Bioidentical progesterone and weight gain is a common concern among those who are deciding whether to use this method of therapy. Now of course we should say up front that any side effect, including weight gain, must be considered as far as whether it would occur with a synthetic approach too – in other words, you need to know whether you are concerned about bioidentical progesterone and weight gain, or any type of progesterone therapy and weight gain. If you would benefit from some sort pf progesterone therapy you want to know whether you can minimize side effects by choosing a different course, or whether you are likely to experience side effects no matter what.
Bioidentical Progesterone and Weight Gain: Reasons
Let’s start, then, by exploring bioidentical progesterone and weight gain in a vacuum – what are the effects on weight and appetite from this natural approach, without a comparison to synthetics. As far as bioidentical progesterone and weight gain, there are three possibilities, which we list with comments informed by medical reports:
1. Bioidentical progesterone and weight gain is not a cause-effect problem, but rather you are gaining weight like many people do as they age and during menopause because your metabolism has slowed. The BHRT is not causal and may even slow the process, but it happens even so, and the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy gets blamed. This theory is commonly postulated by practitioners who say it is hard to see how scientifically balancing hormones would lead to this particular side effect.
2. Bioidentical progesterone and weight gain is an indirect relationship. Some people feel like they have less energy or are fatigued, especially at the beginning of their BHRT, and this may cause them to be less active. In addition, people prone to using food as a crutch when they don’t feel well may eat more to sooth other symptoms whether caused by menopause or the bioidentical hormones.
3. Bioidentical progesterone and weight gain is a direct effect – somehow this therapy directly slows metabolism or creates a situation where your body produces more fat, perhaps in certain areas. While some users report this effect, it is not commonly reported by practitioners.
The above suggests that there is not likely a direct effect of bioidentical progesterone and weight gain.
Synthetic vs. Bioidentical Progesterone and Weight Gain
There are some anecdotal reports that synthetic progesterone may cause weight gain where bioidentical progesterone will not. To be fair, however, we could not find any specific studies that suggested that this is the case. It seems fair to assume that everything we wrote above may hold true for the synthetic version as well. This suggests that unless your doctor says otherwise or there is a study we have yet to find, the reasons to choose bioidenticals may not include somehow avoiding weight gain. There are of course many other reasons you may choose the bioidentical approach, but avoiding weight gain does not appear to be one of them.
It should be noted, however, that there could be indirect effects related to synthetic vs. bioidentical progesterone and weight gain. For example, if the synthetic version has an effect on your mood or you have any mild side effects, you may feel less motivated to exercise or you may eat more to sooth yourself. Thus you may want to compare the two possibilities as far as how apt you are to eat right and exercise with each choice.
While your doctor can provide the most accurate advice and information about any effects you might feel on BHRT, including whether you might experience a relationship between bioidentical progesterone and weight gain, generally it does not appear that that relationship is somehow direct, and it also does not appear that that relationship is direct with synthetics. That said, we hope you will feel free to use our comments section to describe your own experience related to bioidentical progesterone and weight gain.