The Influence of Combined Oral Contraceptives on Weight: A 6-Month Observational Study

Primary Objective

Evaluate changes in body weight, body composition, eating behaviors, and appetite in pre-menopausal women with overweight or obesity who are starting the Sprintec birth control pill compared to women who remain on non-hormonal methods of contraception.

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Description

**Now only recruiting women interested in starting the Sprintec oral contraceptive pill and willing to remain on it for the 6-month duration of this study** Approximately 15 million women of reproductive age women in the United States have overweight or obesity and use the combined estrogen and progestin oral contraceptive pill (COC). Although many women report weight gain as a side effect of COCs, a conclusive link between COC use and weight gain has not been established. This investigation will address a major gap in the literature by prospectively evaluating the influence of initiating a COC versus non-hormonal contraceptives (NHCs) on weight, body composition, eating behaviors, and appetite in pre-menopausal women with overweight or obesity.

Main Procedures Involved: You will receive and complete: labs, body composition measurements, questionnaires

Duration of Participation: 6 months

Details
Age

18 to 40 years

Compensation

up to $300

Locations

CTRC-adult
UCHealth-Metro Denver

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