To mark World Menopause Day, the British Menopause Society (BMS) has launched a UK-wide register of BMS recognised menopause specialists, covering both NHS and private clinics and services.
The register can be accessed via an online search tool on the BMS website and the interactive map makes it easy to search by geographic location. It contains contact details of each of the recognised specialists across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
The register was established in response to the NICE guideline, Menopause: Diagnosis and Management, published in November 2015 which references the term ‘menopause specialist’ throughout.
The BMS medical advisory council, which includes representatives from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, defined the term, setting down specific criteria and requirements. The first set of applications was received in June 2016 and to date there are 130 BMS recognised specialists on the register. All specialists on the register are members of the British Menopause Society and have met its Recognised Menopause Specialist criteria
Kathy Abernethy, Chairman, British Menopause Society said: “Despite the average female life expectancy in the UK being 83 years, and many women living in the post-menopausal phase for half to one-third of their lives, there are still many women who are choosing to go through the menopause without seeking support or treatment even when they are experiencing symptoms that are affecting all aspects of their lives, including their relationships.
“Sadly, many women are unaware of the impact their symptoms can have on their overall health and that small lifestyle and dietary changes can help improve their quality of life. Many with severe symptoms are also often confused about the benefits and risks of treatment options.
“To further compound the problem, having decided to seek help, some women find it difficult to find a healthcare professional with sufficient knowledge about the menopause and post-reproductive health.
“That is why, to mark World Menopause Day on 18 October, the British Menopause Society has established a register of recognised menopause specialists in the UK covering both NHS and private clinics. We believe women need greater support and information to be able to cope with the impact of the menopause and access to BMS recognised specialists is a great step forward.
An additional valuable resource available to women can be found on the Women’s Health Concern website. Women’s Health Concern (WHC) is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society and offers as one of its core services an email and telephone advisory service. Specialist nurses offer a personal and confidential response to gynaecological, sexual and menopause problems. Women can seek advice in writing by email or by booking a telephone appointment”.