2015 Consensus Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain

Dear IPPS members:

We are pleased to announce new consensus guidelines on the terminology of vulvar pain. The previous terminology of vulvodynia, as defined in 2003 by the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD) did not reflect the current literature regarding etiology and treatment of vulvar pain.

On April 8-9, 2015 members of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD), the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) organized an international meeting in order to reach a consensus on the terminology of vulvar pain. After discussions, a consensus terminology proposal was unanimously reached at that meeting. It was decided by the three societies that the consensus terminology proposal would be brought to discussion and voted on by each Society. On August 19th the Board of Directors of IPPS voted unanimously to approve the new terminology. The terminology has also been approved by ISSVD and ISSWSH. At this time we would like to present you with the new terminology. For more information please follow the link to a brief explanatory from the consensus committee. The new guidelines will be published in their entirety in several peer-review journals.

2015 Consensus Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain

Sincerely,
IPPS Board of Directors