“It brings a whole new level of forgetfulness” – Newstalk’s Henry McKean experiences menopause

Newstalk host Henry McKean took part in the Menovest Challenge, which encourages what it’s like to experience a hot flash during menopause

Designed by Over The Bloody Moon, the garment’s prototype attempts to recreate some of the symptoms of menopause.

Mr McKean wore the vest for 24 hours and described feeling unwell, hot and confused.

“I’m hot, I’m bothered and I’ve been wearing this particular vest since about three o’clock yesterday afternoon. I have a battery and wires hooked up to me and the idea is to try and experience that hot flash,” he told Newstalk.

“As we speak my neck is really warming up and the idea is to turn it on during physical or mental stress to make you feel even hotter.

“It’s been tough and I’ve been given this challenge and the idea is to wear this to bed all night, drink more water, have a sugary snack before bed just to interrupt sleep, the Setting the alarm for 3am, changing your clothes and sheets and then setting the alarm for 5am and that was a big struggle.”

As part of the challenge, Mr. McKean then had to take freezing morning showers to get chills.

He also had to forego his morning coffee and skip breakfast to induce the sensation of brain fog.

“The idea is getting chills, going through menopause and skipping breakfast would mess with my blood sugar and make me feel out of character and a little bit weak and just not myself,” he said.

“It brings a whole new level of forgetfulness, you’re scrambling across the room, I actually walked into a meeting earlier and I shouldn’t have been there. You start doing things that maybe you shouldn’t be doing.

“I’ve got a headache, I feel a little crazy, I’ve even lost confidence, I don’t feel good in my own skin right now.”

The founder of The Menopause Hub, Ireland’s first specialist menopause clinic, said that the median age of perimenopause is 45 years, while the median age of menopause is 51 years.

Loretta Dignam said Menovest is a “fantastic device” that encourages people to be more open about menopause. Ms Dignam said 75 per cent of women will experience hot flashes.

“Personally, I started my journey into menopause at 49, my periods stopped and very soon after that I started having hot flashes. I would have had what you describe, 20 or 30 of these a day, every day, for three years.

“I also had night sweats and trouble sleeping and myriad other psychological and physiological symptoms, some women get anxiety, depression, heart palpitations and so on.

“I found after three years that I just felt like a slow puncture and the energy was just seeping out of me and I couldn’t see the end in sight.

“I would like a public awareness campaign on menopause for women and men, access to quality care for every woman in Ireland and affordability of HRT. HRT is expensive, but if you can’t afford it, it’s very difficult.”

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