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Tamzin Outhwaite, 51, speaks out on her menopause symptoms and admits ‘it knocked my confidence’
Tamzin Outhwaite has spoken out on her menopause symptoms, admitting she lost confidence in herself.
Appearing on Thursday’s Loose Women the ex EastEnders star, 51, explained how she found out she was perimenopausal during lockdown in 2020.
She admitted she had no idea how debilitating menopause symptoms can be after ‘all my mum told me was “you’ll feel a bit hot sometimes”.’
Tough time: Tamzin Outhwaite has spoken out on her menopause symptoms, admitting she lost confidence in herself
Speaking to the Loose Women, Tamzin said of her experience: ‘You feel like you’re not in your own body and it really knocked my confidence. I found out in lockdown that I was perimenopausal’.
‘All my mum told me was “you’ll feel a bit hot sometimes”. I went to my GP and I didn’t want it to get bad.’
Tamzin, who is mum to Florence, 13, and Marnie, nine, added that going through the menopause at the same time as her eldest reached her teenage years has been an added challenge.
‘When you’re menopausal and you have teenagers it becomes a house of hormones!’ she confessed.
Speaking out: Appearing on Thursday’s Loose Women the ex EastEnders star, 51, explained how she found out she was perimenopausal during lockdown in 2020
Symptoms: She admitted she had no idea how debilitating menopause symptoms can be after ‘all my mum told me was “you’ll feel a bit hot sometimes”‘
Hormones: The mum of two said that going through the menopause at the same time as her eldest daughter reached her teen years has been an added challenge
Tamzin’s new YouTube series Dun Breedin’ follows a group of women going through menopause together.
She worked on the series with her boyfriend Tom Child, 31 – a documentary maker.
Tamzin recently expressed how grateful she is to her toyboy boyfriend for being a ‘dream stepdad’ to her children.
The actress is coupled-up with partner Tom but shares her daughters with her actor ex Tom Ellis, 43, who she was married to from 2006 to 2014.
Tamzin said in a social media post on Monday that her ‘kind’ boyfriend comforts her daughters when they are upset about missing their biological father and that he ‘loves them deeply’.
Happy family: Tamzin recently expressed how grateful she is to her toyboy boyfriend for being a ‘dream stepdad’ to her children
The clan: She is coupled-up with Tom Child, 31, but shares daughters Florence, 13, and Marnie, nine, with ex Tom Ellis, 43 – she expressed her gratitude for her beau on Twitter on Saturday
She wrote on Twitter: ‘Gratitude tweet. My youngest is ill. My schedule has been manic. My love has done school runs, vet visits, made dinner, packed lunches, cleaned, dog walks, taken the car to mechanics, & generally lightened my load to the max, all with kindness & a smile. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
‘For those saying “that’s a normal day” or “what every man does”, he also moved to the spare room so I can sleep with my 9 yr old to check her temp & give her meds. He holds her when she is sobbing ‘cos she misses her biological dad & then makes her laugh out loud. #dreamstepdad
‘My kids sometimes give him a hard time as that’s what kids do to step parents, but deep down they know he is kind, he cares and loves them deeply, and I know how lucky I am. #appreciationpost #stepparentgratitude.’
Looking back: Former EastEnders star Tamzin was married to Lucifer actor Tom Ellis from 2006 to 2014 (pictured 2012)
Tamzin and toyboy Tom met in 2017 when they were attending the same yoga class.
Documentary maker and personal trainer Tom and Tamzin began meeting up casually but they embarked on a whirlwind romance after jetting off to the Maldives.
In November, the couple celebrated four years together, with Tamzin writing on Instagram: ‘If it all ended tomorrow I would be thankful and grateful and I know you would too… yet what we have is a unique and beautiful LOVE.’
Tom and Tamzin split in 2014 after he admitted to cheating with the Lost actress Emilie de Ravin.
But soap star Tamzin said in a 2015 interview with Essentials Magazine that there was more to the split than just an act of infidelity. She said at the time: ‘I wouldn’t not be with my husband over a one-night stand is all I’ll say.’
In the present: Tamzin and toyboy Tom met in 2017 when they were attending the same yoga class (pictured this year)
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.