Lor­raine’s TV ‘hot flush’ hell

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LOR­RAINE Kelly turned to hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy to avoid get­ting hot sweats while in­ter­view­ing male guests on her morn­ing TV show.

The pre­sen­ter, 57, said she was hurled on to a hor­monal roller-coaster dur­ing her menopause that left her feel­ing con­fused and de­pressed.

A turn­ing point came when her TV medic pal Dr Hilary Jones warned her she needed to start a course of HRT patches to avoid “hot flushes” while in­ter­view­ing film stars.

Mum-of-one Lor­raine said: “About three years ago I had a chat with Dr Hilary, and that was hugely help­ful. He’s a friend, I could chat through it with him.

“I re­mem­ber him say­ing, ‘Right, we have to do some­thing. You can’t be on telly in­ter­view­ing Hugh Jack­man and com­ing out in a hot sweat!’”

The Scot­tish host, who has been mar­ried to TV cam­era­man Steve Smith for

25 years and has a daugh­ter Rose, 23, is dis­gusted there is not enough dis­cus­sion in pub­lic about the ef­fects of menopause on women and their fam­i­lies.

And she said her friend, the for­mer Count­down pre­sen­ter Carol Vor­der­man,

56, went through a “ter­ri­ble time” dur­ing her menopause.

Lor­raine added: “It’s ridicu­lous. It’s the last taboo. We still don’t talk about it, even with our own girl­friends. I wasn’t nearly as bad as Carol.

“But I think it did bring home to me how women need to talk about it, and not just sit at home won­der­ing what’s wrong with them, get­ting de­pressed.”

HRT PATCHES: Lor­raine

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