Accupuncture for pain: Judith Schlaeger

THE PROBLEM:

Some 14 million American women experience chronic genital pain known as vulvodynia, rending sexual intercourse nearly impossible. Many women suffer with symptoms for years, feeling inadequate and ashamed, and suffering strain or worse in their important intimate relationships.

THE RESEARCH:

Judith Schlaeger

In a small study, Judith Schlaeger, PhD, CNM, LAC, FAAN,  found acupuncture to deliver significant pain reduction and an increase in sexual function for vulvodynia patients. Now, with $2 million in funding, she is the first researcher to conduct an NIH-sponsored study of acupuncture as a treatment for the condition. Her protocol of 13 needle treatments twice a week for five weeks is simple, but has the power to deliver life-changing relief to millions.