The TV presenter, 52, has spoken candidly in the past about drinking alcohol as a teenager and heroin addiction when she was younger.
Speaking on the daytime show Loose Women, she said she wanted to talk about menopause because “it was the thing nobody was talking about.”
McCall said she started going through perimenopause eight years ago – that’s when the symptoms start – but didn’t know what was going on at first and thought it was ‘she was sick.
She told ITV panelists: “Nobody told me about it. I hadn’t learned it at school, neither from my mother nor my big sister.
“It was the thing nobody was talking about. There was so much shame about it. It was a sign that you had dried up, you were past your expiration date, you were at the end of your life, which in Victorian times, I guess you were …
“But now we’re living to 80, we’re right in the middle of our lives. This is where the good goes where we know that we are not going to have any more children and that we can go away and be a little selfish after being selfless for so long. ”
She added, “Obviously I’m a Reform drug addict and I would wake up soaked in sweat, having to put towels on the bed, thinking, ‘There is something wrong with me, I have it. flu or virus or something “.
“It really reminded me of when I was using and I really hated it… and mood swings, yelling at kids. ”
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McCall said hormone replacement therapy got her through it.
“The health benefits far outweighed the disadvantages,” she said.
“I have dementia in my family, it massively reduces that, reduces diabetes and reduces the risk of heart disease by 50%.