YAZ is a combined oral contraceptive, commonly known as a
'birth control pill' or 'the Pill'. Yaz is a combination of 2 hormones:
an estrogen (ethiny estradiol) and a progestin (drospirenone). Yaz is used in the
prevention of pregnancy. It primarily works by preventing ovulation during your
menstrual cycle. It also thickens the vaginal fluid making it more difficult for
sperm to reach and fertilize the egg. It also changes the lining of the uterus to
prevent attachment of a fertilized egg.
Yaz is also used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Symptoms of this disorder include:
- breast tenderness,
- anxiety, depression
- weight gain,
- trouble concentrating,
- lack of energy,
- joint or muscle pain,
- sleep or appetite changes,
- and headaches.
It may also be used in the treatment of acne in women who are at least 14 years old.
There are additional benefits that you may experience on Yaz. As you may have more regular
and lighter periods the result is a decrease in anaemia (iron deficiency). You may also
experience a decrease in period pain. Some symptoms like weight gain due to fluid retention,
swelling or bloating may improve when taking Yaz. Some of the following conditions may be
less common in women who take the Pill:
- ovarian cysts,
- fibrocystic breast changes,
- pelvic inflammatory disease,
- ectopic pregnancy,
- cancer of the uterus and ovaries.
Consult your doctor before taking Yaz and follow the instructions given to you.
Take one tablet daily at about the same time each day. You must take Yaz every day.
Keep a gap of 24 hours between each dose. It is advisable to take pill every night after
the meal as it reduces the side effects such as headache, nausea, and uneasiness feeling.
Take your first tablet from the green area of the pack (the active pills) that corresponds
to the day of the week you are on. Once you have finished the active pills begin taking
the white inactive tablets. Your period should begin 2-3 days after taking the white
tablets and may not finish before you start your next pack of Yaz. Always start a new pack
on the same day of the week as your previous pack.
If you have not used a hormonal contraceptive in the past month and are starting Yaz after
a natural cycle, start on the first day of your period. If you start on days 2-5 ensure
that you use a barrier contraceptive as well (e.g. condom) for 7 days after you start
taking the first tablet.
Speak to your doctor about how to start Yaz if you have had a baby, miscarriage or an abortion.
If you have been taking a combined oral contraceptive pill start taking Yaz on the day
after taking the last active tablet in your previous pack. You may experience some bleeding
while taking the first pack of Yaz. You can also switch to Yaz after taking one or more
nactive tablets in your previous pill pack.
Please keep the Yaz oral contraceptive pills in dark at room temperature, avoid moisture
and heat and away from the reach of children.
Yaz birth control pills must be taken regularly. If it is stopped, pregnancy may occur.
Hence, please keep the Yaz birth control doses refilled in your stock.
It is very important that you must take Yaz oral contraceptive pills daily as prescribed
by your doctor to remain protected from unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.
Contraception is maintained if you are late taking a tablet but still take it within 24 hours.
A missed pill occurs when you are more than 24 hours late. For YAZ to be at the height of
effectiveness, light pink active tablets need to be taken for 7 continuous days.
Should you miss to take the scheduled pills, please take necessary steps mentioned below:
If you miss one active pill:
If you have taken the light pink active tablets for 7 continuous days and miss a light pink
active tablet, take the missed tablet as soon as you remember, then return to taking your
medicine as usual. Do not worry if you need to take two tablets in one day – this is perfectly safe.
If you have been taking the light pink active tablets for less than 7 days and miss a light
pink active tablet you will need to take the missed tablet as soon as you remember,
and then return to taking your medicine as usual. You will also need to use an additional
barrier contraceptive for the next 7 days.
If you miss two active pills in a row in week 1 or 2, take two pills per day for two
consecutive days. Then take one pill per day until you finish the pack. You will also
need to use an additional barrier contraceptive for the next 7 days.
If you miss two active pills in a row in Week 3, dispose of the remainder of the pack
and start a new pack the same day. If you always start your pills on Sunday , keep taking
a pill every day until Sunday and then on Sunday dispose of the rest of the packet and
start a new packet.
If you miss three active pills in a row in Week 1, 2, or 3, dispose of the remainder
of the pack and start a new pack the same day. If you always start your pills on Sunday,
keep taking a pill every day until Sunday and then on Sunday dispose of the rest of the
packet and start a new packet.
You may not have a period during the month if you miss two or more pills.
Call your doctor if you miss a period for two months in a row, as you might be pregnant.
Immediately seek emergency medical advice or call the poison information center. If you think
you are overdosed, you may experience immediate vomiting after taking pills, nausea, sever
headache, sever abdomen pains, restlessness, high level of frustration and emotional disorder
or excess vaginal bleeding.
Before taking Yaz
Yaz does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or HIV.
Do not use Yaz if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby. Yaz can cause birth defects.
Do not use Yaz if you are breast feeding a baby as the hormones in Yaz can pass into breast milk
and may harm a nursing baby. Yaz may also decrease breast milk production.
The following drugs can make Yaz less effective in preventing pregnancy: antibiotics, seizure
medications, barbiturate sedatives, hepatitis C medications or HIV/AIDS medications.
You should not take Yaz if you have any of the following conditions: severe migraine headaches
(with aura, numbness, weakness, or vision changes), especially if you are older than 35;
untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure; problems with your eyes, kidneys or circulation
caused by diabetes;heart disease (coronary artery disease, uncontrolled heart valve disorder,
history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot); a blood-clotting disorder or circulation
problems; a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills; unusual vaginal
bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor; if you smoke and are over 35 years old;
liver disease or liver cancer; or a history of hormone-related cancer such as breast
or uterine cancer.
Inform your doctor of any of the following conditions you may have:
- a history of depression;
- a history of irregular menstrual cycles;
- high blood pressure, varicose veins;
- seizures or epilepsy;
- high cholesterol or triglycerides, or if you are overweight;
- gallbladder disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- or a history of fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, nodules, or an abnormal mammogram.
Yaz has unique hormone, drospirenone, which may increase potassium levels. This may cause
serious health problems for women suffering from kidney, liver or adrenal diseases such
as heart problems or stroke. Consult with your doctor before taking Yaz if you are on
medical treatment for heart or cardiovascular disease or chronic inflammatory diseases.
It is recommended that women check their potassium levels before taking Yaz.
Possible Side Effects
You may experience the following side effects during the initial treatement of Yaz:
breast tenderness, headache, vaginal yeast infection, upper respiratory and excessive
Women using Yaz birth control pills during premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
may experience headache, nausea, intermenstrual bleeding, breast pain, upper
respiratory infection, loss of strength and suspicious Pap smear.
Store Yaz birth control pills at normal room temperature. Keep away from moisture.
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