“World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available…”.1

Umbrella

What may the World Menopause Day 2020 Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this umbrella may include:

  • World Menopause Day
  • World Menopause Month

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day 2020What is the purpose of World Menopause Day?

In World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020 the International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

“World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing”.2

World Menopause Month

What is World Menopause Month?

The IMS note:

“Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women’s health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health”.3

World Menopause Day 2020

What is the theme of World Menopause Day 2020?

In World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020 the IMS elaborate on:

“The theme for World Menopause Day 2020 is Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)”.4

Patient Information LeafletWorld Menopause Day 2020

What is the Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) about?

On page one of the IMS’s Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)? the IMS elaborate on:

“POI occurs when a woman’s ovaries run out of eggs before the age of 40 years”.5

White Paper

What is the aim of the IMS’s Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: An International Menopause Society White Paper?

In World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020 – Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: An International Menopause Society White Paper the IMS explain:

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency“The aim of this White paper on Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is to provide the latest information regarding this distressing condition. The impact of POI has far-reaching consequences due to its impact on general, psychological and sexual quality of life, fertility prospects and long-term bone, cardiovascular and cognitive health.

The International Menopause Society has commissioned a number of experts at the forefront of their specialty to define the state of the art in the understanding of this condition, to advise on practical management strategies and to propose future research strategies.6

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

What is premature ovarian insufficiency (POI)?

DotS the definition of POI may vary. In Menopause Before 40 and Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency the Australasian Menopause Society elaborate on:

“Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a loss of function of the ovaries in women who are less than 40 years of age. The ovaries do not release eggs regularly and do not produce typical amounts of oestrogen.

Women with spontaneous POI have irregular or no periods. Women may or may not have menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. Approximately one in every 100 women will spontaneously have POI and enter menopause before the age of 40. Spontaneous early menopause (menopause between 40 and 45 years) affects approximately five in every 100 women”.7

Premature Menopause

Is POI different from premature menopause?

In Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI): Summary – What Is Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)? the Medline Plus explain:

“POI is different from premature menopause With premature menopause, your periods stop before age 40. You can no longer get pregnant. The cause can be natural or it can be a disease, surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. With POI, some women still have occasional periods. They may even get pregnant. In most cases of POI, the cause is unknown”.8

POI Video

Is there a POI video?

The British Menopause Society’s (BMS) BMS TV include Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) Explained – A British Menopause Society Video. The BMS explain:

“Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)

Mike Savvas, Consultant Gynaecologist, King’s College Hospital, and Member of the British Menopause Society medical advisory council answers these FAQs: What is POI? How is POI diagnosed? What are the health implications of POI? How do patients with POI present? How is POI treated? Should I take HRT? Can I still get pregnant if I have POI? What are my fertility chances if I have POI? Is HRT contraceptive?”9

Early Menopause: Women’s Experiences

What is the (Australian) Healthtalk Australia’s Early Menopause: Women’s Experiences?

In Early Menopause: Women’s Experiences – Overview Healthtalk Australia elaborate on:

“On this unique site you can read, watch and listen to stories of 30 women aged between 28 and 51 years, from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds living in Victoria, Australia, who have shared what it is like to experience early menopause (EM).

Women talked about being diagnosed with spontaneous early menopause, premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), medically-induced early menopause, or menopausal symptoms as a result of cancer and/or other medical treatments.10

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have POI?

If you think you have POI it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

On page of two of the IMS’s Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)? Can POI Symptoms Be Successfully Treated? the IMS note:

“Yes! Symptoms can be successfully treated with hormone therapy and managed with a healthy diet, regular exercise and emotional well-being”.11

In Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: Symptoms – When To See A Doctor the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“If you’ve missed your period for three months or more, see your doctor to determine the cause. You can miss your period for a number of reasons — including pregnancy, stress, or a change in diet or exercise habits — but it’s best to get evaluated whenever your menstrual cycle changes.

Even if you don’t mind not having periods, it’s advisable to see your doctor to find out what’s causing the change. Low estrogen levels can lead to bone loss and an increased risk of heart disease”.12

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  1. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 17 October 2020
  2. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 17 October 2020
  3. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2014. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2014 Accessed: 17 October 2020
  4. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 17 October 2020
  5. Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). 2020:1. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/b020e616ab5611e43fb66aaa56e36856.pdf Accessed: 17 October 2020
  6. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020 – Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: An International Menopause Society White Paper https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 17 October 2020
  7. Menopause Before 40 and Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Content Updated: November 2018. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/health-info/fact-sheets/menopause-before-40-and-spontaneous-poi Accessed: 17 October 2020
  8. Primary Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: Summary – What Is Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)? Page Last Updated on: 30 April 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 16 June 2016. MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/primaryovarianinsufficiency.html Accessed: 17 October 2020
  9. BMS TV: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). Website Last Reviewed: October 2020. British Menopause Society https://thebms.org.uk/publications/videos/bms-tv/ Accessed: 17 October 2020
  10. Early Menopause: Women’s Experiences – Overview. Healthtalk Australia https://healthtalkaustralia.org/early-menopause-experiences-and-perspectives-of-women-and-health-professionals/overview-womens-experiences/ Accessed: 17 October 2020
  11. Patient Information Leaflet: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). 2020:2. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/b020e616ab5611e43fb66aaa56e36856.pdf Accessed: 17 October 2020
  12. Primary Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: Symptoms – When To See A Doctor. 22 October 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ovarian-failure/symptoms-causes/syc-20354683 Accessed: 17 October 2020

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