Updated 08 January 2014

Users share their views on Yaz and Yasmin birth control

The birth control pills Yaz, aka Yasmin, have come under fire for a host of side effects that range from migraines and depression to epileptic fits and blood clots.

Birth control pills are not suitable for everyone – and their side effects can cause serious problems, though few have received such a bad rap as.Yasmin and Yaz. Yaz is often prescribed for those with bad skin

Yaz contains estrogens along with a next-generation synthetic hormone called drospirenone, which is known to increase potassium levels in the blood. Health24 recently published a story which revealed that Yaz and other of the latest birth control drugs may be tied to higher blood clots in women.

We asked you whether you had had a bad experience using Yaz or Yasmin, and the response was overwhelming. While some have had no problems at all, and the pharmaceutical giant Bayer insists people react differently, there have been enough law suits and public complaints to suggest it should be taken with caution. 

Common side effects include breast tenderness, migraine, headache, nausea, irregular periods, swelling of the abdomen. Read more here.

Some of the side effects - regarded as rare - reported include:

Blood clots
Here's what the research says

Women who use Bayer's YAZ and Yasmin birth control pills -- or other oral contraceptives containing the progesterone, or progestin, drospirenone (DRSP), e.g., Ocella, Gianvi, Zarah, Beyaz, and Safyral - face a two-times to three-times higher risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots, than women using birth control products containing levonorgestrel, according to two case-control analyses published by The British Medical Journal (commonly called "BMJ") in April 2011.

Here's what 12 anonymous women say:

" I have had two epileptic fits while on Yaz"

" I had nausea, weight gain, headaches and blood clotting. When my gynea changed my pill...everything vanished!"

" I was on Yasmin for 2 years - absolutely terrible. Gained 15kgs, horribly depressed and was a mood swinging, paranoid psycho. Never ever again."

" I've been using Yaz for about four years and I must say I have had no side effects whatsoever and this pill cleared my skin and stopped cramps etc (the best pill I've tried) "

" I too was diagnosed out of the blue with epilepsy after being on both these contraceptives [Yaz and Yasmin]. I've never had epilepsy as a child and it's not in our family. My whole life has now been put on hold because of the epilepsy and I'm not allowed to do anything alone."

" I ended up with massive bleeding and a progesterone shortage leading to anaemia and internal bleeding."

" Used Yasmin for 3yrs. Had mood swings, got pregnant while on it, gained so much weight and couldn't get it off, suffered headaches, had a mild stroke. Have had no problems since I stopped using it."

" Yaz was prescribed to me by my gynae when I started looking to go on the pill. Within 3 weeks, there is no other way it describe it - than I went crazy. Would go into a screaming fit of rage and then cry for hours afterwards, I was covered in a full body rash and had daily headaches."

"I also used Yasmin - and I was a total b***h! My hormones were all over, I was having constant migraines and feeling sick. The doctor almost put me on anti-depressants."

" Fell pregnant while on it! [Yasmin] Thankful I have 3 kids. "

" I was on Yaz and ended up in High Care last year for Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in my lungs)!! I am now on Warfarin (Blood thinners)."

" I've been using it for more than 3 years and love it. It didn't fix my problem skin, and I don't believe it keeps my weight under control, but my periods are MUCH more manageable."

What have YOU experienced while on these new birth control drugs. Share your experiences with us by sending us an email to or let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.

Read More:
Birth control may raise concerns
The Pill good for more than birth control




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