Holly Willoughby, 40, says she will 'educate' herself on menopause

Holly Willoughby, 40, says she will 'educate' herself on menopause
Holly Willoughby, 40, says she will 'educate' herself on menopause

Holly Willoughby revealed she wants to 'educate' herself on menopause in a candid chat with Lisa Snowdon on Wednesday's This Morning. 

The presenter, 40, told how she wants to 'go in it without feeling fearful' and that she plans to do that by listening to other women and hearing their stories.

During the segment Holly was joined by Lisa, 49, who detailed her 'debilitating' symptoms, as well as GP and renowned menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson.

Honest: Holly Willoughby revealed she wants to 'educate' herself on menopause in a candid chat with Lisa Snowdon on Wednesday's This Morning

Honest: Holly Willoughby revealed she wants to 'educate' herself on menopause in a candid chat with Lisa Snowdon on Wednesday's This Morning

At the start of the conversation Holly explained: 'So I am sitting here like a sponge, this is my next phase of life, this is coming to me and I want to go into this without being fearful.

'I think the best way of doing that is to listen to other women, hear the stories, educate myself and learn.'

She continued: 'I think this is a really important conversation that we are just going to begin today and that we are absolutely going to continue. 

'Already the response to this has been huge so there are a lot of women out there that have questions…it affects half the population and not many people know enough about it.'  

Candid: During the segment Holly was joined by Lisa, 49, who detailed her 'debilitating' symptoms, as well as GP and renowned menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson

Candid: During the segment Holly was joined by Lisa, 49, who detailed her 'debilitating' symptoms, as well as GP and renowned menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson

Lisa, who turns 50 later this month, is passionate about sharing her experience of menopause and also joined Dr Newson to explain the physical and mental impact it has had on her. 

Lisa said: 'I started about eight years ago 42... I didn't even know what the perimenopause was! I knew about the menopause - ish - but at school you learn about your periods, puberty, pregnancy, but never was perimenopause or menopause mentioned, so I was completely in the dark and I thought it would happen 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 things I'd usually do every day, I couldn't do, it just felt very strange, I just couldn't process things. 

Chat: The presenter, 40, told how she wants to 'go in it without feeling fearful' and that she plans to do that by listening to other women and hearing their stories

Chat: The presenter, 40, told how she wants to 'go in it without feeling fearful' and that she plans to do that by listening to other women and hearing their stories

'And then your menstrual cycle starts changing and becomes really erratic, so some months you just don't have a period and the next few months you don't stop bleeding and it's so heavy and so debilitating you cannot leave the house.'

She continued: 'You can't go to work for fear of just bleeding everywhere, just awful. And the pain and anxiety that goes with it.. And the depression. 

'I went to see a gynaecologist and it was never mentioned , 'Could you be perimenopausal?' So when I was 42 the doctor prescribed antidepressants and I took them for

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