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Will going off birth control help lose weight?


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Lol I know that sounds werid.... I am married but my husband is in Iraq so yeah... We are talking about having another baby when he gets home but I want to lose some weight so If and when we get pregant I am not adding weight to what I am.... Anywhoo It was an IUD Mirena  so it did have hormones in it.  But yeah I am on a diet and tryin to work out somewhat 3 to 5 times a week. I am not big on exericise so just trying to do something. 

If anyone has any info that would be great.

 

Thanks again!!

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There's not really a good answer to this one, I've often questioned this myself because when I first went on the birth control pill I gained a lot of weight, at least 20-30lbs, but I've never been sure if that was due to a particularly sedentiary time in my life when I had to sit around and revise for exams a lot, also before I really knew about how calories and weight gain "worked".

Basically though the hormones in birth control themselves don't make you gain weight but they iterfere with your appetite and how hungry you percieve yourself to be, so can lead to you eating more and therefore gaining weight. Coming off them you may find yourself to be less hungry so you might find it easier to stick to a certain number of calories each day.

There is also evidence to suggest that oestrogen causes more fat to be stored around the hips as opposed to round the waist so when you gain or lose weight after coming off the pill your body shape could alter a little.

Not if you get pregnant! sorry, I couldn't resist! But, Birth control only makes a slight difference in weight, usually. If you don't have a reason to be on it, it makes sense to stop, and go back on if you change your mind. Then you can tell me if I'm wrong!

Blessings to your hubbie in Iraq. May he come back safely!

Thank you for your comments.....

Usually birth control is bad for me but I thought the IUD would be diffrent. But lol yeah who knows...

I think deep down I am hopeing lol I will lose lol to make it a little easier.... :)

I still think I gained weight since being off my BC, and am trying to find a way to get back on it (stupid expensive stuff!) .. but may just be my mind. I think my appetite was easier to control on it. But I'm wacky anyway :T

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Going off it has helped me. I was on two different kinds of the pill and I had insomnia. I would get up and eat a lot of food in the middle of the night. I also had horrible night time cravings. 4 months, after going on it and when my body adjusted, I gained 7 lbs. I craved sugar like crazy. I then switched to a generic brand to save on cost and my eating went through the roof. I gained another 10 lbs. I went off it 2 weeks ago and have lost three lbs and I am no longer eating like crazy. Everyone's body is different and there are many types of birth control. I need to find one myself that will let me sleep at night and keep me from binge eating. It is an awful feeling when you go from 144 to 115 and then to 132. Especially when I was jogging 5 to 7 miles 5 days a week. I switched to jump roping for an hour because of my bad knee. I am back to 129 and looking to get back to 115.

don't know a whole lot about birth control from taking them but I have heard that Yasmin is weight neutral in most cases and some will even lose a little weight on them due to something in the pill. Overall, I think with all BCP you are susceptible to weight gain. You could moniter your weight and diet closely for a few weeks and see if you gain and try something else till you find something that works for you.

I almost decided to try BCP this past year for my skin but refuse to take them because I am terrified of the weight gain along with the hormones in BCP themselves. BCP brought me back to a time when I was taking effexor and it definetly made me gain weight (30lbs) despite watching what I ate and excerising. I still have bad skin but I don't care.

I have been on so many different pills in my life it's not even funny.  I am currently using Yaz.  I noticed when i first got on it I lost some of my appetite.  THE First pill to EVER do that for me.  I know you said you have an IUD.  Sorry, I don't know much about them - always been too scared to use them.  If your husband is off fighting the war and you guys want to conceive when he gets back I would go to the doctor and have it removed - or is that something you can do yourself?  I don't know. 


I think that having a kid is so much more important than thinking about whether or not you will lose or gain weight by using birth control.  I have an 8 year old son and if I weighed 200 pounds I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I will tell you that after having my son it has been really hard to KEEP off the weight.  I have to workout and watch what I eat ALL the TIME!  That could be part of my age but I really think he did a number on my body.

I am currently working on getting back to my pre-birth weight.  It hasn't been too bad.  i noticed you said you don't like to work out.  I hate it!  BUT I would love to recommend yoga.  It has done wonders for my body and my mind.  It really helps you to get centered - even if you don't fully buy into the whole thing! 

Hope my advise helps.  God send to your husband - and thanks to him for being there for the USA!

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There's not really a good answer to this one, I've often questioned this myself because when I first went on the birth control pill I gained a lot of weight, at least 20-30lbs, but I've never been sure if that was due to a particularly sedentiary time in my life when I had to sit around and revise for exams a lot, also before I really knew about how calories and weight gain "worked".

Basically though the hormones in birth control themselves don't make you gain weight but they iterfere with your appetite and how hungry you percieve yourself to be, so can lead to you eating more and therefore gaining weight. Coming off them you may find yourself to be less hungry so you might find it easier to stick to a certain number of calories each day.

There is also evidence to suggest that oestrogen causes more fat to be stored around the hips as opposed to round the waist so when you gain or lose weight after coming off the pill your body shape could alter a little.

 So its not the hormones that make you automatically gain weight with the pill, but it increases your appetite. So basically when I go back on the pill in a few months, as long as I continue to count calories, I shouldnt gain any of the weight back???

The level of hormones released by Mirena is very small compared to  BCPs. Their website claims that it's about 1/7th of the progesterone as is in a regular pill. It does not release estrogen. I have one, and I haven't really noticed it affecting my weight loss, which is really slow anyway. I have another friend with one and she has successfully lost quite a bit of weight while using Mirena.

Thank eveyone for the info... I had to have surgery to have it taken out, it was stuck!! lol  But its been out since last week. So I guess it was just wishful thinking. 

 

Thanks again!!

Well if you want to have a baby you can go off birth control so that your body will be prepared. Otherwise, don't just assume u'd lose weight because you go off it...

 

i'm on BCP and didn't gain weight on it but lost the weight i had to :)

This may not help you at all... BUT I started calorie-counting about a month before I started on BCP, so have not noticed any weight gained since I started (I'm actually loosing weight because of CC). I couldn't tell you if it makes any difference.

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I gain about 5 pounds from pills...and got preggo on Yaz. lol...so I guess it makes me gain weight. (And my pregnancy was not user error, I'm one of the statistics where the pills failed)

I just got Mirena, but it coincided with my calorie counting. I'm down about 7 pounds in the last month.

I was still trying to lose weight when I went on the pill.  My goal weight was 120 and when I started on Loestrin 24 I was 124lbs. I now weight 113. So for me, the pill had no affects on my weight.
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