Can Birth Control Cause Weight Gain?
A common objection to starting birth control among many young women is the fear of uncontrolled weight gain. While there are countless methods of birth control in existence, it becomes hard to deny that one of the largest side effects of the hormonal variations available is an increase of water retention.
But, what does this mean? Why does this happen?
The hormones in birth control pills, primarily estrogen, ‘trick’ the body into thinking it is pregnant. In doing so, there can be an increase in appetite and cravings for carbohydrate heavy foods. Water retention does happen as well, but usually subsides after a woman’s period. Focusing on controlling unhealthy food cravings, a carbohydrate controlled diet, and properly managing stress and anxiety can all empower a woman to regain control over how her body responds to hormonal methods, as well as reclaim her reproductive independence.