“Many women believe that taking HRT
will make them put on weight,
but there’s no evidence to support this claim”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hormone Therapy Weight Gain Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hormone Therapy (HT)
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)
  • Menopause Weight Gain

Weight Gain

Is there an association between hormone therapy (HT) and weight gain?

In Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Possible Side Effects of MHT: Weight Gain the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:
Hormone Therapy Weight Gain

  • “Most studies do not show a link between weight gain and use of MHT
  • In several studies, women who used MHT had less weight gain than those who did not use MHT
  • Women are prone to weight gain around the stomach in midlife (40s–50s); MHT may reduce this”.2

In Hormone Replacement Therapy: Side Effects – Weight Gain and HRT the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note:

“Many women believe that taking HRT will make them put on weight, but there’s no evidence to support this claim. You may gain some weight during the menopause, but this often happens regardless of whether you take HRT”.3

Other Causes

If HT does not cause weight gain, what may?

In 9 Myths and Misunderstandings About Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT): 1. Misunderstanding – MHT Will Make You Put on Weight the Australasian Menopause Society explain:

“Women who use MHT do not gain any more weight than women who do not use MHT. Ageing, social, lifestyle and medical factors are the main causes of midlife weight gain. The hormonal changes of menopause do cause fat to move from the hips to the abdomen”.4

Prevention

How can women who choose to use HT lose any unwanted weight?

The NHS explain:

“Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet should help you to lose any unwanted weight”.5

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  1. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Side Effects – Weight Gain and HRT. Last Reviewed: 09 September 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt/side-effects/#weight-gain-and-hrt Accessed: 29 April 2020
  2. Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Possible Side Effects of MHT: Weight Gain. Last Updated: 05 April 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 29 April 2020
  3. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Side Effects – Weight Gain and HRT. Last Reviewed: 09 September 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt/side-effects/#weight-gain-and-hrt Accessed: 29 April 2020
  4. 9 Myths and Misunderstandings About Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT): 1. Misunderstanding – MHT Will Make You Put on Weight. Content Updated 28 October 2019. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/health-info/fact-sheets/9-myths-and-misunderstandings-about-mht Accessed: 29 April 2020
  5. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Side Effects – Weight Gain and HRT. Last Reviewed: 09 September 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt/side-effects/#weight-gain-and-hrt Accessed: 29 April 2020
 Topic Last Updated: 29 April 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 29 April 2020
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