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Is your birth control pill making you gain weight? (Query)

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Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : May 15, 2017 10:38 AM IST

If you have ever thought of taking a birth control pillm the one question that must have crossed your mind is if the pill was going to make you put on weight. While the birth control pill can have many side effects, weight gain is the most common concern. We spoke to gynaecologist Dr Amita Dang to confirm if birth control pill causes weight gain.

Birth control pills can have different side effects on different women because we all have different hormonal levels. For example, you may have more naturally occurring estrogen than your sister or your friend. So the effect of a birth control pill on you will be different from your friend. So technically, the only way to know if the birth control pill will show on your waistline is to give it a try. Here are 5 myths and facts about birth control pills you ought to know.

However, you can still be careful with the birth control pill you choose. The best way to figure whether or not the birth control pill will show on your waistline is to find out what hormones it contains. If it contains estrogen as the main ingredient, then you will be more likely to put on water weight as estrogen causes fluid retention. However, you will free yourself of the water weight when you stop taking the pill at the end of every cycle. The best way to avoid putting on the water weight is to go on a birth control pill that contains drospirenone as the progestin component. Typically, drospirenone is a diuretic and will prevent water retention in the body.

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But if you are on any other form of birth control like shot, or hormonal IUD, the gain in body weight is not of the water weight but the body fat. If you have put on a lot of weight after starting with a new birth control method, make tweaks in your diet or exercise to see if that works. Here's a step-by-step guide to quitting birth control pills.

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