A LAW student claims that she piled on a colossal 7st as a result of having contraceptive injections.
Brittany Nicholson, 25, has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and decided to start having the jab every three months to deal with her painful periods and ovarian cysts.
Caters News Agency Brittany Nicholson was 20st at her heaviest, after having the contraceptive jab
Caters News Agency It’s only through having a medical intervention that she’s managed to go back down to her pre-jab weight
From the age of 16, she also started to gain more and more weight – despite dieting and working out regularly.
“At the age of 16 I had started to experience symptoms of polycystic ovaries,” the intern explained.
“I went to the doctors due to the stomach pain and an ultrasound found cysts on my ovaries and from there I was diagnosed.
“The cysts had taken over and I was put on birth control to stop the cysts growing any further.”
I didn’t binge eat, I didn’t overindulge, I didn’t have a problem with dieting, I just couldn’t stop gaining weightBrittany Nicholson
But the weight piled on, and she was 20 stone by the time she was 23.
Brittany said: “Everyone is different, and some people may not have gained weight on this medication whilst others might have but were able to control it by dieting and exercising.
“I was working out four times a week from the age of 16 and I had a personal trainer, but I was still overweight.
“I didn’t binge eat, I didn’t overindulge, I didn’t have a problem with dieting, I just couldn’t stop gaining weight.
“I was continuously researching PCOS and the type of birth control I was on to see if there had been any developments as I was desperate to get off the medication.”Weight loss was a ‘medical necessity’
Eventually, she realised that she couldn’t continue gaining weight but couldn’t lose it on her own.
“When I was 23, an ultrasound confirmed that the medication stopped the cysts from forming on my ovaries,” she said.
“I took that opportunity to get off of the treatment and see if that impacted my ability to lose the weight I gained while on it.
“I was able to lose a bit of weight on my own, but it wasn’t long before the cysts returned and my doctor recommend I get back on the treatment.
“I went back to the hospital and signed up for six-month programme – medically supervised weight loss. The last option was to get a gastric sleeve.”
Told by her doctors that the weight loss surgery was a “medical necessity”, Brittany decided to have a sleeve fitted.
And since having the procedure, she’s lost 7st and says that she’s much happier.
‘I have to remind myself that I’m not a size 20’
“I am also motivated to continue my healthy lifestyle as the weight is finally coming off.
“Some days I do have difficulties with my weight loss. When I was obese, I didn’t even see it.
“Now I have to remind myself that I am no longer a size 20 by looking in the mirror. If I don’t remind myself I will walk around feeling trapped in a much larger body.”
At her heaviest, Brittany says that she’d often leave clothes stores in tears.
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Now, she can go into any shop and buy the clothes she likes.
And not only that, but she says she’s being treated differently.
“People will open the door for me or help me with my bags to the car whereas before I was invisible.”
Caters News Agency Brittany has PCOS and started having the jab to deal with her cysts
Caters News Agency She soon started piling on weight
Caters News Agency Despite not overeating, Brittany found herself getting heavier and heavier
Caters News Agency By 16, she weighed 11st and by 23, she was 20st
Caters News Agency “Everyone is different, and some people may not have gained weight on this medication whilst others might have but were able to control it by dieting and exercising”
Caters News Agency She was desperate to get off the medication
Caters News Agency Despite husband Matt being supportive and loving, she knew that she had to take action
Caters News Agency An ultrasound confirmed that her cysts had stopped forming on her ovaries
Caters News Agency She lost a little weight coming off it but realised that she needed more dramatic help
Caters News Agency Docs told her that she needed to have weight loss surgery as a matter of “medical necessity”
Caters News Agency So she had a gastric sleeve fitted
Caters News Agency And she’s managed to lose 7st since having the procedure
“Since having surgery, I have lost seven stone and not only am I so much happier, but I am also motivated to continue my healthy lifestyle as the weight is finally coming off”
Caters News Agency It’s taken her a bit of time to realise that she’s no longer a size 20
Caters News Agency “If I don’t remind myself I will walk around feeling trapped in a much larger body”
Caters News Agency Before losing weight, she couldn’t find any shops that stocked her size
Caters News Agency Before, people treated her as “invisible”
Caters News Agency Weight loss can be a lot harder for women with PCOS – and weight gain can make symptoms of the condition harder to deal with
Caters News Agency Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial in controlling PCOS
Caters News Agency Because of the urgency of the op, Brit was able to use her husband’s insurance to cover the majority of her surgery
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