University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Subject: Exploring the embodied experiences of people living with chronic vulval pain in the Netherlands

Contact: Researcher Maya Lane at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on 07889 207115.

Details and requirements: The lived and personal experiences of chronic vulval pain have not yet been adequately researched, and I am interested in how people understand and experience their pain. I am looking to interview people with experience of chronic vulval pain in the Netherlands as part of an anthropological research project at the University of Amsterdam. As someone with vulvodynia myself, I am very passionate about contributing to understandings of vulvodynia and chronic vulval pain.

The project is open to people who are diagnosed or undiagnosed: anyone with experience of vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, pain during sex, itching, soreness etc. is welcome. I am looking to speak with people who live in the Netherlands primarily. The project will use qualitative interviews that focus on people's personal experiences and stories of chronic vulval pain, therefore any information and experiences are valid and useful. I am particularly interested in people who have tried both medical and alternative treatments. My main research question is: how do people understand and experience vulvodynia?

Participants will be interviewed, and the interviews will be recorded. I will ensure that interviews are as relaxed and comfortable as possible for the interviewee. The interviews will last as long as needed in order to fully share experiences and understandings of vulval pain. Interviews will be arranged at a time and place that is convenient for the interviewee, and would preferably be in person. All data will be anonymised and confidential. Please note that the interviews will be in English.

This study is open to all genders; the only requirement is that the person must have a vulva and have experience of chronic vulval pain. For further information or for any questions, please contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


(Correct as at 20 December 2019)