Women’s Health Concern (WHC) provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns, to enable them to work in partnership with their own medical practitioners and health advisers. We offer unbiased information – by telephone, email, in print, online and through conferences, seminars and symposia.
WHC's Symposium on Women's Health
Join us on Friday 4 November 2015 for an interesting, informative and interactive day of women's health updates from internationally-renowned experts.
The Symposium format gives the opportunity to network with speakers and colleagues from Primary and Secondary care alike – and to raise queries, questions and seek advice from our expert panel, especially on difficult or complex cases.
The Focus series provides an in-depth review of a women's health problem. Focus helps women to identify their signs and symptoms, reviews the types of diagnostic procedures and the treatment options available.
The Menopause, Natural Therapies, HRT and You
An International Study – June 2014
Menopause Matters is conducting a survey to gather the first truly international picture of how women feel about their menopause. How you have managed your symptoms, and if relevant, who has helped you along the way. They also want your opinion regarding any professional help you have received.
To take part in the survey, please complete their questionnaire.
PIP Health supports the BMS and WHC
There are now 36 topics in our list of factsheets, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated.
HRT Benefits and Risks
There continues to be widespread unease about the balance of benefits and risks for women taking HRT and those asking for a prescription. Our factsheet HRT What you should know about the benefits and risks has been revised by highly experienced medical consultants to the BMS. The new version (Edition 3, March 2013) will be helpful and instructive both to patients and to practitioners. The downloadable version will be available shortly (the leaflet is due to be published in May 2013).
Living and Loving well beyond 40!
The fifth in our series of educational evenings, led by health and wellbeing experts, was very well received in Marlow on 16 October 2014. Our delegates provided welcome and complimentary feedback.
Watch this space for details of our next Workshop.
Story to tell?
Do you have a story to tell the media about your health conditions, experiences and issues?
from our team of specialist nurses and medical advisers
If you have a question on your reproductive, gynaecological or sexual health, we offer you a personal and confidential response by email. This can include advice on wellbeing and lifestyle. To help towards the cost of this specialist nurse service we ask for a minimum donation of £10.00, payable online.
Access NHS Healthcare Services - call 111 when it's less urgent than 999
Call 111 when it's less urgent than 999
NHS 111 is a new service that's being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Reports by the RCOG and the BMS
In a major report on women's health care published on 14 July 2011, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists called for a radical re-think on how women are treated by the NHS.
'Women's healthcare must focus on preventing ill health rather than "fire-fighting" disease... every woman should have a menopause "MoT" at 50 to address problems that could worsen later.'
The BMS, our parent charity, had earlier launched its own statement Hope for Women – Essential recommendations at its annual conference on 19th May 2011. Both organisations work closely together to help improve awareness of women’s post menopausal health issues.
Download the full BMS 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 the open letter > [PDF 586Kb]
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequently asked questions and relevant answers compiled by our nurse advisers and medical advisory panel
Health Advisory Service
WHC is offering a ground-breaking initiative to employees of small and medium sized firms that have a majority of women on their staff.
Women’s Health Concern is a national charity but we like to keep in close touch with communities in the Marlow area where our office is situated. Local information will periodically be published in this box.
The Health Show on MarlowFM radio (97.5FM or www.marlowfm.co.uk) every Tuesday 9.30-12. More >
Living and loving well beyond 40! Evening workshop for women
We had nothing but positive feedback for our latest Living and loving well beyond 40! Workshop in Marlow on 16 October 2014. The medical and nutrition experts shared their wealth of knowledge on health and wellbeing at age 40 and beyond. What a lively, entertaining and educational evening it was.
Watch this space for details of our next Workshop in the Thames Valley.
Supporting the merger between Women’s Health Concern and the British Menopause Society
'Please help our nurses to help women like you'
Our specialist nurses are always on hand to offer reassurance, support and confidential, tailored advice.
For any woman who has been suffering in silence; is confused by medical jargon; has a medically complex case or who just doesn't know where to turn.
Please support our nurses this Spring - so they can continue their important work
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Take part in the survey: The Menopause, Natural Therapies, HRT and You on the Menopause Matters website [more info top left of this page]
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