(Closed) Birth control and weight. Your experience?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I gained a bunch of weight during my early 20s and blamed it on BC. Then I got off it for like a year and welp, still gained. So I had to face facts that it wouldn’t as easy as getting off the BC and that correlation wasn’t causation. At least for me.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

When I was on the pill I had no problem with my weight.  I could work out and lose weight with no problem.  However, when I was using Mirena my body retained water and no matter how much I worked out I could not drop a pound.  This was the only side effect I had with Mirena.  All else was fine.  When I did come offf of the Mirena it took my body maybe 2 months to return to normal.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My first form of BC (the pill) was at age 17. I was about 120 lbs prior to starting. I was on the pill, for no more than 2 years, I can’t remember exactly how much time it was. In those 2 years, I went up in the lower 130s. I quit the pill, did not go on any other hormonal form of BC, and still went up to upper 130s/occasionally going into lower 140s, and I’ve been at that range steadily ever since. I’m 22 now, used mirena earlier this year and it fell out after about a month of use, and now I’m using paragard.

it may be possible that the BC triggers weight gain in people, and then maybe by the time people quit hormonal BC, their age and metabolism have slowed down, and quitting BC alone may not be enough to undo the weight gain..

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My weight gain has been solely my eating habits…I can’t even lie. 🙁 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

BeeutifulBee:  I was on the pill for 7 years, no weight gain. Switched to the depo shot and started eating healthier and becoming more active knowing weight gain could happen. Still put on 30 pounds in 6 months and I’m struggling to lose it. As soon as I got off the depo, all weight gain stopped. Back on the pill and I’m slowly but surely losing the weight. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

BeeutifulBee:  I’ve been actively trying to lose weight for like a decade haha. So on or off the pill, I was still doing the same things/my intake was the same/etc. I saw no difference whatsoever.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Hormones don’t agree with me. I’ve had a few types of the pill and the depo shot. Caused me lots of weight gain and bad moods and headaches. I had the Mirena IUD a few years ago and had bad side effects that included PREGNANCY which resulted in miscarriage :(! I have a copper IUD in now (it’s called a multiload and is U-shaped and small) and have had it for 2 years. I’ve never had a single issue with it and I love it. Lasts 5 years. Will get it again and again and again. Lighter periods, lost weight, no headaches or bad moods. I feel great 🙂

 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was on the pill while I was gaining. I have an IUD and I gained more, and now I’m losing. My eating habits were responsible for my weight gains and losses, not the BC. I believe Depo is the only form that’s been shown to be correlated with weight gain, according to a study done in ’09.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

BeeutifulBee:  I was on the pill for years (at least 15).  I had the Mirena for 6 months.  When I came off of the Mirena I did lose the weight.  However, it took my body about a month to return to normal before the weight started coming off.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Ditto for me everything Gridmonster said.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Lombardi\'s On The Bay

I’ve been on the pill twice in my life – first time was for a little over a year, I was 17 when I started. Second time was just last year, when I decided I wanted to try it again. Horrible choice – I felt blah and lethargic and well, I gained 10 lbs. I had been at the same weight for 6 years and had NO deviation from my normal eating/ workout regime. I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater and I exercise regularly. Sadly, the weight I’d gained from those two months of BC did not just “fall off” me after stopping the pill. I had to work really really hard to lose it. BC free is best for me:)

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