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.

18 October 2016 is World Menopause Day

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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
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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Thought for the Month: October 2016

In praise of Nurses

Melanie Reid, writing in The Times, says “It’s a very hard job, modern nursing. What was always essentially a menial, messy, life-saving responsibility is now also a minefield of procedure, accountability and scarce resources. The soft skills of nursing – the ability to smile, introduce yourself, show compassion and communicate – are being crushed.”

Nurses, particularly those specialising in menopause, are crucial to the services offered by WHC and the BMS. Please support them by donating to our Four Seasons Appeal and by telling us your stories of the unsung and heroic work undertaken by nurses.

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