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candy003
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Hello, this October it will be 4 years since I've been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. The pill has worked great all along and I had no body changes except for shorter periods and a slight growth of my breasts. However, in the last year-and-a-half I've put on about 25 to 30 pounds of weight. This was very surprising because I've always been a very thin girl and had a hard time putting on weight, so suddenly gaining so much was shocking. I asked my doctor if my BC could be the cause and she said it was unlikely because if it had been it would've happened in my first year or so of taking the pill and not so late. However, my family insists this is the reason I've put on so much weight so quickly and they think I should stop taking it. I myself am considering not taking BC anymore because I've grown very self conscious about my weight and I don't feel comfortable. However, even though I'm not sexually active at the moment since I'm going through a break up, I'm also hesitant of stopping BC. What can I do...?
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Heather
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It is VERY, very unlikely this has anything to do with your birth control pill, especially since we have a lot of study on this (your doctor may have told you about it), and BCPs, when associated with weight gain, are generally only associated with a temporary gain of around five pounds.

It is typical in the teens and 20s to gain some weight, so it may just be your body changing. Did your physician express any concern, or suggest they felt they should order tests, like a thyroid test?

If not, then chances are they don't think it's a health issue for you or anything other that your development. It may well be that the way your body has developed, you just went a long time without any gain, and now it's all kind of happening at once. Puberty -- which can extend into the 20s -- can sometimes be weird like that.

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