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If you’re looking for a birth control pill that fights acne, check out Beyaz! Beyaz is a daily contraceptive pill that prevents pregnancy while reducing some of the main symptoms that come with periods, cramping, and hormones. There’s even better news: Beyaz is FDA approved to treat acne and PMDD — including both the physical and emotional side effects that come with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Of course, as with most birth control pills, Beyaz has potential risks such as an increased risk of moodiness and depression.
Beyaz is different from Yaz in that it also includes a small dosage of vitamin B and folic acid with each pill. This lowers the chances of neural tube defect and gives women the folic acid they need in the event that they become pregnant. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Beyaz at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Drosperinone EE LEV 3/.02/.45 for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $115 without insurance.
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Does Beyaz Cause Hair Loss?
Some women may experience thinning of their hair when starting Beyaz. Stop taking the pill and use backup birth control, like condoms and other barrier protections, if this becomes severe.
Does Beyaz Stop Your Period?
Beyaz is known to lighten your period where you will only have bleeding for a few days instead of your full flow. Beyaz may stop periods in some women and make some women skip periods over a month or two. Your periods should resume when you stop taking Beyaz. If you get regular periods and they suddenly stop, you may be pregnant, especially if you have missed days when taking the pill.
Does Beyaz Cause Weight Gain?
Weight gain is one of the known side effects of Beyaz, and you may notice a few extra pounds as a result of this medication. However, the weight gain is typically moderate at around 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year. If you experience significant weight gain, talk to your doctor, and they may prescribe a different medication for you.
Important Information About Beyaz
Beyaz is not effective at preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so continue to use barrier protection (condoms) to prevent the spread of diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhea. Beyaz does not permanently affect your fertility, which will return shortly after you stop taking the pill.
Side Effects of Beyaz
Side effects of Beyaz are fairly limited and should go away after a few months on the pill. However, every woman is different, so you may experience side effects that become more severe over time. A few common side effects include:
- Moodiness or irritability
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Menstrual irregularities
- Decreased libido
Like most birth control pills, there are some serious side effects of Beyaz that can affect your day-to-day life. These include blood clots, high blood pressure, liver problems, changes in potassium levels, and gallbladder disease.
Before You Take Beyaz
As with all medications, let your doctor know about your allergies and any other prescriptions you are on before you take Beyaz. The pill may interact with other drugs and increase your potassium levels. Knowing what medication you’re on can help your doctor prevent uncomfortable side effects and life-threatening problems. Carefully consider taking Beyaz if you’re not sure about sticking to the daily schedule. Some women can’t take a pill at the same time every day and want to use other birth control forms instead.
If you don’t take Beyaz daily, you increase your chances of becoming pregnant. This is common with most daily pills. If you miss two periods or if your period is more than seven days late and you missed pills, then you may be pregnant. Do not continue to take Beyaz if you become pregnant.
How Can You Get Beyaz?
Ask your doctor about Beyaz so they can write a prescription for you. Beyaz brand-name tablets can cost between $15-$80 for a packet of 28, though insurance can significantly reduce the price or cover it entirely. You can also try the Beyaz generic alternative, Rajani, if you are looking to save money.
Both Beyaz and Rajani use drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol to prevent pregnancy.
If you don’t have health insurance, check us out! We can find affordable birth control that is reliable and safe for you.
How Does Beyaz Work?
Patients on Beyaz take one pill per day through a 28-day cycle. The first 24 pills contain pregnancy-preventing hormones, while the remaining pills work to keep you in the habit of taking contraception daily.
Beyaz works to prevent pregnancy by lightening the uterine lining (where a fertilized egg attaches), preventing ovulation, and thickening the cervical mucus to keep sperm out. When taken correctly, Beyaz can be between 92 and 99 percent effective.
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“Demand for Nurx’s services skyrocketed — order volume for emergency contraception, birth control, sexually transmitted infection tests grew 40%, 50% and 100%, respectively. Its total sales climbed 80% year-over-year in 2020”
“For $35, all patients with mild to moderate acne—whether they’re insured or not—can receive an initial medical consultation, home delivery of medications, and a 10-week follow-up.”