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Interesting Experience With Birth Control Pills

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Hey! I wanted to share an experience I had with birth control pills. I have been on Yasmin for several years now. Several months ago I found out that there is a generic form called Ocella. I felt forced to switch because it was only $15, and they doubled the price of Yasmin to $60 (which I still don't think is right). Anyway, I have been on the Ocella for a couple of months now, and I have not been feeling well ever since - but I just blamed it on my celiac disease and many food allergy issues. Then I started doing some research on the internet and found that a lot of people are also having issues with Ocella (bloating, fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, joint tenderness, and many more). I quit taking the Ocella and am already feeling better!!! - I don't know if it is a coincidence or not, but it doesn't seem like it. Now, I just have to find another birth control option. Just thought I would share.

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I have recently been diagnosed and have been reading as many posts as I can in a day. I am so grateful to this board and to all of you that are willing to share your stories. I finally joined today - because my symptoms (although diagnosed with IBS as a teenager) started this past February - 4 weeks after I started the YAZ pill. I went off in May - but symptoms progressed and was finally diagnosed in September. gluten-free for 3.5 weeks and feel like a different person. Not sure if there is a correlation or not - but I have always thought that the YAZ pill started this whole mess for me. The good news is at least I know and am taking it on as a challenge. Good luck to everyone here - I'll be curious if anyone else has a similar experience.

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Hi Roxie,

Funny that you say that. I was fine myself up until I ate out one night and got food poisning. I was never the same after that, finaly went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Celiac. A lot of people say that is not true and this that and the other. I swear to god, I never had a problem with my digestive tract and that one night. I really thought I had a bug living in me, thats why I went to the doctor figured I had a parasite.

Anyway, I tried birth control also and I had to stop taking it. Made me very ill, it affected me for a long time even after I stopped taking it

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I know, isn't it crazy! One day I could EAT anything I wanted with no problems, and then I went on a trip to Las Vegas, and two things happened. I got some kind of bad stomach bug, and I got a tattoo. When I got back from my trip, I was MISERABLE for a year, and then was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Now I have Celiac Disesae, and can't have wheat or gluten, but I also can't tolerate dairy, soy, or nightshades (and it seems like eggs and nuts as well). It has definitely been the most challenging thing in my life that I have ever had to deal with.

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I still miss my favorite gluten items, I will be honest about that. The good thing is that it does get easier with time =)

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I've been taking Yasmin for about 2 years now and just this month started taking the genaric of that. I was paying 25 bucks a month and the pharmasist rang up the genaric and it was 10 bucks! I asked him.. ARE YOU SURE ITS THE SAME? he said yes. Now I haven't had any issues with it, but its only been 4nights that I've taken it. I will keep an eye out for weird issues. I hope it works ok for me cuz 10 is better then 25! My brain tends to react to other peoples feelings of things, So I have to try and not let my brain think that Im getting sick when I actually am Fine.

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I've been on Yasmin for 5 years and when they automatically switched me over...I refused and pay the higher amount for the Yasmin. I figure, I'm not looking to switch from something that works until I speak directly with my doctor about it. Yasmin is going 100% generic but it'll take about a year for that to go full cycle. When I asked my pharmacist about Ocella he said "yes its gluten free" without even looking it up, so I didn't trust him. I see my gyno in March and will discuss my options with her. Since you have to take birth control daily, I just fell like we need be be 100% sure about a product otherwise we'll be questioning EVERYTHING we eat or do, so I'd rather pay more now and benefit later!!

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Talked to my doctor today, and she said that there is no exact generic for Yasmin (even though the pharmacists are saying that it is the same).

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