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

TV presenter Lisa Snowdon spoke about her shock at being perimenopausal, saying the diagnosis was a “real wake-up call”.

The model, who turns 50 later this month, details the symptoms she experienced and said a doctor had prescribed her antidepressants, which she knew were “not what I need”.

Speaking on This Morning, she said of being 42 years old and having “no idea”: “I didn’t even know what perimenopause was.

“I knew about menopause – ish – but in school you learn about your period, puberty, pregnancy, but perimenopause or menopause was never mentioned, so I was completely in the dark and I Thought it would be many, 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 the things I usually do every day, I couldn’t do — it felt so weird. ‘I could just ‘ process things.

She recalled how her periods changed and became “really erratic”, adding: “So some months you just don’t have a period and the next few months you don’t stop bleeding, and it So heavy and so weak that you can’t leave the house.

“You can’t go to work for fear of bleeding everywhere, just awful. And the pain and anxiety that goes with it.

and depression. I went to a gynecologist and it was never mentioned, ‘Could you be perimenopausal?’

“So when I was 42 the doctor prescribed antidepressants and I took them for about six months, but I knew I didn’t need to. And I wasn’t getting these cravings out of nowhere, on emotional rage Uncontrollable, and my poor fellow George, he was like, ‘What’s up?’ ,

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said of being diagnosed with being perimenopausal: “I was quite surprised.

“I had the biggest lump in my throat and was just confused and it was almost like a punch in the stomach because I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew it was a big change. And fertility… so much on my mind at the time Such things had come.

“It was just a real wake-up call and I wish I knew more about it because now, I feel great and I’m on HRT (hormone replacement therapy), it’s been an absolute game changer.”

Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and is no longer able to become pregnant naturally, but symptoms can occur years before this happens, known as perimenopause.

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

Snowden was speaking on the ITV show with Dr. Louise Newson, a 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 the next phase of my life, it’s coming to me and I want to go into it without fear, and I think that’s the best way to do it.” Listen to other women, hear stories, educate yourself and learn.

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

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

She said: “It’s been a game changer. I’ve lost some weight, I’ve got my energy back, I no longer have joint pain, the anxiety is gone, the brain fog, I can talk to you and Can talk – I remember your names.

“I didn’t recognize myself right now (at that time) and that was very scary. But I feel fantastic and this is HRT.”

Last year the government announced it would significantly reduce the cost of repeating HRT prescriptions for people experiencing menopausal symptoms in England.