As a combination oral contraceptive, YAZ uses a mix of low-dose oestrogen and progestin pills to protect against pregnancy. Unlike most traditional oral contraceptives that leave about seven days, a placebo week, open for your period, YAZ includes an extra three days of active pills, shortening the placebo period to four days. According to the YAZ website, this 24/4 cycle results in shorter and lighter periods. Its different dosage also helps prevent against severe premenstrual symptoms and reduces acne.
Read up on YAZ on the YAZ website to make sure the birth-control pill is the right contraceptive for you.
Make an appointment with a gynecologist or with a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood.
Talk to your gynecologist or nurse practitioner about the possible side effects of YAZ. Also discuss why you think switching to YAZ will benefit you. Your gynecologist or nurse practitioner will have the final say as to what you are prescribed.
Check your local laws and rights before heading out to the pharmacy. While Yaz has no age restriction, several news reports in recent years have indicated that pharmacies have denied giving birth control to women. You can also call the pharmacy or check its website to see about any restrictions on filling your birth control prescription.
Take your prescription to the pharmacy, and wait until it is ready.
Once on the pill, you can set up e-reminders through the YAZ website, which will remind you to take your pill, refill your prescription or about doctor's appointments. See the Resources below for a link to the Sign Up page.