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Can natural hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?

Can natural hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?

Yes if unbalanced: The key to natural hormone replacement is balance. If balanced you should gain weight no more easily than you did when you were younger if you are eating a proper diet and exercising to maintain adequate muscle mass. Muscle mass controls your metabolic rate. Too much Estradiol or Progesterone can cause weight gain. Too much testosterone can boost appetite. ...Read more

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (Definition)

Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more


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Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight or not?

Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight or not?

Hormone replacement: Hormone replacement therapy means furnishing the body with hormones that are absent or low in quantity. Perfect example is taking thyroid hormone when you are hypothyroid (absent or low thyroid hormone levels). This may cause you to lose weight. Taking more steroids than is required might make you gain weight. ...Read more

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What is the best form of hormone replacement therapy with a low risk of weight gain?

What is the best form of hormone replacement therapy with a low risk of weight gain?

Hormone replacement: Age 33 is quite young for hormone replacement. I presume your gynecologist has prescribed this for you but perhaps she/he did not fully explain it. Please go on-line and type in "Hormone Replacement" and a number of articles will appear. Some will be straightforward for you and others will make little sense. Once read, please discuss this with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement therapy using estradiol and progesterone cause weight gain?

Does hormone replacement therapy using estradiol and progesterone cause weight gain?

No: Not consistently anyway. Women going through menopause often gain some weight, so it commonly gets blamed on hrt. ...Read more

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I'm 42 and started to feel like i don't have a lot of energy or a sex drive and i've gained weight. Will hormone replacement therapy help?

I'm 42 and started to feel like i don't have a lot of energy or a sex drive and i've gained weight. Will hormone replacement therapy help?

Which hormones : The symptoms you describe are very nonspecific. Hormone replacement only helps those who are hormone deficient. In the presence of a described deficiency of thyroid hormone, replacement is very helpful. Replacement of estrogen and Progesterone in the peri menopausal is more controversial due to ongoing risk of clots and cancers. Rarer hormone deficiencies require an endocrine evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you feel about bio identical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss?

How do you feel about bio identical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss?

Hormone: Therapy (except for thyroid) doesn't help with weight loss. "bioidentical" is a lay term with no legal meaning, but generally "very expensive without any benefit". Most, if not all, of the commercially available hormones are manufactured to be identical to naturally secreted hormones, have been inspected and approved by multiple agencies, and are manufactured to exacting and reproducible standards. ...Read more

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Can dieting be affected by hormone replacement therapy?

Can dieting be affected by hormone replacement therapy?

No: Hrt should not affect the outcome of dieting. Occasionally hrt can cause some water retention (which can add a few pounds temporarily), however. ...Read more

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How does hormone replacement therapy increase libido?

Testosterone: Therapy can increase libido a lot. Estrogen therapy may have slight effects. It can also improve vaginal lubrication making it more enjoyable, and improve your overall well-being, so it seems like your desire has increased. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more