Why the birth control pill doesn't really make you gain weight

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Doctors say putting on weight with the pill is a contraceptive myth…

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that going on the pill makes you fat. Or does it? Doctors say, actually, no it doesn't.

Back in the day (or in your mum's day more precisely) the pill had a very high dose of oestrogen, which could make women gain weight – however nowadays, the dose is considerably lower and so shouldn't make you pile on the pounds.

'Most scientific studies indicate that the Pill does not cause weight gain,' Dr. Anne Burke, an associate professor of gynaecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore told Her Campus.

'In the few studies that have shown an effect, it's been in the range of 3-4% [percent of women who gain weight on the Pill]. I never say never: some women may gain weight on the pill, but most really do not,' she explained.

As everybody responds to drugs differently, it is possible that a minority of women may gain weight, but apparently they are atypical.

Many women start taking the pill at a time in their lives when weight gain would happen anyway – like when they are an adolescent teenager or they move away to university.

'Large amounts of weight gain generally don't happen just because of the Pill. It is important to look at what else may have changed - diet, lifestyle, alcohol, exercise, sodas/sports drinks, etc., in order to tease out whether or not the Pill is a major factor,' says Dr. Burke

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