KAY Burley refuses to give in to menopause, referring to it as simply a “power surge.”
When hosting a women’s health charity lunch, the former Beech Hill resident said she wanted to break down the taboo of the menopause – especially for women at work – by renaming it.
I think there is a big taboo as far as menopause is concerned. I think if you make it a little bit more light-hearted, men don’t feel quite so intimidatedKay Burley
She said: “The theme of this lunch is the menopause, or given that I am a woman of a certain age, the ‘power surge’ as I prefer to call it. I think you’ll know what I mean.”
She later explained that men often found the problems associated with it to discuss: “I think there is a big taboo as far as menopause is concerned. I think if you make it a little bit more light-hearted, men don’t feel quite so intimidated. Even though there is a ‘men’ in menopause they seem to get a little bit bent out of shape. So if you use the phrase ‘power surge’ I think they are much more accommodating of it.”
The Sky News reader said she was going through the menopause herself although had been lucky enough not to experience any unpleasant symptoms. She recalled: “I don’t think that people are aware (I’m going through it). “But I also do have a very supportive employer so I don’t feel I’m in a position where I have to justify it if I’m a bit under the weather. Thankfully I haven’t been in that position, but for all those other women who have, I just want to say to them that you can go to your employer, and you can be open about how you feel. You don’t have to go through it on your own.”