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Australasian Menopause Society

The Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) is a not-for-profit member-based society that aims to improve the quality of life of women during and after the menopause. The AMS brings together doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and community workers who want to participate in communication and scientific discussions for the advancement of knowledge about the menopause and women’s midlife health.

The Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) objectives include:

  • disseminating evidence-based information on menopause and women’s midlife health to health professionals and the public
  • educating doctors and other healthcare professionals in clinical care and understanding of midlife women’s health in our community
  • encouraging the application of evidence-based information and knowledge in midlife women’s health and healthy ageing, as clinical best practice; and
  • translating research into evidence-based clinical practice excellence and advocacy.

The AMS seeks to bring accurate, evidence-based information to health care workers and the wider community about premature menopause, peri-menopause, MHT/HRT and alternatives, osteoporosis and how to locate a doctor interested in women's health.

The transition through menopause may raise many individual medical questions. While it's not possible ethically for AMS to answer these questions, the Society provides Health Information which may be freely accessed to help women and their health professionals better understand the transition through this stage of life.

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Surgical Menopause - Australasian Menopause Society

Surgical menopause is removal of both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy) before the normal menopause and is commonly performed at the time of hysterectomy for benign (non cancerous) disease, most commonly for heavy menstrual bleeding or fibroids.

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Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency - Australasian Menopause Society

Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency is menopause occurring spontaneously in women younger than 40 years of age and affects approximately 1% of women. This was previously referred to as premature ovarian failure

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Vulvovaginal symptoms after menopause - Australasian Menopause Society

As women age they will experience changes to their vagina and urinary system largely due to decreasing levels of the hormone oestrogen.The changes, which may cause dryness, irritation, itching and pain with intercourse (1-3), are known as the genito-urinary syndrome of menopause (GSM)(4) and can affect up to 50% of postmenopausal women (4). GSM was previously known as atrophic vaginitis.Unlike some menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, which may disappear as time passes; genito-urinary pr

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Osteoporosis - Australasian Menopause Society

Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by weakened bones that fracture easily. After menopause many women are at risk of developing osteoporosis.Peak bone mass is usually reached during a womans 20s to 30s when the skeleton has stopped growing and bones are at their strongest.The female sex hormone oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. After menopause oestrogen levels drop and this may result in increased bone loss. The average woman loses up to 10 per cent of

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Perimenopause or Menopausal Transition - Australasian Menopause Society

As defined by the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) criteria the terms perimenopause or menopausal transition cover the transition from the reproductive age through to menopause. The menopausal transition and perimenopause are inter-changeable terms.

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Bioidentical Hormone Preparations - History of Development - Australasian Menopause Society

Bioidentical Hormone Preparations - History of Development

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Early Menopause due to Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy - Australasian Menopause Society

Chemotherapy is usually administered as part of cancer treatment but chemotherapy may also be given to women with severe connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus or kidney disease such as Wegeners granulomatosis. Total body radiotherapy is used in the treatment of lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation and abdominal pelvic radiotherapy is used in the treatment of gynaecological cancer.

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SERMs their role in menopause management - Australasian Menopause Society

SERMs is shorthand for a class of drug called selective oestrogen receptor modulators. They are a versatile group of drugs that can be used to treat/ prevent a number of conditions such as osteoporosis, infertility and hormone responsive cancers. Within the SERM class, different compounds have differing agonist or antagonist effects at the oestrogen receptor in different tissues, therefore they are selective

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AMS Guide to Equivalent MHT/HRT Doses New Zealand only - Australasian Menopause Society

Information Sheet has been developed as a guideline only to approximately equivalent doses of the different MHT/HRT products available in New Zealand.

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Complementary and Herbal Therapies for Hot Flushes | New: January 2018 - Australasian Menopause Society

Many women experience hot flushes and night sweats around the time of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been proven to be effective in alleviating these symptoms (1). Some women however, choose to explore complementary or herbal therapies for relief of symptoms. There have been a great many trials of complementary and herbal medicines and some of these have suggested benefits from certain therapies and others have shown no benefit. It can be difficult for consumers and for doctors

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