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Can gain weight by using birth control?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Some people can: Depending on the persona nd the pill if it is u , i would rec an in office tubal sterilization , and if i was going to put you on a pill at your age the only pill i would put u on is loloestrin as it is the only 10mcg pill on the market- so it would be the safest one for u.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could i take birth control to gain weight?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not a great idea.: Eat healthy high calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Workout w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil ; canola oil.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could birth control make you gain weight?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Weight gain is a potential side effect of hormone therapy.
Mobile, AL
A 37-year-old female asked:

Can you gain more weight with nouvaring than the birth control pill?

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Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
Gynecology 41 years experience
Not on low dose: When compared with women using nonhormonal methods of birth control, women using NuvaRing or low dose pills do not show any difference in weight gain. Unfortunately, most women tend to gain weight as they get older, and this probably has more to do with the slowing of the metabolic rate than anything else.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do birth control pills cause you to gain weight?

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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
No: There is not a proven association with pills and weight gain. Eating more will cause you to gain weight. Some people seem to be more sensitive to the pill and may crave food more, but if your diet doesn't change, neither will your weight.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Does taking birth control make you gain weight?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Usually no: Most women don't gain weight with birth control pills, as shown in studies yrs ago--women taking placebo gained as much as women taking high dose pills. Some women with other types of bc can gain weight--as with the shot. Most with other types of bc don't. Pregnancy does make you gain weight!

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