Davina McCall is experiencing a ‘second spring’ after the changing responsibilities that come with aging have allowed her to go out with her friends until the wee hours again.
The TV presenter, 54, has spoken openly about aging and menopause, and she says as her children Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and Chester, 16, get older, she’s been able to reconnect with her more youthful side.
She told Woman&Home: “So many of my friends are going dancing again. I used to be maybe once a year, but now I go out a lot and get home at 2am.
“I can sleep until 10am because my kids sleep until noon and I enjoy it.
“It’s like being given a new life. The Chinese call it the second spring and it’s a really beautiful concept. You don’t always have to grow old.
“I think society’s expectations of women of a certain age have changed. There is no longer a “safe” age. We can do whatever we want.’
Davina said menopause has been an amazing rebirth for her, adding: “We all owe it to younger women to get out there and live our best lives.”
It comes after Davina spoke openly about feeling “unattractive” while struggling with severe menopausal symptoms.
The former ‘Big Brother’ host, who is now on hormone replacement therapy to manage her symptoms, recalled suffering from night sweats, dry skin and brain fog and admitted she no longer felt ‘sexy’ felt.
Davina, who was in perimenopause at 44, spoke to The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine about how the changes to her body were affecting her sex drive as her symptoms kept her “exhausted” from waking up at night.
Davina told the publication: “I lost something of myself. I have changed. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly how I had changed, but I had definitely changed. I didn’t feel.
“I felt spectacularly unattractive during my sweaty nights and my sore, dry vagina and skin — and brain fog.” None of that made me sexy.
“Menopause can be very lonely. You can start to feel like you are the only person in the world who feels this way and that no one understands what you are going through.
Davina explored menopause in a documentary called Sex, Mind and the Menopause – the sequel to her 2021 program Sex, Myths and the Menopause.
The show explored more of the burning issues raised in its first documentary – including the myths surrounding menopause and the taboo around HRT.
It also looked more closely at whether women are marginalized, fired or forced to work part-time when they are affected by menopausal symptoms at work.
Davina has vowed to fight “as long as she can” to ensure women get hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the right menopausal care amid a major shortage problem in the UK.
The supply crisis has led to major shortages of some HRT products used by around 1 million women in the UK, while a new survey shows women have been forced to quit work after reaching menopause.
And in an emotional interview, the presenter vowed to continue advocating for women going through menopause and perimenopause, noting that “it’s the most important thing I’ll ever do.”
Speaking to the Mirror, Davina hasn’t shied away from speaking at length about menopause in the past, explaining: “I think it’s going to be my life’s work now. It’s frustrating, but it feels like we’ve come a long way in the last year in terms of public knowledge and willingness to do something about it.”
The publication reports that she then got emotional as she continued, “I’ll do this for as long as it takes, I feel like it’s really important, I think it’s the most important thing I’m ever going to do .”
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