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Women's Health and Living Well with MS
Women are 2-3 times more likely than men to be diagnosed with MS. The reasons for this disparity are not clear, although there are a number of possibilities, including genetic factors and hormones.

We also know that women’s experiences of living with MS are different from men’s: from the effects of MS on pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause, to broader questions about medical attitudes to women’s experience of illness and pain.

How can the OMS program best support women, and what can we learn from our lived experience of MS?

This webinar is for everyone - men as well as women, friends and family members of people living with MS.
We warmly welcome your questions and any experiences that you would like to share - before, during and after the webinar.

Oct 20, 2021 08:00 PM in London

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Helen Rees-Leahy
Professor Emerita @University of Manchester
Helen was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 1997 when she was thirty seven years old. Being ineligible for any Disease Modifying Treatment (DMT) within the UK National Health Service, she began to explore holistic approaches to managing her condition. She discovered OMS in 2008 and has followed the programme ever since. Today she lives in Conwy, North Wales, where she teaches, writes, weaves on her floor loom, and rides an electric tricycle. Helen is an active volunteer for OMS and has written a number of blogs for OMS on aspects of living with PPMS. She has also recorded a Living Well with MS podcast (Season 2, Episode 30) about her experience of PPMS and OMS and co-presented the recent Living Well with Progressive MS webinar.
Dr Jonathan White
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist MBChB, MRCOG @Northern Health & Social Care Trust and Overcoming MS
Dr Jonathan White assists Overcoming MS as a medical advisor and event facilitator. He lives on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, is married to Jenny and father to Angus and Struan. He studied at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating in 2008 (MBChB). Jonathan completed a further five years of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (MRCOG). He works at the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine and has an special interest in early pregnancy and recurrent pregnancy loss. Jonathan was diagnosed with RRMS in October 2015, and has been following the OMS Recovery Program ever since. He has raised funds through 10 km and half-marathon runs. Jonathan’s interests include the great outdoors, cycling, reading, rugby, film and spending time with his family.