The internet is scaring me about Yaz and birth control in general. Help!
August 2, 2011 5:27 PM Subscribe
The internet is freaking me out about Yaz and I am looking for more common sense answers to my concerns rather than 'This will medicine will give you blood clots and kill you.'. More specific details inside about me, and my health and my concerns.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am a mid-30's non-smoking, pretty healthy woman who is returning back to birth control, after a long hiatus. In my 20's, I was given Yasmin to control my PCOS, and help improve side-effects of other metabolic disorders. Since then, I have lost a significant amount of weight, cleaned up my diet, kept consistent with exercise and really regulated my thyroid (I am hypo and have been since I was a kid) and all of my metabolic issues have disappeared.
This time around, I am only taking Yaz for birth control. I went to my gyno and told her that Yasmin had given me no side-effects 10 years ago, which is why she put me on Yaz.
However, reading the internet has freaked me out to the point where I am certain I'll get a blood clot or have a stroke if I continue on with my medicine. I've already experienced minor leg pain and anxiety (though let's be fair, the anxiety is probably caused by what I am reading on the internet.)
Another complication that my gyno might have glossed over - I have nerve damage in both of my legs from a back/spinal cord injury and they generally hurt all the time. So I don't think I would be able to tell the difference between my normal leg pain and the possibility of something like DVT. I've been in the hospital multiple times and have been given ultrasounds during that time on my legs, due to the fact that I was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time. Luckily, they never found anything.
I have a family history of stroke (my grandmother, grandfather and father all passed away from massive strokes) which I did tell my gyno, but didn't seem to raise a red flag. My blood pressure and cholesterol are fantastic.
I am thinking of going to see my regular doctor, as he has treated me for all my non-specific gynecological needs and I feel he'll listen to my concerns.
Am I being paranoid? Are a handful of people on the internet, and a pending lawsuit just scaring me unnecessarily? Do any me-fis have positive (or negative) experiences they can share with me?
I've only been on my pills for a few days, and I'd rather back out if I have to before things really get screwy!