I'm posting again because I've been on a massive search weighing the pros and cons of various types of birth control.

I have, yet again, run across another story of how the contraceptive pill is ruining your body. Is it true the pill causes cellulite?

Seriously, is there anything GOOD about the pill online!?

Also, I've been considering implanon but I'm really concerned about the bleeding issue that seems relatively common. I have had breakthrough bleeding problems on the pill (Loestrin gave me really bad bleeding then I was moved to Loestrin 30, which stopped it but I ended up getting light breakthrough bleeding on that and so the search continues). Since I've had problems with bleeding in the past, will this make me more likely to have irregular bleeding on implanon? Or is there no way of knowing until you try?

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11 Responses to The pill, cellulite and implanon

  1. SraNew says:

    I haven’t read a single piece of research so this is in no way scientific, but I can say that since being on the pill (Marvelon) I haven’t noticed any increase in the amount of cellulite I have, and I’ve been on it for three years.

  2. Gnazoa says:

    A lot of the claims about the pill causing weight gain, etc. is not true. The pill causes weight gain because it increases appetite (sometimes it can cause your boobs to get bigger, although this has not happened to me), or so every doctor I’ve asked has said. Tbh, since being on the pill I’ve actually *lost* weight because my hormones are more balanced, and I don;t have my period for months on end, and thus don’t crave food to make up the nutrients I’m obviously losing 🙂

    I think it depends person to person. Ask your doctor if you are concerned, however 🙂 The internet is full of myths disguised as facts.

  3. Hteall says:

    If an estrogen-containing pill is taken by someone with borderline hypothyroidism, that can cause weight gain as the thyroid hormones are bound up with the estrogen — but yeah, the only form of HBC that it statistically likely to cause weight gain is the Depo shot. The rest is water weight, appetite, non-average reaction to the hormones, or coincidence…

  4. Uoyva says:

    There really is no way of knowing till you try. The thing about HBC is, different kinds of HBC affect every person differently. So other people’s experiences do not necessarily have any relationship to how a specific HBC type would interact with you. The only real way to know is to try it yourself and see if it works for your body. Likewise, while I think it’s really great to try and weigh the pros and cons of varying types of birth control, as far as side effects for any hormonal kind goes? You’ll never really know till you give it a try.

    As far as only finding negative information about HBC, I think in general people are more likely to say something or ask questions if they are having a negative experience. Hence all the negative information out there about all the various forms of HBC.

    Also, it seems pretty unlikely that HBC could cause cellulite. I have yet to read any scientific study stating it could or does. There are A LOT of unsubstantiated claims about HBC out there, this sounds like another.

    I hope you find something that works for you though! Good luck!

  5. 29dWoman says:

    Cellulite doesn’t a ruined body make 🙂

  6. Etafornia says:

    cellulite is merely lumpy fat deposits under your skin.

    you’re either genetically inclined to lumpy fat deposits, or you arent. i have fat deposits (whoo baby do i have fat deposits!!) but they arent lumpy. i’m “lucky” that way. 🙂

  7. Lrime says:

    People who are dissatisfied with something are usually quite a bit more likely to complain about it. People who are satisfied with things are less likely to commend them.

    So, look at it this way – for all the complaint about birth control, there are likely more people out there who have no complaints and are perfectly happy! 🙂

  8. Dnrme says:

    The pill and I do not get along. I had a pretty terrible time on it, so I used condoms. My partner bitched about it at first but he got over it pretty quickly. Hell, makes him last longer anyway.

    Every body is different. Being put into false menopause throughout your reproductive years never sat right with me anyway… and people who’ve had bad or bizarre experiences are going to write about it online.

    I think there’s no real way to know how something is going to affect you until you see for yourself. Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and don’t let yourself feel as if you only have one kind of way to prevent pregnancy.

  9. Cirspb says:

    Thank you all for the comments! 🙂

  10. ArhYes says:

    I would say there’s no way of really knowing until you try too… I was scared about the persistent bleeding with Implanon, too… But I went ahead and had it done and haven’t bled a cycle in 4 months almost. Just some spotting a whole one time. heh. I’m happy that’s the case though and not the opposite.

  11. Kdgle says:

    Poppleshatesyou makes a good point that folks usually don’t post when things go well, so there’s lots of stuff out there about bad things happening!

    I had great luck with the Pill for five years. (I went off of it because my mood disorder showed up and the Pill was clearly making it worse. The Pill did not GIVE me depression, but once I had it, taking the pill was a bad plan for me.)

    You get cellulite because of genetics, not because of the pill. Thanks, Mom!

    eta: I heart my Mirena bigtime. For more about the IUD option, check out IUD-Divas.

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