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It was by any measure a rare moment for a senior member of the Royal Family.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was online the other day, talking comfortably and candidly about her experience with menopause and the importance she sees in being open about such subjects, which are so often seen as taboo.
“I’ve always found that when we talk about women’s health, it’s actually preceded by talking about women’s problems or women’s issues, which immediately puts it into a negative light,” she said in the virtual chat as she took on the royal patronage for Wellbeing of Women, a U.K. women’s health charity.
“But armed with knowledge and choice, our lot would be so much better, and I think it is up to us to try and inform women about that knowledge, about those choices that they have, in a way that is bringing the subject out into the open.”
That, however, doesn’t always happen.
“We all talk about having babies, but nobody talks about periods, nobody talks about the menopause. Why not?” Sophie wondered.
WATCH | Sophie wants to bring women’s health out of the shadows:
“It’s something that’s incredibly normal, but it is something that is very hidden and I think it’s time to say enough. We need to … bring this out onto the table.”
Sophie, 56, did just that, sharing her…