Birth control hormones (BCH) and menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) are on my artist's palette as a psychosexual gynecologist. Their judicious use, mostly out of regular pharmacies, safely improves the quality and length of life of females from puberty to the grave. Additionally, their intimate partners, family, friends and coworkers benefit when health, mood and relations are enhanced.
I know the phobias. First, there is the erroneous notion that use of hormones makes women gain weight. Not so. There is an epidemic of overweight people in the U.S, affecting 35% of children and 65% of adults.
Only a minority of women who are candidates for MHT are taking it. Therefore, MHT is not the central culprit in our expanding menopausal waistlines. We are too immobile, and consume too many calories as a society.