Hello! I'm new here so I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place... (and english is not my first language so, sorry for any mistakes) Ok, my periods have been irregular since I can remember. My mom used to tell me it was because I'm young, but turns out I'm already 21 and nothing changed. I used to go months (like, 2 or 3 months) without getting my period, but now it seems to come more often. But still, sometimes I get almost no blood, and sometimes it's so much that I'm dying in pain and bleeding A LOT (like, really, a lot). So I made a research and found out it could be PCOS. In fact, I've always had a lot of undesired hair, exactly where I read it grows in women with PCOS (chin - and they're thick!, stomach, face). Soo...I thought I could go to a doctor and he'll probably put me on birth control. I'm also considering taking the next step with my boyfriend so I think I should start thinking about going on birth control, anyway. But I'm very, veeery afraid of gaining weight. Is it true that it can make gain weight? Can I know if it will make me gain weight before I start taking it? Can I avoid the weight gain? If I do gain weight, if I stop taking the pill, will I go back to my normal weight?
Thank you for any help you can give me =)
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Welcome to Scarleteen! And don't worry about your English, it's perfectly fine.
The only method of birth control that does have the possible side effect of weight gain is Depo Provera (the shot). Sometimes people gain a few pounds in the first few months of using birth control, but it's nothing significant and tends to go away once your body gets used to the hormones. Unfortunately, there's no way to know ahead of time what effect any form of birth control will have on your body, but talk to the doctor about whatever concerns you have: they'll be able to help you find a method that's right for you.
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