I can't tolerate hormonal birth control either. I dont' know whether it affects my weight, but it certainly affects my mood. Is the issue PCOS?
People who are saying this is just water weight please note she says she's gained 25 pounds overall since starting hormones; the 8 pounds is only the gain from the most recent one. Hormonal birth control most definitely does contribute to real weight gain in some people, this is not a myth.
OP, if this is PCOS, you may wish to see if you can find another doctor for a different opinion -- particularly if you can find a sort-of contrarian or holistic one who's open to treating you with more than just the mainstream solution. You need to lose weight to help reverse the PCOS, but the treatment is just causing you to gain even more! No wonder it's frustrating. Some doctors will prescribe metformin for women with PCOS to help reduce overall blood sugar and aid the process of losing weight and thus improving hormone regulation; no doubt there are others out there with other ideas that might prove more helpful than simply forcing a period every month.
If it's not PCOS, er, ignore me. Sorry.
Height 5'8 1/2"
GW: Originally 150. Maintaining at about 146 since June 2013.
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
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