Louise, who left BBC Breakfast last year, suffered from night sweats, mental fog and low self-esteem, saying: “I never felt happy in my own skin. I was very anxious. I didn’t feel like myself and I’ve always been a ‘glass full’ person. I wasn’t that person anymore.”
Louise, 54, told the consequences to her family – the husband of the seller David and the daughters of Scarlett, 21, and Mia, 18. Remembering one moment where he knew something was wrong, he said: “George Osborne, then the chancellor was standing outside the JCB. And I couldn’t pronounce the letters JCB in the correct order. I thought there was something wrong with me.”
She would soon find out that it was the onset of menopause and it came with a host of physical and mental symptoms.
‘I’ve never been happy in my own skin’
“It affects your self-esteem. I was crying because my hormones were up and down, and all over the place. The girls told me great stories about me crying, so it seemed like there was no reason. It was good when I finally found out what was going on.”
Louise was 45 when she started menopause. Always professional, at work he was able to fight, despite the mental fog. “There’s something very powerful about the red light in the studio being on. When that happens, you have to focus. But when I got out, I couldn’t remember which car it was.”
Louise found a combination of things that helped her – being on HRT, exercise and good sleep, especially after 20 years of 3.40am BBC Breakfast calls.
And then came the night sweats, he said, adding: “I’d wake up three or four times a night completely drenched like I’d run a marathon in the woods.”
Louise, who is an ambassador for TheWoolroom in its Menopause, Sleep and Wellness campaign, has found that natural bedding helps. “It helps me regulate my body temperature so I don’t disturb my sleep.”
Louise is passionate about helping other women. He said: “There is always help out there. The best thing is to go and talk to people, talk to your friends, and share with others.
“I was in a very depressed place and I’m not anymore. I feel really lucky.”
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