Your friend from work swears that she figured out why she suddenly packed on four extra pounds last month: She started a new type of birth control pill. This is a story you’ve heard before—we know, we have too—but let’s put it to rest once and for all. It’s a myth.
How do we know? We asked a doctor. “There’s a very minimal to no chance of weight gain for all methods of birth control,” says OB-GYN Adeeti Gupta, M.D., founder and CEO of Walk In GYN Care in Queens, New York. “It’s a total myth that birth control causes real weight gain.”
But your friend swears her pants feel tighter. What gives? We picked Dr. Gupta’s brain for some more insight.