There is a reason I have refrained from birth control all these years. It was mostly due to its adverse effects I experienced. However, I never would have thought it would disrupt my progress in the gym. I am sure most of us are aware of the effects anabolic steroids can have on the body, but what about those synthetic hormones that keep us from getting pregnant? Have you ever wondered if the birth control you’re on is keeping you from reaching your fitness goals? I didn’t think so because the effects of birth control on weight training is not a frequent topic in the world of fitness.
Two years ago, I was the fittest I have ever been. I was able to lean out and lose weight quickly, but I wasn’t on any form of anti-baby maker until this past year. Over the next year, I watched my progress in the gym diminish to a 20-pound weight gain no matter what preventative measures I took. Keep in mind, I was still eating right and working out. I can’t say this for all women since we respond differently to birth control but weight gain was the main side effect I experienced. I was in denial that it could be my birth control until I switched contraceptives. As I share my personal experience, I think it’s time to shed some light on the subject altogether.
We all know that our monthly cycles vary, but mid-cycle is roughly when the ovaries release the egg for fertilization. This is when the sex hormones estradiol and testosterone peak, basically no different than the mating season in the wilderness. In other words, it gives you the urge to jump your significant other. I am sure many of you, like myself, are not ready to have children. And that’s where birth control comes in handy. Now, since birth control suppresses ovulation, it could present a REAL PROBLEM if you’re a gains-hungry gym rat.
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