THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL AND WEIGHT GAIN

THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL AND WEIGHT GAIN

The hormone estrogen, in the birth control pill may cause the
body to retain water.  The symptoms of water retention are weight
gain, bloating and breast tenderness.  The weight gain due to the
birth control pill is usually less than six pounds.  For most
women, water retention occurs only for the first few months on
the pill.

To avoid retention, it is advisable to cut down on foods which
contain large amounts of salt or sodium.  Foods which contain
large amounts of salt or sodium include:

chips
M.S.G. (Accent)
soy sauce
smoked or
processed  
meats (ham, hotdogs, salami, etc.)
table salt
seasoning salts
baking soda
bacon
most restaurant meals
canned/packaged soups
baking powder
relishes,
pickles
canned
vegetables


NOTE:  Severe salt restrictions and diuretics (water pills)
should not be used without a physician's prescription or advice.
Women who are at most risk of suffering nutritional problems on
the birth control pill are those who have a poorly balanced diet,
who are alcoholic or who take drugs such as anticonvulsant, which
may interfere with vitamin absorption.


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