Do Birth Control Pills Cause Weight Gain

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 05, 2011

Do Birth Control Pills Cause Weight GainBirth control pills are a proven and efficient way of avoiding pregnancy in sexually active women. They have been around for decades, their side effects have been minimised, and most doctors believe that they are a safe and effective mode of birth control. But yet, there are several women who do believe that birth control pills cause them to gain weight. This belief, since weight gain has become such a sensitive issue in our world today, causes these women to abandon this very effective mode of birth control.

But doctors believe that this is not true. After studying the results of a survey conducted by the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City, a doctor expressed surprise at the fact that most respondents were not fully aware about the features, risks, and side effects of birth control pills. Most doctors believe that not all birth control pills cause weight gain. An equal number of women tend to gain weight as the number that lose weight while on the pill.

Studies conducted with some oral contraceptives indicate that any weight gain seen with the pills is coincidental but cannot be considered a cause and effect scenario. They found that for every 5-10% of women who reported having gained weight when starting oral contraceptives, there was an identical 5-10% of women who gained weight even though they did not actively take birth control pills.

But some doctors believe that the weight gain reported from the use of oral contraceptives is due to water retention and fat deposition caused in women who are sensitive to even the low doses of hormones that pills contain nowadays. Such women are advised to meet their doctors before continuing with the pills.




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