Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia – Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis


Marek Jantos


Marek Jantos

Marek Jantos

Chronic Pain Consultant

9th Floor, 118 King William St

Adelaide, South Australia 5000

(61+8) 8221 7070

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Summary of credentials and professional interests

Marek Jantos is a pain consultant with a special interest in chronic urogenital and pelvic pain disorders. For many years he worked as an allied health consultant in the areas of oncology, haematology and general medicine before directing his attention to chronic urogenital pain. Since 1994 he has focused on clinical and research work into vulvodynia and bladder pain and has authored a number of specialist articles in medical journals and textbooks focussing on these conditions. Together with his associates he has developed the Integrated Mapping and Assessment Protocol (iMAP); designed a Multi-channel EMG assessment systems and continues to engage in advanced research work in Australia and overseas. His Ph.D thesis, A Psychophysiological Perspective on Vulvodynia, makes a unique contribution to the understanding of vulvodynia and was appraised at the time as the best summary of the understanding of the disorder. Marek is one of the pioneering clinicians in the management of vulvodynia in Australia. He convened the first National Symposium on the Clinical Management of Vulvodynia in Sydney in August 2000. In more recent years he has shared his insights on the management of chronic urogenital pain at various scientific meetings and workshops in Australia and overseas (see schedule of upcoming workshops). He is a member of professional associations and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease and Board Member of the European Biofeedback Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of two professional journals, the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease and Pelviperineology and is section editor on chronic pelvic pain for the Journal of Pelviperineology. To date he has provided therapy to an estimated four to five thousand chronic urogenital pain patients. His work as a non-medical practitioner is highly regarded nationally and internationally.

Recent publications and book contributions include;

  • Jantos M: Fascia, the new frontier in anatomy, Editorial. Pelviperineology 2016; 34 (1), p 1.
  • Jantos M, Johns S, Torres A & Baszak-Radomanska E, Mapping chronic urogenital pain in women: insights into mechanisms and management of pain based on the IMAP, Part 2, Pelviperineology 2015a; 34 (1):28-36.
  • Jantos M, Johns S, Torres A & Baszak-Radomanska E; Mapping chronic urogenital pain in women: rationale for a muscle assessment protocol – the IMAP, Part 1, Pelviperineology 2015b; 34 (1), pp. 21-27
  • Jantos, M. (2010). Electromyographic assessment of female pelvic floor disorders. In E Criswell (Ed.), Cram’s introduction to surface electromyography (2nd ed., pp. 203-230): Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
  • Jantos, M 2010, ‘Surface electromyography and myofascial therapy in the management of pelvic pain disorders’, in GA Santoro, P Wieczorek & C Bartram (eds), Pelvic Floor Disorders: Imaging and a Multidisciplinary Approach to Management, Springer Verlag Italia, Milan, pp. 593-607
  • Jantos M: Vulvodynia: A Psychophysiological Profile. J. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 2008;33, 29-38
  • Jantos M, Burns N: Vulvodynia: Development of a Psychosexual Profile. J. Reprod Med 2007;52:63-71
  • Jantos M: Understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain. Pelviperineology 2007;26:66-69
  • Glazer HI, Jantos M, Hartmann EH: Electromyographic comparisons of pelvic floor in women with dysesthetic vulvodynia and asymptomatic women. J Reprod Med 1998;43:959-962
  • White G, Jantos M: Sexual behavior changes with vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. J Reprod Med 1998;43:783-789
  • White G, Jantos M, Glazer HI: Establishing the diagnosis of vulvar vestibulitis. J Reprod Med 1997;42:157-160
  • Jantos M, White G, The vestibulitis syndrome: Medical and psychosexual assessment of a cohort of patients. J Reprod Med 1997;42:145-789

Marek’s professional interests include clinical, research and training in behavioural medicine, chronic pain, myofascial therapy, biofeedback, electromyography, respiration and heart rate variability, spirituality and health. Personal interests centre on a wholistic lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, photography and humanitarian work. For further details please visit his personal webpage www.marekjantos.com and see his curriculum vitae.

Recent Presentations

  • Invited Speaker, BFE Conference, Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction, Fascia, and Chronic Urogenital Pain, Xian, China (June 2016)
  • Invited Speaker, BFE Conference, Integrated Approaches to Diagnose and Treat Chronic Urogenital Pain, Taizhou, China (June 2016)
  • Invited Speaker, 6th International Colorectal Surgery Summit in Tianjin, New Perspectives on the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, and Mapping Chronic Pelvic & Urogenital Pain; Insights into Mechanisms of Pain (October 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, Inaugural Lecture to open the University Year for Medical Students, The Anatomy of Success, Lublin Medical University, Lublin, Poland (October 2015)
  • Invited Lecturer & Workshop Presenter, Mapping & Management of Chronic Urogenital Pain in Women, Jinan, China (March 2015), & Xiamen, China (October 2015) Progress in Female Pelvic Floor Research and Management.
  • Presenter, Can Pain Mapping in Vulvodynia Provide Insights into Mechanisms & Management of Pain? 24th World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, New York, US (July 2015).
  • Invited Speaker, Peking Union Medical College and Hospital, Beijing, China, Mapping Chronic Pelvic & Urogenital Pain; Insights into Mechanisms of Pain (September 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, Vishee Medical Training Conference on Biofeedback and Pelvic Disorders, Guangzhou, China, Mapping Chronic Pelvic & Urogenital Pain; Insights into Mechanisms of Pain (September 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, Management of Chronic Urogenital Pain in Women, Annual meeting of Chinese Gynecologists and Obstetricians, China (March 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, Insights Into Mechanisms of Urogenital Pain Based on Mapping, International Society of Pelviperineology, Munich, Germany (September 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, Pelvic Pain & Hyperarousal, International Society of Pelviperineology, Munich, Germany (September 2014)
  • Invited Clinical Trainer, New Approaches to the Management of Chronic Urogenital Pain, Lublin, Poland (September 2014)
  • Invited Workshop Presenter, Advanced Training in the Management of Chronic Urogenital Pain, Guangzhou, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, (September 2014) (150 Participants, Gynaecologists/Obstetricians, Colorectal Surgeons, Urologists and Urogynaecologists, Midwives and Nurses and Hospital Administrators)
  • Invited Workshop Presenter, Conservative Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, Lublin, Poland June 2013
  • Invited Workshop Presenter, Management of Chronic Urogenital Pain in Women, Beijing, Peking University Third Hospital, China (September 2013), & Guangzhou, China (September 2013) (A Total of 450 Participants, Gynaecologists/Obstetricians, Colorectal Surgeons, Urologists and Urogynaecologists, Midwives and Nurses and Hospital Administrators)
  • Presenter, 23rd World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, Rome, Italy, October 2013
  • Symposium, Conservative Management of Constipation in Chronic Urogenital Pain Syndromes, ISPP International Pelviperineology Conference, Yokohama, Japan, October 2012
  • Symposium, Sexual Function and CosmetoGynaecology Designer Vagina: Necessity or Vanity: Is It Worth the Pain, ISPP International Pelviperineology Conference, Yokohama, Japan, October 2012
  • Invited Speaker, 16th International Biofeedback Conference, Keynote Lecture, Role of EMG in Understanding Sexual Pain Disorders, Rzeszow, Poland, September 2012
  • Workshop Presenter, 16th International Biofeedback Conference, New Perspectives on Female Sexual Pain, (2 Day Workshop) Rzeszow, Poland, September 2012
  • Invited Speaker, The International Society for Pelviperineology (ISPP), New Perspectives on Interstitial Cystitis and Painful Bladder Syndrome, Sydney, September 2011
  • Invited Speaker, Joint Scientific Meeting of the International Pelviperineology Congress, Noosa, Queensland, August 2009
  • Invited Speaker, AAVIS-ICOPF-IPFDS Joint Scientific Meeting, Venice, Italy, October 2008
  • Invited Speaker and Workshop Presenter, 12th International Meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, Salzburg, Austria, February 2008
    • Workshop Presentation: 2 Day Advanced Workshop on Management of Female Dyspareunia.
    • Podium Presentation 1: Vulvodynia: Development of a Psychosexual Profile.
    • Podium Presentation 2: Vulvodynia: A Psychophysiological Profile Based on Surface Electromyography.
  • Poster Presentation: A Psychological, Sexual and Physiological Profile of a Cohort of Vulvodynia Patients.
  • 1st World Congress of Sexual Health: XVIII World Congress of WAS Sydney 2007.
    • Presentation 1. Vulvodynia: Development of a Psychosexual Profile.
    • Presentation 2. Vulvodynia: Identifying Psychophysiological Contributors to the Maintenance of Chronic Vulvar Pain.
  • 19th World Congress for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, Alaska, USA, July/Aug 2007. Presentation: Psychosexual Issues in Vulvar Diseases.
  • 18th World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, Presentation. A Psychophysiological Profile of an Australian Cohort of Vulvodynia Patients. Queenstown, New Zealand, February 2006
  • Invited Speaker, 7th Annual Scientific Meeting: Association of Ambulatory Vaginal and Incontinence Surgeons; Presentation: Pelvic Pain after Mesh Repair. Sydney, NSW, October 2005
  • Invited Workshop Presenter, 9th Scientific Meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, Presentation: Psychophysiological Aspects of Female Dyspareunia, Hasselt, Belgium, February, 2005
  • Invited Speaker, Conference On Vulvar Disorders, Gold Coast, Australia, September 2004
    • Presentation 1; Vulvar Vestibulitits Syndrome: Electromyographic Studies
    • Presentation 2; Role of Emotions in the Maintenance of Chronic Vulvar Pain.
  • Invited Workshop Presenter, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Biofeedback and Psychophysiology. Presentation: Clinical Management of Female Dyspareunia. Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 2004
  • Invited Speaker, Symposium on Vulvar Disorders, Presentation; Psychosexual Aspects of Vulvar Pain. Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC 2003.
  • Invited Speaker, Conference on Pelvic Surgery: A Defect-Specific Approach. 3rd Annual Meeting
    • Presentation 1; EMG Biofeedback Retraining for Urgency and Mixed Incontinence;
    • Presentation 2; Biofeedback and Myofascial De-sensitization Techniques in Dyspareunia. Sydney Conference, 2002.
  • Invited Speaker, National Colposcopy Conference, Presentation; A Psychophysiological Approach to the Management of Vulvodynia. Perth, Australia, 2002
  • Convener and Presenter, First National Symposium on the Clinical Management of Vulvodynia, Presentation: Psychophysiological Management of Chronic Vulvar Pain. Sydney, August 2000.

Professional References

Dr. Marek Jantos is one of the world’s pre-eminent clinicians and researchers on topics related to pelvic pain. He is a master clinician with more experience in this area than anyone that I am familiar with. His approach is professional, but warm and compassionate, and is guided by his successes with hundreds (if not thousands) of patients.
Dr. Jantos is universally respected and esteemed by his colleagues around the world. I can think of no other clinician to whom I would be more confident in making a referral.
Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Ph.D., BCIAC Distinguished Professor Alliant International University San Diego, California USA
Marek Jantos Ph.D. is one of a small and highly specialised group of experts in the treatment of “vulvodynia.” For many years now he has recognised the complexities in diagnosing and treating “sexual pain disorders” in women, many of whom had previously, and regrettably, been advised that it was purely a “psychological” problem. In the past eight years, I have worked with a number of Dr Jantos’s patients to address psychological trauma, self-esteem and relationship difficulties that often arise out of this very distressing disorder. His treatment highlights the necessity for comprehensive investigation of the biological and physiological components of sexual pain disorders.
His work with several thousand patients over past years is detailed in his PhD thesis. I consider him a pioneer in a highly specialized field of psychophysiology.
Ms Joan Langham Clinical Psychologist

The title of Dr in the above statements refers to my academic doctoral degree (Ph.D) and is not a reference to medical qualifications.