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User Reviews for Drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol to treat Menstrual Disorders

Also known as: Yaz, Yasmin, Loryna, Ocella, Nikki, Gianvi, Syeda, Zumandimine, Lo-Zumandimine, Zarah, Yaela, Jasmiel Melamisa …show all brand names

Drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol has an average rating of 6.0 out of 10 from a total of 103 ratings for the off-label treatment of Menstrual Disorders. 46% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 31% reported a negative experience.

Drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol rating summary

6.0/10 average rating

103 ratings from 112 user reviews.

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Reviews for Drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol

Lenabenas21 · August 22, 2014

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “This is the ONLY birth control pill that has ever worked well with my system. No weight gain, no hair loss, no mood swings, in fact, my periods used to be so irregular that's I'd have terrible PMS and now I'm only cranky pants for a day or so. It helped clear my skin, regulate my cycle, helped me maintain my weight, and I just love it.”

10 / 10
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Butterfly1987 · Taken for less than 1 month · November 17, 2012

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I was diagnosed with endometriosis about 10 months ago and although they removed it, I started to get the pain again a couple of months ago. Instead of opting for more surgery I tried the pill even though I have anways gotten bad side-effects from hormone birth control methods. I tried Microgynon for a month, but put on about 7lbs of water retention. I then tried Yasmin and I've been on it nearly a month and I love it! I've had no cramps, my breasts are bigger (bonus for me after losing them after losing weight), I haven't put on any weight, no bloating and my skin looks clearer. LOVE IT!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · December 11, 2011

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have taken this pill for 7 years and my gyno recommended a lower dose pill (Yaz). Yasmin has done wonders for PCOS symptoms of acne, weight gain and overall mood issues. I am 45 years old and do not smoke. Overall, it has been an amazing pill.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · July 2, 2010

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I've just turned 48, and for the past year or so I've had mid-cycle breakthrough bleeding. Six months ago this changed to a daily, dark brown, old blood discharge. My ob/gyn thought that low estrogen was the cause so I tried birth control pills for the first time in over 20 years. The first two brand made things worse, and then I tried Yasmin. The daily bleeding stopped within 24 hours and stayed away. Side effects for me are a bit of breast tenderness and some weight loss. I don't care what other side effects show up, to be honest. I'm so glad I tried Yasmin.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 22, 2015

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have PCOS and my gynecologist recommended that I take Yaz or Ocella. I took Ocella about a week, but after feeling numbness in my arm I decided to look up reviews on Yasmin, Yaz, and Ocella. I was horrified. I stopped Ocella and my PCOS started to get worse so I searched for medications that were good to treat PCOS. Yasmin had awesome reviews from people with PCOS (not so much for those with out it). I read allot of reviews and found that most people can tell a difference btw Yasmin and Ocella. I don't have insurance, but to me the price is worth it! I've lost weight, have my period again which makes me feel normal, my breast have only slightly gotten larger but don't hurt, and my skin only breaks out when I'm on my period.”

8 / 10
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Jaybee9 · January 26, 2017

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “Yasmin was the 1st birth control I ever tried.I used it for 3years, never had any issues. Before I had horrible acne and irregular menstrual. Yasmin cleared my skin beautifully!! It also made my menstrual regular and I lost weight . I got off the pill for about 4 years then got back on the pill and was prescribed ortho-tri cyclen and that was awful. I'm now looking for something comparable to Yasmin that my insurance covers. Yasmin is like a miracle pill... pretty skin, got skinny and no babies”

10 / 10
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Deswise · November 5, 2016

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I've only been on Yasmin for a week and I can't say I've even had any really noticeable side effects as I'm already an emotional person in general I haven't seen much change. I hear you get nauseous if you take it on an empty stomach so I take it every night after dinner so I don't run into that problem. My skin hasn't really changed. I've never really had break outs I just get a few pimples here and there and that's what I'm having now but that's what I expected with this changing my hormones. I think a lot of it has to do with tricking your mind into having the side effects. I haven't noticed any changes except I'm way more thirsty from like it is a diuretic so I've drank tons of water and actually lost 6 pounds. I love it so far :)”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 3, 2012

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I am 16 years old and have been taking Yaz for four months now to lighten my period and help with PMS. It has really helped me. It took my body the first few months to get used to it (I had mild breakouts, mood swings, tender breasts and little if no change in period flow or PMS), but after about two months it has worked quite well. My periods are lighter, I rarely get cramps and when I do they are very mild and it has also made my skin softer and clearer. I don't get as moody or as emotional either. I would say the only down fall is that I crave food a lot, but that might have nothing to do with Yaz, and besides I don't think my weight has changed more than a pound. Good experience so far.”

9 / 10
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MayBrynn · January 14, 2018

Loryna (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have been on this pill for over a year now. I have not had any negative side effects. No cramping or spotting or any weight gain. My bra size went from a 32B to a 32D, can't complain about that. I have endometriosis, and my periods without this pill were a painful nightmare. I was fainting due to the severity of my cramps, I was also vomiting due to the pain. I became anemic due to it too, but since going on this pill it is a breeze. I usually skip the inactive pills and just not have a period, but when I do it is about 3-4 days long with moderate cramping. Not as bad as before. I have no complaints or problems.”

10 / 10
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Gigi17 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 6, 2012

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and absolutely love Gianvi. This is my first birth control and I've been on it for almost a year. I was diagnosed with PCOS and my gyno put me on the medication. For me, I was getting periods every 9 months which to some people is a dream. But not for me. Now that I've been on the pill I do get it monthly and it lasts me about 4-5 days. And its done wonders for me. I've lost weight, my blood pressure has decreased. Used to be in the 160's and my breast have gotten larger. I don't suffer from mood swings but I do get terrible cramps but easily taken care of. And for acne, my skin has always been somewhat dry so I haven't noticed a difference. I would recommended this for people.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · September 14, 2011

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I had the worst experience on Yaz! I did not gain a pound the entire time I was on the pill, but I had other horrible side effects. I would "spot" all month long a very thick, black discharge. This discharge literally ruined my sex life. I was too nervous to have sex, and on the occasion I did have sex and my boyfriend noticed the black discharge, he no longer could perform either. Also, my periods lasted on average 10 days and was very heavy all 10 days. ”

1 / 10
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Sandy_beach · May 19, 2016

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “The pill worked wonders for me, after being diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17. I was overweight, pimply, and struggled with chronic depression. I was originally prescribed Yaz but then began taking the generic, Gianvi, because of insurance reasons. I personally couldn't tell any difference between the two. This pill cleared up my acne, improved my depression, gave me light, short bleeds every month on the clock (as opposed to heavy periods every 4-6 months lasting 10 days to two weeks!) and it helped me lose a lot of weight over the course of a year. Unfortunately, I haven't been taking it the past couple years, and it's been rough. I greatly look forward to going back on it soon.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · December 18, 2011

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “For years I never had a regular period. Sometimes they would even be 6 months apart. With a busy lifestyle it is extremely hard to prepare for periods when it is unpredictable when they will be. With Yaz I have an idea of when I get them, usually exactly a month apart. It also helps my acne and I have not gained any weight. For anyone with irregular periods use this product it helps so much and you won't regret it.”

9 / 10
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Positive and negative · Taken for 5 to 10 years · November 27, 2015

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “Before I started yaz, my periods were ridiculously heavy and the cramps that came with them were even more horrific. I've been on yaz for 8 years now, and I still love it! I have not had a cramp in 8 years and my period is REGULAR! My only downside is this: Several years ago studies started to show a slight increase in women getting gallbladder disease. I started yaz in December 2007 at the age of 21. By march (approx 3 mo. later), I had severe pain in my right side just under my breast. Turns out, I needed it (my gallbladder) removed. I am healthy and have never even been sick in my Life. I'm convinced it was due to to the yaz, as nothing else in my life was different. Easy surgery/recovery though, and no problems since! Just watch out!”

10 / 10
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Mehh · April 10, 2014

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “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.”

6 / 10
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Anonymous · January 27, 2010

Ocella (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I took this medicine for a year and just switched. I had many negative symptoms that started with severe nausea every night about an hour after taking it. For the first three months my periods got lighter for a few months and then went back to heavy I did always get my period on the exact day I was supposed to but throughout the whole year was VERY emotional and at time felt as though I had no control over myself this was my main pushing factor to switching I WANT ME BACK! I just want to say that I understand (and hope others do too) that my body acts differently to birth control than others and just want to let everyone know that not all medicines work for everyone if this does not work the way you want, try something new. BE HAPPY!”

2 / 10
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BaDumTss · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 27, 2017

Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I advise you all, to not take this pill. It is an absolute nightmare. If you wish is to cry all day long, get angry at everyone, have other people mad at you for being emotional, not be able to do anything with your life, and generally if you are wishing for misery, then this is the pill for you. But I would like to take revenge against the people who invented this pill. They knew if they up the estrogen dose on the pill their patients would need to be prescribed antidepressants which - CHA-CHING!! - is a plus for them as their eyeballs look like this ($) ($). This goes for Loestrin Fe too, which I am on now.”

1 / 10
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coppola22 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · January 4, 2014

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have been on Yaz for 2 and a half years and it's been the best form of contraceptive medication for me. I have tried other contraceptive pills and have had all kinds of bad side effects, but once I started Yaz I was fine. Originally I started using it as a form of contraception, I still do but it has also helped with my severe menstrual cramps and endometriosis. I can have my period every 3 months without a problem and I haven't experienced any side effects, pregnancy scares, bloating or acne on it so overall it's been great. ”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · August 2, 2009

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I am 16 and went on the pill because I had long heavy periods with cramping. I have only been on the pill for a little over a month but it helped my period so much! I also had no cramping at all! I was kind of scared to start taking it after reading all the negative reviews but I'm so glad I did. I have no bad side effects at all. I actually lost three pounds already without even trying!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous 12 · November 27, 2016

Loryna (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “This birth control made my life a living hell. First my emotions went out of control. I was always moody, terribly anxious, and started to become deppressed. Following this came the real reason why I am writing his review. I went on this birth control to help with my irregular and heavy periods. When the day came, I never experienced cramps so painful in my life. The only thing that I can compare it to is when I had to have an emergency appendectomy because it was about to explode. With this my period was the heaviest it has ever been and has been going on for 2 weeks now. This pill did much more harm than good for me and would never suggest it to someone.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · July 6, 2010

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “Yaz completely changed my life for good. I've suffered from PMDD for many years; to the point that I felt had no life because of mood swings, cramps, migraines, bloating and terrible anxiety. I've been taking Yaz for a month now and I just experienced my first period on it, 3 light days vs. 7 days (2 extremely heavy days). I have mild cramps still. I really love Yaz, it also has improved my sex drive!”

10 / 10
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safford5 · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 17, 2015

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have been on Yaz for about 4 months now. I started taking it to regulate my periods, as they were very heavy and irregular. Yaz helped 100% with that issue. Now I know when my period will arrive and it only lasts about 4 days. Yaz has also cleared up my acne. Before taking it I had fairly severe acne (for a 36 year old) and since taking Yaz I don't have severe breakouts, just one or two pimples here and there. If I had to list my negative experiences since taking Yaz it would be my irritability. Small things annoy me...like my husband chewing his cereal. It's not bad enough that I go into a rage or anything, but it can be annoying. Also, the outside edges of my breasts are sore. Feels like when I was nursing! So far, a positive experience”

8 / 10
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B_Tanya · May 2, 2016

Yaz (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I have very, very heavy periods and PCOS (high testosterone, high androgens, etc). I started out on Loestrin 1/20 and lost about 20 pounds in one month. Yay! After a while, it became less effective and my heavier periods were coming back after about a year. Come in Loryna (generic Yaz) and I'm back in heaven again. It's been around a year, and it's less effective. :( The heavy periods, dizziness, etc are coming back. I'm not sure what else to try... I'm not sure why they work at first then increasingly become less effective. Either way, I love the pill. I'm single and the almost non-existent libido is a plus! I can focus on important things than sex always on my mind. I highly recommend it. Yeah, it also causes dryness there.”

9 / 10
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Berry · Taken for 1 to 2 years · February 23, 2018

Loryna (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I’ve been on this since late 2016. The doctor told me I can skip placebo weeks for up to 3 months. So I did that and started spotting so I took it down to 2 months. Things were ok for a year but coming into 2018 I started spotting in between periods. Like non stop pink discharge. And I don’t know if I’ve always had them but I noticed tiny spider veins in my leg. I’m tan so you can barely see them but I notice them. I went to the doctor and told him my issues and he said to keep doing what I’m doing. So I said hell no, transferred all my records to an OBGYN office and hopefully getting an IUD on Monday. But I’ve heard horrible side effects on this pill. It has both estrogen and progesterone which can really cause issues but here’s what I experienced: weight loss, clearer skin, much higher sex drive. Literally the only issue is my spotting and the one spider vein. I’m so sorry for everyone who has apparently been through hell on this. I had great side effects”

7 / 10
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Anonymous · October 15, 2010

Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol): “I'm a teenager with a family history of endometriosis, and has had severe problems with my menstrual cycle. I have gone through many birth controls to find Yaz being the best at controlling all of my symptoms, as well as being an effective birth control. I have been on Yaz for two years, and just this summer, I was switched to Gianvi. My body is very touchy and picky about pills and did not react to Gianvi well, even though it was a switch that shouldn't have made a difference. It did not control my previous menstrual symptoms. I found out I had gotten pregnant, even with other contraceptives, and just went through a horrible miscarriage. If any other women out there have problems, I would recommend switching back to Yaz just from experience”

1 / 10
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