Angelina Jolie On How Menopause Made Her ‘Feel Settled’

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Angelina Jolie suffered early-onset menopause when she was just 20 years old. Jolie regrets not having had her cancer-preventive surgeries. Jolie actually loves feeling older.

The award-winning actress knew right away that she had a cancer gene and would do everything to stop it from happening. Jolie had already lost her aunt, grandmother, and mother to ovarian cancer. She didn’t want to go down that road.

After Jolie’s doctor detected the same BRCA1 cancer gene and possible signs of early cancer, the filmmaker opted to have preventative surgery. Not wanting to follow in her family members’ footsteps, the actress had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Jolie was able to avoid cancer thanks to her preventative surgeries. The surgeries had an impact on her health.  Jolie was just 40 years old when she began to experience early menopause.

‘I Actually Love Being In Menopause’

While most women don’t experience menopause until their mid-40s, 50s, or even 60s, the actress has enjoyed feeling older. “I actually love being in menopause,”Jolie was admitted to an Interview with The Telegraphvia E! News. “I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older.”

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The filmmaker’s honest and frank talk of menopause is a breath of fresh air for women of all ages. Although everyone with ovaries will go through menopause, we’re often taught to dread the changes that will occur in our bodies. Most women would prefer to avoid the hot flashes and mood swings that come with menopause. Plus, aren’t we supposed to want to stay young forever?

Jolie shares a different experience. Even though Jolie went through menopause early in her life, she is happy with the current stage of her life. She is actually more comfortable now than she was in her younger years. This is exactly how women expect to feel about menopause.

The actress is continuing to battle cultural expectations and ageism. She is now embracing this new chapter of her life. Jolie, despite being the fountain of youth in Hollywood, is glad to be done with her younger days. “I feel happy that I’ve grown up,”She made the comment. “I don’t want to be young again.”

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