User Reviews for Drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol

Also known as: Gianvi, Loryna, Nikki, Ocella, Syeda, Vestura, Yasmin, Yaz, Zarah

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Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been on this birth control for about three months. Although my periods are shorter, I have had really bad side effects. It has made me very moody, I have had really bad headaches, and I have experienced major hair loss. It freaked me out and I switched back to my prior birth control.

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July 22, 2014 1:32 AM

Review by Ana B.:

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3.0

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I first started with a low hormone pill called Azurette. I was having heavy periods that lasted for a week and terrible acne, so I decided to try Yaz and my doctor prescribed me Gianvi, first month my face was completely clear and my period used to last 3 days max but my anxiety and mood changes got worse and my sex drive went from 10 to zero because I was very dry, also noticed my skin got really dry too and I looked like a 60 year old lady!

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July 22, 2014 12:03 AM

Review by Frosh71 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I used Yasmin for birth control reasons as it was the lowest one available to me at the time that didn't cause breakthrough bleeding. It was great for birth control and my skin is very clear after taking it. The main difference I noticed from other pills is that I would always get my period one day early (on the Sun instead of the Mon). I also had terrible mood swings and angry outburts. My poor kids copped the brunt of my moods! I have been off Yasmin for two weeks now and am back to my calm and happy self, and my sex drive has returned. I am 42.

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July 21, 2014 10:12 PM

Review by SDizzle (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I mainly got on Yaz for acne and I've been taking it for four months and have only seen a slight difference. I still break out really bad on my period and it just seems like an on going cycle. The good thing about this is my period is very regular and SUPER light which I love! and I also don't experience cramping anymore. I am hoping that my acne starts to go away soon though.

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July 9, 2014 12:17 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Was good for not getting pregnant , but made me feel sick I'm using it for a month now and skin is dark and dirty looking body pains feel tired just sick overall

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July 8, 2014 8:23 AM

Review by Linzee B.:

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2.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: My experience on Zarah was absolutely HORRIBLE. At first things were good. I never carried water weight and my periods lightened up. All of a sudden in these last couple months, my body has been going haywire on it. Everybody swears I could be pregnant, but I'm not. I have gained 20 lbs eventhough I watch my diet and stay active, my acne has not cleared up, I spot 2-3 times a week, crave spicy foods a lot, sweets make me nauseous, I stay with headaches and constant mood swings. My obgyn switched me back to Safyral because I was never bloated, and in fact lost all my excess weight. The only side effect I had was that my periods were a bit heavy the first 2 days. So my obgyn tried me on Zarah. Would much rather deal with heavy periods.

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June 25, 2014 5:22 PM

Review by PMS Girl (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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3.0

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Yaz was great for about three months. Then with time I suddenly started to become too overbearing for many people in my life. I was always high strung, and I had intense symptoms of PMS. It got to the point where my family and friends basically ignored me for two weeks and I lost a relationship from it. It helped give me the estrogen I was lacking while being a great birh control, the PMS factor just overrided the others.

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June 18, 2014 10:29 AM

Review by Kath22:

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4.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I started taking the pill at 11 years ago to help with dysmenhorrea (really painful periods) and after trying a few different pills to find one that worked for me I started using Yasmin. I used Yasmin for many years and it worked very well for me. Recently my insurance company decided that they would cover Zarah but not the Yasmin so my pharmacy switched me and told me that they were the same pill. When you look at the monograph included with the pills the only noticeable difference is with the non-medicinal ingredients so I agreed to the switch. I wish I hadn't. When I first started Zarah I was nauseated on and off for about a month. Then I noticed that I was getting quite bloated. My weight has gone up 2 or 3 pounds.

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June 13, 2014 4:25 PM

Review by Shanny112 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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9.0

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have a regular cycle with no spotting. I did have some weight gain in the belly area but it helps with pimples and my PMS is better. I would recommend this pill.

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June 6, 2014 10:45 PM

Review by NL83:

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5.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Overall no major side effects but I do think I've gained weight. I am very active -strength train 5 days/week & run 20km per week and eat quite healthy around 1500 calories/day and cannot shed this extra 10 lbs. I think it's the Zarah. As far as acne goes, I have mild acne & have not noticed an improvement.

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June 4, 2014 11:32 PM

Review by GloriaAnne:

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7.0

Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Menstrual Disorders: I have been on this for over a year. I was on Sydea previously for a year. This birth control works great. There are no cramps, it's a lighter flow, I'm more emotionally stable, it's shorter, and I only had one scare because I forgot to take it for two days in a row and my period came late. The only downside I've noticed is that I have almost NO sex drive now. But my insurance covers it all until I'm no longer considered a dependent/full time student.

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May 29, 2014 2:34 AM

Review by xKatx:

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4.0

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been taking Gianvi for about 4 months now and at first I really enjoyed it. Now I'm feeling nauseous, my breasts are swollen and painful and I've had a headache every other day for a month. I've also noticed a slight weight gain and I'm moody as hell not to mention my sex drive is gone. I'm so frustrated I want off this pill and back on my old one, Ocella. I'm calling my dr and demanding to switch back so I can stop being a monster and enjoy my sex life with my fiance again.

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May 14, 2014 2:34 AM

Review by c0202 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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4.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: So I starting taking Zarah after Ocella was giving me an bad discharge with an odor. At first I thought I loved Zarah. I recently changed insurance and I can no longer get Zarah. I've began taking a new pill which I cannot remember the name of but I have now realized how many PROBLEMS I actually had with Zarah. I've learned that Zarah was causing weird breakouts around my chin that were just hard painful bumps that never turned into actual zits. It was causing my breasts to lactate, by the way I am 21, have been on birth control since 15 and have never been pregnant. After reading another review I have noticed my sex drive go wayyy up as well.

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May 13, 2014 2:03 PM

Review by Amj23:

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8.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been taking Zarah for almost 3 months. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and working on getting healthier to try and have a child. When I first took Zarah I got these major headaches at first and tender breast but after three weeks the headaches went away. I haven't had my period in a little over a year because of my PCOS so when I got my first one it was painful but since than they have been easier. My skin looks great and haven't gained any weight. I still have tender breast but part due to my PCOS. I'd recommend it if you can bare with the first two or three weeks. It has been better than others I've tried. Also no mood swings either.

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May 3, 2014 2:15 PM

Review by Sdolbee13:

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8.0

Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been using Ocella for a few months. I don't use condoms and I've had zero scares so far. I have hormonal acne and it's getting better slowly. My periods are amazing now. I have no cramps whatsoever. My moods are great. Not on birth control I am a crazy monster. My cramps are unbearable for days. I have not had much weight gain and my cravings are less than normal. So far I like this.

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May 1, 2014 1:25 AM

Review by Valona (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: It is the most amazing medicine for birth control I ever used. I actually didn't use anything else except Yaz, never switched to another birth control pill. The only side effect is that I gained weight but that's nothing compared to how amazingly it works. I also got all the acne gone and I have regular periods.

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April 15, 2014 7:33 AM

Review by Yaz review:

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7.0

Loryna (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I had tried just about everything for acne from topical creams to antibiotics. I had been on various different antibiotics for acne over the past four years and was ready to stop always taking antibiotics that never truly cleared my skin fully anyway. It's my second month on yaz and I've noticed improvement in my skin without taking the antibiotics. The first month I had a pretty bad breakout, mood swings, bad cramping, and cravings. I noticed a sort of constant breast tenderness and swelling, but especially so nearing my period. My sex drive has also significantly decreased and and in the first month I would actually cry for no reason at all (moodiness). The best part is that my insurance covers this completely. I pay nothing out of pocket

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April 13, 2014 9:59 PM

Review by Mehh:

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6.0

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Menstrual Disorders: I started taking birth control to treat painful periods, and this did get rid of the super painful cramps and I did not get pregnant while taking it, so it was effective. However while on this my anxiety became worse than it had ever been before and my sex drive completely vanished. I noticed my sex drive return about 1 month after I discontinued Gianvi.

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April 10, 2014 1:30 AM

Review by Mzu:

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3.0

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I'm 19 years old and I have been using Yasmin for 4 months. I started using Yasmin because I saw it was working tremendously for other people. A week after I started my skin was great then I had a breakout. It hasn't disappeared since, instead its making the rest of my skin lighter. I'm worried whether it is working for me or I'm just impatient.

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March 21, 2014 11:35 AM

Review by LisaB0716:

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3.0

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: The pharmacy made an error last month, accidentally giving me Zarah vs. my regular Vestura. I don't know what it is about this pill, but my body went haywire -- mood swings, swollen tender breasts, a few lbs. weight gain (even though I am on a strict 1500 diet that didn't change), fatigue, sensory changes (smell/taste). My partner and I were both convinced I was pregnant until my period finally came! On the plus side -- my skin looks amazing and no spotting like I get on Vestura..but these side effects are too much!

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March 18, 2014 1:07 PM

Review by hanspen (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I have been on Gianvi on and off for about 2 years. I went on it to help my acne and to lighten my periods. Period is a little heavy the first day or so then completely goes away by the 3rd day of white pills so no complaints there. Although my acne is TERRIBLE! It's a great pill for someone that doesn't get acne but I already suffer from it so I will be switching soon.

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March 6, 2014 7:34 PM

Review by happyzarahuser (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Zarah is officially my favorite birth control I've tried. Other pills and the NuvaRing gave me very bad side effects (acne, moodiness, weight gain), but I've been taking Zarah now for almost 3 months and I've experienced no bad side effects. It has only enhanced my life! My periods are now much shorter (3-4 days long) and lighter, my skin has been clearer than usual, and since taking Zarah I have had absolutely no period cramps, which I used to get very badly. This pill also doesn't affect my mood or weight. When I was on NuvaRing, my emotions immediately went crazy and I felt paranoid about everything, so I am very glad to have found something that doesn't turn me into an emotional wreck! Love Zarah, can't say a bad thing about it.

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March 4, 2014 5:56 PM

Review by #acnedrivesmecrazy:

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10

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I must say this is GOD sent. I was on Yasmin for polycystic ovarian syndrome and birth control! At first I didn't know that it would help with my acne but it did help.... wow! i Was acne free for the five years that I was on Yasmin. I could actually go out without foundation it was amazing BUT for the past five months I came off the pill because I wanted to start my family, biggest mistake I ever made! My acne came back full blown and even worse than before. In that five months I tried every topical and home remedy but sad to say nothing worked now I'm back on the pill only four days and I'm already seeing a drastic improvement where my acne is concerned.

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February 27, 2014 4:38 PM

Review by Kate77777:

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8.0

Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been on Ocella for a year now. I used to take Yaz which is in the family and loved it. I have definitely gained weight and having a hard time losing it. My moods are fine, I don't feel sick at all. I actually feel very normal. The downs I found beside the weight is I have zero sex drive! And I do get chest pains.

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February 25, 2014 9:24 AM

Review by k87 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I was on Gianvi for many years (at least 4). For all of it except the past year, Gianvi has been great. It controlled my acne and helped me have lighter periods. The past year has been worse though. I've had my periods not show up on the placebo pill days (they start 4 days after the placebo pill days, so they actually start after I start the next pack), and I've actually had breakthrough bleeding during sex which made me worry I had something much, much more serious going on as I was bleeding a LOT during sex only. My doctor told me I needed to swap to a higher hormone dose, so I had to go off this pill. Otherwise, I had no issue.

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February 19, 2014 9:10 PM

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