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Sophie Wessex speaks frankly about suffering serious health problem - ‘What happened?’

Marking a year of her royal patronage to the Wellbeing of Women's Chair, the Countess of Wessex, 56, explained she has been struggling with one unexpected side effect. Recounting her own experience with menopause, Sophie admitted she had been dealing with memory loss.

“You suddenly can't remember what on earth it was you were talking about,” the royal told Professor Dame Lesley Regan during a virtual call.

"Try being on an engagement when that happens.

“Your words just go.

“And you're standing there going, 'Hang on, I thought I was a reasonably intelligent person.

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“What has just happened to me?'”

She told Professor Regan that her memory loss feels like “someone has just gone and taken your brain out for however long before they pop it back in again, and you try and pick up the pieces and carry on”.

The royal spoke frankly about her experience.

“Really, we should be celebrating the fact that we don't have to have periods anymore," she said.

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“It should be a liberation, but it feels like it's a shackle.

“Because it's been described as something that's incredibly negative.

“And, one, yes it's an admittance of the fact that we're getting a bit older; we're not as young as we were before.

“We're not being, to use the word, 'productive'.

“We're past that stage, which is quite a moment isn't it?“

The royal said teaching women and girls in school about menopause is essential to reducing the stigma surrounding the natural end of women's menstrual cycles.

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