Health — March 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Can Birth Control Cause Weight Gain?

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If you’ve been thinking about getting on birth control, but you’ve been hesitant in doing so because you heard that it causes weight gain, the truth of the matter is that while it somewhat depends on how your own body reactions to the hormones, it’s not a myth. There are facts to support what you’ve been hearing. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to curb some of birth control’s weight gain effects. Check these out below:

Birth control can cause water retention. Many women, right before their period, find themselves feeling (and sometimes even looking) a bit bloated. That’s because as hormones are shifting in their bodies, water retention takes place in preparation for their menstrual cycle. When a woman takes birth control pills, some brands have a certain level of estrogen that leads to water retention too. That’s because the estrogen stimulates the kidneys and causes a woman’s body to fill up with a higher level of water. One way that you can keep this from happening is to request to be put on an oral contraceptive that is around 20 mcg of estrogen. Studies have proven that can help to keep water retention from transpiring.

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Birth control can be an appetite stimulant. If you personally know someone who has gained weight as a direct result of being on birth control, you might want to ask them if their eating habits shifted at some point once they started taking them. That’s because it has been proven that birth control pills (and even the Depo-Provera shot) can raise insulin levels in the body, which can increase one’s appetite. If you know this ahead of time, then you can stay on top of the cravings that you might have once you start taking birth control. And, when you do have an urge to snack, make sure it’s fresh fruits and veggies as much as possible.

Birth control weight gain can be controlled. Sometimes people wait until they see the effects of what birth control can do before implementing a kind of lifestyle that can make their weight gain manageable. Although it is a good idea to discuss the potential side effects with any form of birth control that you are considering (for instance, Yasmin side effects include the possibility of gain weight; it says so right on the package), by making a concerted effort to eat healthy meals and to exercise 3-5 times per week for 30 minutes a day, you can also keep the extra pounds off.

If you do decide to get on birth control, gaining weight is not something that automatically has to happen to you. So, if you do decide that you want to get on the pill, have the Depo-Provera shot or use some other form of birth control that has hormones in them, don’t be hesitant to do so just because of how you think it will affect your appearance. By consulting with your doctor and being proactive about your diet and exercise routine, you can take birth control without having to worry about putting on any extra pounds.

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