New Model Helps Scientists Study Vulvodynia

Researchers have developed the first in vitro (translation: outside the body) model to study the enigmatic condition of vulvodynia, which triggers unexplained pain at the opening of the vagina and is the most common cause of intercourse pain in premenopausal women. The NVA provided initial seed money many years ago to do the preliminary work needed for this study. In addition, we were a very visible advocacy group in Congressional circles, which stimulated research funding for vulvodynia through the National Institutes of Health.  According to David Foster, MD, lead author, “Without the NVA’s efforts, this research would have NOT occurred!”