"I don't have children. I'm not going to have kids," the actress said Wednesday

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Updated November 18, 2015 06:51 PM

Kate Walsh is opening up about going through early menopause, which she says closed the door on her having children.

“I don’t have children. I’m not going to have kids. I went through early menopause. That happened,” Walsh said on SiriusXM’s Conversations with Maria Menounos Wednesday.

Walsh, 48, says going through early menopause is becoming “more and more common” for women.

“Who knows why. It could be a product of our environment. The pill, we don’t know,” she explains.

Kate Walsh early menopause

After Walsh’s older sister went through early menopause, she advised the actress to get checked. Although Walsh had her doubts, she agreed to make an appointment.“It was bleak. But that was a great kind of experience and growth,” she says. “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.”

The Grey’s Anatomy alum also spoke about the notion of a woman “having it all” — both career and children.

“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,” she says. “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.”

In 2011, following her divorce from film exec Alex Young, Walsh opened up about wanting to have children.

“I feel like a loser [for not having kids]. I would definitely love to be a parent,” Walsh told More magazine at the time. “But I definitely don’t think I want to do it on my own.”

She added that she always imagined she’d “be married and have three or four kids.”

Conversations with Maria Menounos broadcasts weekedays (1 p.m. ET) on Stars channel 109.