The British Menopause Society
The British Menopause Society (BMS) provides education, information and guidance to healthcare professionals specialising in all aspects of post reproductive health.
This is achieved through an annual programme of lectures, conferences, meetings, exhibitions and our interactive website. We offer a range of publications including our quarterly journal Post Reproductive Health and the definitive handbook Management of the Menopause.
Women’s Health Concern (WHC) became the patient arm of the BMS in 2012. It provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns.
WHC offers unbiased information – by telephone, email, printed fact sheets, online and through symposia, seminars, meetings and workshops, including Living and loving well beyond 40…! and Below the belt …!
- To increase awareness of post reproductive healthcare issues
- To promote optimal management through our educational programme, publications and information dissemination
The challenge of post reproductive health management is increasing. As most British women can expect to live for 30 years or more beyond menopause, the consequences for immediate and longer term healthcare and lifestyle are significant.
British Menopause Society membership is open to healthcare professionals and others specialising in post reproductive health.
The British Menopause Society is a specialist society affiliated to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Working together we have developed theoretical and practical training modules aimed at those healthcare professionals who regularly work in the field of women’s health.
Information for non professionals can be found at:
Women’s Health Concern – 25th Annual Symposium on Women’s Health
Wednesday 4 November 2015
The 2015 Annual Symposium on Women’s Health will take place on 4 November 2015 at the RCOG in London. It is open to health professionals – GPs, clinic doctors, gynaecologists, specialist and practice nurses, O&G and GP trainees. We also particularly welcome anyone allied to the health profession with an interest in women’s health.
The comprehensive programme is both interesting and informative, with presentations from internationally renowned experts.
We are delighted that Mr Tim Hillard is to give Gerald Swyer Memorial Lecture, Are you up for it? Maintaining Sexual Function after the Menopause
Other Symposium sessions include:
- Female Genital Mutilation
- NICE Guideline Menopause: Diagnosis and management
- Fibroids and Pelvic Health
- Beyond Cancer - Living with induced menopause
- Ovarian Cancer and HRT
Speakers include: Miss Gubby Ayida, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, Mrs Kathy Abernethy, Professor Richard Farmer, Ms Anne Deans, Miss Erika Manzo and Mr Geoffrey Trew
The format provides delegates with the opportunity to network with speakers and colleagues from Primary and Secondary care alike – and to raise queries, questions and seek advice from our expert Primary Care panel, especially on difficult or complex cases.
The Symposium is accredited for 6 hours CPD / CME, to meet your points target before the end of the year.
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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
Trainee Editor for Post Reproductive Health (PRH)
PRH Editors-in-Chief Dr Heather Currie and Mr Edward Morris, together with Associate Editor, Mr Tony Mander are currently seeking to recruit a Trainee Editor to join the Editorial Board of the journal.
The Editors invite applications from those interested on taking on the role of Trainee Editor of the journal from 1 December 2015. Interested applicants should send a brief CV (no more than 3 pages) and covering letter (maximum 1,000 words). Please click on the link for more details:
BMS-WHC, sponsored by Mylan, and in conjunction with the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, are holding a series of educational meetings for health professionals, managed by Events4Healthcare. Starting this autumn they are half day sessions covering the key aspects of menopause. On line educational training is also available. This package is especially relevant for GPs and Practice nurses, as well as menopause specialists, with the publication in November of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline: Menopause: Diagnosis and management.
» The Menopause Academy.
Note. Women with concerns about menopause issues, either personal or through awareness of problems with family or friends, should draw the attention of their GPs and Practice nurses to the Menopause Academy.
Conference 2015 pictures and updates
» Click here for the conference page
All delegates have now been emailed the username and password to access the presentations from the conference. Audio recordings of each lecture are currently being edited and will be made available as soon as possible.
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
available for members »
Post Reproductive Health is an international scientific journal that
makes a vital contribution to the study and treatment of the menopause
and female post reproductive health. To ensure that you and your
colleagues have access to this valuable content, please pass the recommendation
to your librarian.
Management of the Menopause
5th Edition, May
Margaret Rees, John Stevenson, Sally Hope, Serge Rozenberg and Santiago Palacios
Purchase this book and more on the Publications Page »
Raising awareness of a study on GP attitudes and practice regarding management of the menopause in HIV+ women
There are approximately 8000 women aged 45-56 living with HIV in the UK (a 7-fold increase since 2003). Very little is known about the menopause or its management in this group.
The PRIME Study team from UCL will be conducting a short survey of GPs attending the Annual RCGP Conference in Glasgow on 1-3 October 2015. The aim of the survey is to assess GPs’ knowledge and training needs so please take a minute to complete the survey in your delegate pack if you are attending.
The PRIME Study (Positive Transitions Through the Menopause) is an NIHR-funded study based at UCL looking at the menopause in women living with HIV. It is the largest study in Europe to date to explore this issue.
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