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I have been prescribed many different brands of contraceptive pill over the years. I can't remember which the one I first had was but it was withdrawn as there was a scare related to it. Then after a few different changes I was put on Cilest - this was fine for a few months but then I developed extremely bad PMT and depression. It got so bad I had thoughts of suicide and I eventually realised after reading an article in a magazine that it may be related to my pill and went to my doctor to ask for it to be changed. I had terrible trouble getting them to change it but eventually I managed to convince them to change it to Yasmin. A pill I had read very good reports about in a few different publications.
Yasmin is a combined pill made by a company called Schering Health Care, it was released in 2002 and on its release made claims that it gives fewer side effects than other combined pills available. After searching this is an excerpt from a news report I found published the week of its release.
"A new contraceptive Pill which does not cause weight gain will be introduced in the UK this week. Yasmin has fewer side effects than other low-dose contraceptive Pills, say its makers, Schering Health Care. They claim it does not cause fluid retention or mood swings and it reduces breast tenderness. One medical study found that women taking Yasmin even lost weight in the first year of using it.
Schering also claims it improves skin and hair condition and relieves the bloating associated with other oral contraceptives, which often encourages women to abandon taking it.
The new Pill contains the same low-dose of oestrogen, but its other pharmacological properties help counteract fluid retention by balancing oestrogen in the body. The Pill, taken by 3.5 million British women, has always been associated with a slight weight gain, on average 4lb in the first three months. Between 40 and 60% of users give it up within the first two years, research shows."
Yasmin is a combined pill, it must be taken at roughly the same time everyday. I take mine in the morning as soon as I get up. There is some amount of leeway though and as long as you are not over 12 hrs late taking your pill you will be ok. If you are over 12 hrs late taking your pill you need to take another contraceptive method (e.g. condoms) which should
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Yasmin Contraceptive Pill
be used for the next seven days, whilst continuing with normal pill taking. Always read the instructions in your pack though if you miss a pill - I do not want to be held responsible for any 'accidents'!!!!!!
You take the pill everyday for 21 days and have a 7 day break where you then have your 'period' after that 7 days you continue to take your pill as before for 21 days and so on. As long as you have taken your pill correctly you will be protected by it for the pill free week.
I started taking Yasmin and found that since I have been on it I have experienced no side effects whatsoever. On my previous pills I had experienced weight gain, severe PMT and mood swings, depression, loss of libido and headaches. My depression had got so bad on Cilest I was bursting into tears for no apparent reason, once breaking down in the middle of Asda and making a complete fool of myself! My sex drive had completely disappeared and I was so depressed I even contemplated suicide. It wasn't until a friend of mine showed me an article on a woman who had suffered the same symptoms on Cilest that I even thought it could be related to my contraceptive.
My doctor was very reluctant to offer me Yasmin even though I had gone to her and said that I had read about it in a national publication and that it is good for people who experience side effects off other brands of contraceptive pill. I have since found out that this is because Yasmin is very expensive to prescribe - at £14.70 for a 3 month supply in comparison to £2.40 for Microgynon, £8.50 for Mercilon and £13.00 for Dianette.
I basically had to threaten my doctor that if I wasn't given the opportunity to try Yasmin I would either continue to take Cilest but I couldn't be held responsible for my actions due to the suicidal feelings I had been experiencing or I would stop taking it and if I fell pregnant they would then have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy instead. I stood my ground and eventually they put me on it as a 6 month trial. That was 18 months ago and I am pleased to say the difference has been absolutely amazing. I have had no depression, no weight gain (in fact I have actually lost weight), my skin problems are lessened and even though I still have a small amount of PMT it is only once every 3 or 4 months unlike the problems I was getting before where I spent most of the month crying.
This medication should be used with caution if you suffer with any of the following conditions
Current or previous severe liver disease Decreased kidney function Depression Diabetes Disorder causing deafness in adult life (otosclerosis) Endometriosis Epilepsy Excess of urea in the blood causing damaged red blood cells Family history of blood clots in the veins (venous thromboembolism) Family history of raised triglyceride levels in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) Fibroids of the uterus Gall stones High blood pressure High levels of protein and fat compounds (lipoproteins) in the blood (hyperlipoproteinaemia) History of itchy, blistering rash occurring mainly on the arms/legs during pregnancy (herpes gestationis) History of jaundice or generalised itch related to oestrogen Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease Irregular heartbeat caused by very rapid contraction of the top two chambers of the heart (atrial fibrillation) Life long inherited blood diseases which can cause a variety of symptoms, including mental health problems (porphyrias) Long-term inflammation of skin and some internal organs (systemic lupus erythematosus) Nervous system disorder in young persons causing involuntary, irregular, jerky movement of the muscles of the face, neck, and limbs (Sydenham's chorea or chorea minor) Obesity People with a tendency to suffer from brown patches on the skin, particularly the face (chloasma) often due to pregnancy or oral contraceptives Raised triglyceride levels in the blood Smokers, particularly those over 35 years of age Valvular heart disease
This medication is not to be used if you suffer with any of the following conditions
Acute kidney failure Blood clotting disorders Current or previous liver cancer History of angina History of blood clot lodged in a vein of the leg History of heart attack History of migraines History of pulmonary embolism History of small temporary strokes History of stroke Known or suspected breast cancer Known or suspected cancer responsive to female hormones (oestrogen dependent neoplasia) eg endometrial cancer Severe diabetes associated with circulatory problems Severely decreased kidney function Vaginal bleeding of unknown cause Very high blood pressure Very high levels of protein and fat compounds (lipoproteins) in the blood (severe hyperlipoproteinaemia)
These are some of the possible side effects this medication can cause
Headache Nausea and vomiting Breast pain Changes in blood pressure Weight changes Migraine Depressed mood Vaginal thrush (candidiasis) Disorders of the menstrual cycle Changes in sex drive Discharge of white fluid from the vagina (leukorrhoea) Bleeding between menstrual periods
It does not necessarily mean you will suffer with this but they have to let you know what possible side effects there are - personally I have experienced none of these.
Taking the pill can affect some other medication so always check with your doctor if you are unsure if your contraceptive will affect anything else you are taking at the same time. Better to be safe than sorry I always say!
I can't praise this pill highly enough. It has taken me from being a total teary wreck who cries over the stupidest little thing to someone whose contraceptive causes nominal side effects. I am so glad that I persisted in getting my doctor to give me this as has changed my life for the better so much.
Obviously this pill does NOT protect against STD's so it is important to protect yourself against those by using condoms as well.
When starting a new brand of pill you must always read the instruction leaflet that comes in the pack to familiarise yourself with the way the pill works and the way it should be taken. I would also recommend keeping one of these booklets to refer back to if you have any queries at all during the month (i.e. if you are sick or have diarrhoea and are not sure what you need to do).
I will also say that what is right for me may not be right for you so if you are thinking about changing your contraceptive pill make an appointment with your doctor or family planning clinic to discuss the options which are right for you. Everybody is different and what suits me may not suit you.
I hope you have found this review useful, many thanks for reading.
...and we think we have a tough time of it! ~ Mark
SarahSkas 02.03.2007 18:51
Very interesting. I was on Microgynon but I took myself off it because of the terrible side effects and it's put me off contraceptive pills forever. I didn't suffer depression, but I did get mood swings, PMS (which I normally don't get), awful migranes and a loss of libido (which defeats the object!). Now we just use condoms and I feel a lot better. Great review, Sarah x
Gemerina 07.01.2007 01:48
a very informative and interesting review, like many women on here i was on microgynon and i had really bad headaches which i have now realised must have been my pill as now i have come off the headaches have disappered, the price difference was surprising to me also, but i am going to see if i could go on this pill, thanks x