Transcript for Chris Evert Gets Candid: Did Menopause Contribute to Her Divorce?
A famous moment on the court for tennis star Chris evert there winning wimbledon, just one of her many grand slams, now though she is making headlines for what she's revealing about menopause and her marriage. A tennis legend with 18 grand slams, 61-year-old Chris evert is now revealing her going through menopause impacted her life. Our guest today is the legend. On lance Armstrong, the forward podcast she hinted the end of her 18-year marriage to Andy mill and subsequent marriage to Greg Norman was in part due to what she was going through physically. You know, Andy and I are still a family without living together. We had a rough couple of years because I married Greg Norman who was Andy's friend and, oh, I was going through menopausal -- Stuff. Stuff that, you know, that doesn't get talked about enough. What women go through, you know, at 50-ish. Reporter: While her marriage to Greg Norman ended after just 15 months she tells Armstrong that it's her relationship with mill that endures. When I'm in my dying bed. He'll be there and when -- I'll be there for him and he'll be there for me. We love reach other and I can rely on him. Reporter: And extols advice. You got to be on top of your relationship the whole time and I've learned that. As soon as you feel like you're drifting away, you get back there. Our chief women's health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton is joining us. When we think of menopause we think of the hot flashes. Right. And not a lot of people want to talk about this. We'll change that right now. Talk to me about the emotional and psychological effects of menopause. When people think about it, most people think hot flashes, dropping in estrogen but a lot of hormones go down and the ratio of those with respect to reach other changes and we know that there are receptors for estrogen and pro-guess ter Rhone in the brain and so you absolutely can get changes in your mood and they run the gamut. They range from having a short fuse, you can just feel like you could snap at the drop of a dime. People can be tearful, for forgetful. Women can have difficulty concentrating, a lack of energy. These can start from the head and work their way down and what's more, Lara, we have to remember a lot are predisposed to psychological or emotional issues premenopause, this can really stack the deck. Talk to your mom. Talk to your grandmother. You'll have a blueprint of what you can look forward to. Do you believe that? I mean, it's part of your blueprint but it's not your whole destiny. I think what's really important is we need to put this issue to rest once and for all. This is not about medicalizing a natural process. This is about supporting and empowering women. They need to hear I hear you. This is not all in your head. To hear that is not okay because 15% to 20% do experience severe symptoms and it affects not just them but their entire circumstance sfll absolutely. Okay, you're a gynecologist and see lots and lots of patients. What advice do you have for those listening right now going, oh, my god, she's describing me. Hold on. Better news now more than ever. There's a menu of options. They range from hormonal therapy, both bio identical and synthetic. There is nonhormonal Streeps that can help with everything from hot flashes to mood. They go by brand names effexor and I love the complimentary therapy, acupuncture, exercise, meditation, these all can be incredibly helpful but we are telling women today, I hear you. I hear you. Totally. So to find out what's right for you, see your doctor. 100%. Dr. Jen, thank you so very much. Dr. Jen will be answering your questions on Twitter coming
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