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If those skinny jeans are feeling a bit too skinny, don’t assume your birth control is the cause.

It’s a common story. A woman starts using hormonal birth control, finds herself gaining weight, and assumes the birth control is to blame. The tricky thing is that lots of research about hormonal birth control shows it’s probably not the birth control.

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If you’re on medication and planning a pregnancy—or not doing much to prevent one—talk with your health care provider.

Medication can be a great tool for improving health—but some medicines that are wonderful for you can cause problems for a developing pregnancy, so it’s extra important to use birth control carefully and consistently.

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Just had a baby? Congrats and good luck! Now, what birth control are you using?

A break is definitely the best thing for your body right after a pregnancy, but if you’re not exclusively breastfeeding in a very particular way, you can ovulate as soon as three weeks after birth…

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