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World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and wellbeing. We encourage professionals and women to participate in this global awareness raising campaign by printing and sharing these materials, organising events to engage their communities, and sharing World Menopause Day social media posts.

The theme of World Menopause Day 2019 is Testosterone for Women at Midlife. The information in the resources is from the Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women, which was launched by the IMS on 2nd September 2019. You can find the full statement and translations below.

Please keep us updated on your World Menopause Day activity by including us in social media posts and using #WorldMenopauseDay or emailing information to rebecca.cheshire@imsociety.org

 

Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women: A White Paper

This Position Statement was developed, by consensus between the participating organizations, to inform healthcare professionals of the known benefits and potential risks of testosterone therapy for women. The aims were to provide clear guidance as to which women might benefit from testosterone therapy, to identify symptoms, signs, and conditions for which evidence does not support the prescribing of testosterone, to explore areas of uncertainty, and to identify any prescribing practices that have the potential to cause harm.

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 Rebecca Cheshire, IMS CEO for advice on how to order reprints.

Patient Information Leaflet: Testosterone for Women at Midlife

A complete review of all the published studies published in 2019 has shown that postmenopausal women who experience a reduction in sexual desire, that causes them personal concern or distress, may benefit from testosterone therapy.

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

Awareness Raising Poster

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

If you are hosting your own World Menopause Day event, please send details and photographs to rebecca.cheshire@imsociety.org and we will feature them here.

Colombia
The Colombian Menopause Association held during the weekend 18th-20th October, as every year, an Annual Meeting of Associates, on the occasion of World Menopause Day. We gathered in the city of Barranquilla 120 doctors of the country associated with the Colombian Association of Menopause in an academic event whose central theme was “Androgens in Menopause”. We present multiple conferences as well as the IMS Consensus on Testosterone. In the same way we made the full promotion of the Melbourne congress and handed out the mimso brochures to all the associates. In our WEB and social networks we released, in Spanish, the official IMS announcements for patients about World Menopause Day.

NAMS – USA
Are holding a multicultural health event on 5th October 2019 in Charlottesville Virginia combining their Women’s Midlife Health, Latino Health Iniative and 100 black women and will talk about testosterone.

United Kingdom
Please click on the following links to see some of the activities planned in the UK: –

Newson Health

British Menopause Society

Thailand
The Thai Menopause Society are holding an event for WMD on Thursday 17 October 2019, during the annual scientific meeting of the Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Costa Rica
Dr Sonia Cerdas reports that on World Menopause Day they will be holding a meeting for 150 members of the community in San Jose. Click here for more details.

The first ISE and IMS joint webinar has been a success!
“There is consensus: Global Position Statement on the use of Testosterone for Women”

On October 23, 2019, Dr Nick Panay and Professor Johannes Bitzer, two of the co-authors of the Global position Statement on the use of Testosterone for Women led by the International Menopause Society, debated in an online discussion about the key aspects of the consensus statement and the psychotherapeutic approaches to female sexual dysfunction.

Through interactive polls, the experts were able to debate with the audience and answer questions that formed part of what delegates described as a “Purely scientific and up-to-date debate”.

Watch the video (100MB)


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