Dawn French opens up about how the menopause left her feeling ‘robbed’

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  • Dawn French has spoken out about her experience of the menopause, adding that it left her feeling ‘robbed’ of her memory.

    Speaking to Prima magazine, the mum-of-one admitted that she felt her mind had never been the same since, explaining: ‘You have to surrender to it, to the experience of it.’

    ‘I found it was a thief of my memory, so I had to write lists to remember stuff – I still do.’

    ‘Physically I found it a challenge – my womb was a mess, so it had to go. But the main thing is you can’t pretend it’s not happening; accept it and, if you need help go and get it.’

    Dawn still has to use lists to help her memory since going through the menopause

    Dawn – who has lost a reported seven stone in recent years – has opened up previously about how a uterine cancer scare prompted her to have a hysterectomy.

    During her one-woman live show, 30 Million Minutes, she said to her audience: ‘So my womb and I parted company. Goodbye.’

    ‘When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so.

    ‘Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone.’

    Explaining to Prima how going through the menopause had affected her, and her friends of a similar age, the star, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday, added: ‘Lots of my friends are on HRT patches or pills and there’s so much out there to assist you.

    ‘I promise that afterwards, there’s life and it’s all fine. I think you can decide how you look at things.’

    Can you relate to Dawn’s experience of the menopause? Let us know in the comment section below!