Post # 1
just wondering if any of you have taken YAZ birth control?
If so, what were your thoughts & experience?
my gyno wants to switch me because she says it’ll help clear up my acne, but I know some of the side effects are no joke so I just wanted to get personal opinions!
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 2
I went on Yaz when I was a teenager also for my acne! I will say it worked wonders for my skin (though you have to give it a few months to really take effect) and I personally didn’t notice any negative side effects. However once my skin cleared up and I got older, my doctor switched me to a much more gentle birth control as, like you said, the side effects are no joke and I don’t think any doctors like you to be on it for an extended period of time due to the increased risk of blood clots. I think I was on it for about 2 years? Maybe 3 or 4.
Are you currently on birth control? Maybe if you have hesitations, you could start with something more gentle and work from there if you don’t get the results you would like?
Post # 3
I was on it for about three years. I had no issues. I didn’t really need it for acne, but it was a nice bonus. I didn’t have a crazy bad acne, but I did notice what little acne I did have went away completely. When I went off though, my acne was so bad. It was worse than when I was in high school. The acne went away when I eventually became pregnant, and now postpartum it has not come back, which is nice. I feel like my skin is back to normal.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME
Yaz really helped my acne for a while when I was on it! I was on it for a few years, but my body would develop issues (spotting, acne, mood swings) after being on one type of birth control too long so I had to switch.
Post # 5
Yaz didn’t particularly help my acne (it’s pretty severe though) when I was on it from the ages of about 19-23. I was switched off of it because my psychiatrist felt it may have been a contributing factor in my depression.
Post # 6
I’m currently on a generic of Yaz, it’s called Nikki. Compared to other birth control pills I’ve tried I have found this one definitely helped clear my acne and most importantly has reduced all the symptoms I normally experience with periods – cramps, headaches, migraines. I almost never have cramps anymore and I get maybe one headache per cycle which Midol takes care of.
Post # 7
Hallyeah : My sister lost her hair at alarming rates…
Post # 8
Oh I forgot I did have a side effect – it gave me IBS which was not fun. Forgot about that because I didn’t know it was the BCP that caused it until after I went off.
Post # 9
Yaz made my life hell – I was on Diane, and could not bear it after a week (pounding migraines), so the gynae switched me to Yaz. The headaches were slightly less, but still present. Didn’t gain weight – actually lost weight. The skin cleared up, and the periods were regular, but I became very aggressive and emotional. (Seems like being prone to migraines should have been a contraindication to taking Yaz in the first place, but hindsight is 20/20…) I stopped after six months of Yaz (and after the gynae wanted to prescribe more pills to cover the side-effects of Yaz)
I would not take it again – wanting to beat people up is not a price worth paying for good skin. Besides, through exercise and cutting out most refined carbs (dark chocolate is still my kryptonite) and dairy (I do eat cottage cheese at times, but no ice-cream!), my skin is actually better than what it was during the Yaz-phase….
Post # 10
I decided to take Yaz about a year ago because of acne. Here we don’t need a prescription. It did clear my skin and my period has gotten lighter. The only side effect I experienced occured about one month ago when I spotted a lot. But that’s probably because I forgot to take it many times that month.
Post # 11
I was put on Yaz for endometriosis. It gave me horrific mood swings – getting absolutely furious about things which usually wouldn’t phase me at all, getting so angry with my husband over nothing. The moment I was distracted I would realise how insane I was being and apologise. I also started getting obsessive about cleanliness – I felt like my home (which is always clean but not always 100% tidy) was absolutely filthy and grimy, but I couldn’t do anything about it because I would be hysterical about it.
As a side note, I didn’t notice it having an affect on acne or my skin at all.
That is just my experience, and obviously that is an extreme case, but it took me a couple of months to work out what was causing these issues. Just worth bearing in mind in case you do experience anything similar.
Post # 12
I’ve been on it a few years now. It did clear up my skin and I’ve had no side effects.
Post # 13
I was on it for about a year in my early 20s. I had the worst mood swings of my life, like cried for hours when my boyfriend had to work late and miss dinner. Also had horrendous acne that gave me scarring.
So…. not great
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2020 - City, State
I’ve been on Yaz for 10 years with no side effects. I tend toward cystic acne which has cleared up with Yaz. I went off for about 4 months at one point and the acne came right back, so I’m back on it for the long haul. I have chronic migraines and they are no worse and no better with Yaz than without it.
Post # 15
I didn’t even know they still made YAZ. It was horrible for me. It gave me anxiety and bad depression along with heart palpatations (probably the anxiety). I went off of it and onto another pill and was perfectly fine.