Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

Why do women experience weight gain before menopause?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses the ties for women between weight gain, aging and menopause. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


That’s one of the biggest complaints that I get from patients, is that they attribute weight gain to menopause. Where we have to sort things out is what’s attributable to menopause? What's attributable to just aging? In men and women, the biggest part of weight gain is attributed to just aging. That has to do more with the adrenal glands than the ovaries. Hormone therapy may help with that. It may not.

Generally, we have to make adjustments in dietary intake and exercise that’s going to help us lose weight. There’s unfortunately no magic cure for that problem and it's the most common thing that people complain about, but it’s not absolutely related to menopause.

There’s a lot of marketing on commercials for products that you hear about on the radio that describe weight gain as the biggest concern and symptom of menopause, but that’s not exactly correct. It’s more to do with aging.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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