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Penny Lancaster wept on Monday’s episode of Loose Woman as she detailed her experience going through menopause.
The 50-year-old model told how she was taken on an anti-depressant course and often felt guilty for ‘being upset’.
She said: ‘When I joined Loose Women, I would sit back and listen to the more mature women at the time – but now I’ve caught you – thinking, “Really, is this that bad?” and never fully understood it.
Candidate: Penny Lancaster cried on Monday’s episode of Loose Women as she detailed her experience going through menopause
‘I think that’s half the problem. It’s not until it hits you from literally every angle that you think, ‘That’s what you’re talking about.’
She continued: ‘Since we’re so good at disguising and putting on masks and doing a band-aid on problems, just getting on with life, making sure everyone is okay – walking home, kids going to school. Rahi and husband – all these different roles we play and work in between and we forget about ourselves.
‘I went to the doctors for a mammogram check, which was fine. I talked to an unreliable doctor – I had some tears with him trying to explain what I’ve been going through the past few months and he said, “You have to get to the point where you tell yourself , see you.’
Penny was supported by her co-hosts Ruth Langsford, Judy Love and Jane Moore as she became emotional.
Honest: The 50-year-old model reveals how she was put on a course of anti-depressants and often felt guilty for ‘being upset’ (pictured with Jane Moore)
She said: ‘You feel guilty for being upset. You go to coffee with a friend and they say, “How are you?” And then you burst into tears and you don’t know why you are crying.’
Penny said she is feeling more anxious as a result of going through menopause.
He said: ‘My anxiety has gone off the roof. Where I’ve always been very patient, I feel like I’m losing my grip. When I talked to my GP, the first thing he said was, “Okay, let’s give you an anti-depressant.”
’ And I was like, “I need balance, something to shake off the frustration and anger.” It helped a little, but it was another band aid and was not solving the real problem.’
Penny said: Said: ‘You feel guilty for being upset. You go to coffee with a friend and they say, “How are you?” And then you burst into tears and you don’t know why you are crying.’
Discussion: Penny said she’s feeling more anxious as a result of going through menopause
She continued: ‘Luckily through Loose Women, I got the advice to see a specialist and in the last six weeks, I’ve been on treatment, I’ve come off anti-depressants and I feel a sense of balance.
‘I’ve stopped sweating hot, I’m still suffering from anxiety… I’m getting there. Being able to talk to my husband is an absolute priority.’
Speaking about her support for her husband Rod Stewart, Penny said: ‘He saw me change into a different woman. “Why are you behaving like this?’ Why are you arguing about something you would normally avoid?”
‘I would get upset and he would say, ‘What’s the matter?’ It is good to talk and explain to them.
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Relationship: Speaking about supporting her husband Rod Stewart, Penny said: ‘He saw me change into a different woman’