The British Menopause Society (BMS) is the specialist authority for menopause and post reproductive health in the UK. Established in 1989, the BMS educates, informs and guides healthcare professionals, working in both primary and secondary care, on menopause and all aspects of post reproductive health.
This is achieved through:
Our Education Programme, which includes the annual scientific conference, the WHC symposium and BMS certificated courses for PPMC and CBT.
Our interactive website which features BMS TV: the menopause explained and the online register of NHS and private BMS menopause specialists.
Our range of resources and publications including Consensus statements, Tools for clinicians, BMS bulletins and news alerts, the quarterly journal Post Reproductive Health and the definitive handbook Management of the Menopause.
Our sister charity: for patients
Women’s Health Concern (WHC), established in 1972 and the patient arm of the BMS since 2012. WHC provides a confidential, independent service to advise, inform and reassure women about their gynaecological, sexual and post reproductive health.
Their specialist healthcare professionals offer unbiased information via:
The website, which contains a wide range of downloadable resources, including factsheets and infographics and a separate menopause section, Menopause: Giving you confidence for understanding and action
Our telephone and email advisory service, staffed by specialist nurses
Links to a series of 14 short videos, BMS TV: the menopause explained and the BMS menopause specialist online register with details of NHS and private clinics and services
Symposia, seminars, meetings and our workshop Living and loving well beyond 40…!
To increase awareness of post reproductive healthcare issues
To promote optimal management through our educational programme, publications and information dissemination
The publication in November 2015 of the NICE Guideline, Menopause: diagnosis and management is leading to a sharper focus on the mid-life medical challenges facing women. And as most British women can expect to live for thirty years or more beyond menopause, the consequences for immediate and longer term healthcare and lifestyle are significant.
The BMS ‘Vision for menopause care in the UK’, first published in July 2017, has been revised in October 2020 by Dr Heather Currie, Kathy Abernethy and Mr Haitham Hamoda.
This consensus statement, prepared on behalf of the medical advisory council of the BMS sets out the fundamental principles that should underpin menopause service provision. It will help to ensure that providers and commissioners are held to account and that all service users can access high quality menopause care as standard.
The key points are:
Menopause is a major life event affecting all women in a variety of ways, both short and long term.
All women should have access to accurate information, available in all forms and through all recognised sources.
All healthcare professionals (HCPs) should have a basic understanding of the menopause and know where to signpost women for advice, support and treatment whenever appropriate.
Every primary care team should have at least one nominated HCP with a special interest and knowledge in menopause.
All HCPs with a special interest in menopause should have access to BMS Menopause Specialists for advice, support, onward referral and leadership of multidisciplinary education.
With the introduction of the comprehensive BMS Principles and Practice of Menopause Care (PPMC) programme, the society is recognised throughout the UK as the leading provider of certificated menopause and post-reproductive health education and training for HCPs.
Restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have been a springboard for the BMS to bring innovations to the services provided for our membership and for HCPs throughout the UK.