A patient who suffers from a sudden strong gain in weight asks us:
I have gained almost 10 kilos within a year. About a year ago I also started the intake of the pill again. Measurements revealed that my body fat increased, but muscle mass did not. Can bioidentical hormones help? How can I proceed?
Bioidentical hormones can help in weight loss. First of all it would make sense to perform an analysis of the hormone levels. This information enables a focused “balancing” of a hormonal imbalance.
Certain birth control pills are known to cause weight gain because they interfere with the hormonal balance in uncontrolled way and systematically. Further factors which have a lasting effect on the hormonal production are nutrition, sport, and stress. They can also lead to a gain of weight.
At the begin of a therapy with bioidentical hormones (Bioidentical Hormonal Regeneration Therapy, BHRT) both health and hormonal status are determined through comprehensive anamnesis and blood analysis. On this basis an individual therapy program can be created. A hormonal regeneration lasts for either 3 or 6 cycles (1 cycle = 28 days) and can be repeated when required.
In case persistent problematic areas, for example around the hips, butt, and thighs exist, it is useful to do a liposuction with thin microcannulas even before a planned weight loss. Fat tissue namely produces hormones, which promote further deposition of fat in the body.
DDr. Heinrich, MD