Is Your Birth Control Pill The Cause Of Your Weight Gain?

by Charlene Flanagan

Weighty issues can be a real bummer; no matter how little, or temporary. It’s quite disconcerting, especially if you’ve been following a disciplined fitness program, eating right, and working out on the regular. Truth be told, the highs and lows on the scale are never an exact science, and even the slightest changes can have an impact on the scale. In fact, a lot of the times, it has nothing to do with your dedication; it could be your hormones, a hidden illness, a growth spurt, age, and yes, in women it could even map its way back to birth control.

Top Hits On Google
In regards to this matter, you guessed it, “Birth control and weight gain” is among the most-searched queries. It would seem that this is a valid concern among a number of women. But, why do you think that is?

To put it simply, birth control pills have a lot of the same bodily manifestations as when you’re on your period. It throws your hormones off-balance, and in turn, your body retains fluids, which results in weight gain. However, the experience may not be the same for all women. But, before we dismiss it as a temporary side-effect, it would serve you well to understand why this happens.

Weighing Out The Effects Of Birth Control
The pill is mainly a way of administering estrogen and progesterone to the body. And as with everything, may present different results among different women.

Various studies reveal different results, since, it’s obvious the test subjects were indeed, different women. A study may find that an average weight gain of five pounds in three months is not “statistically significant.” But this may be a dramatic gain to a woman who is particularly weight-conscious.

It is also important to remember that if a study reports a “mean” gain of five pounds over a period of time, that means that many people experienced less, while many others experienced more.

In the end, the effects of birth control on your weight ultimately depend upon your genetic make-up, and has no direct relation to the pill itself.

So, do birth control pills make you gain weight? Not necessarily. It’s a combination of things that may put you in the ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’ slot.

However, even then, the tipping of the scale is not significant enough to warrant you second guessing your birth control. Think of it like the weighty ups and downs of PMS or your menstrual cycle—here today, gone tomorrow!

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