

Read more: VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable...

UPDATE: British Association of Dermatologists Vulval Health Survey 2015

Please note that this survey is now CLOSED. The survey page says to look out for the announcement of the result soon, so as soon as we have any news on that we will be posting it here and on our Older studies page.

NEW - Canadian study on women's health and vulval pain requires participants (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada)

Queen's University in Canada need female participants for an online questionnaire study on women's health and genital pain. The purpose of this study is to develop a questionnaire (the Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire) that will help healthcare professionals assess symptoms of chronic vulval pain. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, be able to read and write in English and currently experience genital pain.

For more details on this online study, please visit our Current research page.     

VPS Webinar with Clare Staunton, 'The Partner Perspective' - full presentation and Q & A now viewable online

You can now watch Clare Staunton's recent webinar from Monday 17 November 2014 online, either from our Webinars page or by clicking on one of the links below. Please note that this recording includes both Clare's presentation and the Q & A following it.

Watch Clare Staunton's presentation, 'The Partner Perspective' from a PC, laptop or notebook

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The technical problem we had with this recording has now been resolved, but nevertheless, please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any difficulties with watching the webinar.

Volunteers needed for educational vulval films

The Gynaecology Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is looking for volunteers to take part in a series of short training films on the vulva. The films will be aimed at health professionals (doctors and nurses), but also at patients, and they will aim to cover a number of important clinical aspects of care, including vulval self-examination, use of vaginal dilators (trainers) and vulval desensitisation. Volunteers do not need to have vulval pain or a vulval condition to take part in the films.

Read more: Volunteers needed for educational vulval films

2015 British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease Annual Meeting

The 2015 British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease Annual Meeting dates have now been confirmed and the registration site is live! The date of the meeting is Thursday 12 March 2015 and the location will be St Anne's College, Oxford.

Please note that this will be a one-day meeting. The venue has been confirmed and the agenda can be found on the event site at BSSVD 2015. All sponsors are invited to contact the organisers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Listen to 'Airing Pain: The power of the mind' podcast

UK pain charity Pain Concern produce Airing Pain, a series of audio podcasts dealing wtih different aspects of pain from both the patient's and the health professional's perspectives. Listen to Programme 47: The power of the mind, which looks at new techniques using both the brain and the mind to control pain. You might also be interested in the many other programmes available in the series. All the podcasts can be played online, or downloaded from the site for later use. Transcripts are available for some of the programmes as well. Happy listening!