Meg Mathews on the 32 symptoms of her menopause: 'It hit me like a train. I was terrified, I thought I was going mad.'
MEG MATHEWS TALKED CANDIDLY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE OF THE MENOPAUSE - INCLUDING THE IMPACT IT HAD ON HER SEX DRIVE
Meg bravely spoke out about her experience of going through the menopause during a frank interview with Andrea, Linda, Nadia and Stacey. And she admitted having 32 out of the 34 symptoms associated with the menopause after one day just waking up feeling different.
Talking about how the menopause affected her mental health, Meg said: 'One day I woke up of this feeling of being quite low. All this anxiety hit me. I’m a worrier but I’d get a bill and my stomach would go into this completely knotted panic. And then I couldn’t go out to buy a pint of milk, I got this social anxiety.'
Starting the menopause completely floored Meg who has been very open about the impact it has had on her life.
'I felt completely depleted in my life. I lied [to avoid going out] – I even told people I had glandular fever. There was no obvious reason, I just woke up one day and that was it,' she revealed. 'They [doctors] thought I was pregnant at first – I kept feeling nauseous, my boobs hurt, I woke up in the morning and when I walked to the toilet everything ached, I had dry mouth syndrome.'
'I was terrified, I thought I was going mad. My periods were always ok, I gave birth in an hour and fifteen minutes, and then one day I was hit with this – it hit me like a train. No build up. I had the night sweats but I didn’t get the hot flushes.'
'I still haven’t got much of a libido, I didn’t want to admit that. I split up with my partner - the thought of having sex was not a big thing,' Meg explained. 'They have seen scientifically that the more that you masturbate, the better [the menopause] is. It has worked for me.'
Watch the video to see the full interview with Meg.