VPS Webinars

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Prior to 2014, we were independently engaged as volunteers for the Vulval Pain Society (VPS) developing VPS Webinars. Details of our work can be found on the VPS website.

Previous Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinar Presentations

  • Tuesday, 21st May, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Dr de Mello gave a short presentation discussing options for long-term pain management in vulvodynia, including physiotherapy, drug therapies and nerve blocks. He also answered questions on the topic from participants.

Dr de Mello is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) where he runs a specialist Pelvic Pain Clinic. Around two-thirds of his clinic patients have vulval pain.

  • Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Prof Reid gave a short presentation on  “Everything your Doctor should know about Vulval Disease” and answered questions on the topic from participants.

Prof Reid is Vice-President of Education at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she runs a specialist vulval clinic.

  • Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Dr David Nunns (co-founder of the VPS) gave a short presentation on the latest research into vulval pain syndromes and answered questions on the topic from participants.
Dr David Nunns is a Consultant Gynaecologist based in Nottingham.

After a brief break, we returned in 2014 as Women4Real to work with the VPS on two exciting new webinars focusing on psychosexual therapy, couples counselling and partner perspectives:

  • Monday 17th November, 2014 7pm – 8pm (UK): Clare Staunton focused on ‘Partner Perspective’ in vulval pain. She addressed common thoughts, concerns and viewpoints of partners of women experiencing difficulties. Clare offered suggestions on how to think of things differently in a couple dynamic (for both partners), as well as some practical strategies for doing things differently too. The webinar concluded with a reading list and useful links to online videos and resources for couples coping with vulval pain issues. Clare is passionate about helping women with vulval pain, whether they are single, beginning a new sexual relationship or in a long-term partnership.

Clare Staunton is a Psychosexual and Relationship Counsellor working in a West London private practice, SexualHealingUK. She is an accredited member of COSRT.

  • Wednesday 1st October, 2014 7pm – 8pm (UK): Krystal Woodbridge talked about ‘Breaking down the barriers and maintaining intimacy’. She discussed how vulval pain and sexual issues can affect the couple dynamic. She also addressed common problems that couples face (when coping with vulval pain) and explained how relationship therapy can address these issues and help couples to break down these barriers. Krystal explored definitions of sex and intimacy and challenged common misconceptions, and considered the many creative ways to maintain intimacy within a relationship when penetrative intercourse is not possible.

Krystal Woodbridge is a qualified Psychosexual Therapist and Relationship Counsellor based in Hertfordshire and is director of Woodbridge Therapy. A general member and trustee of COSRT, Krystal is also a qualified nurse and, in 2011, won the COSRT Student of the Year Award for her work in psychosexual therapy.