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What is Vulvodynia? The International Consensus Conference on Vulvodynia Nomenclature

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By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder What is Vulvodynia? Is it a symptom, a disease, or a syndrome? What does the term ‘Vuvlodynia’ mean to people with vulvar pain, pelvic pain specialists, medical professionals, and the community in general? In a previous blog post I wrote about how in the pelvic pain world, diagnosis does not dictate treatment. Many pelvic pain diagnoses simply …

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Is “Vaginismus” an Outdated, Useless Term?

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VAGINISMUS IS AN OUTDATED, USELESS TERM. This was the debate topic the Journal of Sexual Medicine posed to two teams of clinicians back in February at the annual ISSWSH conference. (ISSWSH is the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.) Liz was asked to take a spot on the team that argued that “vaginismus” is not an “outdated, …