Annalise leads a project for Plan International UK’s and Brook’s Let’s Talk. Period initiative, creating a series of evidence-based resources for the menstruation education, health, policy, and advocacy sector. The series entails four reports:
In collaboration with Dr Stella Bullo and The Language of Endometriosis project, Annalise is undertaking a study of health professionals’ experiences of providing care for patients with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis. See the Discover Society article, ‘It’s a Challenge’: Doctors’ Perspectives on Diagnosing Endometriosis and Improving Care, for preliminary findings from the project. She is also collaborating on an ESRC funded project led by Gemma Williams on period poverty in the UK during the Covid19 pandemic.
Annalise leads two research projects for Umbrella Sexual Health. One study entails improving the return rates of STI home testing kits ordered online. The other study examines the use of the ‘mystery shopper’ method in evaluating sexual health services within community pharmacy settings.
Annalise has and is disseminating findings from a number of NIHR-HTA funded qualitative research projects. These include an examination of women’s post caesarean section recovery experiences as part of the PREPS (Vaginal Preparation at caesarean section to Reduce Endometriosis and Prevent Sepsis) feasibility trial. With Professor Emeritus Elaine Denny, she explored women’s experiences of pregnancy while living with epilepsy as part of the EMPiRE (Anti-Epileptic drug Monitoring in PREgnancy) Trial. Annalise and Denny also examined women’s experiences of medical treatments for endometriosis for the PRE-EMPT (Preventing Recurrence of Endometriosis by Means of long acting Progestogen Therapy) Trial.
Convener – ‘Reframing Endometriosis: Power, Politics and Potential Futures’ British Academy and Wellcome Trust Conference, July 6 and 7 2023
Co-I – Optimising outcomes in pregnant women with epilepsy and their babies: Reducing maternal seizure risks and assessing long-term safety of antiepileptic drugs, NIHR: Programme Grant for Applied Research, 2023 - 2028
Lead Investigator – Improving Maternity Services: Listening to Families and Staff, R&D Number: 288136; REC Reference: 20/YH/0256; HRA Approval: 20/11/2020
PI – ‘Improving Mystery Shopper Evaluation Methods in Community Pharmacies Providing Sexual Health Services’ (Umbrella Sexual Health, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
Lead Investigator – Barriers to Return of Home Sampling Kits for Sexually Transmitted Infections Requested Online: A Qualitative Study (Umbrella Sexual Health, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
Completed projects/dissemination in process:
(2021) Lead Investigator - Plan International UK’s and Brook’sLet’s Talk.Period Menstruation Research Resources. Creating evidence-based resources for the menstruation education, health, policy, and advocacy sector:
(2022) Co-I - Periods in a Pandemic: How UK period poverty initiatives are managing with Covid-19 related challenges (UKRI: Economic Social Research Council)
(2022) Co-Lead - Situational analysis of girls’ experiences of menstruation in the UK and policy and programmatic responses (Plan International UK)
(2021) Lead with Dr Stella Bullo of The Language of Endometriosis - Communicating Endo: Doctors’ Perspectives on Treating (Suspected) Endometriosis (HELS Faculty Pilot Project Scheme)
(2019) Co-Lead- Ethics & Desires: BeanFlicks - bringing academics, activists and creators for public engagement event on gender, sexuality and marginalised bodies) (Film Hub West Midlands)
(2018) Co-I - PREPS - Vaginal Preparation at caesarean section to Reduce Endometritis and Prevent Sepsis a feasibility study of Chlorhexidine Gluconate (NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit)
Selection of Publications
Perro, Seglah, Abrahams, Weckesser & Griffith (2022) Black Women’s Menstrual & Reproductive Health: A Critical Call to Action BMJ
Weckesser & Denny (2022, 2018) Qualitative Research Methods Series in Obsterics & Gyneacology’ BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Includes:
Williams, Craddock, & Weckesser (2022) Periods in a Pandemic: How UK Period Poverty Initiatives Have Mitigated Covid19 Challenges, Report for UKRI: Economic and Social Research Council.
Bullo & Weckesser (2021) Addressing Challenges in Endometriosis Pain Communication Between Patients and Doctors: The Role of Language, in Frontiers in Global Women's Health
Randhawa, Tufte-Hewett, Weckesser, et al. (2021) Secondary School Girls' Experiences of Menstruation and Awareness of Endometriosis: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol.
Weckesser, Randhawa, Williams & Hewett (2020) Let’s Talk. Period Research Briefs. Brook and Plan International. A series of evidence-based resources for the menstruation education, health, policy, and advocacy sector, entailing four reports:
Abbott, Weckesser & Egan (2020) ‘“Everyone knows someone in an unhealthy relationship”: Young people’s talk about intimate heterosexual relationships in England,’ in Sex Education
Weckesser, Hodgetts-Morton, Wilson, et al. (2019) ‘Women’s Perspectives on Caesarean Section Recovery, Infection and the PREPS Trial: A Qualitative Study,’ BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 19 (245).
Denny & Weckesser (2019) ‘Women’s Experiences of Endometriosis’ in Ussher, Chrisler, & Prez (eds), Routledge International Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Hodgetts-Morton, Hewitt, Wilson, Farmer, and Weckesser, et al. (2019) ‘Vaginal preparation with chlorhexidine at cesarean section to reduce endometritis and prevent sepsis: A randomized pilot trial (PREPS)’ in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.
Denny, Weckesser, Jones, G, et al. (2018) ‘Women’s Experiences of Medical Treatment for Endometriosis and its Impact on PRE-EMPT Trial Participation: A Qualitative Study,’ Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4 (1).
Hodgetts-Morton, Wilson, Hewitt, Weckesser, et al. (2018) ‘Chlorhexidine vaginal preparation versus standard treatment at caesarean section to reduce endometritis and prevent sepsis—a feasibility study protocol (the PREPS trial).’ Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4 (84).
Jørgensen, Weckesser, Turner & Wade (2018) ‘Young People’s views on Sexting Education and Support Needs: Findings and recommendations from a UK-based Study’ Sex Education, 19 (1).
Thangaratinam, Marlin, Newton, Weckesser, et al. (2018) ‘AntiEpileptic drug Monitoring in PREgnancy (EMPiRE): a double-blind randomised trial on effectiveness and acceptability of monitoring strategies,’ NIHR-HTA Final Report: Health Technology Assessment, 22 (23).
Weckesser & Denny (2017) ‘Reworking Biographies: Women’s Experiences of Pregnancy Whilst Living with Epilepsy,’ Social Science and Medicine, 185.
Middleton, Daniels, Weckesser, & Bhattacharya (2017) ‘Preventing Recurrence of Endometriosis by Means of Long-Acting Progestogen Therapy (PRE-EMPT): Report of an Internal Pilot, Multi-Arm, Randomised Controlled Trial Incorporating Flexible Entry Design and Adaption of design Based on Feasibility of Recruitment,’ Trials, 18 (21).
Weckesser &. Denny (2013) ‘Women Living with Epilepsy, Experiences of Pregnancy and Reproductive Health: A Review of the Literature,’ Seizure, 22(2).
(Academic) Media Articles
Boylan, Weckesser & Dixon ‘People with endometriosis and PCOS wait years for a diagnosis – attitudes to women’s pain may be to blame,’ The Conversation, March 23rd 2022
Weckesser & Bullo ‘Endometriosis: understanding how sufferers describe pain could lead to faster diagnosis,’ The Conversation, Nov 21st 2021
Weckesser ‘Endometriosis: three reasons care still hasn’t improved,’ The Conversation, March 25th 2021
Weckesser ‘“It’s a challenge”: Doctors’ perspectives on diagnosis endometriosis and improving care’ Discover Society, June 3rd 2020
Bloom, Galpin, Weckesser (2020) ‘Focus: Interrogating ‘A Woman’s Curse’ – What endometriosis tells us about politics & society’, Discover Society
Selection of Conference Papers and Talks
(2022) Invited paper ‘Endometriosis and the global menstrual equity movement,’ Global Period Poverty Forum Share the Dignity, Brisbane, Austraila, Oct 10-12
(2022) Invited paper, ‘The role of social endometriosis research in addressing and understanding health inequalities’ Oxford Talks: Evidenced-Based Health Care Programme, University of Oxford, June 30th podcast available: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/evidence-based-health-care
(2022) Invited talk, Weckesser & Williams ‘Periods in the Pandemic & Current Responses to Period Poverty in England’ Menstrual Health Day Event, Irise International, online, May 28th
(2022) ‘We know what good care is, but we can’t deliver it: Maternity staff experiences in context of ongoing crisis’ Centre for Social Care and Health Related Research Annual Conference, Birmingham City University, May 10th
(2021) Invited series of talks for Menstrual Activism International Network, Weckeser & Williams, ‘Then: Periods in the Pandemic: findings from the frontlines,’ Sept 15th ‘Now: Let’s Talk. Period – Best Practice & Assessing Impact,’ Nov 16th ‘Next: Let’s Talk. Period – Inclusivity, Diversity & Centring Young Voices,’ Dec 7th
(2021) ‘They think we think they’re mad: UK Clinicians’ experiences of providing care for those with suspected endometriosois’. Conference presentation. Chronic Living: An Interdiscipinary Conference. University of Copehagen, Denmark, (hybrid, online conference) March 4th -6th
(2020) Conference Co-Convener Interrogating a ‘Woman’s Curse: What Endometriosis Tells Us about Politics and Society Sociology of Health & Illness Foundation, University of Birmingham (Moved Online as virtual series due to Covid)
(2020) Co-Convener: ‘Ethics & Desires’ Bean Flicks Feminist Porn Festival, Film Hub West Midlands and Birmingham City University, Birmingham, Feb 14th -15th
(2020) Invitedtalk, ‘Towards Diversity & Inclusion in the Menstruation Movement: Key Experts’ Insights’ Periods and Beyond, Brunel University, London, Feb 10th
(2019) ‘The VQ Collective: A women’s sexual health public engagement initiative’ University of Manchester’s Research Engagement Network, Manchester, June 25th
(2018) Invited paper, ‘Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigma around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality’ Oxford Talks: Evidenced-Based Health Care Programme, University of Oxford, Jun 20th Podcast: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/people/annalise-weckesser
(2018) Invited talk ‘Communication Taboos Around Menstruation, Sex and Menopause,’ Pint of Science: Let’s Talk about Sex, Birmingham, May 14th
(2018) ‘“Doctors Don’t Live with the Consequences”: Women’s Negotiations of Medication in Pregnancy while Living with Epilepsy’ 17th European Society for Health and Medical Sociology Biennial Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, 6-8th June
(2018) ‘Women’s Views on Ceasarean section Recovery, Infection and the PREPS Trial’ British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Conference, Brighton, 28-29th March
(2017) ‘Women’s Decision-Making around Anti-epileptic Drug Management’ British Sociology Association (BSA) Medical Sociology Annual Conference, York University, 11-13th September
(2016) ‘Sextually Active: Lessons from an Inter-disciplinary Pilot Study with Young People on the Digital Mobility of Sexual Images’ Im/mobile Youth: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spatial and Temporal Change in Young People’s Lives, University of Manchester,1st April
(2014) ‘Re-Working Biographies: Women’s Narratives of Pregnancy whilst Living with Epilepsy,’ BSA, Medical Sociology, Aston University, 10th -12th September