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best birth control for NOT gaining weight?


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It does not seem to matter what I used in the past.   Birth control does one of two things to me:  1)   makes me crazy from hormones  (I do much better with a low, constant dosage) or 2) makes me gain weight. 

I would rather go without, but I can feel a real difference in the strength and severity of my periods since I quit taking it......   

What GOOD experiences have you had with what pills or shots as birth control?   What method seemed to work the best for you WITHOUT aiding weight gain?

I will do my continued daily workouts and smart eating.   I would just like to not start behind the 8 ball. 

I am curious about some of the new stuff like Seasonal/ique and Yaz.  Also is Depo-Provera any better than when I was in college forever ago?   EDIT TO ADD:  also opinions and usage issues with the Patch, Ortho Evra?   the online info was good...

thanks!   keeping it extra safe, you know....

Edited Nov 17 2008 02:04 by peaches0405
Reason: Moved to weight loss forum.
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I was on Ortho for about 2 years, and I didn't really gain any weight with it, but it was a pain sometimes. A little flap of the patch would come up and get stuck to your shirt, or panties. Then you'd have the sticky residue left over on your skin and you'd have to scrub it off. Plus, it takes up to 48 hours to reach full protection from your "off" week! I didn't know that, and ended up preggers!

I'm using Implanon right now. Its progestren, not estrogen, form of birth control. Its about the thickness of a uncooked spaghettie noodle, and a wee bit shorter than your pinkie. A doctor implants it in your inner arm, and it only hurts for about 2 days. No weight gain, very few PMS symptoms, no bleeding ( for me) and I don't have to fret about taking a pill or shot, or renewing my perscription! It lasts for 3 years.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the nuva ring yet.  I've been on it for 5 months now and have not had any problems with pms symptoms and best of all - no weight gain.  I had been on the pill for a year prior to the ring, and the problem was my weight would fluctuate dramatically. I would never maintain a consistent weight, and depending on the time of my cycle I could feel great or just awful.  With the nuva ring I feel very normal, and actually in control of my own body! look into it!

I am on the nuva ring too maggie! I frickin love it. Other bc gave me really bad headaches and weight gain but I havent had any side effects with the ring.

My first birth control was Othra Evra. I hated it. Like another person said, a little piece of the patch would flap up and get stuck to my clothing. Also I was allergic, or something, to the glue used to hold it on and would have a red square of puffed up skin where I had removed my most recent patch for over a month after. I didn't gain any weight or have any bad PMS reactions, but either way I would not recommend it.


My second birth control was the pill, Yaz. I took it for about 8 months before stopping. I had really REALLY bad mood swings while on it, which just got progressively worse as I continued to take it. I didn't gain any weight, but my PMS just got really ridiculous.

Currently I have no birth control. My boyfriend and I are simply trying to avoid sex. If we do have it, we use a condom from the very start.

On Thursday I'll be seeing my new GYN and hopefully he will agree to let me have the IUD, Mirena. However I'm only 20 and haven't had any children, which I know some doctors are concerned with. The nurse that I spoke with at the office today also seemed very concerned that my boyfriend and I aren't married, or even engaged. But we've been together now for over 3 years, so I don't really see what the problem is. I am paying the doctor for a service, and NOT to pass judgement on my choices.

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I think the nurse that is concerned about the Mirena IUD may have other problems in mind, unless she specifically mentioned STDs and monogamy, which I'm pretty sure you think she was judging you about. Since you haven't had children yet, inserting a pointy piece of plastic into your uterus could cause scar tissue to form, which could compromise your ability to carry children to term in the future. Once you've had a few kids, then your uterus is more suitable to house a little pointy piece of plastic, and you already have kids, so if you can't have any more all is not lost.

I'm not a doctor but thats the impression I got from everything I've heard about IUDs. Sorry if I'm repeating what anyone else said!

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I'm on Yaz, and I really like it. While I haven't gained weight on it, I do find it harder to lose weight, although that could be because since I started on it my weight doesn't bounce around as much as it used to. I also like Yaz because it controls my PMS symptoms, especially how I get ravenously hungry right before and during my period. But I guess all birth controls affect all women differently. I asked my doctor about it and she said in her experience, if one birth control pill makes you gain weight, you are probably sensitive to hormonal changes and they will all have some effect on you if they involve hormones.

Just to comment on rudegirlsdontcry's comment...

I think the nurse that is concerned about the Mirena IUD may have other problems in mind, unless she specifically mentioned STDs and monogamy, which I'm pretty sure you think she was judging you about. If she did, you're absolutely right and she's a jerk. But what I've heard is that since you haven't had children yet, inserting a pointy piece of plastic into your uterus could cause scar tissue to form, which could compromise your ability to carry children to term in the future. Once you've had a few kids, then your uterus is more suitable to house a little pointy piece of plastic, and you already have kids, so if you can't have any more all is not lost.

I'm not a doctor but thats the impression I got from everything I've heard about IUDs. Sorry if I'm repeating what anyone else said!

I used to be on Depo Provera and that made it very EASY to put on weight. I've been off all BC now for about 9 and I'm using a natural, non-hormonal method. I take my basal body temperature (waking temp) every day by mouth and chart it. Based on info in that link and elsewhere I can predict when I ovulate so I know when to use protection. If I'm not near ovulating, then no protection is needed. Failure rates are only 0.1-3% ish, but you have to do it for 3 months to get a baseline for accurate prediction and can't be on other hormonal contraceptives because it messes up the temps.

Ok, sounds like a lot of work, but it really takes about the same amount of time as taking a pill every day, and you don't even have to get out of bed to do it! Plus this website will predict your ovulation day for you.

Overall, it has been soooo much incredibly easier to lose weight not being on hormonal contraceptives. I'm losing the max "healthy" weight per week (2lbs/week) and I've not hit a "wall" in losing weight yet!

Good luck whatever your choice is!

Original Post by linz78:

I was put on Cerazette by my doctor as I had been on the combined pill - can't remember what make now but I had one teeny tiny episode of blurred vision one day which was more than likely a migraine but just to be safe my doctor wanted to put me on the progesterone only pill to lessen the risk of strokes (!) as blurred vision is apparently an early symptom (or a migrain). Cerazette is apparently the best mini pill on the market and I've had no problems with it, no weight gain, no crazy emotional freak outs. I am lucky that it has stopped my periods though, apparently with some people it can cause irregular periods, as with most pills the effects can be different for different people

Same here - I was switched from Loestrin to Cerazette a few years ago when my GP was all for getting girls off of the combined pill due to the increased risk of blood clots.  I was reasonably happy with Loestrin but I am totally happy with Cerazette.  No mood swings, no excess weight gain, no periods.  Also you have a longer window for taking the pill if you ever to forget to take it on time.  Loestrin has a 1 hour time window but Cerazette has 12 hours!

However as linz78 said, everyone is different and you need to try some out until you are totally happy with the one you are taking.

thanks for all the help, ladies.....

I think I will ask about Loestrin and Cerazette.  Both sound promising! 

( :    cc rocks!

Okay - sorry, one last comment. And hopefully I can reach a lot of people...I DO NOT recommend NUVA RING. Nuva ring when it first came out actually claimed there were less risks involved and now says that there are higher chances of forming blood clots. I was on it for 2 years and formed a blood clot that went to my brain.  At 22 years old I suffered from a mini-stroke. It was so hard to even figure out what was going on with me. Now my doctors will never let me take birth control again! :(

That's the very simple version of my story, but know that there are people pushing me to join a lawsuit against Nuva Ring. So many got clots from this BC!

Just my two cents:

Originally on Ortho Tricyclen - no problems, after many years switched because of spotting.

Then Ortho Cyclen - again, no problems, started spotting, switched.

Then Loestrin 24fe - MASSIVE mood swings, depression, and weight gain.

Now - Yaz - minimal mood swings, lost all the weight I wanted to, 3 day period.

It's different for everyone, but I truly believe I still get worse PMS now (even though it's been over a year on yaz) than I ever did before I started Loestrin.

I had very good luck with desogen. Then I switched to estrostep and I gained 20 pounds. I know half out was due to my own ways but it really did make me want to eat ALL them time. Ortho micronor aka the mini pill was ok. I didn't have any emotional side effects or weight gain but I think I spotted every other week while on it. I also broke out a little more. It was manageable if I stuck to a skin care routine. Now I'm on cyclessa and I like it. Its low dose and I don't feel hungry all the time. I've only been on it 2 months but it seems that I only get like 2-3 days when I constantly want to eat which is ok by me. It has also cleared my skin really well.

Yaz helped me. I have been on it now for 3 months. Every month I would do so good and loose my last 3-4 lbs then right before and right in the middle of that time of month I would go crazy craving lots of calories and some bad ones at that! Now, I do not seem to have those crazy out of control BTTOM cravings. I have now lost 1 lb more than my goal and have been maintaining for a few weeks now at 103 lbs. :)

gosh, now I am confused.  =P 

you should try lower dose pill, they tend to have less side effects. When you look at different types of pills make sure to not just look at the estrogen content but the progestin that it contains and the amount it. Sometimes the progestin has more of an effect than the estrogen. No matter what just keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to birth control. Take of these reccomendations with a grain of salt. Remember that there are more options than just pills. If you want something that won't have a hormonal effect but is very reliable why don't you ask your doctor about a paragaurd IUD? I would ask for it but I don't think that at this point the risk of expulsion due to the fact that I haven't had kids is worth the amount of money I will be paying since I don't have insurance and it will be out of pocket. If you do have insurance and its covered I say go for it. Good luck!

Abstinence!

(From food that is.)

I find it really weird that they want you to be married/engaged in  order to get Mirena. I mean, wouldn't they be happier that you're single and using birth control?


Bah.

 

To keep things on topic, do you get a period with Mirena and if so, do you notice any bloating around that time? I've never been on birth control so it's totally a mystery for me.

i've been on the depo shot for about two years, and i lost 30 lbs in the first year I was on it. i don't think i lost the weight from the shot, but it certainly didn't get in the way of my weight-loss efforts. i think it's great, and you only have to get it every three months. hope this helped. :]

-Adrea

oh, i forgot to add that i haven't had any spotting or anything after the three months. so, thats a plus too.

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Quit sleeping with men. 100% effective without side effects.


Besides, women are more fun. Except for when they're mucking about with their hormones in an endless quest to avoid bearing the children of their men.

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