Despite the increasing global burden of mental disorder among women of reproductive age, there has been little focus in research or clinical practice on the role of reproductive hormones in the pathogenesis, maintenance and treatment of mental disorders in women. Yet a significant proportion of women are vulnerable to fluctuations in sex hormones (for examples in the premenstrual or perimenopausal periods). In this symposium, we will draw on our research findings and clinical expertise to explore the role of the reproductive cycle on women's mental health at various stages of the reproductive life course. Attendees will learn more about how to explore reproductive issues with their female patients, as part of a holistic assessment and management plan.
Chair: Dr Claire A Wilson, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
The relationship between women's mental health and the reproductive cycle: what psychiatrists need to know - Professor Michael C Craig, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Lessons from Diagnosis, Prevalence and Treatment - Dr Thomas Reilly, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Women's mental health during the perimenopause and menopause - Dr Louise Newson, Newson Health Research and Education and The Menopause Charity