Lorraine Kelly: My menopause left me feeling joyless

The TV star was interviewed on her own ITV show about her experience.

TV host Lorraine Kelly has told how she felt there was no joy in her life as she began going through the menopause.

The presenter began to feel “narky” and suffer physical symptoms around five years ago.

She recounted feeling “sweaty and hot” while interviewing a big Hollywood star.

“I remember thinking to myself, I cannot be sitting here talking to Hugh Jackman all sweaty and hot. I mean, you are anyway, let’s be honest, when you’re talking to him,” she joked, “but I can’t be sitting on the sofa with all the symptoms.

Lorraine Kelly

Kelly said she was concerned about possible side effects of HRT

“I was getting a little bit narky, I think I’m safe to say,” she said.

Dr Hilary Jones prescribed the presenter HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

“It’s just two patches on your bottom. That’s it, you put patches on twice a week and that’s it. So easy,” Kelly said.

But last year, while she was in Spain with her husband for the weekend and with everything in her family and work life being “fantastic”, she still felt down.

She said: “There was no joy in my life. I felt absolutely down. You just feel there’s no joy in your life – flat,” and her dosage of HRT was subsequently changed.

Kelly said she was concerned about possible side effects of HRT but “it was a gradual, gradual thing, like coming out of the tunnel into the light”.

She decided to talk about the issue, launching The M Word campaign, after Carol Vorderman revealed that she did not “see the point in carrying on” as she battled depression during the menopause.

Kelly, interviewed on her own ITV show, Lorraine, added: “I feel sorry for men as well because some men just don’t know how to deal with it. He (husband Steve) was great because the thing about us is we can always talk about everything.

“And he knew, and I was telling him I was seeing you and it was fine that I was able to talk about that. But I don’t think that’s necessarily the case for everybody,” she told Dr Jones.

“One size doesn’t fit all. But make sure, for goodness sake, you don’t just sit there suffering in silence.”

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25th Sep 2017
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An interesting comment from Lorraine and I can relate to all her thoughts. Good on her for her comments.
25th Sep 2017
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I totally relate to everything Lorraine Kells expressed. I have been using HRT combi and now changed to a new type. It's a very difficult time I think we all live longer and healthier but the.menupause age remains the same. It hasn't evolved with us women. Our lives are so busy and there is no room for the menopause so to speak. I recommend seeing your Gp and discussing the best options do not suffer when it's no longer necessary.

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