Actress Kim Cattrall has always been known as a sex symbol. As the Sex in the City actress joins the ranks of approximately 6000 women a day who enter menopause, Cattrall wants women to know that going through menopause doesn't mean a woman is any less sexy.
She recently sat down with Fox News to talk about her partnership with Pfizer in encouraging women to embrace their own journey through menopause.
“I feel very fortunate being involved in a show like Sex in the City because I have a platform to talk about things that are happening to me and that I am really passionate about,” Cattrall said. “And one of those things is menopause.”
In one episode of the Sex in the City series, Cattrall's character, Samantha Jones, experienced a hot flash. Cattrall said she talked to her doctor about what happens during a hot flash to portray the significant moment on the show. Cattrall said the research for the scene helped her prepare for her own real-life hot flashes.
“I remember so clearly getting ready for a date, and suddenly I felt this burning sensation and felt like I was in a vat of boiling water, and slowly but surely saw my face turning bright red. And I thought I guess this is my first hot flash,” she said.
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More than 80 percent of women going through menopause experience hot flashes. Another significant side effect of menopause is osteoporosis, or bone loss, which can lead to brittle bones in later years.
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Cattrall said she hopes women can find their own “menopause style” at TuneInToMenopause.com. On the site, visitors can discover their approach to menopause though an interactive quiz.
"I see menopause as the start of the next fabulous phase of life as a woman. Now is a time to ‘tune in’ to our bodies and embrace this new chapter in our lives. If anything, I feel more myself and love my body more now, at 58 years old, than ever before," said Cattrall on the site.
Pfizer will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to Dress for Success for each quiz completed. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization working to help women get back to work and empower them within the workforce.
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“One size does not fit all in menopause. There is a lot of fear, it’s a very intimate issue, a lot of women don’t want to share it, it’s very uncomfortable, and it was for me to a degree,” she said.
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Cattrall said her biggest advice to women starting menopause is to seek out a physician to help them manage their menopausal symptoms and to remember they are not alone.
“Women are such caregivers. We give so much to our children, our husbands, our job. I mean health for us should be foremost on that list especially at this age so we can continue to have a wonderful life,” she said.