Sophie Wessex suffering from serious menopause side effect: 'What has just happened to me?'

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has spoken about some of the more serious side effects of menopause, saying she is struggling with memory loss.

“You suddenly can’t remember what on earth it was you were talking about,” Sophie, 56, commented during a call with the Wellbeing of Women’s Chair, Professor Dame Lesley Regan, to mark a year of her royal patronage of the organisation.

“Try being on an engagement when that happens. Your words just go. And you’re standing there going, ‘Hang on, I thought I was a reasonably intelligent person. What has just happened to me?'”

© AP Sophie says she has been suffering from serious side effects from menopause.

Sophie said it feels like “someone has just gone and taken your brain out for however long before they pop it back in again, and you try and pick up the pieces and carry on”.

The wife of Prince Edward has been sharing her story to try and open up conversations about menopause and the side-effects some experience.

“Really, we should be celebrating the fact that we don’t have to have periods anymore,” she continued.

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“It should be a liberation, but it feels like it’s a shackle. Because it’s been described as something that’s incredibly negative.

“And, one, yes it’s an admittance of the fact that we’re getting a bit older; we’re not as young as we were before. We’re not being, to use the word ‘productive’. We’re past that stage, which is quite a moment isn’t it?”

The countess said teaching young women about menopause, even as young as during their school years, will go a long way to reducing the stigma.

© AP Sophie, who has been married to Prince Edward since 1999, says educating young girls is the key.

“I go back to education. How much are young girls actually told at the beginning? When we’re told that we’re going to begin our periods, are we told that they’re going to end as well?” she said.

“We don’t want to have those conversations whilst we are in the zone of being young and having children and everything and then all of a sudden you’re going, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on, how did this happen?'”

Sophie and Prince Edward, who were married in 1999, have two children — Lady Louise, 17, and Viscount James, 13.

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