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Birth Control preventing weight loss?



  • PaulaWallaDingDong
    PaulaWallaDingDong Posts: 4,641 Member
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    No. Stop making excuses.

    Amen. I'm also on a two-hormone pill. I gained most of my excess weight since I've been on it (2008), but within the last year, I've also managed to get my weight lower than when I started it. I gained weight because I ate too much.

    ETA (too late to edit my post): Re-reading your post, I will say that you haven't given it enough time. You may have gained a bit of water weight, which is temporary. You may have had a spike in appetite. Keep your calories in check and wait it out.
  • MKEgal
    MKEgal Posts: 3,250 Member
    You have found your maintenance calories.
    The only reason you're not losing weight is because you're eating about as much as you burn.

    Have you dropped your calorie goal as you've lost weight?
    Are you weighing & measuring your food?
    Are you ignoring exercise calories, just eating to your healthy calorie goal?
    If your answer to all of those is "yes", and it's been more than a month since you adjusted everything,
    talk with your doctor.
  • CoffeeNCardio
    CoffeeNCardio Posts: 1,847 Member
    This nonsense right here is why I got an IUD. Best health decision I have ever made in my life. No hormones, no problem. Hormones turn me into a nom-nom-noming rage monster half the month and a "I can't even look at food" textbook model of depression the other half. And to top it all off it makes my acne explode into 15 year old male levels.

    Op, I feel for you. I know, probably better than normal ppl who manage taking birth control just fine, how messed up it can make you, but the reality is that it doesn't cause weight gain or fat retention. It can make you more bloated, make you hang onto water weight for a while longer than you're used to, but end of the day it just isn't to blame for anything related to weight loss. If you are that concerned about it, you can always try different birth control methods, as I have done, or you can talk to your doctor about a different kind of pill, or you can just white knuckle the transition and follow the flow-chart.
  • Anya_000
    Anya_000 Posts: 725 Member
    Will Birth Control Pills Make Me Gain Weight?
    In this article:

    Today’s Pills Are Different
    It’s rare, but some women do gain a little bit of weight when they start taking birth control pills. It’s often a temporary side effect that’s due to fluid retention, not extra fat.

    A review of 44 studies showed no evidence that birth control pills caused weight gain in most women. And, as with other possible side effects of the pill, any weight gain is generally minimal and goes away within 2 to 3 months.

    If you happen to be one of those few women who put on pounds, talk to your doctor. She may suggest a different type of birth control pill. Why? Because all pills are not the same.

    There are two types:
    Combination pills, which contain estrogen and progestin
    Progestin-only pills.

    Most birth control pills use the same type of estrogen in various doses, but each brand of pill may offer a slightly different type of the hormone progestin, at different doses. The result? Potentially different side effects.

    Whichever one you try, give it at least 3 months for any side effects to pass.
  • trjjoy
    trjjoy Posts: 666 Member
    I went onto the 3-month injection around the time I started losing weight back in 2003. I lost around 12 - 15kg while on hormonal contraception. Don't use hormonal BC as an excuse for not losing weight.

    Instead, work a bit harder at losing weight. Plan your meals as far ahead as you can. Control your portion sizes by weighing everything. Overestimate the number of calories that you eat, and underestimate the number of calories you'd burned.