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Online clinic on fertility and contraception

The online clinic on fertility and contraception gave people the chance to get their questions answered by doctors and nurses who are expert in this area.

People's questions covered issues such as IVF, infertility, types of contraception, how to increase the chances of getting pregnant, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and menopause.

The clinic is now closed but you can still read all of the questions and answers by following the links below.

The Experts

Mr Valentine Akande MBBS PhD MRCOG

Mr Akande qualified in 1989 and has worked as a doctor in the NHS since 1991. In 2004 he was appointed as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, and honorary senior lecturer with the University of Bristol.

Mr Akande is the lead clinician and speciality director of fertility services at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) at Southmead Hospital. BCRM is one of the largest fertility centres in the UK.




Dr Madhurima (Rima) Rajkhowa, consultant gynaecologist

Dr Madhurima (Rima) Rajkhowa is a consultant gynaecologist and trained sub specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery. She is the lead clinician for fertility services at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and is also lead consultant at the Priory Fertility Centre, Birmingham.

She has been a practising consultant in this field since 2002. Her specialisms are the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and assisted conception treatments.







Dr Sarah Gray, primary care lead for NHS Cornwall for women's health and cancer

Dr Gray works regularly as a GP but has specialist expertise in women's health and leads the NHS Menopause Service in Cornwall. She is an authority on the range of problems from teenage sexual health, periods, cyclical mood problems, pregnancy, contraception, menopause osteoporosis and other related issues. She encourages women to ask questions, understand and make their own minds up about how they wish to manage their problem.

Sarah is also primary care lead for NHS Cornwall for women’s health and cancer and worked with NICE on guidance for heavy periods and with other bodies to develop national guidance.

Mr Hugh Byrne BMedSc MB BCh BAO MRCOG

Mr Hugh Byrne specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology and his specialist interests are in the management of benign gynaecological disorders such as infertility, pelvic pain, menstrual disorders, fibroids and endometriosis, as well as heavy/painful periods, surgical family planning and ovarian cysts (of any type).










Dr Masud Haq

Masud Haq has been a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Hospital since April 2008. He trained at Guy’s & St.Thomas’s Hospital and spend part of his training at Johns Hopkins Medical School (USA), St.Vincent’s Hospital (Australia) and St.George’s Hospital (London).

As a former senior research fellow at the Royal Marsden Hospital, he has developed a particular interest in thyroid disease. His other interests include obesity, men’s health and the menopause.




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