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.
BMS 24th Annual Conference
The Majestic Hotel,
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th June 2014
Call for abstracts
24th Annual Conference – British Menopause Society
Mind the gap ....
Advances in Menopause : Bridging the gap from theory to practice
Share your work and research with the largest gathering of menopause specialists in the UK
You are invited to submit Scientific Abstracts
These will be reviewed by our Programme Planning Group, chaired by Dr Heather Currie and comprising national and European specialists, and will be considered for presentation at our Annual Conference in Harrogate.
Abstract Deadline: Thursday 29 May 2014
Prize giving: will take place at the Annual Conference on the afternoon of Friday 27 June.
£75.00 best oral communication
£75.00 best poster presentation
Prize-winning Abstracts will be published in Menopause International, the quarterly journal of the BMS.
All Abstracts will be available for viewing on the BMS website.
» Click here for further details on abstract guidlines
» Click here To submit your Abstract online
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 [PDF of list group, 86KB] 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 July 2015, the guidelines will be applicable for all NHS healthcare settings where NHS care is received or commissioned.
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.
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Management of the Menopause
5th Edition, May
Margaret Rees, John Stevenson, Sally Hope, Serge Rozenberg and Santiago Palacios
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