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BMS, ITN and Menopause Matters on the menopause - one of life's natural journeys

19 October 2022

After years of silence, the menopause has gone mainstream. However, the influx of information and misinformation can be overwhelming and confusing, and there is no 'one size fits all' solution. With approximately 13 million women in the UK either peri or post-menopausal, it's vital we sort the fact from the fiction and continue the menopause conversation in our homes, in our workplaces, in the media and in parliament.

'Menopause: Continuing the Conversation', a news-style programme co-produced by the British Menopause Society and ITN Business, aims to cut through the noise to give straight talking, clear information and advice. The programme continues the conversations started in 2021, to move forward, looking at more than just HRT - taking a holistic look from lifestyle to changes in workplace policy to support and empower women embarking on the perimenopause and beyond.

From menopause news stories andmisinformation, to nutrition, workplace policies and HRT, broadcaster and journalist, Louise Minchin presents 'Menopause: Continuing the Conversation', facilitating open and honest conversations with health professionals, thought leaders, scientists and employers on this previously taboo subject.

Louise is joined in the ITN London studios by Menopause Matters Founder, Gynaecologist and British Menopause Society Trustee, Dr Heather Currie MBE, who cuts through the misinformation with some straight-talking advice and The British Nutrition Foundation's Science Director, Sara Stanner, discusses how holistic health can play a role in managing the menopause. The programme also looks at why HRT isn't an option for everyone and features a film with a woman living with a breast cancer diagnosis who is having to turn to alternatives to help alleviate her symptoms.

The programme features reporter-led sponsored editorial case study films from partners:

Sara Moger, CEO of British Menopause Society said: "The focus on menopause - amongst women and their partners, health professionals, the media, businesses and Government - has increased significantly over the last three years. It's encouraging that so many companies, organisations and individuals are at last waking up to menopause and the impact it may have on a woman's life, affecting work, relationships and social lives. As 13 million women are going through the menopause or perimenopause in the UK right now, it's so important that they have access to accurate, science-based health information, together with the help and support they need. Let's continue the conversation, on World Menopause Day and beyond."

Nina Harrison-Bell, Head of ITN Business, said: "Having seen the conversations sparked from our previous programme with the British Menopause Society, we know just how important it is to keep menopause firmly on everyone's agenda. We are proud to be part of the effort to ensure people can speak openly and honestly about menopause and equip women with the information they need to undertake this natural journey."

Watch the full programme and special features here

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