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As a teen, will birth control pills make me gain weight?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
That’s a myth--one believed by many moms, kids, and even health care providers. The Pill does not make you gain or lose, but often girls start it during their high school years, when their metabolism is slowing and/or when they have stopped participating in afterschool sports, so they associate the Pill with weight they are gaining for other reasons. In clinical studies, women on various forms of the Pill reported no more weight gain than women who were taking inactive pills. Now, you may get to your adultsized breasts earlier if you start the Pill in high school and use a brand containing more estrogen. Conversely, you may delay getting to your adult-sized breasts if you start with a lower-dose brand.

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