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Birth Control Pill

Current contraceptive pills do not cause weight gain, claimthe experts. There are about 5 to 10% of the women, which might gain someweight, but it is not linked with the usage of the pill.

Low dose oral contraceptives do have adverse effects, suchas retention of the fluids and fat buildup. Scientists explain that theseeffects are present in women extremely sensitive to hormones in the birth controlpills.

Potential Weight Gain Causes

Weight Gain

Older birth control pill (DeproProvera and other) containmuch higher doses of hormones, and women usually gain about 2.5-3kg(5.3-6.6lbs) when using these pills. The conducted studies show that some womengain weight, while other lose some pounds. Possible cause of the weight losswas the nausea as the side effect of these pills, which affected the appetiteof women.

Water Retention

Female sexual hormone estrogen is responsible for the waterretention in women using contraceptive pills. Estrogen stimulates renin-angiotensinsystem in the kidneys, thus causing retention of water and weight gain. Birth controltablets available on the market are all low in estrogen, and because of thatless likely to cause increase of the body weight.

Appetite Stimulant

Contraceptive pills can raise insulin levels and insulinresistance in the body and prevent the weight loss, even if the woman is onrestrictive diet. Women with glucose metabolism abnormalities might gain someextra pounds while using the medications.

Other Causes

The formulation of the pill may affect your weight. Every pillcontains progestin and estrogen, and sometimes, certain progestin or thecombination of a progestin and estrogen might cause weight gain. Some pills,especially those that contain desogestrel (Desogen, Ortho-Cept) are known tohave lower prevalence of weight gain than some other contraceptive pills. On theother hand, the birth control tablets with norethindrone (Ortho Novum 7/7/7) haveincreased risk of unwanted weight gain.

Doctors advise using the oral contraceptives with 20mcgm ofestrogen, to minimize the risk of weight gain. Currently, these are: Alesse, Levlite,Loestrin-Fe and Mircette.

Be aware that if you gained more than 5% of your currentweight, you could be experiencing problems with abnormalities in the glucosemetabolism or with insulin resistance. Consult your doctor about thepossibility of these conditions. The solution could be the low carbohydratesdiet. These patients are advised to avoid sugar and food rich in carbohydrates,since it could affect their weight and cause weight gain.

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