The British Menopause Society (BMS), established in 1989, educates, informs and guides healthcare professionals 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.
Our sister charity
Women’s Health Concern (WHC) was founded in 1979 and 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 gynaecological and sexual 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…!
- 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 British Menopause Society Vision for menopause care in the UK was written by Dr Heather Currie, Kathy Abernethy and Dr Sarah Gray, on behalf of the BMS medical advisory council. It was published at the BMS 27th annual conference in July 2017. 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 a variety of forms.
- All healthcare professionals (HCPs) should have basic understanding of menopause and know where to signpost women for advice and support.
- Each primary care team should have an HCP or HCPs who have a special interest and knowledge in menopause.
- Each HCP with special interest in menopause should have access to at least one Menopause Specialist for advice, support, onward referral, and leadership of multidisciplinary education.
Download the full 8-page document (PDF, 248KB)
The British Menopause Society is a specialist society associated with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
British Menopause Society membership is open to healthcare professionals and others specialising in post reproductive health.