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.

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 and the 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

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 [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.

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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: December 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

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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.

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