Menopause and Weight Gain

As women and as we progress through life, our body goes through many different changes. Our hormones play a key role as we progress to puberty to our years of having a menstrual cycle and then through menopause.


What is the menopause?


Menopause marks the end of having menstrual cycles. This is when the ovaries stop producing eggs for fertilisation. Menopause is officially diagnosed twelve months’ after someone’s last menstrual period. Many women’s transition to menopause is usually gradual and involves fluctuating hormone levels for several years.


Menopause can be a hard time for many women as they enter a phase of their life where due to fluctuations in hormones, they experience many new symptoms such as:

  • Hot flushes

  • Night sweats

  • Mood swings

  • Irregular periods

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Weight gain

It’s important to note that the symptoms and age of onset vary widely from woman to woman. This is thought to be due to differences in lifestyles; diet; genetics and reproductive histories.


Why am I gaining weight?


One change that many women report is a change in their body composition, alongside increased bloating and water retention. This isn’t surprising as our hormones affect so many of our body’s systems.


So, what’s driving this weight gain?