Cruz 'angry' about menopause taboo

London: Penelope Cruz says society has perpetuated many taboos around women's health issues such as menstruation and menopause, which is disrespectful.

The 45-year-old actor said she was "angry" at how social structures, including families, don't even consider these topics worthy of a conversation.

"Hormones rule the world ... I bet you weren't expecting to talk about hormones. Okay. Hormones. There are times in the life of a woman that have to be acknowledged, and understood and called by their name. There are too many taboos surrounding women's bodies and I think it equals a big lack of respect.

"You might be thinking, 'What is the relationship between hormones and respect?' It's completely related. Words like 'period', 'post-partum depression', 'menopause'. Even today, those words, you bring them up at a dinner table, everybody gets nervous. Even if it's a group of women, if men are also at the table, the energy gets very nervous," Cruz told Tatler magazine for its August issue.

She said though she is glad to see women in the showbiz more, there is still a long way to go.

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