‘I didn’t know why I was feeling different’: Davina McCall reflects on having perimenopause as she says children should be taught about the symptoms in school
Davina McCall has reflected on being perimenopausal and going through the menopause, as she claimed it should be a topic taught in schools.
The TV presenter, 53, spoke candidly about the diagnosis with OK! Magazine on Monday, saying she had no idea why she had symptoms because she hadn’t known about the signs before being diagnosed.
Saying she feels the menopause should be more openly talked about, she said: ‘All women should know what it is.
‘I didn’t know why I was feeling different’: Davina McCall reflected on having perimenopause diagnosis on Monday as she said children should be taught about the symptoms in school
‘I didn’t know and I was 44 when I started getting symptoms. I didn’t know what was causing my hot sweats. I didn’t know why I was feeling different.
‘Nobody talks about it, and I just think it should be talked about more generally and taught in schools.’
Davina held her own event to try and raise awareness about the menopause with Own Your Goals on World Menopause Day, where she spoke with Lorraine Kelly, Dr Louise Newson, and Liz Earle about the topic.
Saying she feels the menopause should be more openly talked about, she said: ‘I didn’t know and I was 44 when I started getting symptoms. I didn’t know what was causing my hot sweats’
Of the event, Davina claimed she was keen to get women talking about the issue as there are more and more who are experiencing it earlier than previously expected.
She said she wanted the event to help women speak openly about the topic because it’s ‘been slightly brushed off’ in the past.
Davina added that she wanted to remove the stigma of talking about the menopause, as women shouldn’t be left feeling embarrassed about it.
WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE AND HOW CAN YOU DELAY IT?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after she stops her periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Some women go through this time with few, if any, symptoms, around 60 percent experience symptoms resulting in behavioural changes and one in four will suffer severely.
Common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, disrupted sleep, decreased sex drive, problems with memory and concentration and mood swings.
Last year, a fertility doctor revealed women can delay the menopause by up to 20 years with a 30-minute operation that tricks their biological clocks into thinking they are much younger than they are.
The surgical procedure, devised by the fertility expert who pioneered IVF, sees tissue from the ovaries, thawed, and then transplanted back into the armpit.
It also has the potential to extend fertility – though doctors say the aim is to postpone the menopause rather than give women the chance to have babies into their 60s.
Ovarian grafting, or ovarian tissue cyropreservation, involves taking healthy tissue from a woman’s ovaries to delay the onset of menopause.
The 30-minute operation, available privately in the UK, sees a surgeon take healthy cells from the woman’s ovary and freeze them in conditions of -150C.
Whenever the patient wants, they can be thawed and reinserted through the armpit.
When the ovarian tissue starts to function it produces hormones that prevent menopause from happening.
The Masked Singer star has previously said the menopause reminded her of when she was abusing drugs as Davina, who is a reformed addict, said she ‘was waking up soaked in sweat’ and would have mood swings.
This comes as she claimed to finally feel confident to openly discuss sex, thanks to fellow celebs such as singer Lily Allen and Jonathan Ross’ social media star daughter Honey.
Speaking on her podcast Making The Cut, Davina said of Lily’s recent sex toy collaboration: ‘There’s this type of vibrator that Lily Allen has teamed up with called The Womaniser. It’s a new kind and is revolutionising sex toys for women.
‘It’s a new way of stimulating, which is extremely effective and really a game changer.
Support: Davina also said she wanted to help women speak openly about the topic, because it’s ‘been slightly brushed off’ in the past and shouldn’t be seen as ’embarrasing’
‘What I love about all of these women who are out there, including Honey Ross, they are there just talking about things that previously were so embarrassing and shaming to talk about and they’re just getting it out in the open.
‘They are liberating me. I’m sure they’re not supposed to be liberating me because I’m supposed to be flipping liberated by now, but they are liberating my girls and they are also liberating me.
‘As a 53-year-old woman to not be embarrassed about this stuff is great because why should we not have pleasure like men?’
Liberation: This comes as she claimed to finally feel confident to openly discuss sex at the age of 53
Inspiration: Davina lauded fellow celebs such as [L-R] singer Lily Allen and Jonathan Ross’ social media star daughter Honey