Sunday, September 20, 2009

Will I Lose or Gain Weight Taking Birth Control/Progesterone?

I'm sixteen years old, and was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I'm still kind of confused about it.
My gynecologist told me that I have two treatment options: the birth control pill or progesterone.
One of my main concerns involves weight loss/gain on these pills.
I know that insulin resistance is directly associated with PCOS, but I'm not overweight. I eat healthy, I exercise regularly, I'm in decent shape.

So I'm curious- could I still have insulin resistance, and could I lose weight taking either of these treatments because of my diet/exercise routine? Or would I still be at risk for weight gain?

Answer on Will I Lose or Gain Weight Taking Birth Control/Progesterone?

I was worried about this too when I first went on birth control. What my doctor told me is that the weight gain often doesn't have anything to do with the pill itself, it just means that if you're on birth control, it means you're probably hanging out with guys more and, thus, eating like a guy. Any weight gain directly from the progesterone shouldn't be more than one or two pounds and that can be easily taken care of by exercise