Throughout the years, there has been much talk surrounding the pros and cons of birth control.
For some, using birth control has been a saving grace. For others, there have been many complaints about the side effects that the contraceptive can cause. One of the most common beliefs is that birth control can cause you to gain weight.
INSIDER talked to experts and found out that this common belief is actually more complicated than you might think.
If you’re taking the pill, weight gain could occur because of its ingredients
According to Dr. Jacqueline Ziernicki of HCA-HealthONE’s Sky Ridge Medical Center, birth control pills can make you gain weight because of the ingredients.
“Birth control pills contain estrogen and progestin and have essentially come a long way since they were approved by the FDA in 1960,” she said. This means the hormone levels are much lower now, but still prevalent. An increase in hormones can have temporary side effects and that includes weight gain. The weight gain, however, may just be fluid retention.
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