Ocella v. Yasmin

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was actually on Yasmin for years as well, and then the generic, Ocella, came out and my insurance automatically switched me without my consent.  I was on it for about a year, and in that year I noticed a lot of differences. I would have mood swings more often and I would consistently breakout where on Yasmin that was never an issue.  I also started getting migraines the day before AF would arrive, along with much worse cramping.  DH and I decided we wanted to TTC after our wedding, and since I was on BC for about 12yrs, I decided to get off in April 2011 to give my body time to get back to normal. (we got married in Sept 2011.)  DH almost immediately noticed my moods weren’t so erratic, the break-outs slowly started to get less, and the migraines and cramping were minimal.  I’m currently 10w pregnant, and we’ve discussed BC again after the baby is born, and I refuse to go back on Ocella because of the issues I had prior.  Good Luck!!

Post # 4
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Iv been on ocella for almost 6 years.. i dont notice really any negative side effects. I get reallly hungry when im going to start my period.. but other than that everything was really mild and even keel for me.

Post # 5
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99 posts
Worker bee

It was a couple years ago but due to a change in insurance or something I was switched from Yasmin to Ocella.  I immediately noticed a huge change in my appetite…I was always hungry which caused me to put on about 10 pounds.  I also noticed I was more irritable or moody.  I contacted my doctor and switched back to Yasmin.  I haven’t been on birth control for a couple years but that was my experience.  Every person is differnt though, what is great for one won’t be for the other.  Good luck!  I know the huge expense can make the generic very tempting.

Post # 6
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917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve been taking Yaz for the last few years, and it does help with my skin as well as other PMS symptoms. There are a couple of generics for Yaz that I’ve taken, and I’ve never noticed any difference between them. I’m not sure what the differences are between Yaz and Yasmine, but maybe that’s something you could consider?

(I took Ortho-tri-cyclen for many years, but my PMS symptoms were getting worse and worse, which prompted me to switch. I tried Ortho-tri-cyclen light for a couple of months but hated it.)

Post # 7
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was on Yaz then switched to the generic Gianvi and had no noticeable changes when I switched over.  I’ve definitely been breaking out more since going off it though. Everyone reacts differently. 

 

Post # 9
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527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@shrinkgirl:  I have been on Ocella for about 3years, after my insurance switched me from Yasmin when it was cheaper. I started getting horrible migraines during my period and had to go on migraine medicine.

I stopped taking it last month and was supposed to get my period this past weekend but nothing. It is so frustrating not knowing when or if it is going to show up.

Post # 10
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10489 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@shrinkgirl:  Personally, I wouldn’t use a pill with drospirenone in it unless there was a specific medical reason for picking that over a different type of progestin.  When you’ve already been on it before though, I do think it’s a tougher decision.

I haven’t taken any of those pills, but I have switched back and forth between brands containing the same active ingredients without an issue.  I think Yasmin and Ocella contain the same medical ingredients.

Post # 12
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1654 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I was taking Yasmin with little side effects, then aged out of my father’s insurance and switched to the super cheap generic Tri-Sprintec and had HORRIBLE side effects (emotional mostly… or lack of emotion, I felt like a hollow/numb person… it was terrible).  What about a low dose pill like Ortho-tricyclen LO?

Post # 13
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1654 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@shrinkgirl:  personally, if you are planning on TTC right after you get married I wouldn’t go back on bc.  I would recommend reading TCOYF, charting and using condoms around ovulation.  As for acne, I would maybe take something for that… I know I had horrible BC (mirena IUD) induced acne and the only thing that helped without drying my skin out is witch hazel… I use dickinson’s and get a huge bottle at walmart for like $3, works great.

Post # 14
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3010 posts
Sugar bee

@shrinkgirl:  there was a post last week of a 23 yr old who had a stroke from Yasmin. There are lots of options- I’d talk to my dr about one with less risks. I took loestrin and ortho tricylen lo for years and years w no problems. 

Post # 15
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453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have switched back and forth between the two a few times and never noticed a difference.  the price difference is huge though, and there was no way i’d be willing to pay out of pocket for yasmin even if there was a slight difference!  one thing i’ll say is regardless of which i was switching to, i tended to have a few symptoms the first month or two, so if you’re going to start up again, i’d do it sooner rather than closer to the wedding to give your body time to get used to the pill again.

Good luck!

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