Yaz Birth Control Pills
TypeCombined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
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 IngredientsDrosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg] Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]
RisksDo NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Equivalent Generic BrandsGianvi
Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol 20mcg
Popular Birth Control Pill BrandsSprintec
ResourcesPandia Health’s Youtube
First time on pills? Here some tips
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 Heath 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.
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 $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
Very few women experience weight gain when taking Yaz. Yaz has a theoretical diuretic effect, meaning it helps shed water from the body.
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your doctor or Pandia Health Care Advisor before starting on Yaz. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something as relatively harmless as St. John’s wort can cause Yaz to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer medications, HIV drugs, seizure medicines, and those used for chronic hepatitis C.
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.
Yaz has one of the strongest progesterones out there and has a diuretic effect which means it can make you pee. 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.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Yaz. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you experience trouble breathing or swollen lips, throat, or tongue, call 911.
Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Yaz., especially if you’ve have health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Yaz should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Yaz, or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have exerperienced, birth control passionate, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept most forms of private insurance at Pandia Health.
No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Yaz is pretty expensive because it’s a name brand. Save money by choosing one of several other Yaz generics, such as Gianvi, Nikki, Loryna Vestura, Lo-Zumandimine, Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol or Jasmiel.
Yaz uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. 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.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Yaz can cause long-term fertility issues. This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.