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Minastrin 24 Fe and Weight Gain

Contrary to common belief, it is unlikely that birth control pills like Minastrin 24 Fe cause weight gain. Although this has been reported as a possible side effect, clinical studies cannot prove that this was due solely to the contraceptive and not to other factors. Eating a heart-healthy diet and increasing physical activity are some of the ways to control any weight gain.

Does Minastrin 24 Fe Cause Weight Gain?

Minastrin™ 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Weight gain is probably not a real side effect of birth control pills, despite what you may read or hear. Even if birth control pills actually caused weight gain, Minastrin 24 Fe would be theoretically less likely to cause weight gain, as it contains a low dose of hormones compared with older birth control pills.
In studies, weight gain was reported as a possible Minastrin 24 Fe side effect in up to 2 percent of women. However, because studies for birth control pills do not compare the medication to a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients), it is difficult to know if the weight gain was actually related to the medication. In other words, even though some women gained weight while taking Minastrin 24 Fe, there is no information available to show that weight gain was more frequent in woman taking this drug than in women not taking it.

Does the "Pill" Really Cause Weight Gain?

It is commonly believed that birth control pills cause women to gain weight. Many women stop taking birth control pills (or will not start taking them) because they blame their weight gain on the medication. However, in studies, there were no significant differences in weight gain between women who took birth control pills and those who did not. While it may be easy to blame an increase in weight on birth control pills, poor diet, inactivity, and other factors are probably the real causes.
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