Hormonal contraceptive methods are designed to regulate your cycle and prevent ovulation. Oral birth control pills if not chosen wisely or without regard to their affect on other hormones or proteins in the body can cause weight gain and other side effects. There are different forms of hormones available for perimemopausal and menopausal women that actually HELP women lose weight, improve mood and feel like themselves again.
Often the problem with oral hormonal contraceptives is that it can lower the amount of free testosterone in the body. It does this by releasing a protein that bind free testosterone when the oral hormone is metabolized in the liver ( first pass liver effect.).
Testosterone is responsible for enhancing libido, restoring energy, strengthening bone, and relieving depression. It also helps with mental clarity and utilization of glucose.
Oral contraceptives also contain progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that primarily in premenopausal women prepares the body for pregnancy which makes women have food cravings, hold water weight and feel sleepy. This protective mechanism is ideal for keeping mom and baby safe, but isn’t ideal for women who are not intending to become pregnant. Too high of a progesterone ratio in some pills exacerbate this even further.
For menopausal women, low doses of progesterone may be necessary, but not at the levels found in oral birth control pills that cause undesirable side effects.
- Dr. Angela DeRosa AKA "Dr. Hot Flash"
- Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
- Angela M. DeRosa DO, MBA, CPE graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. She went on to do an Internal Medicine Residency with a fast track emphasis in Women’s Health at Lutheran General Hospital. After her residency, she became the Director of Women’s Health Services and Education at Lutheran General Hospital. After two years of practice she started a full time career as the West Coast Senior Medical Director with Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals. There she worked on women's health product development, research and marketing. Seven years after starting this position, Dr. DeRosa decided to pursue other clinical endeavors. Dr. DeRosa is a nationally recognized internist and women’s health expert. Her clinical focus is on revitalizing the physician-patient relationship; striving to provide the highest quality of care to her patients in a warm compassionate environment.