In an interview with The Times over the weekend, the radio presenter said she has suffered 'mind fog' and 'a lack of confidence' due to the hormonal and physical changes of menopause – all the while juggling three of her four children leaving home and being relentlessly trolled by some Radio 2 listeners who weren't happy she had joined Simon Mayo's breakfast show as a co-presenter. She has since moved to her own drivetime show.
Speaking about her experience of menopause, Whiley said: 'You lose your sense of self, you’ve accomplished so much and you start to think, "OK, what’s next?" That was definitely going on for me. I wasn’t in a terrible state, but I was feeling more anxious and I didn’t like it, because I’d never felt like that before, ever.'
The 54-year-old said she had been prescribed HRT, including testosterone. Now she says she's 'tried bits of everything and I feel more able to cope with everything, like my old self'.
That includes 'getting back into fitness' in a big way by setting herself some major challenges. This week she will aim to complete three triathlons in three consecutive days for Sports Relief.
She said: 'I’d been a very strong woman physically and mentally and I felt I was beginning to become a little unravelled, in both ways. Getting back into fitness and giving myself a challenge made me feel a lot better.'
Many women going through the menopause report a dip in self-confidence.
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