Impact of Hormonal Contraception Use on Weight Gain among Women in Assiut Governorate

Document Type : Original Article


1 Public Health & Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University Assiut , Egypt

2 Assiut University Faculty of Medicine Public Health & Community Medicine Dept.


Weight gain is commonly cited as a side effect of hormonal contraception, and may lead to discontinuation or reluctance to initiate. This view is widely held among clients and providers. This study aims to identify the risk of hormonal contraception use on development of obesity and overweight among women in Assiut governorate, and determine the rate of hormonal and non-hormonal contraception use among the studied women. Interview questionnaire covering sociodemographic, reproductive data, risk factors related to weight gain, and type of Contraceptive method used now at least 1 year, (hormonal Contraceptive method which include combined hormonal and progestin only hormonal methods, or non-hormonal methods). Results: Hormonal methods were more commonly used as the majority of women (85.7%) used hormonal contraception while non-hormonal contraception use was (14.3%). The mean weight gain among hormonal users was higher than non-hormonal users without significant difference (p-value 0.685).the percentage of weight gain was significantly higher among hormonal users than non-hormonal users (p-value 0.019). The mean weight gain among hormonal users was significantly increased with duration of use from 4.67 ± 3.52 in 1- 3years (p-value <0.001) Conclusion: Mean weight gain was higher among hormonal contraceptive users than among non-hormonal contraceptive users with no significant difference between them. Among hormonal methods users, the weight gain was highly significantly more with who was underweight and normal weight than overweight and obese.


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