Martine McCutcheon admits she felt she was ‘losing her mind’ during the menopause before praising ‘game changer’ hormone replacement therapy for easing her symptoms
Martine McCutcheon says she felt as if she was ‘losing her mind’ as she went through the menopause.
The actress, 46, took to her Instagram page this week to share a clip of herself talking about experiencing the perimenopause and going on to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help with her symptoms, which she describes as a ‘game changer’.
Former EastEnders star Martine praised television presenter Davina McCall for talking publicly about her experience of going through the menopause and thanked her doctor Naomi Potter.
Difficult time: Martine McCutcheon, 46, says she felt as if she was ‘losing her mind’ as she went through the menopause
On her HRT, she said: ‘It’s been quite a game changer for me, there’s still some adjustments and tweaks to make.
‘I’ve been really so lucky to be guided by the force of nature that is Davina and Naomi Potter is a godsend to women going through this time.
‘When we are all losing our minds this lady is calm, collected and so wise about the whole situation.’
Speaking out: The actress took to her Instagram page this week to share a clip of herself talking about experiencing the perimenopause and going on to hormone replacement therapy
It comes after former Big Brother host Davina said her severe menopause symptoms left her feeling like she had a ‘brain tumour or Alzheimer’s’ following a mistake on TV.
She told Sophie Raworth on today’s Sunday Morning on BBC One, that her menopause ‘aged’ her and left her feeling ’embarrassed’ and ‘irrelevant’.
Davina, who recently penned a book on the matter, titled Menopausing, said the brain fog she experienced during perimenopause led her to make a mistake in her job.
Offering hope: Martine praised Davina McCall, 54, for speaking out about her severe menopause symptoms and how they made her fear she had a brain tumour or dementia
She revealed that during a particularly vulnerable moment, she burst into tears, thinking she was suffering from ‘a brain tumour or Alzheimer’s or something’.
‘During peri-menopause, the hormones go up and down and up and down, so you think you’re going completely mad,’ Davina said.
‘I felt it aged me, I felt it would make me irrelevant, I felt embarrassed because I’d always felt at the top of my game.
‘I’d been in television at that point for 20 years, I really knew what I was doing, I was extremely proud of my kind of list-making and my logistical practicality and the fact that I could multitask,’ she said.
But Davina revealed her skills were hindered by menopause as she recalled making a mistake on TV.
‘Somebody asked me if I was okay because I messed up on a TV programme, and I said yes, and when she shut the door and went away, I just burst into tears,’ she told Sophie.
‘Because I thought ‘I’m not okay, I think I got a brain tumour, or I got Alzheimer’s or something, help me’,’ the presenter added.
Worrying: She revealed that during a particularly vulnerable moment, she burst into tears, thinking she was suffering from ‘a brain tumour or Alzheimer’s or something’