Our expert says:
Some weight gain can be expected when using hormonal methods of contraception, including the injection. It is not clearly understood why this occurs. It is also not consistently the same for each person - some gain only a little while others gain more. An increase in appetite is fairly common and if this appetitie is 'fed' with high fat, high kilojoule foods, weight gain can be substantial. You can try to increase your proteins, reduce fat and carbohydrates. The method is very, very effective for contraception and side effects should be managed. See your medical practitioner or dietician for further advice if necessary.
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