Post # 1
Hi ladies, I’m worndering if anyone else has had experience with this too. I am so frustrated I could cry (and have because of this).
I started the pill in March of 2016. I did 12 cycles/months and then stopped because it honestly makes me a little bit crazy! I used to start fights with FI for no reason and cry for no reason. Luckily, the mood swings have stopped.
Within 3 weeks of stopping the birth control, I gained 15 pounds! I didn’t change anything else about my daily routine or diet. I went to my doctor in May to get my blood tested to anything/everything. Nothing came back abnormal and she said “keep an eye on it”. Since then, I have totally revamped my diet and exercise. I have since GAINED a pound stilll. I could cry. I am so frustrated. I don’t know what to do to get rid of the weight. I also now have an issue going to the bathroom (specifically #2). I could go 4-5 days without it.
My daily routine has been
2 coffees, 1 tsp sugar in each and a splash of 2% milk
I have been doing a video from the 21 day fix extreme every day
Then I walk the dog for 20 mins while drinking my breakfast
breakfast: 400 cal protein shake made of banana, 1TBS PB, vegan protein and water
lunch: usually 4oz brown rice, 4 oz steamed broccoli, 4oz grilled chicken
snack: 4oz turkey lunch meat rolled up with 2 TBS organic guac
dinner: 4 oz (chicken/pork loin/shrimp/tuna/flank Steak), 4 oz steamed veggie and 4oz baked sweet potato
Does anyone have any insight as to why this could be happening? I feel like I eat really well and should not be gaining weight the 15 pound gain is pretty noticeable on my 5’1 frame. And the bathroom issues don’t help because it makes me even more bloated! Ugh. I’m just frustrated. And help/insight/advice would be so helpful! Thanks bees ❤️
Post # 2
Sorry, bee! I know that feeling. I’ve actually never gained weight going off the pill (I gained 15 lbs going on when I was seventeen and that 15 pounds refused to budge till I was 20 and went on a different pill), but I’ve heard of all kinds of things like that happening to other women. 15 lbs in 3 weeks is excessive however, even if your eating habits had shifted. I’m willing to bet your body is retaining water for some reason. Could be a rebound effect or your hormones just needing to normalize.
Post # 3
Happened to me. About 15 pounds as well. Mostly in the mid section. Ugh.
Doctors say I wasn’t being active enough, but that’s BS. I know it was from stopping the pills.
Post # 4
msgulin002 : she tried to tell me that also. Which I knew wasn’t the reason for the 15 pounds. Did you ever lose it? If so, how long did it take?
Post # 5
This is the first time ive heard of anyone gaining weight when stopping the pill and it terrifies me! I gained so much weight from being on the pill and I was really hoping that when I stop I would lose it all, as most of my friends have. Maybe your hormones are adjusting and you could lose it again when it settles? That would be my hope anyway because your diet and exercise looks great!
I might be able to help with the constipation though as I suffer from bowel problems. Add Psylium Husk powder and/or Flaxseed to your breakfast. Take a probiotic every morning, maybe also a magnesium tablet and try to eat some natural yoghurt (even just a spoonful) everyday. If all else fails, go to your nearest health section and buy some digestion tea usually called ‘slimatea’ or ‘bootea’ etc.. Dont drink it everyday because it can cause pain and diarrhea but I find just drinking it once (at night) makes me go the next morning without fail.
Post # 6
Hmmm have they tested your thyroid? I can’t remember but there’s something about thyroid and bcp and after pregnancy …
Post # 7
HappySky7 : yes. She tested my thyroid and also for diabetes. I’m thinking that this has to be a hormonal imbalance, right? I called an endocrinologist and explained everything to her. She said don’t even bother making an appointment because she can’t help me. I just cried when I hung up. I feel like I have zero control of my body and I just want to scream 😔
Post # 8
Kate127 : thank you for this! I’ve been taking 2-3 max strength probiotics a day. I’m going to check into that tea though! I’m open to anything at this point
Post # 9
Well if you gained a pound after starting to exercise, that pound could be muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat.
Scales are shit. Take pictures (front, back, side) in tight clothing, take measurements (neck, boobs, arms, thighs, waist, hips etc), use scale once a month (in the morning…in your undies, after going to the bathroom and before you put anything in your system). Then at your monthly weigh-in, retake your measurements and your pictures in the same clothes and in the same place. Maybe keep a journal with how you feel… for example “i feel stronger” or “I can now walk briskly for 20 minutes without breaking a sweat” or “I noticed that my jeans are looser around my thighs” etc.
I have lost and gained and lost and gained and I can tell you I lose weight from the weirdest spots and sometimes it changes from where I lose it first. And generally if I start working out and eating right, I see either no difference or slight increases at first. Your diet looks from what you wrote… you would be eating give or take 1330 calories a day. If you were 130lbs @ 5’1 you would need roughly 1250 cals/day to lose 1lb of fat a week (with just light exercise 1-3 times a week) and to maintain your body weight you would need around 1715 cals/day. How long have you been eating like that and do you ever eat anything you didn’t list?
If you stay consistent it can take 3-4 weeks to notice any change.
Post # 10
It definitely sounds hormonal. Is there another endocrinologist you can talk to locally? Don’t give up and find a doctor that cares enough to genuinely listen to your concerns!
Post # 11
jeshicat : Sometimes instead of the broccoli at lunch, I’ll have 2Tbs guac with the chicken and rice. When I do that, I substitute the guac & turkey for hummus & turkey instead.
I havent been been cheating on the diet. This is the strictest I’ve ever been with food. I started being this strict with it about 5 weeks ago and have seen zero positive change. I would be happy with even 1-2 lbs loss. At least it would be heading in the right direction. But for the last 1-2 weeks I have been so bloated (I literally look like I’m 4 months pregnant), can’t go to the bathroom (which I’m sure is NOT helping the weight loss), this morning I was like out of breath during my workout which isn’t normal, and my sweet potatoes at dinner have tasted funny (like pennies?) for the last week. FI says I’m crazy and it tastes fine.
The good news is my primary was able to get me in tomorrow morning. I just hope she doesn’t say “keep an eye on it” again 😔
Post # 12
mrscb2bee : Yah you should definitely have noticed a change… However since you aren’t regular you really can’t use the scale as a judge. That probably explains the bloated feelings too. I would say for your own sanity to skip weighing yourself until you get that sorted out. All it will do is add stress to the situation.
Keep eating how you have been in the mean time. Drink lots of water. And maybe try to add foods which help with consitpation (make sure to fit it into your calories). Like maybe have some oatmeal for breakfast instead of your shake (real oatmeal though) or add some flaxseed into your shake. Or for a snack sometimes have strawberries, yogurt, prunes, popcorn. Basically probiotic foods or fibre high foods.
I am hoping that your doctor can help you come up with some answer. Because constipation can be quite serious. I mean you aren’t supposed to keep that bio-waste in your system. I hate going to the doctor because it always seems like it takes longer to drive there than the time we spend troubleshooting the problem. I got a sickness that was going around in January and I lost my taste and smell for about 2 weeks. It slowly came back but not 100%. Peppers smell and taste very… chemically to me, all pop tastes weird, I can taste old deep fryer oil if I get french fries, etc. Its unnerving and I went to my doctor 2 months after when it still hadn’t come back. And he basically said we can try antibiotics because maybe theres a lingering virus (Even though I said I haven’t been congested at all when he asked) or we can wait 2 more months! So I opted to wait for 2 more months “keep an eye on it” and guess what… I still don’t have my tastes back lol. I would say buy a new potato and see if it also tastes like pennies. I really do hope that this gets sorted out for you, it sounds absolutely heart wrenching and uncomfortable.
Post # 13
jeshicat : So I went back to my primary this morning (2 months after my last visit). I explained to her that now I’m having trouble going to the bathroom, I’m so bloated, still haven’t lost any of the extra weight etc.
I am absolutely floored. She told me that she thinks I have body image issues and should see a therapist. Then she went on to say that maybe I’m eating too much. Perhaps I should eat 1,000-1,100cals/day. I realize that I am not obese or anywhere near that. But I feel like 15 lbs gained in such a short period of time would indicate an issue or imbalance of some sort. I insisted she test my hormone levels to see if anything is off balance. I had to twist her arm to do that. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. At this point, she said see a therapist and a nutritionist. I feel like she thinks I’m crazy. UGH. Not sure where to go from here
Post # 14
mrscb2bee : It could be your body adjusting to not taking the pill. I would increase fiber into your diet to help with the bathroom issue. You could be retaining too much “poo”.
Post # 15
How often are you working out and doing cardio? You could be eating TOO little and your body needs more than that. As far as being bloated and not being able to go, what vitamins and minerals do you take on a daily basis? Also, how much water are you intaking?