This section contains all the latest news and information from the Vulval Pain Society.

Smears without Tears: new revised smear guide now available for download!

Smears without Tears (VPS smear guide)We're very happy to announce that you can now download our brand new, fully revised leaflet version of Smears without Tears, our patient's guide to making a speculum exam more comfortable. The guide offers physical, practical and psychological tips for getting the best out of smear tests and other speculum examinations and minimising any possible discomfort or distress. It's aimed chiefly at women with vulval or vaginal pain, but we think the guide may be helpful for anyone who is uncomfortable with smear tests. Smears without Tears has been jointly developed by the Vulval Pain Society and the London Vulval Pain Support Group, from whose site the guide can also be downloaded.

Download Smears without Tears: A woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable       

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.

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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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

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.