Anyone lost weight while on birth control?

So i recently started birth control for the purpose of regulating my hormones. I've lost 2lbs in about 10 days. I'm not sure this may be the cause but since I've started I've also been getting really bad headaches and I've been feeling a little more tired.
P.S I've changed nothing about my diet and i haven't exercised in two weeks


  • queenliz99
    queenliz99 Posts: 15,317 Member
    Body weight fluctuates day to day, hour to hour.
  • acheben
    acheben Posts: 476 Member
    I got to my goal weight while on birth control. Birth control can increase your appetite and fluid retention, but it doesn't contribute to real weight gain.

    I would schedule an appointment with your doctor about the headaches and fatigue though.
  • ARGriffy
    ARGriffy Posts: 1,002 Member
    Some birth control gives a big risk of headache then migraine, then stroke. speak to your doc, seriously I am affected by this and been on 4 different ones due to it xx
  • alanahp93
    alanahp93 Posts: 56 Member
    Hi I had to take birth control because of my endometriosis, I felt terrible the first month... morning sickness, tiredness, loss of appetite etc. But after a month it starts to calm down and go back to normal, but if not I would recommend changing pills with the Dr.
    I didn't notice a huge change in weight after taking the pill but every one is diffrent :)
  • jodidari
    jodidari Posts: 95 Member
    Thank you so far
  • soapsandropes
    soapsandropes Posts: 269 Member
    I did but only with diet and exercise. It is definitely a good idea to talk to your doctor about the headaches. There are a lot of different pill formulations and it might take some trial and error to find the one that works for you.
  • vespiquenn
    vespiquenn Posts: 1,455 Member
    I have been on it since I was 17 (25 now) for endometriosis, and I can't say I noticed any difference either in gaining or losing. If I switch pills, I hold onto water longer, but I never experienced the change in appetite either. So it's hard to say how your body will react in response to it.
  • Remilia_Scarlet
    Remilia_Scarlet Posts: 55 Member
    I've been on a few different types. I've never had a problem losing weight on birth control, but some made me bloated and gave me acne. (My current pill made my boobs bigger for a while, which was nice, but didn't last!) Overall, birth control can't make you gain or lose weight unless you're eating the calories associated with those changes. It's probably just a shift in water retention.
  • antennachick
    antennachick Posts: 464 Member
    I didnt find a difference with losing weight while on birth control although I was told it could cause wieght gain. Just a thought but there is non hormone option of a IUD also.
  • DawnieB1977
    DawnieB1977 Posts: 4,248 Member
    I lost 42lbs for my wedding years ago whilst on birth control. I also took it again when my first baby was a few months old and continued to lose weight.

    I did notice that my weight loss slowed down a bit when I started taking it after I had my first baby, and I also had feelings similar to when I was pregnant, slight nausea, and real hunger sometimes, so perhaps I upped my calories initially (I didn't use MFP back then, in 2009).
  • choppie70
    choppie70 Posts: 544 Member
    I have been on birth control for the past 6 years. I have lost 32 lbs since late June. The birth control will not make you gain weight, or not be able to lose weight, it is the fact that certain birth control pills can increase your appetite.
  • KrisiAnnH
    KrisiAnnH Posts: 352 Member
    I've both gained and lost 3stone on bc. It has absolutely no impact on my ability to lose weight (apart from perhaps cravings, but those are easy enough to control, and I'd get those when off bc anyway).

    It's probably worth talking to your doctor if you're experiencing side effects. The first few weeks after starting can be a bit up and down anyway, but if you're suffering from headaches then they may be able to recommend a different type. I started out on one type of pill but it gave me crazy mood swings and I was miserable, as well as horrible stomach cramps etc, so I changed to Marvelon- which as I understand it is just a different combination of the components, and I haven't had any issues since :)
  • jodidari
    jodidari Posts: 95 Member
    Thanks everyone, I'm actually having mood swings/being frustrated all the time but the headaches stopped when i started taking it an hour before bed. Somehow i'm losing a pound every two weeks but not sure what changed
  • I don't know about weight changes, but I took the pill for years, and I always had minor nausea throughout the day. This was with different brands and low doses. I'm sure I must have been taking it when I purposefully lost weight about 10 years ago since I've pretty much always been on some form of BC.
  • Meganthedogmom
    Meganthedogmom Posts: 1,639 Member
    I've lost weight both on and off birth control and I don't notice a difference.
  • BeaUtiful_1413
    BeaUtiful_1413 Posts: 200 Member
    I have the implanon/implant and I've lost 5lbs in 1 1/2 weeks so far
  • aprilflower18232
    aprilflower18232 Posts: 205 Member
    I'm on it and have lost 180 pounds
  • FatFreeFrolicking
    FatFreeFrolicking Posts: 4,252 Member
    I've been on birth control since I was 10 because of endometriosis. I'm 22 now and have had no problems with weight gain/weight loss while on it.