Karren Brady CBE has opened up about her menopause journey, and described the experience as a "nightmare" for her husband Paul Peschisolido.

The long-standing star of BBC's The Apprentice said her symptoms began just after the latest series of the popular reality show, which aims to find Lord Alan Sugar a business partner, had wrapped.

"I started the menopause after we had finished filming, so I didn't have any effects, and then I started it [the menopause]," she explained to the Mail Online.

"So other than the hot flushes and forgetting the occasional thing – I'm okay at the minute, but I suspect it's going to get a hell of a lot worse, before it gets any better.

"My husband will tell you I've been a nightmare, but I think I'm fine.'

The 52 year old businesswoman is supporting Penny Lancaster's campaign for women to get more support in the workplace while going through the menopause.

She believes that women should be given time off "if they need it."

"My mum said to me, oh in my day – we just battled on, but just because you can battle on, doesn't mean you should," Karren explained.

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"To be honest, I haven't even considered HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] at the minute because I'm only in the beginning of it, but I've got to say, waking up three times a night soaked is not very good.

"When you think about it, we're the ones who have to have the babies, the periods, the menopause and it's really unfair."

Karren also recently revealed that she thinks the iconic BBC show will come to a natural end when Alan decides to call it a day.

"I think when he's finished with it, the show will finish with it. I think he's got great energy for it, and he still loves it.

"I don't think it's impossible [to continue the show without him], but I don't think it would be anywhere as good. Alan's honest, authentic and he speaks the truth. It's not an act – what you see, is what you get. It's not a scripted show, and no-one tells him what to say."

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