Validity of perceived weight gain in women using long-acting reversible contraception and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate

Ashley M. Nault, Jeffrey F. Peipert, Qiuhong Zhao, Tessa Madden, Gina M. Secura

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study was to evaluate perceived weight gain in women using contraception and determine the validity of self-reported weight gain. Study Design: We analyzed data from new contraceptive method users who self-reported a weight change at 3, 6, and 12 months after enrollment. We examined a subgroup of participants with objective weight measurements at baseline and 12 months to test the validity of self-reported weight gain. Results: Thirty-four percent of participants (1407 of 4133) perceived weight gain. Compared with copper intrauterine device users, implant users (relative risk, 1.29; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-1.51) and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate users (relative risk, 1.37; 95% confidence interval, 1.14-1.64) were more likely to report perceived weight gain. Women who perceived weight gain experienced a mean weight gain of 10.3 pounds. The sensitivity and specificity of perceived weight gain were 74.6% and 84.4%, respectively. Conclusion: In most women, perceived weight gain represents true weight gain. Implant and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate users are more likely to perceive weight gain among contraception users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48.e1-48.e8
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume208
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • contraception
  • perceived weight gain
  • reproductive-age women
  • weight gain

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