Mariella Frostrup, 56, has become a de facto spokesperson for menopause awareness in the UK
She debuted a BBC documentary last year about her investigations into hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and is now a vocal advocate against the stigma that surrounds menopause.
The British Norwegian news and arts programmer has detailed her experiences with HRT treatments
“Every morning I squirt oestrogen gel onto the inside of my thigh or upper arm. There’s a lower risk of blood clots if it’s delivered through the skin rather than orally. At the end of the day, I further boost my depleted hormone levels with a progesterone tablet. Having never really taken much in the way of medicine during my five decades of life, at the age of 56, I’m now a pharmacy of hormone-enhancing products!”
After her documentary ‘The Truth About The Menopause’ aired last year, she has remained a social media authority on the topic
Her posts and shared experiences have helped countless women throughout the UK and beyond grapple with their own menopause struggles.
She expressed incredulity that women are not made more aware about the HRT options available to them. Many of the negative effects of menopause, including hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, and weight gain, can be eased by HRT.
As Frostrup puts it, “I hadn’t realised anxiety, sleeplessness, memory fog, lack of motivation and emotional upheaval are all linked to the menopause. It’s not really surprising — there are oestrogen and progesterone receptors in almost every organ and tissue in the body, so symptoms are diverse and different for each woman.”
She expresses her frustration with the misconception that HRT gives you cancer
In the early ‘00s, the news spread around the world that several large studies showed that HRT led to breast cancer without any further clarification. These findings have prevented women from receiving the HRT treatments that could help them conquer the negative side effects of menopause.
Janice Rymer is the Vice-President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Professor of Gynaecology at King’s College London School of Medicine and she provides some clarification on the topic
“HRT is not as frightening as the headlines make out. What is frustrating is that women aren’t given enough information about the subject and they are scared.”
In fact, HRT, including a new treatment called neurokinin B (NKB), can help women recover from the debilitating effects of hot flushes, brain fog and mood swings.
In the past, women have been made to feel that there is shame and stigma surrounding their hormonal changes
This stigma can place an additional emotional burden on a woman, thus exacerbating mood swings, anxiety and stress. The whole problem forms a vicious cycle that then makes all symptoms worse.
Mariella is dedicated to speaking out about these issues and making life better for women who are dealing with menopause.
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