There are many different birth control options for women these days. They can have the pill, the patch, the ring, an IUD, the implant, or a diaphragm. Unfortunately with all but the diaphragm, one of the side effects is weight gain. A new study has found that Black women are more likely to gain weight while on a long-lasting birth control such as the IUD or the implant.
Research was conducted over a span of a year on women who were on long-lasting birth control with progestin in them. It was found that black women gained an average of four to six pounds over the year as opposed to their white counterparts who either lost weight or gained weight but not as much. Dr. Jeffrey Peipert who worked on the study cautioned that people shouldn’t blame the implant, IUD, or injections for their weight gain.
Weight gain is a normal part of being on birth control due to the hormones that are running through your body. Stopping and starting birth control because of a few pounds is not good for you either. The study followed 427 women who were part of a larger study on birth control in which they were each given a different contraception method out of the copper IUD, injection, implant, or an IUD that released progestin only.
The weight gain was different throughout the different types of birth control, but they didn’t differ by much. The methods that caused the most weight gain were the implants or the injections as opposed to the IUDs. They found however that despite the method, black women always seemed to gain more weight. There are so many factors that could lead to this weight gain however that it is hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing it and as to whether race is actually a factor or not.