Research brief: Contraceptive pill does not cause weight gain

The use of contraceptive pills and patches is not linked to weight gain, according to a comprehensive review of the literature. The analysis of data from 44 trials found that current evidence did not indicate a causal relationship between combination contraceptives and weight gain. It suggested that weighing women who used combination contraceptives might be less helpful than counselling about typical weight gain over time (www.cochrane.org).

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