Microgynon, Nordette, Logynon and weight gain
Microgynon 30, Nordette, Logynon are all combined pills which contain the same synthetic version of oestrogen and progesterone – ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel respectively. Because each pill contains levonorgestrel, they are all second generation pills.
Second generation pills like Microgynon, Nordette and Logynon are less likely to cause certain side effects including heavy bleeding, breast fullness, headaches, fluid retention, tiredness, irritability, nausea and bloating.
However, it’s worth remembering that all medications have the ability to cause side effects, including changes to weight and size.
Some women who take Microgynon do notice weight gain or changes to their appetite. There are currently no specific studies on Microgynon and weight gain.
The UK equivalent of Nordette, Rigevidon, is one of the most affordable pills for the UK NHS to provide, so a lot of women use it. But side effects have been reported with the use of it, including changes in weight. If when taking Nordette you notice any weight gain or experience any other side effects you’re not comfortable with, talk to your doctor about switching.
Studies on the Logynon pill and weight loss, or weight gain, are limited. On the Logynon patient information leaflet, weight gain is listed as a common side effect – affecting 1 in 100 women. However, fluid retention is also listed as a side effect which can impact weight and our perception of it.
Marvelon, Madeline and weight gain
Marvelon 28 and Madeline both contain ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. Desogestrel is a synthetic progesterone used in third generation pills. This means Marvelon and Madeline were created to try and reduce certain side effects associated with second generation pills.
There are no specific studies on Marvelon 28 and weight gain. Common side effects associated with Marvelon include tender breasts, discharge, reduced acne, headaches and vaginal dryness.
What about Madeline and weight gain? Weight gain is listed as a side effect on the Madeline patient information leaflet, but weight may also naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. If you do experience uncomfortable side effects, discuss switching the pill with your doctor or prescriber.
Yasmin, Isabelle, Petibelle and weight gain
Isabelle, Petibelle and Yasmin are all combined oral contraceptive pills containing ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. This makes them fourth generation pills. They’ll often be prescribed if you’ve tried other pills and have experienced side effects.
The Isabelle pill and weight gain as a side effect have not been largely studied. Yasmin, in effect, is the same drug as Isabelle, and Yasmin has not been associated with weight gain.
Yasmin and Petibelle have been linked to weight loss however. When Yasmin was first introduced, it was heralded as a pill that could reduce the risk of certain side effects including weight gain, headaches and mood swings. The creators of Yasmin claimed it could help you lose weight as well. Studies on Petibelle showed women using it lost weight compared to Marvelon.