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Birth Control Pill and Weight Gain

The birth control pill affects women's weight in different ways. Some women gain weight while using the Pill, while other women lose weight. Weight gain when it occurs is typically 4-8 pounds.

Some women have temporary fluid retention during the first month or so after starting the Pill.

Some women gain weight as a side effect of estrogen use. This weight gain develops in the hips, thighs, and breasts. It is usually noticed after several months on the Pill.

Sometimes weight gain can be managed by changing to a different pill. If not, caloric reduction and increased exercise may be required. The pill is a very safe, effective means of birth control. Side effects such as weight gain are usually manageable while on the pill. See your medical provider if you are having difficulty on the pill.

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