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Halle Berry, 57, reveals doctor misdiagnosed perimenopause for STI as he branded it the 'worst case he'd ever seen'

Halle Berry, 57, reveals doctor misdiagnosed perimenopause for STI as he branded it the 'worst case he'd ever seen'

The Catwoman star spoke up about women's health issues

Halle Berry has opened up about her struggles with getting a diagnosis from doctors when she first started showing symptoms of perimenopause.

The 57-year-old Catwoman star attended the A Day of Unreasonable Conversation summit in LA on Monday (25 March) where she was joined by First Lady Jill Biden for a conversation about women’s health.

During the event, Halle - who has become an impressive menopause awareness advocate over the past few years - revealed a doctor once misdiagnosed her perimenopause for an STI as he branded it the 'worst case he'd ever seen'.

Halle Berry opened up about her perimenopause misdiagnosis.
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The pair discussed a handful of issues including how older women's stories are told following President Biden's signing of an executive order centred around improving women’s health research just last week.

Halle said her aim with getting involved in such talks is about 'changing the way women and men feel about women during their midlife and how they feel about this - which used to be a dirty little word - menopause, perimenopause, and we in this room have to change that… it can’t just be the doom and gloom story. This is a glorious time of life'.

Elsewhere in the talk, the actor opened up about how she found out she was in perimenopause.

Halle visited the doctor after noticing extreme pain after sex.

"First of all, my ego told me that I was going to skip it - I’m very safe, I’m healthy, I managed to get myself off of insulin and manage my diabetes since I’m 20 years old," she explained.

However, at the age of 54 she finally met 'the man of her dreams' with Van Hunt and chatted some more about all the sex they were having before Jill joked: "I didn’t know she was going to tell this story. I’m not talking about mine!"

Halle then recounted the extreme pain she would experience after having sex and, after getting her symptoms checked out by the doctor, she was told she had the worst case of herpes he’d ever seen.

The Catwoman star has become an advocate for women's health in recent years.

Both herself and her new man were tested and neither came back with a positive result for herpes.

"I realised after the fact that is a symptom of perimenopause," she explained with the pain being due to dryness rather than an STI.

She added: "My doctor had no knowledge and didn’t prepare me, that’s when I knew, 'Oh my gosh, I’ve got to use my platform, I have to use all of who I am and I have to start making a change and a difference for other women'."


If you have been affected by the contents of this article, please find more information and support via Menopause Matters on their website, or email [email protected].

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@halleberry

Topics: Celebrity, Health, Sex and Relationships