Our expert says:
This is indeed an interesting problem. When you use contraceptive pills then depending on the chemical composition of the pill (usually 20-25 days of oestrogen and about 5 days of progesterone) then for the period when you are taking the oestrogen your oestrogen levels will in any case be high. When you take the progesterone pills the oestrogen levels will decrease to cause so-called 'Break-through bleeding' (a period). Now if you take an oestrogen-boosting product like the Life Gain during those days when you take the progesterone pills then it is possible that this oestrogen may interfere with the working of your contraceptive. Firstly I think you need to discuss this problem with the dr who prescribes your contraceptive. Secondly I would use up the Life Gain you have purchased if the dr gives permission (perhaps skipping the days when you take the progesterone pills!) and once you have finished taking it, switch over to a product that does not interfere with the workings of the contraceptive. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Companies like Fresenius Kabi and Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone Fresenius on (011) 545-0000, or the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about your need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. Basically you need to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much you eat at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If you use a meal supplement such as Fresubin, with or without fibre, at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week.. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement.
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