Welcome to the Menopause Research and Education Fund

The Menopause Research and Education Fund (MREF) is a Registered Charity with a simple aim - to improve the health of all those who go through menopause.


By ensuring research is done to answer the questions we need answered, and by ensuring that all those who go through menopause, or care for those who do, have the best evidence-based education and information that need.

Every person born with ovaries will go through menopause. 

Some may sail through with no noticeable symptoms but many will have moderate to severe symptoms that affect their ability to work and their relationships.
There are also long term health effects – declining hormone level affect out heart, bone and brain health.
Even though women are 51% of the global population the amount of money spent on menopause research is tiny. In the UK the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded less than 3% of its budget to studies related to menopause.
There are so many questions we need answers to on symptoms management and long term health. And we need to ensure our healthcare practitioners are up-to-date with the latest evidence-based information and all those who go through menopause get the information and support they need.
With your help we can raise money to fund research to get questions about menopause treatments answered, as well as funding vitally needed education programs for medical, allied health professionals and improving access to information and services for all those who need them.

We are a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to ensuring:

  • research is carried out
  • all healthcare professionals are educated on menopause
  • and all those who go through menopause and those who support them have access to the information they need to make informed choices about their healthcare.

Donate today and help change the future of menopause health



The MREF mission is to:

1. Ensure research on menopause related issues is carried out

2. Ensure all healthcare and allied healthcare professionals are educated about menopause and are up-to-date with the latest evidence-based information

3. Ensure all those who go though menopause have access to accurate and evidence-based information and access to affordable menopause health services.


To achieve this we need your help!

Donate today to help create a better future for all those who go through menopause.

Why is the Menopause Research & Education Fund needed

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Investing in our future health through research and education

Menopause is a hot topic at the moment but despite the fact that every person born with ovaries goes through it, there is surprisingly little known about it, the long term effects of treatments and the effect menopause itself has on our long term health.

There are enormous knowledge gaps – and that needs to change.

Not only that but education for doctors and those going through menopause is seriously lacking and as a result women are currently waiting more on average 232 days for an appointment to see a menopause specialist.*

That’s why we have set up the Menopause Research and Education Fund (MREF) – to help fill the gaps in menopause health care, education and research.

The data is there, but the funds needed to get the answers to the question that affect our health today and into the future are simply not there.

We are going to change that – we will provide a solution to the problem by raising the funds to get the research done and the education programs in place.


How can you help?


With your help, we will raise funds to get the research done to answer the most pressing questions we need answered, such as:

– Does testosterone improve cognition or affect stroke or heart disease risk?

– What is the long term safety profile of HRT in women after 60?

– What are the most effective treatment options for those who’ve had cancer?

These are just some examples of the types of questions we’ll fund studies to look at.

We’ll also work on evidence-based education programs for doctors so they can better help their patients, and we’ll make sure there is accurate information available to everyone who goes through menopause, and for all those who love and support them.

So, support us to help us support you.

Support MREF today!

Help our organisation by donating today!

All donations go directly to making a difference for our cause.

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The  Menopause Research and Education Fund (MREF) is a registered charity with the Charities Commission in England and Wales (registration number 1208828).

Address:  C/- Calders & Co, St Vincents House, 30 Orange St, London WC2H 7HF

Email: hello@mref.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)7507228214