VulvodyniaVulvodynia is a form of persistent vulvar pain of at least 3 months’ duration, without a clear identifiable cause. Women with vulvodynia often speak of vulval burning, soreness, stinging, itching and stabbing pains in the genital area. Simple activities such as wearing jeans, inserting tampons, having a pap smear, or attempting intercourse can be painful and distressing. Most times there are no medical causes to explain the severity of pain or some of the associated symptoms. This condition can affect women of all ages, be they single, partnered, with or without children.
Bladder Pain / ICWoman with bladder pain syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (IC) most commonly report experiencing discomfort, pressure or intense pain in the bladder, lower abdominal/pubic area, as well as the pelvic area with symptoms of urge, frequent daytime voiding (of more than 10 voids per day) and night-time urination (of more than two voids per night), known as nocturia. This condition can be very debilitating and significantly impact on daily activities of living. IC is a subgroup of BPS where there is evident bladder pathology in the form of lesions which can be seen during a cystoscopy. Many women with BPS/IC also present with vulvodynia, and over 80% of vulvodynia cases present with symptoms of bladder pain.
Case StudiesOften women with chronic urogenital pain feel that there is no one else that suffers such symptoms. They are reluctant to discuss their symptoms with their doctor or disclose their problems to family and friends. Its important for them to know that they are not alone. Up to 15% of women in the general population will suffer from these conditions at some point in time in their life. It may seem like an embarrassing topic to discuss, but more and more is mentioned about these conditions. There are many women who have chosen to share their case studies for the benefit of others who are still seeking to understand these conditions and search for diagnosis and therapy. The case studies in this section may be of assistance.
CliniciansMarek is devoted to sharing his clinical and research knowledge and gladly collaborate with doctors and medical specialists in order to help those affected. To date he has provided therapy to thousands of women. He continue to be at the forefront of developments through his own research, by being involved at international meetings and continuing educational activities, as well as providing training and education to others.
New Revised Edition of Textbook on Pelvic Disorders
The editors and publishers of the Textbook on Pelvic Floor Disorders have invited Marek Jantos to contribute a revised chapter on Surface Electromyography and Myofascial Therapy in the Management of Pelvic Pain Disorders. The newly edited text will be in print later in 2017.
National BFE Conference in Xian
Marek Jantos was the keynote speaker at the National BFE Conference in Xian speaking on the management of chronic urogenital pain. This was Marek’s 7th visit to China. A highlight of the visit included meetings and discussions with several senior leaders of the Chinese Medical Association. Several visits are being planned for 2017.
Annual National Conference of Gynaecologists in China
Marek Jantos has been asked to address the Annual National Conference of Gynaecologists in China, in March 2015 outlining developments in the management of chronic urogenital pain. The conference has an expected attendance of approximately 7-8000 delegates.
China Workshops and Lectures
China Workshops and Lectures 2013, 2014, 2015. Marek Jantos twice a year meets with specialists in China, providing workshops on Chronic Urogenital Pain. Each of the workshops has been attended by several hundred participants, with several thousand benefitting from the training to date.
Honorary Appointment and Inaugural Lecture
Marek Jantos was recently awarded an Honorary appointment in the Department of Anatomy, Medical University of Lublin, Poland, a position that he gratefully and humbly accepted and treasures. Marek looks forward to collaborating with the faculty and university in various research projects.Medical University of Lublin – Inaugural Lecture.
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Marek Jantos – Chief Consultant of Multi-Centre Study
Marek Jantos has been retained as chief consultant to oversee a major, multi centre randomised control study in 10 overseas hospitals, comparing his treatment protocols with traditional approaches to chronic urogenital pain.
Marek Jantos, Appointed Sub-Section Editor for Chronic Pelvic Pain, Editorial Board of Pelviperineology Journal
Marek Jantos was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pelviperineology as Subsection editor for Chronic Pelvic Pain. Marek Jantos is also a current member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Lower Tract Genital Disease.
Working with chronic urogenital pain conditions presents unique challenges. From the patient perspective it is to have their pain recognised as real, from the clinicians perspective to have the therapy recognised as helpful and appropriate, even in the absence of a gold standard.
I have welcomed the outcome of the recent Health and Community Services Complaints Commission (HCSCC) Inquiry into my credentials and protocols. The process was an extensive and comprehensive one. The full report can be viewed online.
I continue to work in as transparent a manner as I can, by publishing, speaking at meetings and conferences, providing workshops and clinical training. My resolution continues to be to hold the interests of the patients first and foremost in my clinical work.