In the latest episode of her new podcast, former first lady Michelle Obama talks about going through menopause in the workplace, as well as how weight, aging and image affect the health of women older than 50.
In a conversation with Sharon Malone, a longtime friend and D.C.-based obstetrician and gynecologist, Obama shared a story on her “Michelle Obama Podcast” about having a hot flash while on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, before an event with her husband, then-President Barack Obama.
“It was like somebody put a furnace in my core and turned it on high,” Obama recalled, The Guardian reported. “And then everything started melting. And I thought, ‘well this is crazy, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t do this.’ What a woman’s body is taking her through is important information. It’s an important thing to take up space in a society because half of us are going through this but we’re living like it’s not happening.”
Obama, 56, added that her husband “didn’t fall apart because he found out there were several women in his staff that were going through menopause” but “was just sort of like, ‘oh, well turn the air conditioner on.’”
“The Michelle Obama Podcast” is part of a collaboration between Spotify and Higher Ground, the production company founded by the Obamas, and focuses on relationship and health issues, with a series of candid conversations between Obama and a variety of guests.