[Weight gain and progestin-only contraceptives: more concern than evidence]

Rev Med Suisse. 2011 Oct 26;7(314):2090-2, 2094-5.
[Article in French]


Weight gain is a side effect often associated with progestin-only contraceptives. A recently published Cochrane review focuses on this issue that has been addressed in only few studies of good quality. Here we discuss the results of this review in the context of three clinical cases. With progestin-only contraceptives the weight gain is less than often thought, especially after six or twelve months of treatment. Some results are rather reassuring, especially those in obese women and during the post-partum period. This should help improve the compliance of women who fear gaining weight with this type of hormonal contraception.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / administration & dosage
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Progesterone Congeners / administration & dosage
  • Progesterone Congeners / adverse effects*
  • Weight Gain / drug effects*


  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal
  • Progesterone Congeners