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Angelina Jolie reflects positively on menopause

After breast and ovarian cancer scares and the surgeries that followed, Angelina is braving it through early menopause

By Shantila Lee | Published: 23 Nov 2015

Ange on menopause
Photo: TPG Images

Angelina Jolie's early menopause, the ultimate outcome of cancer preventative surgeries she underwent, is apparently not bothering her much. According to an interview with The Daily Telegraph that was published on Sunday, she's handling it like a pro with full-on positivity.

"I actually love being in menopause," she said. "I haven't had a terrible reaction to it, so I'm very fortunate." Apparently Ange hasn't succumbed to the worst sort of hot flashes, wild mood swings and sleeping troubles.  

In 2013, she had a double mastectomy after tests showed she carries the BRCA1 gene, an 87% chance of contracting breast cancer. Her early onset of menopause was triggered by a second preventative surgery she underwent this year, when doctors performed a blood test and detected anomalies linked to ovarian cancer. The laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy op done in March had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand
Angelina's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand (Photo: TPG Images)

Her high risk factors stem from the fact that both her grandmother and mum, Marcheline Bertrand, died after long battles with breast and ovarian cancer. According to The Daily Telegraph, the ovary removal operation was performed by the same doctor who treated her mother. "She’d asked her [surgeon] to promise she would take my ovaries out," said Angelina, on the catalyst for her having the surgeries.

Through it all, Angelina is going strong, taking things in stride. "I feel older, and I feel settled being older," she said on finding contentment with age. "I feel happy that I've grown up. I don't want to be young again."

In the interview, she also reveals intimate details on how cancer has had a huge impact on her. Once when she visited her mother before she had her ovaries removed, she heard another woman down the hall wailing. "I found out later she was a young woman who hadn’t had children yet – and that put everything into perspective." Read the full interview here.

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