AMS HP eNews 29 August 2015



  Australasian Menopause Society  
Health Professionals eNews29 August 2015
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AMS Congress 2015 Canberra - register now

AMS Congress 2015


Get involved in the AMS Canberra Congress "Menopause – Mind over Matter" and join us to hear from expert leaders in an exciting scientific program in a city which offers remarkable places to see and things to do.


Register here


Remember for AMS Members, special registration rate applies.


Dr Linda Welberry
Congress Chair



Menopause, mood & memory  

A health information seminar for women 


Jean Hailes and the Australasian Menopause Society will present information about menopause and women's mental health for women in the community in Canberra. 

Sunday 27 September 2015
1.30pm (for a 1.45pm start) - 3.00pm
Hotel QT, 1 London Circuit, Canberra


Dr Elizabeth Farrell, Gynaecologist, is covering the basics of menopause including management options and health after menopause.

Dr Mandy Deeks, Psychologist presents her version of a mental workout, delving into what's important when it comes to mental health, mood and anxiety.

Plus Dr Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist, will be discussing memory and cognition.


Seats are limited and bookings are essential. A gold coin donation at the door is requested. 


For more information and a copy of the event flyer go to   



Women's Health Week 7-11 September 2015  

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During the five days of the 2015 Women's Health Week (7-11 September) the focus will be on what women want to know about their health: 

  • Monday – What do women want to know?
  • Tuesday – Natural therapies: Sorting fact from fiction
  • Wednesday – Silent topics: What’s not being talked about?
  • Thursday – Managing your health – who & what to ask?
  • Friday – Healthy living: Now what?

For more information and to register for this week go to


Menopause Essentials Update for Health Professionals 

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Menopause Updates are a new initiative of the Australasian Menopause Society in response to requests from many GPs for up to date evidence based information and guidance in managing women’s midlife health issues including menopause.


Topics include:

Menopause: What is it? ~ HRT: Risks and Benefits
How to Manage Menopause ~ Low Libido and Testosterone


Dr Jane ElliotDr Jane Elliot, MBBS, is Immediate Past President and a Life Member of the Australasian Menopause Society. 
Dr Deborah BatesonDr Deborah Bateson, MA, MSc, MBBS, is a Director of AMS, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Services, Family Planning NSW, and Adjunct Associate Professor, La Trobe University. 
Date and Venue

7 November 2015
Byron @ Byron Resort, Byron Bay, NSW


Registration: $150 for AMS Members, $175 for Non‐members.

This includes coffee on arrival, refreshments and a comprehensive delegate handbook.

For more information see



Simple intervention may help weight loss: add water    

waterUK researchers have shown that drinking 500ml of water 30 minutes prior to eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight.


They believe that the simple intervention could be hugely beneficial, and be easily promoted by healthcare professionals and through public health campaigns.



Does menopause impact happiness and human flourishing?    

Australian Study
In contrast to the large body of literature on psychological symptoms during the menopause transition, relatively little is known about positive well-being including happiness, satisfaction with life and self-actualization at this time. Our recent review article 'Positive well-being during the menopausal transition' [1] responded to this issue though synthesizing quantitative work on positive functioning across the menopause transition. Nineteen relevant studies were identified, and the vast majority found that both menopausal stage and the presence/frequency of vasomotor symptoms were independent of positive well-being. Four studies using aggregate scales of menopausal symptoms such as the Greene Climacteric Scale (GCS), however, demonstrated that symptoms were strong predictors of diminished well-being. These findings demonstrate the importance of delineating menopausal factors in order to clearly determine which aspects of menopause are most likely to have an impact on positive well-being.




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Hormone therapy and young-onset breast cancer
Breast cancer can occur in women below 50 years old and represents 25% of the total number of cases. Risk factors and histological characteristics of breast cancer are different in young women compared with older women.

There are many publications on the risk of breast cancer and hormone treatment (MHT) in postmenopausal women. However, less is known about use of MHT in young women and especially looking separately at the impact of estrogen-only treatment (ET) and combined estrogen–progestin treatment (EPT). A recent study aimed to investigate whether the use of MHT is a risk factor for young-onset breast cancer [1]. The authors used the Two Sister Study for this purpose. It is a sister-matched case–control study of young-onset breast cancer from the Sister Study, a prospective cohort study of 50,884 women without breast cancer who had a full or half sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer; 1422 cases and 1689 controls were included. Because 10% of control sisters and no case sisters had reached the age of 50 years before 2002 when the WHI study was published and because MHT prescriptions decreased drastically thereafter, a propensity score was used to decrease the impact of this bias. Results show that a low percentage of women used MHT...

...The study suggests that ET is associated with a decrease in the risk of breast cancer, as in the WHI randomized, controlled trial; the results also suggest that EPT does not increase the risk in young women...

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A Practical Solution for Dyspareunia in Breast Cancer Survivors 

: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Dyspareunia is common in breast cancer survivors because of low estrogen. This study explored whether dyspareunia is introital pain, preventable with analgesic liquid.

Members read more... 


Characteristics of post-menopausal women with genitourinary syndrome of menopause

: Implications for vulvovaginal atrophy diagnosis and treatment selection

Vulvovaginal atrophy, also known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause, exerts a negative impact on the sexuality, health and quality of life of post-menopausal women. A better understanding of post-menopausal women's profiles as defined by their attitude and behaviours in relation to their VVA symptoms may improve public health policies and will allow appropriate targeting of public health campaigns. These improvements may help women of middle and advanced age recover and maintain their quality of life.In this study, we analysed the attitudes of post-menopausal women, aged 45–74 years, with VVA symptoms from five European countries, with the aim of identifying profile markers to improve healthcare strategies.

Members


Depression and the incidence of urinary incontinence symptoms among young women

The study aimed to examine the association of depressive symptoms with subsequent urinary incontinence (UI) symptoms among young women.
Findings from this study suggest that depression is associated with the development of urinary incontinence symptom in young women.
Women with a history of depression are at risk of developing urinary incontinence.

Members read more... 


Predictors of impact of vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women

This study aimed to identify factors associated with greater impact of vaginal symptoms on the functioning and well-being of postmenopausal women...

...Findings suggest that special efforts should be made to identify and treat vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women known to have depression or urinary incontinence, as these women may experience greater impact of vaginal symptoms on multiple domains of functioning and quality of life.

Members read more... 




AMS 2015 Congress - Mind over Matter

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