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The TRUTH About the DANGERS of Birth Control | Weight Gain, Depression & Appetite Changes

The TRUTH About the DANGERS of Birth Control | Weight Gain, Depression & Appetite Changes

The TRUTH About the DANGERS of Birth Control | Weight Gain, Depression & Appetite Changes

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In this episode of Abbey’s Kitchen, Abbey is joined by our fav dieter, Debbie! Today Debbie is concerned that birth control is poisoning us and contributes to a ton of toxins in our body. Debbie claims the pill causes blood clots, stroke, depression, loss of libido and even weight gain.

Abbey admits that contraceptives can be a very controversial and complex topic, and in the past the pill used to contain scary high doses of estrogen, but over time, scientists have developed much safer birth control pills that have been developed with fewer side effects.

Debbie is still not convinced and blames everything on toxic hormones like estrogen and progesterone. In actuality, Abbey shares with Debbie a 2014 Cochrane review found that the combination of estrogen and progesterone found no significant difference in weight gain, but the largest difference in weight gain was about 4 pounds after 12 months. Debbie still sees this as significant and wants to KILL THE PILL.

Abbey also found that those who gained the weight were in the less estrogen group, which counters the theory that estrogen causes the weight gain. So, then we assume progesterone is the culprit? However, another review found that the progesterone-only pill did not cause a significant gain weight. However, the only method of progesterone birth control that did cause weight gain was: depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate which found girls were gaining an average of 10 pounds in one year.

Debbie still believes that all birth control is bad, and mentioned that her friend’s appetite increased and they bloated up.

Abbey looked at the research and found that the majority of studies on appetite were solely perception based. Granted, high doses of estrogen tend to cause water retention, but most pills have pretty low doses. Recent studies have concluded that birth control doesn’t cause significant bloating.

Debbie also claimed that birth control causes depression. Abbey checked out the same Danish study and it found that when they observed one million women taking birth control for 6 years, there was a significant correlation between birth control and clinical depression. This is not a new theory, but sadly women’s health is not always at the forefront in the medical community and sadly there’s a lot of politics that come into play.

Debbie is no feminist but she’s sure that if men had to take the pill, there wouldn’t be all these side effects. Finally, Abbey and Debbie agree on something. Abbey has found some research with the male pill, but because of the ton of side effects, a lot of that research has been put on hold. It’s a man’s world.

Abbey and Debbie both agree that there’s a lot more that needs to be done, but at least studies like the Danish one are starting to lift the veil and giving women a voice and more control over their choices. At the end of the day, it’s a risk and benefit analysis and it’s up to you to decide for yourself whether you can tolerate the side effects and whether it outweigh the risk of having an unwanted pregnancy. As always, Abbey recommends speaking with your doctor about your concerns and continue to read up on new studies because there’s a lot more we need to know to understand all the ways hormones impact our health.

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  1. it feels like the researches were done by men 🙄

    I started taking the pill about 5 years ago when I was 22 y.o., shortly after that I lost 10 kg. I remember that I was eating less because I had nausea when I saw food, warm meal especially. Mozzarella with tomatoes, and yogurt were few things I actually enjoyed. I didn't think it was due to the pill, no one told me that could happen. After a while I was no longer nauseous and started eating normally, no weight gain happened.

    Few months ago I stopped taking the pill and I started to gain weight quickly. My apetite was the same, I ate the same as before quitting the pill, balanced meals with enough protein, carbs and fat for my body but I gained 10 kg in about 2 months. I've started working out 5 days a week around a month ago, also doing a lot of walking with my dog. The only progress I see is that my muscles are stronger from working out, but nothing changed with the fat in my body and I keep gaining weight but hopefully it's just the growing muscles now.

    It's very depressing when despite eating clean and trying to live healthy life you gain that much only because hormones went crazy with the pill.

    I've read tons of similar experiences, every woman has different things happening after she quits the pill. Maybe that's why researches say that the changes are minor? becase only few women gain weight, few of them loose weight, some of them suffer hair loss, some have severe acne, etc. So researchers say "oh that's rare to happen only few women experienced that" but rather than focusing on all the different things happening when going on/off the pill, why don't they accept that there's a lot of problems with the pills just that every women has different experience.

    Now when I look at it I never want to take the pill again. Is it really worth it to use pills that change your hormones and connection between brain and ovaries? I am depressed, disgusted from what I look like now and I feel like I'm powerless and can't do anything about it because my hormones went crazy.

  2. After a while of believing it was causing me weight gain, I went off it. I tried going back on it yesterday and I gained a pound instantly. I’m terrified due to my need of weight loss.

  3. I gained 5 stone on birth control. I went from DP to the pill. Both caused weight gain but the pill made me extremely depressed and anxious (so bad that I had suicidal thoughts and started taking panic attacks in public, something I had never experienced pre-pill). So even when I knew I was gaining weight from the pill I was too depressed and scared to do anything about it. I stopped taking hormonal birth control and the weight and the mental health issues gradually went away.

    I spoke to my mum about it all and she said the pill had the exact same side effects on her. I'm a feminist and pro birth control, but I know from experience they definitely have side effects for some people.

  4. I gained 15 lbs and didn’t matter how much or little I ate I just kept gaining and never lost any weight

  5. I think woman needs to do their own research on birth control. I did not get the IUD until I did research and talked to my doctor about what the side effects could potentially be.

  6. Explorer812
    I’ve been on bc pills for 9 months and I’ve gained weight… I was 136 and now I’m 151 and I’m not doing anything different… I’ve just now gotten used to the symptoms which were horrible nausea and headaches for me. And a doctor who doesn’t care to even check me out or my background of health problems… so that’s a risk… And I want a choice but I’m getting to the point of is it really worth it? I guess anything is as long as your not pregnant. But it’s just not fair… The last few years I’ve been really watching my weight and I went from 170 to 130. And was so proud of myself and now I just feel like why should I even try to loose weight again… I’m between a rock and a hard place…

  7. I hated the pill… it caused me so much problems … i nearly died… even she had problems conceiving and told it was because of the years of taking the pill i domt know why she is making fun of it …

  8. Hi Abbey I know this is an old video, but I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find an answer. I’m doing the 16:8 IF protocol. I take a birth control pill (combination levonorgestrel & ethinylestradiol) in the mornings – my questions: does my pill break my fast? Will fasting make my pill less effective?

  9. Ugh I’m so conflicted on my pill. On one hand, I have the lightest period ever, no cramping, no period cravings, no PMS, clear skin. On the other hand, I’ve been depressed for so long I hadn’t even realized it might be my pill. I’m experimenting soon by stopping my pill, I’m really hoping I don’t have to go through this for no reason and it is the reason behind my depression. But then that means I have to deal with having an awful period again. Women can’t win 😭

  10. Oh my, well birth control still does it's hormonal job so what do you expect no side effects? It also mask the actual problem.

  11. I love your videos and your channel! However this is one video I'm not quite on board with as it felt overly one-sided without mentioning the negative effects. You missed some important points of discussion. The first, and the one I thought for sure you'd mention as a nutritionist, is that there are actual nutritional deficiencies linked with the pill (– such as folic acid, vitamins B2, B6, B12, vitamin C and E and the minerals magnesium, selenium and zinc. Which means if you're going to go on the pill you really need to be careful you're getting enough nutrients and supplementing with a multiV is likely a good idea (something I would have loved to know when I went on it!). Women are put on the pill for a plethora of reasons, many of which involve hormonal issues–to help with acne, PMS, cramps, etc. However, it's important to point out that going on the pill does NOT cure these issues, but instead merely masks them. I know this first hand because I was on the pill for 10 years and when I went off it my problems came back in full force. Only when I made the necessary lifestyle changes did I finally see improvements in my quality of life and hormonal symptoms. While I was on the pill I felt fine and didn't have those symptoms so It was easier to continue with my less than ideal lifestyle choices. It can take over a year for your body to go back to normal and unfortunately if you're already prone to those issues, ignoring the underlying issues can ultimately affect your fertility or make it much more difficult to conceive–I'm surprised you didn't mention this. Also this doesn't even go into the fact that the pill stops ovulation and ovulation is actually a really healthy positive thing for a woman's body to go through–ovulation produces actual progesterone (as opposed to the very different progestin) and that monthly dose of progesterone reduces inflammation, regulates immune function, and supports thyroid, brain, bones, and breast tissue….Dr Lara Briden is a great resource on this. Also, this TED Talk is informative;

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