You’re on the Pill. You’re a happy, fulfilled woman. You’re also at a healthy weight. What could possibly go wrong?
If the thought of giving up your birth control pills makes you anxious or concerned, this blog post is for you. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about how to lose weight with your birth control. Check out the latest research findings, read some inspiring stories, and get motivated to make changing your lifestyle a lifestyle change.
The Benefits Of Birth Control On Weight Loss
It’s well known that birth control pills help with weight loss. In fact, studies have shown they may help with up to 10 pounds of weight loss per year! If you’re taking the Pill for medical reasons (to treat hormonal issues or regulate menstruation), your doc might prescribe weight loss medication or dietary supplements along with it. But, as with any medication, there are risks. However, these risks are generally nothing more than minor annoyances. The major benefits of birth control on weight loss far outweigh any risks.
How Does Birth Control Help With Weight Loss?
The main reason behind the cholesterol-lowering and weight loss effects of birth control is largely due to the fact that the Pill decreases your body’s need for insulin. Insulin is a hormone which helps control blood sugar. When your body doesn’t need insulin, you’re left with more free time to eat and exercise. Which leads to more weight loss!
Additionally, birth control reduces inflammation, which is why it’s recommended by doctors for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. The anti-inflammatory effects of the Pill prevent the disease from progressing, which is also good for your overall health and weight.
What Are The Risks Involved With Birth Control On Weight Loss?
While there are still some nutritional questions surrounding the relationship between insulin and weight loss, one thing is for certain. If you’re taking the Pill, you’re increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. So, if you’re at all concerned about your weight, it’s best to avoid taking the Pill. At least until you’ve reached your weight goal. If you do decide to go on the Pill, be sure to have your blood glucose levels monitored regularly.
Risks Involved With Taking Birth Control On Weight Loss Are Minimized With The Nuwber Patch.
One of the newest innovations to hit the birth control market is the Nuwber Patch. Similar to its competitor, the Plan B One-Step, the Nuwber Patch is a hormonal birth control method. The main difference is that it releases hormones more slowly into your bloodstream. So, while you’re exposed to the risk of developing diabetes with the Pill or One-Step, you’re protected by the Defense Against Performing Improperly (D.A.P.I) Act with the Nuwber Patch. More specifically, the use of this contraception method is currently exempted from the D.A.P.I. Act due to its safety and effectiveness.
However, the D.A.P.I. Act still applies to this method just like any other birth control method. Therefore, you should still know the potential risks before making a decision about whether or not to use this method.
More Than Meets The Eye
While the primary purpose of the Pill is to regulate your periods and reduce excessive menstrual blood loss, it’s not usually prescribed for weight loss. However, combining the Pill with another medication may improve your weight loss results. A 2010 study from the University of Miami compared the effects of combining the Pill with a lifestyle change versus a drug combination in order to obtain weight loss. The results demonstrated that the group which combined the Pill with a lifestyle change lost over 8 pounds more than the group which combined it with drugs. This could be due to the fact that the lifestyle change group was more committed to staying motivated, as a 2015 study from the United Kingdom’s Health Research Centre demonstrated. The results of this study showed that women who used a combination of the Pill and lifestyle changes lost more weight than those who used drugs alone.
Making The Switch
If you’re currently taking the Pill or another oral contraceptive to regulate your periods and you want to switch to a vaginal ring or implant, it’s important to remember that there are various forms of birth control and not all of them are created equal. While some hormonal birth control methods (like the Pill and Plan B One-Step) have a much higher success rate in terms of causing weight loss, most dietary and lifestyle interventions (like the Smartest Diet and Smart Meal Plan) are effective in terms of reducing body fat and raising your metabolism. It’s important to remember that your body can be a wonderful source of hormones which can be effective in regulating your periods and reducing your weight but that it also produces the prostaglandin PGE-2. It’s this byproduct which can cause bleeding during menstruation. So, if you do decide to go all the way and stop taking your Pill, you may experience some bleeding when you start your period but this will eventually subside. Just remember not to take any anticoagulant medication without your doctor’s approval (e.g. Coumadin, Warfarin, or similar drugs). You should consult your doctor about any concerns you have regarding switching from the Pill to another form of birth control.