I do admire Zoe’s positive mindset towards menopause. Not too sure how it will work for her when the symptoms really kick in though…
Zoe’s menopause tip… have more sex: Radio 2 DJ reveals she is going through the change at 46
She is five years shy of the national average age for the menopause.
But at the age of 46, Zoe Ball has revealed she is going through ‘the change’.
The Radio 2 DJ has now vowed to ‘have more sex’ in the wake of entering this new stage of her life, describing it as her ‘last hurrah’.
Speaking at the Leicester Square theatre in London, she said: ‘I’m menopausal; I’m hot and hairy.
‘I feel like it’s sort of my last hurrah. Is it going to get better? Do I do HRT? Have more sex? I just left my marriage I am sort of trying to… Good tip – [have] HRT and more sex.
‘I got to interview Warren Beatty the other day and that was amazing. He’s 80, but I still would.
‘But the best thing about getting older is big pants and comfy shoes – I’m starting to embrace the older age thing. You stop caring so much which is quite nice.’
The broadcaster, who split from her husband of 18 years Norman Cook last September, made her remarks on Monday night.
She added: ‘I’ve had a bit of a year of self-discovery.
‘I like not having to care anymore, and I have a 16-year-old son so I can live my life vicariously through him which is joyous.
‘The only thing I worry about is when he’s getting home, mainly because I want to go to sleep.
‘I’m looking forward to 50, which approaches fast. Once I get through this menopause bit I’ll let you know how it goes then I think I’m all clear.’
According to NHS figures, the average woman in Britain starts the menopause aged 51.
Symptoms usually start a few months, or even years, before periods stop, a process known as the perimenopause which is triggered by lowered levels of the hormone oestrogen.
On average, most symptoms last around four years from the time of a woman’s last period and include hot flushes, a reduced libido, mood swings and headaches.
Whilst a number of complementary and alternative therapies are available – including acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga and reflexology – there is limited scientific research to support their effectiveness.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most widely used treatment for menopausal symptoms.
A combination of oestrogen and progestogen are administered through skin patches, gels or pessaries and aims to relieve those symptoms related to oestrogen.
However, concerns have been raised over links to HRT and the increased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and heart disease.
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By Clemmie Moodie Associate Showbiz Editor For The Daily Mail