World Meeting: Additional Travel Stipends Available
Positivity and Communication Important for Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia
We're pleased to announce that the number of travel stipends available for the 20th World Meeting on Sexual Medicine has been increased from 15 to 30.
Don't miss your chance to attend this important meeting, which will take place September 22-25, 2016 in Beijing, China.
Stipends are available in the amount of USD 2,000 each. Recipients will also receive free registration to the meeting.
Allocation is based on need and applicants must meet specific criteria, including an abstract submission and written proof of a professional degree.
The application deadline is June 1, 2016. Please click here for details, including eligibility requirements.
Important Dates to Remember
Women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) may have better outcomes if they can develop positive thoughts about penetration and communicate well with their partners, suggests a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
PVD refers to pain when the vulvar vestibule (the area surrounding the vaginal entrance) is touched.
While PVD can make sex painful, about 80% of women with the condition still attempt to have sex with their partner. Canadian researchers investigated how penetration cognitions might affect pain and sexual satisfaction in women with PVD.
Seventy-seven women with a mean age of 28 years participated in the study.
After having a gynecological exam, the women completed several questionnaires to evaluate their feelings on penetration, communication with partners, sexual satisfaction, sexual function, and pain during intercourse.
The researchers found that women who had negative thoughts about penetration had poorer sexual function and less satisfaction.
However, those with a positive approach tended to be more satisfied and have better function.
In addition, open communication with a partner seemed to contribute to better outcomes.
To learn more about this study, please click here.