Davina McCall has compared her severe menopause symptoms to “heroin” as she felt “revolted” after waking up to a wet pillow.
The TV presenter, 54, who is now taking HRT to help manage her symptoms, recalled suffering from night sweats gave her flashbacks to her days of drug addiction when she was in her twenties.
Davina, who was perimenopausal at 44, told Sun’s Fabulous Magazine: “One of the greatest things about heroin is that I never woke up to wet sheets again.” No matter how bad life was, it was never as bad as when I was on heroin.
Comparison: Davina McCall compared her severe menopause symptoms to ‘heroin’ as she felt ‘revolted’ after waking up to a wet pillow
She explained: ‘It’s a soggy, sweaty prison. You’re in a constant state of, “I have to try to find it” or, “I’m weaning myself and I feel terrible. »
“When I quit, I remember waking up in dry sheets for a week straight and thinking, ‘This is the best feeling in the world.
Davina was shocked to find she had a wet bed again: “So when I woke up on a Garnier shoot in Prague in 2012 with a wet pillow, and the sheet was so wet under me that I had to grab a towel, I thought, ‘What the fuck is going on?’ I felt revolted.
The Big Brother star revealed her skin “looked terrible” from sweat and dehydration, but never guessed it would be menopause.
Symptoms: The TV presenter, 54, who is now taking HRT to help manage her symptoms, recalled suffering from night sweats gave her flashbacks to her days of drug addiction when she was in the twenteeth.
She explained that her work and personal life had been negatively affected by the symptoms as she did not feel like herself.
Davina explored menopause in a documentary called Sex, Mind and the Menopause – the sequel to her 2021 program Sex, Myths and the Menopause.
The show further explored the burning issues raised in its first documentary – including the myths of menopause and the taboo around HRT.
It also took a closer look at whether women are sidelined, fired or forced to work part-time when affected by menopausal symptoms at work.
‘I was hurt’: In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to ‘fill the hole’ left after being abandoned by her late mother Florence Kock
The TV star, who shares Holly, 19, Tilly, 17, and Chester, 14, with ex Matthew Robertson, has previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her overcome drug addiction.
She previously explained that as a recovering addict, she doesn’t even like to take over-the-counter tablets for headaches, so she avoided going the medical route.
Davina shared how she started exercising and took herbal remedies to help, but these didn’t ‘cut’, recounting how she planned to ‘fight through’ before eventually learning about menopause, with a private gynecologist eventually prescribing HRT.
Struggling: Davina once confessed after taking a drug cocktail in her twenties that she woke up in hospital, and less than a year after her brush with death she finally came clean (pictured by 1995)
In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to “fill the hole” left by her late mother Florence Kock’s abandonment.
The presenter reflected on her feelings of insecurity and instability after her mother – who died in 2008 – told her she was going on vacation for two weeks, but did not return and left her with her granddaughter. -paternal mother when she was only four years old.
In an interview with DJ Fat Tony on his show The Recovery, the broadcaster admitted that she was “saying goodbye to my brain cells” when using substances such as heroin, speed and weed on the outside. adolescence, before asking for help more than 20 years ago.
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WHAT IS MENOPAUSE AND HOW TO DELAY IT?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after her period stops and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Some women go through this period with few or no symptoms, around 60% have symptoms leading to behavioral changes and one in four will experience severe pain.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, disturbed sleep, decreased libido, memory and concentration problems, and mood swings.
Last year, a fertility doctor revealed that women could delay menopause for up to 20 years with a 30-minute surgery that tricks their body clocks into thinking they’re much younger than they are. are.
The surgical procedure, designed by the fertility expert who pioneered IVF, sees tissue from the ovaries, thawed, and then transplanted into the armpit.
It also has the potential to prolong fertility – although doctors say the aim is to delay menopause rather than give women the chance to have babies in their 60s.
Ovarian transplantation, or ovarian tissue cryopreservation, involves removing healthy tissue from a woman’s ovaries to delay the onset of menopause.
The 30-minute operation, available privately in the UK, sees a surgeon remove healthy cells from the woman’s ovary and freeze them in -150C conditions.
Whenever the patient wishes, they can be thawed and reinserted through the armpit.
When ovarian tissue begins to function, it produces hormones that prevent menopause from occurring.