Dr. Goldstein explains if vulvodynia is a sexual condition experts have been researching and recalls one of the government agency responsible for distributing research grants.
The clinical research trials are the way we will ever grow in this field. I mean, the National Institute of Health is the sort of big supplier of research grants. Very few research grants happen in vestibulodynia. I would say that the National Vulvodynia Association Christin Veasley is really the pusher and shaker of supporting grants and she gets donations and she seeks outside support. So Christin is probably the mover and shaker for research in this field.
However, it should be that, you know, there is prostate cancer research and there is breast cancer research and there is AIDS research and cardiovascular research but the percentage of moneys that goes towards women’s sexual health issues is ridiculously low.
About Dr. Irwin Goldstein, M.D.:
Dr. Irwin Goldstein is Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, the Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, a former President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California at San Diego.
Dr. Goldstein has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970s. His specialties include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women.