Davina McCall: Menopause frustration made me cry with anger

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Davina McCall speaks on stage on day one of Stylist Magazine's first ever 'Stylist Live' event at the Business Design Centre on October 15, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Shortlist Media)
Davina McCall speaks on stage, 2015 (David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Shortlist Media)

Davina McCall is to present a programme about the menopause which she hopes will tackle the “shroud of embarrassment” around the issue.

The presenter, 53, has made the hour-long, one-off programme, titled Davina McCall: Sex, Myths And The Menopause, with Channel 4.

She will meet scientists and women who have gone through the menopause in the programme, as well as discussing her own experience.

McCall said: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project that has affected me so deeply.

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“I get home after filming and sometimes I just sit down and cry… from deep frustration and anger at how we are failing women.

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“This film isn’t just for menopausal women, it’s for their partners, their fathers, their brothers, and their sons.

“We’re all in this together. I used to think that menopause was an age thing and now I realise it’s a woman thing.

“For far too long, there’s been a shroud of embarrassment, shame and fear around this topic, and this is where it stops.”

The programme will be broadcast in the spring.

Davina McCall as a panellist on The Masked Singer (Bandicoot TV/ITV)
Davina McCall as a panellist on The Masked Singer (Bandicoot TV/ITV)

Producer Kate Muir said: “We’ve discovered making this film how much better-informed women – and their doctors – could be about hormones and the menopause.

“Women’s silence around the menopause needs to become a cacophony, and one day a symphony.”

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Sarah Hey, commissioning executive said: “The menopause affects so many but remarkably is rarely discussed openly – I speak from experience!

"Through Davina’s blend of warmth and honesty about her own symptoms, the film sees women open up with such candidness about the impact the menopause has on their health, lifestyle and livelihood. Hopefully in turn it will encourage more women to do the same.”

Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause will air on Channel 4 in the future.

Reporting by PA

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