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Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by rachaelmc7 on March 26, 2015, 09:03:41 AM »
Hello. I too have gained weight rapidly. Stopped ocella(generic yaz) in September of 2013. Gained 30 pounds within 6 months. And since have gained another 10. Im 40 pounds over my usual weight and it looks bad and is very upsetting. Doesn't matter how much or how little I eat, the weight seems to remain steady.
This has really tempted me to go back on the pill because I am graduating college and want to feel healthy looking and confident again, but I know it's just delaying inevitably dealing with it again. There's plenty of women who go through the same thing, but none of them seem to repost on the forums to update us on their progress (on other forum websites where they talk about weight gain after the pill). I'm hoping them not returning means their weight was lost and they forgot all about it. I can't deal with carrying around this extra weight forever.
I hope you feel better soon.
Survivor Stories and Discussion / My experience coming off the pill.
« Last post by butterfly6118 on March 22, 2015, 03:52:59 PM »
I was on the pill from the time I had my daughter till I had my tubes tied in April.  When  I first got my tubes done I went off the pill . I was on yaz for 5 years . I was okay coming off of them. But when my skin got really bad I decided to go back on them as it was making me depressed. Going back on them didn't go well. I was back on yaz for a couple of months when my pharmacy switched them out for the generic version Mia. I didn't really think much of it and took the Mia for 2 months. This was a huge mistake. The Mia was different and my body went nuts on it. My breasts hurt so bad for entire 2 months. I have never had them hurt like that . Only when I was pregnant. I use to cry at night they hurt so bad. I went to the Dr about it and she found a lump in one of breasts and sent me for a mammogram.  even though the  lump turned out to be nothing it was a terrifying experience. My Dr got really mad at the pharmacy for switching them out. Not only did my breasts hurt I was having terrible Mood swings and constant bleeding. After two months on mia I got the yaz back. But after just a month or two my sex drive was completely gone. I couldn't go near my husband. I couldn't even force myself and even if I did it was horrible for me. I got nothing out of it. I decided that clear skin was not worth this and went off the yaz. I had 3 active pills left when I stopped. I just couldn't take them anymore. It's been just a month since I went off the yaz. Right away I got my sex drive back. But some weird and scary things started to happen. Just a week ago I was at work as a teller at a small bank. I was helping a customer and in the blink  of an eye literally I was on the floor with paramedics and my poor boss scared out of her wits. What had happened as told by my  boss was that was helping a customer when she heard me give out this pain full scream. She was in her office.  When she heard it she figured I hurt my knee as I had had had surgery on it months ago. But when she came  to check on me she found me on the floor in the middle of a seizure and I was choking unable to swallow and turning blue.  had my boss not turned me on my side I don't know if I would be here telling you this.  I was rushed to hospital.  the Dr thought that it was caused by my welbutrin as it has tHat  side effects But I have been on  it for 5 years and I would think that if I was going to have that side effect I would have had it by now. All my tests have come back normal. I hurt my head pretty bad when I fell but most pain full is that I fell on my butt first on a very hard floor and hurt my tail bone really bad. I am unable to bend over get up from a chair or climb stairs because of the intense pain. There is nothing they can  do but give me pain killers. The only treatment is time. This is my first period without the yaz and I never got it. I know I am not pregnant.  My tubes are cut and burnt.  I had a tiny bit of spotting and then nothing. I truly believe that my seizure  was caused by the yaz and my hormones being on a crazy roller coaster.  Drs deny it. But I have never had this happen and they can't seem to give me another cause. I am sure it was the yaz. No one should take it. I loved it  at first but coming off of it has been a nightmare for me and everyone else.  Please don't take it. It will screw your body up.
Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by Texas8711 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 :)
Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by melisachr on March 19, 2015, 04:47:36 AM »
I was on Yasmin for 10 years (Excluding my 2 pregnancy's), THe only side effect I noticed while I was Yasmin was that it severley affected my Libido. I originally went on Yasmin because I had problems with heavy bleeding. I had a sterilization done with my last baby(2012), and planned not to go back on the pill.  A few months after the birth of my baby I gained a lot of weight, I had extremely heavy bleeding during my period, my hair was falling out in bunches, I was depressed all the time. I went to see my doctor, and he suggested that I go back on the pill. I went back on the pill for 1 year and 2014 started doing research about going off the pill and decided to completely quit the pill in September 2014.  It have been off the pill for 6 months and it has been a terrible ordeal, but I am hoping that it is going to worth it in the long run.  I have had the following symptoms after stopping the pill.
Rapid weight gain
Bad skin
Constant tiredness

I must say that I am already starting to see some positive changes recently which are the following:
Increase in sex drive
Clearer thoughts
Happier mood (Seems as the pill as been surpressing my ability to feel happy)

I am holding onto the hope that these negative side effects will clear soon and I will have a happy normal life.

Is there anyone out there that has experience rapid weight gain, please tell me how long it took you to start loosing the weight, I have tried to eat healthy, exercise, but the weight just keeps pilling up around my stomach and thighs.
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 / Best time in your cycle to come off the pill
« Last post by ikimashou on March 06, 2015, 08:46:19 PM »
Hey there, I've been on YAZ for about a year and a half. I've been contemplating coming off the YAZ pill for a few months now. I think that so far I've been one of the luckier ones that haven't had anything massively bad happen to me.. For a long time I thought that I had NO bad side effects, and I'm still trying to work out if any of my issues do or do not have anything to do with YAZ.

Also, I'm hoping that I wont just loose all the good effects it has on me and keep all the bad!

I am really curious what is the best time to come off the pill.. My best guess would be after the inactive pills.. as in once I reach the inactive ones I just stop. Is this correct?

The only answers i see about this online says "finish your current packet and then stop" which for me is 3 days active before i start my next packet.

I'm three days active (pink pill) now.. so I finished my full packet yesterday and I'm trying to work out if I should have mine today or not..

I'd like to do it in the safest way possible, as I'm not suffering any side effects that make me need to stop instantly.

If anyone has any thoughts and advice I would really appreciate it!

My birthday is coming up at the end of this month and I'm worried that stopping it now may make me crazy for a few months haha. So I'm weighing up if I should stay on for another month or two or not.

things that YAZ helped me with: lowered menstrual pain, regulated periods (mine were only slightly irregular), shortened length of period, cleared acne

things that YAZ may be causing: acid reflux,  slight decrease in sex drive, Migraine with aura (happened once), moodiness, suspiciousness, anxiety

Thanks for your time!
Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by Texas8711 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
« Last post by Whitney1 on January 30, 2015, 10:52:26 PM »
How are you feeling now that you've stopped the pill?

I also came off of the pill in April 2014. I was on ocella for about 9 years. The first 3-5 months was the hardest, but I am still dealing with physical symptoms. Acne, stomach pains, tingling sensations on the left side of my face, and all sorts of other things! My periods are finally regular and I am not so emotional. I do still feel down, depressed, and lethargic from time to time.

The survivors forum really helped me through the hardest times after coming off of the pill. It always makes me feel better to see others have been and are still going through the same issues. I am so grateful for this site!! Hang in there everyone, Ive heard it can be 1-2 years before you feel 100% percent, Id say I'm 75% there!
Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by Texas8711 on January 27, 2015, 09:01:07 PM »
Survivor Stories and Discussion / Re: Updates from Coming off The Pill
« Last post by Han1984 on January 27, 2015, 01:38:21 PM »
Hello! And thank you for creating this forum.
I was on the pill for 13 years - 3 years microgynon, 10 years on Yasmin. Decided to come of April 2014 - had all of the awful side effects - depression, anger, RAGE, IBS, anxiety...

Since coming off in April I have been battling with Ance and irregular periods. I had a scan in Sept 2014 and do not have PCOS. Blood tests all 'normal'.

9 months off the pill and I'm still suffering with acne and just generally feeling down. I have a healthy diet (clean, no sugar dairy or gluten). I take supplements as recommended by a naturopath but I'm still really struggling.

Periods are scatty, quite light and brown spotting a few days before.

Can anyone shed some light on what is happening to me? I feel so out of whack. Would like to try for a baby later this year but just don't feel like I'm reproductively healthy enough.

I'm 30. Never been pregnant.

Thank you x
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