Q: What is the best contraceptive pill for weight loss?
A: In short, no contraceptive pill will result in weight loss – that's all up to what you put into your body and how you move your body. However, there are some contraceptive pills, which have been deemed less likely to result in weight gain.
Finding the right birth control pill can feel a little bit like Goldilocks and the three bears.
The search for an option that is just right can often be very tricky – particularly if you are planning on avoiding side effects like weight gain.
If you're looking to be losing weight on the pill, what is the best contraceptive pill for weight loss?
Well, technically, there is no definitive best birth control for weight loss.
But, there is such a thing as a contraceptive pill weight loss neutral option for some women.
Rumours of the "miracle" pill began circulating when the manufacturers of oral contraceptive Yasmin published at study in Contraception Journal, which followed 300 women who lost just under 1kg after six months of taking the pill.
However, after a about a year, the women regained the weight and experts have rubbished the claims the Yasmin pill helped people lose weight.
Dr Elizabeth Farrell, Medical Director and gynaecologist at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health warns the contraceptive pill should never be used for weight loss.
What is the best contraceptive pill for weight loss?
Dr Farrell: The contraceptive pill is not used for weight loss.
How can you avoid weight gain on the pill?
Dr Farrell: Not all women put on weight on the contraceptive pill. Some people say this it increases appetite so it’s important for women to look at the amount and quality of food they eat. It’s very important to read the instructions with the pill as it explains the side effects and risks. It’s also important to know what to do when you miss a pill and whereabouts in the packet it is and how to cover yourself with additional contraception.
Are there any warnings to consider when taking birth control?
Dr Farrell: Birth control can mean any contraceptive. With the oral contraception the major risk--be it very small--would be thrombosis. So it’s important to look at your family history, such as a history of deep vein thrombosis or thrombosis of any type, and let your doctor know before they prescribe the pill. But the risk is very small.
For more information about the contraceptive pill, visit contact the Family Planning organisation in your state or territory:
ACT - Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
NSW - Family Planning NSW
Tas - Family Planning Tasmania
Vic - Family Planning Victoria
WA - Family Planning WA