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Hi Moonstones,

I'm really sorry to hear about what you have been going through and I am deeply sorry to hear that it lead to suicide attempt.  I am so grateful that you are still alive and I hope you were able to receive support and help.  It is tragic that you were so severely affected by the pill.
The weight gain is an issue for many coming off of the pill.  I also gained about 20lbs. 
I believe that the pill causes a problem with the metabolism of carbohydrates.  If you look in the pamphlet that Bayer provides online, it discusses this.  I think that the body continues to have a problem, even after the pill is discontinued.  The good news is that doing a lower carb diet is really beneficial.  I was able to lose 43lbs doing a lower carb diet for 1.5 years.  The goal seems to be keeping carbs under about 100g a day.  This means limiting sugars/breads, but you can still include some grains and fruits.  I've had a lot of success with this diet and I know others have as well.  It has become more of a lifestyle for me now, as I feel better and my bloodwork has improved! 
Please don't give up hope, there is always a way to get better, even if it seems impossible right now.  The pill can cause depression, but remember, it's not you, it's the pill.  You CAN and WILL feel better again.  There is a great community of women who know exactly what you are going through and have been there as well.  Please keep us updated with how you are doing and thank you for reaching out!

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: November 03, 2015, 07:42:08 PM »
Hi Rachel,

Sorry for the delayed reply.  Yes, I know a lot of women who have lost the weight (myself included) by following a lower-carb diet.  The pill specifically effects carbohydrate metabolism, so that is one of the reasons for weight gain. 
I agree that many symptoms are often dismissed.  We definitely aren't crazy.. the pill is just making us feel that way sometimes!

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Share Your Side Effects
« on: November 03, 2015, 07:39:47 PM »
These are a list of just some of the size-effects I experienced while on the pill:
Extreme Fatigue
Anxiety/Panic Attacks
Hair Falling Out
Sensitivity to Sunlight
Stomach Pain
Numbness in hands and toes
Poor Sleep
Weight Gain
Muscle Pain
Getting sick all of the time

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Weaning off the pill
« on: November 03, 2015, 07:33:13 PM »
Hi Kinjal,

Welcome to the forum!  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of good information about coming off of the pill.   I am not aware of any information that says to break it in half (you could call your doctor or nurse to check).   
Coming off can be a difficult process as your body's own hormones turn back on.  Some people feel worse for several months.  Some people see an automatic decrease in bad symptoms.  It is definitely a process, but hopefully you will start feeling better soon!  Please keep us posted on your progress.

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: March 31, 2015, 11:49:40 AM »
Hi Rachael,

Welcome to the forum!  I just wanted to say that sadly, rapid weight gain after coming off Yasmin/Yaz seems to be very common.  However, I personally have been able to lose the weight (following a lower carb diet, about 100g/day).  I know two other women who were also able to lose the weight.  I would really recommend trying to go lower carb.  It seems to be really helpful because the pill disrupts the body's ability to process carbohydrates.  I can send you some information on it if you would like.

I also want to strongly encourage you to please research more before you go back on the pill.  The second time I went back on the pill caused the most serious problems for me.  If you haven't had any major health ramifications, please don't take that for granted.  Although the other forum is not here anymore, thousands of women posted about life-changing health problems caused by the pill... gallbladder removal, thyroid problems, depression, stroke, major fatigue, muscle pain... just to name a few.  I know the weight gain is serious, but you CAN lose it on your own, given a lower carb diet and time.  Going back on the pill will just cause the same problems once you come off again, if not other things.  I wish I had gone off for good when I was younger and given my body time to readjust and become truly healthy. 

Thank you for joining and I look forward to hearing about how the weight loss goes.  Please keep us posted :)

Hi Butterfly,

Thank you for sharing your story!  I am so sorry that you had this terrifying experience.  I can only hope that you will feel better with time, as your body begins to readjust after Yaz. 
Low sex drive and mood swings are very common while on the pill... these can be very scary and frustrating things to experience.  It can take a personal toll, as well as one on a relationship!   Breast pain is also common with hormonal changes, I'm sorry you had to experience all of this.
I am also very sorry to hear about the seizure.  There really is no research (to my knowledge) on how these hormones interact with other medications (like the Wellbutrin that you mentioned).  My hope is that you will start to feel better with time.
Please keep us posted and thank you for sharing your story.

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:24:09 PM »
Hi Melisa,

Thanks for joining and glad you are off Yasmin now!  So glad you are starting to feel better.  The pill can really lower libido and affect mood.
I think it is sadly, very normal to have weight gain after coming off Yasmin/Yaz.  From my experience and in talking to other women, the weight gain comes on quickly, despite eating healthy and exercising.  From everything I have researched, it seems that the pill affects the lipids in the body and carbohydrate metabolism in particular.  Yasmin is a diuretic, so after you come off, the body can swing the other way, retaining too much water.  I think this combination might be what causes such strange weight gain.  The only thing that has worked for me is a lower carb diet.  I keep the net carbs under 100g/day (subtracting any fiber).  It was an initial lifestyle change at first, but now I find it fairly easy to follow.
You can find a lot of information on this subject and I am happy to send you some links if you are interested. 
Thanks for joining and keep us posted on how it's going :)

Hi, thanks for your post.  I definitely think Yaz can cause all of the problems that you listed. 

I came off of the pill mid-pack because of the side-effects it was causing.  I am not sure that there is any research on when to come off the pill.  The hormones that you are taking aren't actually causing a cycle, but rather suppressing ovulation.  The "period" that you have on the pill is just a withdrawal from the hormones.  Therefore, I would think it would probably be okay to stop anytime, because, regardless of when you stop, your body will still be in a withdrawal from the hormones.  I hope this makes sense?  :)

Yaz caused all of the listed problems for me (except the migraine).  I have heard of it causing headaches and migraines in other women though.   There can definitely be a rough period after coming off Yaz (usually around 3 months for most women).  During this time, your body's hormones are turning back on after being suppressed.  Many women are in a state of estrogen dominance caused by the pill.  Yaz specifically is an anti-androgen and diuretic.  Therefore, some women do experience breakouts and some weight gain.  If you cut back your carbohydrates a bit, I think this will help in the early stage, as carbs tend to make us hold onto water.

Coming off the pill should really help with your acid reflux.  You could try some probiotics as well.  The pill lowers zinc, which affects sex drive, so definitely make sure you are getting this in your multivitamin.  The pill also really lowers magnesium (which can contribute to anxiety), so make sure you are getting enough of this as well.  Evening primrose oil can help with period cramps when you come off. 

I really suffered a lot as a result of the pill and it wasn't until I came off that I began to research just how seriously it can affect women.  For instance women taking the pill have double the risk of depression.  It can cause so many unwanted changes in our body.  Yaz in particular has caused serious problems in women (as reflected by lawsuits, serious injuries, and deaths).  I think the sooner you can get off this pill, the better.  Please let us know how you are doing!

Take care :)

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:13:27 PM »
Hi Whitney,

Welcome to the forum.. I'm sorry about your side-effects, but glad to hear that you are off of the pill!  It's great that you feel like you are making progress... 75% is wonderful!  Have the stomach pains improved at all?  Mine were really severe while on the pill and for a few months after I came off.  I wish I had some better advice on how to manage the symptoms, but just know that they do get better over time.
I have been off for almost 5 years now.  I was a pretty extreme case, with close to 70 symptoms when I came off..  those symptoms are now down to about 5.  The main issue is still fatigue, which was greatly improved, but I had a setback after my pregnancy  (since I wasn't 100% to begin with, coupled with raising a baby)!  Just know that even the most extreme cases get better.. it sounds like you are really on the right track for not even being a year off!  I know it can be a frustrating and sometimes long road, but try to focus on the progress that you are making.  :)  Look forward to hearing from you with your recovery   

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:01:07 PM »

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Length of time on the pill
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:47:34 PM »
How long did you take the pill? 

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Updates from Coming off The Pill
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:45:47 PM »
How are you feeling now that you've stopped the pill?

Survivor Stories and Discussion / Share Your Side Effects
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:45:08 PM »
What types of side-effects did you experience while on hormonal birth control?

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