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franmorr posted:
am going though menopause. and the doctor gave me some to help. with it. i guess hom. pills. but i think they are makeing me gain weight can they do that and what can i do about it. help me please. i have had weight lost sugrey and i dont want to gain weight again
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear franmorr,
Unfortunately, the process of going through perimenopause does tend to put on a bit of weight, in the 5-8 pound range. The good news is that it's not an annual event; once you are fully menopausal, things tend to level out. Hormone therapy actually should not cause you to gain any significant amount of weight; estrogen may cause a bit of fluid retention (like a pound or two) but will go away when you stop taking it. Most important thing is to exercise very regularly, and avoid unnecessary calories; because as we get older (men and women both) we do tend to get slower metabolisms.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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