YAZ contraceptive pill
Hi. I'm new to posting on sites like this, but my recent experiences, and reading the experiences of others has moved me to post this message. I am a mother of one, and unfortunately suffered the loss of two pregnancies last year. Obviously this was a hard time for me, and I was keen to let my brain and body recover before falling pregnant again. My doctor recommended the YAZ contraceptive pill, despite my telling him that hormonal contraception has never agreed with me in the past. He assured me that side effects and reactions were fewer with the synthetically produced hormones present in YAZ. So, I'm sure you can guess what's coming, but the first two months were actually fine.. finally, i thought, a pill that suits me. Then the effects started to show. Firstly, I felt nearly constantly nauseous for a month, a very unpleasant feeling that reminded me of being pregnant, not something I needed. There was also a fairly constant pain in my stomach. Then, my temper and moods (so I am now told) became erratic. Then came the itching. I thought my dogs had fleas, thought it was a new washing powder, thought a million things, but never once did it occur to me that it was the pill.
As if this wasn't all bad enough, my energy levels have plummeted recently. I have often been found asleep on the sofa at odd times of the day, and I get tired very easily. The last side effect, and the one which told me my body had had enough, began a few weeks ago. I noticed what looked like liver spots on my forehead. These then spread around my face, and I have patches of what looks like terrible acne. I am thirty five, and olive skinned, and have never suffered from spots in my life. After a trip to my GP, it became obvious that the build up of four months of YAZ in my system was causing my body alot of problems. I know it sounds as if i am blaming everything on YAZ, but I am a fit, healthy, active person and had none of these problems previous to beginning on YAZ. I have now stopped the pill, and am relying on condoms until I am able to get a copper coil fitted, which is the only other hormone free contraception available. It will be at least two months until YAZ in out of my system, and I really hope that all my side effects fade within that time.
Maybe this story will be of use to some women who may be experiencing similar effects from YAZ. My message is beware.... I am lucky to have come through it with just a few spots on my face, I could have lost my partner through my mood swings, or suffered more serious effects. I should have researched YAZ more thoroughly, and I will certainly not be taking my GP's advice when it comes to contraception again.