Why I quit taking Beyaz

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A few nights ago I hung out with one of my best friends who happens to be a little pregnant right now. (By a "little" pregnant I mean she's like 9 weeks along.  If she was, say, 9 months along, then I'd say she was "a lot" pregnant.  But I guess you can't be a "little" pregnant.  You either are or you aren't.  Kinda like being dead.)

(I'm a little gassy.)

Anyway, while were were hanging out and making Christmas cookies like the domestic goddesses we are, she mentioned to me that all she does is sleep.  She comes home from work, walks over to the couch, and passes out until her husband wakes her up and forces her to go upstairs to the bedroom.  Slow-cooking a baby is apparently taking a massive toll on her energy level and she's likely to take a nap at any given moment.  In fact, her sleepiness is becoming such a problem that she got a doctor's note letting her boss know she can't work more than 8 hours a day because she needs to be resting.

If I didn't have such an intense desire to remain childless until retirement, this news may have made me more excited to have children. It didn't. But what it did do was make me feel slightly less depressed at the prospect of actually being pregnant.  Morning sickness, stretch marks, and hemorrhoids seem way more tolerable if you can just sleep through it.

Napping is just lazy if you don't have an excuse. And come on, is there a better excuse than "I'M CREATING A LIFE IN MY WOMB"?

Speaking of having my uterus locked up tighter than Fort Knox, I've been on birth control pills since about 3 months before Clay and I tied the knot in 2008. I was a big fat virgin and completely naive about everything pertaining to sex and logic, so I was convinced that simmering b.c. in my system for a good 90 days was a surefire way to not conceive on my wedding night and beyond. 

Well, so far, so good.  *KNOCK ON WOOD FURIOUSLY BECAUSE SOMETIMES I BELIEVE THAT JUST TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING MAKES IS DESTINED TO HAPPEN.* I've been really persistent about taking my pill at the exact same time every day, and I'm pretty sure it's working because I haven't had a baby (having a baby is a pretty good indication that your birth control pill has indeed failed).

But a few months ago I started feeling like a grouchy dinosaur more than usual. I started feeling really sad for no reason at all and found myself wanting to sleep alllllllllllllllllllll the time (Oh crap. I probably AM pregnant.). Anyway, I don't handle daily stress well at all in the first place, so toss in some extra hormones in pill form, and Clayton's you're just asking for trouble. I was on an emotional roller coaster all of the time, having extreme bursts of happiness followed by soul-crushing feelings of despair that would leave Clayton me wanting to rip his my hair out.

I ended up going to my lady doctor in October and telling her about my woes. I shared with her that my job (at the ad agency) was making me insane, and I was having a tough time distinguishing if it was the job or the pill that was the cause of my Debbie Downer feelings. She said it was very possible that the pills were responsible for my weird mood swings, but it was hard to tell since I had tons of other outside stressors as well. She suggested we switch up birth control pills anyway because hey, it was a Monday morning and there was nothing else to do.

She put me on Beyaz, and she was super de-duper excited about it because Beyaz is a name brand birth control pill that has extra FOLIC ACID (yay?) and treats PMS symptoms. She said this pill might help me regulate my mood and make Clayton me happier. So, I put my faith in her Ph.D. ... G.E.D. ... MSG ... or whatever initials you need to be granted access to other women's hoohahs and decided to give it a whirl. She offered me 2 free monthly packs and come on, I can't turn down anything free.

Going onto Beyaz was totally uneventful at first. There wasn't any sort of noticeable change. It was just business as usual for my body. Then one day, out of nowhere, I suddenly started to feel, dare I say it, happier? My heart felt lighter, my stress seemed more tolerable, and I didn't want to kill things anymore. I started to get really excited and thought, "Wow! I feel normal!"

Shoulda known better than to think anything with me could just be normal.

A few weeks ago, while I was finishing off the first pack of Beyaz, I started getting weird pains in my legs. I ignored them at first, thinking it was just from running or sitting or ... something. Then the leg pains became more rapid and got so bad at night that I couldn't fall asleep. I would lay in bed running my hands up and down my ...

(Wow.  If I just stopped that sentence right there, it would take this blog post to a whole other level.)

 ... legs, trying to pinpoint where exactly the pain was. But the pain kept moving. One second it would be on my shin, the next it would be on my calf. Then it would be on the back of my thigh. It was so weird. I tried to ignore it, but by day 8 of pain I was starting to get worried.

So I did the only thing I know how to do in a situation like this (and should technically be banned from), I googled it.

Did you know there are over 400 pending cases against the makers of Yaz (Beyaz minus the folate) because women are dropping like flies left and right with BLOOD CLOTS? What is a major symptom of blood clots, you ask?

LEG PAINS.

And when do blood clot pains more likely occur?

AT NIGHT.

Being the calm, rational person I am, I immediately called my doctor and started freaking out on her. I left a message with the receptionist, begging her to have my doctor call me. I can just see the receptionist delivering my message: "Um, Courtney needs you to call her back ASAP because WebMd said she has a blood clot. She said if you can't reach her on her cell, you can just drive to the hospital because she will probably be in the ER having emergency surgery. And she also wanted to know if her insurance covers emergency surgery or if she would have a co-payment?"

I should have taken it as a sign when I told my mom I switched birth control pills and she replied, "I've heard nothing but horrible things about that pill. Didn't they have to re-run a commercial to warn people? I am not comfortable with you taking it." But I guess I was too dazzled by the prospect of extra doses of folic acid to heed her warning.

Then, on a separate occasion, my sister also mentioned that Beyaz was manufactured by the devil, and I was officially convinced I needed to stop taking the pill or I was going to die.

I made Clayton flush the rest of the pills down the toilet. I don't why. I guess I was concerned that I would dig them out of the garbage or something. "Nooooo, my folic acid!!!!!!"

You know why I probably started to feel happier while I was on Beyaz? Because I quit that horrible job at the exact same time, that's why! The day I quit that job everything suddenly, out of nowhere, got better.

Regardless, I'm glad I got off of Beyaz. While the cramps in my legs were most likely not blood clots and could probably be chalked up to lots of other things, it's still scary as heck to think that something as tiny as a pill could do so much damage to my body. I honestly don't think women get enough credit. There's a lot of pressure on us in the procreation department. It's our body that carries the baby, so it's ultimately our responsibility to make sure our eggs don't get fertilized. We're risking a lot by putting these extra hormones into our bodies and honestly, it's terrifying. Putting any kind of extra hormone into your body can vastly alter your emotional well-being and unfortunately, your physical well-being. I'm clearly not a doctor, but please do your research and ask your gyno a thousand questions before you just start taking any type of birth control pill or shot!

Note: My story is in absolutely no way, shape form meant to take the place of a proper conversation with your doctor. It's extremely important to keep in mind that ALL forms of birth control pills effect ALL women in DIFFERENT ways. So before you go diagnosing yourself and picking out a burial plot, make an appointment with you gyno. Any gyno worth his or her weight in gold will work with you to find the method of contraception that works for you. You're undercarriage is just like you: It's unique and special, and it should be treated as such.

I hate myself for typing that last sentence.

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42 comments

  1. Funny thing is, your uterus is probably in prime baby makin' condition due to your affinity for extra doses of folic acid. :P

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  2. Nice to read this....im researching online right now....been taking beyaz for almost 2 months..and have the same cramping, hot pains running from my hamstring to my ankle. Hope its nothing!

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  3. I wrote this post over a year ago and it's still the most popular post I've ever written, getting several dozen hits a day ... and that's not just a coincidence. Clearly lots of women are going through the same thing. I'm so glad that my experience with Beyaz is being of help to someone out there.

    Anon, your cramping sounds exactly like what mine was. Again, it's really hard to say if Beyaz was the exact cause, but I would never want to take any chances! Good luck! :)

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  4. I am close to the end of my first pack of Beyaz, and I have been having pains in my legs - kinda like a really painful bruise is there, with the no bruise. They move though. Right now they are in my things, later tonight I am sure they will be in my calves. I called my doctor, but of course he isn't in today. Do these pains sound familiar? Did yours go away after you stopped the pill? Thanks for the post!!

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  5. thighs* not things... that could be awkward!

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  6. Ha! Great typo, Anon2 ... but I totally knew what you meant! ;)

    Thanks for your comment! What you are going through sounds similar to what I had, especially the part about the "bruise that isn't there" feeling. I don't want to give you any sort of misleading information, but like I said in my post, I never had those pains in my legs until I started taking Beyaz and they went away almost immediately after I stopped taking it. Those clues led me to believe that the pill was the problem, but since I'm not a doctor, I can't 100% confirm that. But I do strongly believe it was from the pills and if you're having any kind of weird symptom in tandem to the time when you first started taking Beyaz, I would definitely call your doctor and consider discontinuing its use. The fact that so many people wind up on this blog post is evidence that this pill is causing a lot of concern and freaking people out. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Keep me updated!

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  7. As a college student and athlete, BEYAZ ruined my life! I was on it for about 4 months when I started feeling tingling in my upper body, cramps in my legs as a swimmer I need my legs...I was told by my gyno that i was dehydrated and should drink more! OK, so on I went and things progressed to the point of which i thought i was living in HELL...Panic attacks set in, depression, I had to quit swimming because I was unable to function. I dropped several classes and thought I was going crazy with each and every severe attack. After much blood work and several trips to an endocrinologist I learned that my cortisol levels were extremely high (a normal effect of anyone on the bc pill) I quit my Beyaz cold turkey the pill from hell and have slowly started to recover. This pill caused havoc in my system. Depleted my vitamins and made my life a living hell for about 2 months. I am still not 100% but I am not having the attacks as I was and life is slowly getting back to normal. Too bad I have missed my season and will never get that back! BEYAZ IS HELL....

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  8. I stopped using hormonal birth control over a year ago. I recently got the Paragard (hormone-free) IUD, and it rules. The extra hormones made me feel crazy, and I took them for years because they seemed to be the best option. So glad I'm not in the pool of women who are taking the recalled birth control pills. Insanity.

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  9. I started Beyaz 12 days ago. I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen but had horrible PMS so doc switched me to Beyaz. About 2 days after my first pill, the leg pain you're describing set in! I tried to ignore it, hoped it would go away, but it just got worse. Then I googled it, got scraed to death, and called my doc. I stopped taking Beyaz today. Hope the leg pains and other weirdness (headaches, tiredness, slight chest pain) go away! Thanks for posting this - now I know it's Beyaz and I'm not crazy!

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    1. This is almost my exact situation. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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  10. I've been on beyaz for about a year and a half. I never experienced any legs pains, but everyone is different. However, my emotions are all over the place. I recently stopped taking it because my estrogen levels and testosterone levels decreased so much I didn't ever want any sexual contact and when I did (hardly ever) it was unbearably painful. My doctor asked me to stop all together.

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  11. I started taking beyaz on July 12th, not for birth control but for regulation of my estrogen/hormone levels. Prior to this I complained to my dr of random hot flashes and severe night sweats. so she put me on this. Well after 3 1/2 weeks of taking it, I started getting severe shortness of breath during the night. I would wake up between 2 - 4 hours of being asleep and I couldn't breathe, which is a scary feeling. It felt like asthma, even though I've never had that, my son did and I can imagine that's how it felt. I had a tightness in my chest as well. Of course, all the bad thoughts start racing through my head...heart attack, etc. Went to a dr, not my normal dr, and he did an EKG which was fine and he gave me an inhaler saying that I could be developing asthma in my adult years. I knew this was BS, but I tried the inhaler anyway and it didn't do anything. after another week and 1/2, I was still having the shortness of breath at night so I went back to the dr today, my normal dr. she said it could be a combination of my meds. The day she gave me the beyaz, she also changed my RX for my ambien because my normal 10mg was losing it's effectiveness so she moved me to the 12.5mg ambien. after reading this post along with other google searches, I truly think the beyaz is the culprit. I just took my last pill (before I did the searches of course!) and i'm going to see if my breathing clears up. If it does, I'm getting something else. I'm disappointed because the beyaz did in fact lessen my hot flashes and night sweats and I also lost about 5 lbs without changing my diet. But, I will take back the flashes/sweats and the 5 lbs just so I can breathe again!!

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  12. Glad I ran across this blog, I have been on Beyaz for 6 months and over the past 2 months I have experienced extreme exhaustion, leg cramps, and worsening of my menstrual cycle. I have been on just about every birth control imaginable and Beyaz at the beginning seemed to be the best one yet. Im glad I am not the only one who has had side effects from this pill. I often tell my husband that I think all my "problems" are linked to Beyaz and I feel like he thinks I must be the only person out there who feels this way. I will be calling my doctor Monday to discuss my concerns and it looks like I will be trying another pill or looking into the IUD.

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  13. Wow!!!! I'm another victim of Beyaz the pill from Hell!!! I have been on it for 3 1/2 months! I have had horrible shortness of breath, problems with my inner ear from fluid retentio (did anyone have that?) I have had headaches, belly ache, thoracic pain, dizzy, nausea, no libido.
    It has been awful, I have been feeling like I was going crazy! My ent dr even put me on a diuretic bc of the fluid retention, but although neither my Pcp or my ent mention that it could be the beyaz , I know that it is bc it has been 6 days since I quit and I feel a lot better!
    I am a healthy 31 year old and I just didn't feel right. For anyone that is having leg pain call your Dr right away. I am a registered nurse and I know this could be very serious. Also if you get swelling in your face, tongue difficulty swallowing or if u get a rash especially with shortness of breath.
    I can't believe I took this pill! But I am glad that I am off of it now

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  14. I have two weeks left of Beyaz. My doctor pushed it on me, as well as Nuvaring which I'm all set with for now. Not my thing, really. But I've been getting pains in my hands, mostly towards my fingers. While there is no history of blood clots in my immediate family, this still freaks me out. What would your, or anyone's suggestion be for a better bc? Something that doesn't affect moods too much, because BeYaz has made me a rage machine! This post helped me out a ton! Thanks!

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  15. I've been getting so many comments on this post, it's unbelievable (and yes, sad as it is to admit, 14 comments on one post is a big deal for me!). This just proves that a lot of women are out on the internet searching for answers about this pill. While this pill was terrible for me, I know of a few women that have done wonderfully on it. We're just all so unique, it's hard to gauge what's the pill's fault and what is just how our body responds. If you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary on ANY type of birth control pill, call your doctor immediately. It's not uncommon to try out several pills before you find one that works for you! I am currently on the generic version of Zovia (Kelnor) and have had little trouble. My only beef with the pill is that I am a rageful beast the week before my period and it slightly lowers my libido.

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    1. I get what you mean. It is my first time on Birth Control, so maybe I just have to try a couple out. I have the same exact problem with the beast-mode of sorts, and lowered libido. You are awesome, and I wanted to say thank you again!

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  16. I dunno how to take this post. It benefits me and see things more cleary. my periods were so heavy, I was tested for leukemia. Blood clots in the leg are more apparent. you should of went to a Dr and seriously, calm down.

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  17. Thanks for your comment and I am sorry to hear about your own situation. I DID call my doctor and I went off the pill because what I was experiencing was not normal and yes, I panicked. Anytime your body behaves out of the ordinary, it's scary. I know blood clots are far more obvious than what I was going through, but the point of this post was that I nipped the problem in the bus before it COULD become serious.

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    1. I have been taking beyaz for almost 2 years. And after reading all this I really wanna switch. The only thing I really noticed was pain in my legs at night. Matter of fact right now. I'm deff gonna make an appointment with my doctor before it causes any damage to my body. Thanks for the info guys .

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  18. And I meant "bud", not "bus". I'm not sure how to nip a problem in the bus. That just sounds heavy and awkward.

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  19. Thanks for posting this. I'm going through the exact same situation (leg pains, for which I took several studies to see if I had blood clots, crazy depression, etc), and I also work in advertising! My doctor just switch me to Loestrin Fe 24. I hope it gets better.

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  20. My midwife decided eerin I was taking was a to low of dose of BC well she handed me 3 boxes of beyaz I was thrilled! I said but wait is this the same stuff from those awful commercials? Her response was oh those are just cause people were unhealthy. I'm obese and live a very sedentary life. I am a stay at home mom with two boys but I'm also partially disabled from a knee dislocation. So that should have been my red flag but nooooo I went on my merry way and showed my new pills off to my hubby preventing him from getting the snip 31/2 weeks later I have horrid pains in my chest kinda like an elephant sitting on it and last night I had an awful what felt like cramp in my upper left thigh... well needless to say today was my last pill ever of beyaz!! I'm not dying because it was free!!

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  21. I'm 26, a *little* heavy, and my gyno diagnosed me with PCOS last month. After I got over feeling that was the end of the world, I went back to the gyno to set a "plan" for dealing with the PCOS. I have a history of ovarian cancer in my family so my gyno prescribed Beyaz (I've been on other birth control pills before but didn't have a BCP already picked out, wish I had after Googling Beyaz nonstop for the past 3 weeks, ugh) and Metformin. About Beyaz, my gyno told me, "Don't believe all the commercials, they're all like that!" - I don't know about you, but if you tell me not to do something, I'm going to do it, lol.

    Long-ish story short, I'm only on my 2nd week of Beyaz, and I've been going back and forth about stopping it cold turkey. I've had constant headaches, chest pain (but that could be from Metformin, GI, and/or stress), fatigue, and, most recently, leg pains. I woke up and noticed my legs hurting and felt like that just wasn't normal.

    Thank you for this post. I've been trying to find something to justify quitting this Pill... I just feel like the scary side effects aren't worth it. I took your idea and flushed the rest of my Beyaz. Feels pretty good so far. At this point I'm planning to go back to my gyno and request a different Pill. This whole Beyaz freakout has me kind of doubting my gyno... she's awesome otherwise, but I've been feeling a little shortchanged, I guess?

    Anywho, girl power! Inform yourself :) Trust your instincts.

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  22. i have been very scared to take birth control, because my mom had a blood clotting disorder that went undiagnosed because she passed away. i told my doc that i wanted to get on birth control, and about my mom's history and she told me i would be fine with beyaz. she def pushed beyaz to me and gave me a sample pack. i had a bad feeling after reading about it and talked to her again, she said im fine and she wouldnt really prescribe me anything else (my doc is not the nicest person) so i took the beyaz. i have not stopped bleeding since. after reading this i am not taking beyaz anymore. thank u for posting this, i knew i should have trusted my gut!

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  23. Been on Beyaz for ten days and I am a raging psychotic bitch from the depths of hell! My poor poor husband:/ my doctor put me on this to help with pmdd and post baby hormonal blues. I would rather stick pins in my eyeballs at the same time everyday than continue taking this pill. I cry 80 percent of the day and my stomach has never felt so nasty. Morning sickness was kinder on my tummy. I'm throwing this crap in the garbage. I've never been depressed a day in my life. And every day on this has been wretched. If it weren't for my 8 month old baby I would stay in bed all day. And this is not who I am!

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  24. I took Beyaz for a long time then was of the pill for awhile. Started taking a different pill with a new doctor a year later but then switched back to Beyaz. I have seen all those medical commercials and read so many articles that freaked me out as well. I then had a conversation with my doctor and was assured that I was doing fine taking Beyaz. Every pill that you put into your body, no matter what it is for, is going to have possible severe side effects because it is not natural! Unfortunately there are people who experience these side effects but not everyone. I am glad that you were able to recognize that your body did not get along with Beyaz but that is not the case for everyone. I just want people who read this not to freak out. If you have concerns make an appointment with you doctor to discuss these concerns don't just go assuming that you are going to drop dead any day because of the medication you are on. I take Beyaz and it is great for me, like you pointed out there are MANY other things that could be causing the similar symptoms but are not from the Beyaz. I don't know if it is just because you were taking the Beyaz that those commercials stood out to you but there are always commercials for all kinds of medications that people take successfully everyday. Talk you your doctors don't try to diagnose and issue from the internet. You are not a doctor or a scientist! Everyone is different. One persons experience is unique to them and should not be your basis for an internet self diagnosis!

    *by using the word you I am talking to all reading, not the blog writer. This was in no way supposed to bash the blog writer, I am happy that she was able to recognize when things were not right, but I know a lot of people will read this and self diagnosis without talking to their doctors.

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  25. Beyaz, four years. leg pain, shortness of breathe anxiety and irritability. I noticed this during this last year. I am 45 and was taking it for pmdd. My insurance stopped covering it. I didnt like the alternative and now the symptoms of coming off of it are horrible. So sick the first week, unbearable headaches and nausea. Now I am experiencing false pregancy symptoms. All of them. I knew over the last year with the symptoms I was having I needed to get off. Withdrawal is bad but glad I did.

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  26. I just started on Beyaz a right over three months ago. Courtney, I too started having bizarre leg cramps when laying down as soon as I started Beyaz too. The odd thing is that they happened exactly as you described. I didn't even realize I had muscles in some of the areas that were cramping up. It is very strange that it was so similar. When I would flex the leg to get the cramp our of the calf, it would trigger a cramp running up the outside of my shin bone. So working these cramps out only triggered other cramps, back and forth, and they would last forever it seemed! I would even get cramps on the inside of the leg close to the ankles. I have never experienced anything like these odd lag cramps until I started the medication.

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  27. I cannot tell you how GLAD I am that I found this blog post in my google search. I'm definitely sitting here wondering what in the hell is wrong with me. Beyaz was prescribed to me after endometriosis surgery back in June of 2013. I had taken Yaz for a long time previously but had ended it at the beginning of 2013 and wasn't on birth control for a while. So because Beyaz is so expensive I was on it for a couple of months after surgery and then went off it to try something else. Well what I tried definitely did NOT work and made me feel like a walking psychotic balloon. Then I decided to go back on Beyaz because I "thought" that it was like Yaz as I was told and that it was the only thing that would work for me. So fast forward to today... I have had shortness of breath for almost a week out of nowhere, which came AFTER a couple of weeks where I could literally not keep my eyes open - I was so incredibly tired for no reason. The shortness of breath has been an enigma to me this week and has had me wondering if I had asthma I didn't know about or some kind of allergy. My chest feels really tight and I feel kind of cloudy headed like i'm kind of far away. Anyways THEN I put the facts together that it must be this evil little pill. And out of NOWHERE last night in the middle of the night, I had a crazy anxiety attack that had me bawling my eyes out with emotions that were made of nothing. ?????? Everything in my life is actually great right now - I have a great job, i'm in college again, I have a great boyfriend, and family. SO there is no reason to have anxiety attacks and emotional freakouts like that. :-\ Anyways, I have a doc appointment tomorrow to discuss this. The nurse told me today not to take any more Beyaz since it sounds like that's the issue. Ya think?! I hope I can sleep tonight :-\

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  28. I've actually been on Beyaz now for almost 2 years, and haven't had any of the problems mentioned here. I only read this blog because I thought the author would mention what it would be like to get off of Beyaz.. (Like boob shrinkage)

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  29. The leg cramps could possibly be from low magnesium levels. I have been on Beyaz for a while now! I began taking 500mg of Mag along with my calcium and I no longer have leg cramps....and mine were exactly as many of you were describing them! I take it for PCOS and I have to say that it has been such a good med for me and helped me so much!

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  30. I've been on beyaz for 2 and a half years now with no issues save for the first 3 months. I figured my body would have some adjusting to do and that takes time. Initially I had leg and arm cramps, terribly sore breasts and dizziness, but honestly the alternative seemed so awful I decided to keep on with it. I made a few dietary changes that seemed to help (cut out soy, and lessened potassium intake) and now I can honestly say I've never felt better. Mind you it was stupid to ignore the leg and arm pains, or any of it for that matter, but my periods and hormones had me in such a bad place I felt like I had nothing to lose.

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  31. Thanks for the post. I just got a pack from my doctor. First thing Monday I will be making an appointment to see if there are other options. Are you taking any birth control pills right now?

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  32. I was on Beyaz for an astounding 2 years. How I tolerated it, I will never know. Three months in, I was experiencing horrific depression (and that is putting it lightly). I gained 45 pounds in less than 4 months, and I have the permanent potbelly & stretch marks to prove it. My hair was, and still is, falling out. Chronic migraines and cluster headaches. The lot. Then the majority of the more superficial symptoms went away. And then came back less than a year later in full force. But hey, at least my skin looked great. /sarcasm
    I got off of Beyaz, and am so freakin' glad I did.

    My suggestion: If your doc suggests this birth control, fire them and then burn the box of pills. Send that devil "medication" back to hell, from whence it came.

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    1. I've been on Beyaz for two years and about 7 months into it I developed SEVERE headaches. Being that I had been on Beyaz for so long, it was the last thing I expected. Now that I've done everything I can think of, and have been living with these headaches occurring daily for the last year, the bells are going off that it might be Beyaz. Sure enough, I google it and their own website warns about development of severe headaches.

      Beyaz had honestly made my life better up until this point. I went on it since my periods are unbearable and I have some insane mood swings to boot. Beyaz took both of those problems away within that first month of use and I have enjoyed not being weighed down each month by acting crazy and the heavy bleeding and cramping.

      I just feel so torn. The thought of going back to my natural cycle depresses the hell out of me. I guess I should start exploring my other low dose options because with where I'm at currently, it feels like I'm choosing between two hells.

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  33. Psychotic bitch. That is EXACTLY what I feel like I am on this pill. I have never been so irritable. Ever. Nothing makes me happy and EVERYTHING pisses me off. Like the way my mother drinks her water. I see my mother once a year. She just got here for a visit and I want to kill her. Why? Because the way she drinks her water makes me want to slap it out of her hand. And I love my mom. And I would never do that to her but the desire is sooooo strong! Anyway...I took beyaz for 2 years and only had leg cramps. I stopped taking it for a year and the cramps went away. Got back on it a few weeks ago and now I want to kill every one and every thing. And sex is like Jesus to me. I can't live with out either of those two things but if my boyfriend comes near me, I will probably kick him in the balls. I feel like a damn maniac. Courtney (my daughter's name) thank you for this post. The fact I was googling it is proof I already knew I needed to get off this pill. I want to be a nice person again before everyone gets sick of my shit. Tuh.

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  34. I just took my first and last Beyaz thanks to this blog! I wish I would have read it before I took my first pill. No side effects so far, but I am happy to have the justification of family history of blood clots to stop this horrid pill. My gyno is obviously a moron.

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  35. I'm so glad I came across this post. 2 weeks ago I had leg pains just as you described and they did an ultrasound to look for a blood clot but didn't find one. I also have been having nightmares, anxiety/panic attacks, mood swings and depression. I have told my Dr and told her I thought it was my birth control which they didn't think it was and wanted to put me on depression medication. (Treating side effects of a pill with a pill smh) I will not be taking beyaz any longer.

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  36. I have had a pretty positive experience with Yasmine, Yaz and Beyaz for 12 years, but it's time to give my body a rest, and I'm hoping I gain more energy and lose weight. I love that it regulated my periods and made them short (and that I could skip them as I pleased). I generally don't have much energy and I'm not sure if this has been because of my history of depression or because of the Beyaz or because I just don't consume much caffeine, but I'm hoping by stopping the Beyaz that I will gain much more energy. I've had random pains in my legs throughout the years but nothing so severe or bothersome or symptomatic of a blood clot, so I've continued the birth control for this long. My blood pressure has been noticeably high the past 2 years especially and I've been taking blood pressure medication, so I'm hoping by coming off Beyaz that I'll lower my blood pressure and my risk of strokes/blood clots, save money, and have more energy but only time will tell! I just finished my last pack so I'm nervous but hope everything works out!

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  37. I've been taking Beyaz for nearly three years, and at first, it was great. My period died down to practically nothing at all, I experienced very few PMS symptoms, and life was great. However, over the past several months, I started becoming absolutely unbearable to deal with for only a couple of days a month. It's to a point now I can pin point exactly what days, and I feel like I have no control whatsoever. I fight with EVERYONE, then feel horrible a couple days later, like a demon took over by body. In addition, I have developed the leg pains/numbing people are talking about.

    I'm off this stuff for good - glad I'm not the only one having issues. Thanks for the post!

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  38. I am currently on blood thinner bc I had developed blood clots, yes CLOTS, plural. And it's from BeYaz. I had leg pain (God awful pain!) for about 4-5 days then my thigh started to turn red. Found out via an US that it indeed was a clot. Just superficial, but my word it hurt soooo bad. And also found another clot, DVT..near my groin! In the vein that leads to the heart! My doctor had already taken me off the beyaz, 4 days prior to the US, and started me on blood thinner the same day. Scariest week and a half of my life. I have 3 littles and am done having kids. I have pcos, and was only on bc pills to keep me regular. Thankful the hubbs got a vasectomy. Even more thankful they found this other clot and kept me from something worse...
    Don't try BeYaz, NOT worth it.

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