Menopause is something every woman will have to deal with at a certain stage in life. While it can be a sensitive topic for some, a number of women in the public eye are opening up about their personal experiences to help dismantle the stigmas – the latest being Gwyneth Paltrow.
The 46-year-old Oscar winner and founder of lifestyle brand Goop has spoken candidly about her experience with perimenopause – the transition period to menopause.
Discussing the topic in a new Goop video, Gwyneth said: ‘I think when you get into perimenopause, you notice a lot of changes. I can feel the hormonal changes happening: the sweating, the moods. You’re just like all of a sudden furious for no reason.’
According to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), symptoms for perimenopause include irregular periods, hot flashes or trouble sleeping.
Gwyneth also expressed that she has become more aware of the way the menopause is discussed and wants to ‘rebrand’ it, especially after witnessing her mother go through it. ‘I remember when my mother went through menopause and it was like such a big deal and there was grief around it for her and all of these emotions,’ she said.
‘I think menopause gets a really bad rap and needs a bit of rebranding,’ she continued. ‘I don’t think we have in our society a great example of an aspirational menopausal woman.’
The actress has taken it upon herself to become that woman by announcing the launch of a new line of Goop vitamin supplements, which she has created as part of the rebranding. ‘There aren’t a lot of products being made for us to really help us through that phase,’ she added.
Last month, ex-Strictly Come Dancing contestant Susannah Constantine similarly opened up about going through ‘mental menopause’ during an interview on ITV’s Lorraine.