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Type

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)

Uses

Treats Acne
Regulates Periods
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Prevents Pregnancy
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Anemia
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Active Ingredients

Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg]

Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]

Risks

Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.

Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

Equivalent Generic Brands

Gianvi
Nikki
Loryna
Lo-Zumandimine
Vestura
Jasmiel

Name Brand

Yaz

Popular Birth Control Pill Brands

Sprintec

Apri

Viorele

Yasmin

Norethindrone

Jolessa

New Questions

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What is Yaz?

Yaz is a “low dose” combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Yaz is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods and more.

Dr. Yen, our CEO/Co-Founder and young adult medicine specialist does NOT recommend women under the age of 30 take a “low dose” birth control pill. You need at least 30mcg of estrogen (Ethinyl estradiol) to protect your bones. Dr. Yen suggests women under 30 years old consider the slightly stronger version of this medication Yasmin (and its generics) instead of Yaz.

If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Health Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.

How to Use Yaz

It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Yaz before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 24 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 4 days of inactive/placebo pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.

If you have: chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or addison’s disease, you should not use Yaz or its generic equivalents.

  • Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Otherwise, you could get slightly dehydrated and have more frequent headaches.
  • Also, if you go on a long plane ride 5+ hrs, then take an aspirin or ibuprofen 30 minutes before the flight, drink water on the flight, walk around. This will help prevent blood clots.

Dosage

Yaz birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg] and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg].

Benefits of Yaz

  1. Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
  2. Yaz has one of the strongest progesterones out there and has a diuretic effect which means it can make you pee. This is good if you are concerned about water retention.
  3. You can use it to make #PeriodsOptional. Just skip the last week of pills and go straight into the next pack. See our CEO/Founder’s talk at the bottom of this page
  4. Improves acne.

Yaz Birth Control Side Effects

The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Yaz. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common. The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented,  such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.

These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.

Order Yaz Birth Control Online + Free Delivery

Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Yaz at special request or another generic equivalent: Gianvi, Nikki, Lo-Zumandimine, Loryna, Vestura, Jasmiel, and Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $16/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.

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FAQ

HOW EFFECTIVE IS YAZ BIRTH CONTROL?

Yaz is as effective as any other birth control pill. Because of the fewer days on placebo (4 vs 7), it has a lower risk of breakthrough ovulation. Birth control pills are 99.7% effective if PERFECTLY used (in a research study) and 93% effective in “regular use” (when real people use it and mess up every now and then).

IS NIKKI BIRTH CONTROL THE SAME AS YAZ?

Yes, both medication has the same active ingredients (Drosperinone 3 mg and Ethinyl Estradiol20 mcg).

DOES YAZ BIRTH CONTROL HELP WITH ACNE?

Yes, Yaz can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels.  Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.

TLDR Yaz reduces sebum production and thus acne.

HOW MUCH IS YAZ BIRTH CONTROL WITH INSURANCE?

If you have insurance Yaz birth control pill should be $0 copay. In Pandia Health we accept most insurances.

If you choose to pay out-of-pocket or no have insurance, Yaz is pretty expensive because it’s a name brand. The brand name is around Save money by choosing one of several other Yaz generics, such as Gianvi, Nikki, Loryna  Vestura, Lo-Zumandimine, Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol or Jasmiel.

IS YAZ A GOOD BIRTH CONTROL?

Yaz is a good birth control option if you are 30 years old or older. Pandia Health doctors recommend a higher birth control dose for women under 30 to protect bone density. For those under 30, our doctors consider other birth control pill options best than Yaz. Yaz is also a good option if you can drink 8 glasses of water a day otherwise you risk headaches because it has a theoretical diuretic effect (makes you pee).