We are a team of health care providers with expertise in helping women in B.C. with benign, pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the vulva and vagina. Our health care team is composed of specialized gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, registered nurses, pelvic floor physiotherapists, and psychologists.
We help adult women who suffer with ongoing uncomfortable vulvar symptoms. We also help women who notice a change to their vulvar skin – for example, a bump or rash. Our goals are to clarify the cause (diagnosis) and offer treatment to reduce the symptoms and improve a woman’s quality of life. Please see our specific programs and services for more information.
No. Thanks to the generosity of donors, and resources and support from Vancouver Coastal Health, all of the health care services (gynecologist, psychologist, physiotherapist) available in the Centre are provided at no additional cost to women in British Columbia.
Our Centre focuses only on the care of women with vulvar or vaginal disorders. We do not provide cosmetic or routine gynecological care (eg. contraceptive counselling). We do not provide obstetrical care. Patients with confirmed invasive vulvar cancer should be referred directly to the B.C. Cancer Agency. Unfortunately, at the current time we cannot accept women from outside the province of BC.
The BCCVH will accept women with chronic vulvar symptoms and/or vulvar lesions. The clinics accept patients with benign, and pre-malignant skin conditions. Women with diagnosed vulvar cancer should be referred directly to the BC Cancer Agency.
In order to gain access to the BCCVH you need a referral from another health care provider to our Centre. Women can be referred by their family doctors, gynaecologists, dermatologists or other doctors. Referral forms for your health care provider are available on our website here.
Please bring any notes about your condition, test results that relate to your condition (example, skin biopsy, vaginal cultures) and or medical records. We will have received a referral from your health care provider but anything that you can bring that adds to a more fulsome picture would be helpful. And, please bring your questions! This is an opportunity for you to get answers and make progress. If you forget about something please write it down and bring that question or concern to your next appointment. We encourage you to keep track of your own vulvar health with a journal or notes so that we can incorporate that information into your treatment plan.
Also, please bring:
Your BC health care card.
BCCVH Vulvar Health Questionnaire (.docx). If possible please download, print and fill out prior to your appointment. It will save you time. Our receptionist will provide a paper copy for you to complete if you do not bring it with you.
A list of your medications. Name of medication, dose, and frequency that you take it.
Bring any topical medication (jars, tubes) that you are currently using on the vulvar area and make note of the timeline for their use.
Please do not cancel your appointment if you are menstruating. In most cases, we will be able to complete a vulvar exam. While it may be embarrassing to you, it does not bother our health care professionals.
During clinic hours you may call the clinic and ask to speak to the Nurse in the Vulvar Centre. If it is after hours, then please go to the nearest emergency room or contact your primary health care provider. The clinicians in the clinic are not available after clinic hours.
The Centre is home to an active group of clinical researchers. So there are opportunities to learn about and participate in clinical trials or other research activities. The current ongoing trials can be found here on our site under research. Speak with your physician or our Clinical Care Coordinator to learn more.
Please call the Centre as soon as possible. We have a large number of patients waiting to be seen, and we are usually able to schedule another patient if we have more than 48 hours notice. The women on our wait list will thank you for your consideration!
Our receptionist does her best to call patients 2 weeks prior to their appointment to remind them. If you miss your appointment, it is your responsibility to contact the Centre and reschedule. There are a limited number of spots available to see our pelvic floor physiotherapist and psychologist. If you miss one of these appointments without notifying us more than 48 hours, we may not be able to reschedule the appointment.
You may contact your pharmacy directly and ask them to send us a refill request by fax (604 875 4869). We refill prescriptions for women who have been recently seen and treated. If you have not been seen for > 6 months, then you may need to come in for a follow up appointment.
If the question is a medical question, please contact the Nurse in the Centre for Vulvar Health and leave a single detailed message. To lspeak directly or leave a message with the RN in the Centre call (604) 875-4111 extension 63179. If the message is about the MVP program, please contact our Clinical Care Coordinator at (604) 875-4111 extension 63445 . Our health care providers will return messages left by patients; however, as providers work on different days, same day message returns may not be possible. Our physicians will not communicate via email or text messages.
The Clinical Care Coordinator facilitates communication between and amongst the health care providers, and between the patient and the program. She is there to help answer your questions about the programs and services and ensures that you move between health care providers in a timely manner. To speak directly to the Clinical Care Coordinator call (604) 875-4111 extension 63445.
A set of accommodators is approximately $70 and can be purchased at Laurel Prescriptions (102 – 888 W. 8th Ave). The pharmacy is at the corner of Laurel Street, one block east of Oak St. (604-873-5511). Most women who participate in the multidisciplinary vulvodynia program benefit from the use of vaginal accommodators to address vaginismus (a reflex tightening of the pelvic floor muscles that can occur when sex is painful). If you are not sure if you want to use them or will need them, wait until your first physiotherapy appointment before purchasing. If you already own a set, bring them to your physiotherapy appointment.
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6th Floor, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9