Yaz is a “low dose” combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Yaz is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods and more. Read More
It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Yaz before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 24 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 4 days of inactive/placebo pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
If you have: chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or addison’s disease, you should not use Yaz or its generic equivalents.
Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Otherwise, you could get slightly dehydrated and have more frequent headaches.
Also, if you go on a long plane ride 5+ hrs, then take an aspirin or ibuprofen 30 minutes before the flight, drink water on the flight, walk around. This will help prevent blood clots.
Yaz birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg] and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg].
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Yaz. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
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Yaz is as effective as any other birth control pill. Because of the fewer days on placebo (4 vs 7), it has a lower risk of breakthrough ovulation. Birth control pills are 99.7% effective if PERFECTLY used (in a research study) and 93% effective in “regular use” (when real people use it and mess up every now and then).
Yes, both medication has the same active ingredients (Drosperinone 3 mg and Ethinyl Estradiol20 mcg).
Yes, Yaz can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels. Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.
TLDR Yaz reduces sebum production and thus acne.
If you have insurance Yaz birth control pill should be $0 copay. In Pandia Health we accept most insurances.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket or no have insurance, Yaz is pretty expensive because it’s a name brand. The brand name is around Save money by choosing one of several other Yaz generics, such as Gianvi, Nikki, Loryna Vestura, Lo-Zumandimine, Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol or Jasmiel.
Yaz is a good birth control option if you are 30 years old or older. Pandia Health doctors recommend a higher birth control dose for women under 30 to protect bone density. For those under 30, our doctors consider other birth control pill options best than Yaz. Yaz is also a good option if you can drink 8 glasses of water a day otherwise you risk headaches because it has a theoretical diuretic effect (makes you pee).