Linda Robson said the menopause ‘turned her into a madwoman’ (Picture: ITV)
Linda Robson spoke honestly about her experiences with the menopause admitting it made her unbearable to live with.
The actress, 63, said on Thursday’s Loose Women that she ended up with a low libido and began to ‘shout’ at her children.
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Symptoms can include hot flushes, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping or low mood.
According to the NHS, the severity of the symptoms people going through menopause will experience will vary, and symptoms often begin months or years before the menstruation stops altogether. This is known as perimenopause.
Linda’s was transformed for the better when she was on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help relieve the symptoms, but stopped when her sister was battling cancer, which led to her feeling even worse.
She told panelists Charlene White, Brenda Edwards and Nadia Sawalha: ‘I knew I was going through the menopause because my sister went through it at 38 and I started getting all the symptoms, hot sweats, and no one can understand what a hot sweat is until you’ve had one.
‘You think it’s like a flash but it’s not. It actually goes through your whole body. It goes up through your back, over your head, all your make-up’s gone.’
Linda said hormone replacement therapy was a big help (Picture: ITV)
She went on: ‘I’ve always had quite a high libido and all of a sudden I had no libido and I turned into a mad woman. I was shouting at the kids all the time, at my husband and everything.
‘So I decided to try the HRT and it just changed my life. But then my sister got breast cancer so me and my other sister came off of HRT. It’s the worst I’ve ever been.’
Nadia interjected: ‘I think that was the beginning of you going downhill.’
Linda agreed: ‘I was always quite happy, breezy, and all of a sudden I was a monster. The kids were going to me, “Mum you’ve gotta go back on HRT” and as soon as I went back on it my life changed again. My libido’s through the roof!’
Typically menopause comes on between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age being 51.
Nadia urged people to speak to someone if any of their discussion resonated with them.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.