Post # 1
Sorry if its long!
I’ve been on Yaz, for just about a year now. Things have been good, but lately I’ve been noticing some mood swings, and since starting Yaz my periods have been getting lighter and lighter (is that normal?) Previous to me being on Yaz I was on ontho-tri-cyclen-lo, which was great, I was on it for about two years and my previous Dr switched me off of it, for no real reason other then “Its time to change it up” He put me on Seasonale which caused massive depression, which he dismissed, so I switched Dr’s and was put on Yaz.
My mood swings are pretty bad, one second I’m on the urge of tears, the next I’m fine, the next I’m super irritated and mad. Fiance and I had a really stupid tiff this past weekend over nothing because I can get SO SENSITIVE.. I cried for hours between Saturday and Sunday.
Other then when I was on Ortho, I feel like BC makes me crazy.. Is this normal, should you feel like this on the pill? Fiance wants me to go to the doctor, and I agree with him, but I’m like, scared to because I’m worried about what the next set of possible problems could be on the next brand of pills I’m on… I pretty much have to be on some form of BC because I have low Estrogen and PCOS, so getting off totally isn’t going to happen.. I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.. Yaz is ok, not the worst pills I’ve been on, but they aren’t great either…
Any advice? Like, I DO need to see my Doctor right?.. It’s gotta be the pills that are making me like this, right?
Post # 3
I was on Yaz for 10 years and loved it, never any issues. But, BC affects people in different ways. I think you should switch (maybe try back to ortho). THere’s no reason to change BC if you weren’t having any issues with it.
Post # 4
It definitely does not hurt to see a doctor. it took me quite a few tries to find a bc pill before I felt like a non crazy person. a lot of them made me super depressed. You just got to keep trying until you find one the works for you. You mentioned that the ortho seemed to work well for you. talk to your dr about it and they should just put you back on it.
Post # 5
@Stephville: I think it’s weird your doctor would take you off a medication that was working for you. I’ve been on essentially the same BCP, just mixing up the brands and the 21 vs 28 day packages for over a decade.
Post # 6
@AB Bride: Yeah, I thought it was really weird too.. He gave me this whole thing about how about 90 days pills are so much better then what I was on, Ortho, was from what I recall a 21 day pack. Seasonal was a 3-month pill pack so I would only get my peroid 4x’s a year. He claimed that the odds of cancer were less, the less you get your peroid and said there was no reason for me to have monthly peroids, so it would be a good idea to switch. I did, and to this day its the biggest regret of my life.
@MrsWBS: I think I’ll make an appointment, it won’t hurt to talk to her about it at least, right? 🙂
@mrsjn: I’m right in that its not normal to feel crazy right? Like for example this morning, I was fighting off tears.. Now, I’m happy and nothing has changed from this morning to now. I’ll tell her about whats been going on and let her know Orotho worked well a couple of years ago.
Thanks for the replies ladies, I just hate this cycle I’m in of: “I’m feeling sad/depressed/angry I should see the doctor” then hours later I think to myself “Wow, what a turn around, I feel great, I don’t need to make an appointment” and the procrastination just goes on and on, because I’m up and down like a toilet seat lol.. I’m going to make an appointment, today!
Post # 7
I’d try to get back on your old ones, but if you can’t, maybe try Yasmin? I was on the generics of both Yaz and Yasmin at different times. I hated the Yaz (Gianvi). It made me so anxious and weepy. Yasmin (Ocella) was okay, the only real problem I had on it was breast pain. Sometimes the difference between the generic and the brand name can be a problem too, even though I know that sounds weird and the doctors will tell you that’s not possible.
Post # 8
I started off with Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo, and just couldn’t handle the differing levels of hormones. Then I tried Yaz for several years, but eventually had to switch to something different to better manage my chronic migraines. Nuva-Ring has worked great for me during the ~2 years I’ve used it. My doctor has me use three rings in a row for 3 weeks per ring, followed by a week with no ring, so I only get my period ~4 times per year. I think the key to successful birth control is the consistent release of hormones. Everything will work about the same when it comes to keeping you from getting pregnant, but taking a pill meant that I had a burst of hormones which then tapered off until the next pill, which meant a migraine almost every day (they’re ridiculously hormonal – my “no ring” week is a nightmare). No bueno. So, I am a fan of having something in your body 24/7 (Nuva-Ring, Mirena, etc.). I have friends with Mirena who LOOOOVE it, so maybe discuss that with your doctor as well.
Post # 9
@Stephville: it makes no sense that your dr took you off a perfectly good pill. the only reason I can think of why a dr would do that is if he’s getting a kickback from the pharmaceutical company for prescribing it which would be really messed up. If you want to be sure it’s the pill itself making you feel nuts, track your moods and you’ll probably find that they correlate with your cycle. but f course that would entail staying on it for a few months so if I was you I’d go back and ask for your old prescription again. If he gives you trouble find a new doctor.
When I was younger I never knew the pill caused emotional side effects in me. Then I had a gap for a few years where I didn’t have a serious boyfriend so I went off it and just use condoms. When I started dating someone seriously again and was being intimate on a regular basis I started the pill again and felt like an absolute nut job! That relationship didn’t last but when I met my now husband I decided to get the non hormonal copper iud. Best birth control decision I ever made! I’m still a little crazy but at least I know it’s not a pill doing it 😉
Post # 10
@Phamnomenon: Its so weird your talking about migraines. With Yaz I’m only off the pill for 4 days.
My last pill is always on a Tuesday, During the first 8 months of me being on it I normally started my peroid on about Thursday but its been coming later and later.
Now, I normally don’t “start” until Saturday but by friday, for the last 3 months or so, around 2:00 pm I get a HUGE Migraine.. Maybe I’ll tell my doctor that also.. Thanks for the reminder! lol
Post # 11
@Stephville: Ortho made me SO crazy. Crying/angry/losing my mind all the time!
For me, the only hormonal BC I can use without a major side dose of The Crazies is the NuvaRing!
All pills affect people differently. If Ortho worked for you, you should tell your new doctor!
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
@Stephville: Ortho-tri-cyclin-lo has the “lo” in it which stands for low estrogen. This is probably why you didn’t experience mood swings. This is the best kind of BC IMO and I recommend it to most. The low estrogen is also a benefit if you have migraines or high blood pressure. Hope this helps! If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! Go back to the ortho
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Stephville: I think it’s weird he switched you off ortho-tri-cyclen lo if you liked it. Maybe it went generic and he had a deal for writing Yaz scripts; yes, that really does happen and I saw the check with my own eyes(!)
I use Kariva which is the generic for Mircette. I really love Mircette but not enough to pay brand prices for it. Kariva seems to work just fine with no mood swings or nausea (and I get nausea from most BCPs.)
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
@MsJ2theZ: I had the copper IUD for a year. The entire year I bled. ALL YEAR. It made me annemic and I had to take iron supplements. I guess everyone reacts differently, but I never ever recommend a copper IUD to anyone now, especially women that haven’t had children. I got it with never having kids and it hurt so bad when they put it in I was on bed rest for an ENTIRE WEEK! Taking vicodin and everything. I tried to deal with it for a year, but I got constant UTIs, yeast infections, you NAME it. That thing cost me more time and money, ruined my sex life for a year, and made me freak out and think I had an STD or something. I hate them. Copper isn’t biocompatible, so the IUD leaches copper ions into the uterus, making it a hostile environment for egg implantation. This means you still ovulate every month, and the egg could be fertilized, and basically you just miscarry every month. After I realized what actually happened with a copper IUD and all my complications (that no one warned me about) I had it removed right away and went back on the pill.
Post # 15
@Stephville: It sounds like your old doctor wasn’t the brightest or getting a kickback from Yaz reps. Switch back to your old pills. I used to have really different emotional responses to the pills I was on. Now I’m not on any and I feel much better.
It would also be unusual to have low estrogen and PCOS. Usually those with PCOS have high levels of estrogen. HA-ers typically have low estrogen and don’t ovulate (and are thin) and are often misdiagnosed as PCOS — any chronic anovulation leads to cysts on the ovaries. I had to mention it because your previous doctor doesn’t seem to be on the ball . . .
Post # 16
@bluegreenjean: Looking back I don’t think he was either, he was my doctor since birth (hes also an OB/GYN) so I just stuck with im because, he was my only doc. I’m really happy I switched.
What is HA? I know my old doctor told me my estrogen was low and testosterone was high, which is why he put me on the pill. He asked the typical POCS symptom questions – sweating, body hair etc etc. etc. checked for cysts on my ovaries and And just said that I have it.