The menopause is being discussed more than ever due to celebrities talking freely about their own experiences, it has emerged.
A poll of 2,000 women who are going through, or have recently gone through the menopause, found almost nine in 10 believe it’s now more acceptable to talk openly about ‘the change of life’ than it was in the past.
Six in 10 happily talk to female friends about their experiences while almost half share what they are going through with their partner.
But the study, by vitamin supplement Vitabiotics’ Menopace, found that while 81 per cent put the new willingness to open up down to ‘changing times’, 31 per cent think it’s due to high-profile women talking about their own experience.
Stars including new Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Zoe Ball, 47, TV presenter Davina McCall, 50, and 49-year-old Loose Women star Andrea McLean have all spoken out about the menopause.
A spokesman for Menopace said: “A move to more open discussions about the menopause can only be positive.
''For generations, the menopause has been something many women have felt they could not easily discuss openly with colleagues, or even their partner.
“But thanks to female stars talking about what they are going through so openly, this has made it much easier for all women to talk to friends, their partner and even their boss about what they are going through.
“The menopause is natural and something which will happen to all women, so it’s important to make it as easy as possible to talk about it in order for them to get the support that is available.”
Deborah Garlick, founder of Henpicked, and co-author of Menopause: The Change for the Better, said: “This is not a women’s issue, everyone needs to be able to talk about menopause and women need to feel comfortable asking for help if they need it.
“The easier and more normal we make it to talk about menopause, the better it is for everyone.”