The British Menopause Society’s policy on declarations of interest is in place to help ensure good governance, transparency and sensible, responsible behaviour, specifically when acting on behalf of the charity. This is important in protecting the reputation of the British Menopause Society. It also enables the board of trustees to ensure that charity funds and tax reliefs are used only for charitable purposes.
Gender Language Policy
The British Menopause Society (BMS) recognises that patients have diverse gender identities. In our publications, literature, and other printed and digital materials, the BMS uses the word “woman” (and the pronouns “she” and “her”) to describe patients or individuals whose sex assigned at birth was female, whether they identify as female, male, or non-binary.
As gender language continues to evolve in the scientific and medical communities, the BMS will periodically reassess this usage and will make appropriate adjustments as necessary. When describing or referencing study populations used in research, BMS will use the gender terminology reported by the study investigators.