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Opening Up

Your Menstrual Cycle…Not Just Your Period

Let’s consider an experience that MOST women share: the menstrual cycle. Now imagine being one of the group of women who experience real mental health impacts, month in and month out. Then ponder the impact for those who have severe mood swings that affect their quality of life, relationships and ability to function.

Opening Up: Your Menstrual Cycle…Not Just Your Period, presented by the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, will delve into the intricate connection between mental health and the menstrual cycle, with a special emphasis on understanding and managing premenstrual disorders.

Opening Up will have experts in women’s mental health sharing knowledge, resources, and support about these specific mental health concerns. The forum will provide a supportive space for individuals seeking knowledge and support in the vital intersection of mental health. Through participants with lived experience and health professionals, Opening Up will unite a collective of passionate and collaborative mentors openly sharing knowledge with a supportive, non-judgemental, and community-building approach.

The Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton specializes in perinatal, premenstrual and perimenopausal mental health challenges, supporting women and their families in all stages of their lives.

Every person who registers will also receive a recording of the Opening Up forum.

Date & Time

Friday, November 17, 2023
9 am to 12 noon


A Virtual Event presented by the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic


Dr. Benicio Frey
Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Women’s Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Professor and Academic Head of Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Dr. Alison Shea
Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Menopause and Reproductive Mental Health Specialist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University



Lived Experience

Women with lived experience will share their stories and perspectives. These are the real experts.

Health Professionals

Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul
Associate Professor of Psychiatry with tenure, Associate Director of Translational Research in Reproductive Psychiatry, and Associate Director of the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois, specializing in assessment and diagnosis of Premenstrual Disorders. Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program in the College of Medicine.

Dr. Inger Sundström Poromaa
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Fellow of the Swedish Society of Medicine and the Swedish Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SFOG). Current member of the Board of Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council; Scientific Advisor at the Medical Products Agency in Sweden; past Scientific Secretary of the SFOG; past Scientific Secretary of the Nordic Federation of societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology (NFOG).

Dr. Julie Thorne
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Lead, Family Planning at Women’s College Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Researcher, AMPATH Kenya, with a perspective on global women’s health, health systems, and innovative ways of thinking about care delivery. Dr. Thorne’s fellowship was in the CARE program at Queen’s University.