Home Gesundheit Schauspielerin Constance Marie erlebt die Wechseljahre direkt

Schauspielerin Constance Marie erlebt die Wechseljahre direkt

von NFI Redaktion

Foto von Constance Marie

Last year, in the middle of a crowded party, Constance Marie, an experienced television actress known for her long-standing role in George Lopez and more recently Hulu’s How I Met Your Father, stood chatting with friends when a woman approached her, blushing and slightly shy. But the party guest wasn’t there to ask the actress for an autograph. She sought advice.

„She said, ‚I’m so sorry, you don’t know me, but I have hot flashes, and your friend said if anyone here would know what to tell me, it would be you.‘ I said, ‚Girl, I’m an open book. Let’s talk.'“
Marie led her outside (where the air was much cooler) and shared her experiences, along with some of the resources and doctors that had helped her on her journey through menopause.

„A few months later, I received a text from her. She said, ‚You may not remember me, but I just want to thank you.‘ And I think that’s really why I’m here. As an actress and celebrity, a lot of light shines on you. I can use that light to shine on things we don’t normally deal with, things that remain in the dark.“

Speaking openly and honestly about menopause – a often taboo subject – wasn’t part of Marie’s upbringing. Her grandmother worked as a nurse during the day and a seamstress at night, while her mother worked as an executive assistant and artist. They were multitaskers and caregivers who made ends meet, and their focus was elsewhere.

„I come from a long line of strong women, and they just didn’t have time to show weaknesses,“ she says. „They literally just had to keep going. I don’t think my grandmother ever told my mother anything about her own menopause. And when I asked my mother about her life, she told me, ‚I was 50. It took a year, and then I was done. I was fine.‘ It was a very clear answer: ‚Keep a stiff upper lip and don’t talk about it.‘

For this reason, Marie’s own navigation through menopause at 52 got off to a rough start. She quickly learned that the old myths that your menopause would be like your mother’s didn’t apply to her.

„I thought I would just do it the way she did – no hormones, just a few extra vitamins and perseverance. But that didn’t work for me.“

After 4 1/2 years of struggle, Marie decided it was time to look for other approaches. She learned more about homeopathic treatments and also decided to try hormone replacement therapy.

„It was wonderful. I started sleeping better. I didn’t have hot flashes anymore, and the pain lessened,“ she says. „I thought, OK, I can do this.“

Before the birth of her daughter in 2009, Marie struggled with infertility for five and a half years, an experience she describes as „the loneliest journey.“ After that rollercoaster of hope and sorrow, she felt compelled to speak openly and candidly about what she had been through, so other women didn’t feel alone. And that determination accompanies her today as she and her peers navigate a new life transition.

„When I entered menopause, it was like being in a completely different secret society,“ she says. „But 50% of the world’s population goes through it. Why don’t we talk about it? Women spend so much time thinking, ‚I’m the only one struggling with this.‘ And that’s not fair.“

This mindset has also shaped the way she mothers her daughter. Conversations about puberty are accompanied by discussions about menopause to normalize them as part of a whole, complete picture of femininity.

„She might choose to do something different, but she knows she has the choice and will be prepared,“ says Marie. „You have options. There are many treatment options, and different people need different things. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation, not even from mother to daughter,“ she says. „That’s the legacy: preparing future generations of women to not have to suffer in silence.“

Related Posts

Adblock Detected

Please support us by disabling your AdBlocker extension from your browsers for our website.