weight gain with microgestin
By Debbie from Cresco,PA on June 10, 2006
Category: Microgestin Fe 1.5/30 (Oral)
I have been taking this pill for about a year. It is great for the bad periods and spotting that I was having. I have gained 13 lbs since being on it. That was in the first 4 months. I also have a bloating feeling alot of the times. I have tryed everything to lose weight but with little success. I have always been good with my weight. Now I am thinking of going off this pill. Can you recommend a different pill? I really would hate to go back to the period prblems that I was having but this extra weight is killing me. Hope that you can help! Debbie
I work in a pharmacy and I've heard the Yasmin is great. It doesn't cause water weight gain and there are less side effects and no cramping.
By Unknown on July 22, 2006 | Reply |
weight gain with microgestin
I also went on Microgestin because of spotting between periods. I gained about 7lbs in the first two months. I have a constant bloated feeling all month long and have severe cramping; however, the spotting problem is gone. I went off this pill after three months and tried Yasmin. I had my period for 21 days at a time while on Yasmin for the first three months.
Even though the side effects were horrible from Microgestin, I have since gone back on it to shorten my periods. I am still waiting for another idea from my doctor!
By Stephanie from Boston, MA on October 09, 2006 | Reply |
not so sure about yasmin..
I actually tried Yasmin for about two months and it made me sick to my stomach. i don't remember feeling bloated or gaining any weight, so i got off of it. In my opinion, Loestrin 24 FE is the best one, i never gained weight, it's really low in hormones, no bloating, and my period was usually 3 days or less. good luck!
By Erin from USA on January 19, 2007 | Reply |
more weight gain with microgestin
Debbie - I am writing not to offer solutions (I don't have one yet) but because I am so glad to have seen your post. I have been on microgestin for about 8 months and have gained about 15 pounds! It did not occur to me until recently that it might be the pill. Like you, I have always been good about my weight...I am not as fanatical about diet and exercize as before I had my children due to lack of time but I am certainly choosy about what I eat (I am not snckaing on cakes, cookies, etc.) and have been exercizing at leat 3 times a week. Maybe I am not doing enough to lose weight but it does not make sense to have gained as much weight as I have! I have been trying for the last month or so more extreme diet measures but have only gotten fatter. I have been very depressed. I just did a search today on microgestin and weight gain and your post came up. It makes me feel like I am not crazy or defective or have some serious illness (although I am getting blood draws for thyroid, diabetes and other screening tests tomorrow to make sure). It seems most likely that the pill is the likely culprit. My cycle stops tomorrow and I cannot wait to stop it and see what happens. I don't know if you will ever see this message, but I would be so interested in finding out what happened to you. Did you stop the pill? Did you lose the weight? Thanks again for putting this out there!
Laura in San Diego.
By Laura from San Diego, CA on June 03, 2007 | Reply |
Laura/Debbie Weight Gain
I'm so curious to know what happened when/if you guys got off this pill? I was on it for six months and gained 15 pounds. I've always been "naturally thin" so this extra weight is killing me. Honestly, if one more person asks me if I'm pregnant I'm going to lose my mind.
I've been off this pill for two weeks now...we'll see what happens.
By Kim from Boston, MA on August 17, 2007 | Reply |
same thing - weight gain with microgestin
i am so glad i am not crazy!!! i have been on this pill for about 4 or 5 months and i have experienced so much weight gain - about 20 lbs. i have never been this weight in my life and i have taken measures to loose weight and nothing works. i am calling my OBGYN tomorrow to get off of it! lo-ogestrel was good, but it didn't help my bad periods... but i am willing to deal with that because i can't fit into any of my jeans! i had to go buy new jeans and pants and even shirts because i have to hide my new stomach. thank you ladies for posting this!!!!
By amanda from san diego on May 06, 2009 | Reply |
5 Pounds in a Week
I've never had weight gain problems using the birth control pill until I started Microgestin a little over a week ago. After reading these posts, I am convinced it's my new prescription causing the problem. I'm naturally at a healthy weight and feel like I'm starving myself, yet getting bigger everyday. Time to give my doctor a call and try something else!
By Jennifer from Idaho on May 17, 2010 | Reply |
I too have packed in 20 lbs in the last year and a half on microgestin. I stopped 2 weeks ago when I went into my OB and had a meltdown/ BC intervention. I am desperate to drop the weight. I am way healthy, work out 4 -5 times a week and have trainer who kicks my ass for christ sakes. Eat clean, yet weight is not going away! Has anyone gone off and had success losing the weight? If so, how long did it take?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
By nicole from sf, ca on August 25, 2010 | Reply |
Re: weight gain with microgestin
I'm in the same boat-- been on it for about 1 year now and gained about 10+ lbs. Exercising and counting calories doesn't have the same effect that it did BEFORE I started the pill! Love that fact that it practically eliminates my cramping and makes my periods lighter, but I'm willing to deal with my normal cramping to lose this weight! PLEASE-- did anyone who went off the pill lose the weight they had gained? Did you experience all these things I've read about: headaches, acne, heavy bleeding, etc? I would LOVE to hear about your experiences!
By gracie88 from Tampa, FL on October 22, 2010 | Reply |
Off it about 10 days and lost 4 pounds already!
I gained about 15 pounds on Microgestin after almost 2 years on it. I've always been naturally thin and losing extra weight was easy for me. I finally had it with seeing my size increase and fitting only a few of my pants. I really had to starve myself to lose anything and started counting calories for the first time. Exercise didn't seem to help either.
I had enough and 10 days ago I stopped taking it and am not on another pill as my honey is getting the snip. I've already lost 4 pounds! I know it was water weight because it's like it went away in a day or two this weekend. I am optimistic of losing the rest!
By justme from Tampa, FL on April 18, 2011 | Reply |
weight gain with microgestin
i thought i was going crazy..i been on microgestin near a year and a half..and i sware I've gained 15ibs,,,im usually make great eating choices, i dont eat sugar a lot, very little pasta etc...no junk food, lot of salads and protein...and i can never lose anymore than 5lbs then gain it right back...i know its the pill ...i have 2 more weeks to finish my pack...and im done... yes it helped my fibroids and made my menstral regular but the weight is killing me...... im just confused and pissed.....
By kimmie from dallas, texas on October 15, 2012 | Reply |
Hey ladies, I've been on Microgestine for 4 months and I've packed on 15 pounds. I exercise regularly and control my food portion sizes and drink plenty of water and CAN NOT lose this extra weight... Its driving me crazy. Six weeks after having my daughter I was back down to my prepregnancy weight, after starting Microgestine I've put on this weight and I'm eating the same amount, if not less, than I was eating before I started using this birth control pill. I'm glad I've seen these posts though. They've helped me understand why exactly I may not be losing weight even thought I'm working my butt off in the gym.
By Ann from Houston, Tx. on April 29, 2013 | Reply |
So glad to hear I am not the only one!!! I have been on Microgestin for 3 months now and gained at least 15 pounds around my legs and hips. I look pregnant! I have always been pretty thin so I noticed this change right away but only just realized that it might be my pill. Sidenote: this pill has given me more crazy mood swings than I have ever experienced before! Getting off these meds ASAP!!!
By Katie from Tampa, FL on June 19, 2013 | Reply |
I am so glad I came across this post. I am almost done with my second month Microgestin and have gained 7 lbs! I have never been this weight not counting pregnancy and post pregnancy. I have so much weight in my belly and around the aides of it and have never had that problem before. I have one more week left on it and I have to contact my doctor for another pill. This is killing me!! I am literally depressed over this weight gain. I was already about 10lbs more than I wanted to be before this so now I am really irritated. Thank you ladies for sharing your post!!! I am also curious to know if any of you had results after stopping this pill and whatever happened to you. :)
By Laurie from Central Ohio on June 27, 2013 | Reply |
Glad I'm not the only one!
I have been on this pill for just about 2 years. This is what i was prescribed after having my first child. I was told it would be hard to lose the "baby weight" especially since I gained close to 70 lbs but didnt think it would be this hard. I have always been very athletic and my weight was never really an issue. I run a minimum of 5 miles a day and don't seem to be losing any weight. I also eat healthy. As I read in some of the other posts, I'm constantly feeling bloated and no matter what I do I can't seem to lose 1 lb. since having my baby almost 3 years ago I have only lost 20 lbs (I breast fed for a year) I have this week left for my pills and I'm done....any suggestions for another pill are welcome and opinions on the mirena are welcome too.
By Briana from Gloucester, Massachusetts on August 21, 2013 | Reply |
Wow....so glad I found this post
I am so glad I found this post. I have been on Microgestrin for 6 years. I went on it before leaving for college and was 120 lbs which I was happy with. I have gained every year and thought it had to do with drinking and college. Since I have left college I am still gaining! The thing that really confused me was I just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and thought I would have lost some inches at least, but no. I left college weighing about 145 and now weigh 161. I am about to try Mirena because it is a different hormone and a lower dose. Hope it works! Really sick of taking a pill every day as well.
By Alissa on October 17, 2013 | Reply |
SOO MUCH WEIGHT GAIN!
I am 19 years old and I started microgestin 2 years ago for severe severe cramps and week long cycles. Microgestin has helped tremendously with that and my acne but boy has it caused a lot of other problems. Moody isn't the word. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde is more like it. And the weight gain!!! Ohhh the weight gain. I have always been active. In high school I played basketball, volleyball and softball!!! I eat healthy and when I say healthy I mean healthy. Like buying organic foods and everything produce on a college student budget. I have gained 20lbs!!! I always feel bloated and my stomach won't even look good even when I suck it in!! I've never been this size and I can't seem to lose the weight. Working out won't help me. I gained 20lbs in the first year and since then my weight has plateaued but I can't get rid of it. I never even considered it to be my pill until it just hit me and I did my research. I'm going off of it soon but if no other pill can control my cycles like microgestin can then I will have to go back. :(
By Taylor Parker from Richmond, VA on October 30, 2013 | Reply |
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