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Davina McCall reveals she thought she was going to lose her job because of menopausal brain fog

Davina McCall has detailed her experience of menopause to help other women.

The former Big Brother presenter turned Masked Dancer UK judge, 54, revealed she had experienced a brain fog so bad it was affecting her work and she thought she was losing her job.

Davina recalled she was once on a TV with interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, 57, and had forgotten his name due to memory loss from menopause.

“I was dating Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and I couldn’t remember his name,” she said, according to The Sun.

“I thought I’d have to quit my job — and I love my job.”

She added that she thought she was “going crazy.”

“I was just getting to a point where I thought I really knew how to do this job and then I was like, ‘You’re going to do it for me.’

Davina said she wished she had the courage to speak to her production team about her memory loss from menopause, but she was too ashamed.

Now she’s speaking out about her experience with menopause to end the stigma and help others.

She added that she found the night sweats “debilitating” but soon found relief with hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.

She added to Lorraine on Thursday that she feels quite lonely going through menopause but wanted to remind women that they are not alone.

“It’s so lonely [going through menopause], I thought I’d disappear and my world is getting smaller. I felt very lonely and isolated,” she said.

“It’s only when you come out of the blue that you think I haven’t laughed in months… It can be a fantastic time in your life, freedom. It’s just the next level.”

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.

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 .”

The mother-of-three went on to share her reaction to a new Channel 4 poll which found that of the 4,014 women polled, 14% reduced their working hours due to menopause symptoms.

It also revealed that 52% of women lost their confidence at work due to menopause, while a whopping 84% felt there was no one at work to turn to with their issue.

Sharing how pre-HRT menopause had affected her, Davina admitted it made her feel “invisible” as she couldn’t talk to anyone about it, while she was “scared” as she wasn’t sure what happened to her.

She added that after HRT, it felt like she was “born again,” with the star noting that she “felt like I got myself back.”

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