View Full Version : any women who have successfully detoxed/lost weight while on birth control?
05-27-2006, 11:09 AM
So I've posted about this before (being on the pill), but I want to know if anyone reading has been successful eating raw, detoxed, and/or lost weight while still taking any form of hormonal birth control? I currently am on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Low, but have really been wanting to go off it for some time now. I just fear that if I do go off it, detox will be REALLY bad, you know? Isn't birth control one of the things that really can store up toxins in your body? I think I've read that before. But the conviences of the pill are many at this point in my life.
Anyhow, just want to know who has been successful while continuning to be on birth control. Please tell me there's someone out there!
I WANT MY COPPER IUD BACK! Even after you get off of birth control it takes a long time to get it out of your system. I had a copper iud once and it was great. No hormones and no problems. I am hoping to get another one when I have health insurance again. It is called paraguard if you want to check it out.
05-27-2006, 10:17 PM
Don't IUD's have the potential of aborting fertilized eggs before implantation?
Not passing judgement on your "birthcontrol" of choice, I just recall all the drama I went thru when trying to select the right form of "contraception" after babies 3, 4 and #5.
I finally opted for sterilization, WHICH I REGRET AND ADVISE ALL AGAINST!!!!
There is a nine year gap between # 3 and 4, a time when I had "natural contraception" down to a science!!!
Anyway just my thoughts :confused:
05-28-2006, 07:37 AM
this has been one of my biggest dilemnas since going raw, something I am constantly debating in my head. I'm only 23, soon to be 24 and want children someday, so sterilization is obviously out. I think I'm just afraid of going back to what I was like pre-the pill, which was more pimples and breakouts, longer heavier periods with more cramps and PMS, and then not having the convience/security of the pill as a form of birth control...I've talked to lots of women in their twenties who have tried to go off it, either because they weren't sexually active at the time, didn't feel it was right, whatver, and MANY end up going back on because it made their lives so much easier. But, it's synthetic hormones and I KNOW it's not the best for my body.
Ugh. Ugh. Thanks for your input guys.
05-28-2006, 07:50 AM
I was on Ortho lo last year for regulation purposes, and in the first week I gained 6 pounds! That was when I was high raw too! And every week I would have aches and pains and moodiness...I could only stand the pill for another few months and then I had to take myself off of it...
I still have problems with menstrual regularity so I might have to try another brand...but I'm definitely in the same boat you are, I would rather not take anything at all!! My OBGYN is such a pill pusher.. *sigh* I have a friend who is on Yasmin and says very good things about it, so it may come to that for me.
05-28-2006, 08:52 AM
My pesco vegetarian diet improved my periods.
Now with more high raw days I have shorter bouts of PMS ( 1-2 days instead of a whole week of Ms. Grumpy). This past month, again with high raw, was a lighter shorter cycle. It was the first time I could where a Tampon without a full size pad for backup. As a matter of fact my meses was so diminished that the tampon was irritatiing. So of to explore more natural options for what I hope will become a 1-2 day slightly spot muous like discharge, that just confirms all is working.
To boot if I wasn't concerned about going under anesthesia again. I would get my ligation reversed. Still wondering what affects all those improperly disseminated and reabsorbed eggs are having.
05-31-2006, 09:01 AM
I've grappled with this whole birth control thing for almost 3 years now. (since my last child was born...and we don't want to have any more). I had been on the depo provera shot, which I loved since I didn't have periods and it didn't bother me in any other way. But, like so many, I didn't want to be on synthetic hormones anymore. So, I quit getting the shot in Oct '05. I really don't want either myself or my hubby getting sterilized, just seems so unnatural. Anyway, thru all of this I looked into many, many options and finally settled on a $30 device called the "Ovulite". I basically test my saliva every morning to see if I'm ovulating or not, then we know when to abstain so as not to get pregnant. (could work the other way around if you're trying to get pregnant) You use it over and over again with nothing more to buy, no hormones, no implanted devices and, for me, no pregnancies. I also started using a 'diva cup' for my periods. Again, reusable so I no longer buy pads/tampons.
05-31-2006, 11:11 AM
Im2Fruity, ALL the ob/gyns I have ever seen are pill pushers--isn't it kind of ridiculous? The last appointment I had in January to renew my perscription she said, "now the studies say that it can protect against ovarian cancer, just stay on it even if you don't think you need to, yadda yadda yadda."
The thing is, I have been successful at losing weight and being my ideal size (4-6) both while being on hormonal birth control AND eating a healthy version of SAD(yogurt, beans, seafood, minimal processed food, minimal sugar, etc.) So, I know it can be done, but at that point in my life I was in college and REALLY busy, working out 6 days a week and eating quite little. The thing is now that I'm out of college and finding out how hard life can be (ha), my emotional eating issues have become quite intense, and I'm struggling a bit to lose weight--I've maybe put on 15 or 20 pounds since college over 2 years.
Interestingly, since eating near 100% raw, or very high raw most of the time, my cycle has changed which is WEIRD because I've been on the pill for like 4 years straight and it's been like CLOCKWORK, I always used to get it like to the hour of the day and it would always last the same length, same amount, etc. Since eating raw, it's been starting almost a day later than it used to, and the flow is definitely lighter and shorter. Very interesting how raw is affecting/overiding those synthetic hormones.
So, I'm still so torn. The low dosage pill works so well for me, I've never been one of the women who has to fiddle with amounts of hormones to get the right pill for me, I think I'm pretty average/fertile/etc. I guess I have nothing to lose by just testing going off and seeing what happens, I can always go back on. I'm so ambivalent about it, grrr!
Glad to know other women grapple with the same dilemna.
05-31-2006, 11:17 AM
The Diva Cup is awesome, props for switching to that.
I recently decided to go off of my BC (I was taking Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo). I've noticed my blood pressure creeping up again and decided I'd rather go off the pill than have my Lisinopril (blood pressure med) prescription increased. I also hope I'll drop a bit of weight as a result. I decided to go with a diaphragm in lieu of the pill, plus my fiance will continue to use condoms.
06-01-2006, 02:59 AM
I used to take hormonal birth control and it made me sick, overweight and gave me acne. It was impossible for me to detox and lose wight on those damn pills so I got rid of them and my skin immediately got better. I lost weight and I've been able to detox. Those pills were the worst thing I've ever done to myself and put me at risk for cancer and other diseases. I was interested in the copper IUD for a while but I've heard that some other health problems can pop up from using that and it can cause heavier periods and cramps in some people. The only foreign object I allow in my body is a mooncup during my period (they are awesome, bTW and I reccomend them to everyone. It also saves so much money in the long run and you won't be polluting the planet with that extra trash every month). Anyway I just chart my temperature and ovulation now as birth control and it's more work and not as conveneient but at least I'm healthy and if done correctly and faithfully you will not get pregnant.
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