Lisa Snowdon hails ‘game-changing’ HRT after diagnosis ‘wake-up call’

TV presenter Lisa Snowdon shared her shock when she learned she was in perimenopause and said the diagnosis was a “real wake-up call”.

The model, who will turn 50 later this month, detailed the symptoms she was experiencing and said a doctor had prescribed antidepressants for her, which she knew “wasn’t what I was doing.” needed ”.

Speaking on This Morning, she recounted being 42 and having “no idea,” saying, “I didn’t even know what perimenopause was.

“I knew about menopause – ish – but at school you learn your period, puberty, pregnancy, but perimenopause or menopause was never mentioned, so I was completely in the dark and thought that this would happen many years in the future. .

“But looking back, I think the first symptoms were this depression and anxiety, this feeling of being completely out of control and things that I usually did every day I couldn’t do – it was just very weird. , I just couldn’t process it.

She recalled how her menstrual cycle had changed and had become ‘really erratic’, adding: ‘So some months you just don’t have a period and the following months you just keep bleeding, and so on. is so heavy and so debilitating that you cannot leave. the House.

“You can’t go to work for fear of bleeding all over the place, it’s horrible. And the pain and anxiety that goes with it.

“And depression. I went to see a gynecologist and it was never said, “Could you be in perimenopause?”

“So when I was 42 the doctor prescribed me antidepressants and I took them for about six months, but I just knew it wasn’t what I needed. And I was making these rages come out of nowhere, uncontrollable with emotional rages, and my poor partner George, he was like, ‘What’s going on?’ “

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The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said he was diagnosed with perimenopause: “I was pretty shocked.

“I had the biggest lump in my throat and I was just confused and it was almost like a punch in the stomach because I wasn’t sure what it meant but I knew it was.” a big change. And fertility… a lot of things came to my mind at that point.

“It was just a real wake-up call and I wish I had known more about it because now I feel fantastic and I’m on HRT (hormone replacement therapy), it has been a game changer.”

Menopause is when a woman stops having her period and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally, but symptoms can appear years before this happens, which is known as perimenopause.

Symptoms of menopause can include memory problems, fatigue, and anxiety.

Snowdon was speaking on the ITV show alongside Dr Louise Newson, GP and menopause specialist, and Holly Willoughby, as This Morning launched a campaign focused on menopause.

Willoughby said: “So I’m sitting here like a sponge, this is my next phase of life, it’s coming to me and I want to go there fearlessly, and I think the best way to do that is to listen. other women, listen to the stories, educate myself and learn.

“So I want to hear your story and what your symptoms were. “

Snowdon said she has found a good balance in her HRT, which also includes testosterone.

She added: “It was a game changer. I lost weight, regained my energy, joint pain is gone, anxiety is gone, brain fog, I can talk to you and have a conversation – I remember your names.

“I just didn’t recognize myself (at the time) and that’s what was so scary. But I feel brilliant again and it’s HRT.

Last year the government announced that the cost of repeat prescriptions for HRT in England for people with symptoms of menopause would be significantly reduced.

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