Who’s afraid of menopause?
Lots of women, apparently. And it’s not hard to understand why. The onset of menopause is marked by a host of changes, both physical and emotional. Unfortunately, most of these changes are rather unpleasant, to put it mildly (hot flashes in the middle of summer, anyone?).
Thankfully, science and medicine now allow women access to treatments that can help ease some of the more adverse effects of menopause, including a marked decrease in hormone levels.
There is a variety of reasons to receive bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). There are those who seek BHRT for uncomfortable menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Others look for relief from the effects of hormonal imbalance – sluggishness, fatigue, and lack of motivation.
Very often the symptoms of hormonal deficiency and imbalance go hand in hand with another major issue: body weight. Therefore, it is only natural to wonder:
Will BHRT make me gain weight? Or will it do the opposite, and once my hormones are balanced, my weight will go down?
Both men and women experience hormonal decline with age
For most of people the fifth decade of life is the time for hormonal changes. This is the time when ovaries, testicles and other endocrine glands decrease their production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
In men this phase of endocrine change is called andropause, and in women it is called menopause. The hormonal imbalance that ensues is associated with major physical and psychological changes. Read more