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Doctor insights on: How To Keep Weight Down While On Birth Control

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How to keep control on waight?

How to keep control on waight?

Eat less & exercise: The key to losing weight is to eat less, but not all calories are created equal. Sugars & simple carbs from grains esp cause weight gain. I like dr. Furhman's diet: www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/foodpyramid.Aspx dr. Weil has useful info: www.Huffingtonpost.Com/andrew-weil-md/carbohydrates-weight-loss_b_1937312.Html- see his "discuss that" link in his article. Exercise is also important. Good luck! ...Read more

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


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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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On which birth conrol method am i least likely to gain weight? And if you gain weight on birth control, can the weight go away over time if u quit?

On which birth conrol method am i least likely to gain weight? And if you gain weight on birth control, can the weight go away over time if u quit?

Non hormonal methods: Best long term birth control with no chance of weight gain is the copper iud (paragard). New birth control pills don't cause weight gain like the older ones did. But some people want no hormones at all. That's paragard. The depo shot causes the most drastic weight gain. ...Read more

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Birth control and weight gain, how to preven it?

Birth control and weight gain, how to preven it?

Not likely: Their is no evidence to support that oral contraceptives cause weight gain. If their is an increase in weight it is very small. The routine steps to prevent weight gain would still apply including a healthy diet and exercise. ...Read more

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How to stop putting weight on whilst being on the contraceptive implant?

How to stop putting weight on whilst being on the contraceptive  implant?

Hard job: It may not be even possible to be honest with you because no matter what you do, your hormonal profile will make it so, that even healthiest diets and most rigorous exercise routine will fail. If you are not ready to give up on your implant, though, the standard advice would be healthy diet and exercise - plenty of info on that on this web side. Sorry, could not be more helpful! ...Read more

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Gained weight after stopping birth control. Will i lose if i go back on the pill?

Gained weight after stopping birth control. Will i lose if i go back on the pill?

Maybe , maybe not: The only way to see is to go back on the pill, if u don't then u should have a workup to check your thyroid, etc and u can get started on a diet if everything is ok. ...Read more

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Is it possible to loose weight while on birth control?

Is it possible to loose weight while on birth control?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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How to know when do you typically start gaining weight on birth control?

How to know when do you typically start gaining weight on birth control?

No: No birth control pill has ever been definitively linked to weight gain, although some women do seem to gain weight suddenly while on the pill. ...Read more

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Does birth control methods make you put on weight?

Birth control: Oral birthcontrol and some injectable methods cause a false state of pregnancy and this results in weight gain. ...Read more

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If your on a diet while your on birth control will you loose weight ?

If your on a diet while your on birth control will you loose weight ?

Yes: Some oral contraceptives can cause water retention in some women, with consequent weight gain. Weight loss secondary to diet (adipose tissue loss) is not affected by the pill. ...Read more

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I've gained a lot if weight on birth control. I'm trying to get my body back can you loose weight if your still on birth control?

I've gained a lot if weight on birth control. I'm trying to get my body back can you loose weight if your still on birth control?

Yes.: The weight gain can be controlled to some degree by food intake. The weight gain should only be mild. If you diet and are careful you can maintain a better weight and still take birth control. YOu may want to consult your doctor for better advice on weight control and dieting. BEst wishes ...Read more

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Is it bad to take birth control on and off? Keep forgetting to take daily. Can oral birth control cause you to retain water?

Pregnancy: It's not bad in that it would cause harm. On the other hand if you are forgetting pills then it wont do its job and prevent an unplanned pregnancy and is likely to trigger irregular menstrual bleeding. Perhaps the pill is not the best choice for you. Consider an iud or another method that requires less remembering. ...Read more

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How much can I drink while on the shot birth control?

How much can I drink while on the shot birth control?

Depo and Alcohol: Alcohol does not seem to affect the depo-provera or birth control shot directly. However, the more use of alcohol, the more reduction in inhibitions, the more likely to have multiple sexual partners, and the more likely to have sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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Need help when on birth control pills. How many years is it okay to stay on the pill, before you will need a break?

Need help when on birth control pills. How many years is it okay to stay on the pill, before you will need a break?

No break necessary: Another old wives' tale disproved -- years of research and real world use has shown that constant, years long use of bcps is not dangerous, but actually provides health benefits: less iron deficiency anemia, lighter periods, fewer ovarian cysts, and fewer breast cysts, for example. ...Read more

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Clindamyacin and birth control. Does it reduce effectiveness, how long to use back up method?

Clindamyacin and birth control. Does it reduce effectiveness, how long to use back up method?

Theoretically yes: Theoretically all antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of OCP's as they affect the metabolism in the liver. Use a back up method for a few days after you finish antibiotics. ...Read more

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When you get off birth control is it easier to lose the weight?

Can you please: Clarify which form of birth control you are using and re-ask this question. ...Read more

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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more