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Can birth control make you gain/lose weight?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

In brief: Gain

If you are taking hormonal pills they frequently can cause you to retain water and thus gain weight.
But remember, you are taking the pills to avoid getting pregnant. Any time that you do something there is a risk and there is a benefit. Yes, you may gain a little weight but you get the benefit of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. Your choice!

In brief: Gain

If you are taking hormonal pills they frequently can cause you to retain water and thus gain weight.
But remember, you are taking the pills to avoid getting pregnant. Any time that you do something there is a risk and there is a benefit. Yes, you may gain a little weight but you get the benefit of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. Your choice!
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