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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?

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Dr. Peter Baumann
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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