Research Study

Integrated Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia
Principal Investigator 
Lori Brotto


Body Locations and Systems 
Sexual Problems in Women
Health Conditions 
Provoked Vestibulodynia 
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
Oct 1, 2012 to Oct 1, 2016
Diamond Health Care Centre
Adrienne Marsh, Research Assistant
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

This randomized trial, nicknamed the COMFORT (Cognitive therapy or Mindfulness FOR Treatment of pvd) study, will compare the effects of an 8-session group Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to an 8-session group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD). Women with PVD will be randomly assigned to attend either eight sessions of group MBCT or CBT. Each session is 2.25 hours long and spaced 1 week apart. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the 8-session MBCT intervention for PVD is more efficacious than an 8-session CBT intervention for decreasing women's pain intensity, sexual distress, catastrophizing and hypervigilance towards pain


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