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The Sex Doctor: Does birth Pill make you fat?

Byline: Dr Catherine Hood

I REALLY want to use the Pill for contraception but I'm worried about putting on weight. Is there a pill that will stop me getting pregnant and keep me slim?

NOT all women on the combined contraceptive Pill pile on the pounds. Only about 20-25 per cent put on weight and then only around 2kg.

Often the Pill is blamed for weight gain that may happen naturally, particularly if a woman starts taking it in her teens.

Some women do complain they get bigger. Cyclical bloating can be due to fluid retention which should settle during the Pill-free week. But sustained weight gain could be due to one of the hormones in the Pill increasing a woman's appetite.

There are many brands of the Pill available and you should be prepared to try a few different types to find the one that best suits you.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2005
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