Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause

Davina was 44 and felt like she was losing it - hot flushes, depression, mental fog. Now she tells her menopause story, busting midlife taboos from sex to hormone treatment.

Year: 2021

Production company: Finestripe Productions

Commissioner: Channel 4, News and Current Affairs

Presenter: Davina McCall

Producer/Director: Linda Sands

Executive Producer: Katie Lander

Co-Producer: Kate Muir

Film Editor: Noel Nelis

Production Manager: Robyn Gray

Distributor: TVF International


Davina McCall was 44 and thought she was losing it. At work, she hid her hot flushes, depression, mental fog and confusion, until she discovered she was starting perimenopause. With startling honesty, Davina describes her own menopause journey, busts the myths surrounding the transition, and examines the science and fear around hormone replacement therapy. Nine in ten women say the menopause affects their work and around half say their sex lives are adversely affected. Davina fearlessly tackles the midlife taboos that can destroy women’s jobs and relationships, exposing the lack of specialist education for GPs and the confusion that still exists around HRT.

This film has had an amazing impact on the national conversation. Social media lit up after transmission with stories of many women who had been misdiagnosed or were unable to continue with their jobs. Over 18,000 health professionals have signed up for extra training since transmission and prescription charges in England have been reduced.

When her own menopause started, Davina was warned not to discuss it publicly as it would ruin her image. In Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause she lifts the lid on her own experience in a bid to get women talking about theirs and discovers that help is out there.

Image courtesy of Finestripe Productions

More information

Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause is available to stream now on All 4.