Jo Whiley says she 'lost her sense of self' due to the menopause

Natalie Cornish
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From Red Online

Jo Whiley has been incredibly honest about the impact the menopause has had on her 'sense of self'.

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.'

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Many women going through the menopause report a dip in self-confidence.

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