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    Jerking awake one night at 3am into an inhospitable but familiar darkness I felt — finally — at the end of my tether.  Like so many women before me, I had no idea that these problems might be linked to fluctuating hormones, writes MARIELLA FROSTRUP For two years I'd been plagued with insomnia; endless nights spent lying there with my heart pounding, my eyes feeling wide open even when closed, moving rapidly beneath my eyelids. During the day I was exhausted, anxious, stressed and bad-tempered. I hadn't felt like 'myself' for so long that I could hardly remember who the real me was. Yet because my periods hadn't entirely stopped, I — like so many women before me — had no idea that these problems might be linked to fluctuating hormones.  Besides, I'd had the grand sum of just two hot flushes. I didn't think that counted as menopausal. How naive I was back then. Finally, aged 49, and utterly desperate, I decided that something had to be done. So began a gruelling six-month journey that saw me visit three...
    A FRIEND was sitting in my car a few days ago, sweating and taking shallow breaths. She had run out of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) the week before and was struggling to replace it. Meanwhile, her symptoms were back. 4Lisa Snowdon said she was forced to give her friend some HRT amid crippling shortagesCredit: Rex I had just picked up my prescription so I gave her a bottle of mine (we use the same type) to tide her over. I know we’re not supposed to share, but I couldn’t bear to see her in such a state. What’s happening to this country that women are being left to flounder with symptoms that can ruin our lives? I’m shocked that there is a national shortage in HRT (in particular Oestrogel) and I’m calling for it to be ended as quickly as possible.HRT is not a lifestyle drug, it is a human right. READ MORE ON HRT CRISISHRT BOOST HRT supplier ramps up production to ease UK shortagesHRT SURGE Doctors bracing for surge in demand for HRT because of 'Davina McCall...
    Kourtney Kardashian is detailing her struggle with IVF as she attempts to have a child with her fiancé Travis Barker. In episode two of The Kardashians, we see Kourtney at her Calabasas home as Kris comes to visit, asking how the doctor’s went, as Kourtney responds, 'Awful.' Kourtney reveals in confession that her and Travis want to have a baby, so their doctor took them 'down this road of doing IVF, and it hasn't been the most amazing experience.' Struggles: Kourtney Kardashian is detailing her struggle with IVF as she attempts to have a child with her fiancé Travis Barker Awful: In episode two of The Kardashians, we see Kourtney at her Calabasas home as Kris comes to visit, asking how the doctor’s went, as Kourtney responds, 'Awful' The reality star is mother to Mason, 12; Penelope, nine; and Reign, seven — with her former partner Scott Disick, whom she dated from 2005 until 2015.  Kourtney says that people always say on social media that she is pregnant, revealing: 'Every single person on social media is always like, Kourtney's pregnant, Kourtney's pregnant. Kourtney's...
    Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that her attempts to conceive a baby via IVF 'put her into menopause', while also causing weight gain that saw her flooded with 'rude' comments from social media users pointing out her changing body shape.  The 42-year-old mother-of-three opened up about her fertility treatment struggles in a new teaser trailer for her family's upcoming Hulu reality series The Kardashians.  In the clip - which appears to have been leaked on Instagram before quickly being deleted - a downcast Kourtney is seen opening up to her mother Kris Jenner about her ongoing attempts to have another baby, while also making clear her desire to welcome a child with her fiance Travis Barker.   Speaking about her in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, the Poosh founder said it had 'not been the most amazing experience' and she shared her upset over the 'rude' comments she received about her weight gain, which she says was also triggered by her IVF drugs.  Fertility struggles: Kourtney Kardashian, 42, revealed in a teaser trailer for Hulu's The Kardashians that she went into menopause and gain...
    FIONA Phillips has admitted she is too frightened to return to TV due to an ongoing battle with "brain fog". The former GMTV host, 61, has been suffering from the debilitating condition since entering the menopause. 4Fiona Phillips has been suffering from crippling 'brain fog' sparked by the menopauseCredit: Getty 4The Lorraine and former GMTV star is too frightened to return to TVCredit: Rex Fiona has admitted to The Mirror that she has "cried a thousand rivers" during the past few weeks and 'fears for her sanity'. She told the publication: "God, it’s horrible, I haven’t worked for the first time in my life, I can’t do television work because I’m so anxious and just scared of everything and I’m not that kind of person at all. "I have the intent to do everything I used to do, but then your body, your brain, doesn’t let you." Fiona added: "I hope to God this isn’t the end of my career." RISE TO THE TOP Fiona began her career as a reporter for a local radio stations...
    One of the many unwanted side effects of the menopause is weight gain, and it can be one of the hardest factors to tackle, because it's caused by a multitude of factors.  According to Tamara Willner, nutritionist at NHS-backed healthy eating plan Second Nature, a combincation of hormonal shifts, sleeplessness and increased stress can lead to the dreaded 'menopausal middle'.  'The hormonal changes women experience in the years leading up to menopause can impact both where we gain weight and how much weight we gain,' she explained.  'The combination of lower metabolism and changes in stress hormones can result in an increase in weight and fat storage around our abdomen.' And rather than aggressive dieting or beating yourself up, Tamara said that treating yourself with compassion is just as important as eating the right things.   'The most important thing to remember is that the body goes through significant changes during menopause, so it's important to be kind to ourselves and focus on self-care,' Tamara said.  'Although weight is one marker of health, our mental wellbeing, fitness, and happiness are equally...
    London (CNN)When Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opened up about her miscarriage last year, she was widely praised for the bravery she showed. Now, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and the Queen's daughter-in-law, is speaking about another deeply personal issue riddled with stigma.Fifty-six-year-old Sophie first drew attention to the subject of menopause back in May, when she described the transition as feeling like someone had taken her brain out. "When we're told that we're going to begin our periods, are we actually told that we're going to end them as well?" she said during a video call for the charity Wellbeing of Women.It was the first time a member of the royal family had openly shared her experience of periods and menopause. You don't expect royals to speak personally about these subjects, especially in such frank detail, given how private the family is. So when they do, it's all the more powerful. Sophie, Countess of Wessex during a visit to the Autumn RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on September 20, 2021And this week, Sophie issued a call to action. She...
    LISA Snowdon has made peace with the fact that she will never be a mum, previously confessing that “being a mum wasn't meant for her in this life.” Speaking as she launched the Fabulous Menopause Matters campaign, the 49-year-old TV presenter reveals she was cruelly robbed of the opportunity to start a family with her "brilliant" fiance George Smart, 43, when her menopause began five years ago. 2Lisa Snowdon's early menopause meant that she was unable to start a family with fiance George SmartCredit: Getty - Contributor 2Lisa says she has made peace with the fact that she will never become a mumCredit: Getty - Contributor “Though it’s still possible for some women to have a baby in perimenopause, I knew my partner and I probably wouldn’t be able to have a biological child now," she told Fabulous. “We’d discussed it in the past, but hadn’t started trying, so I knew we’d have to explore other options in the future if we did want to become parents. "George was brilliant about it and told me we could look...
    My two children were born when I was in my early 40s, and I was so busy being a mother that when things started to go wrong at 49, I had no idea what was happening. With so much talk about the menopause, and so many taboos on the subject being broken, I am appalled to confess that I went through two years of low-level anxiety and high-level insomnia, oblivious to the idea that my complete change of character and alarming inability to cope could have anything to do with midlife hormones. The irrational anxiety totally threw me. There was no respite, and no filter. I’d be as agitated about whether I’d remembered to put carrots on the online grocery list as I was about getting home in time to relieve the babysitter. My temper was horrific as I teetered on the edge of confusion and despair, wondering who the harpy in the house was and why, if my heart rate was any indication, even I was scared of her. My radio presenting job relies on quick responses and short-term...
    Salma Hayek spoke about her experience with menopause on the latest episode of "Red Table Talk." Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images Salma Hayek appeared virtually on "Red Table Talk" and said her chest got larger naturally.  The actress said that her breasts grew as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, and menopause.  "My back has been really suffering from it," Hayek said. "And not a lot of people talk about this." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Salma Hayek said that her breasts have naturally become larger over the years as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, and menopause.  "The boobs grow, a lot," Hayek said of menopause during a virtual appearance on the latest episode of "Red Table Talk" on Facebook Watch, released on Wednesday. "For some women, they get smaller," the 54-year-old actress said. "But there are some women that when you gain weight, your boobs grow, and other women that when you have children and you breastfeed, your boobs grow and they don't go back down. And then in some of the cases when you are in menopause,...
    Salma Hayek has vehemently denied that she has ever had breast implants, insisting that her breasts 'just kept growing' through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and now menopause. The 54-year-old actress appeared on a new episode of Red Table Talk today, where she spoke candidly about menopausal symptoms she's been experiencing for almost a decade. In addition to mood swings and hot flashes, the star said that her breasts have grown 'a lot' — and they've grown 'many sizes' over the years, so much that her back is 'suffering' and people are convinced she's had work done. Older and wiser: Salma Hayek (pictured in December), 54, appeared on Red Table Talk today and spoke candidly about going through menopause Bigger: In addition to mood swings and hot flashes, the star said that her breasts have grown 'a lot' — and they've grown 'many sizes' over the years, so much that her back is 'suffering' Opening up: She said she started experiencing symptoms in her mid-40s Salma spoke to Red Table Talk hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, 49, Willow Smith, 20, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, 67,...
    SALMA Hayek claimed her breasts are now growing again due to her menopause. The head-turning news comes as the famous actress continues to drop jaws with her latest bikini selfies. 8Salma Hayek claimed her breasts are growing again due to her menopauseCredit: salmahayek/Instagram 8The actress made the claim while discussing a doctor's visit she previously had about menopause symptomsCredit: Instagram It all kicked off when the 54-year-old headed to the doctor to learn about potential signs of menopause, however, Salma was thrown for a loop when she was informed of some of the symptoms she may be seeing soon. Salma claimed during an interview on Red Table Talk: "The questions were terrifying. "They were asking me things like, 'Are your ears growing and there's hair growing out of them? Are you growing a mustache and a beard? Are you easily irritable? Are you crying for no reason? Are you gaining a lot of weight really fast that doesn't go away no matter what you do? Are you shrinking?' And then they ask you, 'Is your vagina dry?'" However, while...
    Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson in "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." Lionsgate Salma Hayek said she insisted on a few traits for her "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" character. The actress said she fought for her character, Sonia, to be in her 50s and experiencing menopause. Hayek said that it was important to show an older woman participating in action sequences, too.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" star Salma Hayek said that she fought for her character to be older than originally intended.  "It was conceived as maybe a girl in her 40s, but the truth is that I said 'Why?' And I said, 'Let's make it a woman in her 50s and I think we should make it about her having to do all this action while she's going through menopause," Hayek said during a virtual appearance on the latest episode of "Red Table Talk" on Facebook Watch.  During the episode, Hayek spoke with cohosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith about aging, motherhood, and menopause. Hayek first portrayed Sonia...
    DAVINA McCall flashed her bum as she showed fans how she takes her daily hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on Instagram. The presenter, 53, joked with her 1.3 million followers that taking testosterone wouldn't make her grow a penis in the clip as she applied oestrogen in gel form to her left arm and testosterone to her leg.  15The TV presenter bared all in her Instagram videoCredit: Instagram Wrapped in a towel she said: "Did you know testosterone is an enormously important woman's hormone as well? "My testosterone was low and I take a pea sized bit of testosterone. "By the way taking testosterone does not make you grow a penis or get testicles or hairy or anything like that.' Davina also shared how she applies hormone patches to her groin area twice a week showing off her horn tattoo and telling fans: “So this is my old hormone sticker. That is my horn tattoo.  15Davina revealed her bum to her millions of followersCredit: Instagram 15The intimate video let Davina share the entire processCredit: Instagram 15She detailed how she applied...
    LOVE Island Amy Hart revealed she's had her eggs frozen due to a family history of early menopause. The reality star, 28, says her third batch of eggs were successfully frozen by doctors on Thursday. 4Amy Hart revealed she successfully froze five eggsCredit: Instagram Amy said she had five eggs in a freezer for 10 years with the potential to freeze four more. The star shared a photo of herself in a hospital gown throwing up a peace sign. She captioned the pic: "And it’s done ✅ 2 failed rounds and one successful one, the eggs are finally FROZEN. "When I went for my fertility MOT last January I never actually imagined I’d get the slightly iffy results I got. 4Amy detailed her struggle to get the eggs frozenCredit: Instagram "Then I thought, it’s fine, I’ll just freeze my eggs, easy, I’ll defo get 15 or so and it’ll take 2 weeks….WRONG! First round I did my 2 injections a day, the hormones, the headaches and nausea only to get to the day before...
    More On: wynonna judd Ashley Judd wants sister Wynonna to wash her hair after accident Wynonna Judd’s daughter Grace Pauline Kelley released from prison 6 years early Wynonna Judd to miss Beth Chapman’s memorial service Wynonna Judd’s daughter sentenced to 8 years behind bars Wynonna Judd says going through menopause was an ordeal that left her weeping, shaking and thinking that she was losing her mind. The 56-year-old country superstar opened up to Page Six about her struggle, which she said reached its most disturbing point a couple of years ago, just after she ended a concert tour. “I haven’t talked about this,” she said. “Well, I’ve just come off the road, everything’s off the bus and I stand in my closet and weep. The next thing is, I’m not sleeping and the next thing is I’m jiggling my leg and the next thing is I’m thinking of running up to the mailbox naked and standing and waving at people. “You think crazy stuff.” At that point, she decided to get help, before her private struggle was...
    Retired florist Tracy Lindsey lives in London with her partner, Neil. She has four children, Nikki, 34, Daniel, 32, Jonathan, 30, and Lauren, 27, plus two grandsons. DAILY BATHING RITUALS I start every day with an invigorating shower, followed by a few seconds of cold water at the end. I swear by it. Then, every evening, I have a long, candle-lit bath. I use This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak (£16.50, thisworks.com). It’s my hour of me-time and helps with my anxiety and any muscle pain, too. TRY FLOWER ARRANGING Before lockdown, I was working at a florist, but had to stop due to Covid. I still love arranging flowers at home as I find it so relaxing. I enjoy small things, too, such as cutting the thorns off stems, or snipping the leaves off to stop them going under the water line. Most florists hate these jobs, as it’s a pain, but I find it cathartic. Tracy Lindsey, 58, (pictured) who lives in London, reveals how a daily bathing ritual and CBD cream help to maintain her ageless...
    A woman who went through early menopause has successfully given birth after using a pioneering technique to reawaken her ovaries. The procedure, which takes stem cells from bone marrow, gives hope to thousands of women who would otherwise have to use an egg donor in IVF. Around one per cent of women in the UK suffer from so-called ‘premature ovarian failure’. A woman who went through early menopause has successfully given birth after using a pioneering technique to reawaken her ovaries (stock image)  Doctors in Spain have reported the birth of a girl to a 38-year-old mother with the condition using one of her own eggs. They used a technique known as Ascot (autologous stem cell ovarian transplantation), which involves taking medication to encourage the bone marrow to produce stem cells. The cells are then extracted and delivered via the artery to the failing ovary. They used a technique known as Ascot (autologous stem cell ovarian transplantation), which involves taking medication to encourage the bone marrow to produce stem cells (stock image) In the experimental procedure the ovary...
    When I wrote my first book, Hot Sex, back in 1999, I confessed to regularly enjoying two orgasms a day. I still haven’t lived it down. ‘Come on, we all know why you aren’t picking up,’ people continue to say to me if ever I miss a phone call. In my defence, I was 37 in 1999, and I honestly thought it’s what everyone was up to at that age. Apparently, they weren’t. I have always had a high libido. Which is partly what made it so devastating when it plummeted, catastrophically, after menopause.  Sex expert Tracey Cox (pictured) reveals her sex drive disappeared when she hit the menopause It wasn’t that I suddenly hated sex. Far worse than that: I simply forgot about it. My sex drive, which for all of my adult life formed such a big part of my identity, just fell away. Here I was, a ‘sexpert’ for three decades, the author of 17 books on the subject, countless columns and TV programmes and sex was no longer on my radar. It was like someone...
    Emma Freud has revealed she went to a doctor for a dementia test after menopause left her unable to remember basic words.  The 58-year-old broadcaster, who lives in London, went through the menopause four years ago but only recently began to suffer from brain fog which became so bad she struggled to communicate with her family. She appeared on The Shift podcast where she told Sam Baker she feared the 'humiliating' brain fog she experienced during menopause was actually due to Alzheimer's.  Emma, who has four children with long term partner and comic writer Richard Curtis, revealed: 'I couldn't remember words. Because it was so humiliating to me I found myself not speaking rather than going through this ridiculous charades thing of trying to communicate what I wanted to communicate. 'And so I became lesser, I became smaller and quieter and littler because it was humiliating to myself that I had no idea how to do words out of my own mouth.' Writer Emma Freud, 58, from Suffolk, said a 'brain fog' caused by menopause left her fearing she might be...
    Author Marian Keyes claims she isn't a bad feminist simply because she's had Botox injections that left her forehead 'smooth as a lake'. The 57-year-old Irish writer said she was fed up with appearing grumpy and just wanted to look 'inviting'. Speaking on The Shift podcast with Sam Baker she said the decision was made entirely because she wanted to, and not because she was under any pressure from internalised misogyny. Irish author Marian Keyes, 57, (pictured) has said that having Botox and hair extensions to make herself look less 'cross' doesn't make her a bad feminist    Marian said: 'I am on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and I have had Botox and I dye my hair. 'I have hair extensions. It is absolutely because I want to. It is not internalised misogyny. I am on HRT to keep my mental health steady. 'The hair extensions are because I thought it would be fun. The Botox is because I had such a frowny forehead and it made me look really cross and disapproving. 'Now it as smooth as...
    LOOSE Women star Andrea McLean has opened up about finding sex “excruciating” after going through menopause.  In a candid interview, the TV host, 50, admitted she sometimes has to ask husband Nick Feeney, 47, to stop as there is “no getting through it”.  4Andrea McLean has said she finds sex 'excruciatingly painful' post menopauseCredit: Rex Features Speaking to magazine Top Santé Andrea admitted that she has struggled with “sex not being the same” after menopause.  The mum-of-two said: “Post-menopausal sex is as good as it can be. “When you go through the menopause, the vaginal wall becomes brittle and thin - which is excruciatingly painful during sex. “Trust me, you can't close your eyes, think of England, and get through it! There is no getting through it.” 4Andrea said she sometimes has to tell husband Nick Feeney to stop as there is 'no getting through' the painful sexCredit: Getty Images - Getty Andrea said that twice a week she uses Vagifem pessaries, which contain oestrogen to help with the elasticity of the vagina. Thankfully, she and businessman husband Nick talk...
    ZOE Hardman is the sort of woman who fizzes with energy. She talks engagingly, looks healthy and her skin is glowing, thanks to a much-needed post-lockdown family holiday in the South of France. But just a few months ago, Zoe was trapped in a depression so severe that some days she could barely function. It caused her sex drive to slump, put the darkest of thoughts into her head and tested her marriage to the limit. 8Zoe reveals she was trapped in a depression so severe that some days she could barely functionCredit: Mark Hayman Things eventually came to a head one night at the end of January, when she found herself curled up on the bathroom floor, heaving with sobs before eventually sliding into bed next to her ex-rugby star husband Paul “Dozza” Doran-Jones, 35, who told her that she had to get help because he wasn’t sure how much more either of them could take. In that moment, Zoe was forced to confront what deep down she had known all along; she was going through the menopause...
    IT is something every woman goes through – but the menopause is still shrouded in stigma. Particularly when it comes to how it affects our libido. That is why comedian Jenny Eclair, 60, has written Older And Wider: A Survivor’s Guide To The Menopause. Out on Thursday, it is a laugh-out-loud, no-holds-barred account of what it is like to go through The Change. 5Comedian Jenny Eclair, 60, explains menopause affects libido and what needs to change for the stigma around it to disappearCredit: Getty Images - Getty Jenny says: “Us ladies have changed. We no longer wear hats and girdles, we’re letting it all hang out. And we’re no longer whispering behind closed doors about our ‘down-theres’. The conversation has begun and, as long as women continue to wake up feeling weepy in a soaking nightie at 3am, it’s in everyone’s interests to listen.” Here, in an exclusive extract from the book, Jenny reveals how sex can change in menopause – and how men can help . . .  5In her book Older And Wider, Jenny reveals how sex can change in menopause...
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