Do you gain weight during or after hormone replacement therapy?
There is not enough evidence to believe that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and weight gain are directly related.
HRT is used to help relieve the symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of bone loss after menopause. Some menopausal women stay away from this therapy because they believe it causes weight gain. However, they may naturally gain weight at the time of menopause. Besides that, studies found no evidence that this therapy has an effect on body weight.
Any medication can sometimes have certain side effects and the hormones used in HRT are no exception. However, in this case, all the available evidence shows that weight gain is not one of them and this therapy cannot prevent weight gain at menopause.
Many women gain weight during menopause, regardless of whether they take HRT or not. You can overcome this through a healthy diet and regular exercise.