While all types of hormone birth control have side effects, weight gain may not be as much of a risk as you may think. In addition, there are so many types and brands of birth control pills available that it may just take some patience to find the right one for you.
Unfortunately, many women are still under the assumption that all birth control pills contribute to a higher number on the scale. And no woman wants that. A primary reason for this false belief is that birth control pills contained a very high dose of hormones when they first hit the market. Hormones can play a role in your metabolism and overall weight. However, today’s birth control pill doses have been drastically reduced.
You can rest at ease knowing that numerous studies have been conducted to test the link between hormonal contraception and weight gain, and they could not come to a definitive answer. Researchers have concluded that is seems very unlikely that weight gain is directly caused by hormonal contraceptives.
Have women gained weight while taking oral contraception? Absolutely. However, there is a better chance that it is weight gain is due to the natural aging process and lifestyle habits. Also, keep in mind that slight increases in weight can also be attributed to water retention or increased appetite as well.
If you need birth control and are concerned about weight gain, please share that with our physicians. We offer a full menu of hormonal, non-hormonal, temporary and permanent birth control options. Our goal is to guide you to the best option that is right for your individual needs. We have deep knowledge in the various birth control brands and dosages, and we know the options that are known for not contributing to weight gain or other unwanted side effects. Call North Point OB/GYN today to schedule your consult!