PENNY Lancaster has revealed that she is going through the menopause at the age of 49 during lockdown - after mistaking it for coronavirus.
The model, who is locked down with husband Rod Stewart in their Essex mansion, said the menopause experience has been “horrific” and she has “wanted to scream”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, mum-of-two Penny revealed: “I mean millions of women go through it, it’s nothing special but, God, it’s tough.
“I woke up sweating. Horrific. I actually thought, ‘Is this Covid?’ I had all the menopause symptoms — burning up, feeling wiped out, mood swings that are off the scale. I’ve wanted to scream.”
Penny realised something was different when she had a period which lasted two days in March and she woke up sweating.
After taking some tests, it was confirmed Penny has hit menopause.
She revealed that rocker Rod has been extremely supportive, despite her unpredictable mood swings.
She said: “Rod’s been brilliant actually, but it’s hard for a man to understand, isn’t it? As well as the sweats, I have to keep explaining why I can become so cross all of a sudden.”
Rock crooner Rod, 75, has a notoriously complicated love life, having married three women - and fathering eight children by five different mothers.
Penny has been married to Rod since 2007, the year she took part in Strictly, and they have two kids, Alastair, 14, and Aiden, nine.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause is a natural part of ageing, which usually happens when a woman is between the age of 45 and 55.
In the UK, the average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51.
It occurs when oestrogen levels in the body start to decline.
During this time periods become less frequent or they can suddenly stop, and after menopause occurs women will be unable to become pregnant naturally.
Around one in 100 women experience menopause before the age of 40, and this is known as premature ovarian insufficiency or premature menopause.
Many celebrities have spoken out about their own experiences, such as Zoe Ball, who said she was "menopausal and hot and hairy".
Symptoms can include:
They'd begun dating in 1999 while Rod was still married to his second wife, of eight years - model Rachel Hunter.
This follows the Loose Women panellist revealing she is to become a cop in the City of London police force, after joining officers on the beat for a reality TV show last year.
Penny was successful and starts training for a part-time special constable role when lockdown is eased.
She admitted she was terrified when a drug dealer threatened to stab her on the Channel 4 show Famous and Fighting Crime.
She said: “My mum and dad are not so keen on the idea but I can’t wait.”
Sir Rod said: "No one’s ever been able to stop Penny if she’s decided she wants to do something.
“And I'm always behind her all the way.”
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We shared how a woman thought she would hate going through menopause at 45 – but it’s made her feel better than ever.
We also revealed how menopause is not the end of your sex life… it’s a new start (just ask Ulrika Jonsson).