Lorraine Kelly is keen to dispel any stigma surrounding the menopause and has talked about how taking HRT has helped to boost her sex life.
The 61-year-old star told OK! about her first symptoms and how the treatment has improved her love life with husband Steve.
She revealed that the first things she noticed included sleepless nights.
Lorraine says it wasn't all of the typical symptoms she expected: "I didn’t have hot sweats, but from my late forties I had sleepless nights and was getting gradually lower in mood."
She continued: "I was tired and easily annoyed. I had crippling anxiety, constantly worrying about getting to work on time. I didn’t recognise myself. My husband Steve eventually said, 'You need help.'
Lorraine said it was her colleague Dr Hilary Jones who diagnosed menopause straight away when she told him about her symptoms.
The star is keen for people to talk about the subject more, as she feels like she didn't know enough about it beforehand: "We’ve got to talk to our daughters – and our sons and husbands – because it affects everyone."'
Lorraine couldn't be happier since she started treatment, and she praises the medicine: "HRT is brilliant. Now I put a patch on my bum twice a week. Within two weeks of starting it I felt better."
She said other celebrity friends also benefited from it: "Carol Vorderman said it was immediate the improvement she felt after rubbing her HRT cream into her arm."
Lorraine says her sex life has improved again thanks to the medication: "For me the HRT helped everything toddle along nicely in that department."
"Even if you decide against HRT, there are lots of alternative remedies to help this. You lose your waist as you get older, but HRT helped with this," she explained about the options available for those who need it.
However she admits she didn't stay in the best shape over lockdown, and has gone up a dress size.
She insists: "I was never hired for my looks, but I feel I’ve grown into them over the years. Back in the 80s and 90s I looked a right shocker!"
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