Loose Women star Andrea McLean has always been open and honest about how she's coped with the symptoms of the menopause.
The 48-year-old has experienced some tricky health issues in the past – including a difficult hysterectomy just a few years ago.
Since then, the newly-married mum-of-two has been open about her health struggles – in particular, the issues she’s experiencing with the menopause.
And now, Andrea confessed that since it began, she’s been experiencing short-term memory loss.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the presenter described her symptom as a kind of ‘brain fog’, which leads to her forgetting simple, every-day things.
She explained, “It’s short-term. It’s that sort of memory loss where you walk into a room and think, ‘I came in here for something, what was it?’
“You walk into a bedroom and think, ‘What did I do this for?’. I have to go back downstairs and retrace my steps… ah, that was it! You find most things in the fridge.
“That sort of thing. It’s like a brain fog. It’s annoying.”
Andrea even confessed that she now carries a notebook with her, in an attempt to combat the problem.
“I have a notebook I take everywhere, and I write everything down”, she revealed.
Memory loss during the menopause
Memory loss during the menopause is a common symptom, but is one that can be distressing. Lapses in memory often occur due to lower levels of oestrogen. Oestrogen is often tied to congnitive function – so it’s no surprise that you can experience memory problems during the life stage.
However, it is thought that memory lapses will cease once you are through the menopause.
Andrea has also admitted that she’s suffered from other debilitating symptoms of the menopause, including excessive sweating.
The presenter, who regularly fronts Loose Women, even shared that her hot flushes left her forced to mop herself down during advert breaks on the show.
Andrea has spoken openly of her frustration that the menopause is still largely a taboo subject in society. During a recent appearance on Lorraine, the star even suggested that women wear ‘M’ badges on public transport.
She said, “If there was more knowledge out there I think male commuters would say, ‘OK, it’s fine. She’s burning up like a furnace, let her open the window, cut her a bit of slack.”
If you are experiencing any difficult menopause symptoms, pay a visit to your doctor, who can offer help and support.
FROM: Woman, our sister site.