Davina McCall has spoken candidly about her switch to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the midst of her battle with menopause.
Sharing her experience ahead of her new documentary – Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause – the TV presenter, 53, detailed her own “scary” journey, revealing that she “has gone into a bit of depression.”
Davina admitted that she was embarrassed to go public that she had started bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), in which yams replace the synthetic hormones used in HRT.
Candid: Davina McCall, 53, spoke candidly about her switch to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) amid her menopause struggle
She told the Radio Times: “I was afraid of what was going on. I found out that a newer HRT treatment was made from yams, but I was afraid to go public.
“In a way, menopause is shameful to admit, in a thousand different ways. You have passed your expiration date. You are not a baby maker.
Describing her perimenopause (the early stages of menopause), Davina added, “My sleep was interrupted two or three times a night and it caused a chain of events in my brain that really scared me.
“The mental fog and confusion was so overwhelming.
Scary: Sharing her experience before her new documentary, the TV presenter, 53, detailed her own ‘scary’ journey, revealing that she ‘has entered a bit of depression’
Former Big Brother host’s new Channel 4 documentary works to dispel myths surrounding menopause and dispel the shame and fear surrounding hormone replacement therapy.
Davina previously revealed that she cried in “frustration and anger” while filming the series, confessing, “I come home after filming and sometimes I sit and cry … in deep frustration and anger at the face. to how we fail women. ‘
She added, “This movie is not just for postmenopausal women, it’s for their partners, fathers, brothers and sons. ”
Important: The new documentary Channel 4 from host Big Brother works to dispel myths surrounding menopause and dispel the shame and fear surrounding hormone replacement therapy.
In January, the former Big Brother host revealed that she believed she was developing Alzheimer’s disease early on when she started going through menopause.
One of the symptoms of menopause, according to the NHS, is problems with memory and concentration, along with night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, low mood and anxiety.
Available Now: Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times, now available
Speaking on Gabby Logan’s The Mid.Point podcast, she recalled, “I sometimes learn different things for everything in my brain because when I went to my doctor and said : I had Alzheimer’s disease because my father obviously has Alzheimer’s disease ”.
‘And I was like,’ I’m still paranoid – I know I don’t really have it but am I okay? ” [The doctor] says, “This is called cognitive overload.”
Davina’s heartfelt comments come after she reportedly left her showcase gig during the Locker Room reboot, as upcoming filming dates conflict with her current professional commitments.
The TV personality was scheduled to host the Channel 4 show with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, it was announced last year.
But after the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on her schedule and pushes production dates back twice, she can no longer commit to the new series.
Change of plan: Davina is said to have quit her introductory gig during the Locker Room reboot, as upcoming filming dates conflict with her current professional commitments.
An insider told The Sun, “Davina was so excited to be a part of the reboot, but with the shifting production schedule, it became a nightmare.
Filming was supposed to take place at the end of last year, but it was moved earlier this year. And now he’s been pushed back again.
“The lockdown and the pandemic have taken their toll on the schedule and sadly Davina has said she will not be able to commit. It’s the last thing anyone wanted but she’s so busy with other filming engagements.
“Everyone in the locker room is gutted because getting Davina on board was a huge coup for the restart. ”
COVID: After coronavirus pandemic ravages Davina’s schedule and pushes production dates back twice, she can no longer commit to new series