Hot Flash Heroine Kim Cattrall, “I see menopause as the start of the next fabulous phase of life as a woman...”
Like many women, I got to know Kim Cattrall as the Golden Globe award-winning star of the HBO series, Sex and the City. She played Samantha Jones, one of four glamorous, fashionable, sexy, and single gals in New York City. The four girls never ceased to shock viewers with their provocative dialogue and brazen ways. Samantha took the lead and, as we all know, had tons and tons of sex in that city.
Nonetheless, in the movie, Sex and the City 2, even racy, free-spirited Samantha had to face menopause. Perhaps, it wasn’t too big of a surprise since the TV show was famous for addressing taboo subjects like sex, relationships, and orgasms. Why not tackle the big M-word too?
In real life, Kim, at age 58 is attacking menopause head-on by teaming up with Pfizer Inc., makers of prescription menopause treatments, as part of a new US awareness campaign, Tune In To Menopause.
She has confessed in the past that menopausal symptoms were more disorienting, overwhelming, and even humbling than she had anticipated. On Tune In To Menopause’s website, Kim compares hot flashes to diving into a pot of boiling water. However, even with all the bothersome menopausal symptoms, Kim manages to keep a positive attitude.
“In short order, I reached out to my doctor,” she explains on the site. “She reassured me and explained my hot flashes, and said that she would help me through menopause…that we would go through this together. I learned more and started to ‘tune in’ to my body…I relaxed, made adjustments, and realized I could manage this.”
“I see menopause as the start of the next fabulous phase of life as a woman,” she adds. “Now is a time to ‘tune in’ to our bodies and embrace this new chapter. If anything, I feel more myself and love my body more now, at 58 years old, than ever before.”
I find this all oddly reassuring. If Kim Cattrall, as a sex symbol, can handle menopause, so can we. Right?
What we’d like to ask if we’d had a few glasses of wine: Just what (or who) were you thinking about when you were having all those on-screen orgasms on Sex and the City?
Photo: Kim Cattrall at ЯEFLECT – 18th CFC Annual Gala & Auction. Photo by Trevor Haldenby. To learn more about the Canadian Film Centre, please visit: cfccreates.com