Zoe Hardman has emotionally revealed that going through menopause at age 37 has “pushed her mental health to the brink.”
The TV presenter told what it was like trapped her in major depression and caused her sex drive to subside.
In a candid conversation with The sun, Zoe said, “Some very dark, uncontrollable thoughts went through my mind and I thought I wouldn’t make it. I felt so low that without any help I didn’t know how to get it. ‘
Candid: Zoe Hardman has emotionally revealed that going through menopause at age 37 has ‘pushed her mental health to the brink’
She said that by the end of last year, she started experiencing menopausal symptoms after developing the hereditary condition, which also included her sister, mother, and grandmother.
Zoe revealed that the confusing experience left her in constant “tear waves,” crediting her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 35, for “getting her off the floor,” as she struggled with the condition.
She told the publication, “We think menopause happens to 50-year-old women, so if it happens early, it’ll hit you like a train.
“My skin got very dry and I had dandruff for the first time in my life. I had hot flashes and suffered from hair loss and vaginal dryness. The pain during sex did not go away and I got severe pain in my right ovary. ‘
Open: Zoe, who is mom to Luna, three and Kit, two have detailed how the condition caught her in major depression
She added that the loss of one of her close friends Caroline Flack in February this year only made her depression worse. The Love Island host tragically took her own life when she was 40.
On Thursday, Zoe took to Instagram sharing an image of her upcoming Fabulous magazine cover and writing a passionate caption about her ordeal.
The star admitted she wanted to be “brave,” hoping to “normalize” the condition and help other women who experience it as well.
Zoë, who is the mother of Luna, three, and Kit, two, wrote, “It is time for me to be brave. It’s time to talk about early menopause.
Supportive: Zoe revealed that the experience left her in constant ‘waves of tears’ as she credits her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 35, for ‘getting her off the floor’ as she struggled with the condition
2020 has thrown me into some really challenging things, but this one is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, before I had my kids, my wonderful sister, at age 34, went through an early ovarian failure. We knew it was hereditary since both my mom and grandma went through it at the age of 40. ‘
She described her symptoms and wrote, “At the end of last year, I started to experience quite awful symptoms; hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, headaches and many other problems. ‘
Zoe explained that her husband Paul, whom she married in 2017, was all her stone and picked her up when she was feeling down.
She said: ‘In January this year I was so low I didn’t know what to do … the waves of tears just wouldn’t go away … my amazing husband played a big part in getting the help I got needed and picks me up from the floor every day.
‘This Sunday you can read my full interview in the brilliant about what happened and how I am today. Menopause is NOTHING to be ashamed or ashamed of … the more we talk, the more we normalize it and raise awareness that it can happen sooner than we sometimes think. ‘
She signed off, saying, “But together as women, we can support each other in our lives during this time, whenever that may be. Great love, Sun xx. ‘
WHAT IS PREMATURE MENOPAUSE?
- Early menopause is a condition that reflects menopause but is much more common in women aged 20-45
- With POI, the ovaries often fail completely, meaning there may still be a chance of getting pregnant
- Unlike menopause, POI can cause fluctuations in ovarian function over time, sometimes resulting in a period, ovulation, or even pregnancy, several years after diagnosis.
- Because of this interrupted temporary rereversal of ovarian function, about 5-10% of women with POI can still get pregnant
- About one in 100 women under 40, one in 1,000 women under 30 and one in 10,000 under 20 experience POI
- Most women go through menopause at the age of 45 to 55