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April 13th, 2008, 01:44 AM
mamalamb's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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So I have been debating going off my BCPs....I think they are screwing up my periods and possibly part of the reason I did not and am having an EXTREMELY hard time losing my pregnancy weight.....DH and I barely have sex anyway (but that is a different thread!!!!!) so condoms would not be that big of a deal.

ANYWAY, I am just wanting personal experiences involving weight and birth control pills. Anyone lose weight after stopping them? Have a hard time losing weight while on them? Or is it just an old wives tale about BCPs and weight gain???
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April 13th, 2008, 11:09 AM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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No, weight gain is a common side effect. Just have a peek at the patient information sheet that came with your prescription, it will list weight gain as one of the potential side effects.
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April 14th, 2008, 01:20 PM
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Personally I've never had a problem with my B/c pills and I take them everyday 365 days a year. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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April 20th, 2008, 09:46 AM
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I've always lost weight when stopping BC. I'm not using the pill right now, but the nuvaring, and it caused me to gain 20lbs in the first cycle! I was eating healthy (a perfect diet) and going to the gym 3-4 days a week until my running clothes stopped fitting me. It was so depressing. Now that I've been on it 3 months the weight is starting to slowly come off, but it's frustrating knowing that if I was to stop the ring for one month (or the pill) I'd double the weight I'd put on.

Needless to say we're going with condoms, because like you, we don't have sex enough to warrant the hormones.
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April 22nd, 2008, 12:17 PM
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I had no problems with BCP as far as weight gain. When I went off of BCP, the only problem I had was missing my period for 3 months. No problems with weight gain though.
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