The comedian had been unable to undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) when she reached menopause, due to it clashing with other medications sheâd been taking â and the oestrogen deficit left her emotionally raw.
Speaking to The Observer, the 58-year-old explained that she had âalways had bouts of depression, but this was something else entirelyâ.
The Fast Show star said that her health problems began aged 40 when she was hospitalised for stomach surgery after suffering from diverticulitis, a digestive condition that affects the large intestine.
While recovering in hospital, doctors discovered that the TV star had a blood condition known as Hughes syndrome, which is an immune disorder that causes increased risk of blood clots.
Burke told the outlet the condition made her âimmune systemâ¦ [go] out the f***ing window, my adrenal glands clotted and bledâ.
As a result, the actress was placed on steroids for 17 years to help produce adrenaline.
Now on the other side of her menopause battle, Burke admitted that she is âso gladâ she didnât go through with her suicide attempt because it âwould have been a bit of a shameâ.
âI came through the other side, and Iâm f***ing delighted I did,â Burke insisted.
Itâs not the first time the star has spoke frankly about her menopause experience and previously said it made her feel âisolatedâ.
In her 2019 Channel 4 series All Woman, she said: âI didnât want to go anywhere because I hated being a woman during my menopause. I was like, âWhy am I a woman?â I couldnât bear it.â
Burke also described menopause as âthe biggest b*****d amongst the female anatomyâ.
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