Penny Lancaster bravely shared her menopause story and how her husband, Sir Rod Stewart, offered his support. Hear Zoe Hardman and Kate Thornton how they’re breaking taboos about menopause and women’s health.
To HELLO! we are proud to address the often taboo question of menopause so that more women feel able to face this new stage of life.
The Women’s Health Charity Women’s well-being launched Let’s #ChatMenopause, its new campaign encouraging open conversations about menopause, and invited personalities from the worlds of television, radio and politics to share their own experiences.
Penny Lancaster bravely shared his journey in a conversation with Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party for Wales. Penny emotionally reveals the roller coaster of emotions she experienced for the first time, the treatment that changed things and how her husband Mr Rod helped explain menopause to their children.
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“I threw the plates across the kitchen because I didn’t feel like I was being heard or my symptoms weren’t being noticed… I was doing this loud demonstration of, ‘I need help !’ Rod ushered the children out of the room. But after five minutes, they came back, hugged me and said, “It’s going to be okay, mom. Rod said: “Mom struggles with hormones – just like when you’re on your period, but it’s so much worse.”
“Even though it was a really tough time, it was also a really special time when my husband and kids were there for me. I didn’t realize the drug (HRT) was going to be so revolutionary; within months , it was like my whole life had changed, my confidence was back and I was smiling again.
WATCH: Penny Lancaster shares her menopause journey with MP Carolyn Harris
Sir Rod has since become an ally in educating men to understand the challenges of menopause so mothers, wives and daughters can feel more supported.
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Also in the series, radio host and podcaster Zoe Hardman shares an open and honest conversation with his sister Kathryn who both experienced inherited early menopause, and how it impacted their respective dreams of starting a family.
Zoe says: “A year after having my second child, this tidal wave happened. Even though we knew about this hereditary connection, I still resisted. ‘I think I have the depression, I can’t get out of bed anymore…’ During this time that’s when the symptoms really intensified for me… the night sweats and the headaches and everything. The depression was just awful. I thought it was gonna kill my marriage if I’m honest with you.
“My whole experience was an experience of fear – I felt a lot of shame and embarrassment. Besides having children, it was the huge and monumental moment of my life. But I feel that these conversations will help so many people.
WATCH: Zoe Hardman discusses early menopause with sister Kathryn
You can also watch presenter Kate Thornton speak to women working in the armed forces about managing their symptoms in a high-pressure work environment and This morningTV’s Dr. Nighat Arif discusses race and menopause with Olympian Michelle Griffith Robinson and dietitian Meera Bhogal.
MORE: The House of Commons supports the commitment of HELLO! about menopause in the workplace
Wellbeing of Women is the only UK charity to fund reproductive and gynecological health for all women. Led by women’s voices, it strives to improve health and well-being through research, education and advocacy to address issues such as endometriosis, PCOS, miscarriages, stillbirths and gynecological cancers. It also funds scholarships for graduates and medical professionals to conduct research into pioneering treatments for all aspects of women’s health.
We have partnered with the charity to create the Workplace Menopause Commitment so that more women can be accompanied in a professional setting during menopause. The pledge has so far received the signatures of more than 2,000 employers, with the House of Commons, the BBC and the Royal Mail pledging to step up their support for all affected staff.
Visit wellbeingofwomen.org.uk to watch all the videos and find out how Wellbeing of Women could help you. Join the campaign by sharing your menopause story on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ChatMenopause.