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.
- ORWH Science Health Series Fact Sheet: Understanding Vulvodynia: Planning for Future Research
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. June 2012.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee Opinion. Committee on Gynecologic Practice. American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. No. 345, October 2006. Reaffirmed 2008.
- Finding Solutions for Female Sexual Dysfunction
Practice Bulletin No. 119. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2011; 117:996–1007.
- NIH Research Plan on Vulvodynia
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH. April 2012
- Vulvar Disorders (from MedlinePlus)
U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH. 2012.
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)|