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

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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:

World Menopause Day 2020

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

World Menopause Day 2020 White Paper

What does the IMS explain about its White Paper?

In World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020 the IMS explain:

“The White Paper will be published in the October issue of Climacteric. The paper will be published online and in print, with free access, and, as a special offer, the figure will be published in colour in the print issue.

Translated versions of the paper, poster and consumer leaflet will be available here on the IMS website”.5

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

What is Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)?

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”.6

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”.7

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.

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”.8

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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: 08 September 2020
  2. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 08 September 2020
  3. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2014. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2014 Accessed: 08 September 2020
  4. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 08 September 2020
  5. World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2020. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/world_menopause_day.php?year=2020 Accessed: 08 September 2020
  6. 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: 08 September 2020
  7. 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: 08 September 2020
  8. 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: 08 September 2020

Topic Last Updated: 20 September 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 08 September 2020
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