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Today sees the launch of the NICE Guideline on the diagnosis and management of the menopause. It will play an important role in raising awareness of all menopausal symptoms and in encouraging women to consider lifestyle changes to improve later health. The Guideline should also clarify uncertainty - both for women and for healthcare professionals - around both prescribed and non-prescribed treatment options.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), after two and a half years of research and development, is at the final stage of preparation for this new and definitive guideline. Publication date is 12 November 2015 followed by a formal launch on 17 November 2015 at the joint Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)/British menopause Society (BMS) Advanced Training Skills meeting.

The guidelines will:

  • Offer broad guidance to cover management of the menopause
  • Be based on the best clinical evidence
  • Take account of clinical and cost effectiveness
  • Take account of the patient perspective

If you would like to arrange an interview with a spokesperson from the RCOG or the British Menopause Society (BMS) regarding the NICE Menopause Guideline, please contact RCOG press office on 020 7772 6444/6357 or email The RCOG has a case study available for interview, please contact us for further information.

For social media updates, follow #TalkMenopause or @RCObsGyn

A new website developed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and supported by the British Menopause Society provides tailored, unbiased and accurate menopausal advice for women, provided by experts. For more information:


bms whcThe 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 …!

Our Mission

  • 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:

New Chair for the BMS

Dr Heather CurrieI 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)

prhPRH 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:


Menopause Academy

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.

21st Annual Conference

BMS Statement

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.

prhPost 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 form to your librarian.

Management of the Menopause

5th Edition, May 2009
Margaret Rees, John Stevenson, Sally Hope, Serge Rozenberg and Santiago Palacios
* 4th Edition received a Highly Commended award in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category in the 2006 BMA Book Awards

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.

Find out more here:

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Women's Health Concern is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society
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Last updated: 9 November 2015
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Embracing the Change

On 21 June 2009, the Sunday Telegraph, in conjunction with Media Planet, produced a 16 page supplement called 'Embracing the Change'.

This comprehensive piece includes items on lifestyle and fitness, fertility, HRT, urinary incontinence and natural menopause.

Members of the BMS contributed to a number of these articles and we believe that the supplement offers sound advice and clear information to women going through the menopause. Hard copies are available in the office if required.

Download it » here (PDF file. 4Mb)