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Trying out Yasmin BC

A few days ago I went to pick up my monthly prescription refill for the birth control pill I've been taking for the past few months. I usually get Ocella, which is the generic for Yasmin, and I pay $0 for a month's supply. Maybe you can imagine my surprise when the pharmacist told me it would be $56! Hm. Apparently the nurse at the Ob-gyn office had written the prescription for Yasmin, but didn't put the "substitute for generic" as they usually do. Not a big deal, I guess. I mean, I don't pay for it myself, we use the HSA card from my dad's health insurance. Plus I've read that although the main ingredients in the brand name and generic may be the same, the filler ingredients used in the generic can cause side effects for some people. I haven't really experienced any side effects from the Ocella, but maybe the Yasmin will help clear up my acne even faster?

When I first started taking the pill in January 2014, I was first given Microgestin. Oh my god. I quickly developed the worst skin I ever had. As soon as they switched me to Ocella my skin started clearing up quick. I love this pill. It regulates my periods, clears my skin up, hasn't caused weight gain. There's a discount if you purchase a 90-day supply of the Yasmin so if I like this I may stick with it. I see my doctor in 2 weeks so we'll see what happens.

Do any of you take the birth control pill Yasmin? And if so, have you noticed a difference between the brand name and the generic?

#birth-control-pill #health #beauty #skincare

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melody23 wrote on September 14, 2014, 1:58 PM

I don't take that particular pill, but I just wanted to say that when I first started taking the pill in my early 20's I had a horrible time with the first few I tried. When I eventually found one I liked I stuck with it for several years, then my doctor made me change it again (new doctor) but I have been taking the new one for about 2 years and so far its been ok. Sometimes its a case of 'find something you like and stick with it' I guess. You shouldn't see that much of a difference between the generic and the brand name to be honest, the ingredients will be almost identical its usually only the silly ingredients like colours or things to mask the flavour in certain medications that are different between a brand name and a generic brand.

Pogonotomy wrote on September 14, 2014, 3:25 PM

Thanks for the input! :) I'll see how I feel with the brand name one, I can't return it anyways so might as well use it haha. Fortunately the Ocella (the generic) didn't give me any side effects.

MegL wrote on September 14, 2014, 4:57 PM

I would be careful changing from one birth control pill to another, in terms of taking extra precautions if you are using it for its birth control effect, for a few days, any way.

Pogonotomy wrote on September 16, 2014, 11:35 AM

I'm taking the brand name version of the generic I was previously taking, so hopefully not too much of a difference! At least I see my doctor next Monday :)

LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2014, 1:42 PM

Interesting. I know absolutely zero zilch nada about any of these products. I learned something today. And, yo write well.

LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2014, 1:43 PM

Q: What do you get when you cross an obstetrician and a Jedi knight?

A: OB-Gyn Kenobi. :P

Pogonotomy wrote on September 16, 2014, 2:18 PM

Haha thanks for reading! :p I don't know many males who know much about contraceptive birth control :p

Ruby3881 wrote on October 2, 2014, 4:14 AM

When I took the Pill, the ones I was prescribed didn't have a generic equivalent. I haven't needed them in many years now. My oldest child is turning 17 soon! I hope you'll have a positive experience with Yasmin :)