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World Menopause Day 2014

To celebrate World Menopause Day on October 18th 2014, IMS launched a new campaign with the theme “Prevention of diseases after menopause”.

After the menopause there is an increased risk of the development of chronic diseases and this campaign examines the rationale for prevention and the opportunity to identify risks and initiate prevention strategies for chronic diseases which begin to occur about 10 years after the onset of menopause.  These diseases are a major source of morbidity, decreased quality of life, mortality and economic burden.

Lead author of the White Paper, Professor Roger Lobo, commented; 
“At the menopause, women have a chance to take steps which will help determine whether they go on to live a healthy and active life. There are some conditions, for example osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, which are clearly directly associated with the menopause, whereas others are more associated with increasing age. Menopause provides women with an opportunity to review their health and lifestyle and to make changes which will benefit their future wellbeing”. 
“Many of the measures a woman can take are simple, but effective”, he continued. “Do a little more exercise, eat a little less, if you consume alcohol, do so in moderation”.

An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.

A White Paper Prevention of diseases after menopause

The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature regarding the impact of the menopause and associated risk factors of diseases of aging and how to prevent them. The review is available for download on the Taylor & Francis website and was published in the hard copy of our peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2014.

Translations of the review are available free of charge to download in English - see links below. Other translations will be added as they become available.

         

Slide Kit

A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Prevention of diseases after menopause’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:

Awareness raising poster – Maintaining health and preventing disease after the menopause

This A4 poster is designed to encourage women to make lifestyle changes today for a healthier life tomorrow highlighting that prevention is key and that managing lifestyle risk factors will lower risks and enhance quality of life.

The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages: 

         

Patient information leaflet – Maintaining health and preventing disease after the menopause

This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews the risk factors associated with aging and highlights the preventative measures that can be adopted to reduce that risk of chronic diseases developing after the menopause.

Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet – see links below:

         

World Menopause Day – a physician educational event in Uruguay

Eduardo Storch, on behalf of The “Sociedad Ginecotocológica del Uruguay”, has planned a physician meeting to discuss menopause and is using the World Menopause Day theme, Prevention of diseases after menopause, as the focus of the meeting. Invited are gynecologists, endocrinologists and general practitioners, and in the evening he is planning two more community based lectures.

Please click onto the sample programme and poster, and if you are arranging something similar in your country, please let IMS know so we can share your ideas as well. Contact leetomkinsims@btinternet.com.

         

Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world

United Kingdom – Media Campaign
The British Menopause Society (BMS) ran a successful media campaign to celebrate the day. They organised a publishing house to create a collection of relevant papers to fit the theme available free from Sage Publishing.
 
The BMS also co-ordinated with a UK specific organisation, The Royal Society of Gynaecologists (RCOG), to release a statement to mark the event.
 
RCOG statement: Keeping healthy on World Menopause Day
Today is World Menopause Day and the International Menopause Society (IMS), supported by the British Menopause Society (BMS), has published a White Paper in Climacteric on preventing diseases after the menopause. With an increasing older population and life expectancy, more UK women are living into their 80s and beyond (ONS figs).
 
Apart from the normal effects of ageing, women are more prone to chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease following the menopause. There is also a higher incidence of gynaecological cancer and dementia after menopause. In order to maintain a good quality of life, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has advocated that the NHS incorporates the life-course approach into everything that it does. It includes ensuring that women undergoing the menopause are aware of the simple and effective lifestyle interventions that will improve their health.
 
Good diet and nutrition, along with regular physical activity and exercise, have been shown to improve the general health and wellbeing of older adults. Similarly social interaction and contact are also important for mental and emotional wellbeing.
 
Some women may require pharmacological treatment to help alleviate the symptoms of the menopause. If this is the case, they should discuss what options are available to them with their GP or specialist. Dr David Richmond, RCOG President said, "With the increase in lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and stress-related disorders, we need to ensure that as healthcare professionals, we take every opportunity we can to counsel women on what they need to do now so that they can go on to living longer and healthier lives. This will include diet, alcohol advice, exercise and weight management. The promotion of health is crucial throughout life and even more so in this period of life."
 
The resulting media coverage included:
 
Nuffield Hospitals – Article
Daily Mail – Article 1, Article 2
Guardian – Article

Uruguay – World Menopause Day – a physician educational event in Uruguay

Eduardo Storch, on behalf of The "Sociedad Ginecotocológica del Uruguay", held a physician meeting to discuss menopause and used the World Menopause Day theme, Prevention of diseases after menopause, as the focus of the meeting. He invited gynecologists, endocrinologists and general practitioners, and in the evening held two more community based lectures.
 
Eduardo said "Together with the Sociedad Ginecotocológica del Uruguay (SGU) it has been achieved a very good activity for practitioners and for the community with a very good response of the media (TV, radio, newspapers), maybe as never before!
 
It will appear soon some more interviews at the press (after the next Parliament and Presidential Elections) and on a program at TV (Calidad de Vida – Quality of Life)"
         

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Menopause Society created a successful countrywide campaign using translated IMS campaign materials.
 
Prof Shaikh Zinnat Ara Nasreen commented “We celebrated World Menopause Day on 23rd October by arranging a National scientific conference which was attended by several renowned gynaecologists, cardiologists, orthopaedics, psychologists, dieticians, journalists, educationalists and social workers. All of them were asked to give priority to the health of menopausal ladies and they discussed the different options of prevention of diseases after menopause. Also we marked the day by holding a press conference and awareness program, visiting several old people’s homes and publishing a news bulletin in the Bengali language. The news bulletin was distributed to all and gives details of how changes in life style can help to prevent the diseases after menopause. Finally the Bangladesh Menopause Society requested all citizens and the government to come forward to give importance to menopausal health”.
         

India – Awareness Campaign

Dr. Sunila Khandelwal commented "We are planning to distribute these translated Awareness Raising Posters (English & Hindi) and also the leaflet to all chapters across the country."

Please click here for the full report.

Australia – Media Campaign

The Jean Hailes Foundation promoted the day using IMS materials to create a media relations campaign.

Colombia – Physician Education Meeting

Camilo Rueda said "The Colombian Menopause Society created a physician educational event which was attended by 120 doctors." Please see below for the academic programme and pictures of the event.

         

Mongolia – Symposium and Plenary Lectures

The Mongolian Menopause Society held a Symposium and plenary lectures on 17th and 18th October 2014 as part of their campaign for World Menopause Day 2014 with the participation of 182 regional physicians, multidisciplinary medical specialists and primary health professionals with 14 oral presentations, 8 scientific report posters, 3 lectures and presentations of the translated IMS White Paper and slides.

Their campaign also included public meetings, talks, distribution of printed leaflets and posters at 21 regional and remote health centres which were highlighted on National TV broadcasts. A special edition of the Mongolian Menopause and Andropause Society magazine TOGTUUN HORVOO (Embrace the Change) for the public was published and distributed

         

Do you have a report of activities for your local society?

Please check back soon for more reports on World Menopause Day in our member countries. If you have a report for your society, we would be very glad to receive it - pleae email leetomkinsims@btinternet.com.

Source of funding

The translations of the review and costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds.  The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.

World Menopause Month

The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.
As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.
The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.

Reports from CAMS Societies on their Celebrations of World Menopause Month, 2009

 
World Menopause Month – or Day or Week – was celebrated in October 2009 in many regions of the world and by many of the national menopause societies belonging to CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies. Short reports of the activities of some of the societies are printed below. Thank you to the Presidents and CAMS Representatives who sent in these reports! We hope that members will find these interesting and perhaps they will provide ideas to celebrate World Menopause Month in 2010!
 
 
 
The Australasian Menopause Society
 
Dr Beverly Lawton, President of the Australasian Menopause Society, reported that her society highlighted World Menopause Month by two press releases which promoted World Menopause Month and also promoted the society’s new website with evidenced-based patient information. The society also made statements expressing concern at the cost of various HRT products and that this is a barrier to treatment.
 
The Bangladesh Menopause Society
 
As Secretary General of the Bangladesh Menopause Society, Dr Suraiya Rahman reported that her society marked World Menopause Day by holding a press meeting and rally on October 18–19; arranging a whole-day scientific program on October 24th, including different aspects of menopausal problems, involving related specialties – cardiac, breast, orthopedic and urology; and providing an entertainment program for the general public to create awareness amongst menopausal women. Outside the capital city of Dhaka, awareness programmes and scientific seminars in and outside academic institutes were organized. There were also TV programmes and write-ups in the newspapers.
 
The Belgian Menopause Society
 
Professor Ulysse Gaspard, CAMS Representative for the Belgian Menopause Society, reported that the society held a National Press Conference which was directed at the TV, radio and newspapers and centered on the treatment of the symptomatic menopausal woman, particularly concerning the treatment of hot flushes. The society devoted its Autumn Symposium in September in Brussels to ‘Cancers in women after the Menopause’.
 
The Croatian Menopause Society
 
Professor Ivan Fistonic reported that the Croatian Menopause Society prepared a menopause week in mid-October. The first event was the Croatian congress on Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause in the Brijuni Islands. The menopause session included a press conference attended by relevant journalists and covering health and menopause. In the light of the recent rise in the number of litigations for medical errors in the field of menopause, the main sessions covered this issue. During the menopause week, the public were given information on new trends in prescribing HRT with the accent on its benefits for woman at the third age. Electronic and written media reported on the program and a panel with journalists touched the issue of communication and proper information.
 
The Indian Menopause Society
 
Dr Sunila Khandelwal, President of the society, reports that the society has 34 chapters across the country and all celebrated the Month in a more or less uniform manner. The following programmes with slight variations based on local practices were planned by all chapters: Continuing Medical Education programmes with modules for general practitioners and undergraduates designed by the Indian Menopause Society; quizzes for postgraduates; osteoporosis awareness programmes and cancer awareness programmes. By successfully conducting the above, they aimed to fulfil the society’s mission of spreading knowledge about menopausal health, not only among the public but also among medical students and general practitioners.
The society’s magazine Poise has been circulated widely this year and, to commemorate World Menopause Day, a special issue was released. More than 20,000 copies were distributed across the country.
The Indian Menopause Society’s Club 35+, with the help of NGO, held meetings on various health issues along with health camps in various cities.
 
The Indonesian Menopause Society, PERMI
 
Dr Sjarief Darmasetiawan, CAMS Representative for PERMI, reported that the society conducted a one-day seminar pertaining to the climacteric for lay people and a course on the osteoporosis aspects of menopause, in collaboration with an osteoporosis society, on October 21–22.
 
The Japan Menopause Society
 
The Japan Menopause Society designated October 18 as World Menopause Day and the period October 18–24 as Menopause Week 2009. The following activities were held with the support of public organizations and menopause medicine providers: designing a symbol mark with a slogan for the campaign in Menopause Week, and distributing badges showing the symbol mark and slogan to women around menopause; distributing posters advertising Menopause Week which were designed by a famous Japanese cartoon artist, named Ms Riyoko Ikeda; distributing brochures covering menopause health care and treatments; promoting awareness of the importance of preventing menopausal and postmenopausal health problems, using the society’s website and nationwide newspapers; providing telephone counselling services on menopausal health promotion by specialists belonging to the society; registering World Menopause Day on the list of Japanese Memorial Days. As the consequence of official identification, it is expected that World Menopause Day will be recognized widely by the public through the information disseminated by the mass media.
 
The Philippines Menopause Society
 
Dr Joan Tan Garcia, President of the Society, sent a detailed report about the activities of her society. On September 17–18, the society organized a very successful annual convention, with a very interesting scientific programme arranged by Dr Delfin Tan, with Professors John Eden and Peter Collins as keynote speakers. A meeting was held with the Philippine Heart Association Women’s Council for Cardiovascular Health at which Professor Peter Collins shared the European experience. A mission statement was agreed, to promote the cardiovascular health of the Filipino menopausal woman. 
For World Menopause Month, in St Luke’s Medical Center, where Dr Tan is the section chief of the menopause clinic, lay fora were arranged with lectures on the effects of HRT on breast and other organs for menopausal women. A medical clinic was offered which gave free Pap smears, breast examinations and bone density testing. In Cebu, on October 18, there was a beauty contest of women aged > 50 as well as the lay forum for postmenopausal health. They invited a previous Miss Universe winner, Gloria Diaz, as guest speaker to talk about how she was enjoying her menopausal years.
 
The Portuguese Menopause Society
 
The President of the Portuguese Menopause Society, Dr Mário de Sousa, sent a report of the events at a national meeting in Chaves, where interviews were given to national TV, radio and the internet. A local radio programme was organized with the participation of local doctors and the public. In addition, a walk and exercise by the river Tamega in Chaves was arranged with the local population. Informative booklets on menopause were distributed. Cooperation agreements were celebrated with local health centers in the National Health system, with the Local University of Nurses, and with Lisbon’s University of Nurses. In addition, an article about menopause by Professor Neves-e-Castro was published in an important national newspaper.
 
The Romanian Menopause Society
 
Professor Decebal Hudita, President of the Society, reported that this year has been a very active one for the society. In April, there was an interview on menopause in Intercity Magasin, and in May there were symposia on women’s health. These were followed in June by the National Congress of Menopause and an interview on TV in July. For October, the society gave an interview to Viata Medicala, a journal for all the population and physicians. On October 31st, the society organized a special meeting to celebrate World Menopause Month, in which gynecologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and general practitioners all participated. The goal of the meeting was to establish new HRT recommendations according to the latest publications and worldwide trends. Three speakers involved in HRT communication presented the following lectures: Professor Dr Simona, President of the National Endocrinology Society, spoke on ‘HRT and metabolic modifications and their consequences’; Professor Dr Corina Galesanu, President of the National Psycho-Neuro-Endocrinology Society talked about ‘Postmenopausal osteoporosis: treatment actualities’; and Professor Dr Decebal Hudita gave a lecture on ‘Menopause and HRT – present and future’. The participants really appreciated the lectures and this emphasized the necessity of finding a better approach in order to increase the addressability and acceptance of HRT in Romania. The conclusion of the meeting was that it is the specialists’ responsibility to increase HRT awareness and to continue to inform and educate the public on menopause and its treatment.
 
The Serbian Menopause Society
 
Professor Svetlana Vujovic, President of the Serbian Menopause Society, reported that the Society now has 400 members, a remarkable number relative to the population of Serbia. On October 16th, the Society held its regular meeting to celebrate World Menopause Month. Four eminent professors gave lectures concerning the menopause. The media were involved in events during the whole month.
 
The Swiss Menopause Society
 
Professor Martin Birkhaeuser, CAMS Representative, reported that the Swiss Menopause Society held a special event at Berne during the week of World Menopause Day. A month later, there was a congress on women’s health in Lucerne.
 
The Taiwanese Menopause Society
 
Professor Ko-En Huang reported that the Taiwanese Menopause Society organized a large-scale campaign for World Menopause Day on October 18 in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The activities were co-hosted by the Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association to also celebrate World Osteoporosis Day, which is on October 20. Government officers, including the Minister of the Health Department, the Head of the National Health Bureau and the Mayor of the city of Taipei, were invited to attend the campaign. Many health providers, who are opinion leaders in the field of menopause, spoke at the campaign about the possible effects of menopause and their prevention as well as treatment of those problems. There was a quiz session after each talk and small gifts were awarded to the first person who answered the quiz right.
 
The Uruguayan Menopause Society
 
Dr Eduardo Storch, CAMS Representative, reported that the Uruguayan Menopause Society held a special event during the week of World Menopause Day, at which invited opinion leaders in the fields of gynecology, endocrinology, hematology and internal medicine met for a full-morning Workshop to update participants on the trends in HT and to discuss the misinterpretation of the clinical trials. On another day, there was an open conference for the media and the public.

World Menopause Day 2011

To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2011, IMS launched a new campaign to create awareness of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Prevalence of these symptoms varies throughout the world with 1 in 5 women affected in Asia, in contrast to 74% of women reported in Europe.  These symptoms are both distressing and debilitating for many women, and this campaign is designed as a call to action, to encourage more women to seek help from their physicians, and to consider the safe and effective treatment options available in their countries.

IMS President, Dr Tobie de Villiers commented
 
"Too often the distressing symptoms associated with the menopause are not taken seriously enough. The stresses caused by these symptoms can have a significant effect on not only a woman's life, but also the lives of those close to her, over a period of years. A woman can't just "grin and bear it" - if only it were that simple. These are troubling symptoms caused by the menopause, which lead to physical and psychological problems in everyday life. Women need to realise that they don't need to put up with this. For most women there are ways of overcoming these problems, and a woman going through a difficult menopause should make sure that she talks this over with her doctor to find the best solution for her".

A review Hot flushes and Night Sweats – where are we now?

The IMS commissioned a multi-disciplinary review of the current evidence highlighting the causes and treatment options available for hot flushes and night sweats, the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms of the menopause. The review has been published in the October 2011 issue of Climacteric. Translations of the review are available free of charge to download in 6 languages and 4 variations of Spanish for the various regions in the world where this language is spoken – see links below.
The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.

         

World Menopause Day 2012

To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2012, IMS launched a new campaign to create awareness of understanding weight gain at menopause and the implications it can have on the future health of women in the post-menopausal period. 

For women aged 55–65 years, weight gain is one of their major health concerns and many are not aware of the health implications of excessive weight gain, particularly around the abdomen, which is associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and also impacts adversely on health-related quality of life and sexual function.

Tobie de Villiers, President of IMS, commented;

As a result of the review of the evidence, the IMS concludes that the hormonal changes that occur as women go through menopause substantially contribute to increased central abdominal obesity which leads to increased physical and psychological ill health. There is strong evidence that estrogen therapy may partly prevent this menopause-related change in body fat distribution and the associated metabolic effects. However, further studies are required to identify the women most likely to gain metabolic benefit from menopausal hormone therapy in order to develop evidence-based clinical recommendations.

An educational toolkit of materials have been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages  to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.

A review ‘Understanding weight gain at menopause’

 

The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature regarding the impact of the menopause transition on body weight and body composition. The review was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2012. 
Translations of the review are available free of charge to download in English and 6 other languages - see links below.

The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.

         

Slide Kit

A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Understanding weight gain at menopause’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:

         

Awareness raising poster – ’Stay fit and reduce your risk of excess weight after the menopause

This A4 poster is designed to raise awareness of excessive weight gain, particularly around the abdomen, and that excess weight can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnoea, cancer, osteoarthritis and mental health problems.

The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages

         

Patient information leaflet – ‘Stay fit and reduce your risk of excess weight after the menopaus

This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews how a woman's risk for obesity increases with age. It highlights that at menopause, women experience a change in their bodies as fat shifts itself to the abdominal area rather than the lower body where it commonly accumulates in younger women. Excessive abdominal fat, or belly fat, is linked closely with obesity and other conditions, such as heart disease. The leaflet outlines the positive steps women can take to prevent excessive weight gain, and improve their lifestyle and quality of life.

Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet – see links below:

         

Source of funding

The translations of the review and costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds.  The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.

World Menopause Month

The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.

As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.

The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.

World Menopause Day 2013

To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2013, IMS launched a new campaign with the theme 'Oncology in midlife and beyond'.
 
After the menopause there is an increased risk of cancer and therefore being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle will significantly reduce this risk. Preventative strategies, such as decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption, losing weight, eating a healthy diet and undertaking physical activity, and implementation of screening could help to significantly decrease the incidence and mortality from cancer.
 
Lead author of the White Paper, Prof. Anne Gompel, commented;
 
“Cancer is responsible for around 15% of all deaths worldwide (for both sexes) but around 20 – 25% of women die from cancer each year.  Being aware of the problem of cancer, and how you can take steps to lessen your risk of getting it, is vitally important to all women. The incidence of most cancers rises with age, making it especially important for women going through the menopause, and also after the menopause, to be aware of this increasing risk. Women need to be in tune with their bodies, and to look for any changes which might indicate a problem. 
One of the solutions is for each woman to make sure that she visits her doctor regularly, to discuss her general health and arrange appropriate check-ups. Women also need to try to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible: we all know what this means, eating better, exercising more, not smoking, and so on”.
 
An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.

A White Paper Oncology in midlife and beyond

The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature regarding the impact of the menopause and associated risk factors of cancer. The review is available for download on the Taylor & Francis website and was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2013.

Translations of the review are available free of charge to download – see links below. Other translations will be added as they become available

         

The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.

A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Oncology in midlife and beyond’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:

Awareness raising poster – Give Yourself a Fighting Chance

This A4 poster is designed to help prevent cancer by embracing a healthy lifestyle by being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle which will significantly reduce the risk.

The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages:

         

Patient information leaflet – Understand your risk of cancer in middle age

This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews the risk factors associated with cancer especially in middle age and the preventative measures that can be adopted to reduce that risk.

Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet – see links below:

         

Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world

India

Full PDF report available 

Uruguay

I would like to report the activities done for the WMD.
Last month I was in Argentina participating at the Argentinian Association Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology (AACOG - www.aacog.org.ar) and presented a “Review of the WHI after 12 years” that has been uploaded to internet by Medcenter (www.medcenter.com) and in addition two separate reports on Menopause and WMD in the same website. 
I have been in a TV program called “Quality of Life”  (www.teledoce.com/calidaddevida) seen by many people in Uruguay and also at the “Uruguayan National Radio”  (www.radiouruguay.com.uy)  talking about the meaning and importance of that day. 
Both programs are in internet too.
The Journal “Tendencias en Medicina” (www.tendenciasenmedicina.com) collaborated sending to the media the press release and I published an article with the last IMS Consensus. 
I also sent a mailing to my patients and other contacts with the recommendations of the brochure for the prevention of cancer (http://www.storch.com.uy/boletines/13.pdf)    
I would also like to tell you that the Journal “Tendencias en Medicina” did:

  • 5 tweets
  • 4 news in Facebook.
  • Published an article in the Journal “DETURNO” that they send for free to all the pharmacies and drugstores.

Unfortunately once again I had no industry support nor of the Uruguayan Menopause Society (www.sguruguay.org) but even alone I will keep working for the IMS goals that otherwise are also mine. 
Best regards,
Eduardo Storch

Columbia

Attached file

Dear Lee

I send you the summary for the activities for our Association for World Menopause Day.

We organized one meeting with 100 doctors and we worked in the Cancer topic.
We will expect new notices for next topics that IMS think will be used in the future.
Kind regards

Camilo Rueda
CAMS - Colombia

Nicaragua

Attached file

Dear Dr. Tobie de Villiers
President  IMS

Dear Lee Tomkins 
Executive Director IMS


The Board of Directors of ANCYM (Asociación Nicaragüense de Climaterio y Menopausia) is very pleased to join the global celebration of the Menopause Day around the world and to greet the entire sister Associations in the different continents and languages.
We are also pleased to inform you about our special activity two days ago with a full auditorium and the very interested and active presence of about 250 ladies. We presented 8 short conferences on issues that are of particular interest for the ladies in their “golden decade” of Climacterium and Menopause. 

We also had the official lunch of the first publication of ANCYM dedicated to the integral care of the women. It was very enthusiastically accepted by the assistants. We send you the digital version of this Magazine with the themes and authors. All the authors have been Presidents of ANCYM. 

We had a sociocultural program at the end of the conferences which had a wonderful acceptance by the ladies.
Since recently we also have a Facebook page of ANCYM which you can visit any time. 

We hope that our activities contribute to the many efforts of IMS and the different national associations for the accomplishment of our mission to improve the integral and best care of the women around the world.
With our best wishes for the success of IMS and best regards for you, 

Prof. Dr. Enrique Sánchez Delgado 

Internal Medicine-Clinical Pharmacology 
President of ANCYM 
Managua, Nicargua

Argentina

Buenos Aires, October 15th, 2013

The WORLD MENOPAUSE DAY began in 1984. The IMS and the World Health Organization instituted this day to encourage education and awareness of this topic.

In Argentina this year the AAPEC (Argentine Association for the Study of Climacteric), whose President is Professor Dr Campostrini Blanca, and Vice president Professor Dr Nölting Manuel, has organized special events for next October 18th .

The program will include:

  • Highlights of last NAMS meeting.
  • Controversies about Bone Health in Climacteric Syndrome.
  • Integral Management for Climacteric Syndrome (Schedules, update)

On the other hand AAPEC will sponsor a meeting opened to the Community conducted by relevant specialists to encourage women to know about menopause, and discuss their climacteric symptoms, ask their doubts and engage in conversations about their concerns related to this period of life.

Our aims are to stimulate medical research, disseminate health information, update in special and controversial situations, and promote public prevention care. At the same time we manage the Climacteric School that include Annual University Courses to complete our educational purposes.

Gynaecologists and all health care providers are invited to participate of this reliable and special event.

Keeping in touch with all the World Menopause Societies,

Best Regards and have a nice Menopause Day.
AAPEC (Argentine Association for the Study of Climacteric).

Source of funding

The translations of the review and costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds.  The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.

World Menopause Month

The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.

As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.

The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects

Awareness raising poster – Need to cool off?

This A4 poster entitled ’Need to cool off?’ is designed to raise awareness of hot flushes and night sweats and can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional about managing hot flushes and night sweats.

It is available in the following languages.

         

Patient information leaflet – ‘Need to cool off?’

This is a comprehensive booklet outlining the treatment options available to women and examines lifestyle changes, alternative treatments and self-help advice to manage the hot flushes and night sweats. Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet (see links below) in English and many other languages.
The IMS is grateful to the Australasian Menopause Society for permission to adapt information that was originally produced for their selection of patient leaflets and fact sheets.

         

Source of funding

The translations of the review were supported by unrestricted educational grants from Novo Nordisk and MSD, for which the IMS is very grateful.  All other costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds.  The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.

World Menopause Month

The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.
As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.
The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.

World Menopause Day 2015

To celebrate World Menopause Day on 18th October 2015, IMS launched a new campaign with the theme "What comes to mind - menopause and the aging brain".

After menopause, the risk of memory loss increases, but simple lifestyle changes can help prevent the effects of aging and maintain brain health and alertness.

Lead author Professor Victor Henderson commented:

"Each of us is responsible for our own health, and many aspects of healthy aging are under our direct control.  These include, for example, smoking cessation and regular exercise. Concerns with memory and cognitive abilities are increasingly common in midlife and older adulthood. For cognitive aging, advice abounds, but it is less certain what the individual can do to maintain or improve her mental abilities.  The White Paper and the accompanying materials highlight a number of health and lifestyle factors that are thought to contribute to cognitive decline associated with age.  The White Paper sought evidence on 12 individually modifiable interventions with the potential to ameliorate cognitive aging. Whilst most individually modifiable risk factors have not yet been adequately studied, results suggested that the Mediterranean diet supplemented by olive oil and tai chi exercise may improve global cognition, and the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil and soy isoflavone supplements may improve memory.  Cognitive training and other forms of mental activity may have cognitive benefit as well. We conclude that some interventions that can be self-initiated by healthy midlife and older adults may reduce the impact of cognitive aging."

An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.

A White Paper - Individually modifiable risk factors to ameliorate cognitive aging

The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to identify the individually modifiable risk factors to ameliorate cognitive ageing. The review is available for download on the Taylor & Francis website and was published in the hard copy of our peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2015.

Translations of the review are available free of charge to download - see links below. Other translations will be added as they become available.

         

Reprints

The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.

Awareness Raising Poster - What comes to mind: menopause and the aging brain

This A4 poster is designed to disseminate the message that prevention is key to reducing memory loss as women age.

The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages:

         

Patient Information Leaflet - What comes to mind: menopause and the aging brain

This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews the risk of memory loss after the menopause and explores simple lifestyle changes that can help to prevent the effects of ageing and maintain brain health and alertness.

Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet – see links below:

         

Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world

INDIA

Click below for a full report from the many chapters of the Indian Menopause Society that took part in WMD 2015.

Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world

Bangladesh

I am writing the report on how Bangladesh menopause society celebrated the WMM. We organised a day long, scientific seminar on 20th October where different aspects of menopause were discussed and the theme of the WMM "brain aging" was highlighted. The recent update of the IMS recommendations was dessiminated by the CAMS representative. We have translated the posters and the white paper into Bangla which were distributed throughout the country. We organized an awareness program, free health check ups, distribution of Medicine and clothes among the women in different areas during the month. We had a talk show on Television, a feature in a news paper regarding the menopause.

We arranged panel discussions and oral presentations at SAFOMS during the 24th biennual international conference which was held in Bangladesh on 26 & 27th November. Also we presentend sexual aspect of menopause in the 2nd Biennual international conference SASSM (South Asian Society for Sexuality Medicine) on 5 & 6th December, held in Dhaka.

We like to work more to improve the quality of life of menopause under the guidance of IMS.

Best regards.

Prof Zinnat ara Nasreen