FSD news from the NVA and the DSM

02/10/2010 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Three acronyms in one blog post title?? Better get everyone up to speed on what we’re talking about here. Food for thought:

First, there is a new E-Newsletter from the National Vulvodynia Association, addressing vulvodynia-related news (Vulvodynia falling under the pain category of female sexual dysfunction.) Please note that this E-Newsletter is not to be confused with their research newsletter. Please be sure to check the NVA E-newsletter out.

Included in this newsletter is some discussion about researchers who have been given awards and grants. One interesting upcoming study will be on vulvodynia, pregnancy & childbirth. I’ll be very interested to hear the results so I can make a better informed decision if/when my time comes to bear a child.

Another news bulletin I find interesting is this:

NVA on Capitol Hill

NVA Collaborated with Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) staff to include strong language on vulvodynia in Congress’ FY2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Appropriations Bill. NVA also participated in a Capitol Hill meeting attended by the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, who subsequently designated vulvodynia as a “high-priority” area of research. In 2009, four of the 20 vulvodynia researchers who submitted NIH applications were funded.

Neat! Government attention.

And of course there is also mention of vulvodynia in the media, including tv program coverage and new books. I bought some of those books but it’s gona be awhile yet before I even get around to them!

In the newsletter there are also calls for volunteers to participate in ongoing scientific vulvodynia research, so if you’re interested, check it out.

Then, via Helen @ Questioning Transphobia, we also now have access to a draft of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The final version of the DSM-V is currently slated for release sometime in 2013. So be sure to check out that draft, too!

Why is this important? There’s a couple of different reasons; for one thing gender identity disorders and sexual dysfunctions are listed in the DSM, (yes even sexual dysfunctions caused by medical/health issues,) which is a powerful force behind having disorders recognized, researched, diagnosed, and treated. The manual is not without a fair share of controversy, however, particularly from a feminist perspective.

There are also some new sexual health diagnoses up for consideration, including hypersexual disorder (but not Restless Genital Syndrome? Is that up for consideration, and if not, why?) sexual coerison disorder, sexual disinterest disorder in women and men (related to hypoactive sexual desire disorder,) and, notably, Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder. This would include vaginismus & dyspareunia not due to a medical condition. (Pain due to a medical condition would still be under code 625.x – vulvodynia falls under this category.)

So if you’re snowed in today like I am, there’s some fresh reading material for you. In the mean time, I’m still working on my summary of the 3rd section of Sex is not a Natural Act and Other Essays to go up sometime within the next few days.

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