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Celebrities and Menopause

Celebrities and Menopause

Sometimes it just makes us feel good to know that everyone is or will go through menopause or andropause, should they be lucky to live long enough.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Menopause

Born in 1955

Whoopi Goldberg said, "My sex drive has totally changed. One minute I'm like, 'Yeah! I can't wait for it." The next I'm saying, 'Oh God, go away.'"

She also said that it was a time to examine the negative people in her life and get rid of them.

She said, "All of a sudden, I don't mind saying to people, "You know what? Get out of my life. You're not right for me."

Whoopi was on a rollercoaster ride with her moods. "I could cuss you out for two weeks,' she said, ‘then send you a Hallmark card to say I'm sorry." 

Jane Seymour and Menopause

Born in 1951

Jane Seymour said, "I lost faith in ever being happy again. When the menopause took hold I had the typical symptoms of hot flushes and feeling grouchy. I did try to use mind over matter to control them-but I realized that I needed a back-up plan."

Mel Gibson and Menopause

Born in 1956

You've probably heard about Mel Gibson's recent tirades. At one point he questioned if he was going through some kind of male menopause.

Dolly Parton and Menopause

Born in 1946

Dolly Parton had a difficult time during perimenopause, blaming most of her depression on the fact that she never had any children of her own, and now it was too late. At one point she felt suicidal. "I went through a dark time-it lasted months."

She also said, "Then one day, I said to myself, 'Right, get off your fat butt, and if you really are suicidal, then go and shoot your brains out." Obviously she didn't do that.

Susan Sarandon and Menopause

Born in 1946

Susan Sarandon has such a good attitude about the second half of life, and I really admire that. She said she isn't interested in taking hormone replacement therapy or having cosmetic surgery. She just wants to age gracefully and think about others and things outside of herself. Good attitude for sure for all the celebrities and menopause.

Madonna and Menopause

Born in 1958

Yes, even the material girl has gone through menopause. We know this because a) she's at the right age for menopause and b) she whispered to Rosie (who whispers to Rosie and expects her to keep the secret?) to "get the cream" in response to Rosie's complaints of menopausal symptoms.

Sex and The City and Menopause

I am a little concerned about the portrayal of menopause on Sex and the City because of this statement said in the movie by Samantha Jones, “I am leading the way through the menopause maze with my vitamins, my melatonin sleep patches, my biodentical estrogen cream, progesterone cream, a touch of testosterone.” If you've read the research reports on hormone replacement therapy, I don't think you would take all of this so easily if you are having a normal menopausal transition. It's just not worth the risk.

Donna Hay and Menopause

Donna Hay pokes fun at herself for her menopausal moodiness and understands why her husband and daughter are not listening to her anymore.

Cheryl Ladd and Menopause

Born in 1951

Cheryl Ladd always took really good care of herself and that's why she was so surprised when her doctor told her that at 46 years of age she was in the early stages of osteoporosis.

Stevie Nicks and Menopause

Born in 1948

Stevie Nicks suffered from extreme hot flashes. She is quoted as saying, "I got myself a huge Japanese fan. You might as well look fabulous while you're suffering."

Tracey Emin and Menopause

Born in 1963

She told The Guardian: 'People don't talk about it, but the menopause, for me, makes you feel slightly dead, so you have to start using the other things – using your mind more, read more, you have to be more enlightened, you have to take on new things, think of new ideas, discover new things, start looking at the stars, understand astronomy … just wake yourself up, otherwise it's a gentle decline.'

Julie Walters 

Born 1950

Julie Walters says,  ‘It’s a good time, after the menopause, once the flushes stop and things settle. I’ve got more energy and things start fitting into place emotionally.’

She also said, "You have to accept that's what life's about. You can't hold age back forever. I think if I had to do a facelift to get a part, I would never do it.

You can tell if someone's had work done. It's not real. You see these women and it's like a plastic mask. They look odd and lifeless.

There’s something great about going through the menopause and being in your 50s. … . You trade in that youthful thing, where everything is brand new, [and] you swap it hopefully for some kind of wisdom; all the stuff you’ve learned. …

Getting older is actually enjoyable, she said.

Yeah. Yeah, yeah. It’s not so painful as you get older. Life, it’s not so scary.”

Wanda Skyes and Menopause

Born 1964

"Why didn’t they mention this sh_ in the book Are you There God? It’s me Margaret?" referring to Judy Blume’s 1970 influential book on coming of age. Poking fun at the need for menopause guidance, Sykes said: "Better yet will there be a menopause edition called Lord Jesus! Maggie, Put Down the Gun!"

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