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.
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.

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I am getting a big reaction to my new birth control pills. Big mood swings, weight gain, and my breasts have gotten significantly larger. Normal?

Should get better. If you have just started the pill, your symptoms may be normal. As your body becomes accustomed to the hormones in your pills, your symptoms should get better. If your symptoms have not resolved by the end of your third or fourth pack of pills, then you may need to change to a different pill. Read more...

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...
Exercise. 1 hour of exercise a day and eating 5 serving of fruits and veg's a day with appropriate proportion size of main servings. Read more...

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...