Gabby Logan has vowed to continue her TV career during the perimenopause in a new interview.
The presenter, 47, declared she doesn’t ‘feel any different to the 32-year-old me’ as she revealed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has helped ease her symptoms.
Speaking on Women’s Health UK podcast Going for Goal, the broadcaster also stressed the importance of educating men on the effects of both the perimenopause and menopause and credited fitness for improving her mental health.
‘There’s more I want to do and I’m better at my job’: Gabby Logan has vowed to continue her TV career during the perimenopause in a new interview (pictured last year)
The BBC star had her hormones checked for the first time six months ago, when she discovered she was experiencing the period of her life sooner than expected because she welcomed her twins Reuben and Lois, 15, through IVF.
Gabby shared: ‘Basically, I’m probably never going to have a period again, so I’m almost through that part of my life…because I’d had IVF, she [the doctor] explained the menopause can come earlier, and I also didn’t know that.’
The host also touched on how she’s managing her perimenopausal symptoms as she said: ‘She [the doctor] explained the risks and what they were, and the benefits and what they were, and I think everyone’s decision is completely individual.
‘I felt like ”I’m not feeling the best version of me that I can feel right now”, and I don’t want to allow myself to slow for no reason.
‘I don’t want to slow down’: The host, 47, doesn’t ‘feel any different to the 32-year-old me’ (pictured) and said bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has eased her symptoms
Details: The BBC star recently discovered she was experiencing the period of her life sooner than expected because she welcomed her twins through IVF (pictured last year)
‘So that’s been about six months since I saw [my doctor] and I feel really good and I’m very lucky because I haven’t had a lot of the more aggressive symptoms that you get with the menopause.’
According to the NHS, bioidentical hormones are made from plant sources that are believed to be similar or identical to human hormones.
WHAT IS THE PERIMENOPAUSE?
The perimenopause begins several years before the menopause. The transition usually occurs in a woman’s 40s, but can start earlier.
Perimenopause can last up to four years, before menopause. For some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years. Perimenopause ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having her period.
Common symptoms include hot flushes, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, trouble sleeping, decreased sex drive, fatigue, urine leakage and mood swings.
Often a doctor can make the diagnosis of perimenopause based on symptoms. They also may request a blood test to check hormone levels.
The healthcare system site claims while practitioners claim ‘these hormones are a natural and safer alternative to standard HRT medicines’, they’re not widely recommended as they aren’t regulated and it is not clear how safe they are.
The media personality went on to explain why she feels determined to stay on live TV for as long as possible, despite challenges she may face while going through the perimenopause.
Gabby added: ‘I on the inside didn’t feel any different to the 32-year-old me.
‘Yes, I’ve got more lines and of course I’m not looking exactly the same as I was when I was 32…but I also felt like I’d got more experience, there’s more I want to do and I’m better at my job, so all those things that are plus points for being a bit older.
‘I just didn’t want to stop work just because of being a certain age. Being able to keep those conversations going on live television and all those things requires mental dexterity and cognitive ability.’
On the significance of keeping the menopause and perimenopause in conversation, the TV star stated: ‘It’s growing in its volume, more people are talking about it.
‘But also, men work alongside women, men are married to women, and I think men also need to know what’s going on because we [all] need to have that empathy and understanding of what’s happening to our partners, our friends…
‘I just did not understand fully what was happening or going to happen to me, I’ll be honest.’
The mother-of-two also detailed the impact of the natural phase on businesswomen, expressing: ‘I think it applies to a lot of women in high power and high-performance jobs.
‘They suddenly disappear from boards or from being the CEO because they don’t quite get there because of this period in their life that can cause confusion, physically and emotionally and mentally.
‘It’s helping me get through lockdown’: The broadcaster also credited fitness for improving her mental health (pictured exercising last year)
‘So, for me, it’s really important that women keep pushing through and get those top jobs…and it’s not because of what happens in their menopause that they disappear.’
Elsewhere in the discussion, the former Edge star said exercise served as a key part of her life in lockdown.
Gabby said: ‘Wellness is intrinsically tied up with fitness for me…I’ve got back into training with a trainer I trained for years…
‘I’ve been doing a few sessions with him online, a few HIIT classes, I might do some yoga, go for a run, doing loads of walking, and it’s definitely helping me get through this period.’
Listen to the full Gabby Logan interview on the Women’s Health ‘Going for Goal’ podcast, available now.
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.