The NVA has made considerable progress in recent years and has expanded the services we offer to the medical community. NVA medical professional donors receive all of the following services:
NVA Research Update Newsletter (view)
This newsletter keeps the medical community up-to-date on current research pertaining to chronic vulvar pain disorders. It is sent via e-mail on a quarterly basis and contains abstracts and references to current research published in medical journals or presented at scientific meetings. Please contact Chris Veasley if you are interested in placing your name on the listserve to receive these updates.
CME/CE Accredited Online Tutorial
In October 2007, the NVA launched a CME/CE accredited online tutorial for healthcare professionals titled, Vulvodynia: Integrating Current Knowledge into Clinical Practice . This program, jointly sponsored by the NVA and the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, includes a self-guided presentation on the prevalence, differential diagnosis, treatment and etiology of vulvodynia. To access the tutorial, please visit http://learn.nva.org.
The NVA newsletter, published three times per year, contains articles written by medical experts on the diagnosis and treatment of vulvovaginal disorders. Medical professionals who join the NVA will immediately receive ten back issues of the newsletter. You can view a list of these issues and subscribe online.
NVA has developed four educational booklets for women with vulvodynia and their loved ones. To view a sample or to place an order, please contact Gigi Brecheen, NVA's Administrator, at email@example.com or 301-949-5114. Written from both the gynecological and chronic pain perspectives, I Have Vulvodynia – What Do I Need to Know?, features important self-help strategies for alleviating vulvar pain and maintaining sexual intimacy. It will help women with vulvodynia to make educated decisions about their health care and build strong partnerships with their health care providers. Vulvodynia, Pregnancy and Childbirth, the first resource on the subject written specifically for women with vulvodynia, includes information on conception through the postpartum period. In addition to describing alternate methods of conception and childbirth options, it offers advice on minimizing vulvar pain during pregnancy. My Partner Has Vulvodynia – What Do I Need to Know? gives partners a better understanding of vulvodynia and the challenges of living with it. In addition to encouraging partners to be supportive, it discusses the impact of vulvodynia on relationships and offers advice on maintaining sexual intimacy. How to Apply for Disability Benefits guides women with vulvodynia who cannot continue to work through the process of applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
The NVA distributes patient brochures to medical professionals free of charge. Please email Chris to request brochures for your practice.
Vulvodynia Reference List
The NVA maintains and distributes a reference list of all medical research published on chronic vulvar pain disorders since 1965. Click here to view/download the Reference List, and click here for usage directions.
The National Vulvodynia Association is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve women's lives through education, support, advocacy and research funding. The NVA is not a medical authority and strongly recommends that you consult your own health care provider regarding any course of treatment or medication.
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