Menopause has been in the news recently, thanks to Michelle Obama, Judy Greer, Courteney Cox, Naomi Watts and other famous women opening up about their experiences. Rod Stewart, however, is the rare man who speaks.
In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the legendary crooner explained what it was like helping his wife of 15 years, Penny Lancaster, through hormonal changes. Although he is 77 years old, Stewart admitted that he has never had a partner experience menopause as his first two marriages, to Alana Stewart and Rachel Hunter, ended when the women were still in their 30s.
“I didn’t see [menopause] before because my marriages didn’t last that long, so Penny was the first, but she would get into a tantrum,” said Stewart, who has two sons with Lancaster, who is 51 years old, “One night she threw tools. , so me and the boys gave her a hug and since then she’s been working to tell people what it is.”
To truly understand what Lancaster was going through, Stewart taught himself about menopause. In April, the British signatory supported Lancaster’s Mandate Menopause campaign to raise awareness of the issue. The campaign aims to expand medical education about menopause and increase the availability of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is not free in England.
According to Stewart, “men need to understand and not just go down the pub.”
Last year, the “Young Turks” signatory suggested that men and partners should go through educational classes on menopause to help them understand what women deal with, saying that the lessons is a “good way to go. ” His desire to educate other men stems from his own struggle to understand Lancaster’s journey.
“I Googled and Googled and Googled. I Googled menopause so much when she was going through it,” Stewart said on the British talk show Loose women in 2021, the Independent reported. “She was in a precarious position. All I had to do was listen and learn and be ready to throw pans through the kitchen.”
He called the first experience “scary, because this was not the person I married. But by speaking openly about Lancaster’s feelings, the couple coped. “We talked about it, and I think it’s the most important thing a couple can do, and she explained to me – through tears, because Penny likes to cry – and she talked through it, and that’s that couples do,” Stewart said.
In the end, Stewart said he believes that “men have to get on with it, understand and come out the other end.”
Lancaster said she initially mistook the common symptoms of menopause, which include mood swings, hot flashes, decreased libido, as panic attacks, as COVID-19 since it started during the lockdown. She was put on anti-depressants but eventually found hormone replacement therapy.
“Now that I’m on HRT it’s like a new beginning. Not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter,” said Lancaster.
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