Does Birth Control Pills Make Women Gain Weight?

There is a lot of confusion on this particular topic. Every woman has some different experience and studies have proved something else! So, let's see in a detail as to what is the fact!

Birth Control Pills And Weight Gain - Are The Two Related?

A majority of women think that taking birth control pills can increase their weight. This is one of the major reasons as to why there is a decrease in women taking birth control pills. Here is some explanation based on some scientific study about birth control and weight gain.

There are two types of pills

1. Combination pills that contain estrogen and progestin

2. Only progestin-containing pills

A woman takes birth control pills, and finds her weight increase due to other factors. But, she tends to blame the birth control pills for the gain. But, scientific studies have shown that weight gain is not possibly due to birth control pills.

It is probably not the weight gain but the water retention. They may got through water gain, which means that birth control pills lead to fluid retention. Salt intake should be reduced to control this weight gain.

Estrogen-containing pills are known to increase weight in areas like breasts, thighs and hips, if they are on pills for several months. But, these effects are temporary and may last for 2-3 months only.

On the other hand, progestin dominant pills are known to increase weight permanently. This is because these hormones tend to increase the appetite of a person.So if you are taking these pills ensure you are not consuming more calorie than needed.

Scientific studies have shown that there is absolutely no connection between weight gain and birth control pills. It is only a myth in most of the cases.

If you are worried about weight gain a lot, then next time before you take a birth control pill, make sure you speak to your doctor. He/she will be able to give you a professional advice.

Stay slim and healthy!