Taboo-smashing Channel 4 documentary with Davina McCall

Published: 6th May 2021

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.

When her own menopause started, Davina was warned not to discuss it publicly as it would ruin her image. We are very grateful to Davina for ignoring this advice!

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.

You do not want to miss this! Set your planners, or watch it live on Channel 4, Wednesday 12th May at 9pm.

And join the conversation while you watch at #davinamenopause


Finestripe Productions for Channel 4

Produced and directed by Linda Sands

Film Editor - Noel Nelis

Co-Producer - Kate Muir

Executive Producer - Katie Lander



Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at