Davina McCall has revealed going through the menopause at 44 affected every area of her life.
In a new interview with Women's Health (out now), the TV presenter, Masked Singer judge and podcast host said she was struggling to sleep and suffering from brain fog while juggling working and being a mum.
'My phone was in the fridge and my keys were in the bin. My night sweats became so bad. I just never slept through. I couldn’t read Autocue,' McCall, who's now 52, explained.
Her symptoms eased when she visited her GP and started hormone replacement therapy or HRT: 'From the minute I put the little [hormone replacement therapy] patch on – boom, sleep. Oh my god, the joy. I felt like I was back.'
The Big Brother presenter also spoke candidly about sex after menopause, saying she's never felt better in her body: 'I don’t look as good naked as I did in my twenties. But I feel better, and that’s the difference.'
She added: 'Women over 50 feel sexy, we can dress sexily and we can wear underwear and we still enjoy orgasms...
'People say, "Oh, it’s all gone…menopause…you’re finished with your wizened, dried-up ovaries." I feel like it’s really important to say that people in their fifties are having the time of their lives.'
Davina also said the 'older woman' label doesn't sit well with her: 'I feel like whenever people start trying to put me in that box, it makes me want to be really naughty,' she said. 'I feel like running around flicking everybody the bird…I want to do something outlandish and unexpected and outrageous.'
You can read Davina's full interview with Women's Health in the October issue, out now.
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