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I have been on the pill for about 3 years now and I have gained a lot of weight on the pill. My diet and exercise routine have not changed. Any suggestions?

A lot of people think that weight gain is a common side effect of the birth control pill. But actually, studies show that the pill doesn’t make you lose or gain weight. (The same is true for the patch and the ring.) If you’ve gained a lot of weight and you don’t know why, you may want to talk with a health care provider about what might be causing it.

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