HOW ABOUT I GIVE YOU THE ANSWER YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR?
“Drospirenone” might change your life!
WATER RETENTION...this is any woman’s worst nightmare and as far as I am concerned...a swear word that should not be addressed in public...UNLESS...you present me with the answer on how to combat, fight and overcome this obstacle.
Dr. Pantazis a qualified and highly sought after Gynaecologist & Obstetrician in Pretoria, South Africa, took out some time for us ‘gals in his very HECTIC schedule to clarify and myth-bust this ever so controversial subject for all the frustrated ladies out there! Cause let’s face it girls, you diet, you train, you focus and well those “can-cle ankles” just ain’t going anywhere! Be warned...this insert will contain allot of highly educated medical vocabulary but as woman we have numerous skills and I have complete faith in your ability to master doctorial lingo due to the urgency of this subject (AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS...I WILL TRY MY UTMOST TO EXPLAIN ALL AT THE END, SO KEEP READING!!). So buckle up, grab some sustainable Carbs and let’s get fit educated!
“A frequent finding in combined oral contraceptive (COC- The Pill) users is the occurrence of various degrees of edema (water retention) and other symptoms related to fluid retention. Water retention in COC users may be the consequence of an estrogen –mediated increase in plasma renin substrate and subsequent activation of renin angiotensin – aldosterone system (RAAS).
I.e. the system involved in the maintenance of the steady-state intravascular fluid and electrolyte balance.
Natural progesterone counteracts the estrogen-mediated sodium retention because of its property to antagonize the aldosterone receptor. Similar to natural progesterone, the progestin compounds in the COC’s should counteract estrogen-mediated fluid retention by acting on aldosterone receptors.
(IMPORTANT LADIES: So Sodium, which estrogen promotes, is the enemy when we are talking water retention. The good news is that in certain birth control pills Progestin, WHICH ACTS SIMILAR TO THAT OF PROGESTERONE, is more dominant and this will combat A BUILD-UP OF sodium and in addition prevent excessive water retention!)
Nevertheless, the majority of the currently available synthetic progestins used in OC are devoid of the antimineralaconticoid activity of natural progestogen. As a consequence, because of the unopposed effects of Ethinylestradiol (EE, the estrogen component in the Pill). On RAAS, various degrees of fluid retention may occur / also responsible for weight gain.
Drospirenone (DRSP) is an analogue of the Aldosterone antagonist spirolactone and is unique progesterone- very closely related to progesterone.
Yasmin and Yaz are combined oral contraceptors which contain drospirenone and this is responsible for the favourable impact on body weight, fluid related symptoms (breast tension, abdominal bloating/ swelling) and improvement in severe premenstrual symptoms.”
OK HOLD ON! LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU:
Two female sex hormones, progesterone and estrogen control the ovulation cycle. High progesterone levels are believed to be partly responsible for symptoms of , such as breast tenderness, feeling bloated and mood swings. Most combination pills use the same form of estrogen -- ethinyl estradiol -- but different types of progestins. For example, Yasmin uses drospirenone. And this is where the “catch” comes in...there are different types of Progestin and each of them vary in function.
So ladies, the winners are YAZ & Yasmin! WHY? They both have the highest content of the Drospirenone progestin by far, as I did compare other birth control tablets as well but none came quite as close. Drospirenone helps suppress the secretion of the hormones that regulate the body's water and electrolytes. Drospirenone and estrogen seem to lessen symptoms associated with mild PMS (increased appetite, negative mood, and water retention).
Consult your Doctor about this as this could make a huge difference in your weight-loss journey!
Say it with me ladies: DROS+PIR+E+NONE!!! “The progestin type that fights water retention in birth control!”
Yours in Health;,
Special thanks to: Dr. S Pantazis: Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, Corner of Garsfontein &
Netcare Roads, Pretoria, Gauteng (012) 998-8827