Posted by: Janet | 2003/03/24

the pill, PCOS

I recently have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and my doctor wants me to go on the pill, but I really don't want to put on weight. Firstly why does the pill cause weight gain and secondly, what pill can I go on which will not cause me to gain weight? Thirdly, if I have endometriosis as well, what effect will the pill have on this condition?

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Janet, the pill doesn’t really cause weight gain per se. It may stimulate your appetite and of course if you don’t watch your diet, you will gain weight. You can try a low-dose pill like Melodene® or an even lower dose pill like Minesse® or Mirelle®. The pill may make you menstruate for a shorter time and this may make the time that you have pain shorter. Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
PS. Please post your reply as a new question and not below my reply because I won’t get your reply if you do.

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