Also known as: Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda, Vestura, Yasmin, Yaz, Zarah
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Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I've been on Yasmine for over 8 years, 2 months ago my local pharmacist suggested the switch to Zarah. Two months have now passed, I'm nauseous, I've gained 8 pounds and I'm also tired often, honestly I thought I was pregnant (I'm not)... The cheap switch is not worth the side effects. There is something different about this pill.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I LOVE GIANVI! No mood swings, no weight gain, it's helped my acne, it controls my appetite, and my breasts have actually gotten bigger. I have been on and off of Gianvi for three years now (I tried different birth controls here and there but I always come back to Gianvi because it has always been the best for me) and it's absolutely free! I definitely recommend it, but like always, everyone is different.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been taking Gianvi for 9 months now. This is the first Birth control I tried and was highly recommended by my Gynecologist. After the first few months of taking it I didn't seem to have any problems my period always came on the third day of the placebo pills and lasted about five days. One thing I will say is I have only missed one pill and if you miss one you will break through bleed for a little bit. Last month I did get random spotting before my period, then my period started and stopped for a day then came back very light. I think this is just my periods lessening, I know some on this medication don't receive a period at all. I would greatly recommend this birth control I LOVE IT! And it has prevented pregnancy!
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: i used this as a treatment for my acne and pms symptoms. i dont believe it! this medicine is a miracle! my acne is completely gone! ( ive suffered from acne since i was in 4th grade, doctor medicated cream didnt work on my skin! 14 years ive suffered from acne) and noq my acne completely gone, and not only my acne completely gone, my pores also become invincible. say good bye to my nasty oily skin! now i only wash my face with warm water! (no soap no toner or chemicals thing whatsoever) with yasmin my pms sympton and cramps are also gone! this is the best medicine that work! it balance your hormon and reduce oily skin!
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I took Gianvi for 3 months, and I loved it. I lost weight (about 10lbs) even though I was eating the a lot of fast food and crap, my mood improved, I felt more motivated, and dispite having some spotting a couple of days before starting my period it did make my periods lighter and shorter with virtually no cramps. After three months my insurance switched me to Loryna which has been a nightmare. I've been on that for a month and had such horrible nausea constantly and was sick to the point of throwing up on several occasions and even threw my pill up once and had to take plan b! It was a dreadful experience and I'm going back on Gianvi today. Couldn't be happier! Give Gianvi a try it's been awesome for me.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: At first I really loved Yaz. There was little to no weight gain, it didn't make me have any mood swings. I've been taking it for 7 months, and for the last 4 months, I've noticed a decrease in sex drive, very very little lubrication, and haven't gotten my period for the last 3 months... which is a scary thing. On top of that I started bleeding during intercourse. Each month I went to the gyno to see what was wrong, I took a pregnancy test there each month and every test came out negative. I got looked at and got other tests done and everything came out negative and normal. I've now been very tired and irritable lately and the doctor's still don't seem to know exactly what's wrong, which is very stressful. I'm now switching to NuvaRing.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I was on Yasmin for over a year and I switched to Gianvi. I've been taking it now for 2 weeks and my appetite has increased like no other but my weight hasn't changed. I eat and 20 minutes later I'm starving again. This will go on all day. My sex drive has increased and no changes in my complexion yet. Anyone else experience this?
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I started taking Ocella (generic for Yasmin) at age 22 when I got married. Everything was great for maybe 2 or 3 years. Then I started experiencing numbness in my right leg and left arm. This past year started having TERRIBLE migraines at least once a week. Due to my family history of breast cancer I decided this past may (6 months ago) to come OFF of Yasmin. To put in short (GOOGLE IT ! ) .... I had a MENTAL BREAKDOWN this past week thanks to YASMIN/OCELLA !!!!!!!!
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I have been taking Yaz for 4 years. I haven't gained any weight and no acne. BUT my sex drive has been completely gone. I just got my blood drawn and my estrogen level is the lowest of the low..my doctor said it's from YAZ. Also, (I just noticed this now) but I have lost sooo much hair since taking this pill.
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I used Diane for years but my doctor switched me to Yasmin because I was experiencing breakthrough bleeding. Have been on Yasmin for six months and I really do not feel like myself with a consistent moderate depression and angry mood swings. So odd because I am normally a happy-go-lucky person! I was using Diane largely for my acne and it worked but Yasmin has not done anything for my acne either - I have at least two new whiteheads every morning I wake up, which also does not help with the depression! I will be switching back to Diane and exploring other options to address breakthrough bleeding at the end of this cycle.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I stopped taking Gianvi two months ago and wow was that a mistake. The first period I had was absolutely horrible. It was super heavy, lasted a long time, and my cramps were really bad. It has really messed up my hormones as well. I get so mad very easily and I feel like a crazy person with emotions that I'm feeling that I never felt before. My breasts shrank a lot and my acne has come back. SO I started taking Gianvi again a few days ago so I can get back on track to normalness! I don't want to wait for my body to adjust without it.
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: Yaz didn't make me gain weight and it's helped with my acne. I notice people saying that this caused moodiness. I was diagnosed with depression a few months ago and also inability to concentrate a few months back as well so because of that I take Prozac and Adderall. Those two pills have made me not moody while on Yaz. I suggest looking into whether or not you have depression and an inability to concentrate if you experience moodiness while on Yaz.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I LOVED Yaz, I was on it for 2 years. It caused my cramps to stop completely and I had no side effects the only thing I had was a loss in my sex drive. But I think all birth control does that to me. Only reason I switched was because I couldn't remember to take it every day anymore because my work and college was all over the place. I would go days without it.
Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: No significant weight gain, No cramping during period, Period lasts for a shorter amount of time, No heavy bleeding (no spotting, either).
Overall, I'm very happy with Ocella. I'm 24 and have been taking it for 5 years. At this point, I'm not even sure how my body would react to not being on birth control since it has been so long.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: I have been on Yaz for hormonal acne for about 3 years now. Let me just say the first two years were awesome. No chin breakouts, less oily. Now for some reason it is no longer working. I am getting painful cysts again around my period. I thought it was temporary but I started noticing it in December and it is now September. I'm nervous to get off of it for fear it will be worse. It worked for me for some time but now I have to find something else.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I took Gianvi for about a year for my PMDD. Since doing it I noticed a very uplifting change in my mood and irritability. I was no longer aggressive and I didn't burst into tears at least once a day before my period so that is a definite improvement. I went off of it, changed it to Loryna and then changed back to Gianvi. Right now I have horrible cystic acne from switching around my medicine but it works wonders on my hormones which to me is the important part.
Zarah (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I know everyone is different, but generally speaking I would recommend this medicine. It cleared up my acne beautifully and has been a very reliable form of contraception. I haven't had any huge changes in emotions or weight gain. The only negative thing is that I do feel sometimes it affects my concentration in school, although I've found this to be the case for most birth controls. Overall, I'm happy with it. I have also been on Syeda and had a similar experience.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Acne: After trying almost everything to treat my sudden/severe cystic acne (diet changes, topical and internal antibiotics, regular aesthetician visits, other birth controls) this is the ONLY thing that has worked. My acne was isolated to where a man would grow a beard which indicated I had higher than normal testosterone levels. No initial breakout either! Within the first month, I noticed less breaking out. I broke out during my first period, but I'm in month two and my skin is almost totally clear of active breakouts and no cysts! Seriously a miracle, this medication saved my sanity, social life and self esteem. It costs me $85/month with no insurance but worth it. Still experiencing spotting but it should dissipate after a few more pill packs.
Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I tried Ortho Tri-Cyclen 2 years ago. I switched to Ocella 3 weeks later because Ortho Tri-Cyclen made me nauseous and made my gums itchy. I have experienced weight gain (8 lbs) caused by eating all my cravings. I've taken it from 2011 to now and haven't had any bad experiences.
Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Menstrual Disorders: I used to take Sprintec to regulate my period and help with cramps which worked for a while but after 2 years my periods were back to being miserable. The first week or two on Ocella were tough, I was very nauseous, had stomach cramps and headaches but it all went away after the second week. The first day of my period the first 2 months was incredible! I didn't even feel like I had a period, but by day 2 my awful cramps were back. I spoke to my Gyno and we've decided I can take Ocella continuously. Next week is the first placebo week that I'm skipping and I will only have 3-4 periods a year. Besides the first couple of weeks I haven't had any other side effects.
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I got on this birth control when it first came in 2006 when I was 16, I was on it up until I was 22. Switching was the biggest mistake ever. I LOVED this birth control. I never had any problems with it. Lighter and shorter periods, cleared up my skin and no bloating or weight gain. The only downfall was I did get very emotional but that was it and maybe occasional breakthrough bleeding. Best of all it worked for me. I am switching back to this birth control and can't wait.
Review by Higgy French (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I have been on Yaz for 8 months now. The first 2 were a little rough with breakthrough bleeding or missed period (which is so stressful) but I gave it a chance anyway. I had mild to severe acne that is very much clear now other than a few scars. I have not gained weight BUT my breast are a full cup size bigger. My only issue with Yaz is that I never used to get PMS symptoms, now I feel angry and the next second I want to cry for absolutely not reason. This only lasts a day or two so I can deal with it.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) for Birth Control: I switched to this after taking Yaz for years due to cost. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, BCBS offered me Gianvi for free whereas I had to pay $50 for Yaz. After 6 months, I'd pay anything to switch back. Since going on Gianvi, I've seen considerable weight gain (some attributable to lifetime changes) but I now experience uncontrollable bouts of anger that near the level of rage. My sex drive is virtually non-existent and my skin isn't nearly as clear as it was on Yaz. I switched back as of today.
The only upside... after dealing with my increasingly awful personality for the past few months, my boyfriend is still around. Guess the Gianvi was confirmation that man really does love me!
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