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Early menopause, weight gain and hormone therapy
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD posted:
I just wanted to clarify a couple of issues raised by a couple of our participants. Menopause before the age of 35 is quite unusual, and if one does go through menopause before that age, you should consult with a menopause expert. Hormone therapy of some type would usually be recommended for very young women. Hormone therapy does not lead to weight gain; around the menopausal transition, women gain an average of 5-8 pounds. Women who take hormone therapy tend to gain an average of 4-7 pounds; so alas it is the menopause transition that seems to attract the weight, not the hormone therapy. If you feel you are gaining weight out of proportion to how you are eating and exercising, do consult with your health care provider about looking at other hormones in the body, such as thyroid.
And again, as I always encourage, work with a health care provider with whom you feel comfortable talking-communication is crucial.
Mary Jane
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