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Are there any good alternatives to yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)?

Are there any good alternatives to yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)?

OC's: There are many options for oral contraceptives, talk to your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What EXACTLY does interfere with bcp (Yaz)? I've read all kinds of things, i.e. grapefruit. I don't know what's right. I'm aiming at perfect use.

What EXACTLY does interfere with bcp (Yaz)? I've read all kinds of things, i.e. grapefruit. I don't know what's right. I'm aiming at perfect use.

No EXACT answer.: It can depend on a number of things. Some medications definitely interfere with its effect, including some (but not all (antibiotics. When reading the literature, remember, that only the effects of one class of a drug may be studied and shown to be safe. But some people take lots of drugs and supplements that alone may add minor risk, but when combined may have additive effects not reported. ...Read more

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Does grapefruit interfere with bcp (Yaz)? And if it does, how much can I consume safely daily? I take them religiously and I'm aiming at perfect use.

Does grapefruit interfere with bcp (Yaz)? And if it does, how much can I consume safely daily? I take them religiously and I'm aiming at perfect use.

Grapefruit and bcp: The level of serum estrogen might be higher when consuming grapefruit/grapefruit juice and birth control pills. While this does not reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills (rather, the opposite) one might notice increased symptoms of things like breast tenderness. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after I stop taking yaz to try and get pregnant?

How long do I have to wait after I stop taking yaz to try and get pregnant?

Variable: Pregnancy can happen within weeks after you stop the BCP. However, sometimes it can be months. If you do not get pregnant in 6 months then let your provider know. ...Read more

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I want to fall pregnant in six months. I am currently on yaz pills. What are the required preparations to assist with falling pregnant?

I want to fall pregnant in six months. I am currently on yaz pills. What are the required preparations to assist with falling pregnant?

Hmmm....: Meet someone nice, date a while, get engaged, get married, relax, start having sex once or twice a day during the fertile days and hopefully get pregnant soon. The fertile days are about days 10-15 in a 28-day cycle. Of course, if a couple has sex every one or two days throughout the month, they don't have to think about fertile days. Start prenatal vitamins now, in case pregnancy happens later. ...Read more

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Been on generic version of yaz for 2 yrs, the past few months I've been skipping my inactive pills. I keep spotting lightly/heavily. Is this normal?

Been on generic version of yaz for 2 yrs, the past few months I've been skipping my inactive pills. I keep spotting lightly/heavily. Is this normal?

OCP spotting: Today's OCP's (like "Yaz") are very low dose in estrogen. Not taking the "inactive pills" is safe if you don't "forget when to restart". It is best to skip only FIVE days not seven of inactive pills, and restart the active ones. It is common to have light spotting when on the low dose kinds of OCP. To avoid spotting, take within the hour of the one taken the previous day, and not in AM but PM. ...Read more

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I take Yaz for 3yrs. This month for the 1st time I'm bleeding for 10 days, the last 5 of which the discharge is light, but thick&brown. Is it normal?

I take Yaz for 3yrs. This month for the 1st time I'm bleeding for 10 days, the last 5 of which the discharge is light, but thick&brown. Is it normal?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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I stopped yaz two weeks ago. How long I have to wait to try for pregnancy?

I stopped yaz two weeks ago. How long I have to wait to try for pregnancy?

A month but: I suggest waiting at least a month to let the hormone get out of your system. However, understand that it may take several months for your cycles to regulate after stopping the pill. You will be able to get pregnant as soon as you are having regular periods off the pill. ...Read more

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Is it normal For Yaz pills to prolong your periods because I am taking them and the last time I went on my periods for 10 days?

Is it normal For Yaz pills to prolong your periods because I am taking them and the last time I went on my periods for 10 days?

Usually light: Yaz typically causes very short and light periods. If you are not happy with your current level of cycle control you can consider a different pill or consider a different birth control option. ...Read more

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Hi, I've just gone back on the pill (yaz) and been reading some scary things about this particular pill...should I be concerned??

Hi, I've just gone back on the pill (yaz) and been reading some scary things about this particular pill...should I be concerned??

Common: It is a pretty common birth control pill.
If you are concerned it may be just birth control pills in general. You can always consider other forms of birth control.

Dr. M. ...Read more

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Having 30d cycle of period, 2morrow I take my last white pill of my 1st pack of yaz (started on 1st day period), is it possible that period do not come?

Having 30d cycle of period, 2morrow I take my last white pill of my 1st pack of yaz (started on 1st day period), is it possible that period do not come?

Sometimes: A period will not come the first minths. Do not skip tablets and you will be ok. In the I ferest od safety oral contraceptives do not have too much estrogen and this is what happens. ...Read more

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When to expect period when you are taking the first pack of yaz (starting the first day of period)?

When to expect period when you are taking the first pack of yaz (starting the first day of period)?

Wha did the doc: Say? Who put u on the pills that is one of the most basic things that doc should have told u! u will get your period when you are on the 4 placebo pills at the end of that pack. ...Read more

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Yaz makes me nauseous, between Dianette and Belara which one does not cause nausea?

Yaz makes me nauseous, between Dianette and Belara which one does not cause nausea?

Nausea/bcp's: All low dose oral contraceptives which contain estrogen can make one nauseous if taken on an "empty stomach". Try taking your active pills in the evening after dinner, at the same time every day or within the hour taken on the previous day. If the problem continues, ask your gyn provider about the "mini-pill" which has only progesterone, no estrogen, and provides almost the same protection. ...Read more

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How to reduce the risk of getting blood clots when you are on yaz (what exercise can I do?)

How to reduce the risk of getting blood clots when you are on yaz (what exercise can I do?)

Don't smoke: All birth control pills have very small risk of blood clots. However far less than if you were to get pregnant. So your taking less health risk by using pill.
Smoking increases risk significantly.
Otherwise keep hydrated and moving throughout your days. ...Read more

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Can dioxycycline (for 70days, trip to india) interfere with the effectiveness of my bc (yaz)? Back-up contraception advised?

Can dioxycycline (for 70days, trip to india) interfere with the effectiveness of my bc (yaz)? Back-up contraception advised?

Yes: Doxycycline, like many antibiotics, are preferentially absorbed when taken at the same time as an oral contraceptive pill decreasing the absorption of the birth control pill and therefore its' effectiveness. Space the Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) pill and the antibiotic 12 hours apart, and consider a "back up" means of contraception during the 70 days of the doxycycline. ...Read more

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I've taken Yaz for years but I switched to beyaz in june. Could beyaz be decreasing my libido even though I never had that side effect with yaz?

Same: Chemical difference is that Beyaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate) has some vitamins, and there is no data that it might act differently to affect libido. ...Read more

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Pls explain how to take the 24 day pill (Yaz). After finishing 24 active pills, when to start the new pack? Started first pack on fifth day of period.

Pls explain how to take the 24 day pill (Yaz). After finishing 24 active pills, when to start the new pack? Started first pack on fifth day of period.

Birth control pills: Women who take birth control pills need to take a pill every day. Skipping pills can increase the chance of getting pregnant. Birth control pill packets usually include 4 to 7 days of hormone-free pills each month. It is during these hormone-free days that women get their period. Women who prefer not to get a period can skip the hormone-free pills and take a hormone pill every day instead. ...Read more

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When on yaz period used to come on a sunday (28th pill).i stopped yaz, first period without it came thursday 1st dec, 4 days late. When should I conceive?

When on yaz period used to come on a sunday (28th pill).i stopped yaz, first period without it came thursday 1st dec, 4 days late. When should I conceive?

Unknown: It can take a few months after stopping Yaz for your cycles and hormones to regulate themselves again. Expect normalization by the end of the 3rd month off Yaz ...Read more

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Switching from Yaz to Seasonique. If I take Seasonique after my Yaz placebos, on the same day I would have started a new pack of yaz, am I protected?

Switching from Yaz to Seasonique. If I take Seasonique after my Yaz placebos, on the same day I would have started a new pack of yaz, am I protected?

Should be fine: Hi. Yes, you should be fine swathing as you describe. No BCP is perfectly effective, as you know, but your means of transitioning should protect you. ...Read more

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Is Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) safe to give to teenagers?

Is Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) safe to give to teenagers?

Check w/GYN: Approved for age 14 and above for treatment of acne. Not recommended for pre menarche. Not studied well in teenagers. ...Read more

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What to expect when you stop taking yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)?

What to expect when you stop taking yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)?

Periods or pregnancy: After stopping bc pills, your periods will return and you can get pregnant. Because bc pills make periods lighter, after stopping they may get heavier again. If you still don't want a pregnancy and you're sexually active, use another bc method. If you want to get pregnant, take prenatal vitamins with folate, (folic acid) and track your cycle. ...Read more