Menopause affects all women in different ways, but it’s an experience that’s not often talked about. Did you know, for example, that 51 per cent of women say menopause affects their relationship, 60 per cent of women suffer brain fog in menopause and 10 per cent of women quit their job due to menopause (according to The Menopause Charity)? That’s a lot to deal with and a lot of the time men are blissfully unaware of the trials and tribulations women go through at this stage in their lives.
Rod Stewart however has spoken out recently on his thoughts on men educating themselves better on the effects of the menopause. Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, the 76-year-old singer spoke about his experience when his wife, Penny Lancaster, was going through the menopause.
He said: ‘I googled and googled and googled. I googled menopause so much when she was going through it. She was in a fragile situation. I just had to listen and learn and get ready for saucepans being thrown through the kitchen.’
He added: ‘It was frightening, because this really wasn’t the person I married. We talked about it, which I think is the most important thing a couple can do, and she explained to me – through the tears, as Penny likes a cry – and talked it through, and that’s what couples do.’
The Daily Mail recently reported that the South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has started running menopause courses for men earlier this year, which Rod Stewart agreed with. ‘Absolutely,’ he said, when asked if he thinks men should be given menopause classes. ‘It’s a very good way to go. Men have got to get on with it, understand and come out the other end.’
He added that he tells his male friends to ‘be understanding’ of their wives, saying, ‘some of them should have that talk right now.’