Gabby Logan has vowed to continue her television career during perimenopause in a new interview.
The presenter, 47, said she ‘didn’t feel different from me 32’ as she revealed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helped relieve her symptoms.
Speaking on Women’s Health UK’s Going for Goal podcast, the broadcaster also highlighted the importance of educating men about the effects of perimenopause and menopause and recognized his fitness to improve his mental health.
‘There’s more I want to do and I’m better at my job’: Gabby Logan has vowed to continue her TV career during perimenopause in a new interview (pictured last year)
The TBEN star first had her hormones checked six months ago, when she found out she was living her period of life earlier than expected because she had taken in her twins Reuben and Lois, 15 years old, by IVF.
Gabby shared: ‘Basically I will probably never have a period again so I almost went through that part of my life … because I had IVF she [the doctor] explained that menopause can happen earlier, and I didn’t know that either.
The host also spoke about how she is dealing with her perimenopause symptoms, saying: ‘She [the doctor] explained the risks and what they were, the benefits and what they were, and I think everyone’s decision is completely individual.
“I felt like I wasn’t feeling the best version of myself I could be feeling right now,” and I don’t want to allow myself to slow down for no reason.
‘I don’t want to slow down’: Host, 47, doesn’t ‘feel different than me 32’ (pictured) and says bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has relieved his symptoms
Details: The TBEN star recently found out that she was living her period of life earlier than expected as she welcomed her twins through IVF (pictured last year)
‘So it’s been about six months since I saw [my doctor] and I feel really good and I’m very lucky because I haven’t had many of the more aggressive symptoms you experience with menopause.
According to the NHS, bioidentical hormones are made from plant sources that are believed to be similar or identical to human hormones.
WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE?
Perimenopause begins several years before menopause. The transition usually occurs in your 40s, but can start earlier.
Perimenopause can last up to four years, before menopause. For some women, this stage may last only a few months or last for 10 years. Perimenopause ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having her period.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness causing discomfort during sex, trouble sleeping, decreased libido, fatigue, urine leakage, and swelling. mood.
Often times, a doctor can diagnose perimenopause based on the symptoms. They may also order a blood test to check hormone levels.
The Health System website claims that while practitioners claim that “ these hormones are a natural and safer alternative to standard HRT drugs, ” they are not widely recommended because they are unregulated and it is not. clear how safe they are.
The media personality went on to explain why she feels determined to stay on live TV for as long as possible, despite the challenges she may face during perimenopause.
Gabby added: ‘Inside I didn’t feel any different than the 32-year-old me.
“ Yes I have more lines and of course I don’t look exactly like I had when I was 32 … but I also felt like I had more experience, there is more I want to do and I am better at my job, so all of those things that are pluses for being a little older.
“I just didn’t want to stop working just because I was a certain age. Being able to carry on these conversations on live television and all of those things requires mental dexterity and cognitive abilities.
On the importance of keeping menopause and perimenopause in conversation, the TV star said, “ The volume is increasing, more and more people are talking about it.
“ But also, men work alongside women, men are married to women, and I think men also need to know what’s going on because we [all] need to have this empathy and this understanding of what is happening to our partners, our friends …
“ I just didn’t quite understand what was happening or was going to happen to me, I’ll be honest. ”
The mother-of-two also detailed the impact of the natural phase on businesswomen, expressing, “ I think this applies to a lot of women in high-power, high-performance jobs.
“They suddenly disappear from boards or CEOs because they don’t quite get there because of this confusing time in their lives, physically, emotionally and mentally.
‘It helps me get through lockdown’: The broadcaster also attributed his improved mental health to his fitness (pictured exercising last year)
“So for me, it’s really important that women continue to market themselves and get these high-level jobs… and it’s not because of what is happening during their menopause that they are going away.
Elsewhere in the discussion, the former Edge star said exercise has been a key part of her locked out life.
Gabby said: ‘Wellness is intrinsically linked to fitness for me … I went back to training with a trainer that I trained for years …
“ I did a few sessions with him online, a few HIIT classes, I could do yoga, go for a run, do a lot of walking, and it definitely helps me get through that time. ”
Listen to Gabby Logan’s full interview on Women’s Health’s “Going for Goal” podcast, available now.
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE AND HOW CAN YOU DELAY IT?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after stopping her period and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Some women go through this period with few or no symptoms, around 60% have symptoms that lead to behavioral changes and one in four will suffer severely.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness resulting in discomfort during sex, trouble sleeping, decreased libido, problems with memory and concentration, and mood swings.
Last year, a fertility doctor revealed that women can delay menopause for up to 20 years with a 30-minute operation that tricks their biological clocks into believing they are much younger than they are. are.
The surgical procedure, devised by the fertility expert who initiated IVF, sees tissue from the ovaries, thawed, and then transplanted into the armpit.
It also has the potential to prolong fertility – although doctors say the goal is to postpone menopause rather than giving women the chance to have babies in their 60s.
Ovarian transplant, or cyropreservation of ovarian tissue, involves removing healthy tissue from a woman’s ovaries to delay the onset of menopause.
The 30-minute operation, available privately in the UK, allows a surgeon to remove healthy cells from the woman’s ovary and freeze them under conditions of -150 ° C.
Whenever the patient wishes, they can be thawed and reinserted through the armpit.
When the ovarian tissue begins to function, it produces hormones that prevent menopause from occurring.