How to Manage Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause (GSM)

Published: 3rd March 2021

Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause (GSM) is a comprehensive term that includes vulvovaginal symptoms and lower urinary tract symptoms related to low oestrogen levels. The vast majority of postmenopausal women have symptoms associated with Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause yet only a minority receive any treatment. In fact, recent studies have shown that around 70% of women have symptoms of GSM, yet only 7% receive treatment.

This new document has been written for the British Society for Sexual Medicine with help from Newson Health doctors Louise Newson, Rebecca Lewis and Sarah Ball. It is an exciting collaboration that outlines a much needed set of guidelines for any healthcare professional seeing women with Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause (GSM). Dr Newson also hopes that this information will be helpful to perimenopausal and menopausal women, allowing them to make informed choices about their treatment and care.

Read the full statement here


Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at www.balance-app.com.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.