The objective of the research was to explore the possible relationships of commonly used pain measures in women suffering from vulvar pain.
Characterization of the pain profiles of a twenty women cohort presenting with vulvar pain was undertaken. Descriptive analysis was used to describe the cohort. Scatter plots were used to explore the relationships between the vulvalgesiometer pain thresholds, the McGill Pain Questionnaire responses and modified visual analogue scale scores. Spearman’s correlation coefficient of Rho greater than eight was considered important.
The cohort was representative of the spectrum of women suffering from vulvar pain. There was no correlation between the different pain measures. This was seen on scatter plots and confirmed with Spearman correlation coefficients less than eight.
There is no correlation between the commonly used pain measures in women presenting with vulvar pain. Better characterization and understanding of women suffering from vulvar pain is required.