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.

NICE guideline: information for the press

If you would like to arrange an interview with a spokesperson from the RCOG or the British Menopause Society (BMS) regarding the NICE Menopause Guideline, please contact RCOG press office on 020 7772 6444/6357 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk. The RCOG has a case study available for interview, please contact them for further information.

For social media updates, follow #TalkMenopause or @RCObsGyn.

NICE menopause clinical guideline is here…

The Guideline has been prepared for healthcare professionals but there is also a simplified version for women patients: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/informationforpublic

Over the coming weeks and months there is going to be considerable medical and media interest in the new Guideline. This website will be posting information on the Guideline to reflect our objective of providing advice, reassurance and education to women.

We will continue to emphasise that the key advice remains unchanged: Consult your Doctor.

Diagnosis and treatment of your menopause can be complex or it can be relatively straightforward. Each and every woman approaching, in menopause or at the post reproductive stage of their lives is an individual, with personal requirements and priorities. There is no catch-all solution but Women’s Health Concern will offer as much information and comment as we can. This includes a new series of factsheets: Menopause: Giving you confidence for understanding and action [to be published soon].

Menopausematters.co.uk provides up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options.

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Confidential advice by phone or email

Our team of specialist nurses and medical advisers offer personal and confidential responses to your reproductive, gynaecological or sexual health questions.

Email advice [we ask for a minimum donation of £10]
Telephone advisory service [from £20 for 10 minutes]

Menopause Academy

BMS-WHC, sponsored by Mylan, and in conjunction with the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, are holding a series of educational meetings for health professionals, managed by Events4Healthcare. Starting this autumn they are half day sessions covering the key aspects of menopause. On line educational training is also available. This package is especially relevant for GPs and Practice nurses, as well as menopause specialists, with the publication in November of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline: Menopause: Diagnosis and management. For dates and details see the BMS website.

Note. Women with concerns about menopause issues, either personal or through awareness of problems with family or friends, should draw the attention of their GPs and Practice nurses to the Menopause Academy.

Thought for the Month: November 2015

Tampon tax: should tax be paid on women’s sanitary products?

At the end of October there was a flurry of media interest linked to political positioning on this issue. The background to the situation is that in 2000, UK VAT on sanitary products was cut from the then standard rate of 17.5% to 5%. Although this is the lowest rate currently allowed under EU rules, WHC’s position is that women’s sanitary products are expressly neither luxurious nor non-essential items. Therefore there is no rationale for imposing any level of tax and the categorisation of such products should reflect this reality. Tampons and other items concerning female hygiene are essential for health, hygiene, wellbeing and lifestyle reasons. Leave a comment

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.

Autumn appeal

Please help our nurses to help women like you

Our specialist nurses are always on hand to offer reassurance, support and confidential, tailored advice.

Please support our nurses this Autumn – so they can continue their important work


‘Focus on’ series

The ‘Focus on’ 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.

Latest: Exercise and Happiness

Women’s Health Concern is greatly indebted to the late Miss Elizabeth Stalley whose generous bequest made possible the complete re-design and revision of this charity website in December 2007.Since then several benefactors, some preferring to be anonymous, have made donations. These are enabling us to continue to enhance the website and to provide funding towards our key outreach objectives.

The trustees of the British Menopause Society and Women’s Health Concern thank you all, especially those who have supported us having suffered loss of close family.

Our charity receives no statutory funding, so we continue to depend on the generosity of all those who value our services.

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Website last reviewed: July 2015

Thames Valley local news and events

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.

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.

The Health Show
on MarlowFM radio

(97.5FM or www.marlowfm.co.uk)
every Tuesday 9.30-12.