Post # 32
All estrogen-containing forms of birth control (so many – not all – of the hormonal birth control options) lead to an increased risk of blood clots (which can lead to deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, and strokes). There are risks and benefits to every medication – whether it’s tylenol, chemotherapy or something in between. Your doctor will be able to assess if a medication will be more likely to cause benefit or harm for you (obviously they won’t prescribe a medication with the intent of harming you).
For example, the medication Yaz has a black box warning (many products have this type of warning) saying:cigarette smoking incr. risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from combination OCPs; incr. risk w/ age (particularly for women >35 yo) and w/ number of cigarettes smoked (especially if >15 cigarettes/day); strongly advise women to not smoke; contraindicated in smokers >35 yo If you have concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
What you will find online is usually anecdotal stories – a health care professional should be able to talk to you about the research that has been done on thousands of people who took the medication (vs. placebo or another medication that’s already on the market). It’s important to note that after a medication receives approval by the FDA, post-marketing surveillance is required, and if new information becomes available, it is included in the medication monographs – so that health care providers and patients have access to up-to-date information.
Post # 33
Don’t take it! I thought I was just stressed out (looking for a new job, finishing up grad school and wedding planning) but I realized Yaz was making me so depressed and I would just cry for no reason at all!! Much happier now that I’m off it! 🙂
Post # 34
I’ve been on Yaz for just over a year now. When my Dr first prescribed it, I found all of the horror stories online and got a little nervous about it. I decided to give it a try and haven’t had any problems thus far. No weight gain, no out of control emotions, nothing to complain about. The best thing about it is that I only have 3-day periods and they are super light 🙂
If you’re really apprehensive about taking it, though, call you doctor and have her put you on another prescription.
Post # 35
I was on it for two or three years and loved it. My periods were short and painless, my emotions balanced, etc. I went onto Yaz from ortho-tri-cyclin, which I HATED because it made me gain a ton of weight (read: 60 pounds). I was able to lose it all once I got on Yaz.
Post # 36
BC works differently for different women. What works best for one woman may not be the right choice for another.
YAZ is the only BC that works consistently for me because of its different hormone composition, as Twizzler said. I have PCOS, and my cycles were still highly irregular when I tried any other BC. YAZ was the only one (tried 5) in 10 yrs that kept my cycles to 28-30 days.
Post # 37
I used it and hated it. I would randomly start crying and felt like an emotional wreck. But everyone is different!!!
Post # 38
@ADBJSM: Do you mean “Acutane”? That is an acne medication, not birth control.
Post # 39
I use it and have no problems with it at all. I think it’s different for each person- I say just try it out and see how it effects you.
Post # 40
I HATED it! It really messed with my emotions in a huge way. My husband and I would both tell a difference in my mood as soon as I went off of it.
Post # 41
I have been on Yaz for 4 months now and I actually like it. It doesn’t mess with my sex drive the way every previous pill has, my boobs don’t constantly hurt when I’m on it like they did before, and I can’t really detect any other side effects. I was also on Ortho-Cyclen for many years, and while I liked it it did basically kill my libido. But they all can do that. Every pill, also, really does affect everyone differently. That’s no joke.
I think you would be fine to try Yaz, it’s a very popular pill, and there’s a reason why doctors are still prescribing it. But if you are too worried about it definitely tell your doctor you want to try something else.
Post # 42
I have been on YAZ basically since it came out and now I’m on generic YAZ, and I think it’s fabulous. I have no PMS symptoms and my period is like a day literally and so light. I love it. Plus I never put on any weight!
Post # 43
I also had problems with Yaz. The main problem I had with it was that it gave me really bad anxiety and I even had a couple of panic attacks. At first I didn’t realize what the problem was but it was the only medication I was taking and the only thing different at the time then before. I called the doctor and switched to Loestrin and everything was fine after that.
Post # 44
@crayfish: Yes I know I spelled it wrong and yes I am well aware that it is not a birth control I was using it as a example.
Post # 45
love it. actually stopped having periods completely after a few months. (haven’t had one in almost 2 years!) haven’t had any problems at all.
i had been on a low-dose bc for years, but started having some weird cyclical depression that seemed tied to my cycle, so the doc suggested it. cleared it up completely.
Post # 46
Yeah Ortho was ok, but I don’t feel as excited about sex as much so I’m excited and a little nervous to try it. Right now my periods are like 10-12 days and I can’t wait to have them shorter. Plus sometimes killer cramps even on Ortho-Tri