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.
BMS 26th Annual Conference
The Royal College of Physicians, London
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2016
NICE Menopause Guideline:
from publication to practice
Who should attend?
Academics and students; Dieticians; GPs; Gynaecologists; Nutritionists; Pharmacists; Physiotherapists; Practice Nurses; Specialist Nurses and GP & O&G trainees
Call for abstracts
Information for non professionals can be found at:
NICE ISSUES FIRST GUIDELINE ON MENOPAUSE
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.
NICE PUBLISHES GUIDELINE: MENOPAUSE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: https://www.managemymenopause.co.uk
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
Menopause Specialist definition
A Menopause Specialist in the UK is defined as a healthcare professional who has obtained the BMS/ FSRH Advanced Menopause Certificate, or completed the RCOG/BMS ATSM in Menopause Care (or equivalent, eg the menopause and premature ovarian failure module of the subspecialty training programme in reproductive medicine) and who:
- is a member of the British Menopause Society (BMS)
- attends a National (BMS) or International Menopause Society (IMS, EMAS) conference at least once every 2 years
- provides a minimum of 100 menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new
- has the responsibility documented as part of their job plan and discussed at their annual appraisal
A healthcare professional, who has been practising at specialist level for at least 10 years but does not have a certificate or completed ATSM as above, can be an approved Menopause Specialist if he/she:
- is a member of a the British Menopause Society (BMS)
- attends a National (BMS) or International Menopause Society conference at least once every 2 years
- provides at least 100 new menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new
- has the responsibility documented as part of their job plan and discussed at their annual appraisal.
It would remain the responsibility of the specialist to practice within their own areas of expertise and to seek further advice from other relevant specialists as required.
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.
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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