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Birth Control Weight Gain

Has anyone else experienced weight gain after they went on the pill? A few years ago, I went off the pill and lost 10 lbs in 2 months (without much change in diet or exercise). But now that I'm back on it, I've gained all that weight back and I have to work so hard for the few pounds I have lost. I've tried different brands - Othotricyclin, Mircette (low dose) - hoping this side effect would change but have had no luck. Does anyone know of a brand that doesn't cause as much weight gain?

Mon. Jul 18, 11:02am

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i also gained weight when i went on the pill, but it was also due to several other factors... from what i understand, the effect is different on everyone - some women gain weight, some lose, and some it has no effect...

Monday, July 18, 2005, 11:50 AM

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I don't have any fluctuation in weight on Orthotricyclene, though breast size sometimes vary. I did see, however, an 8-10 lb gain after an injection of Depo Provera (the 4-month birth control shot).

Monday, July 18, 2005, 1:08 PM

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another one that has been good for many is Orhto-evra (patch) - since it is a continuous delivery system, it is possible to get effective birth control with a lower overall dose. Many women report a lower incidence of, or diminished, side effects due to the lower levels of hormones.

I used it just over a year - although I did like it better than previous hormonal BC, I still had enough side effects that I finally had an IUD inserted - which I have been extremely happy with.

However it has been no easier taking the weight off since I stopped taking BC than it was while I was on it. the plus is that it's no longer a struggle to keep from gaining more. I used to crave certain foods and felt hungry often, and this has greatly diminished to levels that feel more "normal" to me. It could just be my imagination.

Monday, July 18, 2005, 2:00 PM

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I have been on the orthra-evra patch for a few years, and did gain some weight, but not sure if it was from the patch or not. About 2 months ago I tried nuvaring - and I love it (I was skeptical until I tried it, but you really can't feel it). My gyno says the patch has high doses of horomones to get through all that skin and and stuff, and since nuvaring is direct, it has a low dose. Now I'm wondering if I lost 8 pounds in the last 2 months because of the new birth control, or because of the dieting.

Monday, July 18, 2005, 3:14 PM

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I've tried everything. They all suck!
That being said, my doctor did tell me that you tend to gain more with the Depo Provera shot. I was on that for 2 years and I did gain weight, even though I was finally out of college and eating much healthier than I had the previous 4 years! My doctor told me that the average weight gain with the shot is about 6 pounds a year, while average weight gain with the pill is only 3. ( I figured that 6 pounds a year was just too much, considering I want to wait a couple more years before thinking about kids!) She did tell me that the birth control doesn't actually make you gain weight, but increases your appetite. So I guess you can try and control what you eat, to some extent.
Since being off that I have tried the Nuva ring (but it actually would not stay in for me....I was told that some people do have this problem. It often came out when I was going to the bathroom. Then I would have to hurry and get a new one.)
I tried Orthotricycline, but I was getting a lot of spotting on my face from it. High doses of birth control can cause Melasma, which is a persistant spotting of the face. These look like freckles, but are bigger, and I've never had freckles before. A bunch of my friends are having the same problem, and some are getting these spots on their chest and back as well.
I just switched to a lower dose Yasmin.
I'm crossing all my fingers that I like this one!

Monday, July 18, 2005, 3:51 PM

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I have to respond about the Depo-Provera. I have been on it for a year and love it. Before I went on it, I researched it and what I found is that one of the side effects can be an increased appetite. So the drug doesn't cause you to gain weight, you cause yourself to gain weight by eating more. Once I knew that, I was careful to stay on top of it and if I felt hungrier, I snacked on healthy options. I weigh the exact same today as I did one year ago.

Monday, July 18, 2005, 4:37 PM

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good luck

I was on birth contol for about two years. I gained about 70 lbs, my blood pressure, went sky high. I decided to not take it any more when I could not walk up the stairs without feeling like I was dying. Once I stoped taking it, it took me two and a half years to loose the weight.

my doctor should have never gave me the pill, my mother has diabetes and I am her first born.

I do not know of a brand that does have weight gain side effect.
Have a good day

Monday, July 18, 2005, 5:01 PM

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I was on the Depo Shot and gained 15 lbs within 3 months. I do admit that I ate more during those 3 months and was not really active. Then, when I went to get my second shot, I decided to eat healthier and exercise 3 times a week and 2 hours each day... I lost nothing. I was very disappointed and decided to stop the shot. I am now on a low-dose birth control pill called Aviane. I hope this works out for me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 12:07 AM

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I'm on Yasmin - and have neither lost nor gained weight - I've maintained - only I fluctuate during the week before my period - - -I've been on : Ortho tri, Orhto Tri lo, and Estrostep.

My best friend went on the Shot- and gained 10 lbs, but was also able to lose it by incorporating running into her weekly routine - so. . .

So, I agree - it's not the pill, the shot, the patch - you might just have an increased appetite, or some water retention. . . SMALL PRICE TO PAY for SOME PROTECTION!!!!! I'd rather that than be faced with other situations!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 6:13 AM

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I've been on both Mircette and Zovia before (both high doses of hormones because other meds I take for migraines decrease their effectiveness). Even with the high dosage, I never gained weight from either. My sister gained 10 pounds from hers though. I think different birth control methds just effect everyone differently.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 7:52 AM

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