Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Smith, KB; Koert, E; Maher, C; Eshtiaghi, P; Sadownik, LA. The Impact of Chronic Vulvar Dermatoses on Women’s Quality of Life: A Qualitative and Exploratory Study. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Accepted June 4, 2020
  • Bao C, Noga H, Allaire C, et al. Provoked Vestibulodynia in Women with Pelvic Pain. Sex Med. 2019;7(2):227-234. doi:10.1016/j.esxm.2019.03.002
  • Smith, KB; Seal, BN; Sadownik, LA; Brotto, LA. The Impact of Multidisciplinary Treatment on Psychological Functioning and Sexual Penetration among Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. J Gynaecol Womens Healthcare 2, 107, 2019
  • Smith, KB; Sadownik, LA; Dargie, E; Albert, AYK; Brotto, LA.  Multidisciplinary Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia. The Clinical Journal of Pain 35 (4), 335-344, 2019
  • Smith KB, Basson R, Sadownik LA, Isaacson J, Brotto LA. (2018). Antenatal vulvar pain management, labour management, and postpartum care of women with vulvodynia: A survey of physicians and midwives. Journal of Obstetrics  and Gynaecology of Canada. 40(5):579-587. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.09.014.
  • Sadownik LA, Yong PJ, Smith KB (2018). Systematic review of treatment outcome measures for vulvodynia. Journal of lower genital tract disease. 22(3):251-259. doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000406.
  • Sadownik, L. A., Smith, K. B., Hui, A., & Brotto, L. A. (2016). The impact of a woman’s dyspareunia and its treatment on her intimate partner: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.
  • Smith KB, Sadownik LA, Basson R, Isaacson J, Brotto LA. (2016) Clinicians’ Perspectives and Experiences Regarding Maternity Care in Women With Vulvodynia.       J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016 Sep;38(9):811-819. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2016.04.008.
  • Lester, R. A., Brotto, L. A., Sadownik, L. A. (2015). Provoked vestibulodynia and the health care implications of comorbid pain conditions. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Canada, 37(11), 995-1005.
  • Yong, P., Sadownik, L. A. & Brotto, L. A. (2015). Concurrent deep-superficial dyspareunia: prevalence, associations, and outcomes in a multidisciplinary vulvodynia program. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 1, 219-227.
  • Brotto, L. A., Yong, P., Smith, K. B. & Sadownik, L. A. (2015). Impact of a multidisciplinary vulvodynia program on sexual functioning and dyspareunia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(1), 238-247.
  • Sadownik, L. A. (2014). Etiology, diagnosis, and clinical management of vulvodynia. International Journal of Women’s Health6, 437–449. http://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S37660
  • Brotto, L. A., Sadownik, L., Thomson, S., Dayan, M., Smith, K. B., Seal, B. N., Moses, M., & Zhang, A. (2014). A comparison of demographic and psychosexual characteristics of women with primary versus secondary provoked vestibulodynia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(5), 428-435.
  • Sadownik, L. A., Seal, B. N., & Brotto, L. A. (2012). Provoked Vestibulodynia—Women’s experience of participating in a Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 9, 1086–1093.
  • Sadownik, L. A., Seal, B. N., & Brotto, L. A. (2012). Provoked Vestibulodynia: A qualitative exploration of women’s experiences. BC Medical Journal, 54, 22-28.

Conference Presentations

Invited Talks

  • Sadownik, LA. Assessment and Treatment of Vulvovaginal Atrophy. International Society for the Study of Vulvar Diseases. World Scientific Congress. Turin, Italy. September 2019.
  • Sadownik, LA. Evidence-based 2nd Line Treatment Options for Lichen Sclerosus and Lichen Planus. International Society for the Study of Vulvar Diseases. World Scientific Congress. Turin, Italy. September 2019.
  • Dehaeck, U. The Vulvar Exam, Normal or Not,  BC College of Family Physicians & Society of General Practitioners Family Medicine Conference: April 2019.
  • Dehaeck, U. Gynecological considerations in SJS/TENS, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis 2019: From Science to Translation: April 2019.
  • Altas, M.  Vulvar Dermatoses:  What to Manage, What not to Miss.  UBC Annual Postgraduate Review in Family Medicine: February 2019.
  • Sadownik, LA. Medical Management of Vulvodynia & How to Set Up a Vulvar Pain Clinic. 6th Biennial Scientific Session of the North American Capter of the ISSVD: Montreal, Quebec. December 7 2018.
  • Dehaeck, U. Vulvar Treatment Pitfalls, St. Paul’s Continuing Medical Education Conference: November 2018.
  • Sadownik, LA. Management of Vulvodynia. 45th D.A. Boye’s Society Meeting. Morris JWosk Centre for Dialogue; Vancouver BC November 2018.
  • Altas, M.  Practical Approach to Vulvar Pruritus.  Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Annual Conference: June 2018.
  • Altas, M. & Dehaeck, U. Vulvology 101, UBC CPD Vulvovaginal Health Update: May 2018; Vancouver, B.C.
  • Sadownik, LA. What is normal? Which Lichen is it? Interesting Vulvar cases. UBC CPD Vulvovaginal Health Update: May 2018; Vancouver BC
  • Dehaeck, U. Sadownik, LA. Vulvar Ulcers, DA Boyes: November 2017.
  • Dehaeck, U.  Vulvar Health, UBC CPD Sexual Health: April 2017.
  • Sadownik, L. A. Update on vulvodynia. XXI World Congress Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO): October 08, 2015; Vancouver, BC.
  • Brotto, L. A. Is it all in my head? Multidisciplinary Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia. Department of Ob/Gyn, Queen’s University: February 27, 2014; Kingston, ON.
  • Brotto, L. A. & Sadownik, L. A. Vulvodynia: Development of a Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program.  Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada annual clinical meeting: June 14, 2013; Calgary, AB.
  • Sadownik, L. A. Vulvar dermatoses: Lessons learnt from the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program. Invited presenter: Meeting of the Seattle Gynecologic Society: September, 2011; Seattle, USA.
  • Brotto, L. A. Mindfulness in the treatment of women’s sexual difficulties. Invited plenary address, World Association of Sexology: June 2011; Glasgow, Scotland.

Paper Presentations

  • Smith, K. B., Sadownik, L. S., Basson, R., & Brotto, L. A. Pregnancy and childbirth among women with chronic genital. Pregnancy and the Mind Research Symposium: November 2015; Vancouver, BC.
  • Yong, P., Sadownik, L., & Brotto, A. Concurrent deep-superficial dyspareunia: prevalence, associations, and outcomes. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Canada June 2014; Ottawa, Canada,  Winner, Best Oral Presentation (Gynecology).
  • Sadownik, L., Van Tongeren, C., Smith, K., Basson, R., & Brotto, L. A partner’s perspective of the impact of provoked vestibulodynia. Presented at the 22nd Congress of the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Diseases: October 2013; Royal Caribbean Cruise, Mediterranean.
  • Van Tongren, C., Sadownik, L. Smith, K., Basson, R., & Brotto, L. Provoked Vestibulodynia and impact on the relationship: A partner’s perspective. UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Annual Academic Day: March 2013; Vancouver, BC.
  • Brotto, L. A. A multidisciplinary vulvodynia program for treating women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. Canadian Pain Society: May 2012; Whistler, BC.
  • Moses, M. H., Brotto, L. A., Smith, K. B., Sadownik, L. A., & Thompson, S. Seeking treatment for provoked vestibulodynia: A descriptive analysis of previous healthcare experiences. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health: February 2012; Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Moses, M. H., Brotto, L. A., Smith, K. B., Sadownik, L. A., & Thompson, S. Patient characteristics and previous health care experiences among women seeking treatment for provoked vestibulodynia. Brief communication presented at the Canadian Sex Research Forum: September 2011; Vancouver, BC.
  • Sadownik, L. A., Brotto, L. A., Seal, B. N., Dayan, M., & Thomson, S. Impact of a Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program on women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. Oral paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Diseases Scientific Congress: Sept 2011; Paris, France.
  • Brotto, L. A. Mindfulness-based CBT and women’s sexual dysfunction: applications for low desire, sexual distress, and provoked vestibulodynia. Paper presented at the World Association of Sexology: June 2011; Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Sadownik, L A., Brotto, L. A., Seal, B., Dayan, M., & Thomson, S. Provoked Vestibulodynia: A retrospective study of women’s experiences before diagnosis. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Canada: June 2011; Vancouver, BC.
  • Brotto, L. A., & Sadownik, L. A. Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program: Patient characteristics and program efficacy. Grand Rounds presentation to the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: May 2011; Vancouver, BC.
  • Sadownik, L. A., & Brotto, L. A. Provoked Vestibulodynia: An exploration of experiences. Paper presented at the International Conference for the Study of Vulvar Diseases: September 2009; Edinburgh, Scotland.

Poster Presentations

  • Smith, K. B., Brotto, L. A., Basson, R., & Sadownik, L. Pregnancy and childbirth fears and reproductive intentions in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Society for Sex Research and Therapy, 39th annual meeting: April 2014; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Smith, K. B., Brotto, L. A., Therrien, S., Basson, R., & Sadownik, L. Fear of child birth among women with provoked vestibulodynia. Canadian Sex Research Forum annual meeting: October 2014; Kingston, ON.
  • Jackowich, R. A., & Brotto, L. A. Associations of dyspareunia, sexual functioning, and sexual well-being in women diagnosed with provoked vestibulodynia and a history of sexual assault. Canadian Sex Research Forum annual meeting: October 2014; Kingston, ON.
  • Smith, K. B., Brotto, L. A., Sadownik, L., Basson, R., & Goldsmith, K. A review of pregnancy and childbirth outcomes in vulvodynia. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research: March 2012; Chicago, USA .
  • Sadownik, L. A., Brotto, L. A., Seal, B. N., Dayan, M. & Thomson, S. Impact of a Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program on women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. Annual meeting of the Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Canada: June 2011;  Vancouver, BC .