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Our Vision

We, as women who have or who are currently overcoming vulvodynia, believe in you and your pain and understand its challenges and impact on your sexuality and quality of life. We envision a world where anyone dealing with vulvar and vaginal pain can easily find support, encouragement, and reliable and up-to-date information. In this world, optimal and complete treatments are available, economically accessible, and characterized by a holistic approach that recognizes the woman as a whole – body and mind. We are working to create a reality where you will feel that you are not alone and that there is space for your voice and for your personal journey. A reality in which you can recognize that it is possible to have satisfying and joyful sexuality alongside or without the pain.

A reality in which you will feel complete, ‘Shlema’, as you are.

Our Goal

The main goal of Shlema is to provide up-to-date and reliable information about vulvar and vaginal pain, to increase research and science-based treatment options, to assist women in exercising their rights, to create a community and supportive space for women dealing with vulvodynia and their partners, and to improve women's quality of life.

We strive to create a space where you can live a full and high-quality life alongside the pain, and grow from it. We believe in the vitality of receiving optimal, complete and holistic treatment, accessible and available at the community level as well, starting with an appointment at the gynecologist or family doctor.

Objectives

 1. To provide up-to-date and reliable information for women dealing with vulvodynia.

  • Raising awareness throughout the society (campaign, website, normalization, brochure, conferences, dissemination of information) about the syndrome, the existence of pain in the vulva and vagina, and the existence of solutions for improving quality of life and sexuality.
  • Creating a website rich with personal stories to alleviate feelings of isolation, filled with information on treatments, services and more.
  • Exercising rights under the healthcare system – encouraging women to demand appropriate medical treatment, promoting knowledge among patients about gynecologic examinations and regarding measures that may be taken during examinations to alleviate pain.

 

  1. To improve the medical, complementary, and alternative care that women receive in both the public and private health-care systems.
  • Raising awareness throughout the health-care system – conferences, brochures, research proposals, lectures, media publications.
  • Improving the training of medical staff – integration of vulvodynia into the medical specialization of gynecology and family medicine as well as continuous training, increasing the number of attending physicians and residents in the field, promoting innovative research, encouraging professionals already in the field to continue advanced training and specialization.
  • Promoting appropriate medical procedures and protocols regarding diagnosis and treatment of women dealing with vulvodynia – community clinical care which includes referrals to specialists, tests and appropriate treatments in clinics, conscious treatment of the syndrome in the women’s emergency room and delivery room.
  • Improving rights under the public healthcare system and improving the level of services and their availability – introducing treatments and aids to the national healthcare plan and benefits, improving availability of pelvic floor physiotherapy, sex therapy and vaginal dilators, lowering treatment prices, expanding available treatments and increasing their accessibility across the country, as well as raising their quality.

 

  1. To create a meaningful community and supportive space for women dealing with vulvodynia and their partners – promoting support circles (multiple support groups across the country, blogs / Facebook, counseling and recommendations).
  2. To support independent initiatives in the field – activism and channeling the pain as a catalyst for positive social action.
  3. To create a relevant, open, and non-judgmental discourse on meaningful, joyful and satisfying sexuality with or without pain:
  • "Normalizing" the syndrome – developing a positive and open discourse in the public and in the healthcare system.
  • Raising awareness of the syndrome, "breaking" the shame around it.
  • Promoting high-quality sex education for all sectors of the population – an in-depth introduction to female anatomy, a clear message that sex is not just penetration, and the idea that you are whole, ‘Shlema’, as you are.
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