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Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

Vulvodynia Information for Clinicians

Vulvodynia is a chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva. Burning is the most common symptom, with stinging, irritation, and stabbing pain reported by many women.

Estimates range from nine to 18 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 64 may experience vulvar pain during their lifetimes. Vulvodynia affects women of all races and cultures and is especially common among women 20 to 50.

The NIH Vulvodynia Awareness Program provides educational materials to key audiences to help women, their partners, and their health care providers better understand this complex chronic pain disorder. ORWH, working with NIH ICs, has supported a variety of initiatives to expand and enhance vulvodynia awareness, including co-sponsorship of trans-NIH vulvodynia research initiatives.

Additional Information

NIH Program Announcements

Announcement Number Issuing Organization Release Date Opening Date Expiration Date Activity Code(s) Title
PAR-10-190 NICHD 05/07/2010 08/22/2010 09/22/2012 R01 Vulvodynia - Systematic Epidemiologic, Etiologic or Therapeutic Studies (R01)
PAR-10-191 NICHD 05/07/2010 08/21/2010 09/22/2012 R03 Vulvodynia - Systematic Epidemiologic, Etiologic or Therapeutic Studies (R03)
PAR-10-192 NICHD 05/07/2010 08/21/2010 09/22/2012 R21 Vulvodynia - Systematic Epidemiologic, Etiologic or Therapeutic Studies (R21)
This page last reviewed on May 13, 2013

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