VULVODYNIA AND VESTIBULODYNIA
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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
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.
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.
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
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
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.