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Could birth control stop you from losing weight?

Could birth control stop you from losing weight?

No: The birth control pill has been studied extensively with respect to weight change and there is no direct effect on weight. It does have a tendency to enhance appetite, so you need to be careful that you are not eating more without realizing it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can birth control cause weight loss? I haven't changed anything in my diet but am losing weight.

Can birth control cause weight loss? I haven't changed anything in my diet but am losing weight.

See your doctor: If you are losing weight, it's best to check in with the doctor, who put you on the birth control pills. They need to be notified. Then, you'll have peace of mind. So will they. They will be able to tell you if your weight-loss is from the birth control pills. ...Read more

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My daughter is 15 she is on throyid med and birth control and metformin she has a hard time losing weight what can we do to help boost her metabilsm?

My daughter is 15 she is on throyid med and birth control and metformin she has a hard time losing weight what can we do to help boost her metabilsm?

Physical activity: Your 15-year-old on thyroid medication, OCP and metformin, needs to be physically acitve, under the regular care of her endocrinologist and dietitian for structured weight management using a personalized healthy lifestyle recommendation. If at all possible rethink the birth control pills. I will be glad to discuss this further with you. Take care ! ...Read more

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Which birth control helps acne and prevents weight gain?

Which birth control helps acne and prevents weight gain?

Acne: You have acne and are on birth control at 50? You clearly have significant hormonal issues and may be peri-menapausal and should consult your GYN. ...Read more

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I workout a lot and eat pretty healthy, but I just started birth control and am afraid ill gaun weight. What can I do to prevent this from happening?

I workout a lot and eat pretty healthy, but I just started birth control and am afraid ill gaun weight. What can I do to prevent this from happening?

Weight gain: Womens are always afraid that they will gain weight on birth control, but some women actually lose weight. Don't prejudge what will happen, continue your work outs, and just monitor it. Women always gain weight when they are pregnant., which you will be avoiding! ...Read more

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How can I prevent weight gain while on birth control pills?

How can I prevent weight gain while on birth control pills?

Good nutrition: Although the oral contraceptive pills do slightly affect thyroid levels by increasing thyroid binding globulin the minimal dosage of the pill no longer causes "estrogen bloating and water retention, a leading cause in weight gain. Eat a proper balanced diet, exercise, and get plenty of sleep and you will not "look like the stay puff marshmellow man". ...Read more

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I take lyrica (pregabalin) (150 mg) , want to quit smoking and start birth control how do I prevent weight gain? Recently lost 30+ lbs previously.

I take lyrica (pregabalin) (150 mg) , want to quit smoking and start birth control how do I prevent weight gain? Recently lost 30+ lbs previously.

Chantix, diet, ...: Chantix is a medication that targets nicotine receptors in the brain and blocks nicotine from reaching them. diet, exercise, sleep, low stress and visit your doctor on a regular basis. ...Read more

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I've been on birth control for like 2 weeks and i've been loosing weight even though i've been eating normally, is this normal?

I've been on birth control for like 2 weeks and i've been loosing weight even though i've been eating normally, is this normal?

Depends: There are many things that go into gaining or losing weight --- at your age, you are constantly growing, and will until about age 24, so you have a fairly high metabolism. I doubt that the birth controls are having any significant effect, unless you are having nausea that's reducing your ability to eat. I wouldn't worry about this, unless your weight loss continues, and then see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Birth Control (Definition)

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