First menopause guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will launch its first clinical guideline on diagnosing and managing menopause on Tuesday 10 November 2015.

Menopause affects every woman sometime in her life and large numbers of them experience symptoms that impact significantly on their daily lives including hot flushes, night sweats, brittle bones and cardiovascular disease. The new guideline sets out how menopause should be diagnosed depending on a woman’s age, what information women should be given and the range of effective treatments that should be offered or considered based on her individual situation.

The guideline will help clarity the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), providing evidence-based information to inform the discussion between women and their health professionals about treatment options. It will give effective support and help for women under 40 experiencing premature menopause and those with a menopause triggered by treatment for hormone-dependent cancer or other gynaecological conditions.

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