Shweta Bachchan, daughter of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, recently talked about the stigma around menopause on the latest episode of her daughter Navya Naveli Nanda’s podcast What the Hell Navya.
During the conversation, Sweta told her daughter that though she and her brother Agastya make fun of her mood swings during menopause, she does not find it funny. “My own children say it to me if I am in a bad mood, and I shout at them, they will say, ‘Oh, mom is menopausing today.’ That’s not fair. For you, it is a joke, but think about it for me, everything is going south,” she said.
Shweta further said that though menopause is one of the most significant things that happen to women, it is very frightening also. “It is very frightening because everything is basically out of your control. Menopause means a lot of things; you lose your hair, you start putting on weight, you have mood swings, and you have temperature control issues. A lot of women lose a lot of self-confidence and it leads to many mental health issues,” she added.
Shweta said that people still shy away from talking about menopause. “No one helps you through it. You just have to grin and bear it. Especially, these days, when there is so much emphasis on outward appearance, women want to look 20 till they’re 80. They want to have thick heads of hair. They want to fit into the jeans they wore in college. But because your hormones are all over the place, you can try what you like, unless you starve yourself, your body is out of control,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, Shweta Bachchan’s daughter and the host of the podcast What the Hell Navya, Navya Naveli Nanda is gearing up to make her acting debut with Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies, set at Netflix.
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