Birth Control Pills and Weight Gain

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SpoiledPixie...

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Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 20:44
Has anyone noticed their weight loss slows, stops, or they actually gain from taking birth control bills? I tried to pinpoint exactly when I stopped losing weight and started gaining even with dieting and it was when I started the pills again... anyone heard of this???

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nadb

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Posted: 25 Jun 2008, 11:14
I always gain weight when I'm on the pill even if I diet. I asked my doc and he says that it has to do with the hormones. Since an hormonal change makes me feel more stressed and/or depressed I gain weight in the midsection. With the stress factor my body produce more cortisol and it tends to get stuck on my waist...
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Posted: 25 Jun 2008, 13:57
I gained initially, about 5 pounds when I first started the pill. I noticed an increase in appetite almost immediatly. It did even out over time, and i lost the weight after about six months without dieting.
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Posted: 25 Jun 2008, 15:40
one of the side effects of the pills is weight gain...and as anyone who has been through the change of life will attest to...when your hormones are in flux...you will gain weight...and the pills are hormones
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Posted: 25 Jun 2008, 16:12
I had a much easier time getting weight off after I got off hormonal BC pills. If you're in a monogamous relationship look into VCF. My women's health nurse practioner recommended it. It does not prevent STDs but if you just want to prevent pregnancy then it is probably the best option. Smile

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Posted: 30 Apr 2009, 12:53
I've been taking Yaz for over a year which made me gain nearly 10 pounds. I simply cannot budge the scale no matter what I do from running to eating 1000 cal a day. It is so frustrating.
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Posted: 30 Apr 2009, 13:38
When I asked my doctor about it, she told me its a load of crap. She said that if the pill makes you gain more than 1 pound you are either A)on a pill thats too strong/wrong hormone levels or B)using it as an excuse to eat.. like alot of women do during their periods. The problem is that most women dont try to find the right pill for them. They just take whatever the doctor gives them and don't give it a second thought.

My doctor had me switch pills 3 times before she was satisfied. But she said it was easier with me because she also treats my mom and her sister, and with permission, she cross examined what works better or worse for each of us and can guess better then.


Whats VCF?


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Suzie Blue

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Posted: 30 Apr 2009, 13:48
I've had two different pills due to the effect on my blood pressure, but now have the implant instead due to lifestyle changes which mean I started forgetting my pills...
Was told I may have an increased appetite but can't say it was definately the contraception that caused my weight gain, especially since I was previously on it for five years
Apparently the change in hormone levels is most likely to cause depression if anything... therefore gotta agree that it's a load of crap that contraception and weight gain are linked
Mind over matter... I will NOT get fatter!!!

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Posted: 30 Apr 2009, 14:03
One of the most notorious weight gaining form of birth control is Depo Provera. They say something like 5 pounds in one year and after 5 years an average of 10 pounds...(something like that)

I was on Depo for 12 years and kept in shape. Though I did have to work at it. I think that we as women do have to watch ourselves because hormones of course DO effect our appetite, weight etc... but it is not an excuse for weight gain.
I had PCOS. I had doctors tell me being over 40 I just "have to work harder now to control my weight". I've dealt with pre diabetes. I've had heart health issues. I had a hysterectomy, went through menopause and now am told I'm also hypothyroid.

Every single one of those things people say cause weight gain. I refuse to use it as an excuse though. I use it as a reason to watch myself even more diligently.
Fair? Not always. But an excuse to gain weight? Only if I allow it.


I truly believe that the only time you could say that your weight gain is from a health diagnosis is if you have literally and faithfully tried to control it through diet, nutrition, exercise, supplements, or anything else you find out can help combat it, to no avail.


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teehee

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Posted: 30 Apr 2009, 18:40
Even better is Natural Family Planning. Absolutely no side effects. Smile
Fidgekitty

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Posted: 08 May 2009, 11:16
The hormones in BC pills make your body think it's pregnant (to try and inhibit ovulation and a few other graphic reasons I won't list) so when you're body is pregnant it readily stores fat to keep the baby nourish while inside you and while nursing. So even though you're not pregnant, you're trying to trick your body so you don't become so, thus some of the pregnancy like side effects that go along with BC.

Natural Family Planning does to have side effects! Pregancy, lol. We've got a little saying for the women in our family "seems like everytime my husband puts his pants on the bed I'm pregnant," well I've proven that true so far so I think i'll try something else now and love the 2 I've got before I wind up with 8 before I'm 30 Very Happy
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Posted: 15 May 2009, 19:49
I've been on the pill for the past 9-10 months. In that time I've only lost. It wasn't easy, but I think if you work at it, you can do it. I take a generic brand, Tri-sprintec. So maybe it has lower doses of hormones or something?
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Posted: 15 May 2009, 20:48
SO weird that I came across this entry...I was just looking up birth control and weight gain TODAY! Haha I'm about to stop taking my birth control (Seasonale) to see if there's a difference in my weight. I've been on BC for 2 years and I have been STRUGGLING to lose weight, even after limiting my calorie intake, eating a healthy DASH diet, and exercising.
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bballen

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 01:31
I've been looking into this too, after my doctor told me I'd have to lose weight or they'd take me off my pill due to high blood pressue. I've been struggling to lose any weight - managed to lose half a stone over 2 months but put it all back on and more in less than a month eating normally. I've also had other side effects from it, like recurring thrush and I also suffer from migraines which it doesn't help. Thing is, I need to be on some kind of contraception as the aformentioned doctor has told me I'm too young to have myself permenantly spayed (I'm 29, have no desire to have kids and neither does my partner). I think I'm going to ask to be put on the IUS, might go see another doctor this time tho.
kaylaj

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 02:59
I was on depo provera and I gained a tremendous amount of weight. I was on it for 2 years and gained 15 pounds!
ImLuuvd

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 11:50

I think everyone's forgetting the fact though that it can indeed be beat.
I too was on Depo and fought the gain.
It was not easy and I went back and forth to my doctor a few times to get dietary and exercise advice. But I did keep my weight in control and depo is known to be the worst form of birth control for weight gain.
Hypothyroid, pcos...whatever the diagnoses is...I happen to have both those things... it is not an excuse to say why your gaining weight, it's just a condition or a medication you need so now you have to be more diligent and rethink your nutrition and dietary needs. You can research, you can be diligent and still get your health and your weight in check.
I just joined a hypothyroid group and was puzzled as to why no one posted any of the main dietary tips associated with this condition. Not one tip on some very important dietary guidelines.
I think as women..we can use hormones, PMS, the fact that our bodies don't have the metabolism that mens bodies do,child bearing, all as a reasons to gain weight. We can all sit here and cry about how being a woman makes it soooo hard to lose weight. Is it true? well sure. Is it a doomed sentence? No.
I think this post should be titled....should being a woman be an excuse to gain weight?
Sorry, just being real.
~ImLuuvd
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_TinaT_

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 13:19
ImLuuvd, every woman is different, and while you were able to lose the weight, a different woman could have been doing everything that you did and not lose an ounce. No two bodies, metabolisms, etc. are alike. I don't think any women here in this discussion are making excuses, it was a valid question the OP asked. Not to mention the "weight" gained on BC is mostly water weight, from retaining water.

Before I was on BC I never had a problem with weight! I could go on a diet for a week and get the results I wanted. I too have hypertension Bballen, (as well as minor heart problems) so hopefully I can see some results with my weight AND my blood pressure when I come off the pill.
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." -
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ImLuuvd

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 13:39
Tina, you CAN see results in your situation. What I am saying is a simple fact though that a lot of people do use these as excuses. I've been on this site now for almost two years and I have seen and heard these reasons as excuses. The OP here is someone I know very well, and she had been through many, many, many different situations and has had many ups and downs in her weight as a result of them. What I see a lot of people do is not only accounting for water weight in bc, they gain 70 pounds and blame it on the bc.
I "thought" I was trying everything when I gained about 15 pounds from my depo provera. I ran 3-4 miles 4 times a week. I was active, I ate no sugar. I ate lots of veggies and thought I was doing everything right. Come to learn later, that my ex hubby was special forces and due to his activity demand, we ate high carb meals. Healthy, but we had whole wheat pasta and red potatoes and whole wheat spaghetti almost every night. I thought I was doing everything I could. But I hadn't given enough time to really research m,y individual nutritional needs. I was feeding my "family", not "me" properly.
What I am saying here also is that every single woman has a reason we can say we gain weight, but it's up to us to use it as an excuse (that I indeed have seen many people do here), or use it as a reason to be even more diligent in our health and nutrition goals.
~ImLuuvd
"Nothing taste as good as thin feels"


teehee

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Posted: 16 May 2009, 19:03
Pregnancy is not a side effect of Natural Family Planning. I've been using it successfully for 11 years! And I became pregnant very easily with my first two children. Unfortunately, I can't have any more children. The doctor said after 3 Caesareans the lining of my uterus is too thin to become pregnant again. NFP has a success rate equal to the pill, from the materials I've read about it. Note that NFP is not 'rhythm'. It's come a long way since the 1960's. I do use NFP in a more conservative way (a couple of extra days) than someone who is not as motivated to avoid pregnancy.
Fidgekitty

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Posted: 18 May 2009, 08:36
The only problem with it is that things like stress can alter you cycle, change when you actually ovulate and that's how I got pregnant with my daughter. I had ovulated 5 days after my "safe period" had started. It may work for some, and those of you for whom it does then I wish you the best of luck but it definately didn't work for me, but children are a joy so I don't regret anything.



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