Menopause has been a taboo subject for previous generations of women – our mothers and grandmothers did not have access to information or support in their day, so they just had to ‘get on with it’ and suffer in silence. Thankfully, these days, women are speaking out. Due to the general lack of support and education about menopause, many women are now asking questions and seeking guidance. Celebrities are leading the way by opening up about their own experiences and inspiring other women to seek help.
Here are 11 celebrities that have opened up about their journeys through menopause and their different choices and experiences.
Carol Vorderman opened up about her struggles through menopause in 2018. Vorderman admitted to a downward spiral of depression. She revealed how she felt weighed down and empty through her menopause. Vorderman then took matters into her own hands where she began private hormone therapy and loved it.
Amanda Redman revealed that she rejected using HRT and chose a more natural route. She also shared that despite some horrendous times, she doesn’t regret choosing the natural path to help her menopause symptoms.
Lorraine Kelly shared her journey through menopause with the public. She revealed the results of her Hormone Replacement Therapy and how it made her feel. Kelly said the treatment made her happier and helped her get back on track.
Kim Cattrall encourages many women to find their “menopause style”. She said she partnered closely with her doctor and listened to her body. She revealed how she had thought she would have been prepared for menopause but as her body changed, she realised she needed to know more.
Julie Walters has been in a ten year battle with menopause. She has learnt many tips and tricks through this battle and revealed dietary changes were key. For her, it was no red meat, no alcohol and no hormone replacement therapy.
Zoe Ball talked about her journey through menopause. She stated how she felt a ‘hurray’ moment as she realised this was the last milestone and can now move forward with the next stage of her life. She opened up about her tips and tricks for others to follow, mentioning that a good sex life is key to push through the journey and changes.
Meg Mathews is an activist and entrepreneur. She decided to launch MegsMenopause to break the stigma around menopause. She reveals her symptoms, tips and tricks to share with other women and help them through their own personal journeys of menopause.
Dawn French described her menopause as hell. Her struggles were so intense she decided to have a hysterectomy in 2011. Not only was her body affected but also her memory. She says her memory has never been the same since, and she writes herself notes to remember daily things.
Gillian Anderson revealed how she didn’t feel the first symptoms of menopause and it hit her like a freight train. She stated she had anxiety through the nights and hot flushes during the days. Her struggle has helped her open up for others to listen and learn. She says she wants to help anyone going through what she went through.
Davina McCall opened up about her life with menopause and her new love for exercise. She says she had always been fit, however her body was changing and she decided to experiment with exercise to get through the changes and struggles. She recommends others to start exercising while going through menopause.
Ulrika Jonsson shared that she thought she was developing Alzheimer’s due to memory loss and anxiety linked to menopause. She said she was premenopausal at only 46 and had been exercising and eating healthily, which she then continued through her 4-year experience of menopause. With the stigma of menopause slowly eroding, so many more women are able to speak out about their own experiences of menopause. The future looks brighter for women to get the right help and support.