Rod Stewart backs menopause campaign after wife Penny Lancaster’s struggle
Rod Stewart has urged his social media followers to support the menopause mandate campaign.
The Maggie May singer posed next to a copy of the Daily Mail newspaper, the front page of which read: “THS crisis ‘puts women’s lives at risk'”.
The menopause term began last October after Labor MP Carolyn Harris successfully reduced HRT costs to an annual payment in England (an annual prepayment certificate for HRT products).
However, on March 16, 2022, it was announced that this would not be implemented until April 2023, leaving many women struggling to pay as Rod urges his supporters to sign the petition to help change pass more early in parliament.
It’s a cause close to Rod’s heart after his wife Penny Lancaster struggled with menopause and used HRT tablets to help relieve symptoms.
Penny spoke about the onset of menopause in lockdown and how it had affected her health in recent months.
The 50-year-old admitted she was “freaked out” at first and thought it was the end of her sex appeal.
The former model said she has continued to “embrace every stage of your life more maturely”, adding that she needs to give herself a break from worrying about menopause.
The Loose Women star opened up about her struggles on the ITV show and shared her concerns during a special ‘menopause matters’ edition of Hello! Magazine.
In September, she broke down in tears as she recalled the conversation she had had with her doctor about her symptoms.
The mother-of-two said she cried uncontrollably, suffered from anxiety and felt like she had lost her grip with menopause.
She told viewers: “I had a few tears with her [the doctor]trying to explain what I’ve been through for the past few months and she’s like, ‘You’ve got to get to the point where you’re like, ‘I see you’.”
Penny went on to say that she felt like she got lost during the process, adding: “You feel guilty for being upset.
“You burst into tears and you don’t know why you are crying.”
Rod’s wife said his doctor gave him medication which helped but didn’t solve “the real problem”.
She has since taken HRT tablets to help balance her symptoms.
Penny went on to say that she no longer suffers from hot sweats, but still suffers from anxiety and an underactive thyroid gland.
Rod’s followers thanked the star for using his platform to spread awareness about the campaign.
One wrote: “Thank you for doing this, it’s an absolute nightmare trying to get your hands on hrt”
“It changed my @ life for a month that menopause is a fu head.. hrt helped do a lot of good,” another said.
A third wrote: “Thank you Rod for your support you are a gem xxxx”
You can support the Menopause Mandate petition here.
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