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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 25th Annual Conference

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June 2015
Alexandra House, Wroughton, Wiltshire

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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.


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

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Events
For health professionals
Women’s Health Meeting
Venue: Southampton
Dates: 6 Feb 2015

Menopause Special Skills Module
Venue: Kenilworth
Dates: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2015

Women’s Health Meeting
Venue: Birmingham
Dates: 23 Apr 2015

Women’s Health Meeting
Venue: Wrexham
Dates: 14 May 2015

BMS 25th Annual Conference
Venue: Wroughton
Dates: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June 2015

Scottish Women’s Health Meeting
Venue: Glasgow
Dates: 2 Sep 2015

Menopause Masterclass
Venue: Norwich
Dates: 17 Sep 2015

Menopause Special Skills Module
Venue: Leeds
Dates: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October 2015

WHC 25th Annual Symposium on Women's Health
Venue: RCOG
Dates: Wednesday 4 November 2015

Women’s Health Meeting
Venue: Leeds
Dates: 25 Nov 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)