Will birth control make me gain weight?

  •  What if I want to start taking my pill at a different time?
  • That's fine-the easiest thing is probably to finish out your current pack on schedule and start the next pack at the time you prefer. In that case you shouldn't need any backup.

    If you can't wait for your next pack, just make sure you do not allow more than 24 hours to pass between pills. So, for example, if you want to switch from morning to afternoon, you have to take 2 pills in one day- one at the old time and one at the new time. That's probably better than waiting 36 hours and worrying about backup for a week! Only catch is you may have to relabel your pill back, because if you take the "Wednesday" pill on Tuesday night and forget to change the rest of the pack, confusion may abound.

  • Does contraceptive work the minute I get it?
  • No, most forms of contraceptives are not effective immediately, so you want to check with your doctor before having unprotected sex. Until then, use a condom for added protection.

  • Will birth control make me gain weight?
  • Most methods will not cause weight gain. Many young women are starting birth control for the first time while their body is going through many other changes. Some women gain weight naturally when transitioning from their teens into their twenties. If that happens, to be when a woman starts birth control, it's easy to put the blame on the hormonal birth control methods. The truth is each of these methods can be used without an expected weight gain.

    A recent study showed about 1 in 4 women who use the shot will gain some weight. However, the majority of women (3 in 4) don't gain much weight. So most women using the shot are able to keep their weight steady with healthy eating and regular exercise

  • Is it safe to use flavored condoms for vaginal or anal sex?
  • The good news: flavored condoms are amazing for oral sex and can help prevent STIs from making camp in your throat. The not-so-good news: some flavored condoms contain sugars that can create chaos down below in the form of yeast infections. So, before jumping in for some fun down south pause and read the packaging to check for added sugars.

  • What are the best methods to use if I don't want to have my period?
  • The shot and the implant have all been sown to reduce menstrual bleeding for most women. Continuous use of the pill can also cause you to go without your period.

  • What do I do if my partner can feel the strings from my IUD?
  • If your partner can feel the strings, you can have the strings cut shorter. Just ask your health care provider. Also, the strings usually get softer over time.

  • It seems like every birth control has side effects. Is it really worth it?
  • Any medicine has some side effects, but when people hear the negative stuff, it sticks in their brain like a cheesy old song you can't stop humming. That's just human nature, and it happens to all of us.

    Remember that drug companies list every single scary thing you could possibly experience with a medication. Even if it's super rare. They have to. It's the law. So before you run for the hills, consider this: the potential side effects of something as harmless as aspirin are pretty scary when you read them, too. Birth control is definitely worth it if you aren't ready to have a baby. Trust us; pregnancy has more side effects than we can count. There are so many different birth control methods that there's something for everyone.

  • Can the IUD hurt my partner?
  • The IUD shouldn't hurt your partner. You may have heard that the IUD strings can brother men while having sex, but most partners can't even feel the strings. If your partner can feel the strings, and that bothers him, your healthcare provider might be able to trim them. Plus, they usually soften over time.

  • If I'm using another method of birth control, do I still have to use condoms?
  • Unless you're in a totally exclusive relationship and you and your partner have both tested recently for every single STI, you should definitely use condoms with whatever other birth control method you choose. Using a condom with another form of birth control called dual protection. It means you're being super safe and protecting yourself against both pregnancy and STIs.

  • Does being overweight affect how well birth control works?
  • Nearly all forms of birth control are effective for women regardless of weight.

  • I threw up right after taking my pill. Now what?
  • If you throw up within two hours of taking your pill, treat it as a missed pill and take the next pill in your pack right away. Depending on which type of pill you use and where you are in your pill pack, you may want to use a back-up method like condoms for the next seven days to be on the safe side.

  • Will it hurt to have sex when I have an IUD inside me?
  • You may be a little bit sore immediately after insertion, but ultimately no. Some women actually enjoy sex more, because they are not worried about getting pregnant!

  • What if I get an IUD, but want to get pregnant sooner than the 3 0r 5 0r 10 years that it's good for?
  • This one is easy. If you're ready to get pregnant, just have your IUD removed. The hormones in your body should go back to normal quickly and you can start trying right away.

  • How soon does an IUD become effective after you get it?
  • The copper IUD is effective immediately after it's inserted.

  • Can the IUD move out of place or fall out completely?
  • Sometime. Occasionally it can work its way out, down through the cervix. That's call expulsion. Can be annoying, and means you don't have birth control any more, but it's not usually dangerous.

    In rare cases, the IUD can work its way up, and into your abdomen. That's called a perforation. That really doesn't happen often, but if it foes you would need a surgery to remove it. That's why women are total to check for the strings, if you can feel the strings, everything's probably okay. 

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