Davina McCall is having a ‘second spring’ after the changed responsibilities that come with aging have allowed her to go out with her friends again in the afternoon.
The 54-year-old TV presenter has opened up about aging and going through the menopause, saying that when her children Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and Chester, 16, got older, she reconnected with her. more youthful side.
She said woman&home: ‘So many of my friends are going to dance again. I used to, maybe once a year, but now I go out a lot and come home at 2am.
Live it up: Davina McCall, 54, is having a “second spring” after the changing responsibilities that come with aging allowed her to go out with friends late into the night.
“I can sleep until 10:00 because my children sleep until noon, and I enjoy it.
‘It’s like getting a new impetus. The Chinese call it the second spring, and it’s a really nice concept. You never have to grow old.
“I think there’s been a shift in society’s expectations of women of a certain age. There’s no ‘certain’ age anymore. We can do whatever we want.”
Out loud: The TV presenter spoke openly about aging and the transition to menopause
Davina said menopause was an incredible rebirth for her, adding that “we all owe it to younger women to get out there and live our best lives”.
It comes after Davina opened up about feeling “unattractive” while suffering from severe menopausal symptoms.
The former Big Brother host, who now takes hormone replacement therapy to help manage her symptoms, recalled suffering from night sweats, dry skin and brain fog and admitted she “didn’t feel sexy anymore”.
Happy: Says when her children Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and Chester, 16, are older, she’s been able to get back in touch with her more youthful side
Davina, who was in perimenopause at the age of 44, spoke with The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine about how the changes to her body affected her sex drive as she was constantly ‘drained’ from waking up at night due to symptoms.
Davina told the publication: ‘I lost something of myself. I have changed. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly how I had changed, but I had definitely changed. I didn’t feel.
“Between the sweaty nights, sore, dry vagina, and dry skin, I felt incredibly unattractive—and brain fog. None of it made me feel sexy.
Entertainment: She told woman&home: ‘So many of my friends are going dancing again. I used to, maybe once a year, but now I go out a lot and come home at 2am.
“Being in menopause can be a very lonely place. You can start to feel like you’re the only person in the world who feels this way and that no one understands what you’re going through.’
Davina explored the menopause in a documentary called Sex, Mind and the Menopause – a follow-up to her 2021 program Sex, Myths and the Menopause.
The show further explored several pressing issues raised by her first documentary – including menopause myths and the taboo around HRT.
Looking good: Davina spoke out as she posed for a stunning photo shoot for the November issue of woman&home magazine
Family affair: The presenter is the mother of daughters Holly (21) and Tilly (19) and son Chester (15) with ex-husband Matthew Robertson (53), from whom she divorced in 2017 (pictured in 2018)
She also took a closer look at whether women are pushed away, fired or forced into part-time work when affected by menopausal symptoms in the workplace.
Davina has vowed to ‘fight as long as she can’ to get women hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and proper menopause care amid a huge shortage in the UK.
A supply crisis has led to major shortages of some HRT products used by around 1 million women in the UK, while new research reveals post-menopausal women have been forced out of their jobs.
The November issue of Woman&home goes on sale Thursday, September 29, 2022.
And in an emotional interview, the presenter vowed to continue to advocate for menopausal and perimenopausal women, noting that “it’s the most important thing I’ll ever do”.
In a conversation with A mirror, Davina, has not shied away from discussing menopause at length in the past, explaining: ‘I think it’s going to be my life’s work now. It’s frustrating, but it seems like we’ve come a long way in the last year in terms of public awareness and willingness to do something about it.”
The publication reports that she then became emotional as she continued: ‘I’m going to do this as long as it takes, I feel like it’s really important, I think it’s the most important thing I’ll ever do.’
November issue of the magazine woman&home is on sale on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE AND HOW CAN YOU POSTPONE IT?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after her period stops and she can no longer conceive naturally.
Some women get through this period with few if any symptoms, about 60 percent experience symptoms that cause behavioral changes, and one in four will suffer severely.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness that causes discomfort during intercourse, sleep disturbances, decreased sex drive, problems with memory and concentration, and mood swings.
Last year, a fertility doctor revealed that women can delay menopause by up to 20 years with a 30-minute operation that tricks their biological clock into thinking they are much younger than they are.
The surgical procedure, devised by a fertility specialist who pioneered IVF, sees tissue from the ovaries thawed and then transplanted back into the armpit.
It also has the potential to extend fertility – although doctors say the aim is to delay menopause rather than give women the chance to have children in their 60s.
Ovarian transplantation, or ovarian tissue cyropreservation, involves taking healthy tissue from a woman’s ovaries to delay the onset of menopause.
In the 30-minute operation, available privately in the UK, a surgeon takes healthy cells from a woman’s ovary and freezes them at -150C.
They can be thawed and reinserted through the armpit whenever the patient wants.
When ovarian tissue begins to function, it produces hormones that prevent the onset of menopause.