Post # 1
I’m in a pickle, ladies.
Here’s a bit of my medical history which may help you understand:
I started BC when I was 17. Prior to starting, I had cramps, but no other bad issues. Some time in college I switched to Nuvaring and loved it. Zero side effects. I was on it for about 3 years. Then I graduated and went off BC altogether because I wasn’t having sex. Still no side effects or issues. Then I met FI and went back on Nuvaring. After about 6 months, I starting breaking out really badly. I would have 5-6 cystic blemishes at a time all month long (never had acne issues before in my life). I got it under control with Clinique acne products and moved on. Then about a year ago, my sex drive disappeared and I started having trouble self-lubricating (sorry for the TMI) so the doctor switched me to Ortho-Cyclen. I have been on it for about 6 months and my cystic acne is back with a vengence. It won’t go away and is leaving scars and bumps all over my chin and jawline (not to mention to constant cystic blemishes).
I went to a new doctor who prescribed Yaz. But all I’ve heard about Yaz is that it screws with your system and has tons of terrible side effects (one woman I spoke with is now infertile because of it’s side effects )
So I don’t know what to do. I spoke with FI about going off hormonal BC altogether and he is willing, even though he isn’t thrilled about it. I’ve been looking into TCOYF and am trying to decide if the Yaz is worth a shot or if it would be better to stop all of the extra hormones.
Post # 3
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My husband and I made the decision in the past few months to chart to avoid because I, like you, had some problems on birth control (which I was on for 10 years).
We both researched our options, and I read TCOYF. We embraced the decision with the understanding that we’d be more likely than ever before to get pregnant, and we’re okay with this. What we say is our goal is to prevent pregnancy, but should I get pregnant, we’ll be happy. In other words, the timing wouldn’t be perfect to have a baby, but it wouldn’t crash our world either.
For us, this was the only way we felt comfortable with me going off the pill. We have to be ready (enough) in case oops happens.
Of course to help your odds of not getting pregnant, you can use condoms around and during your fertile period.
Also, I did try Yaz– my body never adapted to it, and I bled for 30 days straight before telling my doctor I needed to stop taking it. My husband still remembers it as “the month he was certain I was dying.” Funny man.
Post # 4
@Black-Eyed-Susan: I’ve been on Yaz for like 9 years (the Generic for 2 or 3, since whenever they came out with it – didn’t notice any difference changing over though).
I have had no issues with Yaz. Short, light periods, no spotting, no weight gain/mood swings, etc. when starting it.
Everyone’s different, I don’t think you can really know how your body will react to it until you try it.
Post # 5
I’ve been on the entire Yazmin line (Yazmin first, then Yaz, now BeYaz) for the last 7 years… To be honest, I love my BC. I switched to yaz from yasmin cause it stopped being made.. I began taking BeYaz about 2 years ago just because.. It’s all been the same to me. I have clear skin, no weight gain, light periods, less cramps.. The only bad side effect I have now (started about a year ago) is that I have a low sex drive. But considering that this BC has worked just for me the last 6 years prior, it can deal with one con.. FI and I manage to deal with the problem
Post # 6
I’d love to hear more opinions about either method!
Post # 7
All I know is that third and fourth generation birth control pills have a higher risk of blood clots. Yaz is a 3rd generation BC.
I was on Ortho and ended up with bruising that was the size of dinner plates all over my body. I dropped it like a hot rock and went back to Lo’Ovral (Or the generic Cryselle, which Lo/Crys are both 2nd generation BCs) and I’ve never looked back.
Post # 8
If you stay on birth control, and don’t mind screwing with your horomones a little more, you might want to talk to your doctor about spirinolactone to help your cystic acne. I have PCOS, so my endocrinologist and dermatologist both suggested taking it to help with my horomone-related breakouts, and it’s been awesome! My skin isn’t perfect, but definitely no more nasty cysts. But you do have to make sure you’re using reliable birth control when you take it, as it can cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy.