Women’s Health Concern (WHC) is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS). We provide an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their 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.

Menopause: Giving you confidence for understanding and action

The publication of the NICE Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of the Menopause on 12th November 2015 has enabled Women’s Health Concern to prepare a new series of factsheets that will help address the issues that may arise. They have been reviewed by the medical advisory council of the British Menopause Society. The BMS chair, Dr Heather Currie writes:

“Women experience the menopause in widely varying ways. It may help to remember that it is not unusual to feel that your body is changing dramatically, or equally, that it has hardly changed at all. Some women breeze through a problem-free menopause but most experience some symptoms ranging from mild to severe. If you feel you are struggling, advice and support is widely available. The important thing is to be aware of any changes and to consult your GP for advice. Whatever the symptoms, help is available in a variety of ways. Above all, bear in mind that your health is your responsibility and that you are in charge. This is a time when your body deserves some tender loving care”.

The new factsheets include the following topics:

The menopause
Breast cancer: risk factors
Breast care and self-examination
Complementary/alternative therapies for menopausal women
Contraception for the older woman
HRT: Benefits and risks – what you should know
HRT: The history
HRT: Summary
Menopausal Hair Loss
Osteoporosis: bone health following the menopause
Ovarian cancer
Prolapse: Uterine and vaginal

Note: Further topics will be added to this list. If there are other aspects of menopause that you would like including, please get in touch with the charity.

WHC factsheets

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

Throughout 2016 there will 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 [see above].

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

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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.

‘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.

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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.

Four Seasons appeal

Welcome to Spring 2016! Winter officially ended on 29th February.

Huge thanks to those who are supporting our appeal.

The charity depends on voluntary donations to develop our confidential on-line and telephone services. We offer tailored advice to women of all ages with gynaecological or sexual health concerns.

For this Spring season the focus is on helping women in the workplace, especially those suffering from debilitating effects of menopause.

Please help our nurses to help women like you with health, wellbeing and lifestyle guidance


Thought for the Month: May 2016

Women’s perception of risk

In a recent clinical study, women were asked what they thought the level of risk was to them of developing either Coronary artery disease or Breast cancer. These were their answers:

– Coronary artery disease: Perceived risk 4%; Actual risk 50%
– Breast cancer: Perceived risk 46%; Actual risk 4% (almost opposite)

We will shortly be publishing more information and suggesting why this level of mis-perception is so high.

What are your thoughts? Leave us a comment

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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.

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