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World Menopause Day is held each year on the 18th October to raise awareness of midlife women’s health. The 2018 awareness campaign concentrates on Sexual wellbeing after menopause.

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality. After menopause it is not uncommon for women to experience sexual problems which can severely impair their relationships, mental health, social functioning and overall quality of life. This campaign aims to show that it is treatable.

Sexual well-being after menopause: an International Menopause Society White Paper

Sexual well-being frequently declines following the menopause transition and can be associated with significant personal and relationship distress. This distress is the hallmark of female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The International Menopause Society is working to increase awareness of FSD and to provide a framework for practitioners to address sexual medicine concerns. This White Paper aims to review the process of care for female sexual well-being following menopause, from initially approaching the discussion of FSD, to identifying clinical signs and symptoms, and ultimately determining the best available biopsychosocial therapies.


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.

Patient Information Leaflet – Sexual wellbeing after menopause

The patient information leaflet is a guide to help women in mid life find their way through any sexual problems which can severely impair their relationships, mental health, social functioning and overall quality of life.

To download and read the Patient Information Leaflet, click on the appropriate language below:

Awareness Raising Poster – Sexual wellbeing after menopause

This A4 poster is designed to make women think about and possibly seek help regarding the changes that are happening to them as they enter mid 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:

Reports from around the World



Happy World Menopause Day. The theme is wonderful. We already celebrated the day where 500 women participated. I have sent the report and photos to you for your website. We have also translated the Whitepaper in Bengali leaflet. We have distributed those leaflets to women of our country. I have sent you the Bengali translation leaflet. Across the world we raised our voice to ensure Sexual life for the adult women. That is the success of our world menopause day 2018.

Best regards

Prof Shaikh Zinnat Ara Nasreen
CAMS representative Bangladesh

United Kingdom

To mark World Menopause Day last week, a new online register of BMS-recognised menopause specialists throughout the UK and Ireland was launched.

Click on the links below to hear Chairman Kathy Abernethy on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and watch Sara Moger, BMS CEO on Channel 5 News talking about it.

Kathy Abernethy on Woman’s Hour  (From start to 9 minutes 44)

Sara Moger on Channel 5 News


For a full report of the activities for World Menopause Day in Italy, click here.


Sunila Khandelwal, chairperson of the International Advocacy committee of the Indian Menopause Society, sent the full report from all 42 chapters of the Society; click here to view it.


Dr Wendy Wolfman, IMS Board Member from Canada, sent the following report about the World Menopause Day activities in Canada to the IMS Board: –

Dear IMS Board,

These links were sent to all members of the SOGC.  In particular look at the video.  I was also interviewed for Portuguese radio.  No interest but the media were too involved in the legalization of marijuana.
This went to all 4000 members of the SOGC.  It is in both languages – has the online course as well as the video trailer.

Click here for the English version of the video trailer.

Wendy Wolfman
Director Menopause Unit
Mt Sinai Hospital
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Toronto

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