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Is it true that certain birth control pills (ocella/yaz/yasmin) may be leading to gallbladder issues?

Is it true that certain birth control pills (ocella/yaz/yasmin) may be leading to gallbladder issues?

Controversial: Women have twice the risk for gallstones compared to men. Both estrogen and Progesterone increase the risk of gallstones. Several studies have reached conflicting conclusions, one canadian study that suggested a 20% increased risk in contrast to an english study where the risk was 10% lower compared to women not taking bcp. This suggests that if there is a risk, it is not clinically significant. ...Read more

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Hi I have spotting that is barely there due to missing a pill if i double up will the spotting be gone by tomorrow night? I'm on Yasmin

Hi I have spotting that is barely there due to missing a pill if i double up will the spotting be gone by tomorrow night? I'm on Yasmin

Spotting is common: Spotting is common after missing a birth control pill. It is usually recommended to take the missed pill once you realize that you missed it. Due to the fluctuation in hormone levels from missing that pill, you may have intermittent light spotting for the next week, but it will most likely resolve after a day or so. You also must use backup contraception for the rest of the pill pack. ...Read more

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I've been on my pill (yasmin) for about six years. I love its benefits and i don't want to change, but i spot all the time. Its embarassing. Thoughts?

I've been on my pill (yasmin) for about six years. I love its benefits and i don't want to change, but i spot all the time. Its embarassing. Thoughts?

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 get my period during wk 3 of my pill pack (ocella) and have it for 2 weeks (light). Should i take next pill pack during wk 4 to "reset"?

I get my period during wk 3 of my pill pack (ocella) and have it for 2 weeks (light). Should i take next pill pack during wk 4 to "reset"?

No: Discuss with your prescribing doctor as you may need a different bc pill that is slightly stronger in its hormonal concentration. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am taking depakine chrono 500 mg as well as a contraceptive pill (yasmin). Does the fact that im taking depakine make the CP less effective?

I am taking depakine chrono 500 mg as well as a contraceptive pill (yasmin). Does the fact that im taking depakine make the CP less effective?

No evidence but: Depakote does not appear on lists of medications that can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Both Depakote and yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) have a higher risk of liver inflammation. I would suggest talking with your doctor about using a different form of contraceptive, or use an alternative to depakote. ...Read more

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Off Ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3 mos now. cycles were 30 days then 34 days. -test on 10th 12th 15th. On day 38 & still have - test. Time 2 see dr or should I wait?

Off Ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3 mos now. cycles were 30 days then 34 days.  -test  on 10th 12th 15th. On day 38 & still have - test. Time 2 see dr or should I wait?

Borderline: You're really kind of on the borderline of whether you should see your doc or not.It's very normal to experience irregular and variable cycles for up to several months after stopping a hormonal contraceptive.If it would give you peace of mind, then maybe you should just make an appointment and see your doc.They may or may not want to do a blood test or ultrasound.They may tell you this is normal. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)?

Birth control pill: Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination birth control pill (oral contraceptive) that contains the ingredients ethinyl Estradiol as the estrogen component and drosperinone as the progestational component. It comes packaged in a 28 day pack where 21 tablets contain the active ingredients and 7 tablets are inert. ...Read more

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