Diagnosed with vulvar pain (vulvodynia)?
Protocol: STUDY00004558
Full Title
Objective Assessment of Pain Thresholds in Women with Vulvodynia
This study enrolls women who have vulvar pain (vulvodynia). The purpose of this study is to learn if a new tool to diagnose vulvodynia will be easier and more precise.

Women with vulvodynia have a unique pain response to touch that makes it difficult to have sex or insert tampons. Pictures will be taken with a special camera (infrared) that can sense areas with different skin temperature. You will also complete surveys. Study takes place at the Obstetrics and Gynecology suite at the Conventus Office Building, 1001 Main Street, Buffalo.

Technical Description

We have been developing a novel medical technique for the diagnosis and classification of vulvodynia. We will develop annotated pain maps showing region and size of area sensitive to mechanical stimulus. The pain maps will be created by combining IR images, photographs, and clinical input, and will be correlated with patient co-morbidities. Through this combination of measurements, we plan to expand the diagnostic tools used in patient care as well as on the classification of this heterogeneous disorder.
Compensation: Yes
Compensation may include cash, checks, gift cards, debit cards, or incentives like gift baskets, technology items, or merchandise.
Women ages 18+.
We will enroll women who have vulvar pain (and some women without vulvar pain as a comparison group).
Age Group: Adults
Principal Investigator: VANESSA BARNABEI
+1 716-878-7138
Want to Learn More?
Let us know how the study team can reach you. If you do not hear back within 2 business days, reach out to the study team directly at the contact information above or email ctsiresearch@buffalo.edu and someone will assist you.