King's College London (London, UK)

Subject: An exploration of the physical and psychological experiences and sexual function of women living with vulvodynia

Website: To access further information and participate in this study, please visit

Contact: Claudia Chisari, PhD researcher in Health Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. Tel 020 7188 0188 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Details and requirements: Vulvodynia can have a big impact on a person’s life. It can affect the way women think and feel and the activities they do. The purpose of this study is to explore the psychological experience, pain experience and sexual function of women with vulvodynia.

In order to participate in this study you will need to have a diagnosis of vulvodynia by a health professional, be 18 years or older and not be currently pregnant.

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to complete a series of online self-report questionnaires exploring your psychological experience, your pain and sexual experience of living with vulvodynia. Participation will take place online and will take approximately 35 minutes. You will then be required to complete these same questionnaires at an additional time-point (after 3 months of study entry).

We do not anticipate there being any foreseeable risks of participating in this research. There are no direct benefits to taking part in the research, but we hope that it will allow us to form a better understanding of the impacts vulvodynia has on women living with this condition.

Data will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR). All information from this study will be kept confidentially. Data will be pseudo-anonymized as an additional level of confidentiality and to allow us to recontact you for your 3 months follow-up. Your responses will remain anonymous. Data will be stored in secure online storage repositories.

This is a PhD Health Psychology research project at King's College London, which is being overseen by King’s College London and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

(Correct as at 11 November 2019)