Season 1: Episode 8 – Period Pain in teens

Period Pain in teens- how can the GP help?

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester speaks with Gynaecologist (sub-specialising in Adolescents) Professor Sonia Grover about recognising, assessing and managing menstrual pain in primary care. Sonia describes the incidence and impact of moderate to sever period pain in teens and the importance of proactively managing this problem to support teens not only now but to prevent long term sequelae. Sonia also describes the importance of screening for Heavy menstrual bleeding. We discuss the role of investigations and working with families to help them overcome barriers to accessing treatment and support.

“No one should have their life messed up by period and cyclical pain.”

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Sonia mentioned a validated tool for patients to use to assess their rate of menstrual bleeding:
Bianca describes the UK Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) summary sheets to assess the relative risks of common contraception for a range of conditions and potential contraindications.
Sonia describes LARCs- Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives:
Menstrual management guidelines coming soon…..

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This Podcast was recorded “at home” on the 30th March, 2021

  • Presented by: Bianca Forrester
  • Interviewees: Prof Sonia Grover- Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Jenny Conway
  • Produced by: Bianca Forrester
  • Music: Space Cadet Lullabies
  • Graphics: Gaal Creative

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