picked up Clean Eating magazine looking for good diabetic meal recipes (they promote organic, locally raised & natural foods), not bad, and I like the way they organize the recipes, in a separate index on the contents page. any how they have features in the back including ask the doc (Dr. Berardi PhD not MD, from Precision Nutrition) topic is do pills increase weight gain. he warns against anti-depressants also ABC pill. while he admits some health benefits for use of pill, he warns that long term use of birth controll hormones may increase risk of cervical, liver and breast cancers . . . increase in body fat esp. lower body and upper arms, interfere with sexual function.
Dr. Schwarzbein in her diet and women’s health books also stresses that obesity as well as other problems are exacerbated by hormonal imbalance, which the pill promotes and prolongs, and is a foe of prescribing the pill or patch to treat disorders such as acne, PCOD etc.
the info is out there and accepted, but women are still lulled by the easy fix into accepting an elephant gun to kill a mouse in taking hormonal BC for treatment of a variety of disorders, for which it masks symptoms but does not and cannot address underlying cause. sad.