Aly Dilks qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1992. She has had a varied career across a whole spectrum of specialities within nursing including working with Homeless Healthcare and has studied to Masters level in diabetes. The majority of her career has been spent in the field of women's health and she has been working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a GP surgery in Leicestershire for the past 7 years.
Aly has several years experience in the field of menopause working in both the NHS and the Private Sector. She is a member of the British Menopause Society (BMS) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and holds a letter of competence in both coil and implant fitting and removal.
She is passionate about helping women to understand their menopause and offers advice and treatment to help with their symptoms.
Kathie Cooke is a Gynaecology Consultant Nurse, with 30 years’ extensive experience in all aspects of women's health care. I have undertaken further training to work at an advanced clinical level throughout Gynaecology, and my particular area of interest and expertise is menopause care.
I hold the British Menopause Society (BMS) recognised Faculty of Reproductive Healthcare Special Skills Certificate in Menopause Care (advanced) and have provided independent Menopause clinics since 2012.
Menopause can be overwhelming. Sleeplessness, hot flushes, irritability, low mood, brain fog, headaches, joint pain, poor memory and concentration, exhaustion and loss of confidence are all very common symptoms.
Menopause can occur spontaneously at any age, and can be particularly distressing for women who have not started or completed their families. Many cancer treatments can also lead to menopause - and women recovering from the trauma of a cancer diagnosis also find themselves having to deal with menopause.
Women often describe loosing their identity, and feeling invisible. Relationships with loved ones and friends can become strained and breakdown; I have met many women who feel they can no longer cope and have resigned from their jobs.
For many women HRT can be really beeficial - and is recognized in NICE guidance as first line treatment for menopause symptoms - however, for women who are avoiding hormone treatment for whatever reason, there are alternatives. I find there is generally always something that can be done to improve quality of life.
Talking to, advising and empowering women to make informed personal decisions about their menopause is incredibly rewarding.
Nutrition Diploma and Wellwoman Practitioner Menopause Specialist
Member of British Menopause Society.
“I have been through the menopause myself and found it difficult to access the correct treatment. I therefore spent the last 15 years researching and developing my expertise in Womens Health and the effects of diet, exercise and lifestyle on the perimenopause and menopause.
I am passionate about women’s health and believe that no woman should have to suffer with these symptoms. As everyone is different, I develop an individual tailored plan for each of my clients.
Follow-up consultations are also important to ensure that the plan is correct and working for you.”
I’m Diane Porterfield, a Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years nursing experience.I provide private menopause consultations within Beautoxology clinic, 3 High Street, Belbroughton, Worcestershire. DY9 9SY.
I can help make your menopause a positive experience.
We associate Menopause with ageing and who wants to be reminded of that? So many women tell me that it’s something ‘ to be endured’, well the answer is no it isn’t. Women can begin to experience these symptoms in their mid 30’s so its vital we spread the word, the menopause word.
Identifying that you maybe menopausal is the first step to finding yourself again. This means seeking professional advice.
After listening to your main concerns and discussing your health, I can prescribe you the best HRT or discuss other treatments to help. Together we can develop a plan of care to improve your physical symptoms, emotional well being and long term health. Symptoms of menopause can make women feel anxious, forgetful, exhausted all the time and many people struggle with work and relationships. Talking to an experienced nurse who understands the impact low oestrogen has on your health will make a huge difference.