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    Old 02-12-2007, 06:58 AM   #1
    ndp
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    Several years of various treatments never cured my acne until i used the correct contraception. After being on birth control Diannette for a year, i have recently been advised to switch to another pill: Marvelon or Yasmin. But i am not sure which is best for acne nor their difference in terms of their progestatin quantity as well as their risks/benefits for weight gain, depression, breast size, sweating, blood clots etc..?
    Thank you for any advice/experience

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    Old 02-14-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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    Re: hormonal rebalance?

    Its great that Dianette cleared up your acne. I am on Yasmin but its not really helping after 3 months of use - I might try Dianette if I don't see an improvement after 6 months.

    Yes, Yasmin and Marvelon are both recommended if you are prone to acne. I was on Marvelon for 3 years when I lived in the UK and was very happy with it. My skin was clear (though it wasn't bad before), and no side effects (although I think my small breasts got bigger - which was a huge bonus!). I asked for it here in Cayman after having my kids but the Dr said there was a scare about Marvelon a few years ago and blood clots, so they don't prescribe it here. I researched it on the internet and the scare (in 1995) turned out to be unfounded (sorry I can't post the websites or this post will be deleted - so annoying!!). So search for Marvelon to reassure yourself. But I was very happy with that pill.

    Yasmin is a new kind of pill with an anti-androgen as the progesterone part, similar to spiro which can be taken orally to treat acne. Hence it is approved to treat acne in the states. I have read lots of good things on this board about it too - though some people have had side effects such as hair loss (I think this is rare though). It has anti-water retaining properties, so no weight gain, though no breast increase either . I've heard it is a good choice to switch to from Dianette. You can't stay on Dianette for too long because its strength is quite high.

    I just found a good thread on this board about it... but since I can't type the web address, you need to search for "MARVELON - like Yasmin??" in the healthboards seach box above.

    Hope you find the pill that works for you, and thanks for the tip about Dianette.

     
    Old 02-15-2007, 03:07 AM   #3
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    Re: hormonal rebalance?

    Thank you so much
    This is all indeed very helpfull.
    Just wondering whether either Marvelon or Yasmin have a limited period of usage (like Dianette?).
    Thanks again

     
    Old 02-15-2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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    Re: hormonal rebalance?

    I was on Dianette twice for about 9 months each time, but came off it due to too much water retention, plus it made me really moody. I'm on Marvelon now. I came off Dianette in September, took Marvelon for a month and it gave me alot of headaches, so i came off the pill altogether for 2 months, but couldn't hack the withdrawal symptoms (fatigue, depressed). So i gave Marvelon another go and no headaches this time round! 3 months later and my breasts have got abit bigger, but i haven't gained as much weight as i did on Dianette. I still haven't got any spots, apart from one big red one that i've had for the past few days. I hope it's just a one off!

    I personally wouldn't take Yasmin, as i've heard bad things about it, but it's ok for some people, so it's your choice. I think one of the side effects of Yasmin is that it acts like a dieretic.

    I haven't heard of Marvelon having a limited period of usage. I think Dianette is the only one.

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