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I am on a birth control that is making me gain a lot of

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I am on a birth control that is making me gain a lot of weight even though I am more health conscience and excersizing more. Is there any pill i can use that will NOT cause weight gain?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Rylee-RN,CNM replied 9 years ago.

Hello there,

There is no scientific evidence that proves birth control pills cause weight gain. However, birth control pills that contain high doses of hormones can cause fluid retention in tissues in your hips, breasts, or thighs. This is not actual weight gain, and sometimes if it is severe, can be treated with a diruetic which the doctor can prescribe. Another possible treatment is to try a different kind of pill that contains LOW estrogen. The side effects of fluid retention perceived as weight gain are decreased, however, this can also lead to unwanted spotting between periods. Popular brands of these low dose pills are Alesse or Mircette which both have very low estrogen. Yasmin has lowered estrogen, but not as low as the two described above. Here is a link with that information. Thank you, ***** *****!

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