‘Women feel the fear and can’t talk to anyone’: Zoe Hardman, 38, details her ‘scary’ experience of early menopause and hopes to ‘normalise’ the condition
Zoe Hardman has detailed her experience of going through the early menopause as she hopes to ‘normalise’ the condition.
The presenter, 38, spoke to Loose Women panelist Nadia Sawalha on Thursday about the ‘really incredible short film’ that she made in collaboration with the ‘wonderful team’ at BBC Morning Live.
Taking to Instagram ahead of its release Zoe said to her followers ‘just remember you are not alone’ as she aimed to raise awareness.
Opening up: Zoe Hardman, 38, detailed her experience with the early menopause on Thursday morning’s Loose Women, as she hopes to ‘normalize’ the condition in her new short film
Speaking on Loose Women, Zoe shared the symptoms that she experienced such as ‘headaches’, ‘night sweats’ and ‘loss of libido’.
In the short film she documented the science behind the condition as well as the signs and symptoms to look out for.
The radio host described the brain fog that she felt as being one of the most challenging symptoms:
‘The brain fog was absolutely hell, especially for someone like me who is in communication, I was trying to do live radio shows and not being able to think.’
Raising awareness: Taking to Instagram ahead of its release Zoe said to her followers ‘just remember you are not alone’ as she aimed to raise awareness
She added: ‘It was really scary and I think a lot of women feel that fear and don’t really have anyone to talk to about it.’
Taking to her Instagram Zoe said that the subject is ‘close to her heart’ as herself and her sister, mother and grandmother have faced the health condition.
Zoe said that she took on the project to raise awareness around the subject that she believes is still not spoken about. In a message she wrote: ‘Just remember you are not alone.’
Raising awareness: Speaking on Loose Women, she shared the symptoms that she experienced such as ‘headaches’, ‘night sweats’ and ‘loss of libido’ as she suffered with the condition in her 30’s
Symptoms: Zoe explained that ‘the brain fog was absolutely hell especially for someone like me who is in communication, I was trying to do live radio shows and not being able to think’
She first shared her experience with menopausal symptoms in July last year after developing the hereditary condition.
Her sister Kathryn, discovered she had gone into the premature menopause at the age of just 34.
Speaking with Heart FM last year, Kathryn explained: ‘I remember it started when I came over all dizzy and lightheaded. I’d been away abroad, so when I came back I thought I was suffering from malaria.’
Brave: The radio host revealed that the subject is ‘close to her heart’ as herself and her sister, mother and grandmother have faced the health condition (pictured here with husband, Paul)
Not alone: Zoe posted a photo of herself and her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 36, ahead of the release and captioned the shot, ‘just remember you are not alone’
But after confiding in Zoe, who told her it sounded like the menopause, Kathryn was diagnosed with POI, a condition which their grandmother had also suffered from.
Zoe explained they discovered the condition ran in their family, saying: ‘Our grandma had it [the menopause] quite early on. She was in her forties when she got the menopause.’
In 2016, Zoe urged women to consider having their eggs frozen in their 20s as she discussed her own fertility struggles.
The star shares her daughter Luna, five and son Kit, three, with her husband Paul Doran-Jones, 36, who she married in 2017.
Strong: Zoe is mother to Luna, five, and Kit, three (pictured here in 2020)
WHAT IS PREMATURE MENOPAUSE?
- Premature Menopause is a condition that mirrors the menopause, but occurs much earlier in women – aged 20-45
- With POI the ovaries often don’t completely fail, meaning that there could still be a chance to conceive
- Unlike the menopause, POI can cause fluctuations in the ovarian function over time, occasionally resulting in a period, ovulation or even pregnancy, several years after diagnosis
- Because of this intermittent temporary return of ovarian function, approximately 5-10% of women with POI may still conceive.
- Approximately one in every 100 women under the age of 40, one in 1,000 women under 30 and one in 10,000 under 20 experience POI
- Most women go through the menopause at the age of around 45 to 55