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I've been on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3 months for acne but now am suffering from constipation. Does it get better over time? Is it safe to use laxatives every 2 days

I've been on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)  for 3 months for acne but now am suffering from constipation. Does it get better over time? Is it safe to use laxatives every 2 days

Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is not Problem: Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is not the problem. The cause of constipation is usually the Standard American Diet (SAD)--which is notoriously devoid of fiber. We need adequate fiber and adequate fluids (i.e., water). Try 1-2 tablespoons of psyllium husks every day--with 2 glasses of water per tablespoon. If that doesn't get you going, add 500-1500 mg of magnesium. You can't OD on magnesium, it will give you diarrhea. ...Read more

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Stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) b/c. How long does the withdrawal bleeding last. Feel like I am on my period with cramps and constipation.help?

Stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) b/c. How long does the withdrawal bleeding last. Feel like I am on my period with cramps and constipation.help?

Withdrawal bleeding: When you stop an ocp you bring on a episode of bleeding that varies in duration. There's little risk to ocps at your age and lots of benefits. Consider taking it again. ...Read more

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I was constipated for 4 days so I took Laxette just 1 square at night next morning i developed diarrhoea I had already taken Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) will it effect it?

I was constipated for 4 days so I took Laxette just 1 square at night next morning i developed diarrhoea I had already taken Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) will it effect it?

No: When you take a birth control pill - this gets essentially absorbed in your stomach and small intestine and hence when you separate out the laxative and birth control pill by more than 2 hours - the laxative will have no effect on the pill whatsoever - so you remain protected. ...Read more

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I recently stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and have quickly gained 16 lbs and have read about others who have experience same. What is the cause and how can I treat it???

I recently stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and have quickly gained 16 lbs and have read about others who have experience same. What is the cause and how can I treat it???

It's not the Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol): While Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) has a slight diuretic effect ( removes water weight), a 16 lb weight gain is not due to stopping Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol). First, check a pregnancy test! You could consider having your doc check your thyroid function too. Then , sensible diet and exercise. It's not the Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol), it's probably the French fries. ...Read more

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Im on Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) I used to have period the last sunday of the end of packet, now it changes to friday or saturday, what can be the cause?

 Im on Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) I used to have period the last sunday of the end of packet, now it changes to friday or saturday, what can be the cause?

That’s ok: It does not matter exactly which day you start your cycle. Getting to the end of the pack and the last 4 pills in Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is what triggers the cycle. The exact day varies. ...Read more

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I started taking Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and immediately lost a few pounds. I'm certainly happy about that, but should I be concerned? I thought BC caused weight GAIN?

I started taking Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and immediately lost a few pounds. I'm certainly happy about that, but should I be concerned? I thought BC caused weight GAIN?

Water weight : Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is good birth control. It contains a med that acts as a mild diuretic. While different diuretics react differently within the body, they all increase the excretion of liquid from the body. That is why many women claim to have lost weight with the pill; they are simply going to the bathroom more frequently and losing more water weight than usual. This weight loss is temporary and less than 5#. ...Read more

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Having unusual vaginal bleeding. I'm on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) pills but I didn't regulate my timing on taking it. Is this the cause of the bleeding. ?

Having unusual vaginal bleeding. I'm on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) pills but I didn't regulate my timing on taking it.  Is this the cause of the bleeding. ?

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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After ejaculate inside, what to do to wash away sperm for hygienic purposes not to get infection(im not concerned about pregnancy cause im on yaz)?

After ejaculate inside, what to do to wash away sperm for hygienic purposes not to get infection(im not concerned about pregnancy cause im on yaz)?

A vagina self-cleans: Vaginas are designed to be self-cleaning. It is not natural to be washing the inside of a vagina, but once in a while may be ok. If bacterial vaginosis is a problem, one might do better if she keeps semen out of her vagina for a while, to allow her vagina to naturally self-clean and maintain normal acidity ; normal microbes. Frequent sex is fine, but using condoms to contain the semen each time. ...Read more

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