Navigation Links
20/20 Tackles Taboo Health Issue Affecting Millions of Women
Date:8/10/2009

National Vulvodynia Association applauds ABC's efforts and offers information every woman should know

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PAINFUL SEX. It's a secret that millions of women live with in embarrassment and isolation. Until now. . .

On August 7th, Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC's Chief Medical Editor, started a conversation on 20/20 about vulvodynia, the most frequent cause of painful sex. Three young women discussed its crippling effect on their lives, describing how it feels as "unbearable burning" or "sandpaper being rubbed on an open wound." (To view the segment, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/2020.)

Unfortunately, unlike male sexual dysfunction, armed with champion Bob Dole and constant television ads, vulvodynia has yet to become an acceptable topic for mainstream media.

So the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) applauds ABC for taking this critical first step to bring this private, rarely-discussed condition out of the shadows. "It's time we started discussing the impact of vulvodynia openly. Until we do, millions of women will remain undiagnosed and left without hope," says Christin Veasley, NVA's Executive Director, whose own vulvodynia went undiagnosed for one year.

Vulvodynia is a complicated pain condition of unknown cause(s) and one television segment couldn't present everything women need to know.

Among the aspects not discussed on 20/20, here are a few worth knowing:

  • Vulvodynia does not discriminate. Six million American women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds suffer, although it most often strikes between 18 and 25. New studies find that adolescent girls may be equally affected. Girls who have pain with first tampon use appear more likely to develop vulvodynia. (See: http://nva.org/fact_sheet.html.)
  • Vulvodynia's impact reaches far beyond the bedroom. Many women suffer 24/7, which makes sitting or wearing pants painful. Some cannot work. Young women fear they won't be able to have children. Many marriages end in divorce.
  • In addition to physical therapy and surgery, new effective treatments are available, including nerve blocks, topical creams and oral "pain-blocking" medications such as antidepressants (Cymbalta) or anticonvulsants (Lyrica). (See: http://learnpatient.nva.org/understanding_vulvodynia_4.htm.)

Courageous affected women and medical experts are speaking out to increase awareness and promote research. Please help NVA tell their stories.

About the NVA

The NVA (www.nva.org), a non-profit organization founded in 1994, educates the patient and medical communities, provides lists of medical professionals, funds research on causes and treatment, and lobbies for federal research funding.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Vulvodynia Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Lumenis UltraPulse TotalFX Treatment Featured on ABCNews 20/20 as a Secret Weapon for Treating for Burn Scars
2. Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
3. Ann Lion Coleman Joins Abt Associates to Direct USAID Health Systems 20/20 Project
4. Mercury Computer Systems to Present at the Cowen and Company 20/20 Technology-Media-Telecom Conference on May 29, 2008
5. Parallel Software Announces Integrated Credit Card Processing for MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20
6. An Open Letter to 20/20 and the Shareholders of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.
7. Revolutionary HD Surgical Footage from North Shore-LIJ Surgeon to be Broadcast for the First Time on ABCs 20/20, National Geographic Channel
8. WPSU Debuts New Series; 1st Show Tackles Neuroscience and the Military
9. Midbrook Tackles Medical Decontamination
10. EXT Life Sciences Announces New Biotech Treatment that Tackles Root Cause of Graying Hair
11. Hampton Roads Ventures Tackles U.S. Healthcare Crisis Community by Community
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... Valhalla, New York (PRWEB) , ... March 22, ... ... Blythedale Children’s Hospital have entered into a research collaboration to translate advances in ... with neurological impairments at Blythedale and beyond. The collaboration seeks to improve movement, vision, ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The Carballo Agency, a ... the New York metropolitan region, is embarking on a cooperative charity drive with ... At present, more than two and a half million children in the United ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... insurance consultation, financial planning, and related services to communities across eastern Texas, is ... the goal of providing meals to hungry children and adults. , Consistently ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The Zabbia Insurance Agency, ... families and business owners in the greater Nassau County area, is embarking on ... , Every 3 minutes, someone in America is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... College basketball surges to its peak during the ... – that is, recruiting people to be foster parents. Through a televised spot, Coach ... in foster care due to abuse, neglect and other family challenges. People who respond ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... 22, 2017 A new independent study ... the proven ultraviolet-C (UV-C) disinfection solution of choice ... Published in the March issue ... , the peer-reviewed study of UV-C disinfection systems ... General Hospital and Rochester General Hospital. According to ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 22, 2017 ... market is growing rapidly due to the significant development ... published by Allied Market Research, the global electrophysiology market ... to reach $8.271 billion by 2022, with a GAGR ... is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. The ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 22, 2017 Kalorama Information has noted five ... those following the industry.  This month the FDA granted a ... the POC testing market has reached $18.4 billion in ... facing a legal battle and the acquisition by Abbott ... launched a new chemistry analyzer and researchers evaluated fetal ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: