Post # 1
So, I stopped taking BC about 7 months ago to give my body a break, since we’re going to start trying to conceive as soon as we get married. I’m 35, and am hoping that we won’t encounter any issues. However, cessation of BC has wreaked havoc on my skin and I really don’t want to look like a pimply teenager at my wedding. So, I spoke with my GYN today and she said that, as long as my cycles returned to normal quickly this time (which they did), it’s likely that they will again should I decide to go back on the pill now. So, I’m going to do it. Actually, would love to hear opinions on this.
Second issue – I’ve taken brand name Yasmin for as long as I can remember. But, even with my insurance, the price is now $70/month. Yikes. I had switched to Ocella long ago, and didn’t like it. But I can’t remember why at this point. I’m gonna try it again because I can’t justify spending that kind of money unless the side effects are really unbearable. Can anyone tell me about their positive or negative experience with Ocella? Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
Just a warning. This was in the news very recently about Yasmin…
Basically at least 23 Canadian women have died who were taking Yasmin. I know there are always risks with any type of medication but this is quite concerning.
Post # 9
@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
@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 # 11
Thanks for the feedback, ladies. I really appreciate it. I have heard the news about Yasmin/Ocella, and the risks – and, although quite scary, I had a wonderful experience with Yasmin for many years (as opposed to several other pills that I had tried previously). I’m just hesitant to take the Ocella. Of course, my fiance says “They’re the exact same ingredients. How could they be any different?” Well, why don’t you try taking them?! I know – everyone’s different. I wish I could remember why I didn’t like Ocella but, as I said, it was a long time ago. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try. I’m just wondering if I shouldn’t stay off it altogether. But now I’ve got my fiance all excited about the possibility of not having to wear condoms again. Crap, I shouldn’t have said anything!
Post # 12
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
@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
@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
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.