(Closed) Birth control and water weight / bloating??

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: While on the pill, do you feel a permanent extra bloat? Also, do you have trouble losing weight?
    No extra bloat : (6 votes)
    22 %
    Extra bloat, but it goes away with extra work : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Extra bloat, and there's nothing I can do! : (5 votes)
    19 %
    Weight loss is no more difficult : (6 votes)
    22 %
    Weight loss is more difficult, but doable : (6 votes)
    22 %
    Weight loss is impossible! : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1132 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @kbtobe:  I just started Alesse last month, I’m finishing up my first pack now.  The first week I felt so bloated and had a constant headache (nothing too bad though).  I upped my water intake to 10 glasses instead of 8, and I feel SO much better.  I have no more side effects, bloating has gone away, I’ve actually lost another 5lb this month.  It sounds funny, but I feel as if taking in EXTRA water helps!

    Post # 4
    1362 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    For me it depends on which pill I was on! I went on one when I was 15 to control my period and that was a nightmare, gained weight (around 15lbs) but I dont know how much of that was water weight and how much was actualy weight due to crazy mood swing eating! Went off of that one and a couple years went by and I got on the one I am now, which is awesome! It “accomodated” me, gave my boobs and extra oomph and narrowed my waist some more. It just depends on how you react to the hormones.

    Post # 5
    1218 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve only ever taken Monofeme (the generic, I can’t remember the original brand name) and I’ve never noticed bloating or water retention during my cycle. I do retain a bit more weight during the week I have my period. To minimise water weight a good hint is to drop carbs!

    Post # 6
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    None for me. I also read a review of 40+ studies which found no significant relationship between BC and weight gain. It’s a hangover from the early forms of BC which were not as refined as they are now and so DID cause weight gain (30+ yrs ago now!). Because women expect to gain weight, they do, if that makes sense?!?

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