Lorraine Kelly has helped ITV to become a dominant player in the daytime television space, since joining the channel back in 1993. Her enduring appeal has culminated in her landing her own show, the eponymous Lorraine, which sees her interview celebrities and cover lifestyle trends in her characteristically bright and bubbly tone. The presenter may project a positive energy in front of the camera, but she has struggled with symptoms associated with a common health condition behind it.
In an extract from her book Shine obtained by Scotsman.com, she spoke of about her battle with the menopause, revealing how the symptoms were overwhelming at times.
Lorraine admitted it was her husband Steve who urged her to seek professional help after noticing it was having a detrimental effect on her wellbeing.
She said: “The menopause crept up on me, to be honest. It probably started when I was around 54 and it got gradually worse and worse, until one day it was unbearable.
“I just wasn’t coping or enjoying life and was constantly knackered, but I simply couldn’t understand why.”
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Symptoms of the menopause
As the NHS explains, most women will experience menopausal symptoms and some of these symptoms can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities.
Common symptoms include:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low mood or…