Weight Management

So ever since I began having sex about two years ago with my partner my period has been irregular. I’ve done pregnancy tests and they all come back negative. But I’ll go months without getting my period. I’m not sure why this happens, I have gained a lot of weight and I’m usually stressed because of college. But I’m not sure what I should do about this.

Please schedule an appointment with  your primary care provider or at Corner health Center to get checked . 

Your symptoms suggest a possible hormone balance which can be caused by stress or other conditions such as  PCOS poly cystic ovary syndrome . 

Hi I'm 20 and at the begining of this year I decided to get the depo shot but didn't go for the second one because I wanted to try and get pregnant. The first month of stopping I was bleeding for a month (which I know is common). After that I have not had a period yet but have had pregnancy symptoms. I looked into the the aftereffects of stopping it which are symptoms common to pregnancy. I've had continuous weight gain that started very quickly I am now 40-50lbs heavier than 2-3 months ago. Within a week of buying Jean's that did fit me, the following week they were way too tight. Now none of my Jean's with button and my shirts are too tight. I have had tender breast which have grown 2-3 cup sizes. Also my veins in my breast are sometimes very noticeable along with what looks like white pimples on my boobs. Nausea, which is common for me, but this is close to vomiting. I feel queasy around certain smells and have also had cravings, which normally doesn't happen unless I'm on my period. My feet have either gotten fat or they are swollen; not too noticable, but you can tell my socks are tight. My bowel system is out of whack. I've had cramping and my back pain is worse than usual. I've been more drowsy and waking up with headaches. I'm just confused. I've taken 5 at home test (3 last month along with blood work) which have all came back negative. All of these symptoms have happened within maybe 2 months and I've also gained 40-50 pounds since then and continue to gain, what seems like, 2 pounds a week or every other week. . I'm concerned because I've recently gotten on new meds (which only one causes weight gain) and if I'm pregnant I do not want to cause any type of harm to the baby. My medicines I take are venlafaxine, busprione, quetiapine, and cyproheptadine. I just don't know what to do at this point.

Please schedule an appointment with your PCP or your psychiatrist to review your symptoms.  Some of the medications you are on can cause weight gain.  Also additional blood tests such as thyroid may need to be done. 

If you do not have a PCP please schedule an appointement at Corner Health. 

I'm thinking about quitting smoking but I'm worried about the extra weight gain and withdrawal symptoms. What will happen to my body and how do I minimize the negative symptoms?

It is great that you are considering quitting!  While everyone's body is different, there are certain common physical symptoms that result from quitting smoking.  Usually, these symptoms are caused by nicotine withdrawal.  Some examples of symptoms that might occur are cravings for nicotine, tension, irritability, headaches, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, and increased appetite.  There also might be some links between smoking and your life that make you think about doing it even more.  For example, if you have a place where you smoke regularly, it might be helpful to avoid going near that place.  Switching over to chewing gum or celery sticks may also help. 

To avoid the extra weight gain, it might be helpful to increase the level of exercise.  This can also help to reduce stress and distract the mind from the temptation to smoke again.  The Corner can also help you to manage your weight.  As far as weight gain is concerned, the few extra pounds are totally worth it though!  Smoking can cause really severe health conditions.  Just a few examples are cancers, heart attack, thyroid disease, lung diseases, and even blindness.

For more information, you can visit the American Cancer Society's Guide to Quitting Smoking by clicking here.

You can also schedule an appointment here at the Corner!  We would love to help support you in your efforts to be healthier and happier.  Good luck!  


I need to lose weight fairly quickly because I am in a wedding and need to fit into my dress. I’m already working out and eat right but am thinking about trying these pills called the green coffee extract. Are they safe to take?

It’s great that you have been trying to eat healthy foods and exercise. That is the BEST way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, dropping weight quickly isn’t a healthy way to go.  Fad diets like green coffee extract can work for a little while but can’t be sustained and can be unhealthy to follow. For a wedding you want to look healthy.  Quick weight loss diets can leave you looking and feeling unwell.

The safest way to acheive a healthy weight is to control calories in vs calories out. That means eating less and exercising more. It definitely helps to have support when trying to make changes to your diet and fitness routine. At the Corner we have a health educator who will help you meet your health goals. You will even receive a $20 gift card to Meijer when you set your weight management plan in motion. To schedule an appointment with our health educator, click here >>


I have been gaining weight ever since I’ve been on the Depo shot. Is there a way to take a lower dose of Depo?

For some women hormonal birth control options, like the Depo shot, can cause the body to retain water and increase appetite. Women who experience these side effects can maintain a healthy weight by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising for at least 30 minutes 3-5 days each week.

There is a lower dose option of the Depo shot. It is given subcutaneously (under the skin) and delivers the same dose to the system as the regular Depo shot. A common side effect of the low does Depo is breakthrough bleeding. (Just FYI, we do not carry the lower dose Depo shot at the Corner.)

We suggest you make an appointment with a health care provider to discuss different birth control options and get support to maintain a healthy weight. At the Corner, we have a health educator who can help you meet your lifestyle goals. You will even get a $20 gift card when you meet with her! To make an appointment at the Corner, click here>> 


I have recently gained a lot of weight in the past few months. What is the best way to go about losing weight?

The holiday season is often a tough time for all of us trying to manage our weight, so don't feel alone! There are many strategies to use in keeping a healthy weight, and general rule of thumb is eating the right foods and engaging in physical activity on a daily basis. Remember: everyBODY is different, so nutrition and physical activity requirements vary for each person.

With this in mind, the Corner has a Health Educator who can help you set a plan for weight management that is specific to YOU and the unique needs of your body. Contact the Corner today to schedule an appointment with the Health Educator and you will receive a $20 gift card to Meijer when you set your weight management plan in motion!


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