Gray's Anatomy star: Kate Walsh talks about menopause at 39 2

Gray's Anatomy star: Kate Walsh talks about menopause at 39

For actress Kate Walsh waking up in a lifelong dream: becoming a mother. The "Grey's Anatomy" star went into menopause. Way too soon! Today, Walsh is 52 years old. How she was supposed to handle this change at such a young age, she now explains in an interview.

When Kate Walsh appeared in "Grey's Anatomy" as Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, fans immediately fell in love. Positive criticisms of Addison's character prompted screenwriter Shonda Rhimes to continue her side relationship with Walsh as a star. Private Practice was born and attracted even more viewers than the third season of Gray's Anatomy.

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That was 2007, the TV star was 39 years old. What hardly anyone knew about the hype surrounding the actress was that menopause had unexpectedly started with Walsh at the time. Something that women between the ages of 45 and 60 typically go through, which at first is a huge psychological burden for many.

"It was a really crazy time," Walsh reveals in an interview "Pop culture". "My body started to change, hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings and sudden tears and, oh my gosh!" He shouts. And the one I worked on so much – I switched from "Gray's Anatomy" to my own private show, and was just married. "

The fact that menopause started so unexpectedly shocked the actress, she didn't know how to deal with it: "It was really scary, honestly, because you find a lot of information about it, but hardly anyone supports you along the way. I was really scared and I hated it. I had to learn to speak to older women and ask, "Hey, did you live through this? How did you get there? What did you do about it?"

Now that the actress has survived this phase of her life, she wants to help other women. It is in partnership with Equelle, a company that offers natural herbal supplements to menopausal women.

Walsh wants to draw attention to this barely discussed topic: "I think it's one of those things that makes women wonder. They think they have only a choice between taking hormones or doing nothing. There are so many other options."