Female patients who present with vulval pain or itch have usually put up with symptoms for some time before coming to the doctor.
When it comes to this area of the female anatomy there is still a lot of ignorance and embarrassment in the world outside our surgeries. And while it is true you can find the answer to almost any question on the net, for these particular problems there’s a lot of dodgy information out there.
So here’s an information source you can trust and recommend.
Care down there (www.caredownthere.com.au) is a consumer-directed website written by respected health professionals that provides accurate, up-to-date and practical information and advice about all things vulval. From herpes to vulval sclerosis, the site covers the broad range of conditions that can affect women as well as providing some fundamental education about how to distinguish between normal anatomy and physiology and something going awry.
The site was founded by Dr Gayle Fischer and Dr Jennifer Bradford who are well-known, well-respected members of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the Royal Australian and the New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The content has been developed by a group of Australian health professionals with an interest and experience in vulval problems including dermatologists, gynaecologists, a pain management specialist, a sexual health physician, a psychologist and a pelvic floor physiotherapist. It is sponsored by Epiderm but exists as an independent resource.
If you’re wanting to direct your female patients to a resource that is both comprehensive and authoritative, this really does fit the bill.
>> Access the resource here