Rumour: Menopause can be postponed by blocking follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
Truth: This is true. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a fertility hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. Among women, FSH helps to regulate menstrual cycles and ovulation. Furthermore, older women wish to avoid menopause as it is commonly associated with adverse effects including weight gain, bone loss, and increased risk of osteoporosis.
A published study in the journal Nature used mice to experiment on menopause effects and FSH levels. The researchers removed ovaries in the female mice and were injected with a FSH antibody to determine whether menopause could be managed. When the experimental FSH group were fed a high fat diet, their fat deposits were less prevalent in comparison to the control group where no FSH antibodies were injected. This study shows how hormone replacement therapy could mitigate weight gain and osteoporosis risk amongst older women experiencing menopause.
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