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

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 assessment 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 the link 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' online

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

NEW - UK vulval pain/pelvic pain study requires participants (University of Southampton)

The University of Southampton have developed a questionnaire which can be used to assess the impact of female chronic pelvic pain and vulval pain, and they are looking for women to provide feedback on this questionnaire.

If you're female, aged 18 or over, and have experienced pelvic pain and/or vulval pain for 3 months or more then you are eligible to participate in this study. 

For further details on the study, please visit our Current research page. 

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!  

UPDATE: Liverpool University vulval pain study

We are pleased to be able to report that this study, 'Vulval pain: the journey to diagnosis', which explores women's psychological journey from first symptoms of vulval pain to a formal diagnosis, has had sufficient participant response for analysis and is therefore now closed. Further news and updates on the work will be posted here and on our Older studies page once these are available.