Weight gain during the menopause
BMJ Group Medical Reference
You may find that you put on weight in the years around the menopause. Some reports have found that women gain about half a kilogram (about 1 pound) per year during this time of their lives. 
Some studies have suggested that gaining weight is linked to the hormonal changes of the menopause, but this has not been proved. And changes in your weight could merely be part of getting older.
Hormones are chemicals that are made in certain parts of the body. They travel through the bloodstream and have an effect on other parts of the body. For example, the female sex hormone oestrogen is made in a woman's ovaries. Oestrogen has many different effects on a woman's body. It makes the breasts grow at puberty and helps control periods. It is also needed to get pregnant.
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