Also known as: Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda, Vestura, Yasmin, Yaz, Zarah
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Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I first started taking birth control around age 15. When I first took Gianvi, I experienced nausea, headaches, and dizziness. I was on it for about 5 months then I decided to stop. Around the age of 17, I decided to get back on the pill. This time I was prescribed Lo Loestrin Fe. WORST MISTAKE EVER! So I told my doctor to switch me back to Gianvi because I was familiar with it. The second time around I LOVED it! My periods were back to normal, no more mood swings and my appetite was back to normal. And as for the symptoms I just eat before I take the pill and it makes me feel better! I would recommend this to anyone!
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been on Yaz for almost 2 years now and I have had no issues whatsoever. Every individual reacts differently to different medicines. It's common sense to assume the risk outlined on the label.
Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been on it for 2 months now, I switched to Ocella to treat moderate acne, so far I have noticed a slight decrease in breakouts but also noticed I have no self control over what I eat anymore and have gained weight I am an active person and I have noticed a change in weight. Also very moody and I have a short temper and am very moody, I snap at everyone even at work.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been on Gianvi for over a year now and I love it. I lost some weight, but with that my breasts also got a bit smaller. The headaches I was getting on my previous birth control are completely gone, and I get my period for 2 days and its extremely light, compared to my 2 week long extremely heavy period. On my previous birth control I gained some weight, my breasts got huge, and I got terrible headaches, but none of that with Gianvi. I know a lot of people have terrible side effects, but honestly I love Gianvi. (I was previously on Ortho Tri- Cyclen Lo).
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: This is the best birth control I have ever been on! I'm willing to pay extra for it. Give it a chance, ignore the negative reviews (everyone is different). This birth control keeps me happy, did not affect my sex drive, continues to keep my skin clear and as an added bonus I gained a cup size. I give it an A, about time something works right for me.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I love Gianvi! It has been effective with no side effects. My skin is clear, I have a sex drive, I didn't gain weight, and my periods are lighter. I can't say anything bad about this pill. Sadly have to quit it because my new insurance won't pay for it.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I have never been on any pill, my acne was getting really severe so my doctor suggested Tri-Cyclen Lo. The first two months on Tri-Cyclen Lo made me get cystic breakouts and I was miserable. I finally switched my birth control to Gianvi, this has been the best alternative to cleaning my skin. I haven't had any negative side effects and my skin is finally clear! The only downside is the increase in appetite, I haven't gained any weight I live a healthy life style-eat clean and workout regularly. But I'm constantly hungry! Besides that my skin looks its best that it has in years! Now I only need to get rid of my blemishes. I would highly recommend Gianvi, your period is light, you don't experience nausea or mood swings.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: My gynecologist put me in Gianvi for my skin. I was so excited to have a pill that would focus mainly on my skin problem that I have been having for years. I didn't see any difference in the change of my skin. And the worst part was my mood swings. It caused major problems with my boyfriend and I fighting all the time and him seeing the change in me. It also made me feel super depressed all the time with headaches almost every other day. After two months on this pill, I couldn't wait to switch. Now I'm on Generess Fe and couldn't be happier. Stay away!
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I used have been on birth control for four years now- 2 years on Yaz and 2 years on Gianvi. Both pills work really well for me. My sex drive wasn't affected, I haven't had a zit in years, and my periods are light and regular. However, my breasts got a lot bigger over the 4 years (great for my boyfriend, not so much for me) and I have gained weight. It also has made it harder to lose weight. I went off the pill for about three months in the first year of using the pill to see if I wanted to stay on it and I lost a lot of weight right away but everything else was irregular. However, I haven't been pregnant once and that is the main reason I take the pill, so it's been a good and reliable method for me.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: This is the first pill I have ever taken that is hormone related, and the main reason was for acne. Within the first week all my acne was gone, and never broke out for the year! But after a year, my acne started coming back, and I am now on Yasmin, I was hoping for the same flawless face effect, but I still break out tremendously, especially compared to when I was on Yaz. I'm going to get off Yasmin because the pill just it isn't helping with my acne anymore. However, I enjoyed that year of flawless skin! I didn't have to worry about applying a full face of makeup to leave the house for 5 minutes! Now I'm back to wearing makeup all the time! I hope I find something that works soon.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I started on Lo Loestrin FE for Polycystic ovarian syndrome and then changed to Yaz since my insurance didn't cover Lo Loestrin and besides that it was giving me acne and I was on a emotional roller-coaster. With Yaz, I was feeling way better, slight acne, no weight gain, BUT yeast infections. I'm switching to Yasmin.
Review by ColoradoMom (taken for less than 1 month):
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been on Yaz for just about a month. I've noticed some improvement in my acne. I started Yaz just for birth control and because I had having a lot of anxiety and my doctor thought it may help along with my anxiety meds. I haven't noticed a difference with taking Yaz yet, but it's only been a month and I don't exactly have PMDD. So I will keep taking and see what happens over the next few months. The very first pill I took gave me nausea but that was it.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I rated this birth control at a 3 because it drastically changed my daily life. Before taking the pill, I was a morning person, but after taking it for 3 months I found it extremely hard to get out of bed in the morning. I was getting 8 hours of sleep or over, which is usually plenty for me and by 9 at night I couldn't do anything but lay on the couch. I am an athlete and I run everyday 5-10 miles, but I got to the point where my entire body would get so exhausted I couldn't make it through a run. I got on it to help acne, which it didn't seem to get any better. On the plus side, I didn't experience any spotting like other people have mentioned and my periods were normal. I got off the pill and started feeling better.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I have had acne for 5 years. Tried everything, topicals, antibiotics, not doing anything, diet changes...nothing worked. I was so sad and desperate and felt so ugly all the time. Then I finally gave in and tried Yaz. Almost immediately acne improved. A year later I never breakout anymore! It's so amazing and now I'm so much more happier and confident. And my hyper-pigmentation is finally having a chance to fade out without new ones popping up
I had no side effects at all. This has turned my life around but its still a medicine that may have side effects, but it's worked for me so may work for you as well.
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I was prescribed Yasmin by my GP 3 years ago. After 2 months I became depressed and very moody but the acne on my back cleared up. I decided to come off it for my sanity, my moods improved but my acne returned.
7 months ago I decided to give it another go. This time has been fantastic, I'm 31 and my skin has never looked so clear and my hair growth is much faster. I have always been a B - C cup but 7 months on I am a DD. My mood never changed and I just feel great. I wouldn't change from Yasmin now, it's been great for me.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: Having been on Estelle-35 for nearly a year (which gave me the worst acne of my life, 10 x worse than it already was), I decided to change to Yaz. I'm in my third month of taking it and I think I've broken out (4-6 spots at the same time) twice, whereas before I was getting 4-6 new spots per day. No initial breakouts. Only had one cyst in nearly three months.
The only side effect was my fault - I didn't wait until my period to start taking them and had breakthrough bleeding for around three weeks.
I haven't experienced any weight gain, headaches etc.
If you're deciding whether to try the pill for your acne, just do it. Seriously. It's done wonders for my confidence and anxiety, and I can actually look people in the eye now!
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I loved this pill. I was taking it for PMDD as well as very painful and heavy periods. I took or for about three months with no side effects except my breasts grew a full cup size and were incredibly sensitive. Then on my fourth month I had breakthrough bleeding the whole month! I wish this hadn't happened as I was really happy with Yaz. My doctor just switched me to Yasmin, so we will see!
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I started Gianvi after switching from Yaz to another pill that did nothing for me. I used to have an intense 7 day period, extreme cramps, migraines, large pimples, and crazy mood swings for no apparent reason. Gianvi has changed all that. I do still get cramps and mood swings, but both are very muted. I have much smaller breakouts and the migraines are gone. I get a very light bleeding during my period, which only lasts 2-3 days. HOWEVER, I miss my period (the bleeding part) often. I still get the other symptoms at that time. Personally, I love Gianvi. I feel much freer to do things like drive because I know I won't be suddenly doubled over in pain behind the wheel.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Gianvi works great to control my periods. I used to only get a period sporadically, once every four months or so. Gianvi regulates my period so I don't have to worry about it. My breasts grew tremendously on this pill. My boyfriend obviously see this as a pro, but some of my clothes don't look as nice with these obnoxiously large breasts. I did gain some weight, but only because this pill increased my appetite. I still workout six days a week and do not feel sluggish. Gianvi totally cleared my skin except for the occasional pimple. My sex drive is the same. Overall I would definitely recommend Gianvi as a birth control method.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Gianvi gave me lighter and shorter periods, clear face, no cramps, no weight gain and no spotting. The only bad things I have to say are that I was dry during sex sometimes (not sure if the pill was to blame) and I had very slight increased irritability (not severe enough to affect my life). I switched to Junel FE a week ago because I needed the extra iron but if that doesn't work too well with my body, I will definitely switch back to Gianvi. Overall, it was a good pill for me.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Yaz was amazing for my life. I was on it since a teenager. I stopped taking it when all the new health warnings came out because my OB recommended it. I didn't like every other birth control after. I then had two children and went to an intrauterine device and didn't like that either. I then switched to another pill (awful) along with the Nuvaring. Then I begged to switch back to Yaz. I love it still. Although the cost is higher this time around.
Review by JourneyGirl2010 (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been on Gianvi and its counterpart Loryna for almost 5 years now and the closest thing to a side effect that I have had is sometimes I will have some spotting on the 3rd Saturday of my pack (day 24). My period lasts 2 days at most and is super light. I have no more cramps, no more cysts, my skin is clear except for a random zit, and even having depression and anxiety I have no psychological symptoms even without anti-depressants. I am not sure what problems everyone else has had, but they are probably sensitive to an inactive ingredient in the pill like I was with the depo shot.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Like most people have said, Yaz changed my life. I've been on it for a few years for PMDD and I can really tell a huge difference. Before PMDD I was severely depressed and suicidal. Now, I'm barely even moody. As a 21 year old though, I'm worried about relying on Yaz for the rest of my life.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): I've been on the Yaz pill for a year and a half now due to problems with my ovaries. When I first started I had my period for 29 days. After that everything has been perfect, my skin cleared and I didn't gain weight or get moody at all. Now I've been off it for two months and I've gained weight, got horrid skin and moody and short tempered. That's my only down side. I've had the biggest problem as a teen its hard to get the money for this expensive pill that not only prevents unwanted pregnancy but also helps with medical issues. I live in a small town with only two chemists and cheapest is $87. 00
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