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Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark opens up about menopause in BBC documentary

Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark candidly talks about her own experience with menopause in a recent BBC documentary that tries to break the silence that has surrounded the subject.

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Newsnight’s Kristy Wark opens up about her own experience with menopause in a new BBC documentary. Suggestively called “The Menopause and Me,” Wark sets out to find out more about menopause, a subject still considered as taboo by many women.

Wark candidly talks about her own experience after a hysterectomy brought on the onset of “medical menopause”. She talks about the hot flashes, the disturbed sleep and how she coped with the physical changes for the last 12 years.

She also talks about the silence surrounding menopause, a silence that she now wants to break.

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“It’s not so long ago that the hormonal changes that came with menopause were regarded as madness – the madwomen in the attic,” says Wark in a Guardian piece. “Mythology has a lot to answer for.”

Through her public dialogue, Wark joins other stars that have spoken out against the silence surrounding menopause. Angelina Jolie wrote a diary of her mastectomy in the New York Times, a procedure that forces women into menopause.

Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City also talked about their experiences in order to raise awareness. Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Gillian Anderson were also among those that publicly talked about the changes brought about by menopause.

Sylvia Jacob