Unwanted pain and wanted pleasure (18+)

10 October, 7:30 pm

1 hour 30 minutesPWYD

Discussion | Health & Medicine

Unwanted pain and wanted pleasure (18+)

The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, OX4 1UE

Adults concerned about unwanted pain during consensual sex are invited to this frank and open discussion chaired by BBC Radio Oxford’s Sophie Law. Hear from experts to discuss endometriosis, vaginismus, menopause, chronic pelvic pain and associated psychological aspects, with tips for open and safe conversations with partners. Questions are encouraged so grab a drink and join in.

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Suitable for adults only.

Sophie Law (chair) is a radio presenter, broadcast journalist and voiceover artist with over 20 years’ industry experience. She presents The Breakfast Club on BBC Oxford weekday mornings between 6am and 10am.
Sharon Dixon is a GP and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, researching adolescent dysmenorrhoea (period pain) in primary care, including possible interfaces with endometriosis. Her previous research explored primary care perspectives on pathways to care across a range of service needs including diagnostic tests, safeguarding, domestic violence and abuse, endometriosis, women’s health in primary care (including menopause care and utero-vaginal prolapse) and Female Genital Mutilation. She co-ordinated a collaborative partnership project prioritising areas where better technology could enable women’s health.




Dr Eleanor Holloway is a specialty doctor in sexual health and psychosexual therapist with Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.  She also works in the Pelvic Pain Clinic at the women’s centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Dr Beth Thomas is a NHS GP partner based in Surrey. She has a particular interest in all aspects of women’s health, running family planning and contraception services. More recently she has focused on providing women with evidence based, good quality menopause care to allow them to make informed choices during this potentially challenging time. Beth is a British Menopause Society Advanced Menopause Specialist and, alongside her NHS work, provides menopause consultations via everythingmenopause.co.uk. She is also the medical lead for managingthemenopause.co.uk – providing workplace training to companies to improve the culture and awareness of menopause in the workplace.

Professor Christian Becker is the co-director of the Oxford Endometriosis Care Centre (EndoCaRe), a unique approach to combine compassionate clinical care with cutting edge research into gynaecological conditions including endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS and uterine fibroids. Christian is the Lead for the Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, Infertility and Adolescent Gynaecology Services at the Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust where he regularly treats patients in clinic and in the operating theatre. His current research includes the identification of potential biomarkers for endometriosis, improving the categorisation of endometriosis and more individualised management of symptoms.

Professor Katy Vincent is a Senior Fellow in Pain in Women, with a focus on chronic pelvic pain, particularly in association with endometriosis and in young women. She is a Consultant Gynaecologist and is part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering NHS pelvic pain clinics at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Her Pain in Women research group uses a variety of methodologies to explore the mechanisms that generate and maintain pain in women.

Dr Lydia Coxon (co-ordinator) is a post-doc researcher investigating pelvic pain mechanisms, including a study as to whether adolescent dysmenorrhoea is a risk factor for the development of chronic pain in later life.

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The Bullingdon, OX4 1UE