‘I thought this is the end of the road’: Penny Lancaster, 50, admits she feared losing her sex appeal due to the menopause as she joins new campaign  

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TV presenter Penny Lancaster admitted that she thought she would lose her sex appeal because of menopause.

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The Loose Women presenter and model, 50, who is married to Sir Rod Stewart, spoke about her experiences of menopause with celebrities including coworker Nadia Savala, Olympian Michelle Griffith Robinson, actress Julie Graham and makeup artist Ruby Hammer, among others.

The five women talked about their experiences as part of Hello! The magazine’s campaign for the Menopause Work Pledge, in partnership with the health charity Wellbeing of Women, encourages companies to support their employees going through menopause.

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Let’s Talk: Penny Lancaster talks about her experiences with menopause with fellow celebrities Nadia Savalas, Michelle Griffith Robinson, Julie Graham, and Ruby Hammer.

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Penny said: ‘Menopause knocked me out at first. I thought, “It’s the end of the road. I’m not going to be sex appealing anymore, I’m not going to be that generous or forgiving.

“I have to say goodbye to the old penny and say hello to the new one.”

‘But as you get older you accept each stage of your life with more maturity, and give yourself a little break.’

Penny also took eight months of training during the lockdown to become a special constable for the police and is now patrolling the streets once a week.

Hello Boys: Penny rose to fame as a model before branching out into TV production (pictured here in 2003, aged 34)

Hello Boys: Penny rose to fame as a model before branching out into TV production (pictured here in 2003, aged 34)

Read all about it: The full interview is available to read in the latest edition of Hello, out now

Read all about it: The full interview is available to read in the latest edition of Hello, out now

Julie Graham, 56, also feels menopause should be an “empowering time” if women are “getting the proper attention and treatment.”

She continued: ‘If you have kids, they are older so you have more time on your hands. There’s even a theory that if you have low estrogen, you end up not giving as much as you used to!’

Fellow Loose Women star Nadia Sawla, 56, admitted she knew “absolutely nothing” about menopause and was convinced she had early-onset Alzheimer’s when she discovered 48 symptoms of memory loss and brain fog. Along with this heavy bleeding and night sweats had started. .

‘Over time the symptoms became a part of me. My concern had become who I was,’ she said.

Olympic triple jumper Griffith Robinson, 50, said she has a period shortly before menopause, and is “taking it like an Olympian”.

Loved: Sir Rod Stewart's wife admits menopause knocked her out at first (pictured in 2021)

Loved: Sir Rod Stewart’s wife admits menopause knocked her out at first (pictured in 2021)

She said: ‘I am arming myself, I am in training. I don’t want to suffer in silence, I want to be the master of the journey and I also want to show that you need support.

Ruby Hammer, 59, said: ‘I work in an industry that is all about youth and fashion. I have never hidden my age, and I talk about menopause because I think every woman should be aware.’

Read the full article in Hello! Magazine, out now.

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