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Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Ben Kochuveli
General Practice
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In brief: Yes

Many women and their clinicians believe that oral contraceptives cause weight gain.
However, available data suggest that this is not the case.In a systematic review of 44 trials (only 3 of which had a placebo group), there was no evidence to support a causal relationship between combination ocp use and weight gain. That being said, available data may not be capturing the effect of ocps on weight.

In brief: Yes

Many women and their clinicians believe that oral contraceptives cause weight gain.
However, available data suggest that this is not the case.In a systematic review of 44 trials (only 3 of which had a placebo group), there was no evidence to support a causal relationship between combination ocp use and weight gain. That being said, available data may not be capturing the effect of ocps on weight.
Dr. Ben Kochuveli
Dr. Ben Kochuveli
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