Birth Control and Weight Loss
- 12-17-2007, 04:20 PM
Birth Control and Weight Loss
I'm sorry I'm so full of questions, but this board is an awesome place and a good environment for these kinds of things.
Hormonal BC can often hinder or halt our weight loss efforts. Are there certain products or brands that would make things less of a challenge? Or that result in lower estrogen levels in our bloodstream? (is that what we even want?). Why is that?
Barrier methods, especially on their own, are too risky in my opinion, but are good as a second line of protection.
- 12-17-2007, 04:40 PM
Well to be honest I use the Paragard copper IUD. It is completely non-hormonal. It does not cause weight gain or acne. It also lasts for 10 years and can be removed easily and allow you to get pregnant right away if you decide you want a baby.
Mines been in for 6 years with no problems at all!
- 12-17-2007, 05:04 PM
In short..no, you would not want to try to alter your hormonal milieu while on oral BC as it would alter it's effectiveness.
12-17-2007, 07:01 PM
12-17-2007, 08:30 PM
I thought the Mirena had only a localised hormonal active?
12-17-2007, 08:40 PM
12-17-2007, 09:42 PM
12-19-2007, 12:30 AM
My girl is having much E related sides from her current BC, weight gain is one... But the other is libido... Sad to say she has a fear of any implants (no idea...) we are currently hunting alternatives.
12-19-2007, 08:09 AM
Its now approved in the US, but I would not recommend a skin implant for anyone who exercises a lot.
However, - an IUD is not an implant, there is no surgery to install or remove it. It is VERY easy, completely painless, and just as easily removed. Its much like a deep "tampon" but with benefits. I dont even notice I have it.
12-19-2007, 08:12 AM
Not to be graphic, well maybe a little, but tell her that I had mine inserted 3 weeks after my son was born with a full set of episiotomy stitches and there was no pain. I was totally worked up as I'm a chicken so my DR gave me a shot in the cervix before he did it...he used lidocaine so maybe to calm her nerves she could ask. But the procedure was painless and very quick.
12-19-2007, 08:32 AM
12-19-2007, 08:40 AM
12-19-2007, 09:26 AM
True, i suppose I'd be a little apprehensive too if I were in your situation. I was lucky in that I didnt need any stitches either time.
Between us, we can illustrate that either way, its possible and relatively easy. Yes, Doing it on/just after your period makes it much easier too, which is what I did. Granted my youngest kiddo was 7 when I had it done.
12-19-2007, 02:05 PM
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