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 Healthand 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 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.