Zoe Hardman, 37, reveals she’s going through early menopause

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Zoe Hardman frankly discussed her experience with early menopause and how that experience left her incredibly low.

The presenter, 37, said she began to experience symptoms of menopause late last year after developing an inherited condition, to which her sister, mother and grandmother were also faced.

Zoe revealed that the puzzling experience had left her in constant ‘waves of tears’, as she credited her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 35, with ‘lifting her to the ground’ as she was fighting disease.

Opening: Zoe Hardman openly discussed her experience with early menopause and how the experience left her insanely low

Zoe took to Instagram on Thursday as she shared an image from her upcoming Fabulous magazine cover and wrote a passionate caption about her ordeal.

The star admitted that she wanted to be “brave,” in hopes of “normalizing” the illness and helping other women who are also experiencing it.

Zoe, who is the mother of three-year-old Luna and two-year-old Kit, wrote, “It’s time for me to be brave. It’s time to talk about early menopause.

Strong: Zoe, who is the mother of Luna, three, and Kit, two (pictured), wrote: 'It's time for me to be brave.  It's time to talk about early menopause '

Strong: Zoe, who is the mother of Luna, three, and Kit, two (pictured), wrote, “It’s time for me to be brave. It’s time to talk about early menopause ‘

“2020 threw me some really tough stuff, but this one is at the top of the list. Before having my children, my wonderful sister suffered very sadly from premature ovarian failure at 34 years old. We knew it was hereditary because my mom and grandmother went through it at 40.

Detailing her symptoms, she wrote: “Towards the end of last year, I started to experience some pretty horrible symptoms; hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, headaches and a whole host of other problems.

Zoe explained that her husband Paul, whom she married in 2017, has always been her rock and took her when she felt bad.

Supportive: Zoe revealed the puzzling experience had left her in constant 'waves of tears', as she credited her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 35, with' lifting her up by earth, '' as she battled disease.

Supportive: Zoe revealed the puzzling experience had left her in constant ‘waves of tears’, as she credited her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 35, with ‘lifting her to the ground’, as she battled the disease.

She said: “In January of this year I was so low I didn’t know what to do… the waves of tears just wouldn’t go away… my amazing husband helped get the help I needed and picking me up from the ground everyday.

WHAT IS PREMATURE MENOPAUSE?

  • PRemature menopause is a condition that mirrors menopause, but occurs much earlier in women – ages 20 to 45
  • With POI, the ovaries often don’t fail completely, which means there might still be a chance to conceive
  • Unlike menopause, POI can cause fluctuations in ovarian function over time, sometimes leading to menstruation, ovulation, or even pregnancy, several years after diagnosis.
  • Due to this temporary intermittent persistenceTurning to ovarian function, about 5-10% of women with POI can still conceive.
  • About one in 100 women under 40, one in 1,000 women under 30, and one in 10,000 women under 20 have IP
  • Most women go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55

“This Sunday in the Shining, you can read my full interview on what happened and how I am today. Menopause is NOTHING to be ashamed or embarrassed… the more we talk, the more we normalize it and become aware that it can happen sooner than we sometimes think.

Signing, she said: “But together as women we can support each other during this time in our lives, whenever it can be. Great love, Zo xx.

In 2016, Zoe urged women to consider freezing their eggs in their 20s as she discussed her own fertility issues during an appearance on This Morning.

Before welcoming her two children, Zoe feared she would not be able to get pregnant after her sister went through early menopause at the age of 34.

Appearing in the magazine alongside her older sister Kathryn, emotional Zoe opened up about her trip and her IVF treatment, describing the discovery that she had low egg counts as a “time bomb.”

Speaking to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, the Heart FM host said, “I have very low AMH, which is an anti-Mullerian hormone, one of the markers of low ovarian reserves. So basically I don’t have a lot of eggs anymore.

Describing her thoughts after learning about her chances of conceiving, Zoe said, “It seemed like a time bomb to me. “

‘I said,’ What should I do? It looked like a time bomb and I tried to freeze some eggs. he [Paul] kept very calm. He said we would take care of it together.

IVF hasn’t been easy for Zoe, with the TV presenter explaining her struggle with the grueling process.

She said, “I had to spend 12 days injecting my stomach. In the end, they didn’t even harvest them.

Despite Zoe’s low ovary count, she and her partner Paul learned they were going to be parents at the end of 2015.

Although her happy moment came at a difficult time for her sister Kathryn, who discovered she had entered premature menopause at the age of 34.

Having been on the pill for so long, Kathryn explained that she didn’t realize she had POI (primary ovarian failure) – and it wasn’t until recently that she found out she had the disease.

Speaking: The star admitted she wanted to be 'brave', hoping to 'normalize' the disease and help other women who are also experiencing it (pictured with Paul and son Kit)

Speaking: The star admitted she wanted to be ‘brave’, hoping to ‘normalize’ the disease and help other women who are also experiencing it (pictured with Paul and son Kit)

Kathryn explained, “I remember it started when I fell dizzy and dizzy. I had gone abroad, so when I came back I thought I was suffering from malaria.

But after confiding in Zoe, who told her it looked like menopause, Kathryn was diagnosed with POI, a condition their grandmother had suffered from as well.

Zoe explained that they discovered the disease in their family, saying, “Our grandmother had it. [the menopause] rather early. She was in her forties when she went through menopause.

Love: Zoe explained that her husband Paul, whom she married in 2017, has been rocking her throughout and hugged her when she felt bad

Love: Zoe explained that her husband Paul, whom she married in 2017, has been rocking her throughout and hugged her when she felt bad

Kathryn said of the devastating diagnosis: “They thought it started out as malaria. I went to see my GP who was amazing. But then she said I think it might be menopause. I told them all about my mother.

“My whole world has collapsed. I sat down in the consultant’s office and burst into tears. There was a little hope that it wasn’t.

“It has been one of the most difficult years of my life, but I couldn’t be more delighted that Zoe is expecting a baby.

The two sisters were unaware of the disease before Kathryn’s diagnosis, and they struggled to share their own fertility experiences with the public to raise awareness of POI.

Speaking: In 2016, Zoe urged women to consider freezing their eggs in their 20s as she discussed her own fertility issues during an appearance on This Morning

Speaking: In 2016, Zoe urged women to consider freezing their eggs in their 20s as she discussed her own fertility issues during an appearance on This Morning

Brave: Appearing in the magazine alongside her emotional older sister Kathryn, Zoe discussed her trip and her IVF treatment

Brave: Appearing in the magazine alongside her emotional older sister Kathryn, Zoe discussed her trip and her IVF treatment

According to The Daisy Network, an organization set up to provide information on the disease, premature menopause is a condition that mirrors menopause, but occurs much earlier in women – between the ages of 20 and 45.

With POI, the ovaries often don’t fail completely, which means there might still be a chance to conceive.

About one in 100 women under 40, one in 1,000 women under 30, and one in 10,000 under 20 experience IP.

Elsewhere, Zoe spent the period of lockdown with her husband, retired rugby star Paul and their two children.

The beloved mom recently shared how she found her first few weeks of motherhood a “terrifying” experience.

Speaking on Sky Sunrise, she said: “It’s a terrifying time. You grow a human being for almost 10 months and then you leave the hospital and have a stranger in your house who you are supposed to bond with and breastfeed.

“You can feel very isolated, very alone and tears flow. This is really important to speak up because we all need a big hug and to know the end is in sight.

Family: Elsewhere, Zoe spent the lockdown with her husband, retired rugby star Paul and their two children

Family: Elsewhere, Zoe spent the lockdown with her husband, retired rugby star Paul and their two children

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