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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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How can I prevent weight gain while on birth control pills?

How can I prevent weight gain while on birth control pills?

Good nutrition: Although the oral contraceptive pills do slightly affect thyroid levels by increasing thyroid binding globulin the minimal dosage of the pill no longer causes "estrogen bloating and water retention, a leading cause in weight gain. Eat a proper balanced diet, exercise, and get plenty of sleep and you will not "look like the stay puff marshmellow man". ...Read more

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Do all birth control pills cause weight gain? 

Do all birth control pills cause weight gain? 

No.: Contrary to popular belief, it birth control pills do not cause true weight gain. Some birth control pills, particularly the higher dosage pills, may cause a slight amount of water retention. ...Read more

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Does the estrogen in birth control pills cause weight gain?

Hormones : Oral contraceptives are usually made up of an estrogen and progestrogen. Both are steroids. Both have the potential of causing weight gain. The weight gain can be reduced by lowering the dosage and following a diet and exercise program. ...Read more

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Why do so many people complain of birth control pills causing weight gain? Is this a legitimate issue or is the pill being blamed unjustly?

Why do so many people complain of birth control pills causing weight gain? Is this a legitimate issue or is the pill being blamed unjustly?

Further data: Has come to suggests that weight changes(particularly gain) are minimal on oral contraceptives. Later data seems to suggest that this is more of a perceived problem and that if there is weight gain, it's minimal and more related to fluid retention. Unfortunately, its a bit of myth going back to when birth control contained much higher doses of estrogens which can lead to increased appetite. ...Read more

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Why do birth control pills side effects say weight gain but some doctors say only the shot ...But plenty of women complain about bc pill weight gain?

Why do birth control pills side effects say weight gain but some doctors say only the shot ...But plenty of women complain about bc pill weight gain?

Varies: The pill will cause some cyclic variation in fluid retention. That would appear to cause weight gain. That fluid retention would wax and wane with the cycle, so the gain would wax and wane as well with no cumulative net gain over time. Women who gain weight over time are ingesting more calories than they are burning and those calories do not come from the birth control pill. ...Read more

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Does birth control pills really give effects on my appetite and weight gain?

Does birth control pills really give effects on my appetite and weight gain?

Sometimes: Bcp do not always have side effects including weight gain and increased appetitive. They are a very effective contractive so do not be afraid. Give them a try and see how you do with them. You can always change to another choice. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

No more than 2-3 lbs: Typically long term weight gain is not associated with low dose birth control pills. Upon starting a new pill there may be temporary fluid retention resulting in a 2-3 lb weight gain throught the first 2 to 3 packs of pills. This usually abates with long term use. ...Read more

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Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Birth control: Most birth control pills contain the same type of estrogen component which is ethinyl estradiol. There no evidence that i know of that a different form of estrogen will lower the chance of weight gain. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 23 years old and i want to know what birth control pills don't cause weight gain. Thank you!

Hello. I'm 23 years old and i want to know what birth control pills don't cause weight gain. Thank you!

Ask your physician: There are several new birth control medications new on the market. Ask him/her which one he/she feels is best for you with your medical history. ...Read more

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Which of these components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain? Noretisterona, levonogestrel, nomegestrol, dienogest. I'm 23 years old.

Weight gain: Very very large population-based studies have shown that birth-control pills to not cause weight gain. No matter the type of Progesterone that is used. The only birth control method associated with weight gain is the depo-provera. Any form of Progesterone can increase appetite. If you find yourself eating more than usual consider calorie counting or using an app like my fitness pal. ...Read more

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Do all birth control pills have the chance of causing melasma? What about weight gain?

Do all birth control pills have the chance of causing melasma? What about  weight gain?

Combined OC: Melasma is mostly seen with combined oc's, those that have estrogen an progesterone. The mini pill or Progesterone only pills do not usually cause that much of an effect. ...Read more

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Is sam e safe? Does it cause any weight gain and can I take it with progestin only birth control pills? Thanks

Is sam e safe? Does it cause any weight gain and can I take it with progestin only birth control pills? Thanks

SAM e: Supplementation with s-adenosylmethionine (sam-e), has also been promoted as treatment for osteoarthritis. A meta-analysis of rcts (randomized controlled trials) found that sam-e is as effective as nsaids in reducing pain and disability, and has a better safety profile. I did not see any evidence that it causes weight gain. Whether it has any interaction with progestin based ocp's is not known. ...Read more

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I want to know if gianda (2 mg dienogest + 0, 03 mg ethynil estradiol) birth control pills cause weight gain. ?

I want to know if gianda (2 mg dienogest + 0, 03 mg ethynil estradiol) birth control pills cause weight gain. ?

Wt Always=FoodChoice: While a few molecules affect appetite some, the impact(s) is typically quite small; the reason no one has ever come up with an effective wt loss medication. Our bodies are open systems: atoms/molecules coming in ; out for life. Current wt result of the amount currently retained; wt loss/gain always a function of food choices/types, body controls/use ; rate of removal. Calories not correct issue. ...Read more

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I want to know if zoely (2, 5 mg nomegestrol acetate + 1, 5 mg estradiol) birth control pills cause weight gain.

I want to know if zoely (2, 5 mg nomegestrol acetate + 1, 5 mg estradiol) birth control pills cause weight gain.

Generally, no: Oral birth control pills are not as likely to cause you to gain weight as other forms of contraception. Long acting progesterones like the shot or the implant are most often associated with increased appetite and weight gain. If you are worried about side effects of the pill, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more