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    Old 04-12-2019, 01:57 PM   #1
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    Purging and Birth Control

    Iíve had some issues with bulimia and purging in the past, but have recovered from it since. However, ever since starting birth control I have had an increased appetite. Due to this I have been purging sporadically. For the past week I have purged 4 times on different days. I have waited to purge after 3 hours after taking the pill, however I donít know if they are being absorbed. I started birth control about 2 weeks ago and itís a continuous pack (so I have my period 4 times a year) and itís has .02 progestin and .01 estrogen. Iím planning on stopping purging, but has my recent purging during these two weeks ruining my birth controlís effectiveness or has the pill been absorbed ?

     
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    Old 04-13-2019, 08:54 AM   #2
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    Re: Purging and Birth Control

    It appears you already know that purging is really bad for you...but to answer your question, no- you cannot count on your pill being absorbed by waiting 3 hours...pills release into the blood stream continually for 24 hours, which is why it is so important to take them the same time every day- they are made NOT to absorb in a short time such as 3 hours, so you are definitely NOT protected as long as you continue to purge.

    Purging is a problem all on its own- get that problem taken care of by seeing a therapist about your eating issues please. You are not healthy as long as you are continuing to do this.
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    Old 04-13-2019, 09:21 AM   #3
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    Re: Purging and Birth Control

    Dear TeaT,

    Yes, bulimia and purging can and does cause damage to the esophagus. I know. I did that to myself, too. This only happens because we allow ourselves to get too hungry and/or bored or depressed without changing what we mentally dwell on. Whether the pill is effectively absorbed, maybe it is if you really always waited that long to purge. But how much are you paying attention to junk food rather than what your body requires?

    I allowed myself to go through that. We can't just stop. WE have to literally change our diet so we are not just feeding the taste buds. Eating the unhealthy high empty calorie fake food automatically puts the brain in a self-induced starvation mode which creates that desire to overeat more fake food that has no food value to begin with, being mostly fat, sugar, carbs and salt.

    But that is no way to live, anyway. Rather than to focus on your sex life and what you want to avoid, lets get healthy and move toward what you do want. What do you want out of life?

    I suspect you want a mate and a family someday and a good looking body and to feel good about yourself. Is this right?

    Eating junk food feeds the negative emotions. have you noticed that the bad feeling only increases? So the junk food has zero power to satisfy and it is a fake all the way around. We choose to fake ourselves out.

    But it only worsens how we feel. And then also how we look. It is a vicious circle but we can jump off that ride, and hon please do !

    I know it's so easy to be out shopping and buy a bag of chips or stop for fast food. That only happens because we didn't feed the body what it requires to begin with. Well those places now also make some more healthy food and we can throw out the bread and potato fries and not accept the chips or fries or syrupy drinks. How about saving up what we would have spent and buying a new pair of pants or a top instead?!

    When we actually feed our bodies what they require THEN the craving stops. We will get true hunger and can eat true nutrition. The body responds to what we feed it. Feed it junk food and that is what it will crave. We need to treat and feed our bodies with respect. We live there so we are the ones that will reap the reward.

    Increased appetite only means we need to regularly eat small amounts of dense food that is nutritious and feeds the body well (example raw nuts, unbreaded fish, baked chicken, beef, pork, avocado, apple, kiwi, other fresh fruit & vegetables, etc). Sour dough bread for an occasional sandwich made with left over baked chicken will satisfy and will not cause the purging.

    Completely avoid constant munching of high calorie fatty foods (example candy, chips, crackers, cookies, salami, cold cuts, ).

    Example - McDonalds has an inexpensive, delicious cold coffee with cream and no syrup or sugar. If I am out and craving, I buy one of those and get a pre-made chicken or turkey sandwich on sour dough bread. I do not add a packet of mayo. I do not eat a bag of chips.

    That is just an example of how you can feed yourself and satisfy both the hunger and the craves without ruining your body or emotions.
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    Re: Purging and Birth Control

    Your option could be an implant.

    I suggest you see a therapist specialist who would support and guide you as you delve into and deal with the emotional and psycholgical issues of being bulemic. There might be medications that can help with some of the urges. It would be intensive and hopefully helpful to you in the long run.

    Seek the help,

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    Old 04-13-2019, 01:48 PM   #5
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    Re: Purging and Birth Control

    Thanks for all your responses. I’ve never been officially diagnosed as bulimic, but I’m assuming any kind of purging counts (in the past it was the same thing where every once in a while I would purge). Honestly, I don’t have any glaring psychological issues other than maybe being OCD about random increases in weight so I think I will be fine in that regards since I don’t have an issue stopping nor do I have an issue overeating on junk food. I think it was the water weight from birth control that made me concerned that my eating habits were unhealthy. Like I said it’s been pretty recent and only 4 times in the past 2 weeks and I want my birth control to actually work so I’m definitely not going to purge again. I know you said that I’m probably not 100% protected so I’ll be using other forms of contraception, however I haven’t been getting any spotting or bleeding showing signs of inconsistent use so I’m at least certain that it is being absorbed somewhat (my period would normally come around this time and I haven’t had any bleeding whatsoever so I don’t know if it has stopped ovulation or not).

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