Women’s Health Concern (WHC) is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS). We provide a confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their gynaecological and sexual health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns. We offer unbiased information – by telephone, email, printed factsheets, online and through symposia, seminars, meetings and our workshop Living and loving well beyond 40…!

A key objective is for women to forge a closer relationship with their general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals.

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A second series of 7 short videos from the British Menopause Society covering different aspects of the menopause. View videos New for 2020:
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Please help our nurses to help women like you with health, wellbeing and lifestyle guidance

Patient survey

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, many menopause services have changed their service provision to either telephone or video consultations in order to offer alternatives to face to face appointments thereby helping to minimise patients’ hospital visits.

The British Menopause Society (BMS) would like to find out more about your experience of these appointments during this time and to assess your views on the virtual clinic appointments and whether you found them helpful.

Your views are important to us and we would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey.

We will use the information from this survey to assess the acceptability of remote consultations and to guide BMS members on how to further improve their clinical service during the time of this pandemic.

Survey closes: end January 2021

Menopause: Giving you confidence for understanding and action

We have prepared a series of factsheets on menopause and related issues, following the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) menopause guidelines from November 2015. These factsheets have been reviewed by the medical advisory council of the British Menopause Society.

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WHC factsheets

NICE menopause guideline for women patients

The November 2015 Menopause Guideline by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been prepared for healthcare professionals but there is also a simplified version on their website for women patients: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/informationforpublic

Confidential advice by telephone or email


Please note that only the Women’s Health Concern email advisory service is operating at the moment.

The telephone advisory service is currently suspended. The nurses who help us to provide the service have been called upon to support their colleagues as part of the NHS response to COVID-19.

We will regularly monitor and assess the situation and the full advisory service will be reinstated as soon as possible.

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Women’s Health Concern is greatly indebted to the late Miss Elizabeth Stalley whose 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. In June 2020 we received a bequest in memory of Marie Ayres-Regan. Her husband David recognised that donations to help us through the coronavirus pandemic would be greatly welcomed.

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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