Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9AR
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.
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Listing Title: Menopause Expert