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UBC and Vancouver Hospital seeking participants for COMFORT study

Do you experience pain with attempted sexual intercourse?  Clinician-Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital are conducting a treatment study for women with Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD; sometimes called Vestibulitis).

The study is entitled:

Cognitive behaviour therapy Or Mindfulness For Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia (the COMFORT study)


The Purpose of the Study:

  • Pain with attempted intercourse/penetrative sex affects approximately 15% of women.
  • We have developed a mindfulness-based group therapy for women with PVD. Both this therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) have been found effective for helping women with PVD.
  • In this study, we will be comparing group CBT with group mindfulness therapy to determine which treatment is superior.


What Does the Study Involve?

  • You will participate in eight, weekly, 2 ¼ hour group sessions, which will be held at Vancouver Hospital.  Clinicians with considerable expertise in working with genital pain will lead these treatment sessions. Each group session will have 6-9 women. You will receive 1 or 2 genital examinations and fill out 1 or 2 questionnaire packages before the first group session. You will also complete another genital examination and series of questionnaires 4 weeks after the treatment groups are completed, as well as 6 and 12 months later.
  • Before participating in the groups, you will need to be referred to the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine, for a brief assessment with one of the clinicians.
  • An honorarium is provided for each genital examination/questionnaire package that is completed as part of this study.


Who Can Participate in this Study?

  • Women who have a diagnosis of Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)
  • Women who are proficient in English, and are 19 years of age or older
  • Women who can confirm that they are willing to take part in all the group sessions, as well as complete all the questionnaire packages and physical examinations
  • Women must have a family physician


Who Do I Contact to Sign Up For this Study?

Study Co-ordinator:  Adrienne Marsh (Adrienne.marsh@vch.ca), 604-822-0795



Principal Investigator: Dr. L. Brotto

Co-Investigators: Dr. R. Basson, Dr. S Bergeron, Dr. A Grabovac, Dr. L. Sadownik, and Dr. K Smith



This entry was posted on June 17, 2015 by in Survivorship, Upcoming events.

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