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User Reviews for Gianvi to treat Birth Control

Gianvi has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 from a total of 172 ratings for the treatment of Birth Control. 38% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 37% reported a negative effect.

Gianvi Rating Summary

5.3/10 average rating

172 ratings from 181 user reviews.

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Reviews for Gianvi

Anon · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 7, 2018

“I hate writing bad reviews, but PLEASE DO NOT use this birth control! I have been on it over a month and bleeding non stop, having anxiety attacks all day long while at work, intrusive awful thoughts, vision feels different and blurry, feeling depressed and moody one minute the next I’m fine. will not be taking anymore pills on this brand. I was on Loryna (which they say is comparable) and it is not. I felt perfectly fine on Loryna, and figured it would be the same on Gianvi. It’s not, I don’t want this to happen to anyone else, so please girls watch out.”

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Anonymous April 26, 2011

“I first want to say that I read a bunch of reviews before starting Gianvi and became extremely nervous because of all the negatively. However, my experience has been absolutely wonderful, with only one complaint. I am on my third pack and am having the best periods of my life. Little cramps, no bloating, no mood swings, light flow, AMAZING! My mood overall has also been very positive. I'm much less stressed and don't feel as anxious. As for my skin, like my doctor said it did break out very bad at first, but it is clearing up. Also, my breasts have gotten noticeably bigger, which I love. My one and only complaint is I tend to be dry during sex, which has never been a problem before. But hey, there's things to help with that.”

8 / 10
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Nina6742 · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 29, 2013

“I've been on many birth controls trying to find the right one for me. I was on Apri a couple years ago which gave me very bad anxiety so after that I switched to Tri-Sprintec. This pill didn't cause any anxiety but my skin broke out so terribly on it! My third and final switch was to "Yaz", at the pharmacy I was handed the generic Gianvi. I spent hours reading reviews and was a little nervous to start taking these pills but they have been great. My skin has completely cleared up, I never break out at all anymore. I had no mood changes or anxiety, nor weight gain. This pill is sensitive with regards to breakthrough bleeding, if just one pill is missed you can expect spotting the next day. Otherwise an AWESOME pill! Highly recommend!”

9 / 10
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eh2019 · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 14, 2021

“I was on Gianvi for about 2 years and have recently gotten off of it. The first 5 to 7 months I felt quite emotional/anxious, I also went up about 1 cup size and my skin was perfect. However, it did prevent pregnancy, so I'm thankful for that. It also decreased the heaviness of my cycle. And it was free with BCBS! About 1.5 year in, I began noticing that I had vaginal dryness and my libido was super low as well. Since I was so dry, sex started becoming very painful and it seemed like no amount of lube could help. It has been just over 2 years and I have decided to get off Gianvi for a few months to see if my problems disappear. So far, it has been about 1 week and I feel really good. To anyone reading this post, I suggest you always listen to your body and find an understanding provider who can help you create a plan that you both agree on. Good luck!”

6 / 10
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Annie March 29, 2021

“I was on this for 10 years and LOVED it! I suffered from anxiety prior and this was given to me to help and it took it away completely! I had zero side effects on this BC pill. My pharmacy had a hard time ordering it and I missed taking it for a week and my husband and I wound up pregnant haha now that I’ve delivered my daughter I've specifically requested that brand (all other similar brands are NOTHING like Gianvi.. beware I tried 5 of them !) I swear by Gianvi”

10 / 10
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TEANAD February 29, 2020

“I’ve been on Gianvi for about 3 months now and honestly at first I was very worried about side effects and very nervous as to what would happen to my body but it’s the best decision I ever made! Within the first week of starting the pill I was nauseous almost everyday (I take my pill at 9:00 pm), every now and then I’ll get a bit nauseous but it is tolerable. I did not gain/lose any weight, and do not bleed (nor haven’t bled) any other time than when I menstruate within the first three days of starting the placebo pills. The only significant complaint I have is frequent headaches. I have a headache at some point throughout the day almost every day, some last hours and others, minutes. Again, they are uncomfortable but tolerable and if they are very bad, I’ll take some OTC pain relief drugs. I am happy having peace of mind and no more pregnancy scares! Also, my periods have shortened, lightened, and are much less painful ever since I started taking Gianvi, which is great.”

9 / 10
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Sophie April 23, 2019

“This was one of the worst experiences of my life. Women who have a history of anxiety and depression should be warned not to take Gianvi contraceptive pill. It made me have horrifying panic attacks and an episode of depression. I felt very drowsy, constantly nauseous and fatigued. I am not on any other type of medication and have a very active healthy lifestyle. This pill was like poison for the whole body. I am so angry I wasn’t warned about all these VERY serious side effects.”

1 / 10
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BibiB · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 10, 2013

“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.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous September 1, 2010

“In my third month of taking Gianvi I have had major mood swings, depression, anxiety, and changes in appetite varying from nausea to over eating. I have not felt like this before with any other birth control. A little with Ortho-Tri Cyclen but I don't think it is as bad as this. I feel like I'm at constant war with myself to keep my emotions and my feelings in line. I'm not a usually emotional person so all these feelings are very overwhelming and frustrating. I have an appointment in a week to go to planned parenthood and ask for a different kind of birth control. I've decided to stop taking it today. It does work however, I have not gotten pregnant. ”

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A · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 2, 2020

“Does anyone experience stomach pain and discomfort from their birth control? I keep having to switch generic versions because after a few months by stomach will just generally ache all the time. Nikki seems to be bad as well as Loryna. I’m back to Giavani which was fine for the longest amount of time.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous September 3, 2020

“I was really worried about starting on Gianvi after reading all of these negative reviews. It started out fine with no major mood shifts. But then I started on my second pack and was in the depths of despair. I have a history of depression and anxiety, so I was not sure whether it was the birth control, but it got to the point where I was in such a dark place. I decided to stop Gianvi and instantly felt better. It was like a cloud lifted off my head. People react differently to this, so I’m not dissuading someone from trying it. But just be vigilant for the side effects.”

2 / 10
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Moni · Taken for less than 1 month October 11, 2018

“I’ve just started to take this pill I believe 5 days ago and I would say it’s working great. I haven’t had any problems other than fatigue and moodiness. I was skeptical about taking this pill since there was mixed reviews but one of my good friends said that birth control pills work differently for everyone, so don’t be afraid to try it. My doctor prescribed me this one. This is the first birth control I took and I don’t have anything bad to say about it. Don’t rely on reviews because it may work for you unlike others!!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2021

“I got on Gianvi at 19 years old when my periods were irregular and I had horrible cramps, to prevent pregnancy and help my acne. It helped my acne a lot and I was excited to finally not worry about pregnancy at a young age. I was skeptical about side effects at first but waited three months before judging my experience at all to make sure I was used to it. I ended up staying on Gianvi for about 6 months. My experience was terrible. I would’ve taken acne over the effects it had on my mental health any day. I had crippling anxiety everyday that I never experienced prior to. It eventually got so bad that I had panic attacks everyday and cried and didn’t eat for 3 days. I ended it immediately and while I still suffer from mild anxiety, it’s a million times better than it was when I took this. Please be careful and pay attention to your body”

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KCatty · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 9, 2013

“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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Katie528 December 7, 2013

“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!”

8 / 10
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ZF November 12, 2010

“I was on Yaz since I was 16 (now I'm 25), I got switched to Gianvi 3 months ago. First month was okay, I didn't notice much changes, but the last 2 months were horrible. My mood swings are horrible, I go from extra happy to sad in a second, I have no energy what so ever, I used to not be able to sit in one place for 10 minutes now I can't drag myself from the couch, I'm extra sleepy and tired, my appetite is off the chart. I feel like I haven't eaten in days after eating a meal. I started having horrible migraines, it gets to the point that I feel like if I open my eyes my head will explode. I snap at every little thing, the things that never bugged me before, drive me up the wall now. ”

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polly · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 13, 2019

“If you have or had anxiety DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL. from someone who suffers from anxiety day to day, this pill made me experience anxiety attacks like I've never felt before. Terrible depression followed, I never had a history of depression and this pill gave it to me.”

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Anonymous September 30, 2011

“I switched to Gianvi from Yaz because of the price after Yaz stopped that cool $25 program. I wasn't interested in paying over $50 for birth control. I must admit, I was freaking out after I read the reviews on this site. My doctor calmed me down after I called her and she was right. There is one positive review on this site that I read that gave me courage to try. Therefore, ladies I have to echo the wise girl that said you have to try it in order to know if it works for you or not. I am on my third pack of Gianvi and I am okay. I may be a bit more emotional at times, but I was a wreck when I started Yaz, so that's no different. I am not breaking out any different from the past. My libido has not changed, and my weight is not affected. ”

8 / 10
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Beanie7 November 11, 2013

“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?”

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Anon · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 1, 2018

“I have only been on Gianvi for a month and a half and absolutely do not like it. Started spotting while on active pills, then started bleeding heavily for over a week and still am. It’s a never ending period!”

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Anonymous January 24, 2012

“I recently switched from Yasmin to Gianvi by accident (I thought I was on Yaz instead of Yasmin and asked my doctor for the wrong pill). After reading reviews of Gianvi, I was really scared to start taking it. Many reviews mentioned increased acne, weight gain, mood swings and heavy periods. I have been taking Gianvi for 4 months now and have had no negative side effects. I have no acne, I lost 5 pounds, my periods last only 3 days and are very light and I have had no problems with my mood. I actually feel better than I did on Yasmin. Each pill works differently for each person and there are people with positive experiences with Gianvi.”

9 / 10
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Brit921 June 4, 2015

“Confident with relying on it as only form of birth control. Breasts got bigger but gained no weight in the stomach/thigh area. Loss of sex drive in the first month but after that it went back to normal. I love this pill no mood changes at all. Cleared my face and works amazing”

9 / 10
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MissCFit · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 24, 2020

“This is the worst birth control choice ever! I was originally on a generic form of Yazmin and decided to try a lighter dose because of weight gain/decreased sex drive. I also started to break out around my period and knew this was supposed to help with acne. Well it didn’t, my forehead now has little bumps under the skin that go away and come back in a week! I’ve been super emotional and I cry almost every day since starting my second pack, and my migraines are so much worse! I don’t have a history of depression. It takes a lot for me to cry! Now I can’t control it! And to top it all off, I’ve been spotting for a week and a half. I’m done with this pill, and not taking the last 2 of my 2nd pack.”

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sara12345 January 2, 2011

“I began taking Yaz about a year ago and I love it. While on Yaz, I never noticed any changes in my mood, or my body. However within the last few months I switched to the generic version Gianvi hoping to save some money. At first I didn't notice any difference, but slowly I have been getting more and more emotional, and anxious....something that I have never had a problem with before. And now I have been having a breakthrough period for the past 15 days straight, while on my active pills. I am not sure if this is because of the Gianvi, but I can't think of what else it could be. I will be switching back to Yaz ASAP. It is worth the extra money. I do not recommend Gianvi to anyone.”

3 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 11, 2020

“I took this birth control for about 4 months at first. I have a history of anxiety and depression and I don’t remember having it be exacerbated when I first started, but after a couple of months on this pill, I started having extreme mood swings, irritability, crying spells, and a lower libido. I went off of it for almost 2 months and felt stable and not depressed. I recently tried to go on it again because I totally had amnesia about how horrible I felt on it towards the end, but I have felt horrible irritable, anxious, and depressed since I started 3 weeks ago. I stopped taking it a week ago and I feel like my body and hormones are going haywire so I am hoping that I feel better soon. I have tried multiple oral contraception pills and I will probably not be trying another one.”

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