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Why is there Pain during Intercourse - a Clinical Study in Vulvodynia

Participate in our Clinical Trial - Help us to help you!

What is Vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia is pain around the vagina. It occurs with sexual intercourse or putting in a tampon, and sometimes just with sitting or wearing tight pants. It can be a burning, hot, sharp, cutting, or stabbing pain in the vaginal area. We are testing a medicine to help stop this pain.
A woman of any age, beginning in her teen years, may have Vulvodynia. Approximately 14 million women suffer with Vulvodynia. Once thought to mainly affect white females, African-American and Hispanic women are now known to be equally affected.

How Can You Help?

This Vulvodynia study is being done at three universities.

Participating in the Vulvodynia study means 6-7 visits to one of these universities. Your commitment in following through to the completion of this study is critical for you and future women who are affected by this condition. It will take you approximately 18 weeks to complete the whole study.

Participants will receive:

  • Study medication one half of the time
  • Placebo (inactive treatment) one half of the time
  • Study-related care at no cost
  • $50 per visit, or a total of $300 - $350 if all six - seven visits are completed

We understand the pain you suffer with vulvodynia. This condition can significantly affect the quality of your life and we hope that this trial will help you and millions of other women who suffer from painful intercourse. You are not alone in this fight. Please help us to gain understanding of this condition.

Can I Participate?

Answer these three questions and click "Submit"

1. Are you a woman 18 years of age or older? Yes No

2. Do you have pain to vaginal or vulvar (outside the vagina) touch? Yes No

3. Does sex hurt? Yes No


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