Zoe Hardman emotionally revealed that going through menopause at the age of 37 had “pushed her sanity to the brink.”
The TV presenter explained how he trapped her in a severe depression and caused her libido to drop.
In a candid conversation with The Sun, Zoe said, “Very dark and uncontrollable thoughts were going through my head and I thought I wasn’t going to get out of it. I felt so depressed that without any help I didn’t know how to get there.
Candid: Zoe Hardman emotionally revealed that going through menopause at age 37 had ‘pushed her sanity to the brink’
She said she started to experience symptoms of menopause late last year after developing an inherited condition, which her sister, mother and grandmother 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.
She told the publication, “We think menopause happens to women in their 50s, so when it comes early it hits you like a train.
“My skin became very dry and I had dandruff for the first time in my life. I had hot flashes and suffered from hair loss and vaginal dryness. The pain during sex did not go away and I had severe pain in my right ovary.
Opening: Zoe, who is the mother of three-year-old Luna, and Kit, two opened up about how illness trapped her in severe depression
She added that the loss of one of her close friends Caroline Flack in February this year only made her depression worse. The Love Island host tragically committed suicide at the age of 40.
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.
Supportive: Zoe revealed the experience 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.
“2020 threw me some really tough stuff, but this one is at the top of the list. Before having my children, my wonderful sister had a very sad experience of premature ovarian failure at the age of 34. 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.
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 pick me up from the ground every day.
“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.
WHAT IS PREMATURE MENOPAUSE?
- Premature menopause is a condition that mirrors menopause, but occurs much earlier in women – aged 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 point in 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