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Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:15 PM Eastern

Chronic Menstrual Pain and Mental Health

Chronic Menstrual Pain and Mental Health

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm CT / 11:15 am PT

Chronic pain of any variety is linked with increased depression and anxiety. This is particularly true of chronic menstrual pain which is often written off as a normal part of having a period. However, there's a point where pain goes from being a normal part of menstruation to a chronic health condition. Among teenage mensturators, the number one cause of missed school is period related pain. The costs of missing even two days every month over the course of the roughly 40 years the average person menstruates adds up to a huge loss of quality of life, educational, and economic opportunities.

Join this free, 60 minute webinar where we will discuss:

  • causes and treatment options for chronic menstrual pain
  • interactions of mental health and chronic menstrual pain with treatment options
  • the provider perspective of someone treating chronic menstrual pain
  • the provider perspective of someone treating psychiatric complications related to menstruation, pregnancy and the postpartum period
  • the patient perspective of someone with both chronic menstrual pain and mental health challenges

Meet the Presenters:

Sophia Yen, MD, MPH is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health, birth control delivery. She has a passion for making women’s lives easier, preventing unplanned pregnancies, and educating women about #PeriodsOptional. With more than 20 years of experience in medicine, she is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. from MIT, M.D. from UCSF Medical School, and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in Maternal Child Health. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford Medical School. She is a Reproductive Health Specialist and co-founded 3 non-profit organizations/projects in her endeavors to improve the lives of women: The Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women,, the full campaign =

She co-founded Pandia Health because she believes no one should suffer from “pill anxiety” - the fear of running out of birth control and the stress of having to obtain birth control each month. Dr. Yen enjoys educating the public and other physicians about birth control, menstrual regulation/elimination, sexually-transmitted infections, acne, obesity, and other adolescent health issues. She has spoken at SXSW, TEDxBerkeley, TEDx Silicon Valley Women, UC Merced, UC Davis, Stanford University, local high schools, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and given grand rounds and noon lectures at various academic institutions from Stanford Pediatrics and Internal Medicine to UCLA Internal Medicine.

Uma Lerner, MD specializes in reproductive psychiatry, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, life transitions, grief, and loss. She has expertise in management of psychiatric and emotional challenges during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Dr. Lerner graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Rice University and received her M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine (Menninger Department of Psychiatry) in Houston. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and subsequently the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Lerner is board certified in Psychiatry.

Elizabeth Hurley received her BA from Oregon State University and currently works to raise awareness about the realities of living with chronic illness and pain. She contributes to the Endometriosis Foundation of America and has worked with community organizations including the Oregon Health and Sciences University Foundation, PERIOD, and the Valley AIDS Information Network. She is passionate about sex education and recently taught a course on chronic pain and intimacy. After completing her certificate from the Center for Positive Sexuality, she hopes to pursue her Masters in Public Health and combine her passions to better serve the communities in the Pacific Northwest.

This webinar was made possible by the support of Myovant Sciences.