Studies find contraception makes women obese and newborns too thin

Studies Find Contraception Makes Women Obese and Newborns Too Thin Monday March 9, 2009
Studies Find Contraception Makes Women Obese and Newborns Too Thin

OTTAWA, March 9, 2009 ( - University of Ottawa researchers have found that women whoconceive within a month of taking birth-control pills tend to have premature babies or babies with a low birthweight. At the same time, another study from the University of Texas has revealed that users of the contraceptive"shot" are significantly more likely than other women to become obese.
Xi-Kuan Chen, an epidemiologist and senior analyst with the Canadian Institute for Health Information at theUniversity of Ottawa said doctors should inform patients of the link between chemical contraceptives and low birthweight, which is a growing problem in Canada, because children born too thin are likely to suffer health problemslater in life.
"Doctors should be bringing this to the attention of patients," said Dr. Chen in a National Post report. "When theyconsult with some patients, they should suggest there might be some effect for them." The study used the singularly comprehensive database of the Saskatchewan drug and medicare plans to look at1,500 women, divided into three groups, who had taken contraceptive drugs within 30 days, 31-60 days and 61-90days of their last period before becoming pregnant. They then compared the birth weight of their children with 6,100women who had not used birth-control pills for at least a year before they gave birth.
Analysis of the data showed that women who had taken the pill within 30 days of getting pregnant were more thanthree times as likely to have a very low-weight newborn (under 3.3 lbs) and twice as likely to have a child bornweighing less than 5.5 pounds or to deliver the child six weeks prematurely.
The report also showed that the longer the abstention from contraceptive drugs before conceiving, the closer thenewborns birth weight would be to those women who had not used birth-control pills.
Dr. Chen said that although the study does not definitively prove a cause-and-effect relationship and needs to beconfirmed by more research because it did not take into account factors such as smoking, which also contribute tolow birth weight and prematurity, the results of the study should not be ignored.
At the same time as the findings of Dr. Chen's study are being reported, Dr. Abbey Berenson at the University ofTexas Medical Branch has revealed that the use of certain contraceptive drugs causes significant weight gain andan increase in body fat, according to a study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics &Gynecology.
Dr. Berenson and her team of researchers studied the use of the contraceptive drug depot medroxyprogesteroneacetate (DMPA), commercially known as Depo-Provera, which is delivered in the form of a shot, and found thatDMPA users were more than twice as likely to become obese as women who did not use that contraceptive drug.
"Women and their doctors should factor in this new data when choosing the most appropriate birth control method,"said Berenson. Studies Find Contraception Makes Women Obese and Newborns Too Thin said Berenson.
"One concern is DMPA's link to increased abdominal fat, a known component of metabolic syndrome, whichincreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes." Abortion-Causing Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Two Canadian Women Die from Use of Contraceptive Patch; Sixteen More Suffer Blood Clots The Pill: "the largest unregulated human trial that's ever been conducted" URL: Copyright This work is licensed under a. You may republish
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