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I lost weight on YAZ birth control!


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After battling whether or not I should start birth control again (mainly to clear up my skin), I opted for YAZ.  A few years ago I was on ortho tri-cyclen and I did gain a few pounds.  Well I started YAZ two weeks ago and I have lost SEVEN POUNDS.  And this is after I was struggling for two months of counting calories and exercising to lose ONE.  But it also could be because I started back on Wellbutrin SR about a week before I started the birth control.  My appetite has decreased substantially and I feel much better.  And my skin has almost cleared all the way up!  Haven't seen that happen in years!  So, ladies, if you're looking for a birth control pill that will not put weight on you, I would consider YAZ.  Good luck everyone!
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I'm glad I saw your post!  I go to visit my gyno next Wed. & I am going to talk to him about going back on BC.  I have been off of it for a little over 2 years & since then, I have had such terrible spells of depression right before I'm due to start.  I never experieced anything like it before I went on it or while I was taking it, so I'm assuming that its related to the BC.  I've heard alot of good things about YAZ, so if I do go back on a pill, that's the one I want.  If you dont mind me asking, is it very expensive?
Remember though that every birth control is different for everyone... I actually gained weight with Yaz. It also made me very irritable and depressed. It did help with my skin though. I've heard lots of good things about it, just wasn't for me unfortunately!
curlygirl28, I'm not sure about the price because my doctors gave me three packs of it that were samples so I haven't had to fill a prescription yet.  I'm assuming it's probably not cheap because it's so new and all.  Not sure though. 

sarah_b, you gained?  Were you eating differently? I think part of the reason I've lost may have to do with the wellbutrin, but the YAZ certainly has not hindered my weight loss efforts. I was so irritable and depressed for the first week I almost stopped taking them but all of a sudden stuff got a lot better.  How long were you on it?  And I know a lot of people do have a hard time with certain birth controls so I completely understand. 
I only took it for a month because I wasn't dealing with it well. But I just had a lot more cravings. So it's my fault that I gained a little (5 lbs) because I didn't practice very good self control. The symptoms probably would have improved if I stuck it out a bit longer.
If you look in the ingrediants Yaz contains a diuretic which could be the reason you lost weight. I maintained my weight pretty well on Yaz, as soon as I decided to stop birth control for good because I hated the hormones I instantly within 2 weeks gained 10 lbs. Ug!
Original Post by curlygirl28:

I'm glad I saw your post!  I go to visit my gyno next Wed. & I am going to talk to him about going back on BC.  I have been off of it for a little over 2 years & since then, I have had such terrible spells of depression right before I'm due to start.  I never experieced anything like it before I went on it or while I was taking it, so I'm assuming that its related to the BC.  I've heard alot of good things about YAZ, so if I do go back on a pill, that's the one I want.  If you dont mind me asking, is it very expensive?

 

I take it to help with PMS/PMDD (which I only really got when on Loestrin 24 - DO NOT TAKE!). Don't know about weight - I think it helps that I'm not so emotional anymore, therefore, don't turn to chocolate as often.

Cost - it's about $35 for three packs, under my health insurance rx plan - I think that's 15% of the total cost = about 75 per month (1 pack). So expensive if you don't have insurance, but I think all BC is - Yaz is even more, because it isn't available in generic yet - that'll be a few years, i guess.

its about 50 a pack with no insurance, cheaper sometimes through your schools health center if they carry it or through PP if they carry it.

the amount of diuretic in it is negligible.  it equates to 25 mg of spironolactone according to the lit, which is not a therapeutic dose for diruretic purposes.
wow, $50 each? I got 3 packs of Alesse for less than $40, and 3 packs of NuvaRing for about $60.
Hey there, haven't tried Yaz but I swear by Yasmin21 for bc.

I've been taking it for over two years now and had no issues except for some nausea just after taking it. Which is not a problem anymore since I've switched to taking it before going to sleep.
I lost about 9 lbs when I began wellbutrin. it really decerased my appetite.
I have heard weelbutrin can help you lose weight and since I suffer from mild depression I have thought about taking it.  Has anyone else had bad or good side effects from wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin has helped me tremendously with weight loss in the past.  I'm not sure if it's that or the yaz that's making me lose weight this time.  Wellbutrin is pretty tough at first.  For the first few days I had insane anxiety and really vivid terrifying dreams.... but after the first few days my body adjusted and I did fine.  Just make sure to work your way up to the right dose.  And it helps with the type of depression that makes you lethargic and makes you eat a lot emotionally.  I have to make myself eat now. 

I only wish Wellbutrin would kill my appetite. It really has not helped me lose weight at all, although I am exercising more now. Maybe it is helping with that. I only take 200 mg SR each day. Maybe some of the people who are losing weight take a higher dose. Or, I'm just unlucky :)

Just a warning- when you go off YAZ all of that water weight that you lost will COME back!!

I went off two weeks ago and gained 4 lbs literally overnight... sucks!

I have also had bad effects from Yaz.  I started it 1 1/2 months ago. First month I had horrible acne, gained 5 pounds because I found myself absolutely famished (still am - see my other post), and I'm more irritable and depressed. However, I have 3 friends on Yaz and they LOVE it.  Each birth control is different for each person.  I just think my body doesn't like Yaz.  I had none of these problems on Orthotricyclen so I may go back on that or a low dose version. 

It's more of a trial and error thing I think because everyone is different. 

Hey Hhaussler,

I've been on Yaz for a few months and have gained some weight, too Although I think it started before the pill, most of it has been after starting the pill. I have gotten preliminary thyroid tests done. They seem to indicate my thyroid itself is fine, but I think my metabolism is just shot--always cold, no energy, weight gain even though I eat next to nothing and exercise hard 60 min/day.

Anyway, I'm considering quitting Yaz and just doing a general "house cleaning" of my body. Did you gain MORE weight after quitting? I know several people have said that's happened them, but I think most of them lost weight when they first started the pill.

thanks!

that's good to know... i've heard mostly good things about YAZ.  i'm on loestrin now though and i love it!!!!!!!  no problems at all.  i had all sorts of issues with other ones. usually i had teh complete opposite things happen (good to not gain weight- gain a ton of weight, good to clear up skin- break out like crazy, etc.)  you really don't know until you try them.  just like someone above said they hated loestrin i loved it.  depends on your body and how you will react to it. i reacted horribly to ortho and it's one of the most popular ones cuz most people love it!

 

Without insurance it's about $55. Some insurance does cover BC pills, as mine does, but even with my insurance it's $35/month.

It took me a couple months to adjust to it but once I did, it's by far been waaaay better than any other BC pill I've tried. Great for PMS (phsyical and emotional symptoms), and for cramps, and good for the skin as well. And I haven't gained weight from it (I have gained weight but I know why and it's not that - I've had periods of being very skinny while on it).

Like someone else said the BC pill affects everyone differently... different types and levels of hormones in different pills.

to those taking Wellbutrin are you using it for depression or PMDD? I absolutely suffer from PMDD but i am very wearly to take YAZ because of all the scary stories about it, i also really like my heath insurance, Nuvarina. If the wellbutrin would help the PMDD that would be great and something i would definitely love to talk to my doctor about.
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Hello Everyone!

I am thinking of switching to Yaz and seing the positive things that you all have provided helped a lot with my decision. I currently have mirena and I used to gain 100lbs now I am 130. I was always wondering why the sudden change of my body. I never experienced this in my whole life. I have had irresitable cravings that is very unbelievable to me because I run every day for about 15 minutes and I would lose about 3 pounds then gain it back again the moment I wake up. At this point I don't feel like exercising anymore, I am so annoyed by the fact that I have not lost anything at all no matter how hard I try.


I actually have an appointment with  my OB-GYN I will definitely have this removed. I was just scared that I might experience thesame thing with YAZ. I didn't want to go through it again. I feel sorry for my husband because I am just not thesame person anymore. It's so hard to control mood swings and irritability and my unbelievable cravings.


I am hoping that Yaz will be the right one for me.


 

 

 

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