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Menopause

Menopause
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The real facts about HRT: gives the medical evidence, debunks the scare stories and explains whether it could be right for you
Advice about contraception, sex, diet and alternative therapies
Answers to questions that you may not have the time or desire to ask your doctor
Details of where to go for further information and support
Class Publishing (London) Ltd; November 2006
225 pages; ISBN 9781859591697
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Excerpt
I started HRT because of hot flushes, which helped, but I was very surprised when my aching joints also got better. Could my aches and pains have been due to the menopause or was it just coincidence?
Joint aches are an often unrecognised but quite common symptom of the menopause. As well as the possible effect of lack of oestrogen affecting the ligaments around joints, research has also shown that this hormonal lack is involved in the development of osteoarthritis. Limited research has been shown that osteoarthritis is more common after the menopause and that use of oestrogen after the menopause may reduce the numbers of women developing the disease.
Weight gain
Do you think going through the menopause means I shall put on weight? I seem to have put on a stone since the menopause. I’m not eating any differently and I exercise as much as I ever have. My clothes feel tight and it makes me feel old and frumpy. Why does this happen?
Many women put on weight around the time of the menopause. When your hormone levels change at the menopause, it is thought that the rate at which you burn off calories (your metabolicrate) reduces. More fat is being stored than before, and so many women do both put on weight and change their shape. Fat is often redistributed and tends to increase around the waist, leading to the perception of weight gain, even if in some women the weight may not change much – ‘bums to tums’! There is no magic, easy answer! Weight loss requires a combination of changing eating patterns and increasing exercise. This is often a time for a ‘wake-up call’ when diet and lifestyle need to be reviewed. We talk more about this in Chapter 7.