Congratulations to Dr. Paul Yong and his team for obtaining a $283,000 CIHR Operating Grant!

Suffering from pain during intercourse is much more common than most people realize. Endometriosis afflicts 1 in 10 women, and half of these women will also experience pain during intercourse, called deep dyspareunia. The risk factors for deep dyspareunia are unknown but preliminary studies carried out by Dr. Yong show that depression, genetic factors, and problems with the bladder and pelvic structure may contribute.

Now, Dr. Young and his colleagues have the opportunity to change how we treat endometriosis and deep dyspareunia through their study, the “Etiology of Dyspareunia in Endometriosis”. Over the next 3 years Dr. Yong’s interdisciplinary team of researchers, including geneticists, psychologists, epidemiologists and other obstetrical-gynaecological pathologists, will conduct a holistic research program to understand how different risk factors interact with endometriosis to cause deep dyspareunia.

For the many women who suffer silently from this difficult condition the treatment options that arise from this research could be life-changing. Rather than undergoing surgery after surgery, a woman may be able to find relief through psychological counseling for depression or prevent it entirely through genetic testing. We are thrilled that BC Women’s Dr. Yong and his team are at the forefront of this exciting new research!

Dr. Yong directs the Research Program at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis. His clinical research interests are in endometriosis and pelvic pain, and his translational research interests include bio-banking of endometriosis, gene sequencing in endometriosis, and investigating nerve formation in the pelvis as a cause of pain. Dr. Yong is also involved in teaching and is Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties.

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