‘I thought it was some kind of dementia’: Davina McCall, 53, details the ‘brain fog’ she suffered with the menopause and admits she feared she would lose her job as a result
Davina McCall has compared her menopausal brain fog to ‘some kind of dementia’ and admitted that she feared she would lose her job as a result.
The presenter, 53, told The Sun how she struggled mentally in lockdown, however added that she’s now feeling the most positive she has for a long time
Speaking about her experience with the menopause, Davina recalled how she’s suffered with not getting enough sleep, night sweats and hot flushes.
‘I thought it was some kind of dementia’: Davina McCall revealed to The Sun the horrendous brain fog she suffered with the menopause – and feared she would lose her job as a result (pictured above in 2019)
She admitted that she was unaware of how much the body requires hormones and detailed her sleepless nights.
‘And the brain fog… I remember sitting on the drive and looking at some grass, thinking: “What’s the word for that?” I thought it was some kind of dementia,’ the former Big Brother host recalled.
Explaining how she turned things around, Davina explained that it was hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that ‘brought her back’, after the menopause began to impact her work to the extent she feared she would lose her job.
Tough time: It was hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that ‘brought Davina back’ after the menopause began to impact her work to the extent she feared she would lose her job
The fitness advocate, who regularly does home workouts and spin classes, managed to keep busy during lockdown with her children Holly, 19, Tilly, 17, and Chester, 14.
She also regularly checked in with her hairdresser pal Michael Douglas, 47, via Zoom to record their podcast Making The Cut.
Davina was also able to work on her other projects – The Masked Singer and Long Lost Family – during the lockdown.
Judge: The fitness advocate, who regularly does home workouts and spin classes, managed to keep busy during lockdown, including appearing on The Masked Singer
Keeping in touch: The presenter also regularly checked in with her hairdresser pal Michael Douglas, 47, via Zoom during the time the country was locked down
Saving grace: Davina branded social media her ‘saviour’ during the past 18 months but admitted she attempts to avoid anything ‘contentious’ (pictured above in 2018)
And looking to the future, Davina explained she’s feeling excited about being able to take jobs she hasn’t been able to accept while her children were younger.
The mother-of-three added that she’s feeling more confident as she gets older after doing ‘lots of work’ during her 30s following her 20s where she ‘hated’ herself.
She said: ‘I did a lot of work on myself emotionally and physically… but it was still an ongoing battle.
‘Then being a mum and feeling like a cow with two enormous great big udders… Now I feel… better than I have done in years, because I was perimenopausal for a long time before that.’
Optimistic: Regarding her current projects, Davina showcased her sporty side recently by becoming a JD Williams ambassador and revealed that she feels ‘more confident than ever’