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TV anchor Andrea McLean: 'Give menopausal women M badges'

TV anchor Andrea McLean: 'Give menopausal women M badges'
From BBC - March 16, 2018

TV presenter Andrea McLean has said menopausal women should be offered "M" badges to wear on public transport, similar to badges for pregnant women.

Ms McLean, 48, who reached early menopause in her 30s, told the Daily Mail that fellow passengers should cut those suffering symptoms "some slack".

ITV's Loose Women anchor said menopause was "as natural as pregnancy" and that the badges would improve awareness.

She had a hysterectomy in 2016 after being diagnosed with endometriosis.

Ms McLean said she was still dealing with menopause symptoms a decade later, which can include hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, reduced libido and difficulty sleeping.

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally as oestrogen levels decline.

'Brain fog'

The presenter, who had her first hot flush at 37, said badges with "M" or "hot flush" could help, comparable to Transport for London's "Baby on Board!" and "Please offer me a seat" badges.

But whereas a pregnant woman may want a seat, she said someone experiencing a hot flush may want a window to be opened.

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