Wear White Again is supported by leading experts.
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Dr Paula Briggs Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health
“I see lots of women in my practice who have been struggling with heavy periods. Often their heavy periods will be having a significant impact on them both physically and emotionally. There is a lack of awareness that heavy periods are a treatable medical condition, so helping women understand what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to periods is really important.”
Dr Paula Briggs trained as a GP after qualifying from Glasgow University. She then became a GP partner in a group practice following a move to Liverpool. More recently, she has devoted herself to
research and education in the field of women’s health and the delivery of sexual health care. Dr Briggs is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and has a Diploma in Gynaecology (Bradford University). She currently provides a Community Gynaecology Service for South Sefton CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). Her clinical interests cover medical gynaecology including heavy menstrual bleeding (heavy periods).
Dr Anne Connolly GP with a special interest (GPSI) in gynaecology in Bradford and chair of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum
“If you are suffering with heavy periods then talk to your GP – we’re here to help – and there are many different treatment options depending on your circumstances. If you do go to see your GP, if possible bring some background information about your period – for example, do you need to change your tampon or sanitary towel within two hours?, how regular are your periods?, how many days during your period are they heavy?, what are your pain levels during your period? – the more we know, the better we can help.”
Dr Anne Connolly is a GP with a special interest (GPSI) in gynaecology. She works in general practice in inner-city Bradford, where she provides care to asylum seekers, refugees, homeless and sex workers. She is Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group board member with remit for maternity, women, children and young people’s healthcare. She is accredited as a hysteroscopist, colposcopist and FSRH trainer (The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists). Dr Connolly is one of the founder members and Chair of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, allowing her to develop her passion for improving the delivery of women’s healthcare in primary care through education and the sharing of best practice. She is also a clinical champion for Women’s Health for RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) and co-editor of Women’s Health in Primary Care.
Mr Martyn Underwood Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Clinical Director for Gynaecology, Lead Colposcopist, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
“Many of my patients have been suffering in silence for years as they simply didn’t realise heavy periods can be treated. Heavy periods can be truly debilitating. If you are suffering then talk to your
GP, so that appropriate treatment options or referrals can be considered.”
Mr Martyn Underwood is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant and Clinical Director for Gynaecology at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Mr Underwood specialises in areas including; heavy menstrual bleeding (heavy periods), abnormal uterine bleeding – dysfunctional and post-menopausal bleeding, hysteroscopy – endometrial ablations, polypectomy, pelvic pain, prolapse and minimal access surgery.
Mr Underwood is a member of the following organisations; Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
Mr Underwood also works as an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham, working as a clinical trials scholar in the clinical trials unit. He is the Principal Investigator for several large studies
involving miscarriage, pelvic pain and induction of labour. Mr Underwood has published numerous papers in the field of gynaecology and written chapters in leading gynaecology specialist books.