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Will I lose weight after I stop taking birth control?

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Maybe. Progestin-only types (like injections, hormonal IUDs, or pills) may cause you to gain a few pounds, so the scale might go down when you stop. It’s unclear whether combo pills, patches, or rings lead to weight gain. If you want to lose weight, though, you’ll probably get more results from a better diet and more exercise than from going off your birth control.

SOURCES:

Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal , November 2011.

Fertility and Sterility, May 2009.

 NHS Choices: “Contraception Guide: The Contraception Injection."

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Q&A.”

“Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives,” , January 2010. ACOG Practice Bulletin 110

“Effects of progestin-only birth control on weight,” Cochrane.org, July 2, 2013.

“Effect of birth control pills and patches on weight,” Cochrane.org, Jan. 29, 2014.

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care: “The influence of combined oral contraceptives on female sexual desire: a systematic review.”

American Family Physician , Dec. 15, 2010.

International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism , December 2012.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal , November 2011.

Fertility and Sterility, May 2009.

 NHS Choices: “Contraception Guide: The Contraception Injection."

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Q&A.”

“Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives,” , January 2010. ACOG Practice Bulletin 110

“Effects of progestin-only birth control on weight,” Cochrane.org, July 2, 2013.

“Effect of birth control pills and patches on weight,” Cochrane.org, Jan. 29, 2014.

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care: “The influence of combined oral contraceptives on female sexual desire: a systematic review.”

American Family Physician , Dec. 15, 2010.

International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism , December 2012.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 23, 2018

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