A MUM-of-two has revealed how she looks BETTER in her 50s than she did in her 20s – even after going through menopause.
While many women suffer from night sweats and plummeting sex drives, Julia Champion says she feels more attractive than ever at 52, just weeks before her 53rd birthday.
The agent to TV presenters, who also does PR, from Sydenham, south-east London, is mum to Rosie, 15, and Bella, 12, with her husband of 15 years Matt, 51, who works in advertising.
She entered the menopause around her 50th birthday and, back in June, had her first period in two years.
Speaking to Fabulous, for the Fabulous Menopause Matters campaign, she says: “I look 100 times better now than I did in my 20s; I definitely look better post-menopause.
“My husband fancies me now more than ever, which is pretty amazing after 17 years together.
“I put on some weight from the menopause so I’m slightly bigger now than I was in my 20s but I’m so much more confident and happy with my body.
I’m slightly bigger now than I was in my 20s but I’m so much more confident and happy with my body
"It helps that I’m in a happy relationship with someone who makes me feel attractive.
“Back in the day, my hair looked dreadful and I had no idea how to dress for my shape. I wore a lot of baggy clothes, like dungarees and sweatshirts.
“Now I get regular facials and use sunblock on my face and chest every day. I used to be really careless about sun protection.
“My skin is really good for my age, especially when I consider how much sun I got and how many cigarettes I smoked in the past.
Fabulous Menopause Matters
An estimated one in five of the UK’s population are currently experiencing it.
Yet the menopause is still whispered in hush tones like it’s something to be embarrassed about.
The stigma attached to the transition means women have been suffering in silence for centuries.
The Sun are determined to change that, launching the Fabulous Menopause Matters campaign to give the taboo a long-awaited kick, and get women the support they need.
The campaign has three aims:
To make HRT free in England
To get every workplace to have a menopause policy to provide support
To bust taboos around the menopause
The campaign has been backed by a host of influential figures including Baroness Karren Brady CBE, celebrities Lisa Snowdon, Jane Moore, Michelle Heaton, Zoe Hardman, Saira Khan, Trisha Goddard, as well as Dr Louise Newson, Carolyn Harris MP, Jess Phillips MP, Caroline Nokes MP and Rachel Maclean MP.
Exclusive research commissioned by Fabulous, which surveyed 2,000 British women aged 45-65 who are going through or have been through menopause, found that 49% of women suffered feelings of depression, while 7% felt suicidal while going through menopause.
50% of respondents said there is not enough support out there for menopausal women, which is simply not good enough. It’s time to change that.
What is the menopause and what age does it usually start?
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, including Lisa Snowdon, Davina McCall, Michelle Heaton and Zoe Hardman.
What are the symptoms?
Menopausal symptoms can start months or years before your periods stop, and can last until four years or longer after your last period.
- Hot flushes
- Changing or irregular periods
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Anxiety and loss of confidence
- Low mood, irritability and depression
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex
- Reduced libido (sex drive)
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Weight gain
- Bladder control
“I haven’t got any wrinkles yet and I don’t get Botox. People tell me I look younger than I am all the time, they can’t believe it when I tell them my age.
“It normally happens in a work context, when I meet people they’re always surprised to hear how old I am. I never lie about my age, I’m proud to tell people – but that’s because I’m where I want to be at this stage of my life.”
Julia says she’s “sailed through” menopause – with mild anxiety, insomnia and a bit of tummy weight gain as her only symptoms.
She adds: “I look back on pictures of me in my 20s quite fondly, because it was a happy time in my life – with partying, travelling and dating lots of men.
People tell me I look younger than I am all the time, they can’t believe it when I tell them my age
“But I don’t think I had my look sorted back then. I was trying to channel Farrah Fawcett’s 80s hair but it didn’t suit me at all – and was a horrible dirty blonde colour.
“I didn’t have any money to spend on clothes, beauty treatments, facials or getting my hair done – now I can afford to invest in my appearance and get my hair done with Richard Ward.
“I’m in a good stage of my life where I’ve got everything I want – a successful business, a happy marriage and two wonderful kids.
"When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you don’t know if you’ll even be able to have children.
“I’ve got loads of friends who’ve had an absolutely horrendous time with the menopause – with night sweats, really severe depression and anxiety; it’s affected their sex lives and their relationships, their mood and everything.
“I feel terribly sorry for them and very grateful I haven’t gone through that. With the menopause almost behind me, I feel like the best is yet to come.”
You can find out more about Julia’s business at www.championtalent.co.uk
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