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Which Birth Control Pill Is Best?

By July 29, 2003

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Women's Health Forums: Hello all. I've been on the Depo for three years now. Due to a variety of reasons, I decided to get off of it. I started the patch two weeks ago but I don't like it because it doesn't want to stay adhered to my body. I get nauseated about 24 hrs after putting the patch on but it only lasts for a couple of hours. Any suggestions on a brand of birth control pill to take? Are they all pretty much equally accurate? Thank you for your responses. Which Birth Control Pill Is Best For You?
August 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm
(1) Alexa Mosier says:

I’ve been on Ortho Tri Cyclen for about a year now, and I love it! i get virtually no acne, no cramps and my period is more regular and my flow is lighter. I haven’t had any problems with it and would recomend it to anyone. a couple years ago I was taking another type of pill and would often feel sick too, but since switing to Ortho Tri Cyclen I havn’t had any problems, but thats just my experiance.

February 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm
(2) Idays says:

I am going to start with Ortho today, I am very excited because although I have heard the negatives I have heard more positives than negatives. I will let you guys know the outcome. I was thinking of Mirena and was very close to using it but my insurance does not cover it so I decided to try ortho and see what happens. I have mild acne break outs so hopefully this will help, my skin problem is not severe so I am thinking Ortho will give me the little push I need to resolve it once and for all

March 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm
(3) Medical Student says:

Hello, I just wanted to post how much I like Yaz. I started it last month and its fantastic. I was staunchly against OCP’s for the past couple of years because of previous horrible experiences, but so far I am loving this pill. It has an ultra-low dose of estrogen and a new form of progesterone. I havent had any negative side effects, havent gained weight. The only thing is the my breasts are slightly larger (not complaining) and a tender sometimes.

April 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(4) addie says:

Yasmin is fantistic.. the first 3 months i had slight side effects like breast tenderness, fatigue, and headache/nausea, but it went away after a while. Also I have clearer skin, virtually no mood swings or PMS, 3 day periods, and almost no cramping!!.. i absolutely love the stuff..the bad thing is that it’s expensive (my family planning clinic is taking it away so i have to find another pill that works with my mood swings… :(

May 25, 2008 at 9:06 pm
(5) Fish says:

hey. i was just wondering how you get started on the pill. like where you get it. if you can get it for free. what are some side effects.

June 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm
(6) Rachel says:

I’ve been on Yaz for 5 days and I know you are supposed to wait a couple of months but so far my experience has been horrible. I have cried all the time for the past 3 days, my breasts are swollen, im nauseous, and i have had extreme mood swings. I snap at the drop of a hat. So far I would not reccomend it to anyone

June 24, 2008 at 12:50 am
(7) morgan says:

to rachel,
try going to your local health unit. normally they have a “family planning” program, which I am on. I live in louisiana and there is an income limit, but you pretty much have to have some substatial income to be denied. Here, in La, you fill out a form, send it in, and get a card. once you get the card, you call your clinic and let them know that your card has arrived. they will make an appt. and you go get your pap smear. on the day of your appt, they GIVE you 12 mos worth of a birth control of your choice!! noone (at least in La) has an excuse now. It’s great!! and free!!

June 24, 2008 at 12:51 am
(8) morgan says:

sorry, that should’ve been directed towards “fish”

July 18, 2008 at 12:48 am
(9) Molly says:

I am in the same situation you are with Yaz. I am extremely emotional and I can’t control my crying and anger. Have you switched pills? If so what have you tried? Is it successful so far? I feel like I am losing my mind! Please help, thanks!

July 20, 2008 at 12:15 am
(10) Cassie says:

I have tried them all… and the best one for me is yasmine! virtually no side effects, very light periods, short time 2-3 days, and no cramps! this is the best ever! I have been on it for like 3 years and will not try anything else..

July 30, 2008 at 2:38 am
(11) Krystalyn says:

i have tried the depo and it gave me horrible mood swings and i gained alot of weight, and i completely lost my period i was on it for 2 yrs and then i switched to ortho and it had the same effects. i wanna try yaz but iam afraid of the mood swings and weight gain.

August 13, 2008 at 5:31 pm
(12) Lindsay says:

I’m going to start Otho Tri Cyclen Lo soon and I’m a little nervous. Is anyone here on it and if so, what sort of side effects did you have? Is there a huge difference between OTC and OTCLo? And if OTCLo did not work out for you, what birth control did?

August 17, 2008 at 1:31 am
(13) thePillQuestions says:

Hello, I have never been on the pill before and I am just going to strat Reclipsen, so I’m just curious has any body tried this one

August 17, 2008 at 3:03 am
(14) Sam says:

ive been on ortho tri cyclen lo for 2 years and its great except for my period week i get depressed, but as long as i pay attention and to it i can get through it okay. i wouldn’t suggest the patch to anyone it kept falling off despite all my best efforts to make sure it didn’t

August 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm
(15) LK says:

I previously was on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for around 4 years through highschool with no problems that I noticed at all. After coming back on it from a year break I noticed that the smell of my “down there” changed for the worse. I had my doctor change my pill and he put me on a test run with YAZ for 3 months. It helped the smell but Ive noticed an intense change in my mood and I will fight with my boyfriend about anything. I am about to switch again and my doctor prescribed Demulen 1/35, has anyone used this pill before? I cant find any reviews for it.

August 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm
(16) Jordan says:

I’ve decided this week that I’m DONE with Yaz. I’ve been taking it for about a year now, and things seemed to be great at first. I didn’t have anymore breakouts, my periods were way shorter and lighter, and I felt great. Gradually, however, throughout the first few months, I started to notice changes in me. I woke up every morning and had to run to the bathroom to throw up, I was dizzy and nauseous all the time, and my vision was blurry a lot (like right now), which gave me bad headaches. The nausea subsided eventually, and gave way to month-long spotting and dull cramping, which sucked. Last month, I had brown clots and spotting for two weeks straight, and I had to wear tampons. I also have noticed that I am no longer the bubbly little ball of sunshine that I always was. I would lash out at my loving boyfriend frequently- over nothing! And it’s gotten to the point where we fight more than not, and I threaten to leave him all the time. I’m not this horrible mean person I’ve become, and no other factors in my life have changed besides taking this pill. If you want to be a raging psycho b*tch with clear skin and lighter periods, this one’s for you. I’d rather practice abstinence than take this wretched pill again.

August 24, 2008 at 10:25 pm
(17) KJW says:

I have been on Orth Tri Cycl Lo for the past couple of years, and although it was a decent pill (it only made me sick the first week into it). I wanted to try something new, and I have been really interested in Yaz. I guess my interest stems from the fact that it helps clear mild acne, Ortho Lo didn’t clear any acne for me whatsoever. Also ortho lo, made my periods lighter, but then they would either come early or they would last for over week. But with all these negative reviews of Yaz, it really makes me wonder. Yasmine is another option too. I just want to move off of Ortho Lo and maybe get something that helps my skin and body more.

August 27, 2008 at 9:27 pm
(18) Vivian says:

I just started taking birth control pills and i was given lo/orval. has anyone used this pill before?

September 10, 2008 at 12:08 pm
(19) Danielle says:

I was on lo oval for a while. Alot of people complain that it makes you gain weight. It really wasnt htat bad.

September 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm
(20) Kayla says:

I have heard a lot of negatives about Yaz and some others, but I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience with the following birth control pills Estrostep-Fe, Solia, Tri-Sprintec, or Aviane. Please let me know, thanks!

September 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm
(21) Beachbum2223 says:

I have been on YAZ for a over a year now and I LOVE it. The first month my breasts were tender, but other than that I have had zero problems. I haven’t had a zit in over a year, I am virtually cramp free and I am not a nutcase during my period. My periods start the same day almost to the hour and they only last 2 1/2 days. I have read so many horror stories about YAZ and was a bit concerned at first, but it has been the best thing to happen to me! It is also the first form of birth control I’ve ever been on and I noticed that many of the others that have been on it were on something else before they started the YAZ- I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Good luck!

September 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm
(22) Brittany says:

I have recently been on Seasonique. With this pill, you are supposed to have your period only four times per year. However, two and a half months into the pills, you will notice break through bleeding. I take the pill at the same time every day (or within an hour of the same time) and this has happened to me twice. I will be discontinuing use of this pill and re-begin taking ortho-tri cyclen lo.

Good luck!

September 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(23) Caryn says:

I have been taking Yaz for about a week and a half and I am still on my period!! When will it end??? SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME!!

September 22, 2008 at 11:45 am
(24) alyson says:

I’ve been on Ortho tri cyclen for 2 weeks now and it’s been absolute hell. I didn’t realize the hormone would take over my emotions that quickly and intensely! I cried all the time, I felt random anger at my boyfriend for no reason whatsoever, I lost my sex drive completely… I’m going to stop taking it. I feel like a completely different person in a horrible way.

September 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm
(25) Michelle says:

I just started BC for the first time. I did the day 1 start for YAZ. Its been about 2 weeks since the first day of my period and it still hasn’t stopped. It is however VERY light. I’ve read so many negative comments about yaz, hopefully someone has some good news. As far as weight gain, breast growth, and clearing up acne… what should i expect. Im currently miserable, constantly having to wear a pad or tampon, more moody and emotional than ever. I’ve faught with my BF more in the last 2 weeks than i have in 2 years!! is anyone in the same situation.. Oh i’ve also had some pretty bad headaches and feel dizzy for a few minutes on and off

September 27, 2008 at 3:00 am
(26) Lisa says:

Hey, I just started taking Alesse 28, I am on day five and I feel completely nausiated all day long…I tried taking it last year and it was the same, into my second week with it I was vomitting and had terrible diareha. it was so bad that i missed a week of work, i aslo had completely lost my sex drive and had mood swings, when I stopped taking the pill I had heavy bleeding and terrible cramps. My docter recommended that I try it again stating that all of these side effects were completely normal and will go away with time, wish me luck!

September 28, 2008 at 3:49 am
(27) Kristin says:

I am on ortho tricyclin, it’s horrible! My periods are now regular, but I gained 10 pounds in my first week, and five more in the next month. It’s been almost two months total and I’m depressed for the first time in my life, none of my clothes fit, have no energy, and just all around miserable.

September 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(28) Melissa says:

I was on yaz for three months! At first, there were no problems except breast tenderness. After two weeks, I had fine bumps on my face and the onset of acne. Never ever had acne! In the 3rd month, I bled heavily for 3 weeks straight! I just switched to ortho tri cyclin lo and Im on my fourth week. It seems ok so far…cleared uo my skin and the tenderness went away. Hopefully no month long bleeding!

September 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(29) pt says:

has anyone taken femcon fe? if so how are the moods? and especially anyone with ovarian cysts- what is your take on it? I am switching from loestrin fe which made me extremely anxious, bloated, and my cysts were bothering me i think. Does it make anyone tired?

October 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm
(30) Nikki says:

I have been on all kinds of birth controls before from depro-provero to sesonique to Yaz…. I had alittle problem with them all so, we switched to sprintec…? Has any of you taken this before? It has made me hungary all the time!!!! I have gained 8 lbs. any advise ?

October 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(31) Kristi says:

Everyone responds differently to each type of pill. I went on Loestrin initally because my friend went on it and she lost weight, her boobs got bigger, she had no cramps and short periods. I went on it and I gained 10 lbs in a couple of weeks, I was am emotional wreck. I will not say that these pills will do that to you, you just ahve to talk to your doctor and based on your age weight and activity level they can help choose one for you.

The only one I strongly advise against is Ortho Tricylin Lo. I was on it for a year and while i didn’t gain any weight or have skin problems these pills did not regulate my period, I would get my period about every two weeks and it would last about two weeks with cramping and all the other bad things that normally go along with your period. I also have spoken to several people who were also on Lo and experienced the same problem. My doctor recommened it because I was small and young, so be be aware if you are slender and in your late teens early twenties doctors love to prescribe this. I am currently on Crycelle and I like it.. It doesn’t have any wonder effects like preventing every pimple or bumping me up a cup size but it performes the way it should.. it regulates my period and prevents pregnancy. I recommend trying a few types until you are happy with the result.

October 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm
(32) Marie61583 says:

I have been on Ortho-tri-cyclen lo for 2 years and I am considering going off of it. I have suffered an enormous loss of hair, my contacts are always dry and I have terrible anxiety.
The strangest thing about this pill is that it has made my naturally curly hair go completely straight. It didn’t happen over night but within a year it is now thin and straight.

October 14, 2008 at 10:50 am
(33) amanda vahey says:

I was on ortho lo for about a year and it was fine. I felt sad when i first started it but it was controllable. In the past month it has made me a complete psycho. I’ve had a panic attack and cry all the time over insignificant things. Be aware that this may be awesome at first but it can change.

October 18, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(34) Renee says:

Hey I was on Orthro Evra, and it was the worst two months of my life, I gained about 15 pounds, and my period was two weeks long! Also recently I was on orthro trycycelene lo for about 10 months and it also was a nightmare! It was great at first, it got rid of my acne, and I didn’t gain a lot of weight, but about 5 months in I was psycho! I had uncontrollable anxiety and mood swings constantly! It also KILLED my sex drive which was the reason I got on it in the first place! My sex drive still isn’t what it used to be, and I still haven’t lost the weight I gained fully! and I was wondering is there any other birth control with low estrogen that works better than orthro lo, I heard yaz is even worse!

October 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm
(35) Mary says:

I tried Yaz and had a horrible experience, I was always on my period and all of a sudden there was a constant bad smell down you know where. I got off it on the second month because I could not handle it anymore.

October 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm
(36) Coco says:

Hi, I have been off of the birth control pill for over a year but I am going to get back on it soon. I am looking for a pill that will help with acne, decrease my moodiness and that has little or no other side affects (weight gain, loss of sex drive, etc.) ANY SUGGESTIONS?!?! Please help! Thanks!

October 24, 2008 at 4:51 pm
(37) Ashley says:

I’m 25 and had never been on birth control until recently… my dr. started me on Yaz. I noticed I would have HORRIBLE mood swings. I had no patience and at the drop of the hat I’d go from normal to crying histerically. Even people at my work were commenting that I wasn’t actting like myself. Also my period would always start a week early so I’d have it for 2 weeks….. UCK! I didn’t put on any weight… if anything I think I lost weight and my boobs got huge (that part was awesome). 4 months in the long periods became too much so my dr. switched me to Femcon FE. I’m half way through my 3rd month and I’ve had my period or have been spotting for at least 7 weeks out of 10! I also notice that I feel bloated all the time and have gained weight… my sex drive has also decreased. I’m giving it until the end of this month and then I’m switching to something else….

October 30, 2008 at 12:03 am
(38) Tina says:

Coco: you need to look for a pill that has lower doses of oestrogen – However, these pills aren’t the best Birth control pills, they do however help regulate periods, often lightening heavy periods and helping clear achne. I was on Yasmin (Yaz)for over a year and apart from the first 3 months, the only differences i encountered were constant headaches, increased levels of anxiety and felt a little depressed. i stopped using it for these reasons – i hated feeling the way i was feeling whilst on it. Because i was looking for a pill to help me regulate my periods mainly, my Doctor switched me over to Microgynon which apparently has fewer side effects (but isn’t the best to use for Birth Control). So after 7 months of being off the pill, This is my first week back on the new pill, and i feel fine so far (thankfully). My advice to you is: See your doctor and ask for a pill that best suits your needs – Highlight the fact that you are wanting one with lower doses so that the side effects are kept at minimal.
I hope this helps.

October 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm
(39) megan says:

I have been taking Yaz for almost a year now and thought that it was a lot better then what I was taking before. HOWEVER, I began having hoooorible problems with heartburn that wouldn’t go away and was incredibly painful. I didn’t think there was any connection, but after having to have emergency gallbladder surgery for tons of stones, I started research and found that YAZ was probably the culprit. I’m convinced it gave me gall stones and pancreatitis.

October 31, 2008 at 9:01 pm
(40) michelle says:

ok i just want to respond to all those people who had problems with yaz… i took it for a year and a half. i had lots of problems, but i was on anti-depressants and so i blamed all my side effects on those. i have been off anti-depressants for 7 months – plenty of time for them to be out of my system – and the side effects are still the same. no sex drive, vaginal dryness (completely dry – makes sex impossibe) headaches, huge boobs, can’t lose weight no matter how hard i try, and a very strange side effect (which isn’t so bad actually) i don’t like to drink alcohol. i used to drink like a fish, and i can’t stand to drink now. like, my body just cannot take alcohol at all. weird, huh? anyway, i’m starting desogen after this next period. anybody have any experience with it?

November 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm
(41) Cheri says:

I started taking Yaz the first week of Oct. I have 4 days left on the pack. So far I have been bleeding for 10 days straight.. It’s screwing my life up.. Im going to the dr tomorrow and I want him to put me on another pill so that I can get regular again..Im sad all the time to and my head hurts. So whats best for me to take..

November 9, 2008 at 9:04 am
(42) happygolucky says:

I have been taking Femcon fe for about 3 months. I didn’t see any comments on it. I mainly want it to regulate my periods and also because I have a small cyst. I also need help with keeping my face clear. The first two weeks made me so sick to my stomach. I’ve noticed weight gain and a big loss of sex drive. I need to switch mainly because of the cost. For some reson my insurance doesn’t cover much of it.

November 11, 2008 at 7:23 pm
(43) gloriam says:

hey im almost 17 i have really bad acne and i have no boobs at all im still beautiful though do you think i should take YAZ to clear up my face and make my boobs grow

November 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(44) KT says:

I am 24 years old and have been many birth control pills since I was 18. First I was put on Ortho-tri-cyclen lo and it worked well enought but I was stupid and kept forgetting to take it. Then I tried the ring and I felt extremely emotional. I can’t say if it was the pill but it might have been. Then I tried Seasonique and I’m really happy with it. I’ve been on it for two years and no problems. My periods a regular (every 3 months) and no break through bleeding. I feel normal again for the most part. Although, one complaint. My sex drive has diminished but I think this is due to the hormones themselves and how they affect my body. I always noticed that when I was off the pills I was more sexually driven (ironic isn’t it?) So I think seasonique is the best one out there right now.

November 15, 2008 at 4:43 am
(45) malissa de la guanajautos says:

oh ma gosh gurls i jus got on da yaz stuff gurl my period smell so bad!? i got all diz like stinky discharge cummin out ma holes, n den ma boy was like ew i aint doin notin to u nn my pimples be all nastayy ugh. DEN my tittays be all sore nn scratchy i thank i am wit child bu i dunno ma doctor tol me dat imma need to not eat no curbs o whateva day called gurl i dont even know but does any y’all KnOw HuRR when ya puriod stop cuz like izz baddd! oh ma god im like so sick of it i like threw up in da toilet n it wuzz way bad! den like i bin eatin cheese wit peanut butta n dem chilis oh my gosh gurl dazz so good ma sista got prego n she got beg newayzz hit me up u know!? i thank im pregnant again dizz gon be my 5th kid wit the 8th guy! IM SO EXCItEd!! YAY love n kissezz malissa

November 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm
(46) Kelly says:


Quit wasting people’s time with your lame excuse for humor on a health forum…

November 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm
(47) Megan K says:

I’m 22 and have been on Ortho Tricyclen (NOT LO) for almost 5 years. My mom was a nurse and decided that when I had no luck with other acne treatments to put me on it. Cleared up my moderate acne, and have had no other side effects whatsoever. The dose of hormones is enough to prevent spotting and breakthru, but not enough to make me feel sick. I have not gained or shed any weight, and have been really happy with this pill. I have a bf of 4 years and although we use rubbers too, (I’m paranoid) there have been a few “Oops’s” and the pill came thru for me every time. I recomend this pill for sure, but remember, everyone’s body is different!!

November 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(48) Crystal says:

My name is Crystal.
I have never tried any birth control but I would really like to.
Can anyone tell me what the best kinds are?

November 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(49) Linds says:

I started on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo, and ended up switching to Sprintec, because it got too expensive (no insurance). I felt hungry all the time on Sprintec, and so I just decided to go on Yaz. So far it’s been ok. My first period was about 2 weeks long, although it was really light most of the time (which I’m okay with now because I was convinced it was cancer.. ha) My skin has it moments of being clear, nothing too exciting. But I haven’t had mood swings like other girls have mentioned above so there’s hope!

November 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm
(50) kristin says:

WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T DO YAZ! Everyone I know that has been on it including myself has experienced VERY BAD mood swings and DEPRESSION! i stopped it almost 6 months ago and I still feel like im going crazy! ITS AFFECTING MY LIFE VERY BADLY. I am always depressed now & need to seek professional help.

November 23, 2008 at 9:00 am
(51) Amanda says:

I agree about the YAZ. Don’t take it!
I’ve been on it for 2 weeks and have been getting depressed and gained at least 5 pounds.

I just want to be the same girl I was 2 weeks ago but now all I do is cry and not care about things….. :(

November 26, 2008 at 11:52 pm
(52) Krissy says:

I was on Ogestrel, which is Ovral, for a few years, and I was on a fairly high dose because I had been getting cysts. I did ok with it for a while, but I started getting headaches, so I saw a new doctor, and she put me on Ocella, which is the generic of Yasmin. I’ve been taking it since August, and I can guarantee that it is one of the worst birth control pills… ever. First of all, I start spotting every month about 10 days into my pack. Sometimes it’s light; other times it’s like a regular period. This lasts for about week, subsides for three or four days, and then I get my actual period. It’s miserable. On top of that, I’m vomiting and nauseous constantly, my headaches haven’t gone away (they’ve gotten worse,) AND 90% of the time, my heart feels like it’s going to come out of my chest. I don’t sleep as well as I used to, which I’m sure is at least semi-related to the fact that when I lay down, I think I could have a heart attack, and I’m moody, lethargic, and this pill is just overall running my life. :(

November 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(53) Michaela says:

Honestly, I think it’s all in our heads. I have taken many different types of BCP’s and have never really had any serious problems with any. I think they are all VERY similar in structure, but every one reacts differently. I took Yaz for 6 months and had no problems except for some hair loss (which might also be because I was post partum). Now I switched to Ortho tri cyclen and I think things will be OK. By the way girls, if you gain more than 5 pounds with a Pill, the pill is not to blame. Check your eating habbits before you point fingers.

December 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm
(54) Brigitte says:

Michaela you might be right…! i just started OTC LO… and im on my last week of the pills… In the beginning i felt like i was really moody and i blamed it on the pill but i’ve been trying to be more positive and my mood swings havent been as bad… now last week (which was my 3rd week into the pills) i was getting really bad chest pains, shortness of breathe, extremely constipated, and can’t really sleep… I’m not sure if these are normal side effects or if i should change the pills… I was trying to make an appt but my Dr. is booked for 2 weeks… so im going to pick up my new prescription and keep taking them until i’m able to see my Dr because i need birth control…so this is a question for everyone… DO YOU THINK I SHOULD pick up my Prescription and keep taking OTC LO? or do you think its a BAD IDEA?

December 4, 2008 at 4:48 am
(55) Ashley says:

I am 21 and never been on birth control pill but. I did a little reseach and went to the doctor about 3 month ago and i was giving Ortho Tricyclen but I did not take it bcos i moved away from my boyfriend but now am thinking about it again and I really hate having my period so i was thinking about LYBREL which is FDA approved and is proven to eliminate periods. Have anybody use this pill before? Pls your advice will really help in making my decision and I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING THAT WILL INCREASE MY WEIGHT PLEASE!!!( AM WATCHING IT).

December 4, 2008 at 8:25 pm
(56) Mary says:

I was put on Yaz because it was supposed to help with everything but to my surprise I went crazy. I was having tons of horrible anxiety attacks and i felt very depressed. My doctor almost put me on anti depressants but I thought it might be the birth controll so i went off it and i feel a million times better. I am on loestrin24FE and things have been pretty good, i dont get my period at all which is normal for some people but weird especially if you are using it for Birth Controll. I have cramping and bloating but its nothing compared to the side effects i experienced on YAZ

December 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm
(57) DD says:

Last year I wanted to go on The Pill, so my Doc perscribed “YAZ”… And I got to say, it’s the most terrible thing, im kinda mad she even told me to take it. Only good thing was no acne, but pretty much all the same problems as everyone else: DRYNESS, Moodiness, depression, and didn’t want anything to do with sex.

BUT THE WORST, was one week after I stopped taking YAZ.. I had sever cramping, so bad I past out. I have never had cramps in my life. Sex was painful/impossible, felt like I was dying. Went to the doc, and she said I had an ovarian cyst, I never had one before taking YAZ. I have read warnings from some other birth control pills that they can cause Cysts, put not YAZ. I dont know why yaz doesnt have this as a warning. Maybe I am the only person this has happened to?? Anyway YAZ was very bad for me. Goodluck to anyone else on it, or anyone who stops it.

One thing I have to add: the cysts went away, after a few months… sometimes sex is still painful, but not as bad. Hopefully in time I will be completely back to normal.

I am not on any other birth control pill.

The fear of what happened with YAZ is too great. And nothing else sounds very good.

December 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm
(58) Sara says:

I think a lot of the women on here need to realize that recommending a BCP to anyone is wrong, everyone reacts differently and at different times! I have been on BCP since I was 15(im now 21)to help control my severe Dysmennorrhoea, and keep it from advancing into Endometriosis.I have been on YAZ for over a year now, and it helped me get out of a nasty deppression. I had been on Loestrin for about 3 years, and suddenly I was this monster and I didn’t think to ask my doctor about it because of things that were going on in my life. But after talking to my doctor they said that they didn’t realize how long I had been on Loestrin and its healthy to change BC every 3-4 years. It turns out I was developing PMDD! On YAZ, i have noticed that for the last 6 months my sex drive, which was pretty intense before, has lessened, and I have noticed dryness and odor recently, and just in the last two weeks, i have had brown discharge to full blown bleeding and cramps even though my period starts next week, so to me that just means its probably time to change again. I have not noticed mood swings or weight gain(but I eat very healthy and admit i have never had weight problems), and my skin has always been clear and that hasn’t changed. In fact my mood has been greatly improved during my period and at anytime in comparison to my last BC….its so good in fact that I really dont want to change! For me having a good mood is a more powerful positive effect than the negative of those other symptoms. I have had the same bf for the last 3 years, and he is very understanding of what i have been going through. I suggest to those of you that say your bf is annoyed by your lack of sex drive or odor, find a new boyfriend, cuz the one you have is obviously immature and doesn’t understand that women’s hormones have powerful affects on their bodies and minds and you not having a baby maybe more important than the odor of your vagina! I have been on many different types of BCP and realize that none of them will be perfect, and they need to be switched out whenever the side effects outweigh the gain. Anyways, my two friends who are on YAZ say they love the affect it has had on their mood, and they haven’t reported any other symptoms to me. God Bless!

December 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm
(59) Henneyjess says:

I used to take orthro Tri-cyclen lo and I was not pleased with this pill. It made me sick, naseous and extremely moody-like i was going to kill someone. I switched to Loestrin and I love this pill. I have no side effects and it pumps less hormones in my system. I would recommend this pill to anyone.

December 12, 2008 at 1:52 am
(60) La Fille says:

I’ve been on Yaz for 3 months now and I’m not quite sure if it’s for me. I went on it to help my mood swings and it has helped with that but I’ve also gained weight. I don’t eat a lot and I exercise for an hour everyday.I also feel extremely lethargic all the time. So I’m not sure what to do. I want to go off it but I’m afraid that I’ll be in the same situation on another pill.

December 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(61) Lindsey says:

I was on Yaz and it was terrible. It made my acne much much worse. I gained 10 pounds, and i was always cranky and crying all of the time. My breasts were always tender and i still had cramps.

December 17, 2008 at 6:56 pm
(62) jordy says:

i am taking yasmin and i guess its just like yaz just cheaper and i hate it to. i got a lot of mood swings and went from a high sex drive to nothing… and after about a year i got bells palsy which is face paralization and talked to quite a few of my friends and thye had the same pill and had the same problem. this problem is BAD!! its lastin for 3 or 4 weeks and i cant smile or close my eye

December 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm
(63) liz says:

hey everyone,

So i’m 17 years old and was just on >LoestrinSprintecSprintec

December 31, 2008 at 3:34 pm
(64) Darcy says:

hey girls, well my doc started me on yasmin and it gave me serious side effects and then i went on yaz and the same effects, i have been on atleast four different birth control and i was thinking of using ortho tri cyclen, i don’t have a problem with acne but my periods don’t come at all and well can someone help me?

January 4, 2009 at 8:23 pm
(65) Erika says:

I was on Yasmin for 3 years. My weight went from 110-118 and my breasts went from
32C-32D. Those were all fine, but I was urinating up to 20+ times a day because it has a directic in it. Finally had to get off of it.

Then I switched to Avianne (Generic Alesse) and that gave me terrible acne and lost 10 lbs. In addition, I was very moody.

Then I went on Microgestin (Generic Lo Estrin) and that had the same effect as the Avianne.

Now I am trying Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, so we will see.

January 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(66) Kaitlin says:

YAZ has a different effect on everyone.. obviously. but there’s a certain percentage who get ‘the crazies’. taking YAZ, personally, was a horrific decision. mood swings, weight gain, depression, you name it. i think you should definitely try YAZ, but if you start to feel a hint of craziness, GO OFF OF IT IMMEDIATELY…because i promise it won’t get better.

January 5, 2009 at 2:21 am
(67) Elizabeth says:

Hey Everyone,
I cant believe all the stories everyone has said. I am on Desogen and it is perfect. Nothing has happened negatively…no mood swings or weight gain or vomiting or anything. I think if you are having issues with any birth control pill, you need to go on desogen.

January 6, 2009 at 10:07 am
(68) early thirties says:

I am going to start Alesse today. Has anyone had experience with it?
I tried Yaz for 2 months and couldn’t handle the side effects – metallic taste in my mouth constantly, anxious feeling and just feeling “weird” and kind of crazy.

January 9, 2009 at 11:30 am
(69) ami says:

I never had much luck with BC especially ALESSE, I broke out like crazy, I gained about 11 pounds, headaches..you name it. Now I have been taking YAZ for like 4 months it was okay at first but now its taking a turn for the worst. I already have panic/anxiety disorder but now its 10 times worse..on top of diarreah and nausea. I am a huge b**** to my husband. And I literaly have NO sex drive which use to be great. The only thing it does for me is clear my skin completely. I also had an awful experience with Estrostep to where I had to go to the hospital for a kidney infection. I’m essientally taking birthcontrol to ease my pain around my period, I think I might have endometrosis..but anyways,

I am thinking about changing, my friend recommended Loestrin 24..any suggestions? PLEASE

January 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(70) Rachel says:

I am on LoEstrin 24 and i love it besides the fact that i have no sex drive. I actually have had only one period in two years, which for me is nice! i dont really have an acne problem so i am not sure if it helps in that department. My periods were pretty painful before so i guess that is why i enjoy not having them! But i never had any side effects when i started it.

January 10, 2009 at 1:10 am
(71) NeL says:

I am on my third month of Loestrin24 and it is the first birth control pill that i have tried. Not many reviews have been posted about it… so heres my two sense. I have had my periods twice a month for around three days each period, I cried myself to sleep a week straight during the first month, and i get dry during sex and then its pointless. I also went from 118 to 127, not all to blame on the pill but i have found it harder to loose weight when i do watch my eating and exercise. Im a bit disappointed and i havent been near as bubbly or happy about life. I plan on switching to Ortho-tri lo next month. Hopefully its as good as most of you say, or at least my moods wont be like a lightswitch.

January 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(72) Emily says:

I took LoEstrin24 for 2 days and I will never take it again! The second day I took it I woke up with the worst cramps I stumbled to the bathroom because I was so light headed. When I got there I was on the toliet for I don’t know how long. In all this time I started feeling like I was going to throw up, my ears started to ring so loud I couldent hear myself talk. I broke into a hot cold sweat and thought I was going to pass out. I have never experenced that in my entire life

January 13, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(73) Iris says:

I’ve been on ortho-tri lo for the past five years. It’s been perfectly fine. I have less acne. originally my period was shortened (3-4 days), but for some reason it’s long again (7-9 days). As a contraceptive it works great. I still get occasional mood swings, but who doesn’t? My weight didn’t increase much at all either. However, I want shorter periods and my new insurance doesn’t cover it, so I’m going to switch to either Yaz or yasmin. I hope it works out.

January 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(74) Gia says:

You all bitches are crazy instead of asking each hormone crazy bitch about advice i would say to call your Doctor and stop wasting each others time!! do something better with it!! dumb bitches!!

January 25, 2009 at 12:27 am
(75) Elsa says:


I actually tried to get advise from my Dr…but she didn’t help me at all. She just pretty much wanted me to get into DepoProvera right away, which was the most hirrible experience in my life.
So, I suggest that you allow us to discuss…our experiences..as About.com is supposed to allow us to.

January 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(76) Brit says:

Hi All! I’ve been on I realize that everyone reacts differently to these hormones so it’s really hard to say which has more positives or negatives. I’ve been on Ortho Tri Cylen Lo for almost 4 years now (with unprotected sex) and it’s been fine. The week before my period is when any “PMS” hits and it usually only consists of a quiet day (I want to keep to myself) and a day where I want to be loved and held and all that. Occasionally, I’ll feel a bit nauseous for about 15 minutes during certain weeks. When this happened I started taking it right before bed and I felt fine because I was relaxed and lying down. I’ve had zero weight gain, my periods come exactly as expected and usually last 4 days. I had cramping only on the first month I took it and after that none. (Just bloated the day before my period which is no big deal you just won’t see me in a bathing suit!) I definitely recommend this to try. Ask your doctor for a sample.

January 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm
(77) Grace says:

hey everyone,
My doctor just perscribed Tri-cyclen Lo.
But i did take the time to ask about side effects and discuss what was best for me with her. She also told me that there is no correlation with weight gain and taking the pill. I havent started taking my pills yet, but im really hoping that maybe the weight gain issue and the pill are just coincidental? I have some friends who claim to have gained weight and others who have lost it. for those who claim they eat little i just have to add – this doesnt matter the quantity of food you eat, but what kind of food you eat and what time of the day you eat at.
But thank you all for your comments! theyve been really informative.

January 27, 2009 at 12:04 am
(78) Candace says:

I have only tried a couple of birth control pills. the first I tried was ortho tri cyclen-lo and I turned into an absolute monster. I only stayed on that for 2 week because I was completely emotional and depressed. now I have been on loestrin 24 fe for about 2 years, and have had practically no side effects except for I think it may be causing my hair to thin which freaks me out, and also I get more cramps around my period. but besides that I’m pretty good and the couple side effects are worth not worrying about getting preggo.

January 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(79) Lauren says:

Hi girls,
I was on Loestrin 24 FE, for a month, and was sick to death. I was so nauseated, I stopped taking it after a week. I went on Yaz. For the first few months, things were ok. My boobs got big, which was pretty nice. As time progressed I became so moody and emotional I could not take it any more. I have talked to alot of my friends who have said, unless you are using yaz for heavy periods and really bad premenstrual symptons, this is not a good pill. I have noticed moodiness, bigger boobs, non-stop crying. I am done with pills for a few months. I want to try another one, but I am just afraid of becoming a mess again…

January 29, 2009 at 10:40 am
(80) bummed says:

Hey, does anyone have a comment about Mircette?

January 30, 2009 at 12:55 am
(81) Kelly says:

Hey all,

I came on this website to get an idea of which pills seem to be decent but I’m going crazy trying to find a good one! I’m extremely sensitive to BC pills I’ve tried out 5 different kinds and I have to say they all effect my mood horribly. I could care less about weight gain, acne, cramps… I just want one that doesnt make me miserable.

1st one I tried was Yaz, didn’t mind it at first and then I started getting incredibly self concsious, upset for no reason, paranoid, plus I gained about 5 pounds which wasn’t too bad because I’ve heard worse. I noticed it was supposed to prevent PMDD when actually I think it brought it on. I would be very depressed at times… it was a horrible feeling.

I complained to my Dr. so she put me on Aleese, I didn’t notice anything too bad but I stopped taking it after a month because I no longer needed to be on BC.

Recently I went back on BC and told my Dr. of how badly it effected my mood before so she put me on Loestrin 24 FE which without realizing it immediately had turned me into a crazy person. My mood changed horribly and quickly all the time, I suffered from horrible anxiety all the time and I had such low self confidence that I’ve never had before. I was no fun at all I had virtually no personality at times. Thats not even the half of it! My acne got unbelievbly bad, I would avoid going out because it was so embarrasing. I spotted for weeks straight which went away the second month thank goodness. I also gained at least 10 pounds. So I complained to my Dr. to put me back on Aleese since I hadn’t noticed any side effects the month I was on it. My pharmacy didn’t have it in stock so they gave me Lutera… ITS HORRIBLE! I had to stop taking it I am extremely depressed, my skin cleared up but I pick fights with everyone around me and I’m ALWAYS TIRED! DO NOT TAKE!

My Rank for the pills I’ve tried…

1) Aleese
2) Yaz
3) Loestrin 24 Fe
4) Lutera

I disliked them all and they seemed to get worse and worse for me…

I hope this helps but also keep in mind they are different for everyone I seem to side with the people who have bad experiences from BC pills, though, unfortunately.

Good Luck on finding one that works!

February 1, 2009 at 12:19 am
(82) stacy says:

Has anyone taken Watson? I’ve tried researching it on the web and couldn’t find anything on it. I wanted to know if anyone has had any problems with it because i’m starting it as soon as my period starts and this is the first birth control pill i’ve been on

February 2, 2009 at 7:04 pm
(83) jess says:

Hey girls .. just wondering if somebody knows anything about Diane35 or Cyestra 35 .. i was put on it but all i hear is that i is not a birth control . I really dont know what to do anymore who to believe.. i just don’t want to get pregnant and don’t know how to switch from one pill to another. Can you guys help ?

February 4, 2009 at 10:29 am
(84) Laurie in Florida says:

Hi ladies.

I was on Alesse until they stopped making it. It worked wonders for my moods and acne associated with PCOS. When I started taking the generic of ALesse, I was in hell. Mood swings, crying over commercials, yeast infections, significant hairloss and acne. My doctor then put me on Yaz in combination with Spironolactone to help with PCOS. I have now been on it for over a year. My acne cleared and mood improved 2 months after being on Yaz. Yaz is not for everyone. If you have a history of hormonal imbalance associated with PCOS, this is a great pill in combination with Spironolactone or Glucophage. I see an Infertility/Endocrinologists that has truly helped me. I still have no sex drive, but have never really had a sex drive. I think that is associated with a deeper issue. It truly takes 2 – 3 months to feel and see the benefits of any pill. Your body has to adjust to the level of hormones you are taking. A week or 3 weeks is not long enough.

February 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm
(85) lisa says:

has anyone tried Balziva? If so, any feedback.

February 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(86) Lena says:

I’ve been taking Yasmin for more than 3 years now i believe, and everything is great. The only thing different, is that my breasts got slightly larger :) When i only started it, i remember, i felt weird about smells, like they would make me feel sick, but it all went away pretty fast. Dont have any complaints now. So far, so good. Really recommend!

February 7, 2009 at 7:02 am
(87) Lisa says:

I started off with Alesse but was too young and inexperienced to be able to spot any side effects. I remembered spotting a LOT so my doc changed my prescription to the patch. I exercise a lot so the patch had trouble staying on my skin for a week at a time.

I switched to The Nuva Ring which caused me to have a whitish discharge that (according to my doc) was fluoride. It had a baking soda taste to it. The discharge made it slip out to the entrance of my vagina throughout the day and I had to reposition it every few hours. After the Nuva I switched to Lutera. Biggest mistake of my life.

Lutera made me go through some of the hardest times of my life. It caused depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings and destroyed the long term relationship I was in. I would wake up a few time each week at odd hours .. 3am, 5am panicking and feeling like my life was crumbling and I had nothing to live for. I was negative towards everything and suffered from hopelessness. I know everyone reacts differently to medication, but I know two other girls in my life who experienced the same thing as me.

I was the thinnest I have ever been on Lutera, had perfect skin, no bloating, but my life was misery.

Think twice before you choose Lutera. If you are going to try it, be sure to catch these symptoms before it takes up too much of your life.

After Lutera I switched to Yaz. Though my mood improved, I wasn’t back to my old self. My skin remained clear. I put on 5 lbs which no matter how much I exercised (my diet has been the same for years so my eating habits aren’t different) I couldn’t lose. Everything seemed fine except for the CONSTANT bloated feeling. I was ok first thing in the morning… but as soon as I took the daily Yaz, my stomach would bloat and I experienced a horrid pressure in my stomach for the rest of the day. My stomach ballooned from… water weight? I’m not sure and the doc didn’t know. My doctor at the time precribed the Water Pill to me. I later on found out (after talking to numerous health professionals) that the water pill was VERY bad for me to be taking because it messed with my potassium levels and that someone my age (25) should not be taking it.

*NOTE: do not trust doctors 100%. After all they are human beings too and do not know everything, even though sometimes they act like they do*

So finally after getting sick of having a balloon stomach i stopped birth control COMPLETELY. It has been about a month and a half. I am now looking for a new pill. I’m thinking maybe Yasmine (which is a lower dose form of YAZ). Hopefully it will make the Yaz side effects subside. Maybe Alesse again.

I basically want a BC pill without:

-depression and moodiness
-weight gain

I am open to suggestions.
Thanks for reading and I hope my post helped.

Remember- careful with Lutera!

February 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(88) Kari says:

I have been on Yaz for almost a year now, and I have decided that this will be my LAST month on it. The first few months I cried constantly over little things and was extremely depressed. I figured that my body would adjust, and for a while it seemed that it had. Then, my periods lasted for almost TWO WEEKS for two months in a row. The depression also returned. Besides the lack of weight gain and suppression of acne, this pill has been awful and I would not recommend it to anyone.

February 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm
(89) tara says:

I have been on Yasmin for 4 years now. I always loved it. i know exactly what time of what day i am going to get my period. didnt have much weight gain, got rid of acne, and my period is very light. the main issue im facing now is i hardly have a sex drive and its hard being comfortably intamate with my boyfriend because im constantly so dry. im thinking of switching birth controls but after reading all these reviews maybe im better of sticking to what i know works and sacrificing the sex drive and wetness!? i dont know what to do!

February 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm
(90) Dawn says:

Hi I’m 28 years old and I’m looking for a birth control that won’t make me gain excessive weight. I started out on the depro vera shot, but I had such a horrible experience I never went back to get a second shot. I want to try a pill, but I don’t know what is right for me. I do suffer from mild anxiety and heart palpitations. Can anyone help me decide? I was thinking about Yaz, but after what I’ve read I don’t know if it’d be a good idea.

February 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(91) Megan says:

Dude DO NOT try yaz. my friend is on it right now and she is acting crazy…always bitchy and just blahh
And the shot sucks..iv been on it for about a year now and just had my last shot yesterday cuz i want to loose the weight i gained and try something diffferent or else just quit birth control all together

February 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(92) Kimberly says:

I have been on Yaz for about 10 months and had to get off of it because i was always having break through bleeding there would only be one week out of the month were i was not bleeding everything else was fine but the break through bleeding was annoying

February 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(93) Imani says:

Hi! I’m 16 and I want to try birth control and I’m hearing bad and good things about every pill. Is anybody on to give me some advice??

February 18, 2009 at 12:14 am
(94) lauren says:

hey ok so i am completely clueless about birth control. i have never taken it before just because i am not sexually active yet. and i already have two day periods and im not sure how it is gonna affect my already short period. my mom has the birth control called encare, but i know nothing about it. has anyone ever tried it? or does anyone have a birth control pill tht they really like without many side effects? i do not want yaz or ortho tri cyclen. butany other suggestions would be great. me and my boyfriend really do not wanna wait any longer and we are both ready. i just CANT get pregnant. we are both virgins so STDs are nothing to worry about. and we are not gonna have sex until we take as many precautions as possible. any help?

February 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(95) vanessa says:

I’ve been on BCPs for about 10 years. I started out on Ortho TriCyclen and after about a year experienced long periods and breakthrough bleeding. So doc switched me to a monophasic pill (since tricyclen has different hormone levels each week it messed with my cycle). Went on Ortho Cyclen. Loved it… for about 4 years. Expeienced more breakthrough bleeding and almost constant periods. Tried Depo. Loved it… for the first 3 months. Second shot brought a one-month period followed by heavy and unpredictable breakthrough. Really liked my mood, though. Then started Lo Ogestrel. Went CRAZY, but never attributed it to the pill. Switch to Lo Ovral (same stuff-name brand) felt better, different- less nuts. Just switched back to Lo Ogestrel and I’m mean again! I can’t believe it would make such a difference, but it is stark. i’m trying so hard to be upbeat and happy, but i’m just pissed! Never saw the correlation between these hormones and my mood swings before this. Thank you all for posting and making me feel normal… just on crazy pills. :)

February 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(96) Kimberly says:

I’ve been married for almost two years. Luckily I have not gotten pregnant considering I’ve been negligent in protecting myself. I don’t plan to have any children anytime soon! I’ve been on the patch but it was horrible! I took it off the very next day! I was emotional and nauseous and threw up candy corn (was my favorite candy but not anymore)! Can someone suggest a birth control for me! I’m scared to take it! I don’t wanna turn into a fat biatch! Thanx!

February 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm
(97) Kaytee says:

Hey Everyone!!
I’m 16 and I have been thinking about being put on Birth Control, but I have absolutely NO idea which one would be best for me. From reading this I’ve read good and bad things about almost every type of Birth Control you could possibly get. I would also like to mention that when I take medicine [[prescription or non]] it usually has an opposite effect of what it should. So, does anyone have any ideas on what I should choose??

February 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm
(98) dawn says:

I’m supposed to be starting on Microgynon next month… i’ve heard many awful things and many good things about it. I’m a very stabil person, never have suffered from acne, i work out 4 times a week… do you think the possibilities for gaining weight or having emotional problems are high? I’m so nervous about going on hormones that i’m almost thinking it’s better to use this temperature thing and just use a condom on the days i could possibily get pregnant. Thoughts? Help!

February 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(99) rachel says:

I went off of YAZ a few months ago after having been on it for a few years. It has definite pros – helps with acne a LOT and also contains a very mild diuretic, which keeps bloating to a minimum. I did notice my sex drive was lower than it had been in the past, but the main reason I went off of yaz was because I started getting extremely emotional and irritable. I finished my last pack 4 months ago and still haven’t gotten my period (no, i’m not pregnant because I’m not having sex) and my acne has become out of control bad (worse than it was before I started any bc pill) even though I’m now on an antibiotic and using differin gel.

I would recommend yaz if you have moderate acne and bloat easily, but not if you are already prone to depressive moods because I think Yaz just worsens them.

February 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(100) argh says:

I have been on Aviane for a week. I am stopping tomorrow. I have been incredibly nauseous, gained 5 pounds, hungry all the time, moody and irritable, anxious, increased heart rate, breast tenderness, insomnia and lethargy all wrapped in one. I took Alesse two years ago with no problems, and even though Aviane is the generic version, it is a very different animal. Be careful with Aviane and look up other discussion groups that consider it alone – pretty scary how similar the symptoms are…

February 24, 2009 at 2:00 am
(101) ashley says:

I honestly dont know why so many girls have complained about yaz, even though everyone will react differently to different pills. before i got on the pill my period was the wost, i had cramps that hurt so bad i would pass out, get dizzy,it was irregular and most often i would be practically bed ridden for a week. i have been on yaz for over two year and it was done wonders for me. i have had no side effects my period it regulated and only lasts about 3 days. i have virtually no cramps no mood swings no weight gain. i would recommend this pill to any friend although it is different for everyone. i did do alot of research when i looked for a pill and saw terrible reviews about ortho tricyclin lo and many many women have gotten pregnant while on it so i would definitely say not to take that one

February 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(102) Brittany says:

I’ve been trying to research BC pills online, and it’s hard to know what pill is going to be best for me. I’m 26, have been on the pill since I was 18. I’ve been on ortho tri-cyclen, ortho tricyclen lo, and I just switched from Yasmine to Microgestin which I guess is the generic pill for Loestrin. I decided to switch because I feel really sluggish every morning, I was getting a lot of headaches, and my sex drive was in the toilet. I’ve only been on Micogestin for 4 days, and I still feel yucky. I’ve read that a lot of women gain weight on this pill? Has anyone had any experience with Microgestin? Also, does anyone feel foggy every morning, like you have no energy and a dull headache? It seems to last at least the first 1/2 of the day. I’ve talked to my doctor and had tons of tests, but they keep coming up empty. I thought maybe switching my pills would help, but so far no luck..any suggestions?

February 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm
(103) Rachel says:

I have tried many pills since I was 15, I’m 22 now. I started off with Ortho Tricyclen Lo and I was on that from 15-20 yrs old and it was ok, it’s like BC training wheels and the first BC doctors will put young girls on. It made me not have a sex drive at all and I still had kinda bad cramps but for the most part it wasn’t that bad.

Then I tried the generic version of Lo Estrin 24 and it made me break out Sooo bad! I also bled the entire time I was on it so i had to wear tampons for basically the entire month.

Then I tried the Nuvaring and I really didn’t have any bad side affects on it but I also didn’t like having something inside me for 3 weeks straight.

I’m on Cyclessa right now, have been for 2 months and it’s pretty bad, I get sick every night and have thrown up a couple times. My boobs have grown and hurt 3 weeks out of the month. I get cramps throughout the month, I’m dry down there during sex and kinda moody. Basically I feel like I’m pregnant while on the pill cuz I also get the weirdest food cravings and I’m always hungry. No I’m not pregnant cuz I only just started having sex 2 days ago and haven’t had sex for a year before that. I’m switching pills but I don’t know which pill to switch to.

February 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(104) Stephanie says:

I am new to the birth control pill but today i was prescribed Linesse by my doctor. I was reading the package and the main side effects are weigth gain and acne!! This concerns me alot. Has anyone had any experience with this pill?????

March 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(105) Jennifer says:

NEVER take YAZ. I’m taking it, and I have completely changed. I’m sad all the time, and I’m super irritable. I feel like I have bipolar disorder, and I can no longer control my mood. I have also thrown up several times, and I’ve gained weight. I can’t stand what it’s done to me, and I’m starting a new pill ASAP. Dont do it!

March 5, 2009 at 1:53 am
(106) Felicity says:

I’m almost done with my first month of YAZ and I HATE it. I’ve never had acne in my life and my face has been broken ever since I started taking it. My breasts were painfully tender and I have been so tired. Also, my friend was on it and she experienced depression and was put on anti-depressents because they didn’t make the connection. However, once she got off YAZ she got off the antidepressents too. I’m getting off of it ASAP just because of how horrible my face has been… I can’t handle it anymore.

March 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm
(107) Lauren says:

I am getting on birth control next week and I do not know what kind to take. What kind is best for someone who has never taken it before?

March 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(108) aisha says:

Hi girls,
I’m supposed to start Yaz next week and after reading all the bad reviews I’m kind of anxious now. Hopefully I won’t turn into a crazy person while taking it, since I already PMS pretty bad.(Btw i thought that yaz was supposed to help with your mood? instead of making it worse?) Anyway, since everyone responds to each pill differently, I hope it works well for me.

March 18, 2009 at 12:32 am
(109) Shelly says:

I’ve taken the Watson brand pills before and they were great except they didn’t really help with my acne. I wanted to switch to something that might help my acne so I’m supposed to start taking Yasmin when my next period comes, but i’ve been reading some really bad reviews. My doctor told me it’s one of the best birth controls out there, but I red about people developing severe acne, facial hair, hair loss…. I’m kind of freaked out about taking it. I’m hoping the reviews were fake or something. lol Has anyone had any problems with Yasmin?

March 23, 2009 at 11:31 am
(110) Kelsey says:

HELP!! Ok so I really want to get on a birth control to clear up my face. I just started getting acne in college and I can’t stand it. What pill is BEST for acne?? Also, I am taking Welbutrin (an anti-depressant) and I want to know if it will conflict with birth control. Thanks!

March 24, 2009 at 12:02 am
(111) Jess says:

Ive been on yaz for 6 months now….hate hate hate it. I had perfect skin now i always have something on my face. My period last for 2 weeks n never starts on the day it spossed to. I feel depressed horrible mood swings ive gained about 15 pounds. I dont want to even kiss my fiance let alone have sex. And i had to be put on imittex due to massive migraines every other day. Dont take this crap!!!!!!!

March 25, 2009 at 12:51 am
(112) Megan S. says:

I hate Yaz! I’ve been on it for a year and i’ve had major problems with it! I gained weight, I lost my sex drive, I had a smelly discharge after every period, I had alot of anger for no reason, I also still got bad breakouts on my face and neck too, and I constantly was depressed! I do not recommend this stupid pill to anyone. I’ve been off of it for 2 months now and i still feel the effects of it. Yaz sucks!

April 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(113) jazz says:

hello im 18 years old and i have just been put on LEVORA…im going on my second week taking it and the only complaint i have so far is boob tenderness and bloating not a lot but enough to tell. yaz sounds like a crazy pill so i wont ever try that, does anyone have any other suggestions….a pill that doesnt cause bloating maybe???

April 9, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(114) olivej says:

Im 19 and an active runner. Im new to birth control and super freaked out about trying it! My doctor prescribed Sprintect to me as I expressed to her that I reallllly didnt want to gain weight. Has anyone had an experience with Sprintect?

April 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(115) May says:

I have never been on bc before and is about to start taking yaz, my reason for this choice is because I heard it made your boobs gets bigger since I hardly have any and it clears up acne since I’ve been battling acne for many years now and would really like to have beautiful clear skin (I’ve tried almost every acne treatment). After reading all these negative reviews about yaz I’m skeptical of using it. I’m now thinking maybe I should try yasmin instead. Anyone has any suggestion. Greatly appreciated!

April 16, 2009 at 12:58 am
(116) Megs says:

I’m 23, and have been on BC for a little more than a year and a half now, I first started out on tri cyclen lo and then went onto tri cyclen. I’m coming to the end of my prescription and am looking to try something new. I PMS pretty bad still to this day, my cramps have eased up majorly as they used to be bad to the point I would cry. But I have also gained the problem of always being hungry. Also my mood swings vary from month to month sometimes their mild and sometimes their bad. Any suggestions?

April 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(117) Kait says:

I’m 21 years old and have taken BC pills 3 seperate times. I was thinking about starting again, bull all of these comments are very discouraging. the first 2 times (the first on yasmin 28 and that was horrible. the second on ortho) were to regulate and the third was to prevent pregnancy (also ortho). All three times I had to stop because of depression, weight gain, loss of energy and sex drive and horrible mood swings. I was thinking about starting again, but after reading all these comments I remembered why I vowed never to.

BEWARE of the effects of BC pills and take only when needed. I think I will just make my bf suffer and wear condoms, he’ll be grateful to have my sex drive and sanity in exchange.

April 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(118) :-) says:


PLEASE remember to take a B-complex vitamin supplement with your birth control. If you have a lack in your sex drive there are vitamins that will help this as well or try foods that increase your libido.

I have been on lo/overal, Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo and I will be beginning Yaz.

B6 is depleted by birth control which causes mood swings.

I was on Lo/Overal 3 years ago for two years and it was okay minus the nausea which was awful.

I’ve been on Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo for 1 month but have been bleeding (break through bleeding) for the ENTIRE month.

My doctor has now prescribed Yaz which she hopes will help with the mood swings I have before/during my period and my mild acne. I’m hoping it will stop this break through bleeding.



April 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(119) blondie says:

i have been taking sprintec for a couple months and my periods have been beginning early or been long now im a couple days late.. has anyone skipped a period on it?

April 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(120) Sonja says:

In response to jess about Diane-35. I take it for both acne control AND birth control. It’s not prescribed as a birth control, but the thing is, it contains the same ingredients and hormones that prevent pregnancy. So it CAN be used as a form of birth control, which is something that my physician told me as well. So as far as I know it’s safe to say it can protect you! :) Hope that helps!!

April 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(121) Jen says:

I’ve had horrible PMS issues, bloating, irritability, acne, and fatigue, so my doctor put me on YAZ even though I’m 43, and my husband has had a vasectomy. Since I’ve been on YAZ, I am severly bloated, have had bad diarrhea and stomach pains, am very tired, still have irribility, and I bled for two weeks the first month. I am on second month, and don’t know whether to stick with it or not. I still get big pimples at wierd times.

April 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(122) Olga says:

Hi girls! I’ve currently been on Loestrin Fe for about 3 weeks. usual side effects but no horror stories even though i still don’t like it. i’m wondering if anyone has tried the patches, shots or rings. i’m wondering if those are better contraception options. please give me some imput!!

April 24, 2009 at 11:42 am
(123) april says:

i’ve been on the depo shot for three grueling months now. me and my friend got it at the same time and both reacted differently. the first month was ok i had some nausea but no period, although my friend spotted for about three days.
the second month was hell, constant mood swings, spotting about every other day, and weight gain. its my third month and i have been bleeding everyday, gained a ton of weight alto i did not change my diet or activities, and no matter how hard i try i cannot seem to put it off.
everything is going well for my friend, she no longer gets her period, and hasn’t noticed ant moods, but

April 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm
(124) Melanie says:


I have been on birth control since the age of 15. I am 27 years old now. I have been on Ortho 28 and loved it. Never had any problems. When I got engaged at the age of 24 – I switched to Seasonique birth control. I spotted for a year – every day. I felt weak, my sex drive was completely gone – which is not like me (I’m one of those who want it all the time – lol!), and I also got pregnant on the pill. Never missed a pill and always took it on time. I had been taking birth control pills for 10 years – so I did everything right – still got pregnant on Seasonique. Found out when I was almost 3 months pregnant! I have a beautiful little girl now and I am on YAZ. So far, I like YAZ! Birth control will not effect everyone the same way – so if you are taking birth control that you are not happy with, you should consult your dr. and try another birth control until you find the one that is right for you.

April 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(125) Diana says:

Ok, so I came to this forum in hopes of finding a new BCP. I’ve been on Ortho TriCyclen Lo for 3 yrs and didn’t have any problems with it until recently. Since January, I have gained 18 lbs (with no change in diet or exercise), have turned into an irritable monster, and have virtually NO sex drive! I only see my bf of 2 years once a week because he’s a Marine and lives on base almost 2 hours away, so you’d think I’d be craving weekend sex but NOPE! I used to really look forward to it, but now I am never in the mood and the few times that we do have sex, it is dry and painful. This concerns me because I am 19, not 90! At my age, I should be having uncontrollable sexual cravings, not symptoms of menopause! After reading many contradicting reviews about different pills, my bf and I have decided to say goodbye to them altogether. We both hate condoms but we are willing to give them a go if it means I’ll be back to my thin, pleasant,and lustful self again. So ladies, thank you for the enlightenment and good luck!

April 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm
(126) Brandi says:

I was on YAZ for about a year and a half and just got off of it two weeks ago…my experience the first couple months were amazing..but gradually over the past 8 months my husband and my family noticed a change in my personality..my moodswings..and my attitude…i just figured i was born a bitch;;but then my husband pointed out that i wasnt always a bitch.haha. so i did some research on YAZ and i realized that it was my birth control making me a horrible monster..i hated to get off the pill because believe me if you’re NOT trying to get pregnant YAZ is the pill for you…lol..but mine and my husbands relationship is much more important..so i finally went to the doctor yesterday and he put me on ortho cyclen..or whatever..i dont get to start taking it until sunday..and im a bit nervous.
i would stop takin birth control altogether but my husband dont like to wear condoms and im not ready to have our first kid until after im finished with college;
however the doc said if this pill aint for me then he will put me on something else…
costliness is not a problem for me because my husband is in the military and my prescriptions are free…

May 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(127) Alysha says:

i have read all the comments about the different kinds of BCP’s. My doctor has given me a trial pack of OTClo. I have read alot of comments, both good and bad, about this pill.i have never taken BCP’s before and am waiting to start.Hearing all the bad comment kind of makes me scared to start. I’m 17 and im very active, i play hockey and baseball. so i want to find something that will suit my body type or if anyone else that is also active, what they use.im also kinda short i am 5’1 and am on the petite side. My periods are normally pretty light (which is lucky) and usally last anywhere between 5-7 days. I’m also never really moody during that time of the month(another bonus).So if ANYONE has any input or comments it would be GREATLY appreciated!! thanks so much for takin the time to read this and reply. :D !

May 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(128) Gail says:

This could prove to be controversial.

I’m currently taking Dianette and have ben doing so since September 2008. So far, I have had no problems with it. I originally started on it to help with my spots and I have seen a considerable improvement. Another plus side is the fact that my period has been regulated now and I can pretty much say which day it starts on and when it ends!

For contraception, I was unsure at first, purely because I was still a virgin, but I have since realised that it does work on its own. You can never be too safe, especially if you are unsure. :)

My experience with the birth control pill has been positive but, then again, everybody reacts differently to them.

I have a few words of advice to anyone starting on ANY pills… do read the side effects but don’t read into them too deeply, as you may become worried. Also, certainly ask other people’s opinions but don’t just go off of them because, like I said, everybody reacts differently.

Hope this helps. :)

May 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(129) SIMBA says:

I took the depo shot a few years ago and it tore my body up, i gained 40lb it took my periond away for 2yrs, and i only took the shot for 6 month, i recently was recovering from the hell i had to deal with, i have been off birth control for about 3yrs, but the periods now last more than a week and they come when they feel like it, and the cramps are well lets just say i want to crawl in a hole and die, plus the flow is nuts i ahve used a small pad and now i feel i need depends!! i was thinking of the mirena iud, but im wondering if it will affect me the same way as the depo shot the doctor told me it was made the same way as the depo shot but that the way it works is in the uteris, has any one been on the depo shot and then taken the mirena iud? if so did it give you hell the way i got it, i mean the idea of not having periods sound good but its not good for you!! and for now ill settle for a normal period!

May 8, 2009 at 10:01 am
(130) evemass says:

I tried Yaz for 9 months. I had horrible periods and acne so I figured I would give it a try. I felt like I had the flu the whole time I was on it. I gained 10 lbs even though I ate very little and exercised. My breasts were large and so tender…it hurt to wear under wire bras or to even move around. My face broke out worse than ever. I got cystic acne on my neck and face, which I had never had before. I kept waiting for it to go away but after 9 months of yeast infections, acne, no sex drive, flu-like symptoms, migraines and weight gain I gave up. I know everyone is different but this pill is not good at all. Since I have been off I feel so much better. It has been about 6 months off and my weight has finally gone back to normal and I have so much more energy. I was not taking any medications or any other pill before Yaz. My doctor gave me loestrin fe to start next week because my periods are heavy and painful again and never really stop…I am keeping my fingers crossed!

May 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(131) Toria says:

Hey all! I just started OTClo. I have been on it for exactly one month, and have had absolutely zero mood swings (knock on wood). However, I was hoping for it to change my acne and oddly enough has only made it worse, particularly on my jaw line, blah. Also, my periods before the pill were seriously gods gift. I had no bloating fatigue, they were light and 3-4 days. Now, they are longer with bloating and cramps, plus my cooter gets sore which is weird. I will finish my last two months and see how it goes. Hope this helps.

May 13, 2009 at 12:00 am
(132) Lady Lucky says:

YAZ IS horrible. I took it and had non stop migraine headaches. Finally I was taken off of it. do not take

May 13, 2009 at 9:24 am
(133) Hannah says:

I have been on lo-ogestrel for 3 years. I have never experienced mood swings or weight gain. I have experienced occasional dryness ahem…down there during sexual intercourse but I was told by my doctor that this is normal plus this can be fixed/solved with using lubricants so if you are looking for a pill that doesn’t make you gain weight or go crazy I would save this side affect is one of the least bothersome.

May 14, 2009 at 2:31 am
(134) Kendra says:

I have a suggestion for all the married women and maybe even some of you who are engaged or dating. If your husbands don’t like condoms (and who could blame them CONDOMS SUCK and hurt…I would rather not even have sex if there is gonna have to be a condom involved) Here is a grand idea … VASECTOMY!!!!! Think about it no more birth control or condoms EVER. I don’t understand why more people don’t go that route. Or just get your tubes tied. CONDOM SUCK. Think about it never having to use condoms again….how wonderful that would be. Condoms are the root of evil. They don’t even work that good…they break and rip alot.

May 21, 2009 at 9:09 am
(135) Hailey says:

well im currently on depo and i hate it. i gained weight ,im extemley moody, it doesnt help with my depression, ive lost my drive for sex. everything! ive tried alot of diffrent birth controls. so i think im going to go bac on either the nuva rng or yaz!

May 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(136) Kelsey says:

So I’ve been going through all of these comments, and I am absolutely HORRIFIED!!! I’ve been on Ortho TriCyclen Lo for a year now, and for the past couple of months I’ve been experiencing extreme migraines to the point where I’ve passed out twice. So my doctor thought it would be best to take the natural approach and see over the summer if the migraines dissipate without the birth control. I plan to go back on it in August, and I was thinking about either regular Ortho Tri Cyclen, Femcon Fe, or Loestrin 24 Fe, but I’ve been hearing such horrible stories!

With th TriCyclen Lo, I had breakthrough bleeding before my period the first couple of months, and a couple of months (not in a row) my period came 3 days early, which suggests that my body was becoming adjusted to the contraceptive (since during that time was the highest dosage of hormones-I shouldn’t have gotten my period then). I also had extreme bouts of depression, anxiety, and mood swings-to the point where I would just sit in my room all day long-and my friend who used to be on it said she had a similar reaction(aka-if you’re on birth control and are feeling depressed, DO NOT think you’re going crazy, simply talk to your doctor (my mother tried to make me go to therapy-this is unnecessary!)

Anyway, I’m asking for all the girls out there who have taken Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and did not have any serious issues with it (such as weight gain mood changes or acne, because those are the three main factors I am looking at right now)-if you’re not on it anymore, which birth control has worked the best for you????

May 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(137) emilia says:

hello everyone,
I’ve been on alesse in the begining… and it was great for 3 months or so until it got recalled and then they switched me to tri-lo nd i’ve been on it for almost two years… in tje begining i was fine… now i’ve noticed that i’ve gained so much weight and no matter what my diet is or exercise i cant get ANYthing off…and i fight with my bf all the time as well as i cry for like everything.. i’ve been really depressed from time to time. the periods come on time for about 3 days which is good but bad side effects. I wanna switch to yazmine or YAZ but im afraid to because i dont wanna gain anymore wieght.

May 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(138) emma says:

I was on Yaz for a year and a half, and in the beginning, i didn’t realize the negative side effects, but with time, I grew to really dislike the pill. I gained about 8-10 lbs, my boobs became MUCH bigger, I felt less energized, and, worst of all, I was extremely emotional and crying a lot. The change in my emotions really contributed to my decision to change my birth control, since I’m not naturally a big crier and drama queen.

This past month, I’ve tried NuvaRing, and initially, I really hated it. For the first 1-2 wks, I felt very very bloated, and I also experienced a slight discharge and odor change. However, after being on it for the month, those side effects have decreased, aside from still being slightly bloated. But, while there’s the option of wearing the ring during intercourse, I prefer not to, and the frequent taking-it-out and putting-it-back is a nuisance. I messed up twice, and accidentally kept it out for longer than the allowed 3 hrs, so I had to use an alternate method of birth control for a week.

I believe I’m going to try LoEstrin next, but if it doesn’t work well for me, I wouldn’t mind returning to NuvaRing. I think, for the long term, it may be best for my moods, which is a priority for me.

May 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(139) Mandy says:

In college, I used Alesse and I do not recall having any side effects or problems with it. (That was 4 years ago!) I went off it for a few years and when I decided to get back on the pill, my Doctor recommened Loestrin 24 FE. I have been using it for the past 2 years. At first with Loestrin, I had really bad blood clots and cramping. After about three months when my body got used to it, I loved it. I had short periods and hardly any cramping. HOWEVER, in the past few months, I have noticed increased soreness in my breasts, mood swings, sluggishness in the morning, and my sex drive has decreased dramatically. Needless to say, my boyfriend is not super happy about it! I am thinking of switching back to Alesse or maybe trying Mircette, although, I haven’t heard anyone mention anything good or bad about that brand.
But, I agree that everyone’s body is different and you should just find the one that works best for you!

May 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(140) Sarah says:

Yaz and Yasmin NOO!! I have been on the pill for about 7 years off and on. Yasmin was great for the first year, then led to a severe depression (i’m not even a woman who cries more than once every couple of months or so). I switched to Mirena for about 5 years and had great results and heard about Yaz. The first month was great. After that, I thought that I would hurt myself or yell one too many times at my husband. Get off of YAZ now!!!

May 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(141) Lynnsey says:

I was taking yaz and it made me so emotional all i did was fight with my boyfriend. i didn’t have any side effects at first but as a few months went by i started feeling achy and sick. i started to complain to my boyfriend almost everyday about it. between this and my emotions i don’t know how my boyfriend stayed with me. then everyone started telling me my skin had a yellow tint to it so i stopped taking the pill. ever since i stopped ive been back to normal with no more yellow tinted skin or emotions. i will never take jaz again, i wish i would have looked up the reviews before starting it.

June 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(142) Tanya says:

I have been using Femiane for the past 6 months and i think it is very good. It has also grown my hair

June 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(143) Brenda says:

Wow, I think a great thing to mention would be that if you’re reading this, remember that EVERYONE’S body reacts differently to medication. Two people can take the same BCP, and one person receive great results, and the other, terrible. Ask your doctor, and try the pill they offer to you. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t tell everyone you know not to use it just because it didn’t work for you, because their body is not the same as yours.

I’ve been on Tri-Cyclen Lo for 6 months now, and have had no problem, I’m perfectly regulated, not pregnant, and no PMSing. I’m even normally happier than before. The only thing is that it didn’t lighten my periods any from what they were before the BCP, and are still around a week long. My doctor gave me YAZ today and I’m starting it Sunday, so we’ll see how that goes. Despite all these negative reviews on it, I’ll try it for a while and we’ll see how it works for me and my body.

June 8, 2009 at 11:14 am
(144) Roxie says:

Yes, I agree that everyone’s body works differently. I was on Orthotricyclen Lo for 6-7 years and it worked perfectly for me. I then decided to get pregnant and went back on it 3 months ago, and all of a sudden I am getting breakouts and having severe mood swings. I guess this really just goes to show that your body chemistry can change and that “medications” do work differently on everybody. May switch to Lo Ovral… don’t know.

June 8, 2009 at 11:07 pm
(145) sami says:

I’m on yaz and there a forum call yazforum.com and it made me realize what yaz was doing to me.it is horrible.

June 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm
(146) Nicole says:

I tried Ortho tri cylen lo and it was the worst experience ever! it caused me to get tachycardia with makes your heart beat faster than the normal pace. I’m going to start taking yaz in a few days but im scared it will cause depression like everybody says.

June 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(147) Kelly says:

I have been on YAZ for 7 months. The first 2 to 3 months i was a little nauseated, but that was about it. I DID NOT gain any weight. My acne cleared up, and my doctor told me the placebos acted like water pills, which i believe from my experience. Because the the cost is $30 per month to get it, i have to switch :( so i’m going to be starting Seasonale (generic). I’ve read alot of mixed reviews (mainly negative) but i will give it a try….

June 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(148) Kristina says:

I was on Yasmin from the time I was 15 until I was about 18 then I switched to Yaz, the only side effect I had was that it made me very moody and emotional, around August last year I got pregnant while on the pill, my son is now almost 2 months old and my doctor put me on Loestrin 24Fe. I just ended my first period so I will be starting it Sunday. Does having a low dose of hormones decrease the pregnancy prevention in the pill?

June 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(149) Olivia says:

OMGOSH ive been on YAZ for like 2 months now and i HATE IT!!!! im super depressed all the time im always tired. im super bitchy which never rlly used to happen. i have no interest in my normal daily activities… my friends have seen a TOTAL change in me. im irritable impatient frustrated, and snap at everyone.ive become careless and im starting to breakout NEVER had i ever had more than like 2 or 3 pimples at a time even with proactive, and other skin care products im breaking out. i dont recomend this to anyone, im starting seasonique in about a week and apparently it works pretty well… havent heard many horror stories about it

June 13, 2009 at 7:21 am
(150) Heat:: says:

My doctor put me on yaz after my miscarriage and i was super excited cause on tv they raved about it but after i got on it i became super depressed all the time me and my boyfriend fought all the time i cried and tried to kill myself when i looked up the symptoms one of the main side effects of it is manic depression that paired with post pardom and the fact of just losing a baby almost ended me. i thought i was losing my mind. i do not recomend it for anyone!

June 17, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(151) Concerned says:

Hi Everyone,
I have been on birth control for about 3 years now and have gone through 3 different pills. I started on Yaz, went to Yasmen, then Femcon. I am not back to Yaz and I cannot wait to try it again. The first time I tried it, I stopped taking it because I started to spot. However, every pill I have been on since has made me moody, depressed and gain weight.

I really wanted to tell everyone what my Dr told me. He said that all of these pills effect you differently than they effect everyone else. If your friend/ sister had mood swings and cramping on one, doesn’t mean you will. My advice for everyone is to try out the pills for 3 months at a time, you cannot really know how it effects your body until after 3 months. Of course if you are vomiting all the time or getting severe headaches, see your Dr. All you can do is try out the pills and see which one works for you. Good luck with everything!

June 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm
(152) Tiffany says:

I’ve been on the birth control pill called Yaz for over 9 months. Recently I was off the pill bc my bf moved away for college. The month I got off of it, we had no problems and the move wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Things are great between us. Except now I’m worried since i’ve gotten back on the same pill I’ve become severly depressed yet again. I’ve realized that it could very well be the pill and not me that’s causing the depression. I’ve been Ortho as well but it had the same effects. Any suggestions anyone?
I’d appreciate it.

June 20, 2009 at 1:14 am
(153) sharonda says:

i just started yazmin iam having my period since i started it and iam going throw HELL any advice

June 22, 2009 at 9:55 am
(154) daniele says:

I have started Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo 3 weeks ago and so far have not stopped bleeding. I also have already gained weight, beel boated all the time and feel swollen all over….. I am doing everything not to gain weight: eating right, exercising and even doing linfatic drenage massage for water retention with no results. I am looking for a pill that DOES NOT CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN. Does anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!

June 23, 2009 at 6:56 am
(155) Melissa & Lisa says:

Has anybody used Gynera? Cause I’m just about to start it and it would be so helpful if you could reply.

Thank you! :)

June 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm
(156) Gail says:

I have been on the generic versions of Ortho-777 since 6 months after my son was born–its been 3 years. I was previously on Nordette. My husband notices a difference and insists it is because of the pill. My periods are like clockwork, from when they start to when they completely stop. There are months where I will spend a week with no energy. That seems to affect my mood more than anything. There are other months where my energy level seems more stable so I bounce back from a bad mood more easily. I do get headaches usually one day a month that seem to be related to hormones rather than other circumstances, but I take ibuprofen and it is gone in an hour or 2. I have been on the pill for over 12 years, so it is hard to say what is me and what is the pill…who knows, maybe my moods/energy levels are worse without the pill! But I am not willing to give up the predictability of my period and it being shorter and lighter to find out…

June 25, 2009 at 2:31 am
(157) Karina says:

So I’ve tried three type of pills now within 2 years. So far I have not found one that I TRUELYY love. I was on Femcon Fe Oral for a year and the only horrible side effect was the increased mood swings. It made me horrible to be around and angry all the time. The positives were clear skin, no weight gain, very light periods(3 days) and larger breasts. However, the positives did not outweigh the bad. Next, I tried Yasmin within a week I stopped. I had constant heart palpitations, anxiety, and nausea.Currently I am trying Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. Although I do not have mood swings, my appetite has increased tremendously. I feel bloated and constantly find myself hungry. I have also gained weight. I have heard this is the case for many people. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions I am more than willing to listen, I have no idea what more there is to try. Thank you…

July 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(158) Molly says:

Hi, my name is Molly. My mom is going to get me onto birth control because of my periods. My periods come three times a month for four to six months at a time. Then sometimes I don’t get my period at all. I’m a “virgin” to birth control and I don’t know which one is right for me! If there is any advice anyone could give me, that would be amazing. I want to try the new pill Seasonique, the one that only allows 4 periods a year. Wowza! But I don’t know since I am a youngster. I’ve had my period since I was in fourth grade so four about 6 to 7 years. I just don’t know what’s right for me!

July 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm
(159) Shannon says:

Out of sheer curiosity, I pulled up this discussion forum today and I’m sad to say I’m not surprised at the difficulties all of you have had. My husband and I were married just over a year ago. We were both virgins, but we didn’t want children right away, so I did the easy thing and went to the OB to get on the pill three months before the wedding. She recommended Yaz. The first day, I threw up. I almost didn’t take it the second day because I hate nausea in the mornings, but I took it. No nausea, no throwing up. I’ve been on it, as I said, for about a year and three months now. In that year, I’ve gained 12 pounds, grown TWO bra sizes–which, when you start at a 34D, is not a good thing–and I’ve had issues with headaches and discharges. I was willing to deal with these side effects until I saw a commercial that people are conducting lawsuits because women have had kidney failure and stroke from Yaz and Yasmin! I actually called my doctor today and am waiting for a call back for a recommendation. I’m worried that none of these hormone-filled pills are worth it. My husband and I might have to deal with condoms for a year or so until we’re ready to start a family…

July 2, 2009 at 9:29 am
(160) RES says:

I’m writing on behalf of my girlfriend. We are taking a trip this fall and she wants to change her menstrual cycle so that she does not have it occur during our vacation. She was prescribed Yaz by her doctor, but is very leery about taking it – seeing all of the potential negative side effects. Can anyone suggest an alternative that achieves our goal? Not getting pregnant (I have had a vasectomy), acne or boob size are not issues here. All she wants to accomplish is having her cycle change to a week or so earlier. I read a little about Microgynon on this site and it sounds like a possibility. Thanks!

July 5, 2009 at 2:30 am
(161) Sophie says:

I’m 17 and I just started taking Ortho Tri Cyclen about a week ago. Everything has been fine so far but the one thing I’ve noticed is that one minute I’ll feel happy and excited and I’ll get this surge of hyperness and the next I wont care about anything or anyone.

I have no idea what is going on, but Im pretty sure its making me feel depressed. Nothing excites me anymore, not even seeing my boyfriend. I love him so much and seeing him excites me, but now not so much and nothing has changed within our relationship for the past week. So i’m pretty sure its the birth control.

I guess I’m just going to keep taking it and see what happens but if I still am feeling like this, I think I’m going to have to switch pills or just stop all together. Because I hate feeling this way. I feel like I have no emotions.

So does anybody have any suggestions? Or has anybody else experienced this while on Ortho? If so what do you suggest I do? I would really like to keep taking an oral contraceptive, not a patch or any ring or anything. Help!

July 8, 2009 at 1:34 am
(162) Stephanie says:

If someone could please help me in my decision for bc that would be fantastic! about a year ago i had a SEVERE reaction to gardasil and had to stop taking bc due to the fact it made my whole body swell and more so made my throat swell shut. I’m going to try and take something again but i’m not sure what. I have bad acne and terrible cramping i even get sick because of the pain. I’ve also noticed that a few days before my period i begin to swell all over my body and lose all strength in my arms and legs and have terrible joint pain like i did after the initial reaction. This is caused by my period. I’m worried that the increase in hormones reacts with the gardasil. If this is true bc could make my situation worse. Has anyone had a severe reaction to gardasil and started a bc afterwards? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!!

P.S. i know this isnt a gardasil website but if you or any loved one is even considering gardasil DO NOT TAKE IT!!!!!! Tell everyone you know not to get it. It has destroyed my life! I passed out after getting the drug then was rushed to the ER not long after bc my whole body had swollen and i could not breathe. I was sensitive to any touch even a sheet or clothes hurt and brought me to tears. I lost strength in my arms and legs and couldn’t walk around or even open a bottled water.I also experience fibro myalgia like symptoms (extreme join pain and swelling) which is common in elderly people not someone who is 19. I was basically a vegetable for months and was in pure agony. The best part is that was a year ago and none of the effects have gone away. Not to mention the fact the FDA denies that gardasil is the cause of my pain and classifies it as a coincidence. No doctor can help me and they all don’t believe gardasil had anything to do with my problems but its hard for me to believe that all of those effects just happened to destroy my perfectly healthy body around the time of the injection. PLEASE warn everyone you know! It has killed many women and destroyed countless lives don’t let a loved one be another casualty.

July 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(163) Lily says:

My first time taking BC i was on Ortho Tricyclin. It made my life HELL!!! I had the worst cramps and i was on my period for two months straight! I had to take steroids to get my period to stop. I did lose weight, but i was depressed, moody and very over emotional. I am now on Lo Ovral and its been working very well for me. I haven’t gained weight, it has a very low dose of hormones. It makes my periods lighter too!

July 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(164) Jen says:

Has anyone lost weight on any type of birth control pill? I want that one please and thankyou!!

July 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(165) Kim says:

Hey wussup.

I’m Kim and i was and still am on the Depo shot..it’s been a couple months and i’m dyin to get off it . i just turned 18 and i feel like i’m 50 with menapause..my period lasted and is still going it came on in April ..now im looking up different birth controls but i still am scared because of the side effects that i’ve delt with on the depo shot. everything from depression, moodswings, no gain wieght but still..my attitude is rediculous im just looking to get on something safe and comfortable !

July 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(166) Jane says:

I’ve been on Yaz for 6 months now and have had nothing but problems. It has completely taken away my sex drive. Sex hurts so much because I am completely dry down there. Using a lubricant doesn’t help at all; in fact it makes it worse because it’s made me so sensitive. Even when my boyfriend and I aren’t having sex, I’m still very sensitive down there. Nothing feels good anymore, not even oral. I’m switching off this pill immediately, it’s causing too many problems.

July 21, 2009 at 2:14 am
(167) Kristi says:

It’s funny to me when people to say to consult your doctor…considering mine is a man and asked me one time while I had my legs spread getting a pap if I was on my period!! these forums are great and thank you for your input as we all can get a grain of salt from another’s experience. As for me…I was on Yasmin for about 3 years and went off it about 3 months ago. The first month was great..i had lots of energy (nervous energy. After my first period (which took 1.5 months to get, my hair has been falling out like mad, I feel agro all the time, hard time sleeping, MAJOR chest and face acne..which was amazing before, and my appetite has increased due to the nerves. No weight gain since I am exercising more as finding more to do in my time I could usually sit still and read, etc. I went off the pill for health reasons…but I think for some people it is better for our bodies and hormones. Hormones control us!! When I was on it my periods were great and light, and I never experienced noticeable weight gain or loss unless it was my own intentions with increase or deacrease in exercise and food. There are a lot of negative things I’ve read on here about Yasmin, which I am going ot look more into, but overall I really liked it and it kept my skin looking amazing and I felt very balanced. I did get emotional in a couple relationships and flip out…but I’m glad I did because it was the relationship (which takes two…not one and a pill ;) All of our bodies are different so the best thing is to probably try for at least 2-3 months and change if you don’t like it. I am going back on the pill and will be aware now of how I feel and stay on it or change if needed. Good luck gals!!

July 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm
(168) Alexis says:

Hello Ladies!
I have been on Yaz for 4 mos now, and I have had absolutely NO issues with it! B4 the pill I will be the normal over emotional, short-tempered girl a few days before my period but I dont think it was bad enough to be classified as PMDD. WHile I’ve been on the pill, my period is very regular, I am less emotional than I was w/o it. THe only think I can say is I get headaches every now and then and minor menstrual cramps…but they never last for long. Also, many ppl are speaking about a decrease in sex drive, and mines is actually wayyy more intense than it used to be! To the point where my boyfriend thinks I’m a nympho…which NEVER used to be the case…I think when you begin taking any medicine one should pay very very close attention to her body b/c diff. ppl. have diff. reactions. So I disagree w/ all the ppl saying dont think this and stay away from that B/C what works for you might not work for another and vice-versa! Just do what makes u feel comfortable, and get checked up regularly to ensure you’re being as healthy as can be with whatever you decide to do! Go

July 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(169) Kayla says:

I’ve been taking Yaz for 8 months now, and I have had horrible experiences. My depression increased, I had serious migraines, diarrhea, vaginitis, and not to mention a missed period (with no pregnancy). I’m just so moody with it. Also, my doctor said that Yaz may be less effective with *ahem* heavier women. So, if you’re looking for a birth control pill, I don’t suggest Yaz.

July 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(170) jessica says:

im on yaz right now but im having a brown discharge so i went to my doc and she wants me to take zovira anyone have anything to say about it good things bad things???? please help

July 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(171) Kelsey says:

Alright, so I started off about four months ago on Yaz.
I liked it a lot, was queezy the first month or so – but after a while I started to get pains in my stomach, and ended up having to have gallbladder surgery because I got gallstones.
I’m thoroughly convinced this is from the Yaz, but the reason I switched from in was it was too expensive.

My Doctor put me on Sprintec about three weeks ago, and I’ve been a wreck. My stomach is constantly upset and I’ve gained five pounds in three weeks. I cry all the time and don’t want to see anyone or do anything.

I’m thinking about going back on Yaz, but does anyone else have any advice on what pill to take?

July 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(172) Brooke says:

I am getting off Yasmin immediately! Please look into this drug, it’s side effects, and the recent law suites from it and recalls. From this drug I’ve experienced weight gain, loss of sex drive, mood swings, anger, headaches, and bloating!

Do not get on it!

July 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(173) ys says:

i tried Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and that made me extremely moody.

i also tried the Nuva Ring, not a fan! it made a weird smell down there.

yaz was by far the best birth control i tried, cleared my skin, made my boobs bigger, BUT it made me soooo moody and depressed by 8th month AND no sex drive what so ever!

im much happier when im not on birth contol.
im considering something like Mirena, it has no hormones and its worth $300 which i dont mind i rather be happy and not pregnant, than crazy psycho bitch

July 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(174) Susan says:

When I first started on bc I tried ortho tri cyclen lo and it was a horrible experience. I gained 20 pounds during the year I was on it and also made me a complete bitch. Next I tried yasmin and it had the same effect on me- weight gain and moodiness. I have been on the nuvaring for the last 3 years now and it has been awesome. Its so convenient and I don’t have the mood swings anymore and no more weight gain. However, it is expensive….even with my insurance I pay $35 and if you don’t have insurance it is $60. nuvaring ftw!

July 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(175) Emily says:

DO NOT TAKE DESOGEN!!! I’m on the 1st day of my second week and these past few days have been the most horrible days of my entire life. Its been a complete and total rollercoster one minute im extatic and the next im balling my eyes out over absolutly nothing. I woke up in the middle of the night in a full blown panic attack crying, hyperventalating, thinking the worst. This is the worst birth control pill ever. It has been a very difficult past few days

July 31, 2009 at 1:28 am
(176) Firelady says:

Well ladies, I have been reading your comments trying to help my sis-in-law with her problem. Before she got pregnant, she was taking Ortho Tricyclen Lo with no problems. She started back on it two months ago and has had chest pains, breakthrough bleeding, severe mood swings, depression and so on. I told her it is because she had a baby and now her body is different than before. With all your comments, I suggested Loestrin 24 Fe. I have to say ladies..I am glad I do not have to worry about bc (perimenopause)..very confusing and scary…would rather stick with condoms!! Take care all and good luck to those trying to find the right bc.

July 31, 2009 at 4:50 am
(177) Ahrielle says:

hey! ive been taking yazmin for about 3 years now…at first it was amazing…shorter periods, less acne, almost never had mood swings…but for the past 4 months it hasnt been working like it use to…im moody, and my acne is getting worst!!! my periods are still shorter but it sucks now so im looking to change!!! oh, also it didnt cause me to gain any weight…and it seems to have stopped alot of the bloating with me. but im still gonna try something new…wish me luck~

August 4, 2009 at 1:22 am
(178) Nicole says:

What kind of pill you should be on depends on your personal fertility profile. I would generally opt for what works well for your sisters or female relatives you most closely physically resemble.

There are also ways to help whichever pill you’re on to work better. Don’t take it at the same time that you take vitamins or herbal supplements. Take your pill a couple of hours before or after your vitamins. Also, try to adhere to a natural diet. Weston Price, Kathleen Dielemans, and Oprah have a lot of good information about what a natural diet is, and how to get started. It will fix your body chemistry so that what you eat isn’t messing up your hormones.

August 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(179) shannon says:

I have been on Yaz for 4 months & I am a monster! I am moody, I get cramps & headaches even when I’m not on my period… and I was never lucky enough to have a lighter period than what my norm is. Also, my face looks like I’m 15 & washed my face with a pizza! I’ve never had acne before! I am starting Seasonique tomorrow. I was on Seasonale before I had my daughters 2 years ago, & I loved it. I agree that different pills will have different effects on different people, but I wouldn’t recommend Yaz to anyone!

August 10, 2009 at 4:17 am
(180) Brittany says:

I am another who got the crazies! I am 20 and have beeen on yaz for two years. I recently starting noticing a horrible pattern every month before my cycle. It seems as if I would PMS, break up with my boyfriend, have a nervous breakdown, and have raging arguments with my mom and brother every single month. There are other factors in my life that could be making me crazy but I am a preety happy person, stress free all my life, and positive attitude. I can honestly say i felt suicidal like 2 days ago and thought I was really losing it the next morning i started my cycle. So i was happy to find out it was a severe case of pms i guess, I am going to the doctor tomorrow to find out what the hell is wrong with me, I feel so bad for putting my boyfriend though this every month. We are fighting for no reason and it has to stop before I push him away. I do not want to stop taking birth control because I do not want to have a kid right now, but I might have to just try abstinence! I cant do it anymore. I cry for no reason, I start raging for no reason, and attack my wonderful boyfriend every single month. It seems like i should be able to control it but my whole thought process is different. Im going crazy please do not take YAZ… It needs some serious tweeking before people should keep taking this stuff.

August 12, 2009 at 2:06 am
(181) YAZ FAN says:

Alot of people are saying bad things about YAZ on this site. Im 18 years old, I have been on 3 different kinds of birth control and YAZ is the only one i have liked so far. First i was on Loestrogen but I was trying to clear up my acne so my doctor told me to use Ortho whatever and it made my face break out more than ive ever seen. So finally i personally asked him to be on YAZ. Ever since being on it my skin is perfectly clear. Ive had really bad panic attacks throughout my whole life and ever since YAZ my panic has decreased greatly.
Everyone posting horror stories about YAZ mostly start the post saying ” ive never taken birth control before…” I think the reason you are experiencing weight gain, moodiness, etc is because you’ve never been on birth control and new chemicals are being put inside your body so obviously new changes are going to happen. Birth control changes chemical levels in your body, okay youve taken YAZ 2 days and your an emotional roller coaster..I dont think you should give up on it you should just get use to taking something different. Any birth control will make you have extreme body/emotional changes it just so happens everyones first pill is YAZ so people are assuming YAZ is what is doing this.
I only have one complaint about YAZ which is i always get my period after the 4 white placebos instead of getting my period during that time..I told my doctor he said that was okay as long as i was still getting my period.

August 12, 2009 at 5:52 am
(182) Steph says:

I have tried a bunch of pills, but I have to say that Yasmin has been the worst thing that has ever happened to my life. I was on Marvelon for years and found it fine, but was made to swicth by my doctor who was concerned about it being third generation. I have been on Yasmin twice since then. The first time was only 3 months and it made me moody and depressed, I was crying all the time and was angry and couldn’t cope with anything – so I went off it. I was off BC for a year and was back to my positive self, but I had to go back on BC so decided to try Yasmin again. I had decided that the side effects were probably just because I’d only taken it for a short time and that they’d probably go away the longer I took it. Unfortunately this did not happen. I have now been on Yasmin for a year and I have steadily grown more and more depressed, I’ve had suicidal thoughts, I hate everything, I’m angry all the time, I am anxious and crying. I hate it! I know this is not ‘me’, it’s this stupid pill. I am two days away from finishing a pack and this will be the last two days I ever take Yasmin, it is seriously ruining my life. I argue with everyone, it ruined a relationship with a great guy… I never acted or felt this way before Yasmin. It appears that it’s not unsual to get the serious ‘crazies’ on this pill, so I would warn women who start taking it to keep track of their emotional health and to please try a different pill if it’s making them depressed. It’s important to remember that everyone is different, Yasmin may work awesomely for you, but if it doesn’t don’t keep taking it, there will be a better solution out there for you. I just can’t wait to get off this pill in two days!

August 12, 2009 at 6:33 am
(183) gillian says:

hi i am on yazmin pill,the last 3 months.i have noticed an incresed of vaginal fluid, (its clear and no odour), it is causing a prob with my sex life as a can not feel my partner as much, where it wasn a prob before.
? i also have an increased sex drive. would it be related to the pill, i am 35 years old with 3 children.if anyone has had any similar probs any advice would be greatly appreciated

August 14, 2009 at 2:24 am
(184) bee says:

ortho tri cyclen lo sucks… i was on ortho tri cyclen before leaving for school and when i got here the school only covers ortho tri cyclen lo on their drug plan so i switched and I hate it with a firey passion. I’m consistently bloated.. i havent had regular periods in like 6 months- a year and i’m always moody not to mention i have mad acne. i would advise against it! i hate it!

August 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm
(185) Sara says:

Hi! I’m 16 years old and my doctor wants to put me on a birth control for my acne and to regulate my periods. I was on yaz about a year ago and it was awful! I had my period for about 2 months and my acne got so much worse. I want to find one that woln’t make me moody or gain wight. I am the school track star and I absolutly love field hockey so I want nothing that will interfear with that. Please let me know if you have any good experiences with anything that will help with acne, regulate my period, not make me gain weight or make me moody.

August 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm
(186) April says:

I began taking ortho tri cyclen I am alomost on my third week and I am feeling, strange. I am depressed. I feel out of it all the time. I can’t explain it, It’s like an un-real feeling. I get scared, and am always mad! I am just waiting to pick a fight with anyone. My husband comes home from Iraq in a month. By then I’ll be insane. I was loosing weight before the pill, and now after 3 weeks I noticed I’m a little “plump” again. My acne is bad!!!!! I haven’t had acne this bad since Jr high. It’s all around my lower chin area. I am always sleepy and tired. I never get hungry anymore. And after reading the other reviews I agree with the other girls, I’ve noticed an unpleasant smell. I just dont feel like myself. And I don’t know what to do. I feel like the only reason I am still taking it is because I have hope the symtoms are temporary and they will go away. Help!!!!

August 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(187) Cassie says:

Im on Loestrin 24 FE. I had my 1st child in Oct and was put back on the same birth control. My son has recently started walking and i am forgetting to take my pill at the same time or at all. My husband and i are not in a place to have another child right now and we don’t want to take away from our son. I feel run down with no energy alot of the time and i have 2 periods a month. I thought about the Mirena but im scared. Do you guys have any advice on maybe what i should consider and talk to my dr. about? I would very much appreciate it.

August 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm
(188) Kim says:

I am a 46 yr. old woman that has been on birth control pills for many, many years for the exception of my pregnancies. Currently I am taking Yaz, which has been okay. My Dr. took me off Orth Novum 777 which was great. They told me I had to change pills due to my age. My husband has had a vascectomy so it’s not for birth control as it is for keeping me happy, balanced and normal. My periods have always been horrific and the pill keeps them much better. Lately I have been concerned with a sharp pain in my right chest when I’m at the gym and feelings of slight depression at times. I’m thinking of asking if I can go back on my old pill just because it was way better.
I would love to hear from some older women and what has been successfull for you?

August 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm
(189) Kristy says:

Hi, i’m on Yaz now. been on it for a few years. It’s ok, but no sex drive and dry when my boydriend and i try to have sex. I’m a little crazy on it around the time of my period, but then again, i’ve been on Ortho-Tri Psycho, and i was a complete nasty, crazy person on that. Estrostep FE, was good for acne, really good, but again didn’t agree with me regarding the mood swings. i’m about to try yasmin but was reading some horror stories on line about it…basically my advice to anyone taking the pill or strating…try them all out and find one that works for you. i’ve been on the pill for like 15years and have tried them all. Yaz seems to work the best, i really only get cranky around my period. I’ll let you know what i think of yasmin, my doc gave me a month cycle to try. she sai di would get my sex drive back and that i wouldn’t spot in between periods. but agian, try them out and remember that it’s a hormone you are taking, not a magic pill. you are aloways going to have some side effect of mood swings, acne, breast tenderness etc…it all just depends on how severe they are.

August 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(190) Kei says:

hey i have been on yaz for about 2 yrs it makes me feel horrible!! i am miserable all the time the slightest thing annoys me and i feel so light headed so i switched to diane 35 and i was still getting sick so i came to the conclusion that its not for me…i also saw an ad on the tv saying that yaz and yasmin is very dangerous and has hospitalised a couple of ppl due to severe blood clots so be careful everyone

August 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(191) Angela says:

I have been on Yasmin for 2 years now and I have no complaints. My periods are shorter and lighter, i have very few cramps and my breats aren’t as tender. As for the commercials saying that Yaz and Yasmin are more dangerous then other birth control pills, they are not telling you the whole truth. All birth control pills present the dangers of blood clots, stroke and heart attack. All of the warnings about serious and less serious side effects are in the packet you get with the medicine. You are supplied with the information and what you should do to reduce your risk of these side effects and you should read the booklet before you start taking the medicine.

August 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm
(192) Julia says:

I have been contemplating whether or not to start a pill. I was stoked to get on one, with an appointment with my doctor tomorrow (tres excited!) but after reading comments like “Yaz is HORRIBLE!” “Crazy moody b*tch” “Gained 15 pounds in a week!” I’m not feeling too hot about a pill…

I realize different pills work for different people, because of everyone’s individual characteristics. But I am trying the find “the best birth control pill” (my Google search, finding this page…)
If you could put your age and weight with your “favourite” birth control pill, that could help my hunt begin.

My doctor will know what is right for me, but I want to hear what you fellow ladies have to say.

I am 15 at 140 pounds and I am looking for a birth control pill that regualtes my period with low/no weigth gain and mood swing-age.

Good luck ladies!

PS I know that smoking tabacco is a BIG no-no while taking a birth control pill. But what about smoking marijuana? (or smoking anything else.) Anything to say about this? Anyone try? I just don’t want to risk anything…

August 28, 2009 at 12:14 am
(193) Jayme says:

I have been on Yaz for about 6 months and have had a horrible experience. A week before my period I am very anxious and get sooooo angry at the smallest things. I feel I have no control over my emotions and spout off a lot. It cleared up my face beautifully though! I’m looking into another pill currently or possibly the IUD (but I haven’t had kids yet). Any suggestions for contraceptives that lack a hormonal impact?

August 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(194) KIM says:

Every body is different, but as for the comments on weight gain, I was told by my Dr. a few lbs. gained or lost could happen. I have been on the pill for 26 years and it comes down to what you eat. I still weight at 46 what I weighed when I was 21. The only time I saw weight gain was with the Depro Vera shot (wouldn’t do that again). Eat healthy, excercise, and try a low dose pill…you should be fine. There are by far more pros than cons for me.

August 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(195) Monica says:

All these horror stories about Yaz…are scaring that crap out of me. My Doctor prescribed Yaz for my a couple days ago and told me to take it at the start of my period. I hear some girls have mood reactions and low sex drive which can be a side effect. Right now I am on 90mg of Cymbalta for fibromyalgia and that helps with my mood swings. I’m hoping I wont get such a nasty reaction to this BC b/c i want it to help my heavy painful periods and bad acne. I hear stories about breast getting larger from it and that’s doesn’t bother me b/c i have small ones lol but who knows I may not even get bigger ta tas. It may not even clear up my acne either. All I hope and pray is that i get positive reactions in my body from this pill instead of a nightmare to live. I’ll post back on my experience on Yaz. We’ll see though. If any of you have any advice for me I’d appreciate the feed back. Thanks and Take care hope all of your problems are solved.

August 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm
(196) Monica says:

Smoking Mary J, will not cause you to have any problem while of bc lol. But regular cigarettes obviously will cause you to have serious problems down the road. I would say for you Ortho Tri Cyclen or Loestro pill would be good. I use to take those birth control pills when i was 15-17yrs old and didn’t gain any weight or ne mood swings and it cleared up my acne. It really depends on the person though. Some girls are just prone to get certain helath problems. Depends on your DNA and all too. If you start to notice really scary side effects obviously you should report it immediately. Most common side effects tho may be headaches,nausea,a little moody,breast tenderness,and spotting in between cycles. But after a few months the side effects should decrease and your body gets use to the pill.

August 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm
(197) Riley says:

Anyone using YAZ or Yasmin should do some research. It has recently been linked to Strokes, Pulmonary Embolisms and other very serious side effects. Currently there are class action lawsuits pending against Bayer (maker of both). I seriously recommend looking at other options.

August 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(198) Megan says:

Hey ladies,

Im on Cryselle which is the generic version of lo-orval. My experience with this BC was very bad. I gained about 20 lbs in about a year, my hair falls out, I have really bad migraines, bad mood swings, depression, numbness in my arm and leg, and frequent urination; however, my periods are a lot lighter and only last about 3-4 days. My cramps are mild when I have them but its usually just on the first day. Body types are different so what may not work for me may work for someone else. I had a bad experience with Otc, and Otc-lo. Same symptoms but I gained a lot more weight in a shorter amount of time. I have a gyn appt tm so I hope that I can find the right one for me. Good luck ladies.

August 31, 2009 at 9:24 am
(199) elapsedrose says:

Hello. I have been on Estrostep FE for almost 10 years now (I started it when I was 16). I love the pill. I’ve never had any problems with it. I’ve never had any weight gain, no drop in sex drive, no mood swings, in fact, it did regulate and lighten my bleeding. I’ve had friends that were on Yaz and I’ve only heard them complain about it.

September 4, 2009 at 8:31 am
(200) Ella says:

I took the birth pill from the age of 18 to 30 years old in the 80′s. I had migraines and I tried almost every brand that was available. It went away when I stopped the pill in 1993. At the age of 45, my periods were so heavy that I wasn’t able to go to work, and then I started to feel depressed: perimenopause. What did stop that very bad period of my life: Ocella (Yasmin generic). I had my migraines back but I have to choose. Do I want to have monthly heavy periods (having to change my tampons every hour?) or to have a migraine once in a while? Do I want to prevent bone density and osteoporosis (because the pill does that) because that’s frequent after the menopause? Well, all I can say is the oestrogen pill will make you gain weight, the pills with a low combination of hormones will give you migraines and headaches.

You have to make a choice if you’re sexually active and if you don’t want to start a family in your 20′s. Artificial hormones make react your body, a way or another. But, the birth of a child changes completely your life forever…mostly if you don’t desire one at this time. A depression would have caused me a lot more than mood swings, depression leads to suicide. Ask me if I prefer to be alive with the risk to have a migraine…

I don’t think that there is a perfect pill in this imperfect world. But thank God, there are diets and Excedrin Migraine.

Good luck!

September 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(201) Nicole says:

I have taken Othro Tricylcen Lo, and Ortho Tri Cyclen…and I”m about to take Yaz.

With Lo- I felt nauseous, and had headaches often. With Orthro Tricyclen I was fine. I never ever had a pimple in my life and now that I am off it— I have them.

Anyway- I am starting Yaz soon because I do have PMDD symptoms. We’ll see how it goes…

Do your research. Start out with the lowest dose of hormones possible, if you don’t feel well- Go up.

Start with OTC Lo, and go to OTC regular if you don’t feel well.

Try Yaz if you already HAVE moodswings. If you don’t…and you start taking it, I think (based on what others have said) you’ll experience them.

Anyway there it is. Also, if you have a Planned Parenthood in your area, and don’t have health insurance, they can assist you. They have programs in place for low income men and women (testing, pills, exams). http://www.ppa.org

Be safe and healthy!

Best of Luck to you all ; )

September 8, 2009 at 10:00 am
(202) Lacey says:

I have been on Yaz for a year and a half. For the first year, I didn’t notice anything different. Here for the past 6 months I have noticed certain things happening to me and wanted to know if anyone else has experienced these. I have noticed stretch marks all over my hips, butt and thighs that have never been there before. I am not even gaining weight and they’re coming up. I don’t know what to do!!!! I have also noticed digestive and stomach problems that I used to not have. I just wish these stretch marks would stop. And I don’t want to try another pill because I’m scared I will gain weight. Please give me advice!!

September 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(203) Victoria says:

I switched to Yaz 2 months ago Ortho Tricyclen 28 and am definitely experiencing most of what you all have discussed here: no patient, impulse anger, depression, nauseated, and finally today, anxiety attack. I have not gain weight and do maintain an active, healthy life style. I plan to talk to my doc as soon as possible. All of your shared stories have been helpful. Thanks….

September 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(204) Kristal says:

I was on Sprintec and at first I didnt have any real side effects, then about a month later I was feeling depressed, bloated I took it for six months and do not like the way it makes me feel. My skin is pretty much clear so that was’nt an issue but I did start working out and i was able to lose pounds. My biggest complaint with Sprintec it that I lost my sex drive and was very emotional at times. I am going to the doctor to get something else. I heard the Loestrin 24 is pretty good. Will let you know about my new bc pill experience.

September 11, 2009 at 11:45 am
(205) Gigi says:

im going to start birth control this month. im really skeptical and a little hestitant. I hope my doctor prescribes somthing that will do me good, with little to no side effects. I mostly want it for the weight gain and bigger boobs n also no babies 4 now!!

Wish me luck!!!

September 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(206) Stacy says:

I was on the patch aka ortho evra for 4 years and never had any issues w/ it.. I had just switched in May to Yaz for my skin. There has been no change to my skin in regards to it clearing up. My dermatologist said it would’ve started to work by now if it was going to. I’m big on fitness and eat healthy and ended up gaining 5 lbs within a month of starting Yaz. I wear contacts and noticed I was having trouble w/ wearing them. I don’t know if it’s a result of Yaz but I also have pretty vivid dreams almost every night which is unusual for me. I’m going to my obgyn this week and will probably go back to the patch since it worked well for me. I had also been on ortho tryclen lo before I started the patch and never had issues with that except feeling nauseous at the start of each pack. To each her own when it comes to birth control though..

September 12, 2009 at 12:31 am
(207) AM says:

Hello All,
I went on tri-cyclin lo for about 3 months when i was 16 and absolutely hated it. It made me moody and I gained like 20lbs (which I shouldn’t have, being at the pool 6 days a week 3 times a day for 2 hours and then to the gym every second day), and I had crazy break outs which effected my self esteem and just made it all an all round bad experience.
I have been on Yasmin for about a 3 years and seeing a commercial about lawsuits against yaz and yasmin have decided to get off of it.
And not to mention all the symptoms started to make sense reading all the reviews.
i didnt gain any weight on yasmin but I did feel uber tired and some times really depressed. And sometimes the cramps are unbearable (I’m talking i have had to take t3′s to take the pain away), chest pains, severe anexity,
and the crying and fighting, never used to cry and never used to fight with anyone about anything before I started taking it. Kind of astounds me that I continued to faithfully take it for so long…

If anyone has taken lo estrin 24 I would like some feed back about it before I make another plunge into the unknown/un-advertised side effects of anymore birth controls.

September 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(208) Amy says:

I am 18 and I have been on Alesse for almost 3 years. Originally, I went on the pill to help with my period which would last 8 days with a heavy flow and terrible cramps. Alesse helped reduce my cramps and my period only would last 3 days. I never noticed any side effects before, although I have experienced some headaches and irritability but I’m not sure if this is die to the birth control.

But recently, I have been experiencing spotting a week before my period. This has only happened the last 2 months so I am planning on switching to a new birth control but I’m not sure which one. I am aware each has a different effect on different people but I was wondering if anyone who has had generally a positive experience with Alesse, if there was another that they would recommend.

Thank you!

September 16, 2009 at 12:10 am
(209) Carly says:

hello there ,
i have been on yasmine for about, 6 months now.
and i haven’t had a lot of problems.
i need a change though.
i’ll try anything that is effective and without mood swings.
because as woman, we all know that already comes naturally.
so, any suggestions?
please, help.

September 17, 2009 at 1:38 am
(210) Anna says:

AM (and to the poster and anyone else),
I’ve been on loestrin 24fe for over 5 months now and have had practically no issues with it. Relatively few side effects and it eventually makes your period fade entirely (though that’s not for everyone)..but it’s really expensive so I’m looking for something new. I don’t think I’ll find anything as good though. good luck!

September 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(211) Kat says:

I was on Yaz for almost a year. Horrible pill for me. Although I hardly got any period to none I was paranoid that I was pregnant so I would buy pregnancy tests. It did clear up my skin wonderfully but I had bad headaches daily, breast soreness as well. It helped me with my irritability, anxiousness but wasn’t worth it.I went off for few months then started Femcon Fe. I had bad breakthrough bleeding for three months, made my skin worse and I was losing my hair a lot. I have tried Depo Shot years ago and I had my period for three months as well. I am going to try Ortho Tri Cyclen soon, I have used in the past and I don’t remember having any side effects….should have done this in the first place!

September 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(212) Jessica says:

UGH! I’m 20 years old and this is my first attempt at BC.

I’ve been reading all of your comments about birth control and I’m wondering what to do! I’ve been on Tr-Lo Sprintec (the new generic of Ortho Tri-Cyclin Lo) and I’m not a fan at all so far. Everyone seems to be having the same problems as me, i had a huge break out problem the first two weeks on the pill, tiredness, hunger without feeling full, and most importantly I’m A COMPLETE MONSTER. It’s destroying my relationship with my boyfriend, because I’m driving him crazy. He says I’m a completely different person. Is there anything that I can do for these insane mood swings??? I’m up and down in a matter of 5 minutes.

HELP!! Will these mood swings settle down before my boyfriend decides that I’m a total nutcase??

September 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm
(213) Ashley says:

I started taking ortho try-cyclen lo for a few months, and at first it was pretty good. I went from never knowing when i’d get my period, to knowing exactly when. and plus my breasts got bigger :) But after a while i realized my sex drive went way down, things that i once laughed at annoyed me. i just wasn’t myself. so now i’m looking for another birth control pill. it stinks.

September 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(214) Ash says:

I started yaz two months ago on the day I started my period (as instructed by my doctor) and my period never stopped. I have been bleeding ever since. After tests and doctors vists I am switching to Lo/Orval. Yaz did help my skin a little bit, but I would give it a very negative rating. I would rather not be on a pill than deal with the bleeding and sickness all the time. Has anyone had any good/bad experiences with Lo/Orval? If they were bad, what did you switch to and which pill would you reccomend?

September 25, 2009 at 10:15 am
(215) jESSICA says:

I have been taking yaz and I am experiencing nausea every morning, headaches, blurry vision, weight gain and not to mention bad mood swings!!!! Does anyone reccomend Nuva Ring!!!!

September 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(216) Meagan says:

I went back on Yasmin six months ago, and though some of my symptoms have improved over how I felt on Microgestin, I am still a mess at times. I have moments when I am anxious and moments when I am absolutely joyful. I get really angry over little stuff, irritable and snappy. Then I get weepy and feel terrible about being snappy. Then I’m happy again. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. I was never like this before- my moods were even, and I handled stress well. And I was always pretty happy-go-lucky.

Physically, I have ear fluttering/clogging/pressure/popping/pain. I’m getting fairly frequent migraines, which I never had before more than once a year. I, too, have numbness on the right side of my face in which it feels like my eyelid is swelling, neck stiffness and pain, and numbness of fingers and arm. I went to the ER a while back because I thought something was severely wrong due to symptoms of dizziness (vertigo) and right-sided numbness. I have severe TMJ and jaw pain, which I didn’t have before, and allergies, which I also never had before. I have heart palipitations and sometimes random chest pain under or to the side of my breast. All of these symptoms have started to occur in the last six months after going back on Yasmin.

I went to an internist, who did blood tests, checking for thyroid issues and checking hormone levels. My thyroid was temporarily hyper, but my hormones were, according to the test, normal. But when the blood test was done, I wasn’t experiencing any symptoms, so I’m not sure if it’s accurate.

My yearly exam with my gyno is coming up in November, and I’m going to discuss these things with her, but I’m afraid she’ll look at me strange for thinking that these symptoms are related to Yasmin…

Ironically, the only time it seems that I’m feeling pretty good is when I have my period! Which I guess would be when I have no hormones in me whatsoever! I feel happier and my sex drive goes back up, and my moods even out.

I am now considering, after reading these posts with all of you that were kind enough to share your stories, going off of Yasmin for good. I’m not sure what, if anything, my gyno is going to recommend, but I was considering trying an IUD instead…

September 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(217) Gigi says:

Hi all, i went to the clinic to get the BC like i siad i was gonna. n they gave me Ortho Tricylen Lo. and its been GREAT! I just got through a week of taking it and i have no side effects its like i dont even feel like im on birth control :) , just dat i felt a lil nauseauos on the first day n dat im always hungry. But other than that its been fine plus my boobs are starting to feel a tad bit fuller. ortho tricylen Lo rocks!! i think i’ll b on this pill 4 a while if it keeps doing me so great!!

September 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm
(218) Alissa says:

I tried Otc-Lo for about 6 months…it was awful! I was throwing up 2-3 times a day, I had awful mood swings, I wanted to eat constantly, I got awful headaches. It’s all about trying different things and finding out what is right for you. I also tried the Nuva-Ring, which I LOVED but it kept giving me UTI’s so I had to take it out. I do recommend it though :]

October 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm
(219) Tequila06 says:

Hi ya’ll!!! Ok until today I never really wanted to get in any birth control pills because of negative feedbacks I heard. I was scared to gain too much weight, and all the other mood swings I have heard aobut. So today I made a decision to research different types of pills so I can get them. when taking a birth control pill do you usually get your period on an exact day every month or the same week??? I need help girls!!! going a little crazy here, lol any help will be highly appreciated!!!

October 5, 2009 at 2:39 am
(220) Isabel says:

Ok, so I was on Ortho tri cyclin lo for about 3 months and it was the worst experience of my LIFE! I became moody, and depressed, Id cry for EVERYTHING and ANYTHING, Id get into huge arguements with my boyfriend, I even developed a slight eating disorder, thinking I was fat, Im 5 ft 4 and 120 lbs. It was HORRID! I got off the pill and almost instantly everything went back to normal. Im so scared to try a new pill but the latter is getting pregnant, therefore, anyone have any ideas on good birth control that wont make me go, for lack of a better word, psychotic? Thanks!!!!

October 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(221) lauren says:

I’m 20, I was on Yasmin for 3 months starting last January. I was overweight when I was a child and I lost over 70lbs since I was 14. I was 142lbs when I started birth control. It was my first time on birth control, and I thought I was just going through a bad time. I was feeling depressed, every single day was like those 2 days just before you get your period. I had no tolerance to people around me, even though I was known for being nice. I cried for no reason whatsoever. I gained 20lbs on the pill on those 3 months. I felt very hungry, all the time. I was craving chocolate, even though I had never had a desire for chocolate since I was a little kid. the only two positive side being on the pill was that my period was finally always on time, and my cramps went away completely. I’ve lost 10lbs since I stopped taking the pill, and I’ve been very happy and feeling like myself again.
I recently started dating someone and found out that I was allergic to latex, and was thinking on going on birth control again and try something different.
After I read all of your comments I really think that I have too much respect for my body and sanity and my sex drive than taking hormones so a guy can enjoy his sex life without worrying about anything. that is complete bull.
I think I’m going to start caring more about my body and my menstrual cycle and start paying attention to my body temperature every day so I know when I ovulate, and take a more natural and naturally more time consuming action as a birth control.

I am never messing with pills again. I like being rational, happy and creative.

October 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(222) MB says:

Ok, so it sounds like Yaz sucks. Unfortunately, my doctor has given me 2 samples of Yaz that I have yet to try. I have been very against birth control because of past experiences with Lo Ovral and Yasmin. My period lasts lasts; there is virtuallt no end, very light bleeding but bad enough I have to wear something all the time.
I have had 2 sonograms – 1st one had a cyst, the second showed that it had dissolved. However, my problem still exists, and I don’t know what to do anymore. If I don’t take the Yaz, what should I take? I feel like I may have symptoms of PMDD, but I just don’t know… I’m so freaked out. PLEASE HELP!!!

October 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(223) J says:

I started birth control when I was 17 and I’ve been on 2 different ones.
The first one was FemCon Fe I took that for about 3 months. I had 2 severe panic attacks that sent me to the ER and breakthrough bleeding.
Then my doctor put me microgestin which is generic Loestrin. Everything was great at first. My mood improved, cleared my skin up, no weight gain. Though I did have breast tenderness and it made them grow. I’ve been on it for about a year and within the past 2 months I’ve been severely depressed to the point that I didn’t see the point in getting out of bed for a whole day. I’ve also recently had another anxiety attack.
I finished my month of microgestin and am no longer going to be taking it. I’m not sure if I will use the pill as my form of birth control anymore. There are plenty of other ways. I’ve decided my sanity is worth more than big boobs and clear skin.

October 7, 2009 at 12:48 am
(224) krystal says:

i am 4’11 and 95lbs i’ve been on yaz for almost a year and i thought it was great until i experienced horrible cramps i never use to cramp. i have horrible head aches. my appetite is totally screwed up. emotionally i haven’t been myself i’ve had problems with depression but its never been this bad EVER. I having the worst sharp pains and numbing in my arms. i am definitely switching possibly back to orthro tri cyclen lo i use to be on it and the worst i’ve ever experienced was horrible cramps but it did clear up my acne i use to have major ACNE everything else was fine

October 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(225) Lindsey says:

I have been on yaz for about 3 months after getting off of another pill. Yaz is great except i felt very sick after i ate food. I would get heartburn and almost like an acid reflex problem and that was with any food i ate. My periods went by great. Had spotted bleeding the first month but then again your body is just getting used to it. I’m probably going to go back on because my doctor had said yazz is the best for me especially since i do have depression problems and ladies if you claim you act “physco” during your period that means you do have a slight depression/emotional issue and adding the estrogen is just bringing it out more than normal. Sice yazz is known for being low in estrogen its a great pill to take if you have problems with depression. On another note lol, my acne never started up when i was near my period date, i didnt have any pms symptoms. I didn’t gain weight. The only negative was the heart burn effect. Other than that i love yazz, its safe new and updated!

October 11, 2009 at 1:24 am
(226) Julia says:

Hi. I’m a pretty young woman and just got married. We are both foreigners in America from Africa and don’t have any education on birth control. Neither can we afford to see a doctor bcuz we don’t have health insurance. So if someone can answer a couple of my questions, I would really appreciate it.

1) are birth control pills sold over the counter or do they need to be prescribed

2) do they have birth control pills in gel forms kinna like how they have gel capsules for Tylenol and Advil, etc these days…bcuz I have a problem with swallowing pills if they’re not gel pills.

please let me know. I’d really appreciate it.



October 13, 2009 at 12:41 am
(227) Abby says:

I went on YAZ for about 5 months last year and it wasn’t the best experience for me. I gained around 5 pounds…became moody and would cry randomly over the dumbest things. There were some perks however, I used to have terrible acne and it cleared up SO much on the pill. My boobs grew which I loved and my periods were light and short and always regular. I got off of it because I was way too moody and I hated feeling bloated from the weight gain. I got Loestrin 24 from my doctor and I haven’t started it yet…I’m scared I’ll get the same side effects as YAZ! I’m mainly looking for a pill that will clear up my acne and keep my periods regular since I now get them every 2 weeks.


October 13, 2009 at 4:45 am
(228) vivienne says:

Hi guys,
I just got pill the implanon after 2.5 years, and i do not recommed it – it made me moody, depressed, no sex drive and just a complete bitch! haha.
Now im going to give my body about 3 months break before i try ‘the pill’ does anyone have any suggestons depression and modd swings was my main problem on the implanon totally changed me. the doctor offered leven and i haven’t heard much about it? i keep hearing talk about yazmin – majority i am seeing have said they have gained weight?
thanks guys

October 14, 2009 at 1:31 am
(229) Courtney B. says:

I am 18. I just started taking birth control 3 months ago and my doctor put me on Loestrin 24 FE. I have suffered numerous side effects of the pill and have actually asked to be switched. They just switched me over to Yaz and after reading alot of these comments about it I am not to comfortable with taking it. Anyways, the effects of Loestrin. Where should I start…
1. Depression/ Mood swings: The first month was the worst with this topic. I cried myself to sleep almost every night. Maybe its a little dramatic but I felt like nothing was going right anymore, yet I was just starting college, I have an amazing boyfriend and a great family but I felt soo alone. I would cry in the middle of sex over nothing. Still to this day, three months in, I have extreme moods swings. I don’t cry as much anymore but I still do have the swings.
2. Bloating: I am going to combine this with weight gain. I have felt constantly hungry and due to my lack of self discipline and exercise I actually gain 10 pounds while being on this pill. I felt like after everytime that I would eat I would blow up like a balloon. My stomach would get hard and extremly uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was just me but I have suffered severely from constipation with this pill.
3. Spotting: Annoying right? This started happening the beginning of my third pack (month). Hasn’t stopped..
4. Headache: I have had daily headaches. This also started my third pack into Loestrin Fe 24. I feel like i can only numb the ache.

All of this is why I am switching to a new pill. Take this one if you want because no everyones bodies work the same but usually you can pick up the general side effects when you read into each certain pill type.
I am considering the shot.. Anyone tried it?

October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(230) melissa says:

Hi, I took Seasonique and it was terrible. I started it and 4 days later I got my period even though I just had my period before I started taking it. I waited and waited for my period to go away but it didnt. I have been on my period for 2 months now. Also I was very moody. I was fine and then next minute I was sad, mad or upset. I fought with my ffiance all the time. Even my brother we argue sometimes but not like this. I also lost wanting to have sex.

October 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(231) melissa says:

Julia, no birth control is not sold over the counter. You can go to a faimly planning clinic and could possibly get them from there for free. They take people who don’t have insurance and not much money, thats what my friend did. OR you can try a sermacide that can be bought in a store near the condoms.

October 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(232) Nicole says:

I’ve been on birth control pills since I was 15, I’m 23 now. First I took Yasmin for about 5 years, till I was almost 21. Never really had any problems with it just that my period would last usually a week to a week and a half. I wanted shorter periods so my doctor recommended Yaz. I took it for over a year and I hated it! I gained about 10 lbs even though I didn’t change my eating habits or exercise routine at all. My face would break out sometimes before and Yaz didn’t do anything to help that, I didn’t notice any difference in my mild acne at all. I was moody and depressed all the time, especially the week of my period, and didn’t have any energy. The only positive things I can say about it are that it did make my periods shorter, usually 2-3 days. And my boobs got bigger, but that even wasn’t that great because they were so tender and sore all the time! I don’t recommmend Yaz to anyone.

October 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(233) Alaine says:

I used to use Ortho cept and I liked it. Then I switched to a lower hormone type called Loesterin sp? I lost one of my inconvienient “credit card” type packs and got pregnant. I tried the patch, I didn’t like it. I was on Norplant and definately don’t reccommend implants. I’m currently trying to get rid of my Nuvoring because I don’t find it comfortable. I was hoping I could find some info about if people like IUD’s or not. One female Dr liked them and one male Dr I went to did not. I am going in today to see what they say. I do have high blood pressure and need to get rid of the pills for making me cough alot when trying to sleep (Lisinopril) a generic for ? Good Luck everyone. I hope my info helps someone out there!

October 18, 2009 at 10:55 am
(234) Sarah says:

So I have read most of these and I have come to the conclusion it is different for every girl. So I am going to try to describe myself to see which on of you is most like me. I am fifteen years old and sexually active. I have only had sex once however and my period is like hell. The first day I am on my period I throw up and feel sick to my stomach. My parents want me to start taking the shot but so far I have read it makes you gain weight, I am about 5’1 and weigh about 115 lbs. I am a size DD34 and am 100% Brazilian My period is like hell for me and I just want the cramping and bleeding to slow down. I wouldn’t mind if the pill caused me to gain a little weight but not a ton. The depression I am not sure I could handle, I just really would like some advice since I am new to the birth control thing, please and thank you.

PS. I don’t want any comment on my age and being sexually active this is the 21st century many kids my age are having a lot more sex then I am.

October 20, 2009 at 3:08 am
(235) Patricia says:

I have been on Yasmin for 4 months now and my breast have not stopped hurting since the first week and my acne has not gotten any better and i am always emotional

October 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(236) Joanna says:

I first started taking the pill when I was 16 because I suffered terrible cramps and immense blood loss on my periods. I was put on Orthotricyclen. No severe side effects as far as I can recall, but honestly I may have been too young to attribute them with the pill. At about age 19, I began taking Orthotricyclen Lo as my new doctor pushed for me to take a low dose hormone at my age. I have been on and off Lo for the past 3 years. I cant complain much about the side effects. I did not gain weight and did not suffer mood swings. In fact my PMS went down noticeably and my periods were lighter and less painful. However I have always suffered from moderate acne and now that I am 2 2 and beginning to get realllllly sick and tired of my break outs. I am caucasian, 5’8″ and 120 lbs. Can anyone recommend a pill that will help clear my skin?? I’m honestly desperate. No acne medication has worked for me. I dont care about the weight gain, but I do not want to become a crazy bitch nor get my periods for 2 weeks straight as many women above have documented. PLEASE help me. Sometimes I turn down a night out on the town because I am embarrassed about my skin. What pill is right for me?
Thank you.

October 22, 2009 at 8:55 am
(237) Meg says:

I have been on Yaz for two years, I had little effects in the begging just a little dizzy and breast sorness, I liked it because I did not feel like I gained weight when I was on it like when I took Othro tri. I later noticed on Yaz my periods last longer, like 6 days rather than 3. I was on it because of possible PMDD/PMS and it seemed to help, but my skin is horrible, before I only broke out on my hair line when my period came now I feel like my brake outs are more visible. I stopped the pill this month and was going to go back on but I have noticed my side effect from coming of Yas are out of control. The symptoms are just like those of being pregnant, its crazy. Now I might just go back to Ortho, I am just worried about gaining weight. Any recommendations?

October 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm
(238) Maritza says:

Back in 2002, I started taking Yasmin and stayed on it for a year and a half. At the time, I had severe acne. Within 3 months of being on Yasmin , my skin was glowing without a blemish to speak of. HOWEVER, that is the only good thing I can say about Yasmin. Here is a list of the many negative side effects it caused:

1. Vaginal dryness
2. Frequent urination because Yasmin contains a diuretic
3. Yeast infections (had never had one in my life)
4. Brown, odorous discharge that looked like an infection, but the doctor couldn’t diagnose it
5. Hair thinning: 7 years later, my hair still isn’t as thick or lustrous as it was before Yasmin
6. Moodiness and crying spells
7. Breasts swelled and to this day are larger than before Yasmin (this might be a plus for some women, but not if you already had large enough breasts to begin with)
8. Slight “pooch” stomach developed
9. Intense withdrawal headaches after stopping Yasmin

I want women to be aware of the class action suits that are currently being taken against the manufacturers of Yasmin. It might clear your acne, but it will plague you with an assortment of issues, some potentially serious.

Also, Yaz is simply Yasmin slickly repackaged and infused with a new marketing scheme. It is another example of shameless advertising similar to the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

Do your research, ladies, and be safe.

October 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(239) Angie says:

I was on Yasmin for 4 years and loved it, didn’t gain weight or have any side effects. After 4 years I started a different medication and it threw off my body, so my doctor suggested I take OTC Low and by that time I had stopped taking my other medication. In 5 months, I was completely swollen, gained about 60 lbs and no matter how much I restricted my diet and worked out I kept on gaining weight. I stopped all forms of BC to clean my body out and after about a month the pounds started falling off. I am hearing all of these bad things about Yaz and Yasmin now and I just don’t know what to make of it all…I was hoping to start on it again, but I hear a lot of insurance companies are dropping it from being covered.

October 25, 2009 at 2:18 am
(240) Jessica says:

I have been taking the depo shot for 2 years now and about to get off for 6 months i want tofind something different its good bout the no period thing but im having bad headaches mood swings pretty much notmyself anymore. anyone got any idea whats better?

October 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(241) Holly says:

About 3 years ago I began taking Yasmin. Later I switched insurance companies and they would only cover the generic form called Ocella. At age 24, out of the birthcontrols I have ever taken I found these two to be the only ones that actually cleared up my acne.

My boobs did not get bigger but atleast it cleared up my face! I have not gained any weight since I have been on this pill and it has really helped with cramps.

October 26, 2009 at 11:24 pm
(242) Teresa says:

I have been taking Yasmin for over 3 years now and have just found out about the increased risk of blood clots and a number of problems pertaining to the gall bladder so, needless to say, I have decided to switch to a new method of birth control. I have been doing some research and have come to the conclusion that no birth control is comfortable, they all have their ups and downs. That being said, there are a number of them that stand out as to having numerous problems. First, those who are considering Mirena (the IUD implant) please visit some of the websites (I recommend googling “Mirena Buyer Be Aware” which links you to an excellent forum of women who have had horrific experiences with it). Another one that comes to mind is the Depo-Provera shot which has caused many women to have problems with their thyroid and adrenal glands. So, as an well-informed consumer, I have decided to go with the Ortho Tri-Cyclen for 3 months to see how I like it. I know that many people have mood-swings, craming, weight gain, and acne while taking it, but I’d rather have those symptoms rather than long-lasting problems with my endocrine system! I suggest to anyone who is considering going on the pill to look into all the options before their doctor even opens their mouth! Just about every doctor has a drug-agenda so be sure to read up on any prescription on a forum of patients who give their stories about it. Anyways, I hope this has informed those of you who are considering or who are already taking Yasmin, Yaz, Mirena, or Depo-Provera. Best of luck!

October 28, 2009 at 4:33 am
(243) Elaine says:

I have been using Diane 35 for more than four years to clear up my acne. I suffer from migraine, so the doctor recently put me on Yaz to see if my migraines go away.

After four days of taking Yaz I felt very nauseas and I had stomach cramps, and I felt tired and irritated.

I will not recommend Yaz to anyone. For me Diane 35 is the best, it did not have any side effects, but everyone reacts different.

November 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(244) erica says:

I had a child last july and immediately started the patch after he was born. I loved the patch and recommended it to everyone because for the first time in my life my periods were bearable and I could even calculate when I was goin to get it! It wasn’t until recently that I started to realize the the patch is responsible for a list of problems I have been experiencing…no sex drive at all which is actually a huge reason I’m now recently unengaged from my fiance, migraines,nausea,and severe anxiety. I’ve always suffered from panic attacks but they’ve def been a lot worse and I just thought I needed med for it. No, I will say undoubtedly the patch has made me a sexless monster!!! I’m really trying to figure out a pill to take but I’m now reading all these comments and am considering just using condoms till I’m old enough to get my tubes tied! If anyone has any advice, I’m all ears!

November 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(245) Lindsay says:

I’m 19, 5’5″, 110 pounds:

I took lo/ovral for 3 months, and it made me gain 15 pounds in the time span and didn’t help my acne or cramps AT ALL. I switched to ocella (generic of yazmin) and have been on it for 4 months. It’s AWESOME. I haven’t gained any weight, my acne is much better, and my cramps are no longer debilitating.

Now my insurance company is taking ocella off the generic list so it’s going to cost me $60 a month. Can anyone recommend another pill, posibly similar to yazmin??

November 2, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(246) Kelly says:

I took yaz for a while and switched to the generic for yazmin because yaz was too expensive for me. then my mom heard the rumors about both yaz and yazmin and wanted me to switch. the doctors gave me a sample month of loestrin but after my mom found out how much it was a month, she wanted me to switch….again. so now the doctors gave me junel fe 1-20 and i have NEVER heard of it or anything about it. if anyone knows or has taken it pleaseee let me know.

November 4, 2009 at 1:58 am
(247) sis says:

I have been taking YAZ for a few months now and have a few friends that are either on YAZ or Yasmine. For the most part i do not care for it…I have tightening in my chest, hot flashes, crazy mood swings, totally lost my sex drive, for the first month and a half my breast were very sore and they are much larger (EGH), i have not noticed it helping my acne. My periods have been shorter and much more controlled. People I have talked to have the same side effects plus it is pretty expensive. Like u’ll read on a lot of these it just depends on your body. Good luck!

November 5, 2009 at 1:05 am
(248) Me says:

I just started Ortho Cyclen 4 days ago. The first night I woke up in the middle of the nauseaous and i threw up. The 2nd night, I took some prescribed nausea medicine I had. That made me feel great. The 3rd night, I took no meds and woke up a little nauseaous but not to the point of vomiting. As far as mood swings, I have had none and actually feel like I’m in a better chippy mood than before….but we are only 4 days in. Also, my periods usually last a week and I took the first pill 3 days into my period and it only lasted 5 days this go around! That is so exciting! No acne yet either….we’ll see though! Hope this works out for me.

What is the diff. b/t ortho cyclen and ortho tri cyclen side effects? I know they are the same medication given at different increments, but why would one be better than the other? Seems to me like OTC is more popular…..

November 5, 2009 at 11:02 am
(249) Teresa says:

Hi all,

I’ve been in Mircette for about 10 years now. Has been wonderful…..but my periods started being irregular about 8 months ago. I used to get my period like clockwork. The same day each month, I could almost estimate what time it would arrive. But more recently it’s come early, a day or two late, on the wrong week of pills, etc. and now I didn’t get it at all last month! So odd, I haven’t missed any pills. I’ve taken 2 pregnancy tests, (one 3 days after I should have started my period and one 8 days after it should have started and both were negative….so I really doubt that’s the cause of the missed period) I’m hoping it’s stress related, although I don’t feel super stressed. My gyno appt is this afternoon and I’m thinking of switching pills. I started Mircette when I was 14, so now at 24, maybe my body is either starting to get immune to it? Or it’s not working as strong in my system as it once did? Not sure if that’s even possible…
Wish me luck today.

November 7, 2009 at 10:28 am
(250) Jodie says:

Iv been on yasmin for few years now!!
coming off it soon!
at first its great ,,
i was first on microgynon which made me gain wieght and break out in stops so thats why i switched to yasmin!
but now i get very emotional sometimes i feel like im losing control like my head is just totally messed up i think it worsons problems, i become moody and my boyfriend hates it i also always get stomache ache and headache now and again!
a few days ago i got the worst stomache ache, i got up and couldnt hear a word my boyfriend was saying to me my hearing became less and less , then my vision went all blury , and then i collapsed into my boyfriends arms!i dont know if that was anything to do with yasmin but
im changing the pill for something better when i go back to the docs in a few days!
and to be honest were all wondering whats the best pill but none of us will ever know for sure cause every pill affects people in different ways…some people are great on yasmin some people are bad..

November 8, 2009 at 12:35 am
(251) Amber says:

i started on sprintec..switched forms of it a bunch of times..it made me HUGE..i gained probably fifteen pounds (i’m 5’2 and went from 105 to 120..big jump) and my breasts were sore and it was just miserable. i’m on ocella (yaz/yasmine is the same thing as ocella basically) and even though i see a lot of complaints on the internet i’ve NEVER had any problems..my period is regular, i didn’t gain any weight (except my breasts grew a little which is a given), sex has been safe, no headaches/nausea etc. i think it just sucks for some people..bad luck with their body chemistry?

November 11, 2009 at 1:08 am
(252) LindsayL says:

Ive been taking YAZ for about 4 months now & i have COMPLETELY lost my sex drive & ive gained SO MUCH WEIGHT! My boobs are HUGE now too.. Is there any pill that doesnt make you gain weight and lose sexual desire???!!! IM ONLY 19! Ive been on Ortho Tri Lo but i wasnt sexually active at that time so i wouldnt know about the sex drive thing.. but i wasnt gaining weight–thats a plus! ANY HELP?

November 11, 2009 at 6:56 am
(253) Alicia says:

Lindsey, i would get off it! im 21 & has no sex drive. . . my poor boyfriend i never wanna do it anymore . ive gained weight . i was on it for a YEAR and now im back on OTC LO. hopefully things will go back the way they used to be

November 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm
(254) jamie says:

I just got back from my OBGYN. I was concerned about the terrible side effects of yasmin which I have been on for almost 3 years. In the last 6 months I have noticed a great change in my personality-to the point of feeling totally insane!!. I have just gotten Loestrin24 and I really hope it is better.

November 14, 2009 at 9:58 am
(255) Amanda says:

Yesterday after a long rough week my mom took me to go get Birth control. The first thing i told my Doctor is that i did not want YAZ. I also told her that i wanted what my best friend was on.. little did i know she was on YAZ. So she prescribed me to Otho Tri Cyclen Lo. I am going to be 17 in a month and i weight around 88 pounds, and im only 5’0. I want a pill that can make me gain weight, and i desperately want my boobs to get bigger! And if you are on YAZ i know that will happen, but does it for Otho Tri Cyclen Lo? I have a perfect complexion and skin so i dont want this to mess it up. I have been with my share of guys, but i would say my sex drive is “high”… but i definitely do not want a pill that will make it lower. Any suggestions?

November 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm
(256) Kayla says:

I am about to start the pill I chose orthe tri cyclin has anyone taken it or has anything to say about it?

November 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(257) Kayla s says:

Hi icam. A teenager (18) and I am starting OTC regular and this my first BCP to ever take does anyone have anything to say about it bc I would like to know it I made a good choice or did I screw up? Thanks bc I don’t want to lose my sex drive!

November 15, 2009 at 2:05 am
(258) Shawnae says:

I’ve been taking Yasmin for over a year now.. I love it..But I am scared from hearing all the negative things lately..The only bad things I have experienced are bigger breasts, tenderness in my breasts, and being emotional from time to time..other than that I love the pill..Any suggestions?

November 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(259) Christina says:

In defense of Yaz, it is the ONLY thing that has ever helped me with PMDD and endometriosis. I’ve been on it for almost two years now and I’ve never been happier! My periods are light, I haven’t gained weight, my boobs are a little bigger, and best of all I don’t have severe anxiety/depression leading up to my period. If you have PMDD, I would
recommend Yaz. From what I’ve browsed through on this thread it seems like most of the women who have bad emotional reactions to Yaz didn’t have PMDD in the first place, so maybe it has the reverse effect?

And Shawnae, I’m fairly certain that if you’re under 35 and you’re not a smoker you have nothing to worry about with Yaz/Yasmin. OBGYNs are trying to scare everyone away from them because they don’t want to be sued if something goes wrong.

November 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm
(260) Vaughn says:

Why can’t i find any information on the contraceptive ‘Femiane’????

November 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(261) Amanda says:

I have been on Yaz for 3 years. I have noticed that my boobs have gotton huge. But i have NO sex drive and im never in the mood to do anything. I have also been hearing a lot of things about Yaz and they are not good. It did clear up my acne but that is the only good thing i can say. If anyone knows of a good bc please let me know.

November 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(262) mandy says:

i’ve gone from yaz to ortho lo and both have given me severe nauseau, a constant bloated feeling and just overly emotional. does anyone have any advice on other pills to take? i feel like my doctor is going to just changing my pills until i find something that works for me, but i’m just sick of feeling this way.

November 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm
(263) Mary says:

I tried yasmin too for 4 days, by the second day I was so sad i couldent function and by day four I gave up and went back to the doctor. I liked nuva ring a lot because it was so convenient, you dont feel it at all and you only have to mess with it once a month. I would have stayed on it but it made me very nauseated and gave me insomnia, obviously I can’t handle progesterone only types. I have taken microgestin 1/20, which has worked the best for me overall. it made my periods very light and my acne go from severe to not bad and now I am on microgestin 1.5/30 which is good too, it made my periods fit on schedual but a bit heavier and I gained a little weight (~5 pounds). hope this helps!

Message to Fish: If you are in the US look on the Planned parenthood website. They often have good free birth control programs and have very sympathetic and helpful doctors.

November 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm
(264) khloe says:

I was taking Femcon fe for almost 2 years, which I had really liked, and I had switched to Ortho cyclen about a month ago. I was suppose to have my period this week (my first period with this new pill) and it has not came yet. Is it normal to miss a period when switching birth control? thanks!

November 28, 2009 at 1:58 am
(265) Molly says:

I’ve been on Loestrin 24 Fe for almost a month now and I hate it. It’s making me really depressed….I keep getting mad at my boyfriend for absolutely no reason and the mood swings are so intense. It’s also making my skin terrible….I’ve always had very good skin so I’m really not used to have bad acne, and it’s making me super self-conscious. I also have absolutely no sex drive anymore, which frustrates me and my boyfriend because obviously that was part of the reason why I started it in the first place. I plan on trying to get off of it as soon as I can.

November 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(266) Hannah says:

I’m 18 and have been on 2 different pills, mainly for my period and PMDD. At first, I took Ortho Tri Sprintec and within a month, I quit. I was getting awful stomach pains, would feel nauseous after every meal, couldn’t sleep at ALL – I was an overall wreck. Now I’ve been on Yaz for 3.5 months, and I feel great. Reading these comments made me nervous and wary that something might happen soon, but each woman is different – but I’m definitely aware and will keep it in the back of my mind. However, with Yaz, my periods are shorter, there’s less flow, I don’t get anxiety or irritated or depressed around my period anymore, I get enough sleep, etc. Before you turn Yaz down, I recommend trying it if you ALREADY have PMDD or mood swing problems.

December 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm
(267) Ashley says:

Hey, I was wondering if anyone has tried Sprintec. I haven’t started taking it yet though (haven’t started my period for this month yet) Anyways I was just wondering what some of the side effects people have experienced with it. I am getting a little nervous with taking it from some of the reviews I have read.

December 2, 2009 at 9:30 am
(268) Nicole says:

I had the mirena put in 3 months ago after having my second child. I haven’t had any severe side effects although I didn’t get my period last month and I do have occasional bloating (BIG bloating). The only thing that I am constantly worried about is hair loss. I’m not sure if it’s a postpartum issue or from Mirena. I have always had thick curly hair and after baby #2 my hair is thinner an slightly wavy and I have thinning at my temples. Iwas thinking of switching back to the pill but have heard horror stories about most of them. I was on yaz before getting pregnant w baby #2 and it was making my discharge green (yuk) any suggestions?

December 3, 2009 at 5:42 am
(269) rae says:

I was on Yasmin for at least three years. I had light periods, cramping but at a normal range, and slightly emotion but again nothing crazy. I stopped taking it recently because I started to experience extreme night sweats and it would seem like i would have to wash my hair twice a day because of increase oiliness. My doctor then switched me to Microgestin FE 1/20 with a lower amount of hormones.( it was assumed that the amount of hormones in yasmin were begining to effect my body) On MIcrogestin I :
*cry all the time
*have horrible mood swings and depression
*gained 10-15 lbs regardless of working out and eating as I normally do.
I absolutely hate it. Of coarse all woman are effected differently but it sounds like Yaz, yasmin, ortho and a few in between have mostly negative side effects.
I tried to get an IUD put in and the doctor could barely fit in something half the size as a test and that was the worst pain ever!
For now im off the birth control and abstaining from sex till I find a better solution.

December 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm
(270) Emil Sarah says:

my doctor said l can take Mericomb and still be pregnant. Has anyone use it before?

December 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm
(271) Jenna says:

Hi ladies! I’m 28. I started the pill when I was 20, orth tri-cyclen. I was in college at the time and I put onabout 30 lbs so I don’t know if it was the pill or college life. Anyways it regulated my period perfectly, but still was a 7day cycle but I could clock it. About 2 and a half years after college my doctor switched me to ortho tri-cyclen lo. No problems and now the weight was coming off with diet and excercise. I later went on a 3month bleeding spree when I was 25. My doctor didn’t know what it was and switched me to fem something-fe. Some birth control pill w a good source of iron. No adverse effects but I was still bleeding and learned it was bc I had cervical cancer. So after I got that all taken care of my doctor put me back on the lo. Its been fine. Again my periods would come on time each month and last 7days until my pharmacy started to give me the generic version. For the last six months I’ve been on the generics of ortho tri cyclen lo and I’ve had heavy cramping (excrutiating) and my period has been starting a week early. When it comes its light and most days in the early week its brown and gritty and some days its red and thin. Then for the regular week it comes like normal and lasts the full 7 days. I’m going to my doctor tomorrow to consult with switching. I don’t want to gain any weight. I’m the size I was in high school now and I don’t want acne. Would anyone suggest I take Yaz?

December 12, 2009 at 3:45 am
(272) trenabean says:

I did a study for yaz..I was the guinea pig for the new “wonderful” yaz pill..I did the study for about 3 months.and yes i got paid And NO it wasnt worth it!!.It made me crazy,and i lost my sex drive,I was way toooo emotional and i wasnt even on my period! my period didnt even have much of a change to it but i figured it takes time to regulate it.But I was 18 just got with my boyfriend so i figured “okay i dont have benefits how can i get free Birth control”. this local study for yaz came up so i did it. I had to tell them about anything that changed in me,and well ALOT DID and from what im reading all you girls have had alot of the same symptoms! Im 22 now ,and when i was 18 and taking that pill i was just not human and I left the study i said peace out,specially since i lost my sex drive whats the point of taking it…But alos dont know if many of you heard but there is a major LAW SUIT about yaz now ,its caused alot of health issues for woman and or death… Just yaz is just no good DONT TAKE YAZ!!! most importantly always try to take a pill with low estrogen specially if your young and are new to birth control…..GOD I WISH THEY WOULD JUST MAKE SOMETHING FOR MEN TO TAKE SO WE WOULDNT HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS!!!

December 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm
(273) ArchGirl says:

It seems to really depend on your body chemistry, which is going to be different for every woman. I was on Yasmin for 5 yrs and I loved it. No side effects, somewhat shorter periods, cramps were mild and they went away completely with advil or tylenol (before bc I would get really bad cramps with vomiting every month no matter what I tried). I switched to Ortho Tri Cyclen a few weeks ago because I had to change insurance (I turned 23 so I couldn’t be on my mom’s; I have insurance through my school now) but it doesn’t cover birth control pills unless you buy them from the school clinic – Yasmin was not an option, probably because it’s fairly expensive. My doc put me on Ortho Tri Cyclen because it’s only $10 even without insurance…I’ve only been on it for about 3 weeks and I’ve had crazy mood swings and what I would describe as bouts of depression. Right now I feel ok but yesterday I was crying over nothing all day. I seriously wanted to kill myself after receiving criticism on a presentation at school….things like that. I just really haven’t been myself and my fiance (who lives with me) said my personality has changed in the past few weeks. I’m going to call my doc on Monday and ask to be switched back to Yasmin. Even though it will be $50/month (this is actually for Ocella, the generic, which I’ve taken before and worked just as well as Yasmin), I think it’s worth it. By the way, that is a discount I get at Walgreens for being a member of the prescription savings club ($20/yr for that). Normally it would be $65. Just a tip if you want to get back on Yasmin like me. So, long story short, I’ve heard people say Yasmin is the worst in the world and Ortho Tri Cyclen is the best when it’s been the opposite for me….you really won’t know how it will affect you until you try it, and some probably will be better than others.

December 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(274) Kat says:

I am almost done with my first pack of Yaz and for the past 4 days I have been bleeding! I’m not even at the placebo pills yet! It’s heavier than spotting but a little lighter than a period. I have gained about 10 lbs and I’ve broken out! I know that my body might just need time to adjust, but I was wondering if it will get better or not. I’m 23 years old and a few years ago I was on estrostep, but got off because I couldn’t afford it. I forgot if it was good, does anyone have any feedback for me? Also, what is the best birth control in your opinion?? I’m making an appointment on Monday to change my birth control, so I’d like to get all the info. I can. Thanks!

December 13, 2009 at 10:50 am
(275) Hanna says:

i am 16 and thinking of starting on birth control, i havent talked to my parents about it yet as i think it would be a bit embarrassing. id prefer to go on a pill that doesnt make you gain a lot of weight as i exercise regularly and im a size 8 but i have a really big appetite, so id like to stay the size i am. i also have really bad cramps throughout my period, so anything that prevents that would help. im worried about getting depressed/moodswings/acne though. any ideas?????

December 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(276) meg says:

Wow. I started reading this page bc I’m on Mononessa and I was thinking about switching, just bc I like the idea of a lower-dose pill. But I have never had any problems with it, so maybe I should just stick with it, considering the horror stories on here. I guess something we should all bear in mind is that people you usually don’t go online to talk about their pill if it’s working normally, so this is a skewed sample…

December 16, 2009 at 9:26 am
(277) amfloyd says:

I was on Ocella (generic of Yaz of Yasmin) and it was horrible. I have been on it for a year and I am now switching. I never had bad acne on this pill but boy did I have horrible emotional break downs around that time of the month. I also gained weight over the year, about 10 pounds but I wouldnt completely blame it on the pill. I would have a very bad odor discharge right after my period as well. I am now switching to Portia (generic of Nordette) wish me luck!

December 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm
(278) Jaye says:

Hello there…I am about to start type of birth control pill soon (my apt is not for another week). It’s been awhile since I’ve taken BC so what would anyone reccommend I start with to get my body used to the pill again? I have really severe cycles that include nausea throughout the day, extremely painful cramps, hot and cold flashes from throwing up….I really can’t function for the first day or so!!! Any suggestions would be great, Thanks!

December 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(279) Jen says:

This is my 3rd month taking Loestrin 24 and it hasn’t been that great. I got on the pill because I had bad cramps and I had a heavy flow. I am still getting cramps now that I am on the pill. Instead of a shorter pill like it is supposed to give me I am getting 2 periods. One a week or so before the brown pills and one while im on the brown pills. I also have had mood swings a lot. Many people have pointed it out to me. I will often start crying for no reason and I was never like that before. The only thing good it has done is my flow is a bit lighter. It may work for some people but I don’t think the pro’s of this pill are worth all the cons that come with it. I do believe I will switch pills very soon.

December 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm
(280) Alyssa says:

Hi, I was just prescribed with CyEstra-35 by my doctor for the second time. At first I wanted it to help with my acne, but I am now dating a guy and have been for a while and decided i should start taking BC just to be safe incase we decide to become sexual active soon.
Iv been going to the same family doctor since I was born, and he is a older man, who like I said, has known me forever. I felt uncomfortable basically telling him I was going to become sexually active since he and my mom are very good friends, and shes greatly against sex until I am out of her house. So I chickened out and just asked for CyEstre-35 again. Its advertised as a Acne control brand now, however I known it has the same hormones as BC. Im worried it wont be as effective though, and my boyfriend and I cant ever use condoms to back it up incase since hes extremly sensitive to the latex.
Does anyne have information on the prevention of pregnancy that CyEstra-35 gives? It be very helpful.

December 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(281) Elle says:

I just wanted to say that I think its great that everyone can give their review on Birth Controls. I know sometimes doctors dont help worth a damn, so this is the next step. I haven’t seen any reviews for Seasonale on here, so I will give my opinion. I took it a few years ago and it worked well for me. I had also taken one called Apri (generic for desogen), and I actually lost quite a bit of weight!! Limited appetite & everything. But I had my daughter in 07, and this is the first birth control I have been on since. Its ok I guess. I am in the middle of my 6th week, and from 12/17-12/19 I was sick, sick, sick!!!! And Im feeling pretty bad right now. Everything irritates me! I know that everyone will be different, but if there is someone who has tried this and it did the same thing for them, lemme know what birth control you tried that worked!!!! Gosh, I wish there was a miracle pill for all of us. Or BC for men!!!!! *..Thanks All..*


December 28, 2009 at 11:45 am
(282) Zoey says:

Hi guys

I went on seasonique for over a year and i loved it except it gave me acne scars and stretch marks all up my thighs. Im 18 and am very thin and a college level runner so i shouldnt be getting stretch marks like these!!! I switched to Sprintec and I like it except my boobs aren’t as big as they used to be :( anyone know a pill that’s better let me know!!

December 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm
(283) Marie says:

Yasmin and Yaz…everyone is different but I tried Yasmin when I was a jr. in high school. I ended up getting sick and put in the hospital for days. During my stay we found out I had gall stones which was odd. I’m a dancer so I exercise for many hours a day and I eat healthy. I was very thin too so the doctors didn’t understand where the stones came from. I found out it I had a serious case of mono so I never had my gall bladder removed.
2 years later I decided to go back on birth control and wanted to try out Yaz. Most of my friends loved it so I figured why not! I had nooo side effects what so ever. I loved it until 4 months later I became very sick again. I ended up having to have my gall bladder removed because not only did they find I had more stones, it was leaking bile into my body, it stuck itself to my liver and was on the verge of bursting. The doctors once again were very confused as to why this happened. Now with all this bad publicity one of the side effects is gall stones and gallbladder disease. I can no say if it was the BC for sure but it’s very coincidental that I developed stones after taking Yasmin and then gallbladder diease after I took Yaz.

December 31, 2009 at 12:43 am
(284) C says:

I was having periods two times a month; so I started the pill. For four months, I was on a (10) dose of Kariva (generic for Micrette) The side effects were minimal (I gained about 5 pounds) and the pill was great until I started experiencing two periods a month again. My doctor then switched me to a high dose (50) of Ogestrol. I was only on this pill for 2.5 weeks. In those 2.5 weeks, I experienced a 15 lb. weight gain, nausea every morning, moodiness, my boobs were so big, my 32 E bra didnt even fit (I was a C) and a very heavy period. I was so depressed from the weight gain, I didn’t even finish the pill pack and will not be on any form of birth control anytime soon. Kariva is fine; but beware of Ogestrol!

December 31, 2009 at 10:46 am
(285) Jacquie says:

I am about to graduate High school and i am a virgin. Me and my boyfriend want to start “being involved” since it’s been over a year and a half and we figure we are old enough. I want to take birth control because that would be another “safer way” from becoming pregnant but i heard all this bad stuff about YAZ and whateever else there is. What birth control does anyone think a girl like me should take, and wont get sick from it?

January 2, 2010 at 3:49 am
(286) Jean says:

Ive been n Dianne pills for 4 months now and i think i love it because my skin gets fairer and my pimples are gone.. The thing i dont like about it is that im getting fatter.. Can anyone recommend me a pill who doesnt makes fat?

January 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(287) Daniela says:

hello :)

i have used ortho-novum 7/7/7(28) i didnt really have a problem with just a bit nausea after taking it (ive been off it for a while (been on it for only a month)) my insurance didnt cover it. i would like to know if anyone has tookin this BC before and if so is it a good choice? and would like to know if there is any other BCs that would be good for someone who is anemic.

:) thanks <33

January 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(288) Jenny says:

I have been on YAZ for a couple of years now and thought i liked it. A couple of months ago I broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years and decided to go off the pill..well in the 3 months i was off it i noticed a huge increase in my sex drive, i wasn’t tired anymore, and my mood swings went away..i didn’t know if this had anything to do with the pill though. so i recently started dating someone else so i got back on it and my sex drive completely disappeared, i’m tired all the time now, and i feel like a total crazy person. I talked to my gyno and she’s switching me to Loestrin 24. does anyone know anything about this pill?? but my advice is to not go on yaz!!

January 6, 2010 at 11:41 am
(289) Sheri says:

Alyssa – Dec 23/09

You can ask your doctor for Diane 35. It is a BC pill for acne. It will work wonders for your face… and it is an excuse to get BC. I suffered from acne until this pill. However, they say once the acne is gone, to switch pills because it is hard on your system. I was on it for a year and never had issues… but that is me. Good luck!

YAZ – I was on Yaz for 6 months. My periods were fine, 4 days. I got a little cramping the week before. My breasts were tender often. My sex drive decreased, I did not gain wait and I suffered from dryness during sex – sucks! I am social and out going… still drank a lot. lol… but I was kind of monotoned in my behavior, which is odd for me. I dont have major complaints at all – no odor, no stones, etc… but what I am reading scares the crap out of me! Maybe I was lucky or just not on it enough to start suffering more.

I dont know what is good… I think chemicals in the system are bad and everyone reacts differently… I do know is that I need a form of BC and nothing I have read is overly positive at all.

January 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(290) Lindsay says:

I have been on birth control for over 5 years now. I tried seasonique and HATED it. I used it for a few months but the breakthrough bleeding just never stopped or got lighter. i would have my period every other week.
I LOVED yaz! i was on it for almost 3 years i know that there are scary stories about the side effects, but it truly depends on the person. im depressed and anxious to begin with, and i feel like it helped it a little. the only reason why i got off of it was cost, its 20-30 with my insurance, but i wanted to try someting with a generic brand so it would be a lot cheaper and yaz is so new that they didnt have one yet.
im taking loestrin fe now and i hate it. ive been on it for 3 months and the breakthrough/spotting is ridiculous. im going to either try yasmin or ortho tricylen.

hope this helps!

January 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(291) Mic says:

hi, i started to use the “Microgestin Fe 1/20″ birth control last year Feb 2009 (this is my very first time using birth control) and today i went to health center for a refill pill prescription. and then the Doctor prescribed me a new one “Ortho- Cept (desogestrel)” – because they dont carry Microgestin Fe anymore in their clinic and she said the ortho cept is the closest one she can get me… Does anybody tried this Ortho cept? And experienced any of the side effects? thanks in advance. (i’m scared to experienced the spotting)

January 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(292) Calen says:

I’ve been on Yaz for almost a year and it is the first BCP i’ve ever taken so I don’t really know how to compare. But I have been noticing some pretty crazy hairloss and it is freaking me out. My weight flucuatates by 5 lbs all the time so who knows about that. And YES mood swings, i used to never cry and i’m like a river now (but that could be relationship issues too)..

Based on the comments below I think I’m gonig to switch to OTC. (also those scary crazy anti-Yaz commercials)

January 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(293) Molly says:

Does anyone have any comments regarding Necon 1/35? I was just prescribed it and I know the horrors of birth control pills. It seems that I am sensitive to a lot of medications, so I just want to make sure it is decently safe and effective. Thanks!

January 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(294) Molly says:

Necon 1/35. Any suggestions or comments about this birth control?

January 8, 2010 at 5:42 am
(295) Melissa says:

Has anyone tried Lo Estrin 24 my Doctor just prescribed it and I start is on Sunday, I’m a little nervous I’ve read some really bad reviews…

January 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(296) Stephanie says:

I’ve been on seemingly every type of birth control. By far the worst was Yaz, it caused me to be very nauseous all of the time and pass out a few times a day. Since I’ve been off of Yaz I have heard of many other people with similar issues with it. I’m still looking for a good option.

January 15, 2010 at 10:51 am
(297) Ashley says:

So I’ve been on a couple birth control’s now and honestly I’m getting fed up.
August 2008 I started taking Ortho TriCyclen Lo, which worked all right…I noticed some intense hair loss, some weight gain, intense migraines, and I was extremely moody-but I thought it was just part of what happened with all pills.
So I continued that for about a year until I decided to let my body take a break from the hormones, went on Loestrin 21 – the breakthrough bleeding and the spotting are RIDICULOUS. I took it for 5 months; my doctor said the first 2 months you will spot, and then the 3rd month your period will be so light it might not even come-well…not so much haha. I would literally get my period the 2nd week and the 4th week; spotting about 4 days, then a couple days off, then I would get my period.
So I talked to my doctor again and she said to try the Ortho again, but apparently it’s gone generic so I went on Sprintec Tri Lo. DO NOT TAKE THIS. I gained 10lbs in 2 weeks, I was so hungry that I was actually having hunger pains if I wasn’t constantly eating, so I just kept drinking water between meals to try to stop gaining…Also I noticed more hair loss on this pill, and after 2 months of it I was fed up because I was still spotting like I had been on the Loestrin.

Now I’m not on anything, but I’m scared to death of becoming pregnant-so I’m trying to get on something else asap…but all of these comments sound really bad…any suggestions?

January 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(298) tia says:

Hey I’m 22 and have the worst periods. I get light head, vomit a lot, severe cramps, and hot/cold sweats. I will be going to a doctor soon to get checked out and to get on some type of birth control but I have no clue what to get on. Any suggestions?

January 19, 2010 at 7:26 am
(299) chelsie says:

hey does anyone have any comments on ovranette?x

January 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(300) Sarah says:

Hey girls my name is Sarah and I’m 14, I would like to go on BCP’S but not so sure which one is good for… I’ve read many differnct sites saying this 9one is bad and this one is goood. I’m not so sure, I’m really confused about which one to pick..! help ….

January 20, 2010 at 11:58 am
(301) Marleighna says:

hi guys my names marleighna and im 14 almost 15 years old and i would like to start BC but i have had a past of diagnosed depression and migranes and my gma and mom have gotten blood clots on the pill i dont want to do any sort of vaginal method and have been looking into the shot but i also have epilepsy so that is a concern about tht i weigh 136 lbs and am 5 foot 6 and am not really active i want a BC that will not cause moodiness or breast growth(i am already a 34DD)and little to none weight gain and clear up my moderate acne any suggestions???

January 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(302) Lisa says:

I have been on Loestrin 24 for 5 months now, and I hate it! The first week or 2 I took it, I was exhausted and my breasts hurt so bad. And my period lasted about 9 days. Since then, my periods have definitely become regular (which is a plus), but I have the WORST mood swings. I have always been an emotional person, but now I cry literally at the drop of a hat. I am paranoid, insecure, and sad in my relationship…not because it’s a bad relationship, but because I CANNOT control my hormones. I know this is wrecking my relationship, so I just called my doctor today, and she is going to change my prescription. I’m not sure what she is going to put me on, but I can only pray it stabilizes me a little more than this BC pill.

I know everybody reacts differently to medications, so this is only my story. All I can say to other girls who are going to try Loestrin 24 is to just go ahead and take it, give it time, and it may work for you! Good luck girls! :)

January 21, 2010 at 9:18 am
(303) Loren says:

Hey Im 18 and just started Loestrin 24 yesterday and already had migraine symptoms occur in a flash and caused me to turn so pale I looked like death. I’ve had migraines before so I’m not too worried since I’m new to BC. I wanted to find out more about this pill and i heard a lot of bad reviews about it, but after reading these posts I’ve found that everyone reacts differently so I am going to see how this turns out for me. Hope it works out, thanks for all the help.

January 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(304) Joan says:

I have had ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO i loved it. Other than the fact i got supper emotional during my period the pill was good. I stopped for a couple off months and just recently started taking it again and this time im not emotional, but my period stinks and its heavy…Im thinking off switching to loestrin 24 well see how that goes

January 22, 2010 at 11:14 am
(305) Jenny says:

Hello, I’m on Yaz now. I’ve taken Yaz for about 1-2 years and never had any problems until recently. Last few months, I feel nauseous constantly and bad mood swings. I feel like I want to cry or I’m really angry. I believe Yaz is suppose to help that but I think it’s causing it. After reading this site, I believe it is Yaz and I’m not going crazy. Thank all for your postings.

January 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(306) Kari says:

I have never used BCP’s and would rather use this than any other contraceptive. I just stared Watson’s Microgestin Fe 1/20 and haven’t seen it up on anybody’s comments. I would really like to hear from someone and their exprience on this pill. I have no acne I am on the heavy side but not even so I would like to lose weight or stay the same. I don’t really count myself as moody. But I guess my fiance would say I do. I have normal mentrural cycles steady light flow like 3-4 days. So that’s good. I don’t really have a sex drive on my own. So
any decrease really wouldn’t matter. I just lost my first child do to “naturel” complications. all the docs said it had nothing to do with me that I am perfectly healthy reproductivly speaking. Over all speaking. So I am a depressed and wouldn’t like to get any worse. I already feel horrible enough. Me and my fiance really would like to have kids in our future so we want something that is healthy and we can have kids when ever we want unlike the shot it has this lining that produces in your uters and takes for ever to go away as I have heard. So I don’t want any of that. Any help would really help my ob/gyn isn’t that great at telling me things like this. And I am a shy person so bringing up questions is hard.

January 24, 2010 at 12:13 am
(307) Stephanie says:

Hi this is in respinse to Kari, I recently started birth control and my doctor first put me on loestrin and tht ddint work then she switched me to Microgestin Fe it works really well at regulating periods but itmade me feel sick and nauseous ever morning. While i was on it it also lowered my sex drive big time i am no off of it and everything went back to normal for me i didnt like it but it did do its job hope this helps

January 26, 2010 at 12:16 am
(308) kayla says:

ok so im taking lestrin24E & it was doing fine at first. i got lighter period and shorter which was great compared to my week lasting heavy flow but not till three months into where i felt like i had such a bad anger problem. I’m such a sweet loving calm person so this was very bizzare to me. Not only would i be angry i’d get really upset sometimes like extremly emotionally which was strange although i was going through crap. And not to mention my sexual hormones were UP THERE ! Im 18 and on birth control for the first time and i don’t have a boyfriend so that wasn’t good. Im really thinking about switching because i don’t like my mood swings or my sudden change in hormones. Also i have absoutly no breast tissue so maybe something that can help me in that area. any suggestions ?

January 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm
(309) Michelle O says:

Ortho Tri Cyclen LO – Chest Pains.
I’m 28yrs old. Non-Smoker. Physically Fit.
I recently switched from one brand of birth control to Ortho Tri Cylcen Lo. After 2 days of using it my chest was throbbing with pain and my heart was palpitating oddly. Not realizing that the birth control could be the cause, I found myself in the ER 3 times within the next 2 weeks. While cardiac tests came out normal (no sign of blood clots abnormalities or heart attacks) there was no denying the thunderstorm going on inside my chest.

I decided to go OFF of the OTLO after 2 weeks of use. It’s been 2 weeks since and the symptoms have significantly gone away, although vaguely still there. The experience was terrifying.

This was a Very strange and obviously not common side effect. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Please share.

January 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(310) carrot_top says:

I see my Dr on Friday to be given a new BCP. I am currently on Triquilar 21 and they arent for me. I am experiencing major cramps the week before my period comes, then when I get my peroid, it lasts for 7 days and then its brown for a few days (I have a peroid for total of 11-12 days) Also, I’ll have brown spotting on random days of the month – its getting frustrating.

I was thinking about YAZ, but not after reading all of the posts on here… what about Tricyclen???

Any inforormation would be awesome!! Thanks Gals!

January 30, 2010 at 1:54 am
(311) Keesha says:

I have been on Ortho Evra patch for the past 3-4 years. I can honestly say that I have no bad things to say about the patch. I didnt gain much weight (the weight I have gained probably isnt because of the patch.. lol), my periods are only 3-4 days and very light, no cramping or clots, no headaches or other side effects.. I decided to be on the patch because I am not good with taking pills everyday at the same time, so the patch is very convient.. I put the patch on my butt and change it every Thursday… It has only fallen off a couple times before.. but its fine if it does..

So I highly recommend using the patch!!

February 1, 2010 at 12:51 am
(312) Kitty says:

I stopped taking Yaz about 3 1/2 months ago. I had been on it for 3 months, and at about the second month, stopped wanting to have sex with my boyfriend. I love him to death, and we used to have sex all the time, but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t even feel like masturbating. I switched to Loestrin, and I’ve been on that for 3 1/2 months, but I still don’t want to have sex. When will the Yaz get out of my system? My boyfriend misses having sex with me, and I miss wanting to have sex with him.

When will I stop feeling this way? How long will it take for this horrible birth control to leave my system?

February 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(313) Kerry says:

I have been taking Ortho-tri-cyclen (Trinessa in the generic form) for about 10 years now. I’ve never really had any problems with it until now- which makes me think that it might be something else. Overall, I would get slight nausea whenever restarting it (I recommend going off any form of birth control for a couple of months every two years), but no other side effects. Actually, it didn’t even really change my periods. It just made me not get pregnant, which is the reason I take it.

Right now, though, I’m having slight breast tenderness, VERY little spotting, and vaginal dryness. I’m thinking of taking a couple months off again and restarting. Hopefully, my body will adjust to it as it always had. If not, I’m thinking of LoEstra. I’ve heard TERRIBLE things about Yaz and do not want to do the shot, patch, ring, or any kind of body-destroying inserts. Just a low-dose of old school birth control with low side-effects is good enough for me.

Just remember, every body is different. If you can’t handle a certain type of birth control, look for something else. And always remember to take it at the same time every day. (I think that’s what might be driving my body crazy.)

February 2, 2010 at 12:25 am
(314) Rachel Ann says:

Hello girls,

This is my first time on a birth control pill, and I have only been on one: Loestrin 24 fe. I’ve been taking it for 2 1/2 months now, and the past two weeks have been utter hell for me.

I have felt nauseous, I’m in a daze all the time, I experience painful dryness and my sex drive is nonexistent. But worst of all, I’m having insane mood swings, and I’m in a horrible depression, going from euphoric highs to anxiety-ridden, sobbing lows. The worst emotional breakdowns in my life. My boyfriend is completely shocked by the changes in me in the past 3 weeks, and we’ve been arguing constantly. My entire family is extremely worried about my emotional state.

My acne hasn’t gotten any worse, but I get lightheaded a lot, experience ringing in my ears, and want to sleep all day and all night. I also can’t focus. I can’t sit through a movie, I can’t finish anything I’m working on. I’m deeply exhausted.

This is terrifying me, and I’m going to request a different pill. Some other pill out there has GOT to be better than the hell I’m in right now.

February 4, 2010 at 2:32 am
(315) Ashley Perkins says:

The first BC I ever took was Ortho Tri- Cyclen and it made me feel nauseous ALL THE TIME I didn’t notice weight gain or a lowered sex drive but I was 15 haha so that could be why I still had a high sex drive but I also didn’t notice bad moodyness but the nausea was to much so I switched to reclipsen and was on that for about a year and LOVED it..I did have heavy 7 day periods and bad cramps the day before and day of my period but that was about it. It didn’t really help my acne or make me gain weight or lower my sex drive. Then I went to the gyno and complained of long periods and horrible cramps and she put me on Lo Ovral and those were the worst two weeks EVER I had the WORST mood swings and I was feeling depressed and tired and I almost fainted in the shower and I threw up alot. My husband couldn’t even stand me. I cried so much and wanted to kill everyone around me. I went back to the gyno today and they put me on Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo. So we will see how it goes. I don’t know why they wouldn’t put me back on Reclipsen since I liked that..I’d take heavy flows for 7 days over alomost getting a divorce. I HATE Lo Ovral. I was feel so depressed and moody. My sister likes it so that means it must be different for everyone. Our bodies are different what may be good for me could be bad for you..

February 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(316) kj says:

milissa u need 2 clean yo self trick

February 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(317) gigi says:

ive been taking Ortho Tri cyclen Lo for 5 months now and its been awesome!! i have no major mood swings or any side effects. no cramps or irregular periods….. i only felt nauscious the first day or 2 of taking it. however since ive started taking it ive gained 5 lbs dont kno if its due to the pill or change in eating habits.. but just incase you dont want weight gain just giving ya’ll a heads up.

February 8, 2010 at 12:17 am
(318) Carly Simon says:

I’m in my teens and I want to start birth control. I’m a bit underweight, and I want to gain weight. Does anyone know which brand of pill makes you gain the most weight? Minus the mood swings. Going up a cup size wouldn’t hurt either, (:

February 8, 2010 at 4:22 am
(319) Angelica08 says:

hii everyone,

okay i was wondering if any of you had the problem of having a bad odor come from your vagina? if so is there anything out there to take to make that go away?

February 9, 2010 at 10:47 am
(320) Honey says:

I rather gain weight using the depo then having to deal with everything I just read. I been on the pill an I tried several types, never liked them. Since I been on depo since I was 17 I have not gained alot of weight by my sex drive has gone down. Which to me I am 24 with to kids have a full time job an a student sex to me is like ok get it over with type thing. I have other stuff to worry about. I like depo an have not had any issues like i said beside weight gain.

February 10, 2010 at 11:00 am
(321) irish518 says:

Hey all. I have tried what I think is every pill in the book. Ortho Lo, ortho-novum, ocella (generic for yaz), cryselle, tri-sprintec and they all just give me terrible mood swings, no sex drive and panic attacks. I don’t notice much weight change ( thank God), but I do get more acne. My insurance only is really good for generics, so I can’t afford brand. I’m 24. The ring gave me infections. My husband and I want to have a baby (our first) maybe by next year, which kindof makes an IUD a waste of money right now. I never feel this way when I am off birth control, but then fate is left in the hands of spermicides and condoms. I just feel like there is no way to make me feel normal and make birth control easy. Please help…finding the right pill is so frustrating. I feel like the doctor’s office is so sick of me calling every 2 months or so.

February 11, 2010 at 1:19 am
(322) Cassie says:

I was taking YAZ for awhile, and it was great with my period the first two or three months. I had less painful periods (though they were just as long, about 10 days), but I was able to go to school instead of curling up in bed. I didn’t gain weight, and I didn’t have tender breasts either. The only thing was that I gained acne & I had a clear face before. But, lately, it’s been awful. I spot, a lot, and my periods are just as painful & somedays.. worse. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion of another birth control?

February 11, 2010 at 5:03 am
(323) dhessa says:

hi i want to get some more info which one is suitable for me to used..which tablet in this case my problem is i forget to take the tablet..what should I do_?

February 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
(324) mimi says:

I need advice. I am about to go on birth control again and don’t know which pill to choose. I am 51, have PMDD and am perimenopausal, though I still ovulate and get periods like clockwork every month. But PMDD time seems to be expanding and I’m now getting hormonal headaches. I realize everyone reacts differently to every type of bc pill, but I’m hoping for one that doesn’t cause weight gain, doesn’t diminish sexual desire, and doesn’t cause depression. Any ideas? Yaz makes me more nuts and so does Loestrin. In my 30s I took something called Ortho Cept which worked for a decade. Then I had a baby and it no longer works. Help! Thank you.

February 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(325) Amber says:

I’m 19 and I’ve been on Yasmin for about 2 years, I don’t think I’ve had any side effects at all. But just recently I get my period exsactly a week earlier than it should be but its just light for two weeks. any one else?

February 13, 2010 at 11:52 am
(326) Justine says:

I’ve been on yaz for about 9 months. I loved it at first but it’s caused recurring yeast infections. Lately my vagina has had a weird smell. It’s not fishy but just not normal. But on the bright side I have 3 day periods and no acne. But I’m thinking of switching soon

February 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(327) tina says:

I was on Triphasil for years with no problems, but they don’t make it anymore.

I got the Depo shot a couple of weeks ago, and it is HELL ON EARTH!!! DO NOT LET THEM GIVE YOU THE DEPO SHOT! I have been bleeding nonstop and I feel suicidal.

I went back to the dr. and demanded relief, and they gave me 10mg Provera, which will hopefully stop the bleeding.

Does anyone know the best pills for regulating bleeding?

February 14, 2010 at 7:33 am
(328) Shannon says:

For those having side-effects with their current BCP, this article might help you make an informed decision on which to try next.


February 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(329) Cheryl says:

I am currently 25 and have been taking BC since I was 15. I take it to regulate my period because of thyroid issues.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen – This was good but I developed depression after taking the pill for a year and a half. I gained weight but it was in all the right places, so no complaints there. I lost the weight when I stopped taking the pill

Depo – I had migraines an average of 3 days out of the week with this. My bones became weak and vision got bad. They say you should only think about this if you are super fertile.

Yaz – I loved Yaz in the beginning, but I became anti-sexual with my loved one, meaning, he’d want to have sex and the thought creeped me out. Before the pill, I was always willing and able. I also started having horrible mood swings around the time of my period. If you have loved ones, then during your period advice them to just smile, say, “I love you” and walk away. I also developed an odor and migraines around period time.

Overall, there are hits and misses with pills, you just have to figure out what is important to you and keep in mind, why you want to take the pill. The best way to combat the depression is to take vitamin B12 complex to help you.

February 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(330) LJK says:

I am currently on Ocella and haven’t had any side effects at all. I feel much more normal than i ever did on any other birth control that ive ever been on and dont have horrible mood swings anymore. The only reason why I am worried is becasue of all of the commercials on tv saying if you kno someone that has had blood clots or died from the use of yaz yazmin or ocella to call them. This just overall worries me. Does anyone else take ocella? or have any information that they could share? thanks!

February 17, 2010 at 11:30 am
(331) Nikki says:

YAZ…YAZ…hey ladies iv been in yaz for a year n a half iv not had any problems with it iv lost weigth….on purpose never had achne b4. before i was on it, my mood swings were omg!but now mite have 1 every 5 months…o yea periods r gr8 start on same time

February 20, 2010 at 11:26 pm
(332) kangaroo says:

Hi! I’d been on Yaz before–for regulation and cramps. Yeah, it did help regulate, made my period lighter and no more cramps. I did not have any obvious bad side effects at all. Until almost a year of taking it. I realized that I’d been moody and pissed off easily. Almost ruin my relationship so I stopped it. (Did not care much because I wasn’t having sex)

Also, I have moderate acne and Yaz did not help at all.

My period was regular even after stopping the pill. It did eventually changed from 28 days cycle to 35 days-cycle, but it’s still regular and fewer days.

But just this year my period became irregular again. So my doctor prescribed me Ortho Tri-Cyclen. However, I got the cheapish generic which made me real sick from a couple hours of taking it. I had to call out work because I was extremely nauseated and vomitted about 3-4 times. So I refused to take it. I am waiting to get the name brand instead. I know that the generic will have the same active ingredients but the fillers may be a bit different and may cause stronger side effects than the original. Probably if you are not that sensitive the generic is more economical. I am going to see if the original will cause me the same side effects or not…but I have to wait til tuseday to get my new prescription….

February 21, 2010 at 11:44 am
(333) panda says:

I started taking Yaz primarily to prevent pregnancy, and to hopefully regulate my periods because there was absolutely no pattern to them before. The only side effects I had before the pill were mild cramps and breast tenderness, so it’s difficult for me to judge whether Yaz has really helped with that, but it certainly hasn’t made it worse.

My only complaint is that I am now on my 10th day of bleeding, with no indication of stopping. It’s not heavy or painful, but it’s still putting my sex life on hold, which defeats the original purpose of taking it.

At the moment I only have a 2-month starter pack, so if it doesn’t get any better next month I’ll probably forget about birth control altogether and just make my boyfriend use condoms. After reading so many negative reviews of every pill, it’s not worth it to mess myself up for this…especially when my period was fine, if unpredicatable, in the first place.

February 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(334) Whitney says:

I have been using YAZ for the past 3 months and every month my period has started a week early and it lasts 2 weeks! i am so tired all the time and just don’t feel like myself. I am calling my OB/GYN tomorrow and demanding they change it!!!! Having a 2 week long period is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT USE YAZ!!!!!!!

February 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(335) Olivia says:

To those who are thinking about starting birth control or who have been on it for years and years: The most common side effects are severe mood swings, lack of sex drive, and depression. Birth Control pills force your body to temporarily eliminate the ovulation cycle which is of course not natural. By staying on birth control for years at a time you are damaging your body’s natural course which could affect both yours and your potential infant’s future. Also, long term use will permanently damage your libido, sex drive. It will not ever return; therefore, defeating the entire purpose of the pill-to prevent pregnancy while participating in sexual intercourse. I just wanted to share this with those of you who did not know this information. It is better to be informed and accept the possible risks than to be ignorant.

February 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(336) Roxy says:

I’ve been on YAZ for 2 weeks. I had never taken the pill before. I know we’re supposed to wait like a month or so for things to improve but i am really not liking it at all. I am a really steady person, I don’t get mad very often but since i’ve been on YAZ i feel like crying over the stupidest things, i get mad for absolutely nothing and i am super inpatient. This does not sound like me AT ALL. Plus i noticed i have odors and i am started to have a bit of acne which has never ever been a problem for me in the past. The worst thing is i’ve had my period ever since i started taking the pill, that’s two weeks of bleeding! It’s not fun at all. I was going to stay on it for a while to see if things got better but after reading these comments i think i’m just going to switch right away.
I do not recommend YAZ.

March 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(337) Diana says:

I’ve used Estrostep in the past, and found that I gained a significant amount of weight on that pill. It did level out my moodiness, but it also killed my sex drive.

March 7, 2010 at 11:11 am
(338) Misty says:

I am 43 years old, had 2 children, and been taking lo-ovral since I was 18 years old. Periods were only 3 days, if I had them. No mood swings, no weight gain, no loss of interest in sex. The problem I have is I just had a stroke. My left side is paralyzed – I’m told birth control after 40 is not safe. I’m walking proof of that. Just wish my docter had taken me off of them before all this happened. I miss the old me.

March 9, 2010 at 4:17 am
(339) Stacey says:

Hola ladies,

I’ve been on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for about a week and a half and I’m happy with it. Alittle moody but not more than I have been before the BC

March 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(340) Genna says:

What about Minesse Guys? Has anybody tried it?

March 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm
(341) Maria says:

Yaz & Yasmin are currentl being sued due to the fact that they have been founded to cause liver and gallbladder malfunctions, blood clotting and strokes. Not only that, but as the pill says, most of these problems usually occur to people who take the pill over 35. Yaz and Yasmin, though, have been found to affect any age.. a lot of those ESPECIALLY young women under 25 who smoke or consume alcohol often. Check it out, and if you’re on them, I suggest you get off it immediately. If you’ve been dizzy, have a lot of headaches, heartburn and chest pains these are all symptoms of an on-coming stroke.

March 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(342) Harmonee says:

i am Currently on Loestrine 24 Fe. I have been on it for
about 2 yrs now, and it is really good. It has helped make my period alot better (I was bleeding so bad that it was like a faucet) and I had unbearable cramps,and had to take lots of time off of work because of it. Since taking this, I have had realy short light periods, and I have increased cup size by at least 2. I have had no nausea, and no issues with Pregnancy. It works wonders,a nd I have not had any crazy mood swings either. For anyone who has had horrible experinces with everyhting else, I would highly recommend this..

March 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(343) Ash says:

I have been on Loestrin 24 fe for 3 months and on the 3rd I stoped taking it half way through the pack. It made me so dizy i felt like i had virtigo, i was sick to my stomach for 2 months straight and right after i thought it was getting better i started getting breakthrough bleeding that lasted weeks, i couldnt sleep, it brought on migrains that lasted hours and completely killed my sex drive. Never again.

March 21, 2010 at 2:08 am
(344) sevendo says:

has anyone tried ortho 777 for severe endo? im planning on excison surgery and wanted to start ortho777 after to control ovulation and hoping to get pregnant after 6-9 months of ortho treatment…any recommendations and comments needed

March 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(345) Francis says:

i ben on dat yaz fo lik tree days. and dat sh** dont even work. i kno im prego. and momma tode me i was leavin our residence. so now i gots to get another job, and my babby daddy lef me last tuesday. so whats i gon do now? helll witt yaz. im gon get dat depo. so my ass look good and roud to make baby daddy jealous. im so pissed im preg. thanks foe dat concern. yur gurl. franny.

March 27, 2010 at 12:07 am
(346) Margo says:

Francis “Franny,” sweetheart, by the looks of your grammar, you don’t even sound old enough to be sexually active. It’s not like your advice did any good for anyone. Why don’t you slow up on the sex, and go read a book.

March 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(347) jojo says:

I’m 17 and i had my periiod for two months and i was wondering what was wrong so i went to the doctor so they put me on birth control what is the best one to actually use?

March 30, 2010 at 9:19 am
(348) jasmine says:

I was on ortho tri for about a week and I gained 10 pounds….however all birth control affects each woman differently. I don’t think I stayed with that pill long enough to notice any positive see affects. I’m thinking it actually just increased my appetite causing me to eat like crazy thus the weight gain, but today I’m starting Reclipsen and hopefully this has my desired side effects such as breast enlargement, lighter cramps and period and acne clearing!

March 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(349) Morgan says:

I am on yaz and have been for a few months and completely have NO libido at all. That is not good for my husband or me…..I think I might switch to something else because I can’t stand it! I need something else. This is the first real birth contorl I have been on in 3 years because I have had children…..any suggestions? and I only want to take a pill form

March 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(350) Annamaria says:

Hi All! I didn’t read through all the discussion posts but noticed that a few of you had complained about YAZ.

I was on YAZ for approximately 6 months and it was terrible. I gained around 10 pounds, I got extremely emotional, and I lost my sex drive. I then became prone to yeast infections…it was no party! I recently have come off it and noticed my sex drive pick back up, the water weight drop (so did my cravings)… and now I’m working on the yeast infections.

I was wondering if birth control is just not for me? My body had really negative reactions so I wonder if I just shouldn’t try other brands/types.

March 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(351) Tabitha says:

For all you women who dislike Yazz I would suggest the depo shot or the ring. I love yazz but there is bad side affects so my Dr. put me on Lutera it is HORRIBLE!!!!! I hate it I’m moody I have had periods lasting almost 2 wks and I have no libido. I’m in bad shape so she told me to stick with it but,I wanna stick them up her butt! Good Luck Girls. BC is like shoes Every Girl has a brand and style all her own!

March 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(352) Hailey says:

I have been on Alesse 28 the low dosage for almost the past year or so now. It didn’t bother me before at first, but I have noticed I get worse mood swings, and its been causing me almost all the time to get yeast infections, its really annoying, and I’m sick of it. should I talk to my doctor about a different change in birth control or dosage?

April 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(353) Valerie says:

I was taking yasmin for 3 years and then switched to ocella since it was cheaper. Though they cleared up my acne perfectly it wasn’t worth the consequences. About i week ago i was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy where half of my face went paralyzed. I cant move anything on the left side of my face, can barely chew/swallow food,can’t close my left eye, are experiencing horrible pain in my neck and behind my ear along with some of the worst headaches i have ever had. It takes 2- up to 6 months or more for this problem to go away and there’s a chance some parts of my face may stay like this forever. Whatever you do don’t take yasmin or ocella. It’s just a problem waiting to happen!

April 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(354) Briana says:

I have been on Yaz for about 6 months and it has been just awful. It gave me severe depression, it didn’t clear my skin, my breasts were so swollen and tender it hurt to wear bras, I gained a very noticeable 15 lbs. And my mood swings are ridiculous. On top of all this, it screwed up my periods. I was on yasmin but my doctor switched me to yaz because my cramps were intense. First my periods lasted 2 weeks or so, but relatively light. Now, I don’t even get them. And every period I take a pregnancy test, no baby. I am beyond frustrated and am switching this week.

April 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm
(355) Lis says:

I first started using the nuva ring and had an allergic reaction…. Switched to seasonique and its great… I have no complaints (Ive been using it for 2yrs now)!!!!

April 12, 2010 at 8:53 am
(356) Sarah says:


I was previously on Yasmin for three years; at first it was great because it cleared up my acne and made my periods regular. However, I have had a serious stomach infection, horrible mood swings, weight gain and overall depression. I don’t know if the two are linked but I have noticed at many others have complained about very similar feelings while on this pill. I think Yasmin is very dangerous and they are currently being sued by a group of women who have had gallbladder infections and removal as a result of this pill (Yasmin).

I am looking for something else to take to clear up acne, does anyone have any suggestions?

April 13, 2010 at 1:29 am
(357) caroline says:

I have been taking tricyclen-lo for 8 months, although not too bad but far from good. I have not had a single period come on time or have two periods in a month but with reduced flow and lasting for about a week. Prior to taking the pill, my periods were light and lasted about 3 days. I also had my first cramp last month and it was ridiculiously unconfortable.
I have not seen any difference in acne, weight, mood, or sex drive but they were all fine before i started taking the pill. Basically I was taking the pill for regular periods and birth control and its only passing with a 50%.

April 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(358) Kesa says:

I just started using Mircrogestin Fe 1.5/30 and it could be either my diet or the pill but I have been having persistant headaches and I’ve only been on it for three days. Though today I didn’t get a headache….before I was on Alesse/Lutera and on that pill I gained literally 22lbs in three months and I’ve never ever had a problem with weight gain. I could not stop feeling hungry and I cried at the stupidest things. Now even though I’ve lost all the weight I still feel like I’m over weight, and again, never had a problem with my weight before I started Aleese. So I’m really hoping Microgestin Fe will be better.

April 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(359) BRITTANY says:


April 20, 2010 at 9:10 am
(360) Amy Towers says:

I’ve never been on birth control before, but experience mood swings, and I have a problem with being consistent. It’s getting to the point where my relationship is at a make or break stage. My doctor has told me to go on YAZ 28′s Has anyone experienced this pill to be helpful with mood swings? I noticed that people said it made them feel down, but were you usually happy and very consistent with moods before going on YAZ?
Thanks for your advice. I am very nervous about going on birth control, and encouraging words would help a great deal.

April 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(361) Sophia says:

I was on Yaz for about 2 years. The first two months were a nightmare. I had the worst mood swings, headaches, cramps, and breast tenderness. After that it seemed like smooth sailing but I started developing bad migraine headaches a week before my period, during my period, and a week after. So, if you think about it….practically the whole month. I spoke to my doctor and I switched to Seasonique but I’m starting to have problems too. I have been on it for about a week and I have killer breast tenderness, bloated, weight gain, insane mood swings, headaches, and for some odd reason my hands have been shaking…I am more than aware that it has only been the first week and BC affects everyone differently, but I wouldn’t recommend either of them to be honest.

April 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(362) Keila says:

Iv been on Ortho tricyclen for almost a year now. It helped my acne and and I did gain some wait but im not going to blame it on the pill. It has worked awesome for me and I would recommend it to anyone. Keep in mind side effects are different for everyone, but I would say overall it was a great method.

April 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(363) Anna says:

I’ve been using Loestrin 24FE. So far, so good. I had mood swings during the first month only. I haven’t gained weight at all and haven’t had any change in my body. I am exactly the same.

April 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(364) Ash says:

Hi im Ash and im 18
I have never been on bc before and im going to the dr tomorrow to ask about it. my periods are very abnormal to the point i will miss it for 2 to 3 months or have it every week and a half…doesnt seem to want to make up its mind. i have always had seriously bad cramps and coting any sugestions for me??

April 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(365) Ash says:

Oops i ment to say clotting sorry all

April 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(366) Lisa says:

I had tried YAZ two years ago and it was a blessing I don’t use it still. I gained weight, I had horrible mood swing. My mood would be ok and then for no apparent reason I would start to cry. I also did not have a sex drive. The thought of sex felt disgusting. What is the point of birth control when you don’t want to be intimate with your loved one?

April 25, 2010 at 3:30 am
(367) Jackie says:

For as long as I can remember I have had really horrible migraines, The kind that knock you out for a day with nausea and bad auras, ever since I started my period they seem to group around the week before it begins, So I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a really good birth control for migraine prevention, and if there is what are the pros and cons of the pill they took, or have heard about.

April 30, 2010 at 9:06 am
(368) Rosey says:

Hello. I started taking Camila and I am now on my last three pills and have yet to get a period. I am worried because the reason i got on the pill was not only to prevent pregnancy but also to regulate my period. Has anyone else experienced this while on Camila?

April 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(369) AF says:

NEVER TAKE AVIANE. Worst pill ever! I would get SO depressed on it. And one day, I got SO dizzy, on the verge of passing out. It has affected my sleeping schedule so much. I would feel tired and weak in class and my grades show it. Don’t ever take this pill. The only plus is that I’ve lost weight. But only becasue I’d get super sick to my stomach after taking this.

May 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(370) Nicole says:

Hey, I am 18 years old and want to go on birth control. However, I have never been on any birth control pills and do not know how to even begin to decide which pill to take. My biggest concern is weight gain. Which pill would be the best for me to take that does not cause any weight gain but still effectively prevents pregnancy?

May 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(371) Mary says:

I 100% will not recommend Yaz. It was terrible, I gained 10 lbs, was depressed, and just snapped at everyone over the stupidest things. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and everything has been great until I went on Yaz. Now we fight all the time because I’m so moody all the time and I fear for my relationship so I’ve gone off Yaz. If I was married I would go off the pill altogether but since that’s not an option my doctor switched me to Trinessa. I hope it helps even though I’ve seen some bad reviews on it too… Anyone know whether this is a good one?

May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(372) Jennifer says:

I am 15 years old and me and my boyfriend are sexually active. His mother wants to put me on birth control, but im really nervous because i dont know which to use. Any suggestions?

May 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(373) Jaci says:

Hey! i was on Seasonique and LOVE it!!!! most poeple hate it because of break thru bleeding…i’ve never had that, ever. i think its awesome!!! and seriously…4 periods a year…even with a breakthru period its WAY better then every month!! and it lightened my periods a LOT. i’ll go thru an ultra in an hour….on this pill i barely noticed i was on my period at all!!

May 5, 2010 at 2:40 am
(374) m says:

I’ve been on Yaz for 2 years now. I started birth control in college and was on Ortho Tricyclen low. My natural periods were very heavy and lasted 5-7 days. I few months in on the low version I was experiencing some spotting so I switched to regular Ortho Tricyclen.

I stayed with that for about 4-5 years. My skin wasn’t perfect but wasn’t horrible. My period lasted about 5 days and became lighter.

I think I may have had some spotting towards the end of those years and also wanted to switch to one of the 4 day brands so I switched to Loestrine. The periods were lighter but I ended up with horrible ache cysts.

My Dr. switched me to Yaz which I’ve been on for the last 2 years. At first I was very happy. 4 day very light periods and my face cleared up (significantly but not totally)
I hadn’t noticed a decreased sex drive but I also was living long distance from my BF and only seeing each other once a month made us pretty fired up when we got together.

For the last year and 1/2 we’ve been living in the same state and see each other daily. I have noticed a HUGE decrease in sex drive which has gotten progressively worse as time goes on. I’ve been in long term relationships before and this is NOT me at all!!!

On top of that I have been getting increasingly dryer which has made sex become painful, even with lube.
And my eyes have also become more dry which led to me getting astigmatism.

I would NOT recommend Yaz and am switching as soon as possible because these long term effects are NOT worth it!

May 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(375) kayla says:

I was on Yaz for a year but then i was having problems with it and switched to the generic version (apri). I like it but now i saw what Yaz can do to you in the long run.. and since im on the generic version, i dont want that to happen to me. it caused one lady in my area to not be able to have children… thats scarry!

I need a birth control that can help with my mood (pms), headachs and cramps. Can anyone help me out? what are some of the safest birthcontrols out there??

May 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(376) Mandy says:

Hello, I have been on tricylen-lo before and I disliked it very much, made me sad and I cried non-stop, so then after 3 months with that I switched to Yaz and i fell in love, I loved the 4 day periods and the simplicity of it not to mention how great it made me feel. Today my doctor told me that yaz has been giving women heart problems so he switched me over to Apri and I read reviews on this birthcontrol and have been infuritated by the horrible negative feedback…. Yasmine is the same as Yaz and I would suggest to take either or if Yaz has been reformulated to be safe once again stay away from Apri…. Im scared to take it

May 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(377) lorraine says:

i havent been on birth control since i was a teen, and dummy me i shouldve gotten back on it, because for yrs my periods have been so bad i wanna die. i am in pain, i have headaches, i bloat up like a hot air balloon, and i go thru pads like crazy, and no tampons are a joke for me. i have wanted to get back on the pill only because of the pain and heavy bleeding, but i dnt want the weight gain. and the only time i gained weight was with the norplant way back when and it worked for 5 yrs, and didnt get pregnant but got huge and periods still sucked. so im hearing of Seasonique…4 periods a yr. and light bleeding less pain…has anyone heard of this stuff and is it as good as i want it to be ? lol

May 8, 2010 at 12:29 am
(378) shawty says:

ok so im thinking about going on the pill, but i feel extremely clueless. I read both good and bad things with other’s experiences with certain pills. So im not really sure which would be best. any ideas? i mean, it depends on the takers body on how they react to the pill, right?

May 11, 2010 at 12:36 am
(379) Miranda says:

Hey everyone,
Im 17 and and i started taking lutera about a few weeks ago its the first birth control pill i have ever taken and its HORRIBLE;. I dread taking it like my symptons are blurred vision, exhaustion, nausous all the time, loss of appetite, random pain, diaherra, sharp intense headaches(they are short but hurt super bad), and im not sure bout my period yet cuz i havent had it but i talked to my doctor and she basically told me i was lying and i needed to go to a real doctor(like eye doctor and stuff) because im a young healthy teen. which honestly i think that is BS because i never felt like this before i was taking this stupid pill and it almost feels like im pregnant which i know is not possible becuz im a virgin. And out of all the reviews i have read on this pill they have all been nothing but negative. I think i might have also gained some weight which i dont understand beczue i have a loss of appetite. Im also very moody and cry over nothing like the other day i cried over a soft taco i mean who does that, thats so not me. And i tend to pick fights with my boyfriend all the time which i never used to do. I convinced my doctor though to start a different kind of BCP and she prescibed ortho tri cyclen idk much about it but i hope its alot better than lutera. I havent started it yet cuz i want to finish the case of lutera only becuz of money issues i only have about less than a week so im so hoping this new pill is worth tha extra money. Idk everyone is different and our bodies react differently to the hormones but i really recommend you to not take Lutera it’s horrible Becuz everyone i know who takes it has a hard time and all the reviews i have read bout it are nothing but neative complaints.

May 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(380) Katie says:

I’ve been on Yaz for a few years now. I have no problems with it at all, I haven’t noticed any side effects, and it helps with the terrible cramps I used to have. After seeing all the commercials about it recently and the long term effects it can cause I sort of want to change to a new birth control pill. I’m really nervous though that when I start a new one it will have a lot of side effects like weight gain/ mood swings that I don’t have now. I don’t know if I should switch or stick with Yaz. Any suggestions?

May 13, 2010 at 3:21 am
(381) brigitte says:

i cant even remember the first birth control i took, and am very fortunant there hasnt been any mis-haps… knock on wood. Um, i was first tried on yasmen, and didnt take it right for being so imature and young. i was only 15- 16… and was trying to regulate, and be safe. was off, and then was on the depo, on and off untill i was 20-21. the depo was horrible. i could tell my body, or something was out of wack. my breasts swelled alot, and i think my metabolism or something changed. and my mood swings, oh my gosh, oh, BLEH. And miss uh, aunt flow over there, she liked to activate the dead sea with dark light flow. i got body hair, and my regular hair wouldnt grow, breasts would then shrink. Its only an emergency contriceptive… depo was horrible. ive been on yazz for almost two weeks, due to the problems with the depo. i think i did get exttremely emotional from it, way more than regular. suicidal thoughts, extreme sensitivity. but… because of problems with the depo, i have a feeling it will even it out. my face did clear, and as far as weight gain- if i have then thats my own damn falt lol. but, good luck to you all.

May 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(382) Kandy says:

HEY everyone
Ok so i was taking Yazmine for almost 10 months now. I hadn’t realise how badly it had been affecting me, I really thought being moody and hormonal and depressed 3 weeks out of 4 weeks a month was normal although just before I had my period I would beee sooo moody I felt like I would literally kill someone. My poor boyfriend who got the brunt of my tantrums suggested that I change pills as I started acting like a raving lunatic or as he would say an animal. Two weeks ago I decided to try Femiane, lower doses of hormones sounded great!!! I was on it for like 10 days!! By day 2 i started having breakouts, and i have NEVE had acne a day of my 23 years of life. I could not have sex and moved from being a nymph to not being able to bring myself to have sex with my GORGEOUS boyfriend, by day 5 i was crying all day long although i love my life i could stop by day 10 felt like i had the WORST PMS ever and i didnt have PMS as my period wasnt due for 2 weeks or more. My breasts were tender, i was crying for days, couldnt have sex, was withdrawn and jus depressed for 0 reason. I JUS STOPPED IT!

May 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(383) Devon says:

hello, I am 19 yrs. old and have been taking birth control pills since i was 17. I took orth-tri cyclen lo and it made me moody and out of control crazy. i became so angry that i thought i was going to kill someone. so i switched to YAZ and the side effects were even worse. I felt anxious and became an emotional wreck. I was extremely moody and thought i was going insane. I don’t recommend YAZ for anyone. the symptoms on both of the pills didn’t start until about four or five months into taking them. i became depressed and became bi-polar. My boyfriend almost left me. Also on both my sex drive became non existent. Are there any pills out there that won’t give me these horrible side effects?

May 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(384) stephie says:

I am 27 years old and I have recently started on Loestrin 24 Fe. Things were going fine until a bout a week ago I noticed that I was feeling different. I have always been abusy person and I thought I was stressed out with school and my upcoming wedding. Then I got the worst morning sickness (I don’t have sex so i know I’m not pregnant), headaches, fatigue and really decreased sex drive. The worst part were the mood swings!! One minute I want to rip of my fiance’s head and the next I was on the floor crying uncontrollably. I know it’s this pill because it is the only thing that has changed in the past month. I am going to my doctor in a day and I can’t wait to stop this stupid pill. I’ve never felt so wrecked in my whole life!

I would rather use natural methods and possibly have children early in my marriage than hate my life and everyone in it. I like being a balanced person and not psychotic. Good luck!

May 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(385) Mariah says:

Ok this whole site keeps saying what birth control I shouldn’t get. I am 18 and going to the doctor soon about getting on birth control. I have researched and researched about different types of brith control, and frankly I am terrified of the results I am getting back. Does anyone have anything positive on birth control and something that didn’t end in a catastrophe.

May 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(386) Simona says:

Hi I’m 18 and my doctor’s thinking about putting me on bc for ovarian cysts and really painful periods (Dysmenorrhea). I’m VERY petite (under 5 foot), have never had acne, and have a boyfriend of 1 year. My doctor wants to put me on Loestrin 24 Fe and I’m terrified that it will mess up my hormones to the point where I’ll get fat, get acne, and become so moody my bf won’t be able to stand me anymore! Has anyone taken Loestrin 24 Fe and NOT experienced any negative side effects? I know you’re supposed to “wait and see” for a few months to see if the medication is right for you but I don’t have time to waste on a medicine that will make me crazy. Help?

May 25, 2010 at 12:10 am
(387) Shana says:


I am 21 years old and today just switched bc. Beginning of my Sr year in high school i was on yasmin, then my gyno quickly switched me to YAZ because yasmin became generic and she did not want me on the generic brand. Well, I have been on YAZ ever since and will be going into my senior year of college this fall.

YAZ made me insane. At first I loved it. The shorter periods and lighter periods were definitely a plus. I never had bad skin and well, my mother blessed me with a chest so I just cried a bit when they grew even more. For about 3 years I had no problems. I was happy and things were great until this past year. I feel like I have gone crazy. I start crying over things that really are not that big of a deal. I flip out on my poor boyfriend of three years who feels like his girlfriend is losing it. I cry because I am crying. I have always been an emotional person( I go to school for theater), but I have NEVER been this irrational. I felt like I had no control over what I was saying or doing, but all the while in my head saying to myself, “What the hell are you doing/saying?” I just began to do things that were incredibly out of character. It was time for a change.

I have just been put on Loestrin 24 FE. My doc also ran thyroid tests to make sure that it was only my BC making me emotional and irrational. Hopefully, things will get better.

For everyone not sure about what pill is right for them, that question can only be answered by your doctor. Everyone is so different. Some people are incredibly successful on YAZ. Your doctor is the only one who can give you the best answers. Every pill has their side effects, just some greater than others. Good luck in finding the right pill.

Isn’t just sad what us women do to our bodies?

May 28, 2010 at 1:58 am
(388) Michelle says:

Okay, I’m fourteen and I recently started taking birth control little over a month(+). My first pill was Ortho Tri Cyclen or however you supposed to spell it. My thought about the pill was that it was pretty good; I noticed my acne was going away, but leaving scars behind. I didn’t gain or lost any pounds, & I craved for sex.
Two weeks later, stupid me keeps on forgetting to take the pill, so I’ve stopped.
Right after I stopped, the next day I started to bleed and have my period. It was really heavy and messy, it went on for weeks. My acne started to appear back, and new one started to appear. Also, I started gaining a lot of weight and became very depressed.
A week later, I went to my school health clinic to be recommended on some other pills because I wanted to try something else. The nurse gave me a pack of Yasmin, at first what came to my mind was that I heard of this brand before. I forgot where though, but I heard it from somewhere.
So today was my first time taking it, and obviously I’m doing a little research on it and I started to remember how I heard of Yasmin before. It was known for how it has really bad side affect for majority of women, plus it hurts/damage your lung. Now I want to switch back to my first pill, but I won’t see the health clinic in the next two week.
So I’m just going to see what happens next. From what I read (reviews), I guess the only good thing about it is that it seems to enhance your breast & clear acne.

May 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(389) Emily says:

Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone else on yasmin has suffered any like life threatening things, because i was going to go to my family doctor… but they were closed for 2 weeks, so i went to the clinic down the road and he perscribed me yasmin. Ive read good reviews and bad… im a bit nervous to sart it, and im supposed to today. :S
I know its different for eveyone, but im just really nervous to take a pill that will just make me crabby, and get more problems, if thats the honest case, i might as well get the shot or something because ive not heard anything bad about those..

not sure on what to do.. if you can help please message me asap!!!
It would be greatlyyy appreciated.


May 31, 2010 at 8:01 am
(390) bokkie 1 says:

hi guys i am from south africa and i am deciding on witch birth controll pill to go… and i dont have an idea.. please help me

June 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(391) Ramona says:

I am a 35 years mother of 3. I have been using the femiane for 12 years. No problem, sometimes the moody feeling kick-in and soon go away. However, after so long using the pill, I obviously got dry during intercourse. I visit my doctor, she said I use it for too long and i needed to stop. So I did, 3 months later I conceived without planning. Today, I am proud to say I have a 5 months old baby boy!

I recently started the Microgynon ED, and my, I am like a zombie!!!moody , headache, my eyes bother me etc.

I think I will stick with Femiane.

June 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(392) Ali says:

I have been on sprintec for about 3 weeks now and I really like it. Breakouts have been minor, I also got a new face cleanser that I really like, so that has helped as well. I dont think its a good idea to count on birth control to solve all your acne issues! You will get the munchies, but if you choose to eat something healthy or chew a stick of gum, you will be fine. I have not gained any weight. That being said, I do excersize 4 or 5 times a week, but you should be doing that anyway! I do feel cramps maybe once or twice a week, but its light and it does not last for more than an hour. I would reccommend sprintec, its cheap, it works, and side effects are minimal!

June 3, 2010 at 1:12 am
(393) shirin says:

PLZ DO NOT USE YASMIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
very dangeruos pills the result is heart attack

June 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(394) Megan says:

What can you tell me about loestrin 24 fe? This is my first time taking birth control. Does loestrin 24 have really bad side effects?

June 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(395) Kate says:

Hi I’m starting birthcontrol in like 10 days and I’m really worried about weight gain because I’m very short and any weight I gain shows soo much. I’m also worried about mood swings because I’m normally kinda moody… So I’m assuming yaz is a no go are there any other ones I should tell my doctor I don’t want to go on?

June 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(396) karlie says:

I’ve been on Yaz birth control for about 3 years and it’s been amazing for me. I’ve heard lots of negative side effects from a lot of girls, but the only thing for me is decreased sex drive. But i’ve heard that all the pills do that so sadly i dont think you can get away from it. I wish i knew somethign to fix that :(

June 9, 2010 at 12:40 am
(397) Tess says:

hey, lately ive been having HORRIBLE cramps and it makes it impossible to do anything. and i was wondering what is the best birth control pill for that? thanks.

June 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(398) laxer says:

hii im 17 and heading off to college so im about to get on the pill…im going to be a D1 college athlete so im getting on it now so my body can adjust but i need help – i have migrain and a serious history of headaches bc of concussions – all these bc pills say not to prescribe to anyone with a history of headaches so i feel screwed! currently looking at femcon loestrin seasonique and OTC….ive been doing some research but all have side affects of headaches or say not to prescribe, can anyone give me an idea on what my best bet would be??

thanks for the help!!! :)

June 12, 2010 at 10:38 am
(399) hannah says:

Iam freaked out about reading all the reviews on yasmin. I have strated taking this pill for 3 days already and I feel so nauseous..will it affect my body if I just stop taking the pill now?? I have never been on a birth control pill before? Help!

June 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(400) rox says:

i took jaz for 3 years and at first it caused me headaches but after a month everything was alright there were lots of benefits no acne no gaining weight even when eating fast food ,my skin went whiter my hair shone i left it cause i want to get pregnant …

June 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(401) Kim says:

I was on Ortholo for about a month and then my mom made me switch off it because I got sucidally-depressed. I had absolutely no control over my emotions and I couldn’t control myself. And that was the low hormone! So I got switched to Microgestin about a month ago, and it’s been great so far. No more crazy mood swings, sucidal thoughts, and I can control all of my emotions. I also noticed that my acne has really dissappeared and I’m not even needing to take my acne medicine anymore (I’m only supposed to take it if I start breaking out and I haven’t! :D ). Although I did forgot to take a pill and I started bleed preeettttyyy bad, but no cramps or anything. But overall I really like Microgestin and would suggest it!

June 29, 2010 at 11:42 am
(402) Megan says:

I took Yaz for a year and will never take it again! I didn’t realize until a couple months ago that I had gained 20 lbs since starting it!! I also had almost no sex drive, which my boyfriend was kind enough to point out. I was depressed all the time and crying for almost anything.

I just started my second pack of Loestrin 24 and so far the only side effects are some slight dizziness and severe breast tenderness. And my periods are so light and last only 2-3 days!!! We’ll see after the third month if the breast tenderness goes away because it really hurts!

July 1, 2010 at 11:32 am
(403) Zaila says:

Do not take yaz! I took it for 4 years and two days ago i was taken to the hospital for what was called a TIA, which is basically a mini stroke. The doctors strongly believe it was from taking yaz. They told me that yaz has caused a lot of women to have blood clots. It’s not worth it. I have to make many lifestyle changes now in order not to cause physical exertion to my heart, beacause it can cause a full blown stroke and I’m only 20 years old.. Too young to be having these problems! Also, my friend’s sister died from many blood clots, and they believe it was from her birth control, yaz. Do not risk your life over this pill!!

July 3, 2010 at 12:48 am
(404) Lindsay says:

I have been taking yaz for two years now. I thought i just had bad anxiety and mood swings because of the stress i was under i cried all the time!!!! After accidentally missing a week of taking my pills i felt so much happier, no depression, no crying, thank god for that accident. Yaz is terrible and it also made me have differences in heart beats sometimes, which i no longer have off of it.

July 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(405) Courtney says:

hey guyss.
i have never been on birth control. But i think i need to be. My parents cant know tho. Does anyone have any suggestions on what i should do?

July 5, 2010 at 11:06 am
(406) Sade says:

Im 19.. recently had a miscarriage at 5 months and im currently on GYNERA.. I’m on my third day in my first week and so far nothing bad has happened.. no abdominal pains. nothing at all……and i strongly!!!!!! advise DO NOT USE YAZ! .

July 8, 2010 at 2:00 am
(407) Marie says:

I’m 16 and I’ve never taken any form of birth-control, but I rly need to start taking some for of birth-control. Reading all these comments I see that everyone responds differently to these pills, is there a way you can test to see which kind of birth control would give you the least side-effects? Also, where’s the best place to get the pills? Any advice/help will be more than welcome! Thanks!! :)

July 8, 2010 at 9:11 am
(408) Nicole says:

Hi, Ive been taking Ginette for quite a few years now and there hasnt been any bad side effects. It helpd wit my breakouts as well. But i wana know if anyone knows what to look for in terms of which pill would work best as a contraceptive. What would you concider being a high oestrogen level and a low oestrogen level in a pill? I was prescribed this pill for my acne mainly but i want to continue using this as ive had no negative side effects though as a contraceptive.

July 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(409) Susie says:

So I’ve been on Lutera for 2 weeks now and althought I’ve noticed I’ve been a little depressed, moody and my breast have been a little tender but I’m wondering if keeping it up is a good choice. I’ve just started being sexually active and I wonder what are other’s stories on this.

July 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(410) sheyenne says:

i am about to start taking birth control for the first time. i am 17 yrs old and i would really like for it not to make me gain weight :( and not break out? any suggestions

July 16, 2010 at 1:32 am
(411) Soluna says:

okay so i have read about the first 45 comments and scanned throught a hundred of these comments becuase i like to research something before i try it…and i am so fed up with being to paraniod about weheather or not the condom broke… i thought the pill would be a great idea…but after all these comments i feel as though birth control would be a nightmare…i dont want to change into a monstor my boyfriend loves the simple loving person i am and i have good skin and i could care less about my period and even though i could definately use the weight gain i love to wear bikinis so no thanks birth control pill and my boyfriend (for 3 years) and me will just have to tought it out.

July 16, 2010 at 1:36 am
(412) Soluna says:

im definatley not naive and think abstinence is affective at all…lets get real everyone likes sex… but turns out having a baby at 18 with a full ride scholarship to asu would really ruin my chances at being someone in life… i have to much to loose and sex will just have to be postpone for the time being. to much studying and reading to be done to find the right kind of birth control for me

July 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(413) Britt says:

I was on Ortho Lo for 2 years and didn’t have any crazy side effects – but every month when I would start taking the new cycle of pills I would get extremely nauseous and throw up at least once. I hated taking the pill every day so I switched to Nuva Ring- BIG MISTAKE!!! I was an emotional wreck and depressed for the first time in my life. Now I’m back to using good old fashioned condoms (Trojan ecstasy brand are the best!)

July 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(414) BBG says:

I switched to all varieties of birth control pills for years, and all of them had the same effect… I would cry for no reason, felt depressed and like I was someone else completely. I only felt like this on the pill! After doing a lot of research, I learned that in addition to hormonal changes, the pill caused vitamin depletion. There are a group of major vitamins most birth control depletes, including B vitamins and folic acid… These vitamins are mood-regulating vitamins. They are necessary to create serotonin and other brain chemicals that are responsible for one’s sense of well being. I found a site called ‘the pill pill’ that provides a good amount of information on this. I also read about it in Self Magazine. It may be that a lot of us are not meant to be on any birth control pill but if you insist on taking it, you may want to try taking specific vitamins that may help.

July 19, 2010 at 12:42 am
(415) Andrea says:

hey, so a few months ago my doctor started me on YAZ birth control and you know it wasn’t so bad. Everyone will experience different things with each birth control but if u had a bad experience u shuldnt go off scaring ppl saying DONT TAKE IT ITS HORRIBLE just explain your experience and say : “if u begin t experience _____ then i personally suggest stop taking it or talking to your doctor” but dont scare people who are just starting it. all my friends would all come at once to me saying how im taking a birth control that was recalled and u know even tho i found no article saying it was recalled, i found YAZ work very well for me.
no acne, slight boob size increase, no weight change, and my boyfriend claims my mood has not changed at all. so i suggest considering YAZ or yasmin (2 different kinds of birth control. yasmin is a little stronger) i hope i helped in sum way but dont be afraid to take a certain kind of birth control bcuz of what ppl say cuz when worst comes to worse just switch it and youll be fine, who knows ull find the best one for u by going to the one everyones against aha.


July 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(416) Ana says:

I honestly believe everyone’s body reacts differently to each birth control. I am about to go on my third one (Yaz).

The first one I tried was Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I never thought about it until I switched to my second pill, but I’m really glad I explored. In hindsight, I gained about 15 lbs on OTCL, was dry, lost sex drive, and had mood swings. I also had migraines. I went off of BC for at least months, before getting back on.

This year I tried Lutera. I was on it for the past three months. It worked really well. Increased sex drive, no migraines and not as many mood swings. The only problem was that I ended up gaining 20 lbs this time around…not ideal.

I went to a new doctor today and had mentioned I wanted to get back on, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with Lutera, since I am not coping well with going up 2 sizes. She has recommended Yaz, based on my weight gain complaint.

I will be trying Yaz next month and am hoping it will be a good fit. No worries if its not though, I’m all right with trying different ones until I find one that works for my body.

If a pill does not work for you, I encourage you to “shop around.”

July 29, 2010 at 2:29 am
(417) Mel says:

I’m an 18 year old 120 lbs 5’8 vegetarian on Yaz. I’ve been on it for only 6 months and the symptoms have been getting worse. It started out small – I’d get little cramps, breast tenderness, the regular ‘beginning’ symptoms. In my fourth month my period kept leaking through, it took about two weeks to stop. I’ve had a yeast infection every month since my third month, and my mood has been getting increasingly fragile. I’ll cry for no reason. I was watching a commercial for golfing or something and I started to choke on tears. Crying in the bedroom is a real problem right now, I’ll start to cry during and after. Three days ago I had a crippling migraine. I will definitely be switching to something else.

August 2, 2010 at 4:20 am
(418) Banana says:

I have recently just stopped taking my pill, and i am quite glad i did. I was taking Levlen ED and i was very emotional, any little thing would make me either upset or angry. My boyfriend always told me that i had changed because of my mood swings and fighting with him over nothing or every little thing that i had a problem with. It did make me gain 15 kilos, had lost interest in sex, had major mood swings, and depression(not sure if it was or not, but i felt down most of the year i was taking it, although i did start taking it through a depressing time).

its now been a month since i have stopped and i havent had a fight with my boyfriend at all. Ive stopped being angry all the time and i do feel happier. unfortunately i havent lost the weight i have gained yet, and im not sure if i can be bothered to try and lose weight because i am keen to try another type of pill (hopefully one that doesnt make me gain weight).

From these comments i have seen that Yaz or yasmin is an option to take in consideration, but again depends on everyones body. Hopefully it will be right for me as well. :)

August 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(419) Whit says:

I’ve been on every type on birth control known to man! Yaz is horrible! I felt like I was pregnant on it. The nuvaring is okay, but I have horrible mood swings and my acne (which is normally not a big deal) is a big deal now. Ortho Lo is how I got my daughter lol. I’ve tried Mirena and my uterus got infected, and it drifted and now only one of my f tubes work. Any sugestions? Thanks

August 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm
(420) Kendra says:

Hi everyone! I’m 19 years old and am considering using the pill for the first time. I am considering either Ortho Tri Cyclen or Yasmine. I am also interested in Lybrel, which is supposed to stop your period but I havent talked to my doctor about it yet. I just wanted to get some oppinions from women who have had some experience with any of these. I am looking for a pill that will
1. Work effectively
2. Not decrease sex drive
3. Not cause weight gain
4. Will not cause depression or crazy mood swings
I would really appreciate your thoughts and oppinions, thanks everyone!

August 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(421) Sara says:

For everyone who has acne problems, seriously use Tea tree oil. :D

August 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(422) Heather says:

Ortho tri-cyclen Lo is good and bad. The first couple months are harsh with mood swings but you don’t have cramps and your periods shorter. But, the mood swings are very hard to deal with, you feel like the whole world is falling down. I’m still new to taking it, only on my 3rd pack but by the 5th pack if i’m still this angry & depressed, i’m switching but I do like the fact that I gained a cup size & a little bit of weight :)

August 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(423) Pecker says:

I wouldnt recommend Yasmin to anyone im a very happy bubbly person and when taking yasmin i just want to cry all the time, dont want to talk to anyone, my periods were much heavier, massive mood swings, decrease in sex drive (it virtually disappeared), pigmentation on my face which im still battling to get rid of. Aaah i cant stress enough how much i hated it its like it supressed my personality. Anyway im looking to find another one that will not do these things so any suggestions would be good.

August 26, 2010 at 1:05 am
(424) krissy says:

hello! i’ve been on loestrin24fe for the past 2 years & absolutely love it. i understand that no birth control pill is perfect and have had little side effects w/it. my first couple months were a little rough – headaches, bloating, and such but just hang in with it, because after your body gets use to it – its amazing!

August 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(425) Rosy says:

Hi girls! I’ve been on the birth control pills for the last 7 years of my life, starting when I was 16 and now I am 23. I stopped taking them because I was a real emotional havoc and I had repetitive vaginal infection (i know right, ew!). Since I stopped taking them I am back at my normal weight, sure I have my forehead covered in pimples I believe that is the hormonal change! Over the years I took Ortho-cyclen, alesse and yasmin. The first two made me nauseous and the latter gave me huge vaginal infection and made me crazy (yes ladies, CRAZY!) I know I will go against all physician by saying this, but you have to stop taking this it is SO unnatural! I am the first one to hate the condom but seriously, it’s nothing compared the hate I have toward the pill!

September 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(426) Daniella says:

Im 18 and I just started the microgestin 21? I havent read anything on it in the comments and what i looked up on google was people saying they gained 15 ounds and couldnt lose it, sever anxiety, mood swings, acne. I started taking it a week ago, Already I have the acne, and my vagina smells kinda weird, i have D cups and im afraid if I gain anymore weight theyll be even more problems for me in terms of my back. Im afraid of the weight gain and already I struggle with depression. I need to know if anyone has been on this before and what they experienced!!

Thank you


September 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(427) Zoe says:

i decided to take the pill as my period is very irregular and the last time i got my period it gave me the worst cramps ever experienced. the doctor said pills ease pain and regulate the cycle but not many people have mentioned Levlon and i started taking it yesterday. it was the second day of my period and i wanted to be clean and free for a dance performance. Will my period stop within two days? i’ve also been reading about birth control pills on the net and i’m already getting a bit worried. was starting it a mistake? im taking it purely for a regular period, contraception is just a bonus.
please help! x

September 8, 2010 at 12:34 am
(428) Ljt13 says:

I have been BC free for at least 3 months (YAZ). I stopped taking it only because I had really blurry vision and thought I needed glasses. I don’t know, I can see like I did before YAZ :) However just like everyone here, I’m on a hunt for a new BC. The patch and ring were HORRIBLE, both made me act like a loony toon! I was seriously not myself. My friend said try DEPO, it has less estrogen? Is anyone currently taking or have taken this one in the past, and how did it make you feel? It’s either DEPO or Tri otho that are on my top 2 list as of now….wish me luck ladies :)

September 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(429) bri says:

I had an IUD put in after having my second child. I started taking YAZ 8 months ago because I had my IUD removed because I got pregnant with it in (lost the baby)

Anyway, I really LOVE Yaz. The first 5 months I got my period but now I haven’t even gotten it for a few months which i hear can be normal on this pill because there are only 4 days of inactive pills instead of 7 that are in most. At first I was taking a ton of pg tests and freaking out but then I talked to the dr who said I’m fine and may not always have one – So that’s great.

So before this pill, I was very moody and depressed every month for the week and a half to 2 weeks before my period. I would cry and feel pretty crazy. Then the day I would get my period I would flip and happy and perky. Now, on YAZ, I have NONE of that. I am stable, happy, and feeling better than ever during the entire month! If something upset me in the past, I would have to think ok is this real or am I just getting my period. Now, if something makes me cranky I can trust my emotions because it’s real.

I do have dryness but nothing we can’t take care of, some breast tenderness the first 6 months but now its better. Perfectly clear skin. Sex drive is down considerably but considering it was extremely high before that’s not a problem and actually working out pretty good for us. No weight gain, no bloating.

So far using this pill has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

September 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(430) jenny says:

im 30 and have been on and off the pill for 11 yrs, this is a recap:

19-22 – ortho tri cyclen (regular) went great. loved that pill.

23- ortho-lo. got headaches, breakthru bleeding, thinning hair, and moody i stopped after a few months. and took a break off pill.

25 – yasmin. went great. light periods, no acne, no weight issues. overall great but very expensive pill.

27 – tried yaz to save money. what a nightmare. sooo moody and daily headaches. went back to yasmin.

29-ocella (generic of yasmin) saved a lot of money but i gained 10 lbs in a few months and was a little moody. started breaking out w acne.
got off pill for 8 months. super heavy flow.

30- loestrin 24. nightmare!!!! after 2 wks, i gained 5 lbs. extremely depressed and no drive to do anything at all. very moody and sensitive. tender breasts. daily nausea and migraines.
stopped mid cycle, got period 2 days later with horrible cramping (worst of my life).

my doc always recommend low dose pills, but clearly those go very bad for me. i have no clue what i should try next…

September 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(431) Ali says:

honestly, everyone has different bodies, and they are going to react differently to birth control. I have been on sprintec for over 5 months and I love it. I think that the “always hungry” and “no sex drive” are just mind games; things you can control if you really want.

September 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(432) Audrey says:

Im 18 and have never been on birth control or really thought of it as an option. I was mainly concerned of the effects it would have on my body.
I have been reading what people are posting and im thinking YAZ is NOT an option.
After doing some research i came across Seasonique. If anyone has been on it and can give me some feedback that would be great!

Thank You! :D

September 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(433) Sierra says:

i’m getting ready to start this new BC this sunday called Azurette [Mircette], has anyone taken it? any mood swings? im doing my research because this is the first time im going to seriously be on the pill & im wondering what would be the best. Thanks.

September 27, 2010 at 12:14 am
(434) Mary says:

Hey everybody.
i just got off yaz..i havent felt any better.. i was so depressed on it..low sex drive…my boobs grew massive..my appetite increased heaps..it also gave me many other problems..im so glad im off it..i think all this BCP is bull343$@#$ excuse my language.ii was told this was the best pill but after reading all this it doesnt seem soo…ii was also feeling like i needed to vomit all the time.very lazy and always tired…i thought it was just me but after reading all this so many more people have the same problem.ii dont want to take any pills anymore.im planning a pregnancy.has anyone got any tips???

September 28, 2010 at 4:17 am
(435) carlie says:

To Audrey,

Hi, i just started my fourth week of LoSeasonique (same as seasonique only lower doses of estrogen) and i have been spotting for over two weeks now. It gets heavier at different times sometimes its as bad as a normal period i also have cramps often.
Hope this helps!

September 28, 2010 at 4:20 am
(436) carlie says:

Ive been on seasonique for 4 weeks and have been spotting for 3. Has anyone else experienced this? Does it go away or should i try something different?

September 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(437) Jessica says:

I am 21 and I have never been on birth control. I really would like to but I have heard so many horrible things, I dont know what to do? please HELP!

October 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(438) Aly says:

This is soo disheartening. In trying to be responsible (taking BC to prevent an unwanted pregnancy) it feels like the very thing you use because of sex makes you not want to have sex! lol I have been using Mircette (which i dont really see being used much on here) for about 7 months and couldn’t figure out what was going on with me until i started searching the internet. i’ve gained weight like crazy, over 10 pounds, im always craving something, im emotional, im always tired and soo sleepy, n im dry down there with little sex drive! im researching to see what pill would be better but it looks like EVERYTHING has the same effects, im at a loss. i dont know whether to try ortho-try or yaz since they seem to be 2 of the popular ones. any suggestions?? im 5’5 and moderately active.

October 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(439) Peggy says:

A few years ago I was taking Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I thought it was okay at the time. There was no weight gain, I had clear skin, and I had a high sex drive (which my boyfriend LOVED). However, downside was, I had EXTREME mood swings. Looking back, I realized that I acted purely psychotic, which in turn chased the guy away. Eventually when I finally got off the pills, I became calmer, and have been ever since. I refuse to take it anymore in fear of becoming that way again.

October 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(440) Fran Fran says:

How much does tax cost also I’m on ales is that any good?? My doc prescribe them to me

October 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(441) Medterm says:

I first started put on ortho tri cyclen and it screwed my periods up horribly. I hated it. I cramped bad and was miserable I also had ovarian cysts and it made them increase in size I do not recommend that pill for anybody. I then got switched to yaz. I feel the most comfortable with this pill. It takes your mood swings away and my periods were super short and I just felt great. It is expensive so I changed to Yasmin it’s just about the same even though for some reason I still feel the most comfortable with yaz. If you are over weight or smoke stay away from yaz and Yasmin that is the reason for them having a lawsuit. But if not I definately recommend yaz or Yasmin they’re great!

October 30, 2010 at 6:08 am
(442) kristine says:

hi, i took yazmin pill right after my period?? will it be effective or not? because it says in the leaflet i should take on the first day of my period. I just gave birth so I have spotting first thats why I dont know when i will take yazmin.

November 2, 2010 at 7:12 am
(443) Jennifer says:

Has anyone tried cerazette? Doc has suggested I go on a the continuous (30 days) pill. I have been on it for around 3 months and havn’t settled down yet, still really long periods, random blotting and mood swings? Just wondered if anyone had any experience of this or any continuous pill.


November 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(444) October says:

Originally, I was put on birth control because I was anemic and was getting my period twice a month so my doctor started me on Seasonique. It basically acts as birth control and controls your period so that you only get 4 periods a year. I have given Seasonique two chances now, the second being worse. The first time, I experienced major menstrual cramping from the day I started taking it until the 2nd month that I quit it. I had mood swings, and my usually clear skin was covered in acne. Naturally, I stopped taking it.

The second time around, not only did I break out twice as bad as the first time, but I also gained about 7 pounds, and had terrible anxiety and migraines. I felt stressed and angry all the time, I couldn’t control my emotions, and I even contemplated seeing a therapist. I stayed on it for about 3 months to see how my 1st period of the year would go, and it was the most disgusting period experience ever. It came very thick chunks and very heavy, in a very dark red/black looking color. It also lasted longer than a regular period, and the cramps were twice as bad. I’ve been off of it for about a month now, and my skin is still trying to recover from the acne, but thankfully I have dropped the weight that I gained from it.

As far as the birth control aspect of it, I wouldn’t recommend it. While I didn’t get pregnant from having sex without a condom while on this pill, it was very nerve-racking having to wait 3 months for your scheduled period (every 3 months aka 4 times a year) This pill is also pretty expensive. I have awesome medical insurance, and I still had to pay about 14 dollars or so out of my own pocket.

But as a lot of these women have said, each pill is different for every woman, and if you’ve heard things about Seasonique that you like, you should try it.

November 8, 2010 at 12:31 am
(445) doxycycline says:
November 9, 2010 at 3:35 am
(446) Leanna says:

Hey girls:).
I am 18 going on 19 and i was previoulsy on the pill YAZ for about a year or just over.
I havebeen currently off the pill for about 5 months.
I must say that the comments left here made me nervous to go back on YAZ because of all the negative reviews.
I have found this pill to work perfectly for me…
At the very beginning I felt sore and weak for a bit, only to realize that my boobs grew a cup size bigger…which was great lol. But nothing negative had happened…
While on the pill, I knew exactly when I would get my period, always down to the day and almost even the hour.
Plus it shortned my period to about 4 days at most and made it ligher.
All in all I would say this pill worked great for me.
However there was a commerical recently on the side affects from this pill and it said to immediatley call a lawyer if anyone was expereincing any of the symptoms the commercial listed from taking YAZ.
This concerned my mom, and she wants me to switch…however, I think it worked great for me. Not quite sure what to do. Advice?

November 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(447) Phil says:

I have the copper IUD/coil in for 5 months. I used to get acne around my periods, but this is a joke. I have acne all the time, on my forehead, chin, jaws, on my head. Don’t ever get this fitted. It says too much copper causes the acne. I have started taking zinc its meant to conteract with the copper. Im giving it four weeks to clear up or else im getting it out. I dread going back in the pill, mood swings all the time.

November 27, 2010 at 2:24 am
(448) Ren says:

I have been on birth control for over two years now. I started out with Desogen for a couple of months and at first I was nauseous every day especially right after taking the pill. It was an unbearable disgusting feeling but after a few months of taking it, the naseousness went away. Also my cramps drastically subsided which was the most important to me. After a while I moved and I switched doctors and they prescribed me Reclipsen by WATSON and there wasnt anything drastic about the change. It felt as though I hadnt changed birth control pills at all. But now I dont know what to do. over the past year I get super moody and cranky and i get annoyed at everyone and anything. At first it was only during my period. Then it was always the week before my period, and now IM JUST CRAZY all throughout the month and its driving me crazy! Ill cry for the stupidest reasons and i B**** about everything and its really taking a toll on me. I know i shouldnt be junping to conclusions but I feel like my hormones are out of control and I need to see a doctor about this. Im at the point where i feel like stopping the pill completetly to see what happens. I HATE THIS SO MUCH!!

November 27, 2010 at 2:26 am
(449) Ren says:


November 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(450) Brooke says:

Hi girls,

I’m 20 years old and my doctor just prescribed beyaz, I’ve been trying to look up some information/opinions on this pill but I haven’t found anything. I haven’t started using the pill yet I have to wait until the Sunday after my next period. But my question is has anyone used it? Is it expensive? Does it make you gain weight? And how does it make you feel?

Thank you!

December 8, 2010 at 8:51 am
(451) may says:

im 17 years old and im scared to get pregnant I need your advice or tips..what pills is the best for my age.

thank you .
I hope you will help me to look for a pills.

December 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(452) Haley says:

Ladies! Whatever you do, do NOT take Yaz or Yasmin. As of lately, there has been a huge lawsuit filed against bayer&bayer for not properly listing all the side effects. There are reports of women as young as 21 having strokes and/or heart attacks due to one of the main medicinal ingredients in Yaz and Yasmin.

December 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(453) bonez says:

hey ladies, i”ve taken depo i loved it after 3 months i didn’
t get my period anymore, but it isn’t good for your bones so i quit. I’ve just recently tried yaz for 4 months but quit. it was awful for me i was crying alot or would get extremely angry i almost broke up with my fiance because of it. it gave me cramps longer heavier periods i do not recomend this at all has way too much side effects. i”ve been on tri cyclen a few years and it was great lighter shorter periods no cramps no side effects at all. am going back on it totally recommend

December 22, 2010 at 1:05 am
(454) Sam says:

I tried Yaz to help my acne and lighten my period. I took it for a month with mild to moderate nausea and headaches being the only issue. I was really good about taking it at 9 every night. I started my first period 2 days late. Then, I had a period for 2 and a half month straight. A heavy period. We’re talking BIG TIME, like my normal ones used to be for a couple of days. Long story short, too nauseous to eat, nausea pills made me throw up, hospital visits came up with slight anemia, doctors tried everything to make it stop.

They made me double my dose of Yaz then go on Yazmin. Made everything worse. They even tried medicines for girls with endometriosis. Finally I got tired of the pills. I just stopped taking them. My body adjusted and my period finally stopped. Now for a couple months everything’s normal!

Everyone’s different. But if this happens, tell a doctor and get your medicine switched!!!

December 30, 2010 at 10:03 am
(455) Melanie says:

Hey ladies,

I started out on Yaz and took it for a year until I finally switched. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. My period was irregular and sometimes I would be on it for longer than a week. However, I didn’t have any mood swings, weight gain, or acne. What finally did me in were the reviews about it. After I switched my doctor recommended Femcon. This pill was even worse than Yaz. I gained about 10lbs and had terrible mood swings. My sex drive decreased and I even developed a cyst which ruptured and ultimately landed me in the hospital. I’m not sure if the pill caused the cyst but I had never had problems before. I switched off Femcon because of the cost and am now on Trisprintec. I’m not sure what to think about this pill just yet. I’ve been on it for about 6 months and haven’t had any issues with weight. I do get emotional during the week of my period but I assume that’s normal. My main concern is the cysts occuring again. That was not pleasant!

December 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(456) Amy says:


I’ve been on nuvaring for 3 years and while on it i gained weight and became suuuper neurotic and had crazy pms so i started xpl7.
Honestly it changed my life. its natural organic i have normal pms and no weight gain. im never going back to anything else.

January 1, 2011 at 12:56 am
(457) Richelle says:

This is my second month of taking YAZ and I’m finding it absolutely horrible. It has been the worst experience of my life. I’m currently on my first period since starting this pill and after reading this forum, I’ve realized that I’m having most of the reactions that everyone else is. My period used to last three to four days MAX and it was usually fairly light, and I’m currently on day number six and it’s been heavier than any other month (and the odour is almost unbearable). I’ve noticed that I’m extremely moody. I started this pill because I’ve always had irregular periods (usually only getting it every second or third month) and really bad cramps. I read that the pill would help with acne. So far.. not so good. In the past few days I have experienced the worst cramps in my life and I have also been feeling extremely nauseous. I’ve noticed that my acne got extremely worse after starting YAZ. Being a young adult, of course I enjoy drinking alcohol. But lately I can’t even stand the smell of it. It makes me nauseous. At first I blamed the fact that I just recently had jaw surgery (beginning of November) and I used that as an excuse as to my not wanting to drink alcohol anymore, but just lately after feeling nauseous at just the smell of it I realized that it’s this pill that’s making me feel this way because I didn’t start taking YAZ until like three weeks after my surgery. I also can’t sleep as much as I usually do (I used to be able to sleep like 15 hours or more out of the day). I find myself going to bed extremely late, like 2 am, and waking up around 6 am.
As I am sharing my experience on YAZ with all of you right now, it is New Years Eve and I’m stuck at home with horrific cramps and nausea, missing out on a good time with all of my friends. So on that note, Happy New Year to you all and if there’s one thing that I plan on doing in the New Year (and recommend to all of you), it is getting off of this pill and hopefully starting on a new one.

January 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(458) Casey says:

Hi guys. So I have been on tri-sprintec for 2 months and I hate it. I vomit all the time and even sometimes get random diarea Fits. It’s not fun. It’s also hard for me to get wet which sucks and it smells hella bad down there. Oh and I used to have like a 3 day period but now it’s like a week. Boooo. Don’t try this ever!!!

January 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(459) Krystyna says:

I got the depo shot a little over a month ago, and I HATE IT. Don’t get the shot. I have gained weight, got really bad acne, and im very moody. This shot makes me feel like crap, i always get headaches. For the whole first month i was on my period. Im going to the doctors today to get off this crap. IT IS NOT RECOMENDED. Does anyone know what is a good birth control pill?

January 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(460) Holly says:

Hey guys, i just got put on sronyx .. Is it any good?

January 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm
(461) Shawna says:

Hi everyone.
I’m 19 years old
NEVER been on birth control or any kind of pill ( I don’t even take advil or tylenol )
However, a doctor has told me to start.
From I was about 14 ( when I got my period)
It hasnt been normal, I missed over 6 months and I would skip a month or 2 sometimes.
So basically, I need to get my period on track.
I’ve been reading a lot of posts and it seems that YAZ is the biggest NO!NO! ..but the doctor prescribed YAZ for me..
My mom and older sister both say I shouldn’t take it.
So I need to know what can I take?
A co-worker told me to try Alesse and Both my mom and sister say Tricyclen Lo… Im not sure which ones are the best so can someone suggest something please and thank you?!?

January 7, 2011 at 1:09 am
(462) Lisa says:

I am a 37 year old with a new baby and prior to trying to conceive 2 years ago I took Ortho Cyclen since I was 18. Never had a single problem. I am now back on it and no problems. I wouldn’t take YAZ in a million years there is too much bad press with lawsuits, why would you even want to subject your body to something that has that bad of a track record? I am with your mom and sister, try Ortho Lo..you tell the doctor what you want it’s your body!

January 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(463) Kirst says:

I’m nineteen and just started having sex, so i’ve never been on any type of birth control. My boyfriend keeps hassling me about getting on some, but honestly I’m terrified. I don’t want to gain weight since i’m already self conscious and I hear so many stories about throwing up and moodiness. It just scares me. But I know that I really do need to get on some, since i really don’t want to have a child right now. What do you ladies suggest?

January 9, 2011 at 9:23 am
(464) Tessa Michniewski says:

Ive been using Yaz for about 2 months now and my acne has gotten so bad that ive had to stop mid through a cycle my skin is the worst it has looked in ages, and since ive stopped i immediately noticed a change in my skin.. my mood swings were in constant transition all the time as well.

January 11, 2011 at 8:13 am
(465) Michelle says:

Okay, so I’m going to be getting on the pill for the first time and I don’t know which one to go on, any ideas? I do NOT want to lose my sex drive, that’d be horrible. But I also want to get rid of my cramps and acne.
If anyone can help, that’d be great

January 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm
(466) Lija says:

So.. i have been reading about birth controls for 2 days now and im copletelly overvhelmed about what pill to go on. In october i strated experiencing bleeding in between perdios went to my doctor , she prescribed Ortho Cycline for me, found out it was 54$, no insurance, asked for generic – SPRINTEC, i had severe headaches, and non stop bleading for 2 months,( the only possitive is that my boobs got bigger!!:) i had to wear a tampon for 8 weeks straight, havnt had a day where i wouldnt bleed! Now she prescribed me , either Ovral or Beyaz, and i have been reading very bad reviews about both of them?? Another question – can generic and non generic give you different symptoms/side affects???

January 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(467) Marissa says:

Hi people, I have a huge fat problem.
I’ve never been on the pill before. My doctor is considering putting me on it because I’ve had problems with non-stop menstrual bleeding, for a year now, with maybe a few weeks or days of no bleeding here and there. I was hoping my period would go back to normal (it used to be fine) but now I spot bleed, regular bleed, and heavy bleed randomly for up to 60 days in a row. I’m tired all the time but many of the comments about birth control are just scaring the hell out of me because I already have schizophrenia (hearing voices and hallucinations) and I’m on anti-psychotics for that and I’m also on anti-depressants and I’ve yet to go on any birthcontrol pill. It’s possible that the psychiatric drugs are the cause of the menstrual problems but I’m not on high doses because of a history of food allergy.

I’m starting to wonder that if I’m going to end up a bitch no matter what then I might as well go on Yaz and get some bigger breasts although I figure that the boobs won’t stay big if I have to go off Yaz.

January 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm
(468) Ali says:

I am only 16 years old but i really want my acne to clear up. i dont want to have periods anymore because they are such a pain and i really want to try a pill. which one would be the best for me? thanks!

January 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm
(469) Ashley B. says:

Hello to all! First things first… I am so glad I found this website because I thought I was the only girl struggling with birth control and I am glad we are not alone:)

16-19 ortho-lo…I was younge and really didnt notice any problems…no acne…slim…moody at times

19-22 yaz…loved the no acne….slim…not long periods but couldn’t handle the mood swings, depression or anxiety…would cry for no reason

22-23 lo-estrogen… doctor recommended low dose for mood swings but gained 10-15 lbs(not related to eatting or excercising habits)…moody sometimes but no depression

23 Off the pill…needed a break to see how I am without hormones being pumped into my body and so far…breakouts….same weight…..no depression or moodinesswhich is great but I have HORRIBLE cramps and periods:) just miss being slim and clear skin:(

Hope this helps but I know everyone is different:)
Any comments?
Im looking for something of the effects of YAZ without then moodiness:)

January 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm
(470) Maddisen says:

Hello ladies! Heres my Critique!
DO NOT waste your time on Diane35. It is a birth control but I promise you wont be having sex. it gave me yeast in fections that would not go away even with taking canestin every month and thats because in D35 it is such a strong dose its twice that of a normal pill. in a normal pill is 20micrograms in diane is 40 so youre getting waaaayyy to much. the only good thing was you have almost 0% chance of getting pregnant other than that it was horibble. i finally got off it and was given yaz. Then i became Psycho bitch like the rest of you lol yaz was terrible it almost was like it changed your mind set you werent the same person you were just a crazy lady especially to your boyfreind. it also made me fat which killed my sex drive. it really messed with my head.
now im on alesse it seems okay but im only a month in ive also heard Aviane is good anyone have feed back on that?

January 19, 2011 at 3:31 am
(471) Kelly says:

Hey ive been on Estelle and Brenda before. I have found Estelle is making me gain weight, i went on Brenda to get rid of my acne and its gone now but which is best for not gaining weight? Im 18

January 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(472) CJ says:

im 16 and i want to go on the pill to lighten my periods, coz they are so heavy its hard to go to school or work.
i dont suffer from acne, or mood swings, maybe a bit of cramps but not much.
what would be the best pill? not really bothered about birth control either.
all your comments have left me terrified that my problem wont go away!

February 3, 2011 at 3:42 am
(473) Soultana says:

I have been on Yaz for 3 yrs now and I love it. Some mild side effects that is not having a period and once in a blue moon alittle dizzy. It isnt really great for losing weight but awesome to take for no periods.

February 12, 2011 at 12:01 am
(474) gina says:

I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for about two years before I got tired of the side effects. Like Marie61583, my naturally thick, curly hair got very thin and straightened out. I hated finding so much hair in the shower every day. I also got very depressed around the same time every month, right before my period. The pill was great for my skin and kept my periods regular, but I hated the side effects.

February 14, 2011 at 1:44 am
(475) Sienna says:

Hi! My Dr. gave prescribed me Yaz and I have been on it for 2 weeks now. In the first few days, I did feel more depressed, but that has since gone away. I haven’t gained any weight as far as I know. But the reason I was prescribed Yaz was 1) for my acne, and 2) for my lack of periods. I hadn’t had a period for 3 months and so he gave me Yaz to try and regulate them..yet since taking the pill, I still have not yet had my period. Now, I don’t know if Yaz is hindering my periods. But I do know that my skin is not any better. In fact, it has kind of gotten a bit worse. But I don’t know how long it typically takes for your face to clear and for the birth control to actually start changing hormone levels…anyone know?

February 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(476) Lib says:

I’ve never posted on a health forum before, but I really need some suggestions. I am a model, and I must go on accutane for my skin problems. Unfortunately, they require that you also go on birth control to prevent pregnancy because of the complications that can occur with pregnant women on the medication. When i was nineteen, two years ago, i tried Yaz for about 6 months. It appealed to me because it is very important that i do not gain weight for my job. I don’t remember experiencing weight gain, but my boobs did grow a full cup, maybe more. My skin did break out, but the biggest problem was increased depression, anxiety, anger, and an overall feeling of CRAZY, which truthfully i experience quite enough of anyway.
I am wondering if there are any women who have had the same experience on Yaz and switched to another birth control that did NOT cause weight gain or lunacy?

February 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(477) Em. Ray says:

i cant tell you just how psycho i have felt. i went to NY and ran out of BC and when i came home something happened and it could not be refilled for about another week or two. i dont rememebr but i was off of the BC for a total of 1 month. enough time for my old self to be back. then i started it again because i started having lung pains again.. so i figured i better start it back before i have to be in the hospital. i swear i have been crazier than ever, i mean ive done out of the ordinary stuff. ive been mean/nice/crying/ok/everything! its been awful! ive started gaining weight this time (idk why, probably stress, wont blame it on bc). i dont know that id reccommend any of the BC’s i mentioned, especially yaz. I even had the dry cootchie (omfg, it hurt and itched and SMELLED!) (i bought some lube to relieve the itching, my poor mother found it and thought i was having sex(i wasnt), but heavens the itching and dryness was unbearable.) besides the manic craziness ive felt that was second worst. i wish i didnt have to take this mess. and i think im done with it. id rather deal with the massive long periods/anemia and possibly another collasped lung. if youre using this to prevent babies, just use a condom. if youre using it to try and loose weight/increase breasts…. just go on a diet or get implants. nothing is worth the side effects it has. all is fine an dandy in the beginning, but it creeps up and makes you crazy. ive decided im quitting it, as of today.

February 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(478) Shayla S. says:

I have been on 2 different birth control pills.
The first one I was on for 2 years was lo ovral. I made me gained a lot of weight. I had to stop taking them to lose weight. Then my health care provider gave me a birth control pill called Estrostep, I made me too nausea and sick and it made my blood pressure go up so she finally switched me to Nor QD. It is ok. First, my period stayed for 4 then next month it was late and didnt come on then finally came on and still on medium flow but usually by the 3rd day my period would be gone. Nor QD i give a rank of a 4. One good thing about it, it dont mess with my mood swings, my breast dont swell, i dont gain weight, no bloating and have no acne. I dont even have cramps. But all birth control pills work with different bodies so, its all your choice and your healthcare provider.

February 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(479) nixon dutchess says:

DO NOT GO ON YAZ. I have been on Yaz for 1.5 years (im 26) and I have totally lost my mind. Constant depression, anxiety and anger. i get into a zone that i cant snap out of – this isnt me or my personality. I am switching to ALess or something next month. This is way to much emotional drama for me. STAY AWAY FROM YAZ

February 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(480) KIM says:

I have been on Depo for about 5 months now and I love it…. When I’m not on my period. When I am on it, it lasts from an average of 2 weeks to a month or longer and it starts up every 3 or so weeks.. I get moody, depressed, my eating habits changed dramaticly and I get headaches and migranes almost every day. So far I have only gained a couple pounds, but I feel bloated and I want to eat all the time. The 2 things I wanted from this birth control was to prevent pregnancy and to not have my period. Instead I get an even long period. Any one have any suggestions on a better birth control?

March 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm
(481) Melissa says:

Anybody taking the Seasonique pills?

March 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(482) kaylyn says:

I am about to turn 18 and I am getting concerned about accidental pregnancy. I am going to university this fall and I would love a pill that won’t make me sick, moody, irregular or gain weight since I’ll have enough to deal with as a freshman. From what I have been reading it is a serious business and alomost all of them cause nausea which is the main thing I want to avoid since I regularly get migraines which are caused by the initial symptom of nausea. Please shine some light on this for me! I was thinking of that new Beyaz pill… Anyone hear anything that should make me change my mind?

March 17, 2011 at 2:12 am
(483) Laura says:

When I took YAZ couple years back (2007)I had the worse periods/mood swings/sickness due to YAZ, I was on it for 6months, and it made me throw up, heavy periods, pain and crazy moods.

Then I switch to Ortho Tricyclen Lo.. I was on that for 11months, and it was better, but yet still had heavy and painful periods.

Then my doctor suggested, the depo shot I’ve been on it for over 2years..I have no pain, no sickness, no acne, no crazy mood swings. It DOES make you gain weight IF you eat bad, and don’t work out 45mins a day..I did gain 5lbs, but I started working out, and laying off starbucks coffee.. and I have lost those 5lbs.

March 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm
(484) Blair says:

I’ve never been on birth Control before, and after I had my daughter my doctor prescribed Yasmin. I didnt even get a chance to take it before LITERALLY every woman I know who took told me to get a different birth control. I’m going to another appointment in a week, and I was wondering if anyone had advice about my choice of pills. I’m only 21 and would like to keep weight gain to a minimum(still getting rid of baby weight), and my mood swings have been crazy since I gave birth so I would like to help that as well.
Thanks for your time and comments!

March 24, 2011 at 4:22 am
(485) Grace R. says:

Hi there,

I’m 14 and I’m going to go on te pill because of heavy bleeding during my period, and so far all I’ve seen are bad reviews about Yaz, which a friend recommended to me. So I was wondering, what is the best birth control I could find for heavy bleeding and the least side effects?

March 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm
(486) Lisa says:

Im 20 and finally going on the pill,my doctor prescribed me aleese but i ended up getting the version avaine i recently have lost a tremendous amount of weight and i do not want to gain weight or want my boobs to get bigger. I start the pill tomorrow i haven’t heard much horrible stories about it so far but ive been dreading going on the pill for months now….so hopefully it will work out

March 29, 2011 at 10:30 am
(487) Jacky says:

Hi everyone.
I have been on ortho tri-cyclen lo since I was 17 or 18. I am now 22. I have never had any problems which I read above in this forum. I only switched one time for a few months to ortho tri-cyclen (regular) due to mt health department being out of the lo and even with that I only experienced mild nausea the first week. With lo the only negative side effect will be occassional off-periods (too long, late, early), but very rarely does this happen. I went off the pill twice each time for 6 months and never had a problem getting back on it or getting off.
I think BC depends on each individual person. The change of hormones in your system can make you hungrier or moodier, but it is up to you to change and regulate it. When I started taking birth control I also started eating healthier, and therefore lost weight. Expereinces on BC vary by person, but it usually should not be an excuse for extreme depression or weight gain.
To all, Ortho-tricyclen lo had treated me well over 5 years. I always recommend it to friends and I hope it works for those who get on it.

April 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(488) Rachel says:

I haven’t regularly taken any birth control pill. Right now I have the Implanon insert in my arm and I would not recommend it. I have had it in for about a year and a half now, and it hasn’t caused any moodiness that I know of, but it has really screwed up my menstrual cycle.

For the first entire 9 months, I would have my periods for 3 weeks at a time and they would be really heavy. Once I had my period for an entire month! I was always worried that I would be bleeding on a day that I wanted to have sex with my boyfriend(who is now my husband). A couple of times when we had sex there was a small amount of blood mixed in with the semen afterward.

I was glad my husband was really patient about this but I think he might have been really grossed out about that part. But it’s not like I could do anything because the spotting was soooo UNPREDICTABLE. And I kept trying to get rid of it and the doctor kept telling me that every woman reacts differently and the excessive bleeding should stop, but it took about 10 months after insertion for me to see any change. The reason I didn’t have it out before was that I was in college in Florida when my insurance was in Mass and I could only see the doctor when I was at home.

Now it’s still in me but I think it is contributing to me not being able to lose weight. I gained 15 pounds in the past year and have been exercising a lot and eating right but it’s not helping at all. And now I have NO PERIOD whatsoever, which is kind of nice but not worth it if the Implanon is going to force me to keep this weight on. I thought I was pregnant because I hadn’t had my period in a month and half but I’m not because I took 2 preg. tests.

Now I want to switch to a birth control pill instead but I don’t want one that causes weight gain.

April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am
(489) pecantan says:

well i have been on ortho tri cyclen for three years now in the beginning i had no problelms but now for sum reason when i take my pill in the mornin and i dnt eat i get really nauseous and i start sweating and shaking like im about to jus pass out i dnt understand why all of a sudden im gettin these symptoms and i have been on it three years….. is it because sometimes i tend to forget to take my pills? idk i kno im not pregnant already checked that out so it has to be the birth control does anyone have any SUGGESTIONS!!! HELP!!

April 7, 2011 at 10:56 am
(490) PecanTan says:

well i have been on ortho tri cyclen for three years in the beginning everything was ok but for sum reason now when i take my pill in the morning and i dnt eat i get reallly nauseous and i get sick i start sweating and shaking feels like im about to pass out i kno im not pregnant because i already checked that out so it has to b the pill any SUGGESTIONS???!!! HELP!!!

April 12, 2011 at 9:52 am
(491) Stef says:

First, I am going to say everyone reacts differently to different types of birtch control. However, I do recommend everyone try different ones, but know that they will never be perfect. With that said….

I first tried Yasmin for several months and experienced a lot of cramping, and slight weight gain 5-10 lbs).

I switched to Yaz and it reduced cramping but I was spotting more and started experiencing a lot of headaches. I felt slightly depressed.

I tried seasonique for over a year and it worked well except I had severe cramping during each period (I had 4 periods throughout the year like normal). But then towards the end I experienced some breakthrough bleeding quite often and had migraines so I decided to switch.

I tried Lybrel and LOVED it. At first. This is the one where you take a pill everyday and never supposedly experience a period. My headaches improved, no weight gain, generally happy mood. The only problem with this pill is after about a few months I started spotting everyday. For weeks even though took it at the same time everyday. However, my sister wis on this pill and the spotting went away after 7 months of use for her and now she’s been on it for a year and a half. I guess it depends on what you can handle.

I switched to femcon fe and experienced headaches so I got off of it.

Then I went on lo-ogestrel. This pill causes irritability for me and some bloating. But my sex drive is good and my acne isnt too bad, either. Things to decrease your moodiness: taking vitamin B complexes. Ive been on this pill for awhile now. It’s not perfect but I’m seeing how it goes.

Typically they say take pills for 3 months so that your body gets used to it before you decide to switch. Hope this helps.

April 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm
(492) victoria says:

hi you all, i have been on BC on and off cuz i didnt want to toxic-ate my body with pills for a whole year. so the first i used was loestrin 24 which was okay but i think that made me gain weight but no mood swings.i actually never have any mood swings when i am on my period. i just started on zarah which is a generic for yasmin,i believe. i just got a yasmin for this month. i m nervous.i never had yasmin but the pharmacist was saying is the same as zarah.i checked the mg of substances and its the same. do you guys recommend yasmin? i have lost weight and have no acne but my breast are smaller from 2 month ago.

April 14, 2011 at 6:42 am
(493) Samantha says:

Hey Girls,I am glad i found this website. I have been taking YASMIN for 3 months now. This is the first birth control I have been on and I don’t really know what to think of it yet. Pros are my breasts are slightly increasing, shortened periods, acne has cleared up. But I am very concerned about anxiety and depression! Anyone that has experienced anxiety or depression on this pill, Did you have it before and it just worsened or did the pill cause it altogether? Has anyone taking this pill when they have already had anxiety or depression? Did it worsen or get better? Any info. is very appreciated! Take Care All

April 19, 2011 at 12:46 am
(494) Kelsey says:

hey so im thinking about getting on birth control. I dont know what to use, and i havent even gone to the doctors yet. (thats soon to come.) just wondering if there are any suggestions?

April 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm
(495) karishma says:

I’ve been on yaz for a month and 11 days.
The first time i took it, i spotted for a month and it ended after my period (an entire month after). For the first 3-4 weeks i felt like i wanted to throw up but i noticed that when i ate it stopped.
Now i’ve never felt better and i have never experienced mood swings or weight gain!
P.S. i’m 15 and this is my first birth control>

April 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(496) Jen says:

WHATEVER you do DONT take depo it will tear your life apart make you just wanna run away from it all! ha my man and i broke up EVERY single pms. it took awhile to figure out what it was. i’m on yaz now and a little leary because of the blood clot issues i’ve heard and seen on tv but so far it’s made my boobs bigger which i needed ha and i take it at night so i don’t feel the nausea but if i take it when i’m awake i do so i eat ginger snaps for nausea. i think it may have made my face break out a tiny bit and some sharp headaches and i have short and infrequent deep depression spells but if it were’nt for yaz i would be sitting here with a nonstop crying baby in the background and a no good dead beat dad because we just broke up ha if he did it to her he’d do it to me and you’re ignorant and vain if you think otherwise cuz leopards don’t change their spots girls! so THANK GOD FOR YAZ :)

April 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(497) kelsi says:

I am 17 yrs old.Ok I am considering going on the pill to regulate my periods, I have taken progesterone and the first few doseages worked, but later stopped. Without the hormones I have not had a period since April 2009. I am looking for the right pill for to regulate, and has no weightgain side effect.

April 24, 2011 at 2:11 am
(498) raquel says:

I was on loestrin recently and I am done! Bc effects every one in different ways but loestrin caused me to have major panic attacks which I had to get medicine for and I have gained a bit of weight. I always have shortness of breath and my chest hurts. I feel worse than I did before. And i always have spotting. It’s just bad for me and makes me so tired. Any one else felt this way?

April 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm
(499) dani says:

I’ve been on beyaz(the new yaz) for almost 4 months now. This is the first time ive been on bc and its seemed fine. I havnt gained any weight my mood seems fine and my periods are only 4 days at the max. I was wondering though if anyone has tried gianvi? its the generic for yaz. beyaz and yaz are not covered by my insurance but gianvi is. Has anyone had any problems?

April 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(500) Natalie says:

I’m on depo provera right now and I actually like it a lot, it’s only every 3 months and you don’t have to worry about taking the pill every day, plus you don’t get your period at all, which I love. But a few minutes ago my friend messaged me on facebook and told me depo provera wasn’t good at all and that you can gain 10-15 pounds in the first month of taking it, and up to 100 pounds, you have depression and all this other stuff. I did tell her that all birth controls can have side effects, but now it’s worrying me if I should get off it or not. My friend is on Yasmin, but I looked it up and there are lawsuits on it, and they have much more worse side effects than my birth control. Does anyone have any other suggestions on what might be a good birth control to take, and if theres any birth controls that can be injected and possibly helps you lose weight?


April 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(501) Natalie says:

This is a site I looked up and it talks about lawsuits going on with Yaz and Yasmin, the side effects don’t sound to pretty either, so I’d probably stay clear. I’ve also seen commercials about Yaz talking about the side effects and that you can call a number to sue because a lot of people were having problems, and I noticed that it looked like Yaz was trying to come up with something clever, they tried changing the name but just to “BeYaz” or something like that, so I don’t think people are that stupid to try it. But anyway, here’s the website.


April 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm
(502) Laura says:

I’ve been on LoEstrin24FE for 2.5 years. For the first few months, my breasts were sore, but that stopped once I got used to the hormones. I’ve always had really bad headaches and migraines so I have no idea if the pill affected those or not. I did have random bouts of nausea once in awhile. Also, I got depressed, but again, this was probably due to vitamin deficiencies, lack of exercise, and unhappiness in my marriage.

I’ve started bleeding heavily even if I’m just an hour late taking the pill, even during the 3rd week of the cycle. While on the pill, my ‘period’ has never lasted longer than 5 days, but if I start bleeding in the middle of the month, I’ll bleed for at least a week.

I’m ready to start taking something else instead, so I’m doing my research now so I’ll be prepared when I go to the doctor in November. I have a long list to look up, but I just wanted to share my experience thus far for those who might be interested in LoEstrin.

April 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(503) ANA says:


April 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm
(504) ANA says:


May 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(505) Emma says:

Yasmin is definetly the best ive been on it two years and only thing that happened me is bigger boobs and shorter periods sumtyms cramps but thats only normal, yasmin is different with all girls you either hate it or love it, thumbs up from me :)

May 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(506) Allie says:

I’ve been on Ortho Tricylen Lo since this past January, and all through April I’ve been either spotting (no me gusta. brown discharge, like a late period) or on my period. I’m getting really sick of it. I also found out fairly recently that you cannot take Vitamin C with Ortho Tricyclen, which is bothersome to me, as I desperately need my multivitamin. Can anyone relate? Or can anyone recommend a BC pill that DOESN’T prevent you from taking vitamin C?

May 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(507) Allie says:

I’ve been on Ortho Tricylen Lo since this past January, and all through April I’ve been either spotting (no me gusta. brown discharge, like a late period) or on my period. I’m getting really sick of it. I also found out fairly recently that you cannot take Vitamin C with Ortho Tricyclen, which is bothersome to me, as I desperately need my multivitamin. It also worsens my pre-existing condition of DRY EYES, which if it continues to worsen, will prevent me from getting Lasik Eye Surgery in a few years. NOT OKAY. Can anyone relate? Or can anyone recommend a BC pill that DOESN’T prevent you from taking vitamin C/dry out your eyes?

May 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(508) Mugina Analpenisimo says:

These pills are so yummy! Can I just eat them all at once? I ate a container and have been on my period for 1 1/2 months. Is that bad?

May 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm
(509) Debrah says:

@ Mugina Analpenisimo

Hello Mugina! I read your comment and knew exactly what to say. Don’t worry! I eat containers all the time. Delicious! The constant period is not a problem unless you make it one. I just tell my man he ain’t gettin none and fo me that’s betta than not having tampons all the time. I love the taste of the pills! I think I may try the ring soon

May 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(510) Molly says:

Hey everyone. I’m trying to read up on all these different types of pills because I need to switch to a new one! I’ve been on Watson(bc) for over a year and in the beginning month or so my acne cleared up (slightly) but now that its been over a year I feel like it’s not doing anything except keeping me from being pregnant. Any suggestions on which pill to switch to? I’d love to hear personal experiences cause I know everyone is different and has different reactions. :) Thank you girls, we’re all survivors!

May 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm
(511) Bree says:

Hey ladies! I am in my second day of taking Lo Loestrin Fe. I havent seen any comments made about it yet and I was just wondering if anyone is/was on it or if anyone knows of anyone that is on it?? I have been on BC before (Orotho TriCyclen Lo) and I really just wasnt myself along with some weight gain unfortunately. I am hoping that this new pill will be a good change. Thanks!

May 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm
(512) Roberta says:

Is Yazmin the same as Yaz?
Does anybody have experience with them causing acne?
I’m on tricyclen but my sex drive seems to be down.. Any experience on this matter?

May 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm
(513) Shivi says:

YASMIN FAN: I dont really know if YAZ is YASMAN or vice versa. I’ve been on YASMIN for 2 years now and neva faced a problem with it..LADIES : Please understand that everyone’s body is different and reacts differently to any medicine. For those who started with YASMIN..HELL YA OBVIOUSLY your bodies will react a lil adversely as its taking and getting use to a new chemical. I did face mood swings initially but everything else is perfect. Also that my skin is radiant and clear. I love YASMIN.

May 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm
(514) Bri says:

Hi everyone,
I’m 16 and I just started the birth control Low-Ogestrel two weeks ago. So far so good with little to no side effects except mild tenderness of my boobs. I’m not sure if two weeks of taking BC is too early to tell of any serious side effects or not? I’m interested in taking a BC that can clear up my acne and make my periods lighter and more regular, but after hearing about Yaz and Yasmin, I’m waiting to see if this BC will be alright before I make a decision to switch or not. Any suggestions? I tried researching my BC Low-Ogestrel that my doctor gave me but there are not many reviews about it, so please help ladies! Thank you!

May 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(515) Carol says:

Hi there! I am getting married at the end of the year and need to go on a pill that is right for me. I am 21 and extreemly athletic. I eat healthy, but it seems that my body is very sensitive to hormonal changes. I am very muscular and I gained 6lbs after 2 months on Yas. I also tried mirelle and gained a lot of weight. I would love to slim down for my wedding and go on a contraceptive that would not cause weight gain. What is the lightest one available in this regard? I am considering the patch. Any advice would help.

June 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(516) caris says:

Hey! Ive been on Yaz for about five years. When i started it was great but after three years i deloped Chloasma and periodontal dermatitis. I put this down to stress and turning 30.. Is saw a dermatologist and had several tests which all came back clear. As time has gone on and I have become wiser, ruling everything out i developed erythaema nerdosum. I have got dark patches on my legs where two have gone. I have some other girlie probs too. Libido is low also. Getting pill changed this week..What a nightmare…

June 6, 2011 at 9:39 am
(517) Melissa says:

I’ve been on yaz for 1 year now. I have a docs appt today to change my bc. id have to say that normally im mody but this pill my bf hates with a passion. i usto be all over him and for a few months now ive been avoiding any type of contact with him for no reason what so ever. i get very irrated with people easily. Im not sure what bc pill to take next

June 12, 2011 at 1:10 am
(518) Ashley says:

I’ve been on the Depo shot for 6 months (supposed to go get my 3rd shot later this week) and I’m no longer going to get it. It is horrible!!
I had no side effects after the first shot, except for a longer period. But after the 2nd shot I had a period that lasted a MONTH, cramps so painful and sudden that I would actually be bent over in pain (I’d be cramping when I wasn’t on my period), joint pain, gained 20lbs very quickly, horrible mood swings and depression, would snap at people and get annoyed easily (It used to take a lot to make me mad), and dramatically lowered sex drive. So all that combined I didn’t even want to have sex, so I guess it was doing its purpose in some way. Ha. But I’ve decided to either try being on the pill for awhile to see how I like it or just giving up birth control pills and such all together.

June 13, 2011 at 10:19 am
(519) Kelsey says:

I was on Ortho Tri cyclen Lo and wish I hadn’t changed to the Mirena. For anyone considering it please do as much research as possible. I am in my twenties I have no kids and am very healthy. I hate this. I got it put in 4 months ago and really haven’t stopped bleeding or cramping. I mean I will have a couple days and I think yay it quit then out of no where soaked through a pair of panties with bright red blood. I have also gained weight like crazy. I eat very very healthy and work out Every single day and I still gain weight. My breasts are always swollen and painful and I’m constantly bloated. I’ve always had a very severe period and cramps but this is HORRIBLE. I fell into the trap of thinking that my period would quit and I would have an amazing five years of not worrying about having a baby well that is all false. Instead my husband and I don’t get to have sex and I’m not myself. So now I’m back in the same place four months ago wondering what birth control to use. I have taken Yasmine and it gave me constant migraines. A couple other generic ones that worked but really didn’t do anything for my period. I think I might just go back to OTCLo.
Maybe the mirena will get better but all I know is that right now it is ruining my life! Good luck to others!

June 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm
(520) Elise says:

I’ve been on Junel Fe (Microgestin) for 2.5 years now and I have an appt to change. Within the first year I was fine, no weight gain, except in my boobs, and my periods came exactly on the same day around the same time and only lasted about 3 days. But now I feel so emotional and depressed all the time. I also have anxiety and the only thing I can relate it to is the birth control. I argue with my boyfriend more and I can break out in tears in an instant. He hates it, and so do I. Im not myself and I am sad and worry all the time. Are there any suggestions to a pill for mood swings? Preferably one that wont make me gain weight either. Thanks!

June 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(521) Anja says:

I’ve tried several different pills inlucing Estrostep, Loestrin, and now I am on Lutera. Without birth control I have heavy periods and cramping in my lower back. I try to eat healthy and excersize as often as I can (1-4 times per week). I took estrostep for awhile and that was fine for the majority of my time on it but realized that as time passed the pill was not as effective for me anymore (more irritability, crying spells, lower back pain increased). When I tried loestrin I wasn’t having as many mood swings but after a few months I was having a lot of trouble down there. I had very little sex drive and was super dry at times but whenever my period was near my discharge was really nasty, and it even smelled gross (I know TMI). I ended up with a bacteria that I needed to take pills for twice…but realized that it wasn’t me or my lifestyle that was causing this, it was Loestrin…because as soon as I switched to a different one those gross (and embarrassing) symtoms went away. I am now on Lutera. So far this one is ok. It has a very low dose of estrogen so my periods are still very light and it doesn’t cause much irritability (although I started recognizing that one day out of the month I feel extremely emotional and feel the need to cry, but those are just my lovely horomones). The only unfortunate part about this pill is that I need to buy all new bras because my boobs shrunk a couple sizes (sad for me because I liked the size my boobs were but my bf doesn’t even notice or care because boobs are boobs no matter what size so this really isn’t that big of a problem lol). Anyway, I think with loestrin I gained a little bit of weight and ever since switching to lutera I havn’t gained or lost weight so all in all this low dose estrogen pill is working well and I imagine it is a good starter point for those who want to try something new or are trying it for the first time. Hope my rambling helps someome :)

June 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(522) Kaleigh says:

I saw up there that someone was asking about Gianvi. I have been on birth control since I was 16 (at first for acne reasons) and the first pill I took was Yaz. I don’t think I had any side effects, but maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention. I did not gain weight, my periods were about 3 days and also they were regular. It did not, however, help my acne.

I am now 19, my insurance stopped covering Yaz about a year ago so I was forced to change to Gianvi. At first, I did not notice anything different but now after almost a year I have had weight gain, more moodiness, and also problems with my gums.

Also, my friend recently started taking Gianvi and developed severe gingivitis. I am looking into changing my birth control within the next month but after reading all these posts I am concerned if I should change or not. I want one that would help my acne, not cause weight gain, and keep 3 day periods (I know everything works different for everyone).

Does anyone have any recommendations?? Thanks!

June 28, 2011 at 1:34 am
(523) Hannah says:

Hey everyone,

The first pill I used was Yaz, and although at first I had no side effects and my pill was very short, I eventually became really depressed and became uninterested in everything and hardly wanted to leave the house. I was diagnosed with anxiety due to panic attacks and was actually prescribed medication which I refused to take. My mom then told me she had read about mental problems associated with Yaz, so I decided to try a different pill. Within about two months of taking my new pill Aviane, my positive mood and love of life returned.

I was on Aviane for about two years with few complaints other than the fact that if I ever forgot to take a pill, my period would start the very next day and continue until I started my new pack.

This past month I have been on Kariva, and I already want to switch back. My anxiety has come back, I have had dizziness, nausea, headaches, mood swings, and tingling in my hands and feet. I guess I didn’t realize how good Aviane was until I was on another pill but I’m calling my doctor tomorrow to switch back!

Hope this comment helps.

June 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm
(524) Nichole Price says:

I just received a Depo shot on the 1st of June and I have already gained 5+ pounds, I have very bad headaches, very bad cramps, and I am very moody. I want to switch to a form of birth control that don’t cause these side effects, but I’m not sure if I would be able to remember to take the pill every day…anyone have any suggestions?

July 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(525) Gabby says:

Hey, I’ve never taken Birth control pills before and my doctor recently suggested YAZ and I’ve bought the pills,but after reading all these comments I’m a little worried.
I’m not a moody person and I never have problems with my period. That is I don’t get cramps or back aches or have any mood swings at all.
Do you think this pill will have such a bad effect on me? Is it possible that it only worsened the already existing problems of those who have used it?
The only reason I’m using it is for birth control.. and now I’m not really sure it’s worth taking the risk even if it does effect everyone differently
Thanks xx

July 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(526) WANDA TURNER says:

Hi all i was wondering about Diane 35,I have NOT read ALL DA COMMENTS, I want to know if its a GOOD pill or not and about the side effects looking forward to some reply’s A.S.A.P……………………………………..PLEASE

July 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(527) MICRO says:

HI all i want to know about Diane 35,Is it a GOOD pill and its side effects I have NOT read all the comments so i don’t know if anyone post something on it.Looking forward to some reply’s A.S.A.P…………………………………………PLEASE To help with your question I’ve only taking microgynon 30 in the past,but to tel u the truth it helps with painful periods and the lightness of it but it also puts weight on you and /or makes it difficult to lose weight

July 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(528) Rebecca says:

My doctor prescribed me ‘Tri-Sprintec’ and I loved it. As always, at first I had head-aches and nausea, but after 2-3 months it went away. I took it for 1 1/2 years. i did gain a little weight (5-10lbs), but only because I finished high school and was no longer active in sports and began living on my own eating college kid food all the time.

Once I started college though I found it hard to keep up with the pill. I would miss a whole week at the time. I became pregnant about 2 months ago, but only because of my stupidity.

Tri-Sprintec worked GREAT for me. No mood swings, no acne, no unnecessary weight gain (unless you just lay around all the time and don’t eat well to begin with).

I’m currently looking for a new birth control, but I may just stay loyal to Tri-Sprintec if i can’t find another one I like because it was so good.

It was cheap, also. I had no insurance and could still afford it.

July 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
(529) Chelsea says:

I have been on Yaz for the past three months and to be honest, I didn’t like it at first, but I heard that you need to stick it out and I did, and I’m really grateful!

For the first two months I was ridiculously moody and I would end up bawling the night before my period was due.. but last month was amazingly better! no mood swings, no tears, and even better, I think it helped moderate my moods to the point that I think the OCP I was on previously (Juliette) was causing me to be severely depressed. I used to think all kinds of terrible things and because I’ve been on the pill since I was 15 I just guessed they were normal thoughts – but since being on Yaz they have completely gone and I am a much more contented person within myself.

Also, my sex drive has increased, granted not by much, but seeing as that was the reason I asked my doctor to change my OCP I guess I can’t complain!

My only issue with it at the moment is I have been spotting on and off for the past two weeks (after my period) which, from reading the info about it, seems relatively common. Not anything distressing, just a little surprising.

BEST PART IS I have found that I am nowhere NEAR as hungry as I used to be! The difference is incredible. On Juliette I would always be snacking and craving chocolate but now I can go all day without snacking between meals and I have been losing weight! Brilliant!

I would totally recommend this pill to anyone who already has mood and weight problems but who is willing to put in the hard yards to start off with.

July 15, 2011 at 9:15 am
(530) Tammy says:

I must say reading all the comments has me all confused now. I am 27 and get real bad pimples along the jawline, I have been told that this is hormonal, and even though I am on the pill, it really doesn’t help with this little issue. I am going to the doctor for that later in the week, but to everyone thinking about changing or going on the pill I must suggest Levlen Ed. I started taking it a few years ago, and have had no problems whatsoever, at all! I didn’t gain weight, my boobs didn’t grow, no mood swings, although I have a short period and no cramps anyway, I wouldn’t be able to tell how it works during a period for anyone else. But this pill really worked for me. I haven’t fallen pregnant and have been taking it for a few years now, so we know it works. :-)

July 15, 2011 at 9:29 am
(531) svea says:

i am on seasonale because i ahve very low blood and iron so my doctor suggested not getting my period at all.. but i do not think it is working.. help me?

July 28, 2011 at 1:32 am
(532) Emilee says:

I was on Loestrin 24 for about two years but i was always sick on my stomach in the mornings. I tried to get through it and thought the effects would wear off but they didnt so i switched to Tri-Sprintec for about another year. It made me break out really bad and i had severe cramps. I talked to my OB-GYN and she switched me to Jolessa…its a birth control that is supposed to include having only 4 periods a year. I may not have had full periods every month but in the 3rd month of the bc pack, i spotted for 3 weeks or more. Id rather go back to a normal one week period than this!!! Next month i have to make an appt for my yearly checkup. Any suggestions to a new bc i should try??? :(

July 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm
(533) Lisa says:


So I received and filled a prescription for Aviane and I have yet to begin taking it because I AM SO NERVOUS! I know that everyone has a different experiences, but I already have some moody days with PMS and I was hoping to minimize that and the bad cramps. I guess I’m just scared I’ll turn into a huge nightmare for my boyfriend and friends once I get on this pill. Someone please help ease my nerves !!

August 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(534) mylove says:

hey guys, all of you who are saying that the pill made them more moody, but didn’t give them other bad side effects, should think about taking more vitamin b. It is a natural anti-depressant, and has helped me a ton while on reclipsen. I never have mood swings anymore, and I am taking around 2-3 vitamin B pills a day.

August 8, 2011 at 3:19 am
(535) Evie says:

I was on Lutera for 3 months a few years ago… It actually increased my sex drive, and it did nothing to my weight. I was disappointed, however, that it did nothing to my acne. But then I got a HORRIBLE yeast infection or BV or something. My vag smelled like puke. No joke. Then about 3 days before I was to go on the placebo pills, I got my period. And it didn’t stop for 10 days. During that time I had my doc prescribe a new pill. She gave me Reclipsen which made my period regular again and, again, didn’t affect my weight or acne, which was fine by me. However, it turned me psycho. I would cry and rage and laugh hysterically, all within about 5 minutes. I toughed it out for 3 months and realized I couldn’t take it any more. I’ve recently considered giving the tri-phasic family of pills a try… but reading these reviews has reminded me why I stopped taking BCPs in the first place. Thinking I’ll seek out more permanent, non-hormonal options :/

August 17, 2011 at 11:27 am
(536) sarah irene says:

NEVER try the depo shot. i was like 130 lbs and im 5″4 so i would say i was normal size. it made me lose 40 pounds! now i am a twig and it just looks un normal ive been off it for 2 years & still cant gain a pound. im not pregnant & i dont use condomns, but i want on birth control again hopefully one that can give me at least 6 or 10 pounds. & my boobs deflated on the shot idk what to get on :/

August 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm
(537) Carly says:

IDid anyone ever notice besides YAZ causing weight gain, it caused a lot of noticable cellulite on the front and back of thighs and stomach, and difficulty to lose any weight? I’ve never had it THIS noticable before. I’m only 23!!! I can’t have legs like this!! I eat healthy and exercise 2-4 times a week, and have even done a cleanse, and my body will not let me release any fat. I have gained 10lbs since i started the pill 9 months ago… and i’m mortified at the sight of my legs. Also I too experienced the “psycho” symptoms after 2 months, but vitamin B complex keeps me sane and normal now. I know it’s the pill thats causing the cellulite and fat to stay and I want to switch, but every pill brings another risk! Maybe its time to suck it up and just use condoms…. anyone else experience this???? I really think YAZ is awful.

August 21, 2011 at 10:28 am
(538) Allie says:

I was originally on Lo/overal-28 for about a year and a half. No problems at all, but I got sick of taking the pill every day so I wanted to get a new bc that I didn’t have to worry about. I looked into mirena. It seemed like the best idea ever, not the case. I gained weight, had spotting or heavy bleeding everyday, my emotions went crazy (depression, anger, anxiety), cramps 24/7, bleeding after sex, weird smelling discharge, and extremely low sex drive. My boyfriend also complained about feeling strings every time we had sex. My doctor said all those symptoms were normal and to try to keep it in for 6 months to see if things would settler but i refused. I removed mirena after 2 months and now regret even going off the pill. I’m going to start taking cryselle today so hopefully everything goes good.

August 22, 2011 at 1:10 am
(539) megan says:

hey, i have been on loestrin fe for about 9 months now. i love this pill. i havent had any problems. it clears acne, ive been soo much happier and bigger boobs. my period was the same for the first couple months. i have a heavy flow for about a week and now i have a barely there period that lasts about 3 days. each month gets better. You guys cant try something and 2 days later get rid of it. your body needs to adjust to the pill. i admit i got nausious when i first started taking loestrin but now i dont have that. give whatever your trying a couple months to see effects. acne, heavy flows, cramps and whatever else wont go away over night.
thats my opinion.

August 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm
(540) marisafaye says:

has anyone tried tri-sprintec???? im on portia now and love it but my mood swings are horrible but thats the only thing.

August 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm
(541) marisafaye says:

has anyone tried tri-sprintec?? im on portia now and love but except my mood swings!!!

August 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm
(542) mary says:

Yaz is the first and last Birth Control I’ve tried. NOT because it was good, but because it was so terrible I’m afraid to try a new one. At the start it was the lighter, shorter periods, but as time when on (I was only on it 2 months before I had to stop) I would get extremely dizzy (I almost fell down the stairs 3 on three seperate occasions), vision would blur, I’d get headaches in the evening. I got heart palpitations maybe twice… but one thing that really bothered me is how it effected me emotionally. I’ve been off Yaz for almost 10 months and I’m still not back to how I was pre-Yaz interms of beign emotionally balanced. Before I was generally a happy, positive, independant person, after 2 or 3 weeks on the pill I started crying alot, over silly things, picking fights with my boyfriend, getting very depressed, acting needy and suspicious… it was horrible! The mood swings have lightened up, but as I said… they’re still there. I still cry (almost inconsolablly) at least twice a month. It’s been very stressful on my relationship and is so far the biggest regret I have. I suggest looking elsewhere. As for me, never again!

August 25, 2011 at 4:13 am
(543) ashleigh says:

I was on Yaz for two months. The first month went pretty smoothly, but I definently felt a change in my mood for the worse. By the end of the second month I was in absolute hell. I had my period for three straight weeks, was upset about everything, broke out like crazy, and finally stopped taking it with two pills left of the second month. I’m now on the search for a new one.

August 25, 2011 at 11:48 am
(544) Valerie says:

So, I’ve been on about 3 different birth control pills in the last year.
Apri- Made me an emotional wreck, depressed all the time, this was when my boyfriend and I started to get into major fights; though my skin did clear up and my breasts grew.
Aviane- It was alright. I just didn’t get the outcome I wanted. My face was still broken out sometimes, and I was more crying than mad. It was an alright pill.
Necon 1/35- This pill made me break out on my face AND on my back. I thought it was because I was in a different climate ( I live in WI and I went to LA for 3 weeks), but when I came back my face didn’t change. I would get cramps a week before my period, but my periods were lighter and shorter.
I just got off birth control about 3.5 weeks ago because my boyfriend left for the army, so I have no use for it… my face cleared up, I was happier, I was more productive… now I’m at the week where I am starting to PMS, my face broke out, I am getting cramps, I’m always tired, I’m always on edge, I just want to hide in my room all day and never leave. Yep, now I remember why I tried birth control in the first place, PMS and periods suck!
So now I’m looking for birth controls. Every person that I’ve talked to has said the nuva ring works really good (I’ve just have on negative comment about it and that was from my guy friend, whose girlfriend is on the nuva ring and he always complains how it “bothers him” because he can feel it).
Why can’t they have a personalized BC pill.. tell your doc what you want and need and they just make a pill that fits you. That would be better than all this guess and check nonsense.

August 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm
(545) CHYNA says:

I have used seasonique before and it was great. The only problem is when you stop taking birth control you have to give your body 2- years to get back to normal. I am currently on Loestrin FE and so far so goo. I do not have any mood swings, no weight gain and so far I am happy. Ladies it is very important that you expolre your options for birth control because everyone is different.

August 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(546) Ashley says:

I have been on Beyaz for 2 months and my first period was absolutely horrible. I had dull aching cramps and breast tenderness through the entire first month, but that has eased up and I didn’t even cramp the second month until the very end towards my period. It has really done wonders for my skin and it glows! I will continue on it to give a fair chance because it seems like the negatives are lightening up

August 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(547) liz says:

Thoughts on Tri-nessa?

September 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(548) Catharine Sassenberg says:

so ive been with my boyfriend for a year and we have never had sex. i really want to get on birth control before we do just because im scared. We plan on using condoms as well as birth control pills. Im 17 years old and i dont know what kind of birth control i should get from my doctor. It would be nice to loose some weight and make my period lighter or not as frequent. HELP please :)

September 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm
(549) Mickey says:

My daughter is 20 and she is on Marvelon 28 . I feel she has gained weight and her moods are bad . She used to wear contacts but no refuses says they bother her. Is there anyone out there that is on this pill and had any of this?

September 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm
(550) Lola says:

Hello! I’ve been on Yasmin, Yaz and then switched to Zarah, and everything seemed to work just fine, no significant mood swings and normal weight. But during last Gyno visit my Dr decided to switch to Lo-loestrin fe. I’ve read other comments and not very impressed with my Dr’s choice. I think I have to try it and going back to school is not going to make it easier. Never experienced spotting so I might watch myself dutifully. See how it works for me, but if anyone has any kind of reviews, Please, let me know! just describe your pros and cons, please! Thank you!

September 10, 2011 at 2:45 am
(551) Megan says:

Ive been on Yaz for about 3 years now, and I loved it a first. It was great, light periods, no tenderness. But then I began to notice that my temper got worce, and I would pick a fight with anyone. I also got my first yeast infection and since then I have been having them a lot.
YAZ is not a good pill. I plan on getting off of it quickly. These symptoms didnt show themselves until I was about a year and a half in. So if your looking for a short term solution Yaz would be great.
But for me, I hate it.

September 14, 2011 at 1:57 am
(552) Laura says:

Hi, I am 19 and I have been taking Seasonale for a couple of years. I was happy with it, until 8 days ago. I have been breakthrough bleeding for 8 days. I don’t think poorly of this pill. I just don’t think it’s right for me. I am going to be put on Yaz. Just remember even though you don’t like a certain pill, it doesn’t mean that someone else can love it. Not everyone is the same.

September 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(553) Ash says:

I am still in Highschool. I have been on the Depo Shot for about two years now. When i first got the shot i bleed for 2months. I havent Had my period since. I love it. BUT i have gained 30 pounds since, and seem a bit moodier ): i hate that and want to switch to a bcp! i want something to maybe help with acne (never had acne until the depo shot) that doesnt cause wait gain or major cramps and heavy period. It would help if it would increase my breast size (: I was looking into Yasmin? But im not sure its all confusing. Please Help!

September 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm
(554) Sammy Jo says:

Hey all… i was reading all the comments and i wanted peoples opinions. currently i am not sexually active and I’m a virgin. but I’m in a serious relationship and you how those things go. i was curious as a beginner in the birth control market, what do you guys think is the best birth control in general? with little to no side effects and works best at pregnancy prevention??? your input would help loads!!!! thanks :)

September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(555) Charlene says:

Hey Everybody,
First off, I would like to say that the only way to find out if a certain brand is right for you is to try it out. Secondly, I am on Tri Cyclen Lo and have been for 18 months. I love it. I have not have any problems. It cleared up my acne and I have also not have had any weight problems. It also has been working as a great contraceptive.

October 6, 2011 at 12:48 am
(556) megan says:

Trinessa is terrible! I’ve recently have had alot of hair loss due to this pill. I have mild cramping. At first,like any bc pill, i had terrible mood swings. It makes you very moody. It takes fpur months to completely regulate. If i missed a day,i would get terrible cramps. Im going to be switching very soon!

October 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm
(557) Andrea says:

I recently got a prescription for birth control. The brand name is Watson. Does anyone, that’s on this type of bcp, have any feedback?

October 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm
(558) lauren m says:

hey.i’ve been taking yaz for 3 months now.everything was fine during the first couple of weeks.i read an article on yaz and it totally freaked me out.this girl was taking yaz and developed blood clots on her legs.the clotting moved to her lungs and she couldn’t breathe.she was taken to hospital and the doctors revived her.she then fell into a coma 2 weeks later and woke up blind.how safe is yaz exactly???

October 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(559) Jennifer says:

Olivia (Comment 355) is wrong in nearly everything she says – I’m a family doctor, and was just scanning this site for interest, but can’t let this kind of misinformation go uncorrected!

When Olivia lists the “most common side effects” (“severe” mood swings, lack of sex drive, and depression) she is likely sharing HER side effects, and even if she’s found others who have experienced the same, it’s unfair to list these as “most common” bc you’re implying that others can expect to suffer them.

She says that BCPs “force” your body to eliminate ovulation – “which of course is not natural.” It’s true that BCPs eliminate ovulation. And, why that may not be natural, it’s important to remember that doing things “naturally,” would mean that you’d be pregnant about 12 times throughout your fertile years and deliver about 10 children. In this “natural” scenario, your body spend almost 12 years of its 40 fertile years NOT ovulating (because you don’t ovulate while pregnant).

The significance of this is huge – ovulating for all 40 years, or perhaps only having one or two children, is a risk factor for ovarian cancer. We know from studies that using the BCP to prevent ovulation reduces your lifetime risk of developing this extremely deadly and hard-to-detect cancer. So, while the BCP may not be “natural,” you must remember that it mimics a natural process, and in doing so, reduces your risk for cancer (as well as preventing pregnancy)!

October 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(560) Jennifer says:

(Continued from above)…

It is absolutely false that being on the BCP for years “damages your body’s natural course” – I don’t even know what Olivia means by this – but she warns that this could affect both you and your “potential future infant.” This is absolutely false with no basis in fact.

Likewise, if your libido (sex drive) takes a dive on a particular pill, you can try another pill or ultimately another form of birth control and it should return to normal. The assertion that it permanently damages your sex drive is absurd.

Olivia says she wants to share this information – I really wish people would NOT share incorrect information! Sharing a personal experience with a particular BCP is great, but passing off your experience as general facts about the BCP in general is inappropriate and misleading (and can actually be dangerous).

Please don’t ask others what the “right” BCP is for you, because everyone’s experience is different; if you have a particular symptom (heavy periods, PMS, acne, cramps), then there are pills which might help more than others, but it’s doubtful that other posters here will know that. Here’s a useful chart to look at in choosing a pill based on symptoms you’d like to treat; your doctor should also know this information (although not all do).


The bottom line – no one pill is “the best,” just as no one birth control method is better than another. It depends on your situation. For instance, I’ve had several patients complain about weight gain on the Depo Provera shot – and several other patients say that they can’t reliably remember their BCP, and that before starting Depo they’d been pregnant several times. This girl felt that the weight gain from the Depo outweighed the weight gain of an unwanted pregnancy or the experience of (yet another) abortion. Food for thought.

October 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(561) Rene says:

Anyone on gianvi?? I just got it and read SO many horrible reviews it totally scared me. I know everyone’s different and all that, but the amount of negative reviews compared to positive ones was undeniable! Prior to the switch I was on ortho tricyclen lo (spelling?) and was just fine, (no side effects whatsoever-negative or positive). I came to the conclusion that many women who switched from Yaz to Gianvi tended to have negative side effects. Thoughts?

October 22, 2011 at 4:31 am
(562) ivy says:

What is the best birth control because im just new at this and i wanna get the best one! Please help me im deapret

October 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(563) dummer_girl says:

Hi, I’m 14. I know I’m young but I am already having sex. I have been with this guy for three years and we bearly started. I’m worried about EVERYTHING. So I’m going to start using Ortho Tri Cyclen. Please tell me if its ok.. I don’t want to gain weight, get acne, be moody, lose hair, or especially…get pregnat. Help me out, its too late to be abstinent.

October 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm
(564) allaboutthekids says:


Please go to Planned Parenthood as soon as possible. You need a trusted adult to help you make some very important decisions. And it is never too late to not have sex…but you need to know how to protect yourself asap if you do:)

October 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(565) allaboutthekids says:

I’ve notice several teens looking for help here. As a mother of three teens, I would advise you get a trusted adult to help you. Planned Parenthood is a good…and free…source of information if you cannot discuss this issue with your parent. And if you think you are mature enough to have sex…you need to take care of your sexual health. And please use a condom…available at any grocery or quik stop…and can save your life:)

October 25, 2011 at 7:19 am
(566) michelle says:

I just had a baby in July and started on the Depo shot, I have been losing hair every since. Will this stop? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

October 31, 2011 at 5:32 am
(567) LIly says:

I have been on Yaz for 3 almost 4 years. I have never had any side effects and it cleared my acne and regulated my period.

November 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(568) lisa:) says:

my boyfriend and i have major sex drive. i notice i get dry durring sex any way so a bc that causes dryness and low sex drive is out of the question. im a bubbly out going person with mild mood swings to begin with. i have a very heavy period and heavy pains neer where my overies are located and back pains before my period, weight gain and acne is not an option, any suggestions?

November 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm
(569) a4366565 says:

I’ve said that least 4366565 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

November 8, 2011 at 10:23 am
(570) Krissydj says:

Okay. Here’s my story:

Before age 31: No BCP. My periods were on time every 28 days. No cramping. No PMS. No irregular spotting or bleeding. Period lasted 5-7 days. Although, the first 2 days were heavy. But this was it. Every month, very predicatble no problems. I used condoms, withdrawal, and avoided sex during ovulation.

Age 31: I tried NuvaRing. The 2nd month on NuvaRing, I began expereincing burning whenever I had intercourse. By the 3rd month it was so bad, I had to stop using it. I also gained a ton of weight! About 15 lbs or more. Although, I have to admit, I wasn’t as active.

Age 31-34: No BCP. Also, my weight seemed to melt off my body. But, i was also very active at this time.

Age 34: I tried Ortho-Tri. I was on it for 1 month. My period was all over the place. During that month my boyfriend ejaculated in me ONE time while I was using it. I immediately took the morning after pill because my period was so erratic and i didnt want to take any chances. Got pregnant anyway. I was furious and swore off BCP forever! I don’t even remember my side effects other than the irregular bleeding.

Age 34-36: No BCP.

Now at age 36: I’m engaged and I started Microgestin Fe 1/20 (I guess it’s the generic Loestrin) at the suggestion of a nurse. I’m on my 4th week. I bled for the first two weeks and now I’m bleeding on week 4. I hate this! I’ve had headaches and mild cramping. Moodiness but not major attitude…I guess it’s not real bad but noticable by my boyfriend and friends. I looked into Tubal Ligation and it seems like the side effects are even worse. I’m going to take Microgestin a couple more months and see if the irregular bleeding stops. If it stops then i’ll probably stick with it. It just seems like there’s no good BCP out there. You just have to pick the best of the worse.

November 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(571) amylam says:

I have been on Seasonique for two packs now. I decided to read on my birth control and found that there were quite a few people I could relate to!

I love Seasonique – it’s been good to me. My first pack I did spot/bleed for six weeks, but by the next pack my body got used to it and my period is as light and fast as ever!

I am more in control of my mood and I completely trust it enough to have unprotected sex (knock on wood) with my husband.

However I have had certain side effects that make me want to try a different one:

*I have gained about ten pounds, and I am naturally thin and fit so this is soooo not a plus to me.
*I am losing much more hair than is normal, and I was never really one to shed. Also not a plus.
*I do find myself a little more depressed at times, but I believe that is unrelated to the pill.
*I feel a little nauseous at night sometimes, but it goes away after an hour or two.
*My acne isn’t the greatest, but I haven’t been washing my face as often as I should.

Overall, I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about it. With my experience, I think it would be a great choice for those looking to try something new, and only having a light period every couple of months doesn’t hurt either!

This is just my opinion though, I’m not a doctor by any means :) Good luck!

November 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm
(572) Elizabeth says:

Alesse, Estrostep FE, Levlen, Loestrin 1.5/30, Loestrin 1/20 Fe and Ovral have high androgenic/low estrogenic patterns. Studies on birth control pills that have male like hormones, an andronic effect, leads to believe that you will have a better sex drive. Levonorgestrel is a newer drug with high progestational and andronic effects. It’s super at pregnancy prevention. But watch out for drugs that give you the same dosage every time, this could be the difference between wanting sex & having none. With graduated doses of estrogen, (like Estrostep Fe) your body will become more balenced, and that’s definantly a plus. I have taken depo provera & I don’t think it should be taken long term. Effects lower your bone density in time. I don’t believe that Yaz is as safe as it is shown to be… Actually this drug is riskier than all the older products out there.

November 21, 2011 at 10:53 am
(573) Cassey says:

yes I’m currently on a generic of seasonique, this is the worst birth control ever!!!! I’m constantly in a terrible mood, I’m starving all the time, I barley have a sex drive, I get terrible migraines and nausea all the time.. I can’t stand this birth control and I can’t wait to get off of it!

November 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm
(574) JordanAnne says:

Hey Ladies,

I was on Levlen, and hear great stories about the IMPLANON>
DONT DO IT!!! I went from have the best period- light, and regular, to having 2 or more periods a MONTH. Bad cramps too.
My doctor encouraged me to stick it out for 12 months to let it ssettle, but I got it out yesterday (11 months) as I started to rregularly get 3 periods a month. Not cool at all, no wonder you cant get pregnant on it- you constantly have a period!
ALSO I never got acne, but since having the IMPLANON I got the most painful ones break out along my jaw and chin. They came up under the skin has big lumps and then got a head, they were extremely painful and when they popped the pain was unbelievable! They then leave a red/purple mark for weeks,

I am going to the pill, ON LEVLEN again , wanting to go to Yasmin as I hear such good reports!

November 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm
(575) Twistychic22 says:

hi, i just started taking BC and i started on Sprintec. DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL! IT IS HORRIBLE! i have read many reports of it causing strokes and momory loss. i only could be on this pill for about three days until the third night i vomited twice and my whole body was shaking, i WOULD NOT reccomend this pill, especially for teens! i have had a history of deppresion and i recently started feeling depressed again since i started the pill. Reading many reviews, it seems ortho sounds the best. No one can say which pill is the best becuase everyone’s bodies will react differently but all i can say is out of about the hundred reviews ive read on Sprintec, i havent read one good review. good luck everyone and if anyone has any advice on a new pill please tell me! thank you!

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