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‘I thought I had dementia’: Ulrika Jonsson, 54, reveals she suffers from dark moods, anxiety and brain fog due to menopause










Ulrika Jonsson has discussed her harrowing experience of menopause in an emotional new interview.

The star, 54, said she first experienced menopausal symptoms at age 46 when they came out of nowhere one day.

The TV presenter wrote in The Sun that she was confused when dark showers, anxiety and brain fog started to appear as a result of the menopause.

Brave: Ulrika Jonsson has discussed her harrowing experience of menopause in an emotional new interview (pictured May)

Due to her personal lack of knowledge of this stage of life, she came to the conclusion that she was suffering from dementia.

She also admitted that she was confused and shocked when she started gaining weight, despite being active.

Most troubling for the Swedish-born model, however, was her lack of memory, as she said she was once “sharp as a tack” and “someone who takes pride in remembering things.”

She said, ‘It really bothered me. I found myself searching for words halfway through the sentence. To my mind’s eye, it felt like complete darkness to me—I had no visual clues to the words I was looking for.”

The forgetfulness became the butt of jokes in her family and was left in a dark place.

Stunned: The TV host wrote in The Sun that she was confused when dark moods, anxiety and brain fog started to set in as a result of menopause, leading her to believe she had dementia

Stunned: The TV host wrote in The Sun that she was confused when dark moods, anxiety and brain fog started to set in as a result of menopause, leading her to believe she had dementia

The lack of knowledge about menopause kept her from connecting the dots of her symptoms.

She continued: ‘All these symptoms came over me in a matter of months, or maybe just weeks. I am ashamed to say that I have in no way associated them with the onset of menopause. My limited knowledge of it amounted to someone having hot flashes and heightened emotions.’

Her mind was finally put at ease when she finally confided in a friend about what she was going through, fearing the worst.

She wrote in the article for the publication: “I finally confided in a good friend who is a few years older and she smiled, put her arm around me and said, ‘No honey, it’s just the beginning of the menopause.” I was stunned. To me it felt like a very cruel final blow from Mother Nature.’

Menopause: Most disturbing for the Swedish-born model, however, was her lack of memory.

Menopause: Most disturbing for the Swedish-born model, however, was her lack of memory.

Ulrika sought advice from her mother who had taken HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones.

The treatment, which isn’t readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrika overcome her symptoms by calming her down with the help of the progesterone hormone – which she didn’t have.

She had to access this medication privately because the NHS doesn’t offer the tailor-made service she had and has a common solution for all women.

Ulrika went on to write about how she wishes more people were more aware of the experience she was going through, not just other women but men too.

Solutions: Ulrika sought advice from her mother who had taken HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones.  The treatment, which is not readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrika overcome her symptoms

Solutions: Ulrika sought advice from her mother who had taken HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones. The treatment, which is not readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrika overcome her symptoms

What are the main symptoms of menopause?

Hot flashes – short, sudden sensations of warmth, usually in the face, neck, and chest, which can make your skin red and sweaty

Night sweats – hot flashes that occur at night

Difficulty sleeping – this can make you feel tired and irritable during the day

A decreased sex drive (libido)

Problems with memory and concentration

Vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex

Headache

Mood swings, such as a bad mood or anxiety

Palpitations – heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable

Joint stiffness, aches and pains

Decreased muscle mass

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Source: NHS

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