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AUDIO: Dr. Caroline Pukall, What Is Vestibulodynia?

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Listen as Dr. Pukall an Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada explains vestibulodynia.

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Dr. Pukall and Todd Hartley:

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Todd Hartley:
Hi, and thank you for joining us on The Empower Network. Now, let’s go right now to Canada and speak with Dr. Caroline Pukall. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Pukall, vestibulodynia, what exactly is that and did I pronounce it properly?

Dr. Pukall:
Yes, you pronounced it properly and you have… that’s a very, very good question. So, vestibulodynia is a term that has recently replaced another sort of term called vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. Now, neither of these terms really roll off the tongue very easily. However, they are used to describe a chronic vulvar pain condition in which dyspareunia, or pain during sexual intercourse, is the most common complaint. And so women who have vestibulodynia or vestibulitis will usually present to their physicians saying that they have pain during sexual intercourse with their partner or during vaginal penetration that is typically localized to the entrance of the vagina and that has burning or sharp characteristic.

Todd Hartley:
Well, she is Dr. Caroline Pukall, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology in Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s University. Dr. Pukall, thank you for joining us.

Dr. Pukall:
Thank you.

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For more information on Caroline F. Pukall, Ph.D. visit Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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