The View’s Whoopi Goldberg has admitted the ‘hardest thing’ about going through the menopause being stripped of the ‘choice’ to have more children.
The 67-year-old Sister Act star got candid about her own experiences with menopause on Thursday’s episode of the daytime talk show as she discussed hot flushes, low libidos, and vaginal dryness with her co-hosts.
But, for Whoopi, she said it was no longer having the ‘choice’ to conceive that ‘irritated the hell’ out of her the most.
Whoopi, who is now through the menopause, was 18 years old when she welcomed her daughter Alexandrea with her first husband Alvin Martin in 1974.
‘You know the hardest thing for me, I will say, was when I realized that choice had been taken out of my hands,’ she said during her on air discussion with Womaness co-Founders Sally Mueller and Michelle Jacobs.
Whoopi Goldberg has admitted the ‘hardest thing’ about going through menopause was having the ‘choice’ of pregnancy being taken away from her
Whoopi, 67, pictured with her 49-year-old daughter Alexandrea Martin in April 2015
Whoopi, pictured here with her daughter in 1993, gave birth in May 1974 when she was 18
‘Because I always could control when I got pregnant, it was in my control. And I can say the only thing that really irritated the hell out of me was the fact that I woke up and I thought, “Oh I don’t have a choice now. I’m not in charge of this anymore.”‘
The Oscar-winning star added: ‘But then the positive thing was, white pants! This made me happy!’
Joy Behar, 81, added: ‘I watched Whoopi go through menopause on the show. She would come out here and all of a sudden sweat would start pouring off of her head. That doesn’t happen, she’s over it now!’
‘A month. It lasted a good month,’ Whoopi said, before confirming that she’s now ‘done’ with menopause.
When the subject of low libidos came up, Joy admitted: ‘That’s one of the draggy things about it, they need to fix that.’
Sunny claimed: ‘They have medicine for it now.’
However, Whoopi – who has been married and divorced three times – was quick to correct her and fired back: ‘They don’t. They’re lying to you! There’s nothing right now. There’s nothing!’
Joy added: ‘If men went into menopause there would be a cure for it!’
The outspoken TV host told viewers watching at home to not ‘be afraid’ of going through menopause
Whoopi pictured in 1986 with her daughter Alex and her then husband David Claessen (left)
Whoopi is seen here in 1996 with her daughter Alex and one of her grandchildren
Offering some advice, Whoopi – who has three grandchildren and one great grandchild – added: ‘The strongest thing is, don’t be afraid of it.
‘People are afraid… there are things that are happening to you. Yes, you are getting older but that doesn’t mean anything stops, it doesn’t mean your life stops, it just means that you’re getting older.’
Whoopi has spoken previously about having abortions, admitting to having six or seven before she was 25.
Writing about one harrowing experience when she was just 14 in an essay for the book The Choices We Made by Angela Bonavoglia, Whoopi wrote: ‘I found out I was pregnant when I was fourteen. I didn’t get a period. I talked to nobody. I panicked.
‘I sat in hot baths. I drank these strange concoctions girls told me about – something like Johnny Walker Red with a little bit of Clorox, alcohol, baking soda (which probably saved my stomach) and some sort of cream. You mixed it all up.
‘I got violently ill. At that moment I was more afraid of having to explain to anybody what was wrong than of going to the park with a hanger, which is what I did.’
More recently, Whoopi declared that God supports abortion because he ‘made us smart enough to know when it wasn’t going to work for us’ during a discussion on The View.
The Academy Award winning actress has spoken openly about having abortions in the past
Whoopi and The View panel were joined by Womaness co-Founders Sally Mueller and Michelle Jacobs on Thursday’s show
Months earlier she had given an impassioned speech about the ‘human issue’ of abortion a day after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggested a majority of justices could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
‘The reason abortion came about: Women in this country lived forever with it being illegal. Women, when they decide something is not right for them, they’re going to take it into their own hands,’ she said.
‘Well, we got tired of tripping over women in bathrooms, public bathrooms, who were giving themselves abortions because there was nowhere safe, nowhere clean, nowhere to go.
‘This law came about because people wanted people to have somewhere safe and somewhere clean.’
Whoopi continued: ‘Getting an abortion is not easy, making that decision is not easy. It’s not something people do lightly! It’s not something you can just do!
‘It is a hard, awful decision that people make. And if you don’t have the wherewithal to understand that, to start this conversation with, “I know how hard this must be for you”, if you’re starting it by telling me I’m going to burn in hell, then you’re not looking out for me as a human being, whether I subscribe to your religion or not. And that is not OK!’