In a recent interview, Sirius XM's Conversations with Maria Menounous, the 48-year-old Grey's Anatomy star revealed that she went through an early menopause:
“I don’t have children. I’m not going to have kids. I went through early menopause. That happened [...]
Who knows why. It could be a product of our environment. The pill, we don’t know”
Early menopause is a common occurrence among women. The average age-range is between 45 and 55 years but there is no shame if it happens before or after this window.
Kate shared that when her sister started to go through the early menopause, her sister urged her to go to a doctor as well.
Walsh tackled the problem head on with a healthy attitude:
“It was bleak. But that was a great kind of experience and growth, I’ve always felt I’ve been, at times in my life, indecisive or have hard times making decisions. I go for what I want and I also embrace what’s in front of me.”
Walsh doesn't have children. After divorcing former husband movie exec Alex Young a few years ago, Walsh admitted to 'More' magazine:
“I feel like a loser [for not having kids]. I would definitely love to be a parent, but I definitely don’t think I want to do it on my own.
[I want to] be married and have three or four kids.”
Since this comment, Walsh has had to deal with the fact that it now won't be possible for her to have biological children. Although, there are so many other ways of having children and obviously she can still get remarried!
Talking to Maria Menounos, she brought up a really thought-provoking issue regarding this idea of 'having it all' in every field of life, including professionally and personally:
“I don’t know if you can actually have it all. I think that is actually this American myth. I wouldn’t call it a dream, I think it’s a bit of a myth in that it’s this huge pressure. We’re like, ‘Wait a minute, am I less than if I’m not a mother? If I’m not a rock star in my career?’ I don’t know. I’m just rambling. This is what I ponder.”
I'm agreeing with Kate on this one. We're all sold a conventional image for optimal happiness but I think this is quite deceiving as life so often never mirrors that. I think it's important to deconstruct this idea and realize that happiness can come in so many ways even if you don't have 'success' in terms of the ideal family or being at the top of the career ladder.