January 15, 2015 01:35 PM

Belinda Carlisle is not embarrassed to reveal the worst part about being an aging female rock star.

In Thursday’s installment of the Hallmark Channel morning show, the lead singer from The Go-Go’s tells Home & Family‘s Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare about the “debilitating” effects of menopause.

“I always thought maybe it won’t happen to me, and then about five years ago it started happening to me,” Carlisle, 56, said. “I had sleeplessness. I was very cranky, mood swings.”

“The worst thing for me were the hot flashes, which started in the beginning not being so bad, then it just got to be debilitating and I would carry a change of clothes in the car. I would watch my friends go through it and I thought, ‘Oh God, I hope I don’t have to suffer like that.’ It got to be so bad I got my blood done to check my hormonal levels and it was time to do something about it.”

Carlisle also explained why she’s okay to talk about it on TV. Besides having co-founded a hospital in Calcutta, she’s also a spokesperson for Lady Care, a magnet that’s meant to be worn in underclothes to curb the effects of menopause.

“I put it in and I went from sometimes 40 hot flashes a day to zero,” said Carlisle, adding that menopause “is definitely uncomfortable for a lot of people to talk about, but it’s also a fact of life.”

Home & Family airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.

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