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Does HRT cause weight gain

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weller7104 Thu 29-Nov-12 23:00:45

I've put on a bit of weight since starting hrt but balancing that against waking up 3 or 4 times a night suddenly when I'd often been in a deep sleep, sweating , no energy, and because of the sleep difficulties feeling exhausted all day, I'll put up with buying a bigger size of jeans!

noseinabook Mon 26-Nov-12 22:09:58

I'm on oestrogen patches - and if I forget to replace one I notice that my belly goes down - I guess that's just bloating. Def can't eat what I used to though, either.

Bellaciao Sun 07-Oct-12 19:33:14

Oh and weight gain - well your boobs will grow a bit, and as Miss Bo Peep says the progesterone can cause bloating which feels like the same thing ie clothes tighter, less slim looking figure - but it is possible to lose weight on HRT - I regularly go on reducing weight regimes to keep my weight down - but canlt eat what i used to.

Bellaciao Sun 07-Oct-12 19:30:05

I agree with MissBoPeep re being fit and healthy and taking exercise as you apporach, during and after menopause to keep as healthy as possible.

You haven't said how old you are nor how often your periods are?

As you have experienced during the peri-menopause the sex hormones fluctuate up and down dramatically giving rise to the mood swings you describe. This definitely happened to me long before I had the slightest hint in change of period frequency - so i didn't actually think I was approaching menopause (despite being 52-53) because periods still regular.

Some women start to get hot flushes and sweats while their periods are still regular and these women are sometimes prescribed HRT to alleviate these symptoms. However those who do take HRt while still having regular periods ( ie they still have plenty of oestrogen and the hormones are still fluctuating) can experience problems because your own cycle can break through and cause extra bleeding and some of the mood swing symptoms at the "wrong" time, which can make things worse in the short term.

My recommendation would be to wait to try HRT until your periods are really irregualr and you miss quite a few, and the symptoms of hot flushes and sweats etc begin to be troublesome.

MissBoPeep Sun 07-Oct-12 15:41:54

IME no it doesn't cause weight gain. Having said that you may well find other women who swear it has. One thing for certain is that in middle age metabolism slows down and if you eat what you did at 20, 30 and 40, you will probably put weight on- unless you increase your activity and do more exercise.
Some kinds of HRT may cause fluid retention and bloating but that is different and a change to another type may well help that.

HRT won't exactly regulate your periods, per se, but may give you a cycle that is controlled by the medication so maybe that's the same thing!

It may well help with all the emotional issues you say you have , but it's worth noting that most women have increased PMS as they approach meno, and it's easy to confuse these with meno symptoms.

Have you tried following a really healthy diet, and doing exercise more often to help your mood, before you reach for HRT? it's only my opinion but I think it's better to get yourself fighting fit through every other means first then try HRT if all the otehr stuff doesn't help.

lovemydogs Wed 03-Oct-12 07:43:05

hi
just wondered what everyone's experience was? Would be very upset to gain weight after losing over 2 stone on WW.
I am not on HRT but am experiencing the peri and am thinking about it. Does it help regulate period frequency/moodiness/tears/anger/general low mood
thanks
x

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