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    What’s new - The use of testosterone in women
    24 March 2021 | CPD/PDP points apply

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    26-28 November 2021
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  • Early Menopause and POI

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    Management resources for women
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  • Health Information

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    Menopause management resources,
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  • Menopause management

    Menopause management

    AMS supporting women through
    midlife health and the menopause

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    AMS eLearning

    A benefit for AMS Members
    webinars, case studies
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  • Menopause Videos

    Menopause Videos

    Explaining issues women
    worry most about

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  • World Menopause Day

    World Menopause Day

    Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
    18 October

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AMS eLearning is free to register with low cost courses (free for AMS members). Access webinars, case studies, quizzes and other learning that attract 2020-22 CPD points.
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AMS Webinar | 24 March 2021

AMS Webinar What's new The use of testosterone in women

AMS is pleased to bring you this webinar on the use of testosterone therapy in women. For GPs, endocrinologists, gynaecologists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. CPD points apply. Learn more here.

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If your work focuses on menopause and issues related to women's midlife health, become a Member of the AMS. Access information and resources which will inspire and guide improvements for your practice. Members only information.

Menopause Videos

IMS video series

The IMS has produced a seven short, easy-to-understand videos so that women can access reliable information about the menopause.
Go to the Menopause Videos in EnglishCantoneseMandarin or Vietnamese.

Health Professionals

Health professionals

Health Professionals includes AMS Congress updates, information sheets, menopause management resources, news, position statements, a selection of studies published, NAMS videos and more... See Health Professionals.

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What's New | Features

View the latest articles available on the AMS website. See What's New here.

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Management Area

AMS Information SheetsAMS provides information for doctors and other health practitioners in supporting women through midlife health and the menopause.

The Information Sheets have been organised into the following management areas for ease of reference. 

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Menopause Basics

Treatment Options

Early Menopause

Risks and Benefits

Uro-genital

Bones

Sex and Psychological

Alternative Therapies

Contraception

 

AMS New directions in women's health

Note: Medical and scientific information provided and endorsed by the Australasian Menopause Society might not be relevant to a particular person's circumstances and should always be discussed with that person's own healthcare provider.

These Information Sheets may contain copyright or otherwise protected material. Reproduction of this Information Sheet by Australasian Menopause Society Members and other health professionals for clinical practice is permissible. Any other use of this information (hardcopy and electronic versions) must be agreed to and approved by the Australasian Menopause Society.

Content updated May 2019

Menopause - a Primer

A succinct, up to date summary of the menopause.

Abstract

Menopause is an inevitable component of ageing and encompasses the loss of ovarian reproductive function, either occurring spontaneously or secondary to other conditions. It is not yet possible to accurately predict the onset of menopause, especially early menopause, to give women improved control of their fertility.

The decline in ovarian oestrogen production at menopause can cause physical symptoms that may be debilitating, including hot flushes and night sweats, urogenital atrophy, sexual dysfunction, mood changes, bone loss, and metabolic changes that predispose to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The individual experience of the menopause transition varies widely. Important influential factors include the age at which menopause occurs, personal health and wellbeing, and each woman's environment and culture.

Management options range from lifestyle assessment and intervention through to hormonal and non-hormonal pharmacotherapy, each of which has specific benefits and risks. Decisions about therapy for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women depend on symptomatology, health status, immediate and long-term health risks, personal life expectations, and the availability and cost of therapies. More effective and safe therapies for the management of menopausal symptoms need to be developed, particularly for women who have absolute contraindications to hormone therapy.

For the full Primer visit http://www.nature.com/articles/nrdp20154

For an illustrated summary of this Primer, visit: http://go.nature.com/BjvJVX  

Menopause Primer

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Author contributions

  • Introduction (Susan R. Davis - School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia.)
  • Epidemiology (Gita D. Mishra)
  • Mechanisms and pathophysiology (Tommaso Simoncini and Irene Lambrinoudaki)
  • Diagnosis, screening and prevention (Nanette Santoro and Susan R. Davis)
  • Management (Margaret Rees, Lubna Pal and Susan R. Davis)
  • Quality of life (Maryann Lumsden)
  • Outlook (Susan R. Davis)
  • Overview of Primer (Susan R. Davis)

Reference

Davis SR, Lambrinoudaki I, Lumsden M, Mishra GD, Pal L, Rees M, Santoro N, Simoncini T. Menopause, Nature Reviews Disease Primers. Article number: 15004 (2015) ​doi:10.1038/nrdp.2015.4 Published online 23 April 2015 

Content updated April 2015

 

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