Hot Topic: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Across the Life Course | Half-day, online event

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Date: 21 May 2024

Start time: 09:30AM

End time: 12:30PM

Venue: Online

Cost: £53 - £160

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Hot Topic: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Across the Life Course | Half-day, online event

Opening times

Daytime event.


  • Specialist Gynaecology
  • Sexual Problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Gynaecology
  • Contraception
  • Basic Clinical Skills

CPD Credits: 3

Join us for a packed half-day as we journey into the world of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) across the life course. We believe every stage of life deserves attention – in this Hot Topic, we invite you to discuss menstrual disorders, preconception care, and contraception for women over 40.

Our expert-led sessions will myth-bust menstrual disorders in young people, exploring dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, and endometriosis – sharing how to identify, differentiate between them, and provide well-informed individual care. 
We’ll equip you with essential insights for providing comprehensive preconception care for women. Explore how to empower them to optimise their health and increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy outcome through personalised guidance on nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and the management of pre-existing medical conditions. 
We continue with an exploration of contraception options for women over 40 to help them navigate through this crucial phase with confidence - discussing essential methods and effective strategies and guidance to make informed decisions. 
You’ll acquire valuable insights and practical tips to support patients’ informed decision-making and ensure the provision of high-quality care at every stage of the life course. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Identify and differentiate between dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, and endometriosis in young people, demonstrate strategies for managing these menstrual disorders effectively, and recognise key indicators that may suggest the presence of endometriosis, leading to timely referral and intervention. 
  • Understand preconception care and the importance of preparing women for pregnancy through healthy lifestyle choices and medical interventions. 
  • Explore contraception options tailored for women over 40 - emphasising safety, efficacy, and individualised care approaches. 

Please note we are unable to offer refunds for this event.

Event information

Programme information

09:30 – 9:35: Welcome and overview of event

  • Event chair

09:35 – 10:15: Addressing menstrual disorders in young people - managing dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia and when to suspect endometriosis

  • Dr Pallavi Latthe, Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist Urogynaecology, Clinical lead Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

10:15 - 10.55: Preconception care – how is it changing in the UK?

  • Professor Judith Stephenson, Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health, NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator in Public Health, Co-Chair, UK and Preconception Partnership, Co-Director, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Reproductive Health, University College London, UK

10:55 – 11:05: Tea & Coffee Break

11:05 – 11:45: Contraception for women over 40

  • Dr Caroline Cooper, FFSRH, MRCGP, GP Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health

11:45 – 12:20: Q&A with all speakers

  • Event chair

12:20 – 12:30: Chairperson’s closing remarks

  • Event chair

Download the programme here

Speakers biographies - May 2024

Judith Stephenson

Judith Stephenson

Judith Stephenson is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at UCL,  Honorary Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Health at CNWL and Emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator in Public Health.  She co-chairs the UK Preconception Partnership and co-directs the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Reproductive Health.

After training in clinical medicine at the University of Oxford and UCL Medical School and junior hospital doctor posts in London, she studied epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  For the past 30 years she has held academic posts at UCL, first in HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemiology, and, since 2005, in Women’s Reproductive Health.

Judith’s research has changed policy and practice nationally and internationally, e.g. in relation to chlamydia screening and preconception health.  Her current research spans prevention of pregnancy, planning and preparation for pregnancy and how the preconception period influences mother and child health across the life course. 

Caroline Cooper

Dr Caroline Cooper

Caroline trained in general practice, and worked in a community clinic in Cambridge, providing integrated contraception and sexual health services and a complex long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) referral service. She has now returned to general practice providing a much-needed LARC service post Covid.

Caroline is a fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and is on the executive board of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum with responsibility for education. She is the programme director for Bayer Pharma’s intrauterine contraception training programme which offers training to health care professionals across the UK. She also provides education on communication skills to medical students at the university of Cambridge.

Caroline is committed to providing high quality education for health care professionals, and to empowering women through providing choice in sexual and reproductive health.


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