Many women and men considering hormone replacement therapy at Rejuvime Medical ask if HRT can help with weight loss. Even though HRT isn’t a weight-loss treatment, it can lead indirectly to losing weight because of other changes it produces. Rejuvime Medical prescribes compounded semaglutide—weekly weight loss shots for people interested in optimizing their metabolism.
In this blog post, we’ll answer common questions about how hormone replacement therapy and semaglutide work and whether combining them can be effective for people who want to restore hormonal balance and lose weight.
What Is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a medication prescribed for weight loss and insulin management for diabetics and people diagnosed as obese. Rejuvime Medical offers compounded semaglutide prepared by Empower Pharmacy, one of the largest, most respected compounding pharmacies in the United States. It is not a salt form of semaglutide.
How Does Semaglutide Work for Weight Loss?
Semaglutide works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called GLP-1, which helps regulate your blood sugar and appetite. This reduces food consumption and increases the feeling of being full, which results in weight loss. Our compounded semaglutide includes vitamin B12 to support weight loss and help maintain the health of the metabolism, red blood cells, and nerves.
Does Semaglutide Have Side Effects?
Like any medication, semaglutide can have side effects. These may include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Our medical providers create customized treatment plans based on a patient’s blood test results and can adjust your dosage to minimize side effects.
Can HRT Help With Weight Loss?
Hormone replacement therapy’s primary focus is restoring hormones to an optimal level. It addresses symptoms of menopause or andropause (the male equivalent of menopause caused by low testosterone), such as fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, low energy levels, and reduced physical performance. After people start HRT, they have more energy, feel more rested, and enjoy greater physical endurance. These changes, in turn, lead to a more active lifestyle and intense exercise, which often results in weight loss.
Do Both Men and Women Experience Weight Loss from HRT?
Yes, in most cases. Men with low testosterone levels (low T) who undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) often see significant weight loss, as we wrote about in this blog post. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that as men start working out more after starting TRT, they build lean muscle tissue, which burns calories more efficiently than fat while resting. Additionally, higher testosterone levels improve metabolism.
What’s the Relationship Between Semaglutide and Hormones?
Hormonal imbalances associated with menopause or low testosterone levels are linked to weight gain. If you’re undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, there’s evidence that combining TRT with semaglutide may have synergistic effects, leading to more significant weight reduction and improved body composition.
What’s Best for You?
Both HRT and semaglutide can help improve your quality of life when a hormone specialist medically monitors your treatment. Leading a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular exercise is also essential. If you want to learn more about semaglutide and hormone replacement therapy, you can call us at (225) 960-1580 or use the online form to schedule a consultation. Or visit any Rejuvime location to meet with a nurse who performs your initial blood work, provides an overview of our services, and answers all of your questions (no appointment necessary).