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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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Is there a reason why I lose weight on birth control?

Is there a reason why I lose weight on birth control?

Yes: When you take birth control, your testosterone levels fall. For a few women this can lead to weight loss. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight after birth control?

How can I lose weight after birth control?

Eat less, more exercs: Women tend to gain weight as they approach menopause, as our metabolism changes. As with losing weight any time, you'll need to exercise more, and eat right--and make long-term changes in diet, not just a fad diet. ...Read more

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Will I have a better chance of losing baby weight off of birth control lo egestel or anything else?

Will I have a better chance of losing baby weight off of birth control lo egestel or anything else?

Diet and exercise: The only birth control method linked with the aid the depo-provera shot. Being on birth control pills will not affect you positively or negatively. Waycross is a simple calculation of diet and exercise. It's hard and frustrating but that is the answer on how to lose weight. ...Read more

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What is the best way to lose weight and still be on birth control?

What is the best way to lose weight and still be on birth control?

Exercise and diet: Exercising more than 30 mins day with moderate exertion and eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables can ensure your success towards reaching your desired weight and still being protected by a birth control of your choice. ...Read more

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I'm 230 pounds and want to get the Depo-Provera shot but I heard it make u gain weight and I'm trying to lose weight what is the best birth control to get?

I'm 230 pounds and want to get the Depo-Provera shot but I heard it make u gain weight and I'm trying to lose weight what is the best birth control to get?

Consider an IUD: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) can result in weight gain because the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) stimulates the appetite - if you eat more you will gain weight. A non-hormonal contraceptive such as the copper iud would offer excellent birth control with no effect on you weight. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can I gain weight after birth control? I lost my birth control becuause my insurance ran out, right after that I notice that my body was changing. While I was on birth control I was loosing weight but once I finished my last pack I stopped being able to l

Can I gain weight after birth control? I lost my birth control becuause my insurance ran out, right after that I notice that my body was changing. While I was on birth control I was loosing weight but once I finished my last pack I stopped being able to l

Withdrawal: Withdrawal of birth control is highly unlikely to cause weight gain. Without birth control you may be pregnant which can cause an initial, significant weight gain. Other issues are thyroid dysfunction. Sometimes the estrogen in oral contraceptives can cause nausea and now you may be relieved of this nausea.

Losing insurance should not prevent you from obtaining contraception. Wal-mart has very cheap birth control as does planned parenthood and neighborhood health clinics. The clinics can also evaluate for thyroid dysfunction. I would suggest that you check out one near you. ...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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Can birth control make you gain/lose weight?

Can birth control make you gain/lose weight?

Gain: If you are taking hormonal pills they frequently can cause you to retain water and thus gain weight. But remember, you are taking the pills to avoid getting pregnant. Any time that you do something there is a risk and there is a benefit. Yes, you may gain a little weight but you get the benefit of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. Your choice! ...Read more

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What can I do to lose weight if I'm been on birth control for over 10 years?

What can I do to lose weight if I'm been on birth control for over 10 years?

Eat healthy, eat less: To lose a pound a week, eat 500 calories less a day than you regularly eat. This can be accomplished by increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to 5-7 servings a day. Have at least two servings of fruits and vegetables at each meals, and vegetables generally have less calories than fruit. Try to avoid fried and fatty foods. Consult a nutritionist for more information ...Read more

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What to do if I gonna have to start birth control how do I still lose weight?

Work at it: Calories in (food) and calories out (excercise) determine weight loss-the pill does not prevent loss. ...Read more

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I'm 19. Wanna get on birth control that doesn't make you gain weight but helps lose it. Ideas?

I'm 19. Wanna get on birth control that doesn't make you gain weight but helps lose it. Ideas?

IUD: Hormonal therapies may cause weight gain. A non-hormonal intrauterine device would be less likely to cause weight gain. In any case, you should discuss the options with your OB. ...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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How much weight will I lose after stopping birth control and how long will it take to lose that weight.

How much weight will I lose after stopping birth control and how long will it take to lose that weight.

Unanswerable: Wow. This is a big question that is impossible to answer. There are so many variables...Including the fact that many people do not lose weight and many who do not put on weight with birth control. But on both parts of your questions "how much weight' and 'how fast' would be variable from female to female. ...Read more

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Can I take birth control to help lose weight?

Can I take birth control to help lose weight?

Not recommended: Birth control pills are medications not intended for weight loss. Some people actually gain weight from them, but not in significant amounts. Do not take birth control pills to lose weight. ...Read more

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Which birth control can help lose weight or not make you gain at all?

Which birth control can help lose weight or not make you gain at all?

Birth control: The purpose of oral contraceptives (OCPs) is to prevent pregnancy, not to lose weight. Some women may gain weight on higher dose OCPs vs lower dose or progestin only like DepoProvera. Everyone reacts differently to OCPs, so if you want to lose weight focus on a healthy balanced diet, 6-8 glasses of water daily, and 30-60 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. ...Read more

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Should I go off birth control pill and lose weight or stay on pill?

Both: Birth control pills do not prevent weight loss. It is possible to lose weight while still preventing pregnancy. Women gain a lot more weight with pregnancy than they do with the pill. ...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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What diet pills do you suggest and are they safe to take with birth control? I wanna lose weight, but I also what to stay safe.

What diet pills do you suggest and are they safe to take with birth control? I wanna lose weight, but I also what to stay safe.

Pills not the answer: No diet pill is the answer you must make a lifestyle change. Stop soda, carbs and sugar cardio exercise 15 to 30 minutes to start. You need to be supervised by a md. See www. Weighstation. Net for more information. Check out faq's and newsletter for help. Start now! ...Read more

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On birth control for5weeks, have been bleeding for the last3weeks. Would this cause weight gain? Not losing. Only eating1200-1300 cal and working out

On birth control for5weeks, have been bleeding for the last3weeks. Would this cause weight gain? Not losing. Only eating1200-1300 cal and working out

3 weeks: If you have been bleeding for the last 3 weeks you must immediately contact your Gynecologist. If the office staff gives you the "run around", please have someone take you TODAY to the nearest Emergency facility.
Things will work out! ...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


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