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Natural Family Planning: a Better Option for Obese Women?

MonthThere are several reasons why overweight and obese women may not want to take  a hormonal birth-control. It may be for health reasons, like furthering the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, or blood clots.  Many decline to take birth control for religious reasons. Natural Family Planning, or NFP, has recently gained momentum, particularly among Catholics. NFP is the only form of birth control condoned by the Roman Catholic Church other than abstinence.

Further, the birth control pill is much less effective at preventing pregnancies in overweight and obese women. A study conducted in Washington state found that the risk of unwanted pregnancy among women taking the pill to be 60 percent higher among overweight women, and 70 percent higher among obese women. Other studies suggested that the same thing may also be true of hormone-based birth control, such as implants or the patch.

Religious reasons aside, some women who cannot take the pill for weight-related health reasons may consider turning to Natural Family Planning, also known as the rhythm method and fertility awareness. NFP includes knowledge of one’s menstrual cycle(calendar method), tracking one’s basal body temperature (BBT), and observing cervical mucus (Billings method). These are all indicators of when one is ovulating. However, the rhythm method is only about 75 to 87 percent effective (WebMD). That means there’s a one-in-four chance of pregnancy every time you have sex without another form of birth control.


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50 Surprise Reasons You’ve Gained Weight

We found this list of surprising causes of weight gain and thought it was worth sharing with you. So often we blame a lazy, convenience driven culture for the reason our population is overweight and obese. We shouldn’t overlook that so often there are genetic or other environmental factors that play just as much a part in our expanding bellies as do fast food combo meals.


prescriptionMedications
The side effects of your prescription or even over-the-counter medicines can often include weight gain. Read the label, and check with your doctor prior to taking, or if you notice a sudden raise on the scale. Some common medications that have been linked with weigh gain include:
- Antidepressants
- Diabetes Medication
- Birth Control


no smokingLifestyle
When life strikes, your health and weight can often be affected. Even minor changes or upsets in your normal routine can wreak havoc on your body. If you’ve made minor or major changes in your lifestyle to better your health, persevere even in the face of vacation and stress. The rewards are worth it! Some common lifestyle and environmental culprits are:
- Sleeplessness/Insomnia
- Consuming too much high fructose corn syrup
- Smoking cessation


pregnancyGeneral Physical Factors
Deep within your body there’s an entire world at work that you’re rarely aware of. Your genes, DNA, overall health, and other factors all play an important role in how well you lose or gain weight. Be aware of your physical health and express concern to your doctor if you think there’s a rogue agent at play.
- Menopause/Aging
- Food allergies
- Pregnancy


doctorDisease and Illness
You’ve likely heard mention from friends or the media that some of these illnesses can be the cause behind sudden weight gain, or an inability to lose weight. It’s worth a check-up to find out what the status of your health is and to fight back against any of these diseases.
- Hypothyroidism
- Ovarian cysts
- Blood sugar imbalance


We’ve shared some of the highlights from this list of 50 Surprising Causes of Weight Gain. Learn more about these 50 weight saboteurs.