Worse than I imagined Louise Minchin wished shed got help sooner with health symptoms

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin thanks everyone on her last day

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Louise Minchin started her menopause aged 47 when she was still working at BBC Breakfast. Three years on, the 50-year-old said she wished she knew more about what was happening to her when she first experienced symptoms.

On whether she’d do anything differently, she said: “I think I would get help earlier.

“And also, when I had to come off a particular version of HRT, I would have been more persistent in trying to find another kind that would work for me.”

The presenter also discussed the depths of how challenging it had been for her. 

“I already have very little sleep because of the time I have to go to work, with the alarm going off at 3.40am,” she added to MPowered Women, reflecting on working at the BBC.

“Now, that sleep is disrupted, making me anxious and sometimes irritable about things which, pre menopause, wouldn’t have phased me.”

Louise previously revealed she had her own air conditioning setting to cope with hot flushes while working at the BBC.

She also campaigned for others to speak out about their feelings and symptoms, reminding them it was nothing to be embarrassed about.

Taking to her Twitter today, Louise asked her followers whether they think the conversation around menopause had changed in recent times. 

In view of her 226,000 followers, she wrote: “Do you think the conversation around menopause is changing or it is still embarrassing/awkward.

“Do you know people who have left or considered leaving jobs because of their symptoms? What would you like to see change?”

The mother-of-two asked the questions ahead of World Menopause Day 2021.

Many of her 226,000 followers flocked to her post to comment, with many saying they had noticed a change.

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Louise will no longer have to worry about experiencing symptoms live on air after quitting BBC Breakfast last month.

The mother-of-two said she was looking forward to spending time with her family and not having to set an alarm.

On her future career move, she said she was focused on enduring sport again as well as writing a book.

As well as this, Louise will continue her podcast, which is focused on mental and physical benefits of sport and exercise.

At the time of her exit, she said: “I have absolutely loved being part of it and I will really miss it, but it’s time now to stop that alarm early in the morning.

“And thank you for watching for all these years.”

Louise’s co-star Dan Walker said his co-star leaving felt like “a divorce” as he reflected on their years working together. 

She has since been replaced by various presenters on the show such as Sally Nugent. 

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