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  • Elenor MacGregor

Let's Talk Estrogen and Weight: Debunking Myths for Teens and Parents!

Updated: May 26

A women with red painted nails hold a pack of oral contraceptive pills.
Birth Control Pills, do they lead to weight gain?

Hey there, teens and parents! 🌟 We get it, navigating the teenage years comes with its unique set of concerns. One big worry is navigating the topic of contraception. One common reason I hear from teens for avoiding the use of birth control pills is the fear of gaining weight. But hold on—what if we told you there's some good news?

Estrogen & Weight Gain: Dispelling the Myth

A recent comprehensive report, based on a meticulous literature search and a summary of 10 studies, brings a surprising revelation—contrary to popular belief, estrogen may not be the culprit behind unwanted weight gain. In fact, the findings suggest quite the opposite.

Unraveling the Truth: Estrogen Boosts Metabolism

The report indicates that when estrogen is taken in the form of "the pill," it actually increases metabolism, specifically resting energy expenditure. This suggests a potential protective effect against weight gain, challenging the preconceived notion that hormonal contraceptives contribute to unwanted pounds.

Empowering Informed Choices: Knowledge is Power

It's important to note that this information doesn't imply that women should take estrogen solely for weight management, nor does it endorse the use of "the pill" for every teen. However, understanding the intricate relationship between estrogen and metabolism empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health.

Let's Chat! Book a Discovery Call Today

Ready to dive deeper into the world of teen health? We're here for it! 🚀 Book a discovery call with our awesome integrative pediatrician. We'll unravel the mysteries, answer your questions, and make sure your teen's health journey is nothing short of fantastic.

At Middle Path Integrative Pediatrics, we're all about friendly care that goes beyond the norm. Join us in making health decisions that make sense for you and your teen!

Ready to kickstart the conversation? Book your discovery call today! 🌈


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