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Is Birth Control Really a Big Deal For Weight Loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 06, 2011 at 3:24 AM

How much can birth control actually hinder your weight loss? I'm currently on Ortho tri cyclen lo for birth control. My partner and I are several years away from being ready to have a baby and I am allergic to latex so going off it seems like a pretty bad idea. I'm completely unwilling to get an IUD because having children is extremely important to me and a 1 in 1000 percent chance of complications is still more than I'm willing to take where my fertility is concerned. However, I'm finding it impossible to lose weight despite very clean diet and regular exercise. I don't have any side-effects from my birth-control. So is it actually going to change anything if I go off it? What's a girl who really enjoys sex (as in everyday, unwilling to do the basal body probably not gonna work anyway by virtue of margin of error voodoo) to do about it?

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on September 07, 2011
at 05:05 AM

(con't) spermicide for awhile, for instance while you get your weight off. As recommended by others, you could consider a low progesterone only type ocp, but bear in mind that the pregnancy risk is higher. AND, you still *may* struggle with weight loss. Once you get your weight off, you *may* be able to hold fine at your goal weight while on the pill *if* you are solidly into maintenace and understand what that really means. You also may find that time with a good provider who will take the time to really discuss all options would be helpful. Good luck!

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on September 07, 2011
at 05:01 AM

http://www.condomania.com/ They have a great selection of non-latex condoms. They also have tons of reviews. Any type of birth control you use will have possible side effects, some of which can be very serious and/or long lasting. The pill can leave some women who stop it in an anovulatory state for a long, long time. Some women develop issues like sever migraine headaches on the pill and *sometimes* they do not cease when the woman stops the pill. These, and many others are *unusual* reactions, but they do happen. With your emphasis on adverse effects of IUDs, you might consider condoms and

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on September 06, 2011
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2 grog points for the stats joke of n=1

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I loved my Nuvaring, but unless you have awesome insurance, they can be super-pricey. I've been on Loestrin for about a year, and I like it all right. I had some breakthrough in my initial months on Paleo, but once I made sure I was taking the pill at the exact same time every day, things calmed down. I've also lost about 20lbs, so it might be a function of what kind of exercise you're doing, how paleo you are, etc. I find strength training and paleo-lite/primal work best for me, but you should definitely figure out what works best for you and go from there. Good luck!

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:38 PM

I didn't have weight issues w/ ortho tricyclen lo, but that's just me! I am however, one of the few that didn't like nuvaring- may have been due to other factors, but when I was using it, I felt very irritable and anxious. I also had a hard time getting the hang of putting it in correctly. Def worth a try though! Have you tried polyurethane condoms?

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:31 PM

oh crap, forgot about the nuva ring! my ob wanted me to try it - i was kinda squidgy about it but have heard really positive things. low dose, could do the trick.

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:46 PM

you should try the Nuvaring. It's more localized. It was the only HBC that didn't really mess me up.

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:42 PM

any other side effects? its something I'm seriously considering but I've heard that there can be some bad side effects from going off the pill

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Bcp can destroy weight loss for some women.

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I'm more thinking that they're keeping me from losing weight despite my best efforts. The one I'm on now has 0 side effects for me.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:48 AM

I've been charting for three years and still going well on my end here! Good look!

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:10 PM

You know what really wrecks your weight loss goals.... babies.... just saying

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:27 PM

I'm on Kariva now and have had zero issues with bloating or weight gain. When I was on a tri-cycle pill I definitely had bloating the week before my period. The only strange piece is that since I went Paleo I will have the occasional breakthrough, which sucks, but other than that? Nothing. If I have one more breakthrough then it's calling my OBGYN and we're going to go for one more level up to see if that will help my body to adjust. So.. what about changing your pill out? I know everyone is different but could be worth a shot talking to your doc and seeing what they say.

If you go off the pill.. how about getting fit with a diaphragm? You can have sex 24/7, even with your period. I was fitted with one just for that reason as like you I love sex, yes please once to twice a day, and and didn't want my monthly to get in the way. Something to think about :)

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Hormonal birth control can affect your weight loss. I had a Mirena IUD which is extremely low level hormones, but even that made me gain weight. Your hormonal balance is a delicate system and throwing extras in there can really change how things work.

I had a copper IUD also and that worked well for about 3 years. I don't think I would trust charting either. Or what about a diaphram? I know they are old school, but it's a possibility.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:39 AM

I can't offer a lot of advice on the weight loss, but I just went off the pill. Biggest side effect was complete loss of libido, so there was no need for the Pill. I'm charting, which I know some folks think is bogus, but so far, so good. I've seen all the signs I need to see to tell me exactly when I'm possibly fertile and when I'm not and it has actually been a freeing experience. Not that I have any evidence of this, but I presume tracking and knowing your fertility signs were part of how our ancestors managed child spacing. Check out a book called Taking Charge of you Fertility. It might be a revelation.

If you do try going off the pill, you and your partner may want to try some lambskin condoms for days when you want to have intercourse, but are running a high probability of being fertile.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:48 AM

I've been charting for three years and still going well on my end here! Good look!

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:42 PM

any other side effects? its something I'm seriously considering but I've heard that there can be some bad side effects from going off the pill

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Every hormonal birth control I've ever been on has kept 15lbs on my frame. I've been on a number of pills, and they all do it. My doctor pushed Yaz on me, saying "I've haven't had any patients gain weight on it!" It murdered my sex drive and I started gaining weight right away. I went off the pill when I was 26, and lost the extra fat. It's easier to keep off too. When I was on the pill I could work out, diet, whatever. Practically no weight loss. I had BC pills and their side effects. We use the withdrawal method, and it's been working great for 6 years.

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on September 06, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Lena, but can't you just quit the pills for a few months to see whether that's the problem? If you are eating in a way that would normally induce weight loss, and due to pills the weight loss is blocked, isn't that itself quite a significant side effect? I am not expert in this, but if you read the paleo books, you understand how the hormonal balance is important for the body, so it is highly impropable that such an substance will not have side effects. From the perspective of paleo principles, I'd say that is impossible.

Just an anectodal evidence: My wife also doesn't take pills, and we can easily survive it with methods like not ejaculating inside during fertile days, etc. It is definitely doable for a few months at least. Or I occasionally use the method of not ejaculating at all - takes some getting used to, but it's good for preserving energy and staying horny. ;-)

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:46 PM

If you really want to stay on the pill, can you switch to a progesterone only pill? There are many options available today, since many women who want to breastfeed also want to be on the pill, and progesterone only pills are considered safe for breastfeeding women.

Just a thought. I noticed way less side effects on a progesterone only pill than when I was on Yasmin or ortho for all those years.

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Total n=1...

I started out about 10lbs above my ideal weight range. I went on birth control, and gained about 50lbs within about 6 months. I went off birth control, lost about 20 of that, and got pregnant after 3 or 4 months. By 1 year postpartum (with no hormonal birth control) I was within my ideal weight range without any major effort (breastfeeding, more home cooking, walking a bit more).

The NP I saw before going on birth control claimed any weight gain is due to negative changes in lifestyle that often accompany a new relationship. Given how drastic both the increase and decrease were, I'm not buying that.

(Pregnancy and breastfeeding, on the other hand, seem to encourage weight loss for me.)

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on September 06, 2011
at 09:55 PM

2 grog points for the stats joke of n=1

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:11 AM

I think it "can" play an important role. Hormones are pretty powerful. I've been on heavy fertility meds, BC pills that were great, and some that made me a emotional mess.

They can wreak havoc on your mood and state of mind. But, I've never met a BC pill that helped me loose weight. All in all the best you can hope for is a BC that has the least side effects

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I'm more thinking that they're keeping me from losing weight despite my best efforts. The one I'm on now has 0 side effects for me.

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