Women still think the Pill makes them fat

Women commonly believe the myth that oral contraceptives cause weight gain and many actively avoid them for that reason, new research shows.

In fact, overweight or obese women are more likely than those with normal weight to stop using the Pill, blaming it for their expanding girth.

Younger women tend to associate depo provera shots with weight gain, the study shows.

US researchers examined demographic and survey data from almost 1,000 privately insured women in Pennsylvania.

They found overweight and obese women were more likely than normal weight women to choose ‘fit and forget’ long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as IUDs and implants and less likely to use methods such as oral contraceptives or intramuscular injections.

There was also a trend toward overweight and obese women using non-prescription methods such as condoms, withdrawal and natural family planning