50-year-old Ulrika Jonsson recently appeared on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ where she revealed the perils of the menopause she has experienced.
The television presenter who is currently a finalist in Celebrity Masterchef explains the “unimaginable anxiety” she went through during the menopause that made her head “feel like it was going to explode”.
Symptoms of the menopause happen to 85% of women who go through it and they persist in women for an average of 7 years.
The mother of four experienced cognitive impairment which caused her to forget words mid-sentence and she explained was “really scary”. Jonsson thought she was in the early onset of Alzheimer’s before a friend said “honestly, it’s just the menopause”.
Jonsson has suffered with depression in the past, remarking “it’s been a regular feature in my life” and her menopausal symptoms persisted, she said “I felt like I was going into a very dark episode and I had no warning of it beforehand, there was nothing that would have given me any signs towards it.”
The mother-of-four thanked her husband, Brian Monet for his support which has helped her throughout it.
“My husband is very understanding, very patient, and I think there were moments where he would just look at me as if to go, ‘Woah’, like ‘Where did that come from?… And then I’d say, I’m going through all these big changes.”
Catch the full interview of Ulrika Jonsson on ITV’s Lorraine here.