Birth control weight gain :(
I've recently lost about five pounds, but since starting birth control a few weeks ago I've gained most of it back. I'm really bummed because I feel like all my progress was lost! Is this just water weight, or is it weight gain from increased appetite? Is there any way I can get rid of it (other than the usual eat right/excercise regiment)?
Submitted by just_add_water_

That is a common side effect from going on birth control. Hormones certainly play a big role in weight. But, you mentioned is there any way you can get rid of it (other than the usual) -- eating right and exercising intensely work really well, so make sure you're doing those. Of course you could always talk with your MD about trying a different prescription too to see if that helps (in addition to eating and exercising correctly).
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Submitted by abdus.shafi

My doctor recently took me off of Birth control Due to it causing Mild Strokes and Weight gain, I gained 35 lbs.. I would go talk to your doctor, more so if you have bad headaches to go along with it.
Submitted by moonwitchkitty1

My doctor recently took me off of Birth control Due to it causing Mild Strokes and Weight gain, I gained 35 lbs.. I would go talk to your doctor, more so if you have bad headaches to go along with it.
Submitted by moonwitchkitty1

My doctor recently took me off of Birth control Due to it causing Mild Strokes and Weight gain, I gained 35 lbs.. I would go talk to your doctor, more so if you have bad headaches to go along with it.
Submitted by moonwitchkitty1

The crucial part of a healthy eating is a balanced diet. apple diet and lemon juice diet are both two natural ways to lose weight without side effects.
Submitted by dianadeep09

plus if hormones don't effect your body weight/fat content/gaining muscle abilities, then please explain why when you are starting to get older, and perhaps starting menopause why it is so difficult to lose weight, and build muscles? there are proven studies comparing women on and off BC trying to build muscle, and BC women do so in a much slower rate
Submitted by litvinov_41411

people that are saying that weight gain is NOT a common side effect of birth control are very much wrong. Hormones play a very significant role in your body holding on to fat/ability to gain muscle. it does though depend on the person, certain people are much more sensitive to slight hormone changes, and some are not. Some go on the pill just to be able to have periods because otherwise they cannot do it naturally, while others do it ease their painful periods, and of course for contraception.
Submitted by litvinov_41411

I have recently switched my BC to the nuva ring and had gained 15 pounds on the pill. I also workout 4-5 times a week and keep my diet healthy. Since ive been put on the ring ive lost 25 pounds in 3 months
Submitted by Aleese12

I recieved the Depo shot shortly after giving birth to my 5th child last year. I did gain about 10 lbs, on top of what I had gained during pregnancy. Recently I decided to do something about this excessive weight. I workout 5 days a week for 45 minutes each day. I run, walk, strength train, and do the elliptical trainer. Now I do not do all of these things together, I change it up throughout the 5 days. I consume no more than 1500 calories a day. I have lost 20lbs in 5 weeks.
Submitted by sh3emr1

Years ago I was on depo the shot. I lost weight while on it I was 134lb before on the shot went to 115lb. The doctors told me the side effect of gaining wieght. Within a year of the last depo treatment I gained 40 lbs past my orginal weight of 134. It was in two months a gained 20 lbs a month. I have tried diets gained it back with in a year. A year ago I read the China Study and eat only plant based foods or aka being vegan. I am 146 and have been that way for 6 months. I plan to stay that way.
Submitted by evajuana

Seriously, I keep having to tell people that this is just bogus. If it makes you gain weight, your body needed it or else the hormones would have effected you in some other way. Remember, Birth Control is essential a controlled dosage of estrogen or progesterone. Our bodies natuarally produce these hormones upon puperty, which is often triggered by weight gain. Also, people forget estrogen makes one hold onto weight, not loose it; remember, we need to have a certain amount of fat to support a growing baby if indeed one gets pregnant, hence this added characteristic. If you do in fact gain weight, consider if the dosage you are using is too high; take in to account the purpose of why you are using the pill in the first. If it is strictly as a means for added contraception, there are other means that do that and don't have the possiblity of gaining weight.
Submitted by lindseytitshaw

My doctor prescribed me birth control to help me gain weight, and I am using excercise to help make sure that the weight is not fat but muscle instead to keep me healthy and looking my best.
Submitted by cassdgum

I do not believe that weight gain is a common side effect of birth control. If anything, it is an uncommon side effect. I work at a family planning clinic and see many women that lose weight on birth control! Weight control is directly related to diet, exercise and caloric balance. It never hurts to talk with your clinician about your concerns and experiment with other birth control options that work better for you!
Submitted by theresakaymiller

Eating right and working out just seems takes 10 times longer. I have lost 5 pounds since getting serious about working out and eating better since Feb. I have to stay on birth control for medical reasons, so changing that isn't really an option for me. keep going you'll see results!
Submitted by kalav10

You could try this really great method called NFP. It's all charting and keeping track of your cycle so you aren't on any sort of substance. It takes a little more effort, but it is totally easier than trying to fight birth control weight gain.
Submitted by shailynwolf

I stopped taking the sugar pills or "reminder pills" during the last week every month. I just kept track of what day to start my next months pills. It was easier to control my weight after I stopped taking them.
Submitted by WndrGrlShell

If you look at it in this regard - putting on a few extra pounds is way more desirable than being pregnant (in my honest opinion). I was on Yaz for about 3 years with which I didn't gain a pound, then switched over to Ortho Cyclen in September 2010 to try to stabilize my moods. I'm happier, however I'm 12 lbs heavier. While I don't think those 12 lbs can be solely attributed to the BC, I've definitely become more aware of what I eat, whereas before (on Yaz) I could eat whatever I wanted.
Submitted by gabevogt1

I am not an expert, but I was on the birth control pill for 12 years. I ate healthy, I love working out, but I never lost the 15 pounds that I gained when I went on the pill. Since going off the pill, I realized it wasn't just water, because I had an increase in appetite, I had to lose fat, not just water. I wouldn't recommend the pill to someone who doesn't want to gain weight, as in fat because that is exactly what happened to me (I also tried very type of pill and nothing changed).
Submitted by royalp8

Try natural family planning. No pills, no side effects, no weight gain.
Submitted by vickiluckey1

i think you should try exercise and gym
Submitted by shawnwilson02

Every pill will affect everyone different. I went on one that made me gain weight even though it is recommended for women who have issues with weight. I switched back to a low dose and the weight dropped off. I'd say give it a few months (3-4) and if you don't equalize out, try a new Rx. Some women have to go through several different brands to find the one that fits them best. I've tried 6 or 7 brands settling on the one that really fit me best.
Submitted by Elizabeth.Michele

Since being on the low hormone pill I've noticed my mood is more consistent and I did lose about ten pounds after a few months of taking the pill but I also kept exercising.
Submitted by laicerose

When I first starting using birth control, I gained up to fifteen pounds! I truly believe it was because of the birth control because I was a three sport athlete which meant I was always exercising. After taken this birth control for a few years I really started to notice my moods were fluctuating, almost as if I was bipolar. I researched the pill online and found out many women experienced this on this pill. So I went to go see my doctor and I was prescribed a low hormone pill and I love it!
Submitted by laicerose

I think eating right and exercise are the most likely fixes. Speaking as a girl who has gained 10 pounds total from birth control, I'd advise not switching your pill to a different one that supposedly doesn't affect weight gain. People I know didn't gain a pound from the pill that made me gain 10! I think it affects each body differently, so just be careful!
Submitted by allycekarrasch

you may want to check the manufacturers website to make sure you got the right pill. exercise and sweating it off is probably safer.
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