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Dr. Judith Schlaeger of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is conducting a research study to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of vulvodynia. If you have vulvar pain or burning, pain during intercourse, inserting a tampon, or even pain from just sitting—or you have been diagnosed with any type of vulvodynia, you may be able to participate in this research study.


What are we studying?
Our goal is to determine if acupuncture reduces pain in the vulva and pain during intercourse.

Who can participate in this study?
Women 18 years of age or over who have vulvodynia pain and are not pregnant may qualify.

Who runs the study?
The study’s investigator is Dr. Judith Schlaeger of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

How long will the study last?
The study includes 10 acupuncture treatments over 5 weeks. We may also ask you to report your pain weekly for an additional 12 weeks. The treatments will be conducted at the following locations:

Are there costs to participate in this study?
No. You will receive all study-related care at no cost. You will receive $10 at each study visit to cover your transportation costs.

What is the first step?
If you have questions or are interested in joining the study, please submit your information in the Contact Form. We will be in touch with you within 48 hours to determine your eligibility. Thank you for your interest!

Dr. Judith Schlaeger discusses the study

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