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.
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.
A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Prevention of diseases after menopause’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:
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:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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."
The Jean Hailes Foundation promoted the day using IMS materials to create a media relations campaign.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.