The Stars and Lay Reveal All
The menopause is different for everyone. And the UK’s Mail on Sunday has written a feature on it, interviewing the lay and famous alike on their personal menopausal experiences. Here are three excerpts:
Miriam, 79, widowed with two children and three grandchildren
I had my children in my early 20s, and then I went on the pill. I used to go to a family-planning clinic in London, where a woman doctor let slip that she took a low-dose pill the whole way through her menopause and never suffered any symptoms. I thought, ‘What a snazzy idea.’ I went on taking the pill until my late 50s and I never had any problems. I worked flat-out as a lawyer and ran two homes — I didn’t have time for a menopause!
Dawn French, 53, actress, divorced with one child
What I know without a doubt is that the pink fog of menopause is definitely shocking. It’s like being frayed at the edges.
Whoopi Goldberg, 55, actress, divorced with one child
It really is a shock when it hits. There’s no countdown: it’s just ‘boom’. All those years bitching about my period, and when it stopped I was stunned to realize how much my womanhood was tied into it. You just think, ‘I’m hot, I’m sweating, I don’t like it!’ Nothing is good.
So the message is clear: just like most things in life, everyone experiences menopause differently. There are many ways (natural and non-natural) of coping with it better; you just need to find what works for you.