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Could IUD be impeding my weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I started eating Paleo in March of 2011, a few months after having my third child. I gained 50 pounds with that pregnancy, so I definitely had some weight to lose. I had been losing weight consistently up to that point and expected that by going pretty strict (with the Whole30 plan) for the first month, I would drop a 6-10 pounds that month. I was disappointed when only 4 pounds came off, but I felt so good that I kept going.

As I kept going, the weight started to come off...slowly. In the last 10 months, I've lost around 10 pounds. I had lost about 30 before I started Paleo and still would like to lose 10 more. I do not eat perfectly. I could probably eat less fruit and more green veggies, but other than that I am pretty much on track. I work out 4-5 days a week. But it feels like the weight does not want to come off. Thanks to the food and workouts, I feel like I look firmer and more toned, but I've definitely still got weight to lose. I am 5'7", 162#, which puts me at around 26% BMI and my body fat is around 27.5%. I have a pretty big frame, so I always end up at the higher end of healthy weights for my height. I like to be in the low 150s, which I don't feel like is an unrealistic goal.

I have never had so much trouble losing weight, especially when I feel pretty confident about what I'm doing to lose it. As I was thinking about this, I realized I have an IUD--the Mirena--and wondered if that could be causing some of my struggle. I got it in March, right when I started the Whole 30/Paleo journey. Has anyone else had trouble losing weight with an IUD? Or am I unrealistic in my expectations of what eating this way should be able to accomplish weight-wise?

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Also the last 10 lbs are the hardest to loose, keep that in mind. You said you do cheat every now and again. Maybe try another whole 30 and be really strict, track your food and exercise in a free program like My fitness Pal.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I really doubt it is the IUD, because it is just a small amount of hormone that is localized just in the area where the IUD is. I would suspect some other hormone imbalance such as a thyroid issue. A lot of women discover they have a thyroid problem after they have children. I would get it tested just in case.

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:56 PM

It's possible that a non-hormonal IUD like the ParaGard wouldn't have this effect.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Hmm, maybe start with IF and see if that helps. You should only make one change at a time to see what is working and not. Sprinting is also really good. Even though you are doing Physique 57, incorporate one day of sprints. Its really effective since it helps with increasing HgH and supports fat loss without muscle loss.

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at 04:31 PM

Cost is not much of an issue. My insurance will cover whatever we decide to do. I do Physique 57 video workouts at home. I don't know how to describe them...kind of strength training interval workouts using a ballet bar, arm weights, and a playground ball for resistance. I love them and they produce results (seat is lifted, abs and arms have definition, etc.).

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I breastfed until 2.5 months and had to stop due to allergy issues. Baby was born in December 2010 and I started eating Paleo and got the IUD in March.

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15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

on January 27, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I can relate. I too am wondering if hormones are causing me to not lose weight. But rather than getting off, you should try changing other factors, especially since IUD can be expensive and taking out and putting in can get pricey...

I recently came across Intermittent Fasting, so maybe try that for 30 days and see if it helps.

Some other questions I have is that you mentioned you workout 4-5 days a week, What type of workouts are you doing? Are you eating enough fats? What sources are you using for fat?

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:31 PM

Cost is not much of an issue. My insurance will cover whatever we decide to do. I do Physique 57 video workouts at home. I don't know how to describe them...kind of strength training interval workouts using a ballet bar, arm weights, and a playground ball for resistance. I love them and they produce results (seat is lifted, abs and arms have definition, etc.).

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on January 27, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Hmm, maybe start with IF and see if that helps. You should only make one change at a time to see what is working and not. Sprinting is also really good. Even though you are doing Physique 57, incorporate one day of sprints. Its really effective since it helps with increasing HgH and supports fat loss without muscle loss.

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on January 27, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Yes, the Mirena IUD contains levonorgestrel, which is hormonal birth control, and can cause weight gain.1 An alternative is a copper IUD, which is effective and does not use hormones.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Are you still breastfeeding? The hormones from breastfeeding can cause your body to hold on to the weight. This happened to me with my first child. Also keep in mind that it took 9 months to put the weight on and it may take a year or longer to get it off. I had my baby in March as well and also got the IUD, but have not had a problem losing the weight. Fasting would not be a good way to loose weight because your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to the fat.

1a65db77c3445729d54bc97cfe1555af

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:28 PM

I breastfed until 2.5 months and had to stop due to allergy issues. Baby was born in December 2010 and I started eating Paleo and got the IUD in March.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on February 01, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I really doubt it is the IUD, because it is just a small amount of hormone that is localized just in the area where the IUD is. I would suspect some other hormone imbalance such as a thyroid issue. A lot of women discover they have a thyroid problem after they have children. I would get it tested just in case.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on February 01, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Also the last 10 lbs are the hardest to loose, keep that in mind. You said you do cheat every now and again. Maybe try another whole 30 and be really strict, track your food and exercise in a free program like My fitness Pal.

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