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Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

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I have moderate PCOS, which has wreaked havoc on my skin and made me lose a lot of hair. I was prescribed Yaz but am scared to take it, as I occasionally get headaches? Neurologist said they could be migraines, and I know that increases stroke risk?

I have moderate PCOS, which has wreaked havoc on my skin and made me lose a lot of hair. I was prescribed Yaz but am scared to take it, as I occasionally get headaches? Neurologist said they could be migraines, and I know that increases stroke risk?

Migraine and stroke: Do you have aura with your migraines? The stroke risk is increased if you have migraine with aura and use estrogen-containing birth control. And the stroke risk increases from very very low in a 19-year-old to still very low but not as low. A pill with less estrogen or a progesterone-only pill would be safer. Also, if you smoke, quit! Aura + estrogen birth control + smoking raises stroke risk more ...Read more

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Period 6 dys late. Egg yolk type discharge..headaches..backaches. no implantation bleeding. Neg preg test. Stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) last mth mid pck on 18th. Help?

Period 6 dys late. Egg yolk type discharge..headaches..backaches. no implantation bleeding. Neg preg test. Stopped Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) last mth mid pck on 18th. Help?

Stopping pills...: Stopping you pills mid-pack can change your cycle and hormones. It make take 4-6 weeks for your body to start giving you regular periods again. You may not know when you ovulate and are at risk to get pregnant. Best to use a back-up method to prevent pregnancy if you are not ready. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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