Weight Change and Hormonal Contraception: Fact and Fiction

Mags E Beksinska; Jenni A Smit; Franco Guidozzi


Expert Rev of Obstet Gynecol. 2011;6(1):45-56. 

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A review of the literature was conducted to obtain evidence on whether weight change is associated with hormonal contraceptive use, discontinuation due to weight gain, or client and provider perceptions of hormonal contraception-associated weight gain. In this review of evidence of weight change, we include studies that have specifically collected weight measurements from women. Reasons for discontinuation of a contraceptive method and perceptions of side effects are not always linked to weight measurements. Advice in family planning handbooks for providers is also reviewed. Studies of all designs, reviews, opinion papers, commentaries and family planning handbooks were included in a search of Medline (via Pubmed), Population Information Online (POPLINE®) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials.


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