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Weight gain as a side effect of using Depo Provera

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i am on the birth controll shot and i would like to no if it makes people bigger and what is the best way to losethe weight

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replied June 9th, 2009
Birth Control Answer A6779

Depo Provera is a birth control injection that contains medroxyprogesterone. The side effects of medroxyprogesterone include: menstrual irregularities (bleeding or missing period), abdominal pain or discomfort, dizziness, headache, etc. Weight gain is one of the frequent side effects of medroxyprogesterone, too. This is because medroxyprogesterone (like many other female sex hormones-natural or artificial) is chemically similar in structure with cholesterol and interferes with its metabolism. The result is increased production of cholesterol which is noticed by the woman as weight gain.

If you want to lose the weight you gain because of medroxyprogesterone, you might want to visit your gynecologist to consult whether it is safe for you to stop taking it, and what other contraception product or method might be recommended in order to avoid the weight gain.

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