Millions of women could be leaving the workforce after the menopause left them feeling they have “lost their marbles”, Davina McCall has warned.
The television presenter, fitness instructor and campaigner said that the effect of the menopause on women could be a “drain” on the economy.
“If you could get back to feeling yourself, there is a really high chance that you will stay in your job – because most of us really enjoy our jobs,” she said, in an interview about using her public position to advocate for menopausal women.
“Sometimes, you feel like you’ve lost your marbles so badly that you are unable to continue [your work].
“Now imagine the drain on businesses and the economy if 13 million women leave their jobs because they just felt like they couldn’t continue.”
It is estimated that about 13 million women are currently perimenopausal or menopausal in the UK.
Speaking to Women’s Health magazine, she said the success of her Channel 4 documentary Davina McCall: Sex, Myths And The Menopause had led to a “subsequent outpouring from people that they just don’t have enough information”.
“I realised that there’s still so much information to give,” she said. “I have a platform that I can use to get the message out there. If I was going to ever use it for anything, this is my time to use what I’ve got.”
Davina McCall said that she keeps fit to ‘stay alive longer’ and really enjoys the way ‘that it helps my head stay clear of negativity’
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The 54-year-old has 2.7 million followers on Twitter and 1.4 million on Instagram.
On embracing her 50s, she said: “It’s a time of liberation. It’s a time of shedding the shackles of inhibition and of giving a damn. Because I haven’t always felt like that.
“It’s not just being on telly and it’s not just being a show-off. It’s that I don’t really care what people think, which is very liberating.
“I’ve never met a more kind of rowdy bunch of irreverent people than menopausal women. When we’re left to our own devices, we are very bloody funny.”
Asked about her own exercise regime, which she has made into a second career with a range of workout DVDs and equipment, McCall said that she works at her physical health to “stay alive longer, and I really enjoy the way that it helps my head stay clear of negativity”.
“I’m just in a really good, happy, balanced state,” she said. “Sometimes I feel a bit guilty… but I’ve got nothing to complain about.”
On the “New year, new you” narrative, she added: “You can make whatever you want of your life for the next year. If you want to get somewhere you can get there. Just visualise that, manifest it, write it down and make it happen.”
The full interview is published in the December issue of Women’s Health, on sale from December 30