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World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available 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 for World Menopause Day 2020 is Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).

The October print issue of Climacteric includes the White Paper. The paper is also available via Climacteric online with free access.

Translated versions of the paper, poster and consumer leaflet are available 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

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: an International Menopause Society White Paper

The aim of this White paper on Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is to provide the latest information regarding this distressing condition. The impact of POI has far-reaching consequences due to its impact on general, psychological and sexual quality of life, fertility prospects and long-term bone, cardiovascular and cognitive health.

The International Menopause Society has commissioned a number of experts at the forefront of their specialty to define the state of the art in the understanding of this condition, to advise on practical management strategies and to propose future research strategies.

Translations of the paper are available free of charge to download – see links below.

N.B. You will find Figure 1 and Table 1 at the end of the White Paper.

Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

IMS has produced the Patient Information Leaflet to help women to better understand the condition and how it can be managed and treated.

To download and read the Patient Information Leaflet on POI, 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 hosted your own World Menopause Day event, please send details and photographs to and we will feature them here.


Sunila Khandelwal, IMS Treasurer, reported, “On WMD the IMS materials were released on a virtual platform during our 25th Silver jubilee celebration!!! They were used for the Nation Wise Campaign along with the Media (News Paper & TV Programs). Based on the White Paper, I delivered a lecture on the Theme “POI” through the Education Committee of Indian Menopause Society. The webinar was attended by UGs, PGs & GPs and of course by multi specialty IMS members! We will be sending a brief report on activities done during this month to all our chapters across India.”


Dra. Alma Martinez, President of the Uruguay Menopause Society, reports, “Our Society held on 16th Friday, within the framework of World Menopause Day and the chosen topic, a free virtual meeting disseminated to all gynecologists in our country. We attach a brochure for your knowledge.

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