Davina: It’s time for a menopause revolution
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DAVINA McCall will demand to know why women going through the menopause are sidelined at work in a hard-hitting film.
The presenter is making a follow-up to this summer’s Channel 4 documentary on the menopause.
She will examine how women’s careers can be affected by hormonal changes.
Davina, 54, said viewers’ positive responses to the first film encouraged her to delve deeper. She added: “I have never had a reaction like the one I received after Sex, Myths and the Menopause aired.
“It was profoundly moving and deeply humbling, and what I realised is that women need more answers, more support and a voice.
“Many amazing women have laid the groundwork before me in this field, and I want to arm women with the facts so they can make informed decisions about their bodies.”
In Davina McCall: The Menopause
Brain Drain, to air on Channel 4 next year, she will look at how many women are being sidelined, sacked or forced to go part-time as they grapple with menopause symptoms.
It will also tackle questions raised by viewers of the first documentary. They include which is the safest hormone therapy, how breast cancer survivors cope with menopause and whether women need to take testosterone. Since Sex, Myths and the Menopause highlighted a lack of knowledge among GPs, more than 16,000 healthcare professionals signed up for a course on the subject. Louisa Compton, Channel 4 head of news and current affairs, said: “The menopause shouldn’t be a taboo.” Davina added: “We have the power to inspire change in perceptions, the workplace, relationships and so much more.” Last month Davina joined Loose Women’s Penny Lancaster for celebrations in Parliament Square after HRT prescription charges were cut to one flat annual fee.