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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Is Yaz a Safe Birth Control Option?


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This post is about Yaz birth control and my experience while on it. Yaz is also called Yasmin or Ocella. But they are all three pretty much the same thing. I was prescribed Yaz so that is what I will refer to from here on out. Now please proceed...

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All I remember is that my Gynecologist recommended Yaz to me when I was a newly minted mother of 2. I had just had my daughter, and because we were now a household of 2 children under the age of 2, I was looking for options to ensure that a 3rd didn't come along any time soon. Have you ever heard 2 babies simultaneously screaming/crying/sobbing at lunch or naptime? It's absolutely brutal.

My Doc was a really great guy. I haven't been to him in a few years (which reminds me...) but as of today my new health insurance kicks in and I am going to get an appointment hopefully post haste. He is from England and he knows Roger Waters from Pink Floyd. "Ah yes, we were great friends in University together. I still speak with him to this day." Isn't it so cute how they talk over there? Gah...kills me every time.

So he says to me to take Yaz, it's a good pill that works, it's all the rage amongst young women (I was 24 at the time) and everybody's doing it man! Now I have never ever in a million years - or 24 - been the type of person to just take medicine. For anything. Periods? I would tough my way through it, being miserable the whole time, because as a youngster I thought I knew it all and didn't believe in pain management. Silly girl I was. My mom was always like "Why put yourself through so much pain? They have invented Tylenol!" But I was not one to be easily swayed. Until now. Oh now I take my monthly happy pills during those few weeks to ease the tension in my body and in the house. My husband and kids appreciate me more for that I'm sure.

So back to Yasmin, or Yaz, as they like to call it in dark back alleyways. I started taking the stuff at my Dr.'s suggestion and I ended up hating it. Absolutely hating it. Like, I can't use enough negative adjectives to describe how disagreeable this pill was with me. I was like a completely different person on it. My husband can attest to it. He married a young sweet little bride and within no time of being on the pill I became some crazy woman that looked like I suffered from 'Roid Rage. Yaz made me have severe mood swings to the point where I would have to leave the room because I was afraid I might throw something. You know how David Banner just before transforming into the Hulk goes and hides himself when he can feel his temperature rising from rage? Yep. Same boat here, except for the changing of the eyes and the ripping of the clothes.

Plus I gained a TON of weight. And it wouldn't go away. I was exercising with as much intensity as that "Stop the Insanity!" woman Susan Powter but without the results. I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. I tried to pinpoint what the cause was and couldn't seem to get it down. Then I realized that it could be the pill. So I started to ween myself off of it slowly. I would do 1 day on and 1 day off or 2 days on and 2 days off until I finally just stopped taking it altogether. And you know what? Everything got better. The dark cloud that I walked around with over my head drifted away, and the sun came out. I started smiling again (I tell ya it was bad) and the weight started coming off like gangbusters. And I had a happy hubby again too.

Ever since I stopped taking it all of almost 5 years ago I haven't looked back and I don't have any regrets. Recently though, I have been reading reports on women dying from it due to blood clots forming in their lungs. That's pretty scary and sad. The pharmaceutical company knows this too and they are fighting the FDA on their labeling. I wonder how many women have to die for them to start to really look into these birth control pills? Sadly, things like this change when someone in the upper echelon loses someone close to them due to something like this. Not usually when it is the everyday man or woman though.

What have been your experiences with birth control? Is anyone on Yasmin or Yaz or Ocella that have had or are suffering the same side effects I did? This is important ladies so let's talk openly about it. It can only benefit us all.


My best,

8 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Those kinds of effects tell you there is something in there that ought not be ingested. I'm glad you got off, but I feel awful for the women who have died from blood clots because of it. So scary!

Lynn said...

I know right? One of my girlfriends once sent me an email warning about Yaz saying that girls were dying from the stuff, but I took it as an email hoax. Clearly it was true, so sad yet true.

My best, Lynn

April K said...

i had awful side effects from birth control pills: severe acne, depression, mood swings, weight gain, and no sex drive. whats the point of bring on birth control if you never want sex?! i definitely stopped taking the pills. i am on the patch and I love it, no side effects at all.

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