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VULVODYNIA AND VESTIBULODYNIA

TREATMENT INFORMATION

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL 01494-816651

 

WHAT IS VULVODYNIA / VESTIBULODYNIA?

Do you suffer from vulval pain or discomfort? Vulvodynia and Vestibulodynia are medical terms that are defined in more detail below. The terms are often mistakenly used to group together many other different conditions which we've also tried to detail below::


DEFINITIONS

  • vulvodynia - a constant vulval burning or irritation which is sore / aching in nature and is generally around the vulval area. The intensity of the pain may vary from person to person.
     

  • vestibulodynia (formerly vestibulitis) vulval burning or irritation which is sore / aching in nature but which only happens due to stimulus e.g. touch, a tampon, or sexual intercourse. The intensity of the pain may vary from person to person, and according to the nature of the external stimulus.

HOW CAN AROMATHERAPY TREATMENT HELP?

We're looking for volunteers who would be willing to undertake Aromatherapy treatment as part of a small research project. We're initially looking to assess patient response and feedback to fortnightly Aromatherapy treatments at our Hazlemere, High Wycombe clinic. In particular, we're hoping to demonstrate the positive effects of Aromatherapy treatment using essential oils.

To be accepted for treatment, you should ideally be able to attend roughly every two weeks for up to a two month period - five sessions in all. The first session will last about 90 minutes as we will need to review your medical history with you. Other sessions will last for about 75 minutes and will include a full Aromatherapy treatment. As part of the research, we'll ask you to keep detailed notes on how you feel, and on any improvement, or deterioration, in your symptoms. We use evidence based practice, and a vital part of our work is to collect your feedback on treatment. This is a practical and professional way of proving how effective Aromatherapy treatment can be.

 


RESEARCH UPDATE - JANUARY 2017

To date we have treated 106 volunteers. 1 discontinued treatment as the oil smell made her feel sick. 2 discontinued treatment for other unrelated reasons. Of the 103 others, 86 responded that they felt that treatment had helped their condition, and 14 were uncertain. 6 responded negatively.

The trial is continuing, and if you'd like to take part please contact us.
 

 

Our approach to treatment will vary according to your symptoms. In our experience with our volunteer group to date, there is frequently a link between vulval irritation, and candida (thrush), We often prescribe a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil for topical vulval application, due to both its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Our normal clinic treatment is a back massage with essential oils that have both anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, and we normally give you oils and creams to continue treatment at home.

We intend to submit the details of this research and its conclusions for publication in The International Journal Of Aromatherapy, but your name and other personal information will remain confidential at all times.

There is no charge for treatment. To make an appointment, please call 01494-816651. Our normal appointment time range is 0930 to 1800 Monday to Friday, but we will do our best to accommodate you at a time convenient to you, and early evening and Saturday morning appointments are often possible. If you have experienced a sudden "flare-up" and would like a same-day appointment, please ask for an urgent appointment.