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Losing weight whilst on Depo provera


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This post is about difficulty losing weight whilst on the depo shot - not about the huge weight gain some people have whilst on it.

I dont blame depo for my weight gain, ive been at university and been lazy 

In October I decided to lose weight for my companys chirstmas ball. I ran on the treadmill 5x a week (only 15 mins but Id done nothing before) and started swimming once a week. I went on a low calorie diet, never once cheated in 6 weeks - lost 2lb - then put 3 on!!

Since 4th January ive been on Weight Watchers and working out 4x a week at a much higher intensity than before. I lost 8lb at one point but it fluctuates so much and I went straight back up. Ive lost weight easily in the past but its proving to be very difficult. Im only 20 - surely my metabolism cant be that bad.

After so many changes to my lifestyle, short of not eating til my summer holiday Im hoping I will see some changes after getting off the depo. I really have done everything I can think of. I am very aware that to lose weight you need a healthy diet, enough sleep, exercise, plenty water......on top of this Ive switched to brown pasta and rice, cut down on alcohol consumption and portion sizes

Any advice or experiences greatly accpted

Heather x

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Sorry, I can't help with weight loss issues on Depo, but I did just want to point out that it is not recommended as a long term contraceptive, especially in younger women, as there is a significant risk of loss of bone density and osteoporosis if Depo is used for 2 years or more. Things may have changed, but back when i was a nurse (3-4 years ago), I was not allowed to give it to women under 25 for this reason. It might be worth asking your GP to look at alternatives that would work for you, and then you can deal with the weight issue too!!

Heya, thanks for pointing this out. This has been brought to my attention, but only very recently at the family planning clinic. I then went to my GP and asked to have the mirena coil.

The GP told me there was no reason to come off, despite only recently becoming in the "overweight" category after slow weight gain. She told me all sorts of horrors about the coil. I had researched (on the MHRA and FDA websites!) and told her I was also concerned about bone loss. I was told this was a minimal risk.

Im now back under the family planning clinic and plan to have the IUD/IUS fitted in april when my next shot is due. Apparently GP's are often not keen to fit IUD's or IUS's, wheras a doctor for the family planning association will do these every day.

Just imagine how many other people have not been correctly informed. Unfortunately for me I still have another 2 months until the depo will start to leave my system. Despite struggling to lose weight recently the Depo has been a wonder drug for the past 2 years, but the long term risks of osteoperosis and delayed return to fertility are just to high for me.

Thanks dansmum99

I was on depo for about 4 years and now have a Mirena. I started having some hair loss and thinning and became concerned about bone density.  The Mirena is great, I have a period about once a month, sometimes it skips, but it almost never lasts for more than 24 - 36 hours. 

I gained a lot of weight on Depo, but I think that was eating habits, because I was able to drop the weight back off pretty quickly.

I love my Mirena, but insertion was Not Fun. No problems so far.

I was on depo for 3 years, no problem losing weight. Came off of it, no problem losing weight. I've recently gone back on it, been on it for 6 months now. I seem to have hit a 2 month plateau, but this last weigh in, I've lost 2 pounds. I don't think it has anything to do with the depo shot.

The main side effect (in regards to weight), is that it increases appetite, so if you aren't counting calories you may gain or have difficulty losing cause you're eating more than you realize.

It doesn't make you gain fat out of thin air nor does it cling onto fat. Hormone fluctuations from depo can sometimes lead to water weight which leads to slower weight loss sometimes.

The only side effect I get is ZERO libido.

I've been on depo for 15 years.  I did not have any trouble losing weight when I was actually trying to. 

BTW..  if you are going to do it long term, you need a bone density test every couple of years to make sure you are not experiencing problems.

Calcium supplements and weight bearing exercise helps too.

Original Post by cptbunny:

The only side effect I get is ZERO libido.

This is the suckiest side effect of all...

Original Post by rloyear:

Original Post by cptbunny:

The only side effect I get is ZERO libido.

This is the suckiest side effect of all...

When I came off of it, in about 6 months, I thought my libido was broken but in the opposite direction! But something tells me that's normal... I just forgot about what it felt like, I guess.

I want it back!! Grrr!

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Original Post by rloyear:

Original Post by cptbunny:

The only side effect I get is ZERO libido.

This is the suckiest side effect of all...

When I came off of it, in about 6 months, I thought my libido was broken but in the opposite direction! But something tells me that's normal... I just forgot about what it felt like, I guess.

I want it back!! Grrr!

I keep thinking about getting permanently fixed so I can go off it...  but then again, there's the whole "haven't had to deal with having a period in 15 years" thing, which I love.

Hi Ladies

I thought an update was due. I had the Mirena fitted on 31st March, insertion I would not describe as fun but I w3as expecting much worse. Im now hoping in a few months time as the depo works its way out of my system I will find it a little easier to lose weight.

Im relaxing the diet a bit this week while I recover from the cramps and aches of my body getting used to the Mirena. It wouldbe great to hear from anyone who has switched from depo to Mirena in particular or just come off depo and has seen weight changes, or changes to eating habits.

In relation to the libido I had a panicked call from my boyfriend stating the same effect with the Mirena, managed to calm him down when he realised the depo is a similar hormone. Now just casually mentioned the strings to him. To be honest Im done with painful periods and side effects of the pill, he can like it or lump it. If the Mirena works for me its staying!

I just wanted everyone to know what I would have found extremely helpful about 6 months ago :)  I started the Depo Shot one year ago, and have gained 30 lbs and I am fairly active.  When I really decided to start to lose the weight it just would not budge.  I was in the gym 6 days a week, ate right, and drank tons of water!  Went to my gyno today and she informed me that 14% of women on Depo gain weight and once it is on you it is nearly impossible,yes IMPOSSIBLE to lose.  Really???  14% I consider to be a pretty significant number, and one that I would have loved to known about before I began the devil depo shot :)  So just some info for you, you could be in that percentage.  I will let everyone know if the weight comes off after I start a new method. 

I've lost 30lbs so far. I've been on the Depo (again) for over a year now. I also have PCOS on top of that and I still lose weight. I may not lose a lb a week, but I lose it regardless. It's never impossible to lose weight... ever.

Original Post by cptbunny:

I've lost 30lbs so far. I've been on the Depo (again) for over a year now. I also have PCOS on top of that and I still lose weight. I may not lose a lb a week, but I lose it regardless. It's never impossible to lose weight... ever.


I know of some people who have had no probs losing weight on depo and that's great (no sarcasm intended, I mean it) but if you do have problems it can be near impossible. I've tried every diet imaginable over the last year (to the point of almost not eating at times - I wouldn't recommend this. I was desperate!) and my weight is still going up not down. I've put on over a stone since going on depo for the second time. My next shot is due in two weeks which I'm not going to have as I can't face the idea of putting on even more but I know it's going to take months to get out of my system. This is also an issue as unfortunately my career depends somewhat on the way I look...I need to be a steady size and not keep getting bigger. It's not an issue at the moment but I need to get it in check before it gets worse. If anyone does have post-depo diet tips I would appreciate them. I have literally tried everything! x

I know how you feel, people saying that you can only put on weight if you eat too much..I can lose weight. I have lost about a stone so far this year but cannot get below 10 stone. This puts my bmi at exactly 25 and im doing everything right. Ive had over a month off the diet and only put on 2lb which really makes me believe my weight has stabilized. Im back to eating right, no processed foods and around 1500 calories a day.

My depo was due 4 weeks ago on monday so im hoping to start seeing results. I can highly recommend the Mirena coil if you have enjoyed the lack of periods. I had one last week and it was  super light and one aspirin sorted out my cramps. This is a very far cry from the pain I had before depo. Depo was a wonderful drug for me, except now ive gotten myself overweight through overeating and now i need to lose it. Please keep positive and let me know hoe the weight loss goes from here on

I thought about the mirena but I've actually decided (rather riskily) to opt for no hormones at all for a year or so and have been fitted for a diaphragm. I want my body to get back into a normal cycle and hopefully back to a normal weight for a while but then the mirenas definitely on my list. I'd heard it was good for lightening periods...I know a couple of women with the iud but I'm worried it would make them heavier and more painful so hearing that about the mirena ius is v comforting. Thank you. I'll keep everyone updated what happens in the first few months after I'm off depo.
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Original Post by arrowangel21:

I just wanted everyone to know what I would have found extremely helpful about 6 months ago :)  I started the Depo Shot one year ago, and have gained 30 lbs and I am fairly active.  When I really decided to start to lose the weight it just would not budge.  I was in the gym 6 days a week, ate right, and drank tons of water!  Went to my gyno today and she informed me that 14% of women on Depo gain weight and once it is on you it is nearly impossible,yes IMPOSSIBLE to lose.  Really???  14% I consider to be a pretty significant number, and one that I would have loved to known about before I began the devil depo shot :)  So just some info for you, you could be in that percentage.  I will let everyone know if the weight comes off after I start a new method. 

 I'm in the same boat. After my 1st son was born (11 yrs old), I was on the depo and i loved it. I never gained weight at all and it was very convenient. But the headaches increased as well as the mood swings. I got off it after 3 yrs and went on the pill. I used the pill for several yrs until i got pregnant with my 2nd son (2.5 yrs old). After he was born, I went on the Mirena and LOVED it!! No pain, cramps, long periods, hormones, etc. But after 1 yr on it, I went for my annual exam and my DR couldnt feel the strings. So I had an ultrasound done to make sure it wasn't floating around somewhere and turns out it fell out, but I was pregnant...I ended up miscarrying and went back on the Depo - seeing how it's been the only fool-proof one that works. But in a yr I've gained 25 lbs and just cant take it off!!! I've been on slimfast for 6 mths, I do Tony Horton's 10 minute trainer (30 mins intense workout), I sweat like a pig too, and I have not lost not ONE pound!!! I am depressed, I have bad headaches, no libido...i'm just BLAH!! I'm due in Oct for my shot and I'm going to see if I can give Mirena another chance...I'm just scared of it falling out again because I had no idea!! And I do NOT want another kid right now...we just can't financially. This just suck, doesn't it ladies!! lol

This post has truly put my mind at ease and made me feel so much better about things that have been going on with me and my body.

I wouldn't recommend the DEPO to anyone! It has dramatically changed my personality. I am irritable, emotional, exhausted and just not a pleasant person to be around. Not to mention, I have had break through bleeding for the last almost 6 weeks. I was steadily losing weight before the Depo and now, I am slowly gaining. I was working out and felt good about myself. I had lost a significant amount of weight and was active. The Depo put that to a screeching halt. I was a fun mom, always wanting to go and do and play...now I am too tired to do anything. Not to mention the crying spells or the angry fits that happen every so often. Thankfully I only have a couple of weeks left until my next shot is due, which I am not going to get. My PCP did recommend Mirena. So, that is what I am going to get. If I would've known all of the side effects of the Depo, I WOULDN'T have gotten it. The doctor who gave it to me didn't explain anything and I got it after I had a D&C...I was terrified because I thought I was hemorrhaging! Terrible!

So, we will see after this silly Depo wears off if things begin to change again! I want to feel "normal" again and feel like working out. I want to enjoy eating healthy and working out and being the fun mom, again!

Thank you, again, for this post!!!

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