Event Date
April 13, 2019
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
PMDD & Me Conference 2019


PMDD and Me Conference 2019

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The PMDD & Me Conference programme

The PMDD & Me Conference Programme

Keynote Speaker Professor John Studd DSc MD/FRCOG

Founder of the London PMS and Menopause clinic, Professor John Studd, Consultant Gynaecologist and a world leading expert in the treatment of hormonal & premenstrual disorders will be presenting the Keynote address on the common misdiagnosis of PMDD as Bipolar Disorder.


Professor John Studd DSc, MD, FRCOG was consultant gynaecologist at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and also professor of gynaecology at Imperial College.

He is now in fulltime private practice and runs the London PMS & Menopause Clinic at 46 Wimpole Street London W1G8SD. At the same address he has The Osteoporosis Screening Centre for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis.

He is Vice-President of the National Osteoporosis Society and Chairman of the British Menopause Society.

In 2008 he was awarded the Blair Bell Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine which is given every five years for the obstetrician/gynaecologist who has made the greatest lifetime contribution to the specialty.

Website: www.studd.co.uk

IAPMD: International Association for Premenstrual Disorders

Co-Founders Amanda LaFleur & Sandi MacDonald CLFE will present an overview of PMDD and IAPMD and how to be an advocate for your own health. Dr Tory Eisenholr-Moul PhD will live stream from the USA to help you understand your treatment options. The conference will be raising funds for the IAPMD Peer Support Programme, with a UK based Peer Support Provider being present throughout the day.

Bio: International Association For Premenstrual Disorders is a not-for-profit organization providing education, support, advocacy, and resources for those affected by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME).

The International Association For Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) was founded in 2013 as the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (NAPMDD). What began as a collective of fellow suffers has grown into a global resource for anyone impacted by the core premenstrual disorders: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders.

Our Mission: To provide women, trans-men, and non-binary assigned female at birth/AFAB communities with the education, support, resources, and tools necessary to live healthy lives, reduce interpersonal conflict, and eliminate self-harm. Website: www.iapmd.org

Laura Murphy – Making PMDD Visible

Laura runs the social media UK PMDD Support group and is co-founder of Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible project. She suffered with PMDD for 17 years before diagnosis and is underwent a

hysterectomy in October 2017. Laura will take us on a journey over the history of PMDD, how the Vicious Cycle project started, and how everyone can become involved in PMDD awareness.

Bio: Laura is a Board Member for IAPMD & Founder of Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible.

Vicious Cycle is a grass-roots project, passionate about raising the standards of care for sufferers of PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and extreme PMS.

Vicious Cycle aims to raise awareness of PMDD among healthcare professionals and the general public, and to arm sufferers with the knowledge and tools they need to get treatment and support. Website: https://viciouscyclepmdd.wordpress.com/

Clare Knox – See Her Thrive

As a Business Psychologist passionate about improving support systems for women in the workplace, Clare set up See Her Thrive to offer well being initiatives that address the unique health needs of female employees. Clare is committed to helping women be the healthiest, happiest and best version of themselves at work, by breaking the taboos around menstrual and reproductive health. Clare will be bringing a strong and powerful message on how to thrive at work with PMDD.

Bio: Clare is a Business Psychologist and Founder of See Her Thrive. Passionate about improving support systems for women in the workplace, she set up See Her Thrive to offer wellbeing initiatives that address the unique health needs of female employees. Clare is committed to helping women be the healthiest, happiest and best version of themselves at work, by breaking the taboos around menstrual and reproductive health. Her distinction level research on women's experiences of PMDD in the workplace has been nominated for an Indigo Gold Award and will be published in 2019.

Clare is also a PhD student at King's College London, investigating perinatal mental health in spouses of military personnel, in partnership with the NHS and MoD. Website: www.seeherthrive.com

Suzi Taylor

As the author of I Blame the Hormones, Suzi raises awareness of PMDD and reaches out to people across the globe with the same disorder. Suzi will be presenting her journey from puberty to menopause and will be sharing the results of her DNA sequencing.

Bio: Suzi Taylor is the Published author of I Blame The Hormones. From the onset of puberty Suzi Taylor struggled with depression and anxiety. For many years her health was severely compromised and the episodes of mental instability caused severe suicidal ideation. After the birth of her second child, Suzi suffered a psychosis which gradually became cyclical once menstruation recommenced. Gradually, and with the help of menstrual charting, Suzi was able to see a correlation between her menstrual cycle and depressive episodes. Suzi is a blogger and writer and is also on the panel of Action on Menstrual psychosis. She is passionate about raising awareness and reaches out to people from across the globe with the same disorder. Website: www.iblamethehormones.com

Eleanor Thorne, MSc, MBPSs, MABP – Using CBT and ACT based coaching techniques to help manage PMDD in the workplace

Eleanor Thorne is a Business Psychologist and Coach with Masters Degrees in both Occupational Psychology & Health Psychology, with specialist interest in women's health and PMDD at in the workplace. Eleanor will be presenting findings from her recent research and how to use CBT and ACT based coaching techniques to help manage your symptoms in the workplace.


Eleanor Thorne is a Business Psychologist and Coach with Masters Degrees in both Occupational Psychology from Goldsmiths University and Health Psychology from King's College London. Eleanor's background is in both HR and academia which givers her the ability to approach organisational challenges from both an evidence based and practical business perspective. She is passionate about well-being in the workplace and has specialist knowledge in women's health at work. She has published scientific articles in the topic of the menopause in the workplace and is currently carrying out research in the area of Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder in the workplace.

Eleanor is the founder of Example Coaching and uses person-centred approach to help individuals achieve their goals and to live a more fulfilling values-based life. Eleanor specialises in business, performance and health coaching using evidence-based CBT and ACT techniques.

Eleanor is a BPS qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing (formerly known as Level A and B). She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and the Association for Business Psychologists. She is also an affiliate member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Website: www.examplecoaching.com

Hannah Gilbert - Screening tools for PMDD will it work?

Founder of Mummy Cycle, and Occupational Support Worker for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Services

Hannah has recently completed a project piloting a hormone screening tool within her role in the NHS to identify reproductive mood disorders in those presenting with mental health conditions. She will be presenting the findings of this project. Hannah will also be exhibiting information and peer support for mothers and carers of those with a reproductive mood disorder through her peer led support group; Mummy Cycle.


I am the founder of Mummy Cycle, a peer led support group that supports mums of children all ages that have a reproductive mood disorder. We are the first mum group of its kind, we also support carers and raise awareness of reproductive mood disorders.

Clinically I work as an Occupational Therapist Support worker for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health, I have been clinically trialling a hormone screening tool in our services to identify if there is a reproductive mood disorder present, this is not a tool for diagnosis but a tool to help elimate a mental health diagnosis and establish the current treatment plans for individuals.

Website (Facebook group)


Janet Laking BSc MSc FCC – Caring for your pelvic floor

As a Chiropractor with a specialist interest in women's health and the pelvic floor. Janis will be running a workshop that will teach you the latest techniques proven to improve the strength and tone of your pelvic floor, no matter what your age.

Arch Clinic Therapy Centre

Various workshops will be run throughout the day facilitated by holistic therapists who will educate and support you in the art of looking after yourself as a whole woman.

There once was a woman. We'll call her Alice.

After a long hot summer the autumn came and the dandelions disappeared. Exhausted, Alice slept until the spring. She sat in her garden one morning and out of the corner of her eye she saw a dandelion. Feeling devastated se decided to take action. She spoke with her neighbours and convinced them to tend to their own gardens because she believed the dandelion seeds were coming from them and their lack of due care and attention. Reluctantly they agreed, and yet the dandelions kept coming. Alice's life became completely engrossed in getting rid of the dandelions, so much so Alice forgot to tend to the rest of her garden and the flowers slowly wilted and died.

Finally, Alice wrote to the government, demanding they took action. She posted her letter and waited for their reply. She waited, and waited. Then one day a letter arrived. It was from the government and read:

Dear Alice,

Thank you for your letter regarding your dandelions. After much consideration we have consulted with the leading experts and sought opinions from the most experienced gardeners and have come to a conclusion. We advise you to learn to love your dandelions.

And so Alice did just that. It wasn't easy, and some days Alice couldn't help but pull up all of her dandelions, but over time Alice learned to love her dandelions and see the beauty in all that grew in her garden.