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Can Birth Control Pills Fix Middle Age Midsection Fat Distribution That Comes From Ovarian Aging and Estrogen Loss

Reaching age forty hormonal changes can lead to an increased accumulation of visceral fat.

Visceral fat, also called VAT, is the bane of buckling your pants, but medically is a type of fat that surrounds organs in the abdominal area and is associated with an increased risk of various health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

The increase in visceral fat can also be attributed to a decline in estrogen levels.

Declining estrogen levels thus affect the way fat is distributed in the body.

To some extent subtle changes occur in the healthiest of women, as no many how many healthy lifestyle habits you have, such as regular exercise and a balanced diet, the inevitable change in hormonal levels visceral fat and maintain overall health.

While estrogen levels play a role in the accumulation of visceral adipose tissue (VAT), taking estrogen alone is not necessarily the most effective way to get rid of VAT. Although Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which includes estrogen supplementation, has been shown to help redistribute body fat and decrease visceral fat in menopausal women.

Hormone Therapy can be very safely used but may also come with potential risks and side effects, and should only be considered after a thorough evaluation and discussion with a healthcare provider.

Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) may have some effect on the accumulation of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) in middle age women. The hormones in birth control pills can help regulate estrogen levels, which can affect the distribution of body fat, including VAT. However, the effectiveness of birth control pills in combating VAT may vary depending on the individual and other factors such as diet and exercise habits.

The exact hormones in birth control pills are not specifically designed or recommended for the treatment of VAT, and their primary purpose is contraception. Therefore, it is not appropriate to rely solely on birth control pills to combat VAT or to use them solely for this purpose. Other hormone therapy like compounded bioidentical hormones which could include testosterone, never in oral contraception formulas may be more helpful.

Lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, as well as discussing any concerns with a healthcare provider, can be more effective in reducing VAT and improving overall health.

Furthermore body shaping, which also includes removing other fat deposit can be helpful in other ways. But, reducing VAT involves a combination of lifestyle modifications such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. These changes have been shown to reduce visceral fat, even in women with low estrogen levels.

A combination of lifestyle changes and HRT may be the most effective approach for some women, but ultimately, the best approach will depend on individual health status, risk factors, and personal preferences.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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