How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Improve Your Weight Loss Efforts

Working women.

As you get older, you might notice your body taking on a different shape. Perhaps you’re holding a little more fat than usual in your stomach, and your pants are a bit snug. This is a completely normal part of aging for most women, although it doesn’t have to be. 


As you age, your body starts to produce less of certain hormones that help keep things running smoothly in your body. When hormone production starts to decline, you enter perimenopause and then hit menopause.


An effective remedy for menopause-induced weight gain is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which Mark P. Schumacher, MD, is excited to offer to his patients experiencing menopause symptoms and weight gain

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? 

Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that are identical to the hormones your body produces. Hormone replacement therapy involves replenishing hormone levels through injections, patches, pills, or topical creams and gels. By replacing the hormones you lose through age or menopause, you can ease the symptoms caused by the loss of hormones.

How does BHRT help with weight loss?

As you get older and approach menopause, many changes take place inside your body. You might experience irregular menstrual cycles, skin and hair changes, mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and headaches. All of this can be traced back to the fact that certain hormone levels are decreasing.

Hormones and weight

The decrease in estrogen and progesterone production can also contribute to weight gain. If you feel like your body has been working against your best healthy efforts, well, it likely has. A drop in estrogen can lead to an increase in fat storage in the abdomen, which is the type of weight gain most women experience during and after menopause.


This is where BHRT comes into play. By supplementing your decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone, your body can better support weight maintenance and weight loss. Your body will no longer be fighting against itself. The exact hormone combination you get will be determined by Dr. Schumacher after he completes a comprehensive consultation and examination.

Hormones and weight distribution

In addition to helping with weight loss, BHRT can help with weight distribution. Having healthy hormone levels encourages the body to store fat where it should be stored — in the hips, thighs, and buttocks — rather than in the belly, which is where it goes when hormone levels drop. 


Of course, any weight loss treatment is best supported with a healthy diet, consistent exercise, quality sleep, and a stress reduction practice. Don’t think of BHRT as the complete antidote to weight gain. Instead, think of BHRT as a supplement to your healthy lifestyle. 

To learn more about BHRT and to find out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, book an appointment over the phone with Mark P. Schumacher, MD, today.

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