Menopause comes with many changes and weight loss is one of the changes most women experience due to change in the levels of hormones. Although menopause may have varying symptoms, the most common symptoms may include, bladder problems, sleeplessness, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.Undergoing a treatment known as hormone replacement therapy can help relieve these symptoms. In this therapy, women are given progesterone and estrogen in form of vaginal creams, skin patches, or pills. Researchers say that women who go through hormone therapy have a lower risk of osteoporosis and live longer.
Hormone therapy is also good for women who have undergone a hysterectomy. Doctors, however, need to know that the women have undergone hysterectomy since progesterone is not administered to such women. Many women and even men can attest that they have found hormone therapy very helpful. Patients can receive the hormonal therapy in two kinds. The two kinds may be either estrogen-only therapy or progesterone and estrogen therapy. In estrogen therapy the doctors prescribe a little dose of estrogen to relieve or prevent menopause symptoms. On the other hand, during the estrogen-progesterone therapy, patients receive a combined dose of progesterone and estrogen. Hormone replacement therapy is mostly administered for some weeks every month.
Although weight loss is cited as one of the major benefits of hormone therapy, most people do not appreciate how the therapy can help them lose weight. Basically, few years to menopause a woman is likely to have low hormone levels. The women are therefore likely to have the desire of feeding on food rich in sugar. Since the level of estrogen produced during menopause is low, the body tends to rely on the estrogen that is kept in fat cells. At the same time production of lean muscle is reduced, due to low production of testosterone. Lean muscle play a significant role in burning fat. This implies that lower lean muscles contribute to high-fat accumulation that in turn leads to high weight.
The weight gained during menopause is attributed to hormone imbalances and it is not easy to shed it. The only way that these women can lower their weight, is only through hormone replacement therapy. Women should consider the state of their body, and counsel of their therapies to enable them to choose the most ideal therapy between the two type of therapies mentioned earlier. Due to the high weight gain in menopause stage, many women are at risk of suffering from different cardiovascular diseases. Since weight gain is a major challenge to most women during menopause, undertaking the right hormone replacement therapy can help mitigate this problem.