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Weight Issues with Copper IUD

Has anyone gotten a copper iud hoping to lose weight and been successful? Or did anyone gain weight for that matter? The whole range of experiences would be helpful info. Most posts related to weight that I've found here involve the Mirena.

I have a friend who just joined the iud club! Its my understanding that particularly when switching from bc pills to an iud like her, people can experience loss of weight the pills put on or prevented them from losing. But now she's read something about cortisol levels from bodily stress from the iud possibly causing some weight gain and is worried. And like anyone worried about something, all she can find searching now are examples of weight gain rather than loss. I got a copper and my weight didn't change at all up or down, but I wasn't taking pills before, and I don't think my one lone example is appeasing her worries =) What's your experience been? Thanks!

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kaelstra
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
There is actually no proven link between weight gain and birth control. Instead, there is some research indicating that women who gain weight while using birth control are more likely to have gone through some other life change at around the same time, i.e. stress, diet, new relationship, just puberty related, etc; however, most people tend to assume it's the birth control doing it. It's much more likely the other factors at play are to blame, and not actually the birth control.

But yeah, supposedly, there is actually no hard evidence that birth control (except perhaps the Depo shot) actually can cause weight gain.
cecinestpastout
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
I put on a ton of weight while on the mini-pill (Cerazette) which I found impossible to lose until I changed to a copper IUD. I've lost a stone and found it really easy to keep off :)

I know there's no solid evidence about weight gain on HBC, but I can only speak from my experiences, which is that it made it very easy for me to gain weight and nigh impossible to lose it.
fairnymph
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
I've lost weight since getting my copper IUD, actually. Not a large amount, but significant.
dragonsred
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
i had a copper iud. i had intense pain practically every day. i decided to have it removed. i did gain weight while i had it, but i attribute that to stress eating from the constant pain and lack of incentive to exercise for fear of initiating more debilitating cramps.

its been two months since removal and i still have this belly fat that is not budging. i do think the cortisol like is entirely possible in my case. id like to blame the loitering wieght to a hormone imbalance, but i dont think ill do my self any good by placing blame and not returning to my old intense exercising hobbies :)

my two cents!
kingofthekoopas
Nov. 15th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
I gained a lot of weight on the NuvaRing because the hormones made me feel much hungrier than I actually was. It was like having my PMS cravings for sweets and salty snacks for three weeks a cycle, instead of just one or two days. When I switched from NuvaRing to my copper IUD, I lost ten pounds in the first two weeks. Now I'm losing weight at a normal 1-2 pound a week rate through healthy diet and exercise.
ihatesnow
Nov. 15th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
I've had mirena for a little over a month, before that I was on ortho tricyclen lo.. Since I had it put in I have gained maybe 8-10lbs? Thats a lot of weight to gain in a short time but I don't know if it is from the mirena, going off the pills, stress or something eles.
hrafn
Nov. 15th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I've had a copper IUD (Paragard) for 3 years now. No changes to my weight that could be attributed to the IUD., only to stress/exercise
mashuta
Nov. 15th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
i havent noticed much of a difference since going off the pill and getting a Paraguard, which i've had for almost half a year now. i may have lost a couple of pounds, but who knows related to what. but then again, the pill didnt make much of a difference either.
pinkpartyhatgi
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Me too. I never really gained any weight while on the pill, which is strange because I have had some really stressful times while on it. A year ago I got mono and was in the hospital, and that put me down to almost 90 lbs (I'm 5'4") , and since then I haven't had to work really hard at it, but I've just been more conscious about trying to keep it off (though I didn't stay at 90lbs, I've gained back to 105ish). I just had my copper iud put in about two weeks ago, and other than some minor cramping on a daily basis, I haven't had any spotting or anything. But my pms symptoms were never really that bad to begin with.

:)
anowyn
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
The copper IUD shouldn't cause weight gain or weight loss at all.

The only thing that could possibly cause it, would be if you recently got off the pills, or if you got it inserted during a time in your life where you would be losing/gaining anyway. Additionally, some women experience so much pain with the IUD for the first while, that they stop exercising and, voila, weight gain.

There are no hormones in it that would cause it, though, so it would be situational and/or coincidental, I think...

As for me personally, I've been sitting at the same weight for the past two and a half years or so -- I started taking BC in June 05 and stopped in July 07, and got an IUD in August 07 and my weight has not been affected.
mephistopheles1
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Seconded. Non-hormonal birth control is so awesome partly because it's not invasive in that way; it's not going to make changes in your body in places other than your uterus. Anecdotal stories really shouldn't apply in this situation (though they certainly would in cases involving hormonal BC).

An as a side note: don't be discouraged by the argument that BC has nothing to do with weight fluctuation as the first commenter notes; I (and many people in this community) find those arguments are usually centered in fat-phobia, classism, and anti-woman rhetoric (as in, "Maybe if you weren't so lazy you could lose/gain _____! BC is just an excuse!").
violet_flames
Nov. 16th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
The first commenter is actually referring to a very large meta analysis study that came out last year or so saying that there was no evidence that hormonal birth control (with the exception of Depo, I believe) causes weight gain.

My professor at the time said that he thought that it would be hard to prove no association because he believes pills cause weight gain in some women, but cause nausea therefore less eating therefore weight loss in others, such that the net effect is that there appears to be no statistical association, when really there are some people that gain weight and a more or less equal amount that lose. He hadn't read the meta-analysis at the time, so I don't know if the study addressed that. I've skimmed it, but can't remember either.
anndutch
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
weight gain studies- "no proof"
i agree regarding the anti-women rhetoric, in generality. a quick google search provides plenty of scientific studies of weight gain related to birth control use. Personally, a small girl, (normally about 115 at 5'6") I gained TWENTY pounds with a finally dramatically reduced diet (1200 cal/day and daily exercise) while on birth control. It makes common sense, however: simplistically, birth control is hormones to trick your body into thinking it is pregnant. Just like pregnancy is different for everyone, these effects are different, so anecdotal comments here ARE somewhat irrelevant. Some have nausea, some weight gain, some major cravings, etc.

As far as common sense goes, it makes sense that copper, as a spermicide not interfering with hormones, should not cause weight gain. But I was curious like you whether i would have the same effects on it (or the other new hormonal iud) as BC...

I couldn't find these effects listed anywhere as side effects although there HAVE been studies showing weight gain on both iuds (though much less on copper- 1kg avg over 5 years) It struck me that weight gain is not listed as a side effect in these medications. I think this goes back to the previous commentor's insight- weight is cosmetic and hormone-related and, as a bigger concern for women than men, is written off as "par for the course" just like menstrual pain was once thought of as psychologically necessary for women, as opposed to a problem, which i bet is how any pain would be viewed were it a men's issue.
syducingfate
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Aside from my normal PMS weight fluctuations and my brief vacation during which I played "How much can I eat", my wieght hasn't changed a bit.

I love my Paragard!
h0rsegurrrl
Nov. 16th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Since getting off NuvaRing and getting my ParaGard, I have difficulty keeping weight on. I gained about 5lbs when I got on NuvaRing and stayed steadily at 105lbs (besides a two-month long stint where I had an intestinal parasite and couldn't keep food down) the whole time I was on it. Now that I've been off of it and have had my IUD for eight months I'm struggling to keep my weight over 100lbs. It'd be ideal if I was still at 105, but ehh, what can ya do. So my vote is with the "I gained weight (albeit a small amount) on HBC, which came off when I got my copper IUD, so the corisol thing sounds untrue."
darnia
Nov. 16th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I had a copper IUD for about a year and my weight didn't change either way.
cliodhna2
Nov. 16th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
I was on Depo for 2 years and then nothing for 8 months before getting my Paragard. I had gained about 25 pounds while on the Depo that I couldn't seem to lose. That was one of the reasons I chose the Paragard over the Mirena iud. Now that I have the Paragard I've been losing the weight that I gained while on Depo. I will never go back to HBC. I've had my Paragard for 2 months now and lost about 10 pounds with moderate exercise and not much diet change. I don't know why I didn't change BC sooner!
kuni_bob
Nov. 17th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I recently lost 43 lb while I had my copper IUD, pretty easily through monitoring calories & exercise.
elettaria
Nov. 17th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I put on 10 lb in two months when I got my copper IUD. I wasn't on HBC before, I got the copper IUD right at the start of the relationship (ten days after I met him, in fact). I was exercising more and eating the same. Since copper IUDs are inert, I'm guessing that it was due to stress, which apparently can cause hormonal changes that trigger weight gain. A new relationship is a happy form of stress, but it's still a form of stress, all that excitement. I also developed pretty bad PMS (as in I get suicidal) at around the same time, I think it was a month or two later, but I'm chalking that up to the same thing, plus the weight gain may have made a difference.
socal1968
Nov. 19th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm 39 years old, naturally thin, and have been on and off birth control pills during three different eras of my adult life... teens, twenties, and thirties. Each time I went on I gained about 20 lbs, and then lost it effortlessly after quitting the pills. The last time I quit, three years ago, I got a copper IUD. There was no difference (delay) in the weight loss I experienced.

The research appears to show most women do not gain weight on bc pills, but I think it's clear a small minority do. Based on my experience and what I've read here, I think the copper IUD won't make a difference.
Dan Catana
Jul. 28th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
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