Yasmin and Weight Gain

by on August 14, 2012

Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination oral contraceptive drug used to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Although the manufacturer of Yasmin does not list weight gain as a common side effect (side effects that occur in more than 1 percent of people), changes in weight and appetite has been reported by some users.

Usually, weight gain due to birth control pills is mild. Some users may experience water retention while taking oral contraceptives, so it appears that they gain weight.

What Studies Say

Many women think that taking birth control pills can cause an increase in weight. In fact, there are a lot of women who are afraid of taking them because of this potential side effect. However, clinical studies reveal that oral contraceptives do not actually cause weight gain.

Although weight gain has been reported by some women who use birth control pills, the change in weight is likely coincidental and is not related with the use of pills. Clinical trials have failed to establish differences in weight gain experienced by women who took birth control pills and those who did not. It is suggested that the weight gain is caused by other factors, and use of birth control pills does not appear to be among them.

Managing Weight Gain

If you experience weight gain while taking this medication, contact your healthcare provider for specific instructions. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your condition and determine whether the weight gain is caused by Yasmin. Usually, weight gain experienced with birth control pills can be easily managed with lifestyle changes. Increase your physical activity or performing regular exercise. Following a healthy diet that includes consuming high-fiber, low-calorie, low-fat foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and lean meat. If your birth control pill boosts your appetite, you should eat more lower-calorie foods.

If possible, consume small, frequent meals to avoid consuming too much calorie. Smaller meals help regulate blood sugar and avoids getting too hunger and possible overeating.

You can work with a dietitian to develop a diet program. Your dietitian can help you figure out the healthy amount of calories you can consume as well as the best food choices for you.

In case you gain significant amount of weight that is in beyond the healthy weight range, and cannot be managed with lifestyle changes, your doctor may consider trying other pills. Meanwhile, if the weight gain is due to water retention or other factors, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatments such as supplements or diuretics.