Tamzin Outhwaite admits she feels 'overwhelmed as menopause symptoms take their toll


Tamzin Outhwaite has admitted she’s struggling with menopause symptoms.

The ex EastEnders star, 51, tweeted on Tuesday that she was feeling ‘overwhelmed’ and had been googling menopause symptoms to try and figure out if her stress and headaches could be related.  

‘I keep searching up menopause symptoms. Are headaches a thing? They are new to me. I know I feel overwhelmed and like I need a PA to deal with all admin (especially kids school) but now it’s headaches too,’ she tweeted.

'Overhwhelmed': Tamzin Outhwaite has admitted she's struggling with menopause symptoms, tweeting this week about her headaches and feeling stressed

‘Overhwhelmed’: Tamzin Outhwaite has admitted she’s struggling with menopause symptoms, tweeting this week about her headaches and feeling stressed

Tamzin added a plea to her peers, asking them: ‘My menopause mates out there. When does this end? still have periods & on HRT.’

The next day, Tamzin revealed on Instagram that she had been for a series of tests at screening service, The London House Of Wellbeing and was ‘feeling a little brighter’. 

The actress has been vocal about her menopause symptoms recently, tweeting last week: ‘I have been in my pjs since 4pm. Can’t wait for bed. shattered. #Menopause.’

Earlier this month she again tweeted about her changing energy levels, postingthat ‘some days i manage absolute jack**** Today I have filmed a couple of videos for charity, made cucumber maki for the kids school lunches, done the school run, read 2 scripts, emptied my suitcase, put a wash on, made a veg soup.’

Health: The ex EastEnders star, 51, tweeted on Tuesday that she was feeling'overwhelmed' and had been googling menopause symptoms to try and figure out if her stress could be related

Health: The ex EastEnders star, 51, tweeted on Tuesday that she was feeling ‘overwhelmed’ and had been googling menopause symptoms to try and figure out if her stress could be related

Tests: The next day, Tamzin revealed on Instagram that she had been for a series of tests at screening service, The London House Of Wellbeing and was'feeling a little brighter'

Tests: The next day, Tamzin revealed on Instagram that she had been for a series of tests at screening service, The London House Of Wellbeing and was ‘feeling a little brighter’

‘loved it so much that i made a butternut squash soup, taken unwanted stuff to charity shops, done a load of admin, posted a parcel, made a beef curry, cleared out my old manky make up, paid the bills and its not 1pm yet!!! I am winning this Tuesday like no other Tuesday!!’

‘Watch me crash at 3pm right before the school run & just before getting ready to go out to a charity ball! Overriding feeling… I wish I had a PA.’ 

In the summer Tamzin revealed she had stopped drinking alcohol and switched to a plant-based diet after she first noticed menopause symptoms at the start of lockdown.

Symptoms: The actress has been vocal about her menopause symptoms recently, tweeting last week:'I have been in my pjs since 4pm. Can’t wait for bed. shattered. #Menopause'

Symptoms: The actress has been vocal about her menopause symptoms recently, tweeting last week: ‘I have been in my pjs since 4pm. Can’t wait for bed. shattered. #Menopause’

Anxiety, night sweats and insomnia led to her being prescribed hormone replacement therapy, before trying oestrogen gel and progesterone pills. 

In July Tamzin admitted that she views alcohol as a ‘hindrance’, with her two-day hangovers and ‘beer fear’ leaving her determined to quit drinking.

The star is not a stranger to making the most of nights out with friends such as Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton and Angela Griffin, but admitted it fills her with ‘fear’ when they speak on the phone the next day about what happened. 

Health kick: In the summer Tamzin revealed she had stopped drinking alcohol and switched to a plant-based diet after she first noticed menopause symptoms at the start of lockdown

Health kick: In the summer Tamzin revealed she had stopped drinking alcohol and switched to a plant-based diet after she first noticed menopause symptoms at the start of lockdown

Nights out: The former Eastenders star, 50, is not a stranger to making the most of nights out with friends such as Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton and Angela Griffin, but has admitted it fills her with'fear' when they speak on the phone the next day about what happened (pictured above last year)

Nights out: The former Eastenders star, 50, is not a stranger to making the most of nights out with friends such as Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton and Angela Griffin, but has admitted it fills her with ‘fear’ when they speak on the phone the next day about what happened (pictured above last year)

Speaking to The Sun, Tamzin said: ‘I’ve thought about quitting drinking for a long time and it feels like now is the time. 

‘It’s a waste of my health and a waste of my time, because I’m recovering for something that was brilliant for a short amount of time, and was it that brilliant?’

The actress believes that alcohol has got ‘so much’ to answer for – and that the decisions made under the influence are sometimes ‘not right’. 

She has previously admitted to the Blank podcast that she finds her sober spells push her to live a healthier and fitness-orientated lifestyle.

Loved up: The star also told The Sun recently that she has'never been happier' than she is currently with documentary-maker Tom Child, 30

Loved up: The star also told The Sun recently that she has ‘never been happier’ than she is currently with documentary-maker Tom Child, 30

‘When I’m not drinking I do feel better. I love being with my mates and having a drink and vibing with each other. But I’m very aware now that I can’t recover very well the next day. It takes longer as you get older,’ Tamzin said.

Tamzin has been happily loved-up with film director Tom Child who is 20 years her junior for the past four years. 

She shares daughters Florence, 12, and Marnie, 8, with her ex husband,Miranda actor Tom Ellis whom she split from in 2014.

Former flame: Tamzin also has daughters Florence, 12, and Marnie, 8, from her marriage to Miranda actor Tom Ellis (the pair pictured above in 2012)

Former flame: Tamzin also has daughters Florence, 12, and Marnie, 8, from her marriage to Miranda actor Tom Ellis (the pair pictured above in 2012)

MENOPAUSE EXPLAINED

The menopause occurs when a woman stops having periods and can no longer fall pregnant naturally.

It is a natural part of ageing, which occurs in women between 45 and 55 years old. 

However 1 in 100 women can experience menopause before the age of 40, which is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

Symptoms often include hot flushes, night sweats, low mood, reduced sex drive, vaginal dryness, an increase in facial hair and difficulty sleeping.

According to NHS advice, symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around four years after your last period. 

Premature or early menopause can occur at any age, and in many cases, there’s no clear cause. 

Source: NHS 

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