Lisa Snowdon shot to fame as a model and has built a successful presenting career on her confidence, but has admitted the menopause left her feeling so low about not being able to fit into her clothes that she sobbed on the floor.
Snowden, 50, has been open about having started to experience perimenopausal symptoms in her early 40s and the life-changing difference taking HRT has made to her.
But speaking to The Mirror, she explained how the hormonal changes she went through left her "broken" despite usually enjoying a healthy body image.
She said: "I felt completely alone and lost. It was years of feeling awful and angry and sleep-deprived, with skin, hair and body changes.
"I ended up putting on quite a bit of weight, and when you don’t know what’s happening, you feel like you’re going mad."
Snowdon continued: "I’ve always had a pretty positive body image, but when I put on weight I was a little bit broken when nothing in my wardrobe fitted me – that’s a really hard thing for us girls. I remember sitting on the floor and just crying. That was a bit of a turning point for me."
The former Capital FM host and Strictly Come Dancing contestant said that she had decided to "take some responsibility" for her weight gain, too, and talked about her healthy diet and taking up weight training in recent years.
She explained that before she was diagnosed as perimenopausal - in the period before the menopause starts - she had felt low and had been offered antidepressants by her GP.
Talking about being anxious and having "an out-of-control feeling", she said that she felt the antidepressants weren't right for her, but that meeting Dr Naomi Potter and starting to take a type of HRT that suited her had been "a game changer".
Snowdon now runs a Midweek Menopause Madness series on Instagram live with Dr Potter and said that she wanted to help women make informed choices about their menopause.
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