Hormone replacement therapy, sleepless nights and sex after menopause are just some of the topics that TV star Davina McCall examines in the Channel 4 documentary Sex, Myths And The Menopause.
Although every woman experiences the menopause at some point – Davina's own menopause journey began when she was 44 – it is still a taboo subject, something that the presenter is determined to correct. Using her own experiences and personal stories from other women alongside investigations into the biology of menopause, she explores the impact on women's health and the misinformation that still exists about the subject.
Other women's stories had a big effect on the presenter as she was making the documentary. Davina McCall recently revealed her most shocking moment during filming, as she discovered that many women really suffer without feeling they can talk to anyone, often resorting to anti-depressants and even thoughts of suicide.
Her determination to dispel the myths (such as HRT causing breast cancer) and get women to talk about menopause also features on her social media, where Davina has openly discussed her decision to bring menopause out into the open by making the documentary.
Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause release date
Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause airs on Wednesday 12th May at 9pm on Channel 4, and will be available to view on All 4 afterwards.
What can viewers expect from Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause?
The one-hour documentary features The Masked Singer judge and Long Lost Family presenter Davina McCall talking honestly about her own experiences with menopause, which began when she was 44-years old.
“I was scared about what was going on. My sleep was interrupted two or three times a night and it caused a chain of events in my brain that really frightened me,” she tells RadioTimes.com. “I was very embarrassed and it was way too personal to bring up at my job.”
The documentary mixes Davina’s own experiences with those of other women, who talk candidly about how going through the menopause affected their health, sex lives, relationships and jobs, and also looks at the science behind the menopause and the treatments available to women.
Producer Kate Muir said of the documentary, “We’ve discovered while making this film how much better-informed women – and their doctors – could be about hormones and the menopause. Women’s silence around the menopause needs to become a cacophony, and one day a symphony.”
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What has Davina said about Sex, Myths and The Menopause?
If you follow Davina on social media, you'll know this is a project she is passionate about.
Talking about the one-hour documentary, Davina McCall says: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project that has affected me so deeply. I get home after filming and sometimes I just sit down and cry… from deep frustration and anger at how we are failing women.
“This film isn’t just for menopausal women, it’s for their partners, their fathers, their brothers, and their sons. We’re all in this together. I used to think that menopause was an age thing and now I realise it’s a woman thing. For far too long there’s been a shroud of embarrassment, shame and fear around this topic, and this is where it stops!”
Sex, Myths and The Menopause airs on Wednesday 12th May at 9pm on Channel 4. To find out what's on telly tonight, check out our TV Guide.