posted by: Frances Mutter
Many women often stop their contraception as they blame their contraception for putting on weight. Hopefully these few points will reassure you to start or continue with your method without fear of this happening.
It is a myth that most methods of contraception cause weight gain.
But, it is normal for women of reproductive age to put on weight regardless of use of any contraceptive method.
Did you know that “there is no evidence that using intrauterine contraception (the coil), the implant, or either the Progestogen only pill or Combined pill causes significant weight gain”? Read this recent advice to find out more
Depo is the most strongly linked method to weight gain. Some studies show there is no weight gain with using Depo. However, there is evidence which shows there may be weight gain in women who start Depo before they turn 18 and who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or over.
Then use a reliable method of contraception with the reassurance that this won’t affect your weight.
Check out our contraception pages for all the different methods that are available; did you know that all these methods are free to you?
These do not affect your weight either and can help reduce STI’s.
If you are having sex, think about getting tested. You can get tested whilst you are accessing your contraception.
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