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Erekson and colleagues recently published in the journal [i]Menopause[/i] on their development of a Vulvovaginal Symptoms Questionnaire (VSQ) to determine the symptoms, emotions, life impact, and sexual impact of vulvovaginal symptoms on postmenopausal women [1]. They performed a number of validation tests which confirmed the utility of the questionnaire. Postmenopausal vulvovaginal symptoms include dryness, burning, pruritus, and dyspareunia. Vulvovaginal symptoms are common and have been reported by 9.6–44.4% of postmenopausal women. The authors found the VSQ to be a reliable and internally consistent instrument for measuring vulvovaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women. The authors demonstrated a reasonable validity of the VSQ, particularly in the absence of a gold standard for measuring vulvovaginal symptoms.


  • Farook Al-Azzawi
    Gynaecology Research Unit, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester, UK


  1. Erekson EA, Yip SO, Wedderburn TS, et al. The Vulvovaginal Symptoms Questionnaire: a questionnaire for measuring vulvovaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Menopause 2013 Mar 11. Epub ahead of print
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