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Yaz and its generic counterparts are some of the most popular birth control pills on the market. But when it comes to birth control, one size does not fit all.
Yaz was developed primarily to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The FDA has also approved Yaz to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder — a severe form of PMS. Women who are at least 14 years old might also use Yaz to treat mild cases of acne.
While Yaz has a lot in common with other combination birth control pills, it also has some key differences. Yaz only has 4 placebo pill days, resulting in shorter periods for those who take it. Yaz, like some other birth control pills, may also help prevent excessive bleeding or the development of ovarian cysts.
Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Yaz, but can offer the generic equivalent Nikki for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. The generic version of Yaz has the exact same active ingredients and costs less when you are paying out-of-pocket.
What should women know about Yaz? Our medical team often gets the following questions about it.
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How effective is Yaz?
Yaz, like all combination birth control pills, is highly effective when used properly. Studies conducted by the FDA have found that only 1 in 1000 women will get pregnant while using the pill exactly as prescribed.
With that said, ideal use is a high bar. Yaz needs to be taken at the same time every single day. Yaz works by elevating levels of estrogen and progestin in the body, so missing one or more doses can cause fluctuations in hormone levels that make unintended pregnancy more likely.
What side effects are associated with Yaz?
Yaz’s side effects are similar to those associated with all forms of hormonal birth control, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in mood
- Tender breasts
- Mild weight gain
- Irregular bleeding or spotting between periods
Most women experience few or no side effects while taking Yaz. For those who do, symptoms tend to be mild and temporary. Women who experience severe or unlisted side effects while taking Yaz should speak to their medical provider as soon as possible.
Is Yaz safe?
In 2009, a soft recall was issued for Yaz after it was revealed that Bayer, Yaz’s manufacturer, had included improper levels of hormones in some batches of pills. There have been no similar incidents with Yaz since then.
The FDA has concluded, however, that Yaz might be 1.5-3 times as likely to cause blood clots than other forms of birth control. This increased risk is negligible for most women, but women who smoke — especially those over the age of 35 — should consider other birth control options.
Yaz, like all forms of birth control, carries some minor medical risks. Despite this, Yaz is safe for the vast majority of women who use it.
Will my insurance cover Yaz?
Many insurance plans cover Yaz. But even if Yaz itself isn’t covered by your insurance, a generic version is likely to be.
The generic equivalent, Nikki, is very affordable for women without health insurance. Our team here at Nurx can prescribe Yaz at special request, but we can also offer Nikki for as low as $0 with insurance or $20 without insurance.
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