Recommendations for no weight gain birth control?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
119 posts
Blushing bee

sillysillybee:  Nuvaring isn’t a pill, and thus has much lower doses of hormone.

Post # 4
119 posts
Blushing bee

sillysillybee:  According to my gyno, no. I prefer it to the pill for the low hormone dosage (I always forgot to take the pill, plus I got crazy mood swings). In terms of annoyances, it’s fallen out once in the 3 years I’ve used it, and is occasionally uncomfortable during sex, but you can take it out for an hour or two at a time as necessary. 

I can’t speak to the weight gain, though. I didn’t gain weight on either the pill or the ring. 

Post # 5
2145 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

not a pill, but I recommend an IUD. I didn’t gain any weight when I switched.

Post # 6
8918 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Every body is different. If you gain weight on hormonal birth control, you will likely gain weight on any hormonal birth control, so that’s something to consider. I am on a mono-phasic combination pill and I didn’t gain any weight (Losing 10 pounds in one month is incredibly dangerous for your liver and heart, by the way) so I can’t comment on whether or not a low-dose mono phasic or tri-phasic pill would work for you or even change your weight gain/loss. This is something to discuss with your doctor.

Post # 7
3757 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah, I’ve had the Mirena IUD for the last 4 years and it’s been awesome and no weight gain. The only time I was ever on BC and gained weight, it was my own doing. Damn.

Post # 11
2620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

sillysillybee: most IUDs last for 3-5 years but you can have it removed at any time. I just made the switch a few months ago, and for me it was well worth it- even if I wind up only keeping it for a year. 

Post # 12
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Natazia is nice, and I got an IUD 5 years ago because I didn’t want hormones. Turns out I need them to prevent ovarian cysts. But I think you just need to keep an active lifestyle with any pill you take.

Post # 14
327 posts
Helper bee

Any low dose birth control (whether in pill form or via Nuvaring) will give you a lesser chance of side effects. However, every woman is different and reacts in totally different ways. Your best bet is to get a couple of options and try the one you like best. If it affects you negatively, try a different one.

One that may not make you gain weight may give you horrible migraines, and vice-versa. And, some women have no side-effects at all. Just depends.

Post # 15
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Talk to your doctor about the risks of blood clots on Nuvaring, as well as combination hormone pills before going on them. I got DVT at age 30 on my combination birth control pills (ortho tri cyclin lo). I now have the Mirena IUD, which is not combination (no estrogen-based hormones) and the horomones are largely localized in the uterus instead of circulating in your blood like with most other hormonal birth control. Definitely consider more than weight gain when looking at your options! The blood clot risk is very under-discussed, IMO.

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