Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Lee Hullender Rubin

Workshop title

When sex hurts: the channels for treatment of vulvodynia with acupuncture

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Workshop description

Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the vulva with no identifiable cause and is estimated to occur in up to 16 per cent of all women. Vulvar tissue, pelvic floor muscles, and sexual confidence are all affected, and currently there is no single treatment appropriate for all women. In this talk, we will learn how to integrate acupuncture therapy and its associated modalities with conventional treatments to effectively address the physical and emotional features of vulvodynia. Using acupuncture channels, we will learn methods to direct treatment to help reduce pain, soften muscles, and improve sexual confidence.

Speaker biography

Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM MS LAc FABORM is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, clinical researcher and international academic lecturer. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr Hullender Rubin graduated with her master’s degree from Bastyr University (2001) and completed training in residence at the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University (2001). She completed her clinical doctorate (2009) and postdoctoral research fellowship (2012) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical research certificate from the Oregon Health and Science University (2013).

With a special interest in fertility and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Lee managed an acupuncture programme for more than five years at a conventional IVF clinic. In addition to her clinical work, she is also a researcher looking at acupuncture and Chinese medicine’s impact on female fertility and IVF birth outcomes, and acupuncture’s effect on vulvodynia pain. She has authored several papers and was invited to present her research at UCSF, Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, as well as research congresses for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases, and others.

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