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  • #16
    Hey there,

    I have been on the pill for years and I have probably held onto a little extra weight because of it, but nothing significant. Since going primal, I have lost most of this. It would really depend on the type of birth control and the individuals response to it. Different brands have also had different effects. I would highly recommend the pill in general, if you find one that works for you. Mine has balanced my hormones, cured (for now) my acne, and stabilised my moods completely. I am 27 now and have been on it for around 11 years, so no complaints here.
    Hope you find a solution that works for you.
    Susie
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    • #17
      I just went off the pill this past Sunday (cold turkey, I still have two full packs left) after taking some sort of BC (pill/patch) since November 2006. Any changes I might see? I know it might help improve my mood, though I do know my periods will be longer with some more cramping. HOWEVER, I had not had a primal diet when I was off birth control, so I'm hoping that will help. I also joined that group mentioned above, looks like a great resource! Thanks ladies!

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      • #18
        MamaGrok, i'd love to see a thread about ecological breastfeeding. my daughter is just over 3 and still breastfeeding but i haven't read too much about the effectiveness of it as a BC method past 6 months.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by CJ4400 View Post
          I guess on another note- what do primal women do for 'birth control' in and of itself? I'm assuming not all grokettes can NOT be on BC...??
          I'm on the depo shot. Have been for about 10 years now. Even on the shot I managed to lose 125 lbs, so I doubt that it really has that much effect on weight loss. Perhaps some- like my issue of getting rid of the last 10- but then again that could be my thyroid issue as well.

          I simply don't like having periods, and will avoid them if at all possible.

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          • #20
            Thanks guys!

            I thought copper IUD's do release some hormones? I will do some more research. I've just heard some awful stories about IUD's so it wasn't really an option.

            And I realize that when I am under prolonged stress my hormones are significantly sensitive to this which results in extra everything. PMS gets worse, hormones get out of whack, etc. Luckily it's been getting better and I wonder if BC will mask this sensitivity to hormone stability or help it! Plus, I'm going to have to get on some type of "birth control" sooner or later.

            (On a side note does anyone else have this "extra sensitivity" where your hormones are affected?)

            Susie- I'm guessing if millions of women are depending on BC as a form of BC then it's got to work to some degree and your testimony is one of the positive ones. So thanks for that! There are two sides to every story.

            However, it would be nice not to have to rely on BC...wouldn't it? ;-)

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            • #21
              I thought copper IUD's do release some hormones? I will do some more research. I've just heard some awful stories about IUD's so it wasn't really an option.
              Copper IUD's do not release hormones. You are thinking of the Mirena plastic IUD which releases topical amounts of Progestin over a period of 5 years. I currently use Mirena and nasty periods (and all the accompanying symptoms) are blessedly absent, and I had some nasty periods! I recently opted for another 5-year Mirena over sterilization because I like its side effects so much.

              Planned Parenthood has terrific information on both IUD's (and all BC in general).

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              • #22
                Just did some research on IUDs and more on birth control and the fact that we have to do this to our bodies is really starting to frustrate me! I know this is just the way life has evolved and BC (hormonal or non-hormonal) are "normal" in this day and age but as a newbie reading into the facts of "insertion of IUD" and "hormones in the blood stream" just sounds so crazy. *SIGH* Can't wait until men have their own birth control pill. =D

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by kitana View Post
                  Copper IUD's do not release hormones. You are thinking of the Mirena plastic IUD which releases topical amounts of Progestin over a period of 5 years. I currently use Mirena and nasty periods (and all the accompanying symptoms) are blessedly absent, and I had some nasty periods! I recently opted for another 5-year Mirena over sterilization because I like its side effects so much.

                  Planned Parenthood has terrific information on both IUD's (and all BC in general).
                  Correct me if I'm wrong please, but I thought IUD's are mostly for women who have had a child at least once to allow for a more comfortable fitting? Thanks for the info! Will check out PP for more info.

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                  • #24
                    I think about 50% of women who start the pill quit b/c of the side effects. Others don't find them bad enough to quit, and a few don't have negative side effects.

                    Traditional IUDs don't use hormones b/c they work by causing an inflammatory response in the uterus. After years of study, scientists still don't know exactly why that works. They suspect that it damages sperm & possibly ova enough to prevent fertilization, and makes the uterine lining inhospitable to implantation of a fertilized zygote.
                    Last edited by MamaGrok; 08-12-2010, 01:10 PM.
                    5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                    Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                    Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                    Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                    ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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                    • #25
                      Correct me if I'm wrong please, but I thought IUD's are mostly for women who have had a child at least once to allow for a more comfortable fitting? Thanks for the info! Will check out PP for more info.
                      I have not had a child, and my doc was fine with inserting one. It may be more painful since the cervix has never been fully dilated, but it's certainly not impossible. I found the discomfort (mainly cramping) to be intense, but quick and the results have more than made up for it.

                      The IUD does not work this well for everyone, but I'd done my research, and based on my past history (hormonal BC and I do not get along) and my criteria for birth control - it was the IUD or sterilization. I decided that sterilization ruled out the IUD, but the IUD did not rule out sterilization, so that's what I started with. If you don't like it - it's very quick to pull it out. However the cost commitment is not small (although over 5 years it's cheaper than most pills, but if you don't like it after 6 months - that's a lot). Fortunately my insurance covers it.

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                      • #26
                        Do the hormones in the pill cause lower body fat to accumulate? My weight is fine but definitely have some stubborn fat in my thighs, wondering if this could relate to the pill, been on it for about 4 years and never noticed a problem before then.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Jenn View Post
                          Do the hormones in the pill cause lower body fat to accumulate? My weight is fine but definitely have some stubborn fat in my thighs, wondering if this could relate to the pill, been on it for about 4 years and never noticed a problem before then.
                          I think it's hard to say because it IS so dependent on what kind of pill with each individual person! But basically the purpose of the pill is to keep you from ovulating, by making your body think it's pregnant. So there are bound to be some side effects congruent with those one would experience if pregnant. I do believe that the pill itself has come a LONG way, in that there are many different kinds, low-dose, cyclical, etc... and they're not nearly as hormonally wacko as they used to be 25 years ago (when I first got on them, EEK!) I know for me, it caused a weight gain (in water), but so did being pregnant. I gained 7-8 pounds in water two days after i was pregnant that never went away until after the kidlets were born. So maybe, for you, it's adding a bit more padding to your thighs (which is another thing pregnancy hormones can do to give you more stability to carry that baby!). But really, I think the only way you'd know is if you stopped and waited for a while to see if it improved without the pill. So it may be a mute point!
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by kellyq View Post
                            MamaGrok, i'd love to see a thread about ecological breastfeeding. my daughter is just over 3 and still breastfeeding but i haven't read too much about the effectiveness of it as a BC method past 6 months.
                            I went to start and got nervous about starting a new thread! :blush:
                            5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                            Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                            Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                            Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                            ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by CJ4400 View Post
                              Is it true that birth control will not aid your cause in losing those 5-10 lbs? I'm contemplating going on bc to help alleviate the monthly symptoms but wanted to hear from those that have had any experience with this.

                              True?
                              PMS is highly fixable with nuritional intervention, usually specific EFAs (neptune krill oil is amazing...see my links below) and sufficient magnesium.

                              Oh and Vitamin D.


                              K



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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                                PMS is highly fixable with nuritional intervention, usually specific EFAs (neptune krill oil is amazing...see my links below) and sufficient magnesium.

                                Oh and Vitamin D.


                                K
                                Thanks K What is the difference between Krill Oil and Fish Oil? I'm very good about taking my fish oil. And I agree with you...that PMS can be dealt with attentive focus. I wonder if it's the same with PMDD? That is just out of curiosity

                                If you don't mind me asking...do you use the pill as a method of birth control? It seems like the most popular form of BC is the pill with the IUD coming in second. Probably from convenience and comfort. Just curious! I figure I will need to figure this out anyway.

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