In episode 235 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Diane Porterfield.

Diane is a menopause Nurse Practitioner, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) prescriber and the Founder of Bourne2Care.

Bourne2Care is Diane’s own private consulting practice, where she sees female clients struggling with the menopause and she can prescribe HRT as a course of treatment, where appropriate.

Diane has gone through the menopause and takes HRT herself.

Diane’s expert knowledge spans a 30 year nursing career in women’s health, which she began her training at just 17 years old.

In this episode we discuss her healthcare journey, her training as a nurse and her travels across many different countries for work including the middle-east in Oman and Abu Dhabi and even the Isle of Man.

We then do a deep dive into her work at Bourne2Care and every aspect of life which the menopause affects women’s health and wellbeing.

This includes physical health and stereotypical symptoms like hot flushes, muscle aches, joint pains and headaches as well as others like low mood, anxiety, mood swings, low self-esteem and problems with memory or concentration.

We break down the myths around the menopause and also how it impacts so many other areas, including relationships, friendships, social life, work and even driving ability.

We then explore the various types of treatment women can access for support with the menopause, the self-awareness that women need when they are experiencing menopausal symptoms and how men in these women’s lives can be an effective and compassionate support pillar.

For Diane’s mental health, we discuss her own experience of the menopause, the identity crisis she experienced when the Covid-19 lockdown hit and she lost most of her work as a nurse temporarily, and the death of her mum in May 2020.

As always, #itsokaytovent

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