A 23-year-old female asked:
ive been on the depo-provera shot a year. ive had mood swings and weight gain.is there a diff. birth control i can take that has less weight gain side effects?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Peter Baumann answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Avoid depot: Medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depot Provera) stimulates the appetite center in the brain and via this mechanism can lead to weight gain in excess of 30 - 60 lbs. Birth control methods that contain ethinyl estradiol and a progestin, like birth control pills or the nuvaring, or intrauterine devices have a much better body weight profile.
Answered on Feb 15, 2015
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