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Is There A Birth Control Pill that Doesn't Cause Extreme Fatigue,Acne,AND Weight Gain?

May 24, 2008 - 20 comments

I don't know about anyone else, but I have had such a difficult time trying to find the right birth control pill. I need one that doesn't make me tired,cause weight gain, or acne.  It seems like every pill I try-either it helps my acne and makes me hungry and sooooo...... tired.  

I am also on Vyvanse for ADHD and that decreases my appetite.  However, I have been on Yaz for a few months, and I swear it reverses all the positive effects of Vyvanse (more energy/decreased appetite) because I am so tired and hungry all the time.  

In the past I have tried Lo-Estrin, Nuva-Ring,&  Ortho Tri Cyclen.  Does anyone have any recommendations for the perfect pill--i.e. NO WEIGHT GAIN/APPETITE CHANGES----ACNE-----FATIGUE/TIREDNESS or anything else that has worked out well for them?


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by ihearttani, Sep 17, 2008
I was on Yasmin for a while and I saw many negative side effects also.  The DSRP in it is a diarretic, so instead of clearing up my skin, it caused me to be extremely dehydrated.  That resulted in me breaking out even more.  What I suggest is looking into what types of hormones are in each of the oral contraceptives you've taken and work from there.  Avoid other pills that include the same type, and try something new.  I went on Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 and lost about 10 pounds in the first month.  My mother said that happened to her also when she went on it...which I thought was odd because our bodies never react the same.  However, what works for one person may not work for the next.  I've been on about 7 different brands of birth control and I finally found one that my body responds well to.  My skin honestly radiates, I have lost about 30 pounds, and I am up at 6am every morning.
As for the ADD medication.  I'm also on Adderal.  As you take the medication over a longer period of time, your body will adjust to it, and you will start to eat more.  You shouldn't take it based on the fact that it wakes you up and causes you to be less hungry.  They are benefits, but your body will become addicted to it.  Birth control doesn't make you gain weight, it simply causes people to store water more easily.  Maybe try to cut back on how much sodium you take?  And look into taking a vitamin suppliment that provides you with iron, vitamin B12 and B6, zinc...etc.  My doctor put me on a prenatal vitamin to help my fatigue.

If none of that works for you, the only suggestion I have is to consider whether or not you are depressed?  Birth control has a tendency to bring that on, considering the hormones...and that may be it.

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by vnns, Apr 24, 2010
Extreeeeeme Fatigue
Husband ready to kill me
Have had all kinds of tests:
     iron levels--high
Put on anti-depressants.  Prozac...which made me even more tired which I didn't think was possible.
     Have changed from prozac to luvox.  Helped but still need 10 - 12 hours of sleep a day to feel 50% normal.
I take vitamins.
I did not decrease my physical activity.  If anything, I increased it.  It's a different kind of tired.  Almost like a drugged affect...not just like "I have been laying around all day not doing anything" tired.

I've noticed over the last few years that there is one week out of the month that I have all kinds of energy...right before and during my period.  I thought this was really strange because that is when I should be tired.

Then, this morning it dawned on me.  My energy is zapped everytime I start taking birth control pills again after my period.  It must be the pills!!!!!!!

Although this was the case ever since I started bc pills 10 years ago, it has been increased 100 fold in the last two years when I switched to Yasmin.

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by smc287, Sep 22, 2010
Wow!  vnns!  Your symptoms are EXACTLY like mine!  I'm a group fitness instructor so when I tell people I'm tired they just look at me and roll their eyes and tell me to stop working out so much!  But the problem didn't start until I started taking birth control pills again a little over a month ago.  What I related to so much of what you said was that it's a different kind of tired.  It's more like a drugged effect!  I feel like my legs weigh 100 lbs each and it doesn't matter how much sleep I get (which usually I get 7-8 hrs a night and have PLENTY of energy the next day) I wake up feeling SOOOO tired!  I am a Stay-At-Home mom to a three and four-year old and luckily they still take naps during the day, because I SO look forward to nap time!  We take a two hour nap everyday and I sometimes I think I need it more than them!  And I could really sleep for four hours if I didn't mind them sleeping that long.  I am taking Ortho-Novum.  Everybody keeps mentioning problems with Yasmin and Yaz but it's not just those pills  Thanks for sharing and making me feel like I'm not crazy!  

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by fatiguegirl, Dec 29, 2010
I am a college student working toward getting my BA. I am in a very loving relationship with my boyfriend and I am currently on BCP. But I'm now searching for a better contraceptive method. Being a college student, it is absolutely necessary that I have EVERY ounce of energy possible at ALL times! But with these hormones I am just exhausted ALLLLLL the time. It's extremely frustrating because it's very counterproductive. I am on the pill so that I can be sexually active with my boyfriend, yet I am so tired all the time that many times I opt to not do anything but sleep. It drives him insane! but mainly it drives me insane, aside from the depressed state of mind i'm in all the time, and the excessive weight gain I've experienced (even though I never changed my eating habits), I am so overwhelmingly EXHAUSTED! I want to be involved in school activities and events and parties, but I can't do a thing. I can't think about anything but sleeping more and more. And I know it's the pill because when I'm away from my boyfriend during summertime when we both go back home and I go off the pill, I am back to my normal self! I am now thinking of getting the Copper T (non-hormonal) IUD inserted but I've heard that since I'm only 20 and haven't had children yet, that they may not approve me. I am done with hormones though! I want to feel myself. Is there any advice on other options or feedback on the Copper IUD?? Thanks!

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by Imtired19, Dec 29, 2010
I agree with you all!! I am laying in bed now while typing this. I began Loestrin24Fe almost two months ago and I have been none stop sleepy for almost two months!! I have no energy, my boyfriend is getting fed up with me because all I want to do is lay around and sleep. I cannot even work a full day as I could before because all I can think about is a good nap. IMve just statred having random acne which is completely not normal as well. I want to take birth control but I don't know if I can continue on with the fatigue.... I almost feel depressed and my mood swings are ridiculous!!

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by gettingcloser, Jul 22, 2011
Yes same here all I can say is stay away from Errin too because it makes you have those exact symptoms once I went off I finally lost my acne and am just starting to get more energy I guess I'll avoid Yasmin

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by justbme, Jul 29, 2011
OMG now I know!!!  I am so glad to hear that other people feel the same way I did about the energy.  I thought it was me.  I swear I am drugged.  I can't keep my eyes open, my body feels so heavy, no matter how much sleep I get I am ALWAYS TIRED.  I hate the pill.  I am taking myself off of it.  I am only on it to slow/stop my period.  I'm not even on it for birth control because my tubes were cut and burned.  Forget it.  I rather have my heavy period than feel like this everyday.  I am on Kelnor.  I just want my body back.  I didn't have any weight gain but my appetitie is totally shot. Oh and let's not talk about the lack of sex drive.  OMG!  This *****.  No matter what my husband does I just don't feel it.  I am so not in the mood and I haven't reached orgasm since being on this stupid pill.  

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by jacki221, Mar 31, 2012
Just started the pill last week fr the same reasons as justbme.  This *****!  I have wanted to lay down and sleep in the grocery store, at work, in restaurants,  ANYWHERE!  Not to mention I broke into tears this morning because I was so frustrated with the fatigue.  Forget it!  I'm just gonna deal with the periods til I go through menopause(  which hopefully will be soon!)  With my daily schedule, I don't need to be dragging like this!  The thought of having to go down the basement to get the laundry is killing me because my body doesn't want to MOVE!  

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by Christabelle7, May 18, 2012
Most BC pills contain estrogen which binds to thyroid hormone, allowing less of the thyroid hormone to reach your cells.  I suggest you get your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) checked while on the pill.  If it's over 2.5 or so, that could be the cause of the fatigue.  You can then either go off BC or take a small amount of thyroid supplement (Synthroid, for example).  Another suggestion:  Take the pill in the evening.  For me, it seems to have the most tired effect the first twelve hours.  Good luck to you all.  

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by borderlinecrazy360, Sep 07, 2012
I have just started taking Lo Loestrin for the first time a few weeks ago.  I am so tired i feel like dying and my boobs are so big and achey.  I feel like I am pregnant again.  I have 0 sex drive and promised myself a month of this to make sure I wouldn't just get over these side effects.  I am nearly 40 and am thinking I would probably rather deal with the ovarian cysts and irregular periods than this 24/7.  I thought I was nuts or something glad to know I am not.

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by boots224, Sep 19, 2012
I'm so glad I found this! I am on day  2 of being off the pill. I've been on it for 4 years now, yasmin for the past two years. I get 7-10 hours of sleep every night, live a healthy life, eat well work out three days a week and I always tell my husband that I feel 'drugged' like I drag myself around at work and when i get home all i want to do is sleep, and i've always been a very high enery person. and the only time that i feel like i have all my energy is when i stop taking the pill for a week to get my period. I am now going to condoms and spermacide

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by Sunny1414, Jan 19, 2013
Sitting in the coach, just laughing like a lunatic person... I have never ever in my entire life have been feeling  more comprehended by someone else like I feel right now. Every symptoms that all of you have been described are part of my  life. I just started again taking Jasmine, apparently because it will help me to stabilize my hormones and reduce my  mood swings and depression...(after having two kids). Now the pill just increase  more "crap" ... At least I know now that I am not crazy. My first approach to fight the depression (along with the pills) was to enrol myself in a health club, but until now I just can't find enough strength to stand up in my SOOOOO HEAVY legs and entire body, even if I just weight 50 kg.  I swear I will go tomorrow to enroll to the YMCA ( regadless how tired I feel and even if I fall asleep in the car) and I will resolve my depression problem with a mix of Zumba class and Yoga class but definitely NO with Jasmine. Thanks to everyone to share your stories.

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by jr1981979, May 08, 2013
I just started taking Levora...started my second pill pack this past Sunday.  The first month I took it the first Monday I vomited in the morning, tried eating soup at lunch, vomited that up and felt crappy all the rest of the day.  I did finally get an appetite.  I didn't take the pill that night (Monday), called my doctor Tues morning and told her about the extreme vomiting.  She said I must have a bug because I'm on the lowest level pill there is, and to take it again that night and see what happens.  I took it and didn't feel nauseous the next day.  I figured she was right.  I also felt extremely tired, like I could collapse at any minute, which started that Monday when I was vomiting and lasted pretty much all week.  I chalked it up to the bug.

Well, fast forward to starting my 2nd month's pill pack this past Sunday and I ended up going home early on Monday.  I felt like I would throw up if I ate anything and it took me til about 3 pm that day to even get food down.  I was so exhausted and sleepy I felt like my body had weights on it.  It's Wed and I have stayed home the last 2 days (left early Monday, stayed home Tues and Wed).  This is very concerning to me.  I decided to go on the pill because I have pmdd and the emotional problems I have during the 7 days before starting my period were impacting my life and work.  But now I've traded one issue for another.  Before taking the pill I would need a day or 2 to lie in bed and rest about 2-3 days before starting my period (which I hated because it effected my work).  Now I need a day or 2 after my period when I start my pills.  I'm wondering if I give it another 2 months and see how I'm doing on the 4th month but I'm nervous about next month.  I don't want to miss any work and I'm nervous I will have this extreme fatigue problem again.  It makes me wonder what the pill is doing to my body and whether it's a good trade off or if I should go off of it and just deal with the pmdd.

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by j3664, May 13, 2013
Wow.- thanks everyone for sharing.  I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me.  I got off the pill for two years trying to get pregnant.  I lost 30lbs my sex drive was through the roof, and I was energetic and happy.  I then started having problems with my period, so I decided to go back on the pill. Loestrin24Fe.  I'm exhausted.  Like drugged exhausted as someone mentioned above.  I have fallen asleep at work, behind the wheel, and just sitting on the couch.   I cannot get enough sleep.  I've stopped working out because I'm so drained by the time I get out of work and my sex drive has ceased to exist. I'm pretty sure that once this full month is over (it will be two months of being back on) if I don't feel a difference I am going to stop taking them.   Thanks again everyone.  I had my suspicions that it was the bc, but now I'm positive it is.  

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by Emmalia, May 27, 2015
Holly F***!
I'm just speechless! I've always known that Any kind of hormonal change in my body from bcp has a bad effect on me. I just feel so helpless, and don't know what to do!

First time I was put on Yaz was due to my ovarian cyst. 1-2 months I've gained weight like a hippo 120-125lbs. Keep in mind my whole life I was around 98lbs until 20s and around 105lbs early 20s.

After getting together with my current of 6years bf I started in my bc journey!
I've tried the patch, ortho, nuva,  all made me gain weight and made me a psycho- that it made my relationship a nightmare. My bf understanding even less than me about bc started calling me crazy that I myself started believing I was and something was wrong with me.
Finally after on and off between those bc methods and two abortions I got on Loloestrin Fe. Same thing moody, less and less sex drive and other side effects I've just learned to live with it thinking million of people are on them I need to suck it up!!!
Eventually I think about a year or two into it I started getting extremely bloated having to think maybe I'm pregnant few times. I wasn't pregnant but the bloating got worst and worst. Not knowing it was the Loloestrin Fe I even saw a gastroenterologist, thinking I'm gluten intolerant. Got tests and got a biopsy everything negative besides mild Hpylori! Put on antibiotics / never took them I don't do good with antibiotics either!

Finally about two months ago by a delayed prescription from my MD for Loloestrin Fe I missed few days of the bc pill and my bf suggested to waited about until my period, give myself little break from them! Problem, no period for about a month- I guess that's another side effect bc pills will give you! Your ovaries get lazy of producing natural hormone and go to sleep! Sometimes you have to jump start them with other kind of hormones. Fortunately for me mine regrouped with in a month!

While off Fe my bloating went away completely within a week and I can again eat anything I wanted and felt pounds lighter!

After my period Ended and after a month of no sex I started looking into other bc! Landed on Ortho Cyclen. Two weeks in, no bloating. Now I'm feeling down, I constantly feel tired, I could sleep for hours even after hours of night sleep and now my legs feel pounds heavier and swollen and aching!!!  I just want to give up at this point!!!
Anybody help!

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by Brittany1234567890, Dec 25, 2015
WOW! Thanks for sharing everyone! I've been trying to figure out why I have been fatigued for over a year! My doctor said it was due to stress and I even dropped my microbiology class in hopes of feeling less stressed afterwards. I would still wake up the next day feeling as if I was a ghost inhabiting someone else's body. I tried sleeping more, going to bed earlier, i quit alcohol. started going to the gym, nothing worked, Sometimes I would wake up and start crying because I knew I would feel like **** no matter what I did.  

I brought the idea up with my doctor that it might be the birth control and she said that it is a likely possibility. I've been off of it for 3 weeks, but am still feeling fatigued. What do ya'll think? How long did it take before you were finally feeling normal again?

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by Camaya09, Feb 17, 2016
I'm so glad I found this...I started taking BeYaz two weeks ago and have been feeling like hell since. My dr prescribed it for my PMDD which causes crazy mood swings, irritability. Since starting this pill I've been extremely exhausted every day, stomach is a mess, and my body aches. I'm supposed to give it three months but there is no way I can! Anyone had any luck treating PMDD? I've tried Acupunture, antidepressants, and a mood stabilizer. Nothing has helped that much.

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by Renbinda22, Feb 19, 2016
Hi I'm also happy i found this! I'm in my late 20's and I just started Yasmin 6 days ago..i know super early to be discussing symptoms but im usually very in tune with my body and any changes. I was not on birth control for over 7 years and decided to start again mainly to help with acne. When i was on it years ago i noticed  the change is sex drive and dehydration. Now after only 6 days I've been feeling extremely exhausted! Like going to nap 3 times a day exhausted!!  This time I'm also experiencing dry eyes that don't go away and exacerbate the lethargy. I've decided today is my last day. I hope i don't experience irregular bleeding because of stopping early but these hormones are no good for my well being. I wish everyone the best of  luck with oral contraceptives. Definitely not for me!!

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by Aliceberry1994, May 20, 2016
Very glad I have read this as well! Been feeling really down and frustrated as I have been absolutely fatigued and lethargic for about a week. Been for blood tests to try and see if it is anaemia (as this is common in young women). However it clicked that I have been on the pill (Femodette) for 18 days and I'm beginning to think it is this.. I only went on it to try and regulate my bleeding and when going on holiday just stop the period for that month to make it easier BUT if this is how I'm going to feel when I'm on the pill then i quit it!!!!!!

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