Have you noticed some extra belly fat that you can’t explain? If you’re in perimenopause or menopause, this change may be hormonal. Even if you haven’t experienced it yet, many women will gain 2-5 pounds or more during menopause. For many women, this is a concerning symptom. Thus, since BHRT is known for helping with menopause, does it help you shed some pounds, too? Yes, but not for everyone. It depends on your body, medical history, and type of weight gain.
Certain types of weight gain are caused by hormone changes. Hormones act like little messengers that tell organs how to act. During menopause, these hormones decrease. This change can cause about five pounds of weight gain around the belly, but some women may gain even more.
Of course, not all weight gain is hormonal. Even during menopause, genetics and lifestyle are often the main cause of weight gain. In those cases, peptides and dieting may work better. However, that doesn’t mean weight gain during menopause should be ignored. Several studies have found a strong causal link between menopause and abdominal obesity. While not all weight gain is caused by hormonal changes, extra belly fat may be hormonal and, thus, treatable.
If your weight gain is hormonal, hormonal therapy may be a good fit. By adjusting the hormones in your body, the symptoms of menopause may decrease. Even independent research agrees that hormonal therapy may help with menopause-related weight gain, fat mass, insulin sensitivity, and type-2 diabetes. However, not all hormonal therapies are created equal. The best fit depends not just on your body, but also on the treatment itself.
Using BHRT pellets is the safe option that usually works the best. Unlike pills and patches, BHRT pellets use the same hormones in your body, which prevents your hormones from fluctuating. In fact, pellets are the only type of BHRT that keep your hormone levels constant for months at a time. Even the critics can’t disagree. A review of more than 30 studies reveals that BHRT that avoids the digestive system can create hormone levels up to ten times higher than pills in some cases.
Of course, BHRT is not right for everyone. Patients should always talk to a doctor in depth about hormonal therapy. Medical history and lifestyle are very important considerations. However, if you experience other symptoms of menopause or andropause, such as decrease in muscle mass and hot flashes, that extra belly fat may be hormonal, and treatable with BHRT.
Consider taking this hormone self-assessment quiz to see if BHRT is right for you and your body. Don’t take the quiz as medical advice, and talk to your doctor about any menopause concerns.
Questions about hormone therapy come up frequently in the Menopause Chicks Private Online Community.
It’s common for women who might be experiencing things like brain fog, low libido, vaginal dryness, headaches, anxiety, depression, hot flashes/night sweats and even dry skin or hair loss—to investigate hormone therapy and the different modes of delivery available.
Recently, we have heard about pellet therapy from a number of women in our community—some who have regained quality of life as a result of pellet therapy, some who heard about pellet therapy from their physicians, and others who are curious and beginning to be proactive with their midlife health. So, we sat down with the owner of SottoPelle Therapy so we can all learn more.
Tune into my conversation with CarolAnn Tutera—and be sure to stay on to the 18 minute mark, as CarolAnn talks about hormone changes in men too!
What is pellet therapy?
Pellet therapy is an innovative way of delivering hormone therapy. By inserting pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) under the skin, this precision delivery method transports a customized dose of hormones through the blood stream, around the clock.
Why might a woman choose pellet therapy?
- Pellet therapy has been around for more than 70 years
- It’s a viable way for women to avoid the hormone roller coaster
- Delivering hormone therapy via pellets ensures that the prescribed dose is absorbed into a woman’s blood stream; the most reliable delivery method available as pills, patches and creams can be deemed inconvenient and inconsistent. With pellet therapy, there’s nothing to remember. Each treatment is tailored to suit the individual needs of the woman rather than a one-size-fits all or guesswork approach. It contains low-does estradiol and testosterone that release slowly for three to six months and includes regular monitoring and adjustments when your body needs it.
- Because the treatment is customized to each individual, doctors who administer pellet therapy are not merely treating symptoms but they treat the whole person. In addition, women will often choose pellet therapy because they are interested in quality of life NOW, and keen to invest in their longevity and vitality down the road—by protecting their cognitive health, preventing osteoporosis—as well as simply replenishing what their bodies need.
What options are available for men?
Men are frequently pleased when their partners/wives choose pellet therapy as they recognize how effectively it restores her quality of life. But men are also advocates of pellet therapy for their own health too—for similar reasons as women. You see, as a rule, men don’t experience the drastic roller coaster of hormone fluctuation that women do (although some do!), they do have experiences in midlife such as fatigue, brain fog, low libido and anxiety and depression that can be addressed with personalized hormone therapy.
Where can I learn more?
CarolAnn Tutera is the owner of SottoPelle Therapy
The first step is a consultation. SottoPelle Therapy is available throughout the USA.
Find a doctor in your area by visiting SottoPelleTherapy.com
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