Davina McCall was 'warned against' talking about menopause

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Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Davina McCall is on a mission to break the taboo around menopause, with her new Channel Four documentary on the subject airing tomorrow.

The 53-year-old TV presenter and former Big Brother host has spoken openly about her 'frightening' experience of brain fog during perimenopause eight years ago, and her 'shame' around taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in recent months.

She has also interviewed other women about their experiences for her new show, Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause, an hour-long special investigating the science behind menopause and the impact hormonal changes can have on our lives.

But sadly not everyone was on board with her campaign to raise awareness. In fact, McCall has now revealed that she was 'warned against' talking publicly about her menopausal experiences because this could affect her career.

'I was told not to talk about it, that it was ageing and a bit unsavoury. Clearly that didn’t go well because I am sat here talking to you,' she explained in a new interview with The Sun.

McCall added: 'Making this film and talking about all this personal stuff on camera wasn’t easy but do you know what? I’m not going to be embarrassed about a transition half the population goes through.

'When I hit menopause I couldn’t talk to anyone and I felt so alone. But now we’re part of a national conversation and our voices are getting louder.' We couldn't agree more.

You can watch Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause on Channel Four tomorrow (Wednesday 12th May) at 9pm.

If you need support and advice around perimenopause and menopause, contact your GP.


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