Do hormonal contraceptives cause weight gain?
For most women, birth control pills, vaginal rings and contraceptive skin patches are very unlikely to affect their weight much. Many women slowly gain weight over the years, whether or not they use hormonal contraception.
Combined hormonal contraceptives include the birth control pill (also simply called “the pill”), contraceptive skin patches and contraceptive vaginal rings. They are called combined contraceptives because they include two : Estrogen and progestin. Some hormonal contraceptives, such as the "mini pill" and the hormone-releasing contraceptive coil, contain only one hormone. For many women, hormonal contraceptives are the most convenient form of birth control because they do not have to think about it before or during sex and they are in control of it themselves. The pill is the most widely used form of birth control in many countries.