By Amy Hunt
Appearing on Lorraine yesterday, Andrea McLean discussed the impact that her book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman, has had on the nation.
The Loose Women star admitted that actually, the book, which is to be released in paperback this Thursday, only came about as a result of a reluctant discussion.
Andrea confessed to Lorraine, "'That was the thing that started the book, the fact that I mentioned it on air, really reluctantly. Because I went to have a hysterectomy and I thought, I'm not going to mention it, because it means going head long into menopause.
"And we both work in this industry, everyone will think you're old!"
However, it seems her fans really resonated with her honest admission, as she explained, "But within 24 hours, 10,000 women got in touch wanting to know more information, and that's what led to the book.
"The only way to get a conversation started is to be really honest and really open."
The 49-year-old presenter also discussed her upcoming tour with Lorraine. She said, “I’m going on tour! How mad is that?”
Andrea went on to reveal that the idea for the tour - which kicks off in May - came about because of the unexpected impact the book had on the women and couples up and down the UK.
She revealed, “I get people coming up to me in the street. I get a lot of hugs. And people are telling me, because of your book, I had the confidence to go to the doctor and get the help I needed.
“I’ve also had men hugging me as I’m paying in car parks, saying, ‘you’re the woman who wrote that book. You’ve saved our marriage.’
"It really means a lot to me to have conversations like this. So I thought, why not bring everyone together in one room [on the tour], and we can have a laugh about it."
Opening up a discussion about the menopause can only ever be a good thing - we applaud you Andrea!
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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