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Can anyone recommend a good birth control, with cost if possible? I have been on depo for over 2 years. I feel like I can't lose weight on it. I watch what I eat and exercise for 45 minutes atleast 3 days a week. I am at 170 lbs and have been around that for months. I have an appointment with my dr in a few weeks and am looking for a birth control method that is not too expensive and won't make me hold onto the weight. Thanks.

Mon. Apr 28, 10:09am

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Birth control should not make it impossible to lose weight. When you watch what you eat, what do you do? If you make sure that you do not eat more calories than you use, you'll lose weight. But talk to your doctor about it. She should be able to explain to you how your birth control works.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 12:17 PM

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If you're looking for birth control that doesn't cost much, talk to your insurance company about the prescription plans. Also, the methods that have been on the market for awhile (Ortocyclen, Orthotricyclen, etc.) tend to have generic versions; the generic is often way cheaper than the original. In general, generics are released 5 years after the original.

For example, with my prescription plan, I pay $30-$35/month for Loestrin-24 (which does not have a generic version), depending on if I go to the pharmacy or do mail order for 3 months at one time. However, if I used a version that had a generic, the generic would only be $20 for a 3-month supply (rather than $90 which it is now). With my old insurance, it was $5/month for generic.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 1:05 PM

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Depo has been proven to put weight on and also affect women's ability to loose weight. Though I guess that you could argue that it causes factors which may result in over eating. But it from what I have heard it is the interaction with the hormones and the body that result in women either gaining weight on that shot and/or making hard to take weight off. Not to mention that it stays in your system for MONTHS... even when you don't got back for the next shot.

I really liked Mircette...but it's really is a per-person thing. Many women react differently to the same pills

Monday, April 28, 2008, 1:45 PM

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I can't tolerate the hormonal methods at all, and am trying out an IUD. Can't tell whether I like it yet -- when you first get one you can have a lot of cramping. But it sure won't make you gain weight! And the Paragard is good for 10 years, so although the placement will cost you up front, and removal may also be expensive, for 10 years its a good deal.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 2:07 PM

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Are there any forms other than depo where you don't get your monthly cycle?

Monday, April 28, 2008, 2:39 PM

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There are a couple pills where you only get it a few times a year, or one, now, where you never get it. I'm on Loestrin-24, which lengthens the days of hormones to 24, with only 4 days off, so your period will be shorter. For me, I almost never actually get it. That's common, but not the case with every woman, so I wouldn't guarantee it or anything.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 4:28 PM

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pp, have you noticed any side affects to Loestrin-24? Any weight gain? I have never had my period on depo and I know most women at least experience spotting.

Monday, April 28, 2008, 4:31 PM

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i was on the nuva ring and it didnt really affect my weightloss however i did get pregnant with my daughter while i was on it. the depo also worked for me before but. i did struggle with weight and at one point i bled for a month straight while on it. ive also tried the pill but it caused water retention and i never remembered to take it.
youl have to decide whats right for you

Monday, April 28, 2008, 7:05 PM

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Since you got pregnant on the nuva ring I will check that one off my list. NO NO!

Monday, April 28, 2008, 8:29 PM

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Do IUD's cause you to not have a period? Weight gain?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 2:20 PM

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