Jo Whiley struggled with menopause during the Radio 2 show’s backlash

Jo Whiley

Jo Whiley

DJ Jo Whiley has revealed that she struggled with menopausal symptoms while criticizing her Radio 2 show with Simon Mayo.

The BBC station paired the presenters in 2018, but listeners complained that they lacked chemistry in the air.

“It all came at a time when I was most worried about brain fog,” Whiley told the Daily Mail.

“I felt like I couldn’t do the Drivetime show with so much pressure and things to remember.”

The 56-year-old added: “Until then, I had thought, ‘I’m fine. I do not need HRT [hormone replacement therapy]. ‘ But it had gotten to the point where I was really struggling. I decided to give it a try. “

Whiley was moved to Drivetime to serve as co-presenter for Mayo in 2018 in an attempt to add more female presenters to the Radio 2 program.

The couple had known each other for years and were on Radio 1 around the same time in the 1990s. But listeners complained that they did not gel when put together.

The show lasted only a few months before Mayo left the station. Whiley moved back to her previous night spot while Sara Cox took over Drivetime.

Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley

Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley’s joint Drivetime show lasted only a few months

Whiley talked for a long time about the many different symptoms she has experienced – many of which affected her professional confidence.

“I felt like I was a responsibility on the radio, and it was a very uncomfortable feeling not to have the responsibility for what I was doing, suddenly fighting for words,” she said.

“I’m doing fine, then it’s hitting me: low self-esteem, low self-esteem. I do not feel like myself at all. It’s pretty scary. It happens every few months. I do not want to see anyone. My eyes are really sore. I get a burning mouth and tongue. I really get the wobble. “

Menopause is when women’s menstruation stops and they can no longer get pregnant naturally.

The body can start behaving very differently and many women experience symptoms long before menstruation actually stops – in what is called the peri-menopause.

Hot flushes, night sweats, sleep problems, anxiety, low mood and loss of interest in sex are common. Bladder problems and vaginal dryness are also normal during this period.

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