The British Menopause Society
The BMS is a registered charity and scientific society which is directed
at the medical profession with membership open to healthcare professionals
and others specialising in post reproductive health. It is dedicated
to advancing education in all matters relating to the menopause.
Information for non professionals can be found at:
New Chair for the BMS
I am absolutely delighted to have taken over as Chair of the British Menopause Society at the recent excellent annual conference. This is a really exciting time to be involved with menopause care with publication of the NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of the menopause due out in November this year and the recent conference reflected the optimism and enthusiasm felt by us all. We have a busy year ahead with many educational events planned, all with the aim of providing consistent advice and support for women. We look forward to it immensely.
Dr Heather Currie MB BS, FRCOG, DRCOG, MRCGP
NICE Menopause clinical guideline is on its way
A clinical guideline on the 'diagnosis and management of menopause' is in preparation and, once available, will be used throughout the NHS.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Department of Health to develop the clinical guideline To oversee the guideline development process, NICE is working with a Guideline Development Group, chaired by Professor of Gynaecology, Mary Ann Lumsden, and comprising 15 expert advisers in menopause management and post-reproductive care. The Group includes gynaecologists, specialist GPs, specialist menopause nurses and physicians. There are also some 117 stakeholders, including the British Menopause Society and Women's Health Alliance.
Need for a clinical guideline
The information and support currently offered to women during and after the menopause is thought to be variable and, for some, inadequate.
A UK survey published in 2007 indicated that most women would welcome more information about the menopause. To improve the information provided and to facilitate women being able to make informed choices, some professional groups have suggested that women should be invited for a health and lifestyle consultation on their 50th birthday. This would include a discussion on menopausal symptoms and possible long term effects of oestrogen depletion, including risks for osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and changes in the vagina and bladder.
The 'diagnosis and management of the menopause' guidelines will encompass :
- Menopausal women (covering peri-menopause and post-menopause)
- Women with premature ovarian insufficiency (regardless of cause)
Clinical issues to be incorporated :
- Diagnosis and classification of the stages of menopause
- Optimal clinical management of menopause-related symptoms
- Contribution of HRT in preventing long-term potential associated conditions of the menopause (especially osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease)
- Diagnosis and management of premature ovarian insufficiency
The guidelines will :
- Offer broad guidance that covers aspects of the management of the menopause
- Be based on the best clinical evidence
- Take account of clinical and cost effectiveness
- Take account of the patient perspective
When published, in October this year, the guidelines will be applicable for all NHS healthcare settings where NHS care is received or commissioned.
The consultation dates for the NICE guideline on Menopause have changed to 1st June 2015 - 13th July 2015.
The economic plan, review protocols and search strategies for this NICE guideline have now been published on the project documents web page. This information is published for transparency, and to enable stakeholders to prepare for consultation on the draft guideline.
Hope for Women - Essential recommendations launched 19 May 2011.
A statement launched from the British Menopause Society Annual Conference brings hope for women with recommendations that should improve the health of women in the postmenopausal years.
» Click here for the full statement (PDF 46Kb)
The Statement was enclosed in an open letter from the chairman and chief executive of the BMS to the Secretary of State for Health.
» Download open letter (PDF 586Kb)
Members - a new care pathway, abridged and updated from the 5th edition of Management of the Menopause by Professor Margaret Rees, is now available in the Members area.
Post Reproductive Health
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Management of the Menopause
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