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25th June 2020

IMS held the first of its monthly Webinars in the lead up to the 17th IMS World Congress on Menopause on the 23rd June. The event was a great success with all available places being taken.

A recording of the Webinar is now available at and can also be found on our YouTube Videos page.

Please watch this space for details of the upcoming Webinars.

23rd June 2020

The first in a new series of IMS Webinars leading up to the 17th IMS World Congress on Menopause will be held on 23rd June 2020 at 15:00 (CEST) moderated by Nick Panay.

A recording of the Webinar will be available at within a few days of the event.

To register now and to join the webinar on the day, please follow this link:

Click here to download a flyer for the event.


Following the extraordinary circumstances related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and after thorough evaluation of the emergency situation globally, it’s with great regret that we must postpone the 17th World Congress on the Menopause.The Congress will now be held at the same venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, from Thursday 4th February through to Sunday 7th February 2021 (the pre-congress course to be held 3rd February 2021).

This is not a decision taken lightly, but the health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff are our prime consideration and have to be prioritised over all else.

Of note, we are transposing the entire program to the new dates such that the congress will be the same as that planned to have been held in Melbourne from 30 April to 3 May 2020.All registrations will remain valid for the new dates.

We thank all our participants, sponsors and partners for understanding the need to take these steps and we very positively look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in February 2021 and together sharing a very successful congress.Please visit for more details.

29th August 2019

IMS comments on: “Type and timing of menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer risk: individual participant metaanalysis of the worldwide epidemiological evidence.”Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer.The Lancet 29th August 2019 Is there new information that menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) substantially increases breast cancer risk as suggested by a paper published in the Lancet this month and should women be worried?

6th August 2019

A number of UK media outlets have reported this week on a procedure that is intended to delay the menopause. The International Menopause Society is in agreement with and strongly supports the British Menopause Society’s response to these media reports, which was issued by the on 6th August 2019 read more…

12th June 2019

The 6th Live Webinar by the PCOS Society and Monash University based on the latest “International PCOS Guidelines” will take place on Thursday 13th June 2019 at 2:00pm Indian Standard Time.

In case you are unable to open the link from the above button, please use the following link:

3rd June 2019

The 7th Scientific Meeting of APMF was held in Manila, Philippines from May 29th to 31st this year.

The congress was well attended with approximately 400 delegates attending the conference sessions. The meeting was opened by Dr Ma Corazon Zaida N Gamilla, President of APMF and Dr Jericho T.P. Luna, President of the Philippine Society for Climacteric medicine.

IMS was well represented at the meeting with many members attending and a number delivering invited lectures.

The Keynote Address, on the topic of Management of the Menopause in 2019: State of the Art, was delivered by IMS President, Professor Susan Davis.

Immediate Past President, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden delivered lectures on the place of the hot flush as a marker of disease, the diagnosis and treatment of post-menopausal bleeding and the choice of local or systemic hormone therapy for VVA.

IMS Board member Ang Sen Bin discussed breast cancer risk among Asian women and convened a workshop on sexual health.

An IMS Plenary Symposium was held on Day 3 of the Meeting. Dr Delfin Tan spoke on ‘The WHI after 17 years, has it done more harm than good’, Prof Rod Baber spoke on the topic of ‘The right MHT for the right woman’ and Prof Susan Davis discussed the need for the undergraduate medical curriculum to include a course on menopausal medicine.

IMS would like to thank the many IMS members who contributed to this excellent meeting and to thank both APMF and PCSM for their kind invitations and their generous hospitality.

We hope to see many APMF delegates in Melbourne for the 2020 IMS World Congress and we look forward to the next APMF Scientific Meeting to be held in Hangzhou, China in 2021.

27th March 2019

IMS at the 2019 FLASCYM Congress

The Society held a pre-congress workshop on 26th March for the delegates at the FLASCYM congress in Costa Rica. 150 delegates attended the workshop which featured presentations and educational materials from the IMPART online resource.Susan Davis, IMS President, Sonia Cerdas, President of FLASCYM, IMS General Secretary, Nick Panay and Board member, Camilo Reuda provided the scientific content and managed the interactive sessions, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.

A full report will be available shortly

11th March 2019

IMS responds to Finnish Control Study on the risk of Alzheimers Disease with the use of MHT published recently in the British Medical Journal.

18th February 2017

The International Menopause Society was delighted to be invited by the Indian Menopause Society to give a pre-congress workshop at their 24th national annual meeting in Calcutta on the 14th February 2019.

The workshop was based on IMPART the new teaching resource brought to life during a 5-hour workshop. Presentations were given by the current President, Susan Davis, and General Secretary Nick Panay and President elect, Steven Goldstein. Chairing the sessions and the case histories were Sunila Khandelwal, Treasurer of IMS and Duru Shah, who is the original developer of IMPART.

The workshop was very well received and a full report will be available shortly.

A presentation was made at the end of the meeting thanking the key contributors for their support and contribution to achieving the educational aims of the conference.

IMPART is available to all physicians and healthcare professionals free of charge on the IMS website. Please follow this link to find out more and register.

23rd January 2019

IMS President, Sue Davis and Climacteric Associate Editor, Robin Bell recently commented in an article published by Reuters on the effects of long term menopause symptoms on the risk of breast cancer. Click here to read the article.

7th January 2019

Prof Susan Davis, IMS President, has posted her 2019 New Year Message to all in the Menopause community. Click here to read it.

6th December 2018

The first full meeting of the new IMS Board was held in Dubai, UAE, on the 6th December this year. Please see the pictures of the meeting below.In order to keep members informed of the activities of the IMS please find the Presidents report to the Board attached.

5th November 2018

IMS are holding a joint meeting with the British Menopause Society and RCOG in Dubai from the 7th to the 8th December 2018 entitled “New Frontiers in Post Reproductive Health”. Click here to see a short introductory video by Programme Director, Mr Nick Panay.

If you wish to book a place at the meeting, please follow this link.

1st November 2018

Peter Chedraui, Associate Editor of Climacteric, has written and translated in to Spanish, an editorial entitled ‘Reduciendo la enfermedad cardiovascular de la mediana edad mejorando la salud reproductiva’ Click below to see the translation; the English version will appear in the December edition of Climacteric.

19th October 2018

FIGO 2018IMS held a workshop and symposium at the recent FIGO Congress in Rio de Janeiro. See the photos below.

Click here for a report from Sue Davis, IMS President.

Click here for a report from Duru Shah, IMPART Co-Chair.

25th September 2018

International Congress on Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause held in Beijing from September 7th – 9th 2018Professor Rod Baber, past President and currently Editor in Chief of Climacteric reports

“IMS current and past Board members Xiangyan Ruan and Alfred Mueck co-chaired the 10th International Congress on Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause in Beijing from September 7th – 9th 2018. The meeting, held under the auspices of The Capital medical University and The Beijing Women’s and Children’s Hospital, was attended by a large and enthusiastic audience of clinicians, junior doctors and PhD students.

IMS past president Andrea Genazzani delivered an address on the impact of endometriosis on oocyte quality, IMS Board member Tommaso Simoncini spoke on the topic of fat metabolism and menopause: from biology to health implications and IMS General Secretary Nick Panay on The POI International Database. Professor Dympna Gallagher addressed the increasingly common problem of the impact of excessive gestational weight gain on the body composition of offspring and Climacteric Editor in Chief Rod Baber discussed the pros and cons of mammography screening particularly in low risk populations.

There were also outstanding lectures on endometriosis, ovarian cryopreservation, the use of the oral contraceptive in ART, Hormones and Psyche and intravaginal DHEA to treat VVA. The role of progesterone in pregnancy was reviewed by Prof Adolf Schindler, Professor Ruan spoke on the management of PCOS and Professor Mueck on hormonal bleeding problems. All lectures were well received by the enthusiastic by the delegates.

This meeting has been attended by the last 5 IMS Presidents as well as by many IMS Board members. We are very grateful to Professor Ruan and Professor Mueck for their support of IMS and Climacteric and commend them on the enthusiasm, knowledge and diligence of their junior staff. It bodes well for the future of gynaecological endocrinology in China.”

13th September 2018

Estrogen Matters by Avrum Bluming MD and Carol Travis PhD is a new book dispelling the myths and alarmist headlines generated by the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002 about HRT.Visit to find out more.

The book was featured in an article in The Times in the UK recently.

17th August 2018

IMS Treasurer, Sunila Khandelwal, recently attended the FORTYPLUSCON 2018 Zonal Conference of the Indian Menopause Society and has sent in a report; click on the link below to read it.

5th July 2018

The International Menopause Society (IMS) invites applications for the role of Scientific Editor for its premier e-services, Menopause Live and Our Menopause World, both key to the Society’s aim of disseminating evidence-based information about menopause on a regular basis. These services are perceived by the membership as two of the most highly valued services offered by the Society, helping physicians at all levels of their professional career to keep abreast of current research and reviews.

Click Here for details of the job or download the Application form below.

If you have any queries or questions please contact IMS Executive Director, Lee Tomkins,

2nd July 2018

IMS launched the IMPART Project, a worldwide menopause and preventative healthcare training scheme, at the 16th World Congress on Menopause in Vancouver in June 2018.

Click here to see the Press Release from the Congress.

27th April 2018

a new social media initiative: the IMS now has a LinkedIn page
The Society has recognized the need to be able to communicate at all levels and in recent months has raised our profile on social media. This involves much more activity on Twitter and Facebook pages and the latest initiative is on LinkedIn. This provides us with the opportunity to engage with more followers among the LinkedIn’s global community of health professionals and creates another platform to showcase news about the Society and the services we provide. The Society is keen to make this an avenue for the global medical community dedicated to midlife women’s health to communicate with the IMS and to create a band of followers. It is very simple to create your own LinkedIn personal profile and join in by following these three simple actions:

Click on

Then click on the IMS Follow button, on the left-hand side – when members click the Follow button, company updates will appear on followers LinkedIn feed and on the Society page.

Share the page’s updates – whenever you share, comment or like a page content via the status bar feature, not only is that content shared in your Home news feeds, it is then shared in the news feeds of your connections also.

Add the IMS page to your current Experience section – you can update your current Experience section, on your personal LinkedIn profile, to include the IMS by clicking on the IMS logo; this allows a profile viewer to move seamlessly from your personal profile to our company page.

We ask all members to give it a try if they are not already using LinkedIn and see what the possibilities are to participate in the global debate around midlife health.

5th March 2018

The 23rd National Conference of the Indian Menopause Society was held in Gurugram, India from the 16th – 18th Feb 2018. Read the report of IMS Board member, Sunila Khandelwal, on the IMS Session held during the conference here.

22nd February 2018

IMS Bursary for Young Researchers 2018

This prestigious award, worth up to £15,000 per year for 2 years, will be given by the IMS Executive Board following open competition from medically qualified applicants aged under 40 years, who must submit a detailed plan of the research project and budget.

Preference is given to applicants from countries where opportunities for research and funding are limited.

Click here for more details.

12th December 2017

New from IMS – Travel Bursaries to present your Science.

The object of the new IMS Travel Bursaries is to provide the means for young health professionals to attend the 16th World Congress on Menopause in Vancouver on the 6th – 9th June 2018 to further their knowledge of menopause medicine and the many related fields. There are up to 16 awards of £750 each available and we would expect the recipients to become ambassadors in their own countries to share the knowledge they have learned with their peers.

To be eligible, an applicant must be under 40 years of age at the start of the Congress and be the first author of an abstract submitted as a poster or oral communication at the Congress. An interest in one of the fields associated with the menopause would be an advantage.

These bursaries are available for IMS members and non-members alike. To apply, please contact Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director, for an application form.

1st December 2017

The 3rd Regional IMS conference, Belgrade, November 2017Following the successful regional IMS conferences in Mumbai and Taipei, the 3rd meeting was held in Belgrade. As was the case in the previous events, it was a joint project with a national organization, this time the Serbian Menopause Society and Prof. Svetlana Vujovic. The format of the conference included a half day pre-congress course, and 2 days for the main program. All board members gave presentations, which were mainly based on case histories. Local experts participated in the program as well, and some of the lectures were in Serbian. 350 people were registered to the conference, including local and international attendees. There was also a small, but nice exhibition area. The social events were remarkable and highlighted by very good live music and dancing. All in all, this was another successful event, and the Society is looking for future collaborations with local societies on such types of regional conferences that will further expose the IMS to new audiences.

20th November 2017

The IMS Board are pleased to invite nominations for the 2018 Henry Burger Lifetime Achievement Award to be awarded at the 16th IMS World Congress on Menopause in Vancouver in June 2018. Click here to see the criteria for the award.

Please contact IMS Executive Director, Lee Tomkins, if you wish to nominate yourself or a colleague.

15th November 2017

WMD 2017 Reports

IMS continues to receive reports from CAMS on their successful campaigns during World Menopause Day. The latest being a report from Camilo Rueda based in Colombia highlighting the benefits of a physician education session. Click here to see all the reports.

18th October 2017

New BMS survey highlights impact of the menopause on every aspect of womens lives in the UK

More than half of women feel negative about their experience of the menopauseLondon, 18 October 2017: Three quarters of women say that the menopause caused them to change their life and over half say it had a negative impact on their lives. Those are the headlines from a recent survey conducted by the British Menopause Society (BMS), released today to mark World Menopause Day. The findings reveal the need for greater support for women experiencing the menopause across the UK.

Read the full press release here.

Download the survey results infographic here.

19th September 2017

Steve Goldstein introduces the topic for the 2017 World Menopause Day.

Click here to watch

18th September 2017

The “9th Congress on Menopausal, Gynecological and Endocrinological Issues” organised by the Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital at Capital Medical University was held from the 9th – 10th September 2017. There was a pre-congress workshop on Endometriosis on the 8th September and a post-congress workshop on Outpatient Hysteroscopy from the 11th – 12th September.

The University Hospital in Beijing is the largest, specialised women’s hospital in China and the first official Menopause Clinic Centre for China was founded there in 2011.

Xiangyan Ruan and Alfred O. Mueck organised and chaired the congress with tremendous support from their medical students.

There was a large session organised by the IMS with President, Mary Ann Lumsden, Past President, Rod Baber who is now Editor in Chief of the IMS Journal, Climacteric and Nick Panay (former editor of Climacteric and now head of the scientific committee for the 16th World Congress on Menopause in Vancouver in 2018) all giving lectures along with other IMS members – Yu Qi, President of the Chinese Menopause Society, Andrea Genazzani, Tomi Mikkola, Xiangyan Ruan and Alfred Mueck.

Menopause topics covered during the congress included the new IMS guidelines for HRT, perimenopausal bleeding disorders, use of androgens in HRT, premature menopause, large Finnish register studies on cardiovascular morbidity and vascular dementia during use of HRT and new mechanisms of breast cancer development.

All national and international speakers and guests enjoyed the warm welcome and the very special social and cultural atmosphere in Beijing, China.

Rod Baber commented, “The meeting also included a number of interesting presentations on abnormal uterine bleeding, PCOS, Endometriosis, TCM, Office Hysteroscopy and Ovarian tissue cryopreservation and reimplantation. Over 100 cryopreservation procedures have now been performed by Capital Medical University Staff and a highlight of this meeting was to know that the first 4 successful tissue reimplantations have been performed by Prof Ruans team, the first in China.These meetings continue to attract strong delegate numbers always including key opinion leaders from China and beyond. The organisation was a credit to Professors Ruan and Mueck but also to their students whose attention to detail, care and enthusiasm was outstanding.”

Nick Panay said, “From both personal and IMS perspectives, I believe we should try to achieve close collaboration with the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Capital Medical University to facilitate research and educational opportunities.

Research: The POI registry has been translated into Chinese and 250 patients have already been entered. Our thanks to Prof Xiangyan Ruan, Prof Alfred Mueck and the students for facilitating this. The registry should yield important etiological, epidemiological and clinical data which will allow us to compare and contrast regional variations in presentation and outcomes. The intention is to take the research further; we are planning collaborative, prospective randomised trials looking at both conventional and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Educational – Closer educational links could facilitate:

  • Further collaborative postgraduate meetings in China (with possibly an IMS regional meeting in the future in Beijing)
  • Increased Chinese delegate (at all levels of seniority) attendance and abstract submission at our World Congresses,
  • Student / postgrad exchanges between Beijing/China and other countries
  • Further translations of abstracts and papers from Climacteric in to Chinese”

4th September 2017

Nick Panay, Scientific Program Chair for the 16th World Congress on Menopause being held in Vancouver, Canada on the 6th – 9th June 2018, explains what you can expect from the scientific program.

Click here to watch.

31st August 2017

3rd IMS Regional Conference

IMS, in collaboration with the Serbian Menopause Society, are co-hosting the third regional conference on the Menopause, in Belgrade, Serbia on the 16-19th November, 2017.

Click here for a short presentation of slides about the event.

Visit for more details.

7th August 2017

The White Paper, for World Menopause Day on the 18th October 2017, has been published online in the Society Journal, Climacteric, with free access to all.The paper, entitled “Abnormal uterine bleeding in perimenopause” has been written by IMS Treasurer, Steve Goldstein and IMS President, Mary Ann Lumsden. Click here to see the paper.

25th July 2017

Mary Ann Lumsden, IMS President, invites you to the 16th World Congress on the Menopause being held at the Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, Canada in June 2018.

Click here to watch.

3rd May 2017

The 6th scientific congress of The Asia Pacific Menopause Federation was held in Singapore from 20th to 23rd April 2017. Congress Chair, Dr Chua Yang and Scientific Programme Chair Dr Loh Foo Hoe organised a stimulating interactive scientific programme combined with an excellent social programme centred on Hotel Fort Canning in Central Singapore. IMS was represented by past board members Takeshi Aso, Ko-En Huang and Delfin Tan, past presidents Wulf Utian and Rod Baber, president elect Susan Davis and current president Mary Ann Lumsden. Dr Davis, Dr Baber and Dr Lumsden contributed 13 lectures to the scientific programme, summarised in the three newsletters below. We would also like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to Dr Yang whose mother passed away on the last day of the conference.

27th April 2017

A new statement, endorsed by IMS, reviews the ‘Management of Aromatase Inhibitor-Associated Bone Loss (AIBL) in postmenopausal women with hormone sensitive breast cancer’

A new position paper has published online in the Journal of Bone Oncology and endorsed by IMS and other International Societies including IOF, CABS, ECTS, ESCEO, IEG, IMS and SIGO JBO. This provides an updated algorithm to better assess fracture risk and direct treatment in the management of AI-associated bone loss (AIBL).

Mary Ann Lumsden, President of IMS comments “Decreased bone density and fracture are a major issue for women taking aromatase inhibitors for treatment of breast cancer. Risk of fracture increases substantially and this will only get worse as the women age. This document highlights the importance of bone loss and suggests practical measures for treatment that are endorsed by several societies interested in diseases of bone from around the world. Hopefully, this means that in the future, this problem will not be neglected and women will be monitored for bone loss and receive appropriate treatment at the right time.”

The Journal of Bone Oncology is an open access journal which makes the paper easily available- just follow the link below

30th March 2017

Lectures from the 1st IMS Pre-Congress Workshop held in Prague on the 27th Sept 2016 entitled “21st Century Menopause Management” are now available for all IMS Members to view. Log in to the Members Section of the site and follow the link for the Educational Lecture Series.

13th March 2017

IMS releases a press statement on the recently published paper “The evidence base for HRT: what can we believe?” by RD Langer

9th March 2017

New Educational Lecture Series available in the Members Section.

Please log in to see the series recorded at the 1st IMS Regional Conference held in Mumbai, India in December 2013.

6th January 2017

International Menopause Society announces a new Editorial Team for Climacteric.

Click here for the full press release.

3rd January 2017

The International Menopause Society is pleased and proud to congratulate its President, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, who has been awarded an OBE for services to Women’s Health, by Her Majesty the Queen in the UK Honours List, 2017.

Click here to see the IMS press release.

3rd January 2017

New Year Address from Mary Ann Lumsden, IMS President

2017 is going to be a very exciting year for the Society and I hope every member will work with me and the IMS Board of Trustees so that we can achieve our aims for the coming year.

The World Congress in Vancouver in June 2018 is on the topic of ‘Midlife health in the 21st Century, a lifestyle approach’ and will be focused on the younger menopausal woman. It will be aimed particularly at those who are perimenopausal or have premature ovarian insufficiency. Perimenopause will be a major priority for the Society this year and will also be the topic of World Menopause Day in the autumn. We are in the process of developing an excellent scientific program for Vancouver and the meeting will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts around the world and to share cutting-edge research and developments in the menopause world. The success of any congress is only achieved by collaborative working, and I hope every member will think about how they can help: whether it is attending the meeting, promoting it to your colleagues and contacts, or submitting an Abstract in order to share your expertise and experience with others.

The care of women in midlife is the reason why this Society is in existence, but not all health professionals have the opportunity of being able to offer the specialized advice needed to help such women who they see in their clinics. I will be visiting Colombia, Singapore, India and China on behalf of the IMS to share knowledge and expertise, and many other Board members are also attending meetings around the world, so we look forward to seeing you in your own country and sharing knowledge and expertise that I hope you will find useful in helping improve the quality of life of your patients.

Finally, I hope you will benefit from the development of the IMS educational arm and join in the new initiatives which will cover all aspects of healthy aging and prevention of disease. Professor Duru Shah from Mumbai has all sorts of innovative ideas to develop the Digital Education strategy and Amos Pines will continue to help organize the local meetings and produce Menopause Live so that every member can increase their knowledge and help to improve midlife women’s health around the world. Keep an eye on our website for further information as the year progresses.

Any Society is only as good as its members, and we welcome your contribution to the work of the Society and your help to achieve our aims for the New Year. I would be delighted to hear from any member, new or old, on how we can help you in your own practice in order that all women can lead full and active lives for as long as they wish.

Please click HERE/ to read Mary Ann’s vision and aims for the future of IMS.

6th November 2016

“What hot flushes can tell us about our health”.

IMS President, Mary Ann Lumsden, commented in an article about hot flushes in the Irish Times recently.Read the article here.

1st October 2016

IMS World Congress – Winners

At the recent IMS World Congress on the Menopause in Prague, the following winners were announced:-IMS Henry Burger Prize – Dr Rebecca Thurston from the USAIMS Robert Greenblatt Prize – Dr Gianluca Di Luigi from Italy and Dr Kate Maclaran from the UKIMS Womens Health Olympics – Winner – Dr Ardelle Stauffer from Canada and Runner Up – Dr Manickam Priyadarshini from India. IMS Bursary Award – Dr Wei-Ling Shiu from Australia.Our heartfelt congratulations go to all the winners for their tremendous achievements.

5th September 2016

World Menopause Day 2016

All the materials for this years World Menopause Day on the 18th October, are now available for download HERE. This years theme follows the theme of our World Congress – “Heart Health Matters”.

15th August 2016

The 4th IMS Webinar – Sexual Dysfunction at Midlife is now available in the video library. Click here to watch.

6th July 2016

IMS Seeks new Editors in Chief of Climacteric.

Rod Baber IMS President reports that after nine years at the helm of Climacteric, Nick Panay and Anna Fenton have decided to retire as Editors in Chief of the Society journal. If you, as an IMS Member, feel you would like to put yourself forward, or indeed know of anyone suitably qualified for the role, click here for more details.

25th June 2016

The 4th IMS Webinar entitled “Sexual Dysfunction at Midlife” took place on Saturday 25th June 2016. It will be available to watch on the website soon.

23rd April 2016

The 2nd and 3rd IMS Webinars are now available to watch on the IMS website. Click here to view now.

15th March 2016


The International Menopause Society is today announcing a new level of Associate membership, which aims to introduce the Society to younger health professionals who have an interest in midlife health, but may not be able, or wish to participate and benefit from full membership of the Society.

Click here for further information.

15th January 2016

IMS announces new research bursary for young researchers. Click here for more details.

12th November 2015

New NICE guidelines on the Menopause welcomed by International Menopause Society

Click here for Press Statement

3rd November 2015

Taipei Conference Second Announcement and Programme

IMS is pleased to announce that the Second Announcement and Programme of its Regional Conference in Taipei, Taiwan on December 4th 2015 in collaboration with the Taiwanese Menopause Society has been published. Second Announcement and Programme

18th October 2015

World Menopause Day 2015 – “What comes to mind – menopause and the aging brain”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”. Click here for more details.

16th – 17th October 2015

1st Serbian Congress on the Menopause.

Professor Svetlana Vujovic, IMS Board member, reports:-The 1st Serbian Congress on the Menopause and Involutive Hypoandrogenism was held on October 16th and 17th, at the National Institute in Belgrade, Serbia. There were 350 participants made up of endocrinologists, gynecologists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, nurses and students and 30 lecturers from Serbia, other regional countries and the UK.The opening lecture, by Farook Al Azzawi, Leicester, was focused on the brain, stem cells and gonadal hormones. Other lecturers came from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro; the ex-Yugoslav countries. Leading experts from the Medical faculty in Belgrade and Serbian Academy of Science covered a broad spectrum of menopausal topics and topics concerning Involutive Hypoandrogenism. 15 young scientists made oral presentations and an award was given for the best poster presentation.The registration fee was €100 and all the most prominent media, TV stations and newspapers covered the Congress. In a friendly, sophisticated atmosphere the Congress reached its goal – transmission of knowledge and improving quality of life.

Click here to download a short video featuring some of the highlights of the Congress.

1st October 2015

1st IMS Webinar entitled “Osteoporosis & Women” is now available on our website. Click here to watch it now.

24th April 2015

New paper published in Nature re the menopause

IMS Board members Susan Davis, Mary Ann Lumsden and Tommaso Simoncini, plus other IMS members and Margaret Rees, President of EMAS, have contributed to the paper published in Nature on 23rd April entitled ‘Menopause’.

The article is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of menopause and can be read online, free of charge, for 12 months using the following link:

13th March 2015

Report on Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecología y Obstetricia

An IMS symposium was held at the recent Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecología y Obstetricia held in Mexico City on 13th March, and hosted by the COMEGO President, Cuauhtémoc Celis González. The symposium focused on the Fundamentals of Menopausal Medicine. This 90-minute plenary symposium was uniquely held in English and Spanish, with two Board members and another IMS member as speakers, and with simultaneous translation available to audience members. Chair and speaker Victor Henderson spoke on the theme of Cognitive impairment: menopause or aging?. Peter Chedraui discussed Menopause and metabolic disorders and Julio Morfín Martín posed the questions ‘Menopausal Hormone Therapy: why not? why you?. The symposium was very well received by the estimated audience of 500 delegates, who participated in the Q&A session.

16th February 2015

Menopausal hormone use and ovarian cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of 52 epidemiological studies. The Lancet. Published online, 12 February 2015Please find attached analysis of the recent published paper in The Lancet which discusses HRT and ovarian cancer risk.This includes:

A full analysis of the paper will feature in the next issue of Menopause Live.Any queries, please contact Lee Tomkins, Executive Director for further information

19th January 2015

Breaking news – IMS Board member, Professor Susan Davis, to be given top award by The Endocrine Society.

IMS would like to offer sincere congratulations to Professor Susan Davis who has been awarded a 2015 Laureate for International Excellence in Endocrinology Award by The Endocrine Society.Please follow the link for further news

5th January 2015

The IMS launches patient information videos on YouTube – a new practical guide to managing the menopause

The IMS is pleased to announce a series of seven short, easy-to-understand videos, which will be launched on YouTube on 5th January 2015, to specifically help women access simple, relevant and credible information about the menopause and counteract the misleading information often found on social media sites. The videos cover a whole range of issues surrounding the menopause, including the issues women worry most about: weight gain, treatment safety, and sex after the menopause.

Rod Baber, President of the IMS, who is one of the presenters, commented: “The internet is a great source of information, but it is also a great source of misinformation, particularly where health is concerned. The IMS is the most authoritative global body dealing with the menopause, so we have a responsibility to make sure that good, reliable information is available to women going through the menopause.”

The information is also presented by IMS Board members, Susan Davis and Anna Fenton. The videos are short, running from 4 to 13 minutes and each one covers a specific menopausal subject in bite-sized form, so they can be viewed separately to address specific issues, or together as a good educational package.

All these videos will be available to the public free of charge and can be viewed or downloaded by: clicking here. The series comprises the following films:

  1. What are the symptoms?
  2. How will it affect my health?
  3. What is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT)?
  4. Is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT) safe?
  5. Complementary therapies
  6. Treatment options
  7. Will it affect my sex life?

All feedback from members will be gratefully received and, if this is successful, we would welcome any suggestions for further topics to be addressed using the video format.

16th December 2014

Honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Henry BurgerIMS was delighted to hear that Professor Henry Burger, an IMS past President, was awarded a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa, by Monash University, Melbourne, Australia on 16th December 2014.Rod Baber, IMS President commented ‘Henry Burger was co founder of Australia’s first menopause clinic, The Jean Hailes Clinic and has been a leading researcher in the menopause field for many years. This is a well deserved and fitting recognition of the contribution he has made to medical science and the well being of women. I have know Henry for many years. He has been a mentor to me and to many others. He has always been an excellent teacher, giving of his time and expertise to help colleagues, student and patients alike. On behalf of IMS, I would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to Henry on receiving this wonderful accolade for a lifetime of achievement.’

21st October 2014

Report on the WHO meeting attended by Dr. Duru Shah on behalf of the International Menopause Society.The Regional Meeting on Health of Older Women: Policy, Gender and Delivery of Service Issues was held 23–25th September 2014 in Bangkok, aiming to promote the health of older women in countries of South-East Asia Region. Please follow this link to a full report.

16th June 2014

Reports from the 2014 World Congress, Cancun

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29–30th March 2014

HRT Excellence Days – an international collaboration between IMS, the Russian Menopause Society, and Abbott Laboratories, Zhangzhou, ChinaPost meeting report, by Tobie de Villiers, President, IMS

Tobie de Villiers, President reports ‘IMS provided the international speaker panel which included John Stevenson and new Board member Alfred Mueck. Qi Yu who is the Chinese Editor of Climacteric in China, hosted the meeting on behalf of the Chinese Menopause Society. The lectures had a great response with many questions that were professionally handled by the speakers from the audience which was 250 Chinese menopause enthusiasts.

As previous meetings have shown simultaneous translation via headphones is mandatory and we had 2 projection screens, one in English and one in Chinese for all presetnnations which really encoruaged audience particiaption.

The day was ended with an enjoyable traditional Chinese dinner. The starter included amongst others duck’s tongue!

A very successful meeting co-hosted By IMS, Chinese Menopause Society and the Chinese Medical Association, and provided an excellent opportunity to showcase what IMS can offer in the field of menopause.

The event was sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant by Abbott Laboratories.

31st January–1st February 2014

HRT Excellence Days – an international collaboration between IMS, the EAU Menopause Society, and Abbott Laboratories, Abu DhabiPost meeting report by Rodney Baber, President electIMS held an educational weekend on the menopause in Abu Dhabi, 31st January – 1st February 2014.

Rod Baber, President – elect reports ‘The IMS HRT Excellence day on Saturday 31st January featured lectures by Tobie de Villiers on Definitions, The Management of early post menopausal women, HRT and Bone and a summary of the IMS Global Consensus Statement.

Dr John Stevenson spoke on cardiovascular aspects of HRT including stroke and VTE and also on the window of opportunity for HRT and Dr Rod Baber spoke on HRT and the Breast as well as the general principals governing the use of HRT.

Dr Hisham Arab from Saudi Arabia spoke about the challenges to the management of the menopause in the Middle East and Dr Rubina Hussein about similar challenges to menopause management in Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by 250 enthusiastic delegates from a number of Countries within the region.

The next day a Menarche to Menopause session featured talks on menstrual disorders in young women, abnormal uterine bleeding, Infertility and the use of progestogens in early pregnancy, Clinical and psychological aspects of pregnancy loss and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. The day concluded with two case studies on Breast and Bleeding issues and cardiovascular disease and HRT.

This was a wonderful opportunity for IMS to provide educational assistance in an area not usually visited. The meeting was well attended and was very popular with the delegates and we hope that IMS will be able to hold future meetings in the region in co-operation with local menopause societies.

The meeting was supported with an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Pharmaceuticals.

5–8th March 2014

ISGE – What does the future look like – therapies in development

Florence, ItalyTobie de Villiers, President reports ‘We had an excellent turnout of nearly 200 delegates attending the IMS session entitled: “What does the future look like – therapies in development“.

Five other IMS Board members acted as presenters including David Archer, Rosella Nappi, Peter Chedraui, Anne Gompel and Duru Shah, covering topics such as the future of therapies for hot flushes, female sexual health, nutrition in the aging population, breast in the menopausal woman and bone therapies of the future.

Question time was limited but the audience raised some very thought provoking issues and everyone stayed until the end of the session which was very well received. This was an excellent opportunity for IMS to showcase both expertise and a vision of the future and provided a great opportunity to promote the World Congress in Cancun. Many thanks to Amos Pines, Director of Education, for developing this very interesting session’.

6–8th December 2013

Report on the International Conference on “Challenges in Women’s Health – New Dimensions in the 21st Century”The International Congress on “Challenges in Women’s Health – New Dimensions in the 21st Century” was held between 6th to 8th December 2013 at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, India. The Congress was jointly organized by the International Menopause Society (IMS) and the Indian Menopause Society (IMS-India) and was supported by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, Government of India.A full report on the conference is now available online – read more »

19th September 2013

First report form the Bangladesh Menopause Society of their first AGM and second medical conference – read more »

6th September 2013

The second announcement brochure for our regional meeting Challenges in Womens Health, in collaboration with the Indian Menopause Society, to be held in Mumbai, 6-8th December 2013, now available online.

14th June 2013

IMS educational roadshow in collaboration with the Chinese Menopause Society and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, 12–18th June, 2013.Tobie De Villiers, President, David Sturdee, past President and Professor Pauline Maki are the speaker panel for a 3 city lecture tour including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing covering the basics of menopause management. The meeting in Shanghai yesterday was a great success see pictures and they are now in transit to Hangzhou. A full report of the meeting will appear in Our Menopause World in July 2013.

10th January 2012

The first announcement brochure for our regional meeting Challenges in Womens Health, in collaboration with the Indian Menopause Society, to be held in Mumbai, 6-8th December 2013, now available online – read more »

18th October 2011

World Menopause Day Press Release – Menopausal Hot Flushes – new study shows women dont have to suffer, says International Menopause Society – read more »

October 2010

Patient infomation leaflet: Vaginal atrophy – a change with the menopause – read more »

17th January 2010

Patient Information Sheets from the Australasian Menopause Society now available on this website also

31st December 2009

Reports on World Menopause Month 2009 – read more »

November 2009

2009 Update: Educational lectures on HRT and menopause now available to members – read more »

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