Davina McCall has spoken candidly about turning to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) amid her menopausal struggle.
Sharing her experience ahead of her new documentary - Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause - the TV presenter, 53, detailed her own 'frightening' journey, revealing she 'went into a bit of a depression'.
Davina admitted she was embarrassed about going public with the fact that she had started on Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), in which yams replace the synthetic hormones used in HRT.
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She told the Radio Times: 'I was scared about what was going on. I found out a newer HRT treatment was made from yams, but was afraid to go public about it.'
'Somehow menopause is shameful to admit, in a million different ways. You're past your sell-by date. You're not a baby-maker.'
Describing her perimenopause (the early stages of the 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 frightened me.
'The mental fog and confusion were so overwhelming.'
Distressing: Sharing her experience ahead of her new documentary, the TV presenter, 53, detailed her own 'frightening' journey, revealing she 'went into a bit of a depression'
The former Big Brother host's new Channel 4 documentary strives to eliminate the myths surrounding menopause, and dispel the shame and fear around hormone replacement therapy.
Davina previously revealed she was left in tears of 'frustration and anger' while filming the show, confessing: ‘I get home after filming and sometimes I just sit down and cry... from deep frustration and anger at how we are failing women.'
She added: ‘This film isn’t just for menopausal women, it’s for their partners, their fathers, their brothers, and their sons.’