The team at the MVProgram is actively researching the effectiveness of the MVP on women’s pain, sexual health, relationship, and psychological factors. We are also interested in the characteristics of the pain itself and preferences women have for particular treatments and how that may affect how well treatments work.
MVP Research Study
The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of the 11- session MVP intervention for decreasing PVD symptoms, improving women’s pain intensity, mood and sexual function and reducing their sexual distress and pain catastrophizing. Study participants will be asked to complete questionnaires at 4 time points: prior to participating in the MVP, immediately after the conclusion of the MVP, and again 6 & 18 months later.
The purpose of the MVP 45+ study is to document if and how participation in a 2-session psychoeducational MVP intervention benefits peri- and post-menopausal women (women over the age of 45). Study participants will be asked to complete questionnaires relating to pain intensity, mood, sexual function, sexual distress and pain catastrophizing. Questionnaires will be administered at 4 time points: prior to attending the psychoeducational seminars, immediately after the conclusion of the seminars, and again at 6 & 18 months post seminars.
Cognitive Therapy or Mindfulness for Treatment of PVD (COMFORT) Study
Stay tuned for the results of the COMFORT study, which compared an 8-session Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy intervention to an 8-session CBT intervention to see which one more effectively reduced women’s genital pain intensity, sexual distress, catastrophizing and hypervigilance towards pain.