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Lorraine Kelly, 61, has revealed the “sudden” struggles of menopause, as she recounted the moment she realised she was going through it. The television presenter said it often “creeps up” on women who may not realise what is happening to them.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Lorraine said it was her husband who noticed a change in her behaviour.
He immediately urged her to seek medical advice to help her find out what was causing the change in her behaviour.
She recounted: “I mean, it was basically my husband who said to me what I was going through.
“He said, ‘you need to get help, you need to go see the doctor because you’re not yourself.’
“You’re used to getting too anxious, in pain… you’re tired…”
Lorraine said she initially believed she had been feeling anxious due to the “demands” of her high profile job.
The TV star said: “And I just thought all of that was just the demands of the job.
“I got up very early, but I was always able to cope with all of that.”
“I was sort of thriving on stress and the buzz of telly.
“And I couldn’t understand why all of a sudden I was feeling so tired.”
Lorraine continued: “And again, it’s like what we are seeing with so many women feeling underprepared.
“It creeps up on you. It takes you by surprise and it shouldn’t.”
When asked whether she’d had conversations around the menopause with her 27-year-old daughter, Rosie, Lorraine said she advised her to ensure she gets all the help she needs.
However, she is positive her generation will be more “open and inclusive” over the menopause.
The ITV star added that her daughter’s generation will also be more informed when they reach a certain age and realise they have the menopause.
She said: “It’s been a subject that we’ve talked about with them and certainly I’ve had the conversation with her and I’ve been very open about how it affected me.
“Because when when this was happening she was leaving for university and then she was in Singapore for a few years, so she really missed me going through it in a way.
“So I’ve told her I said, ‘look, for goodness sake, it might not affect you like this because it affects everybody in a different way, but this is my experience, make sure that you get all the help you need’.
“But I think her generation […] will be much better informed.
“Because I think my daughter’s generation and others coming up are much more open and inclusive and they don’t have these silly feelings of embarrassment, which is wonderful, that’s what we all strive for.”
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