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The Devastation of the Depo

Saturday, June 29, 2013

So I have said this before but prior to May 2nd I was not working out and eating terribly. I deserved to gain some of my baby weight back. It was that day that I have made serious changes. I am not perfect, but I have stopped sabotaging myself with food. I wont say that I dont have a cookie now and then, but I am not having cookies three days a week. emoticon

After I had my son in March 2012, I decided to get back on the birth control shot Depo provera. I had been on it before and not had problems. Boy was that a big mistake. I lost all of my baby weight initially, and was feeling much better. After I started getting the shots my weight started climbing back up.

Fast forward to May 2013. I started back to Jazzercise, and since then I have been to 26 classes so far. 17 of them have been in the month of June. Needless to say I have been putting my work in. I decided to try and experiment. Last Saturday I weighed and measured myself. After going to 5 Jazzercise classes this week and eating fairly good, I measured today. How is it that I have gained 2 pounds, gained a half inch in my bust, an inch and half in my waist, and an inch in my hips???? What is going on here?

It has to be the Depo. I have read so many horror stories online of women gaining weight and tons of it no matter what they do. I feel so defeated! I am doing what I can do to be healthy and no matter what the pounds are packing on. I go to my doctor on July 9th, and am changing medications. Hopefully my body will rid itself of this toxin soon so I can watch the scale go down and not up.

I will not give up matter what. I will continue my journey to health and wellness! Wish me luck!
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    Talk with your doctor about getting off of it. Even if this is not the root cause (even though I think that it is), it still sounds like you are very uncomfortable with this medication. There are so many other things that would probably work better for you.
    1784 days ago
    I can see why that's darn frustrating.

    Probably a non hormone solution would be useful.

    We only had one child because of a health situation. If you want I could tell you what was successful, if you shot me an e-mail in my box.I'm not sure if I can say what it is here.

    It doesn't prevent pregnancy permanently, only when you use it.

    It's pretty mainstream, but we did one extra step make it safer. emoticon
    1787 days ago
    Those hormones can be so finicky! I hope that's it and you get a "quick fix", there is little more frustrating than doing all the right things and heading in the wrong direction! Good luck!

    You might also ask your doc to check your thyroid levels T4 & TSH, mine completely shut down after my first baby and it really helped to get supplements until it turned back on. Just another avenue to explore.

    Hang in there! Even if the scale and tape measure are going the wrong way you are still moving toward fitness by eating healthy and exercising. Fitness is a state of being, not a dress size. HUGS!
    1787 days ago
    I've heard other horror stories similar to yours. I know of a very slim lady who had the shots and boom! she gained 40 pounds with no change to her diet or activity. She got off the shots and it took her 6 months to lose the 40 pounds. She lost them without dieting too. You never know what your own body chemistry will do. You are right that it is a very individual thing. Another person I know got blood clots and migraines from the shots but no weight gain. You are smart to schedule a doctor's appointment and get a handle on the situation right away.
    1787 days ago
    No ready made meals, we eat lots of fruits and fresh veggies, wheat/whole grain bread only. Its definitely not muscle, as my clothes are not reflecting it, and I am gaining inches too. If you google depo weight gain you will find tons of horror stories. Just because one person doesnt gain weight, does not mean another person will have the same experience. Hormones are a serious deal, and affect people differently. I am glad your experience has been positive Linda, but mine has not. I realize calories add up, and I have to be more cognizant to log my food too, but what has happened to me makes no sense. I lost ALL of my baby weight, and only started gaining it back after receiving the shots. I weigh more now than I have in my entire life, even when I was 6 months pregnant. Something more is going on here. If I do not lose weight after getting off the depo, then I am going to have more tests run.
    1789 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am on Depo and have had no such problems. I have been on it since 1998!! Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't Jazzercise include strength training? That it is not just pure cardio? You could be gaining some muscle weight. This is where careful and accurate tracking of your food and fitness comes in. One person's idea of a healthy diet might not really be all that good after all. Do you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, or do you eat ready made meals or processed foods? Do you track your sodium? Do you weigh and measure every little thing? Just small bits here and there can really add up. I have been on maintenance for two years and still track everything. I have found its too easy to have those portion sizes creep up on you and then so does the weight. I find North Americans just eat too much white, white bread , white potatoes, rice, pasta, etc., the old meat and potatoes where their veggies consist of the high starch corn and peas. If this sounds like your regular meals, maybe its time for a change! Just take a good look at everything. Tracking makes it so much easier to see problem areas or where most of your calories are coming from.. I have read all the articles three times on here and boy, did I learn a lot. It does take a lot of work to really get results. Number one is accuracy..
    Good luck with it all!!
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    1789 days ago
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