Post # 1
I just had my semi-annual cholesterol check and it has gone up again! I am now pushing 275, which is very very bad. I know I have a family history of cholesterol problems, but I have been working to reduce it for 3 years now, and it keeps going up.
I have switched to almost all whole grains, I eat eggs and red meat about once a week. I limit anything with cheese. I drink the orange juice with plant sterols. I try and eat oatmeal 1-2 times I week (I hate it so much). My exercise schedule isn’t great, but I have increased it from 0 to 2-3 times a week in the past year. And the cholesterol keeps going up!
In frustration, I have started looking for another cause–through internet searches I have found several stories of birth control increasing cholesterol in some women. It seems to be fairly controversial…but I want to know if anyone had experiences where going on the pill increased their cholesterol, or it decreased after going off birth control?
Post # 3
I have no personal experience with this but one of my best friends has a genetic disposition to high cholestorol and was denied a Rx for the pill because of it. She was very upset but evidently her doctor did not feel it was worth the risk.
I recommend you call and speak with your doctor about this, he/she may be able to put you on a lower dose or an alternate birth control method, and/or address your cholesterol issue directly.
HTH, let us know how it turns out!
Post # 4
The pill can increase cholesterol and/or cause weight gain. So can a lot of acne medications.
I would suggest adding more fibre (soluble fibre) into your diet. Whole wheat is good, as is oatmeal, but there are lots of cereals with "psyllium fibre" in them that taste good (I hear you on the oatmeal part!) and are good for you.
If it IS genetic, however, you may have to go on medication. I would make an appointment with your physician to discuss the possibility of starting meds.
Post # 5
I had a pre-disposition to both high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My doctor took me off of birth control over 3 years ago and after being on birth control for almost 10 years prior…my body is just now stabilizing. Your BC could definitely be causing problems with your cholesterol. I suggest talking it over with your doctor. Some of the things I have been doing: drinking water like it’s going out of style, eating oatmeal (even though it’s not my favorite), packing little zip lock bags of cheerios…and trying to generally increase physical activity. Currently my bp is normal and I am off the meds for cholesterol so it works.
Post # 6
I have high colesterol (average weight & pretty active). Discussed the pros and cons with my doctor who didn’t think it was medication induced. He just thought it was a genetic predisposition. I think every case is different. What did your doctor say?