Contraception Reviews

Yaz birth control pill vs Portia birth control pill

Yaz birth control pill

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Portia birth control pill

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Overview

Rated 3.2

5 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Yaz pill ingredients

Main hormones in Yaz pill

Anti-Androgenic progestin


Portia pill ingredients

Main hormones in Portia pill

Androgenic progestin

Medium estrogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

40% somewhat negative

Bleeds

40% no change

Sex drive

80% lost sex drive

Weight

40% lost weight

Skin

60% improved skin

Cycle return

100% in 1 month

Mood

22% somewhat positive

Bleeds

28% spotting

Sex drive

56% lost sex drive

Weight

56% no impact

Skin

78% no impact on skin

Cycle return

33% in 2 months

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Yaz birth control pill reviews

5 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

Yaz birth control pill  

Five stars because it saved my life. I have zest for life and do not intend to kill myself, but my PMDD turned me into a threat to my own safety for two out of every 3.5 weeks. I was so miserable that I wanted to be euthanized. Yaz makes me feel normal again, treat people normally again. The downside is some bloating, breast tenderness, and what little libido I had is gone. Additionally, since starting the pill I am prone to uncontrollable and unprofessional bouts of weeping when I do not feel like I need to cry. This is highly frustrating but better than living with PMDD. Generic version does not control my PMDD symptoms, brand name for me only.

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Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

Yaz birth control pill  

wasn’t strong enough for me, caused breakthrough bleeding, mood was terrible


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
37 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  10th Dec 23

Yaz birth control pill  

Yaz hit me like a freight train. Only lasted a month. Anxiety, panic, isomnia, dizzy spells and nausea and loss of appetite, and oh my god I peed like every 30 minutes, and felt my bladder was filling back up as it was emptying. A lot of pelvic pressure. I was tested for UTIs and got to a point where I made ultrasound and urologist appointments for my bladder, I had no idea what was going on. I did end up finding out I have a small bladder, so the diuretic effect of Yaz just hit me very hard. Do not recommend. The anxiety and insomnia hit hard and two weeks after stopping everything is normal, but those anxious thoughts at night needed ongoing cognitive behavioural therapy to get through.


Very negative mood

2 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

Yaz birth control pill  

Five stars because it saved my life. I have zest for life and do not intend to kill myself, but my PMDD turned me into a threat to my own safety for two out of every 3.5 weeks. I was so miserable that I wanted to be euthanized. Yaz makes me feel normal again, treat people normally again. The downside is some bloating, breast tenderness, and what little libido I had is gone. Additionally, since starting the pill I am prone to uncontrollable and unprofessional bouts of weeping when I do not feel like I need to cry. This is highly frustrating but better than living with PMDD. Generic version does not control my PMDD symptoms, brand name for me only.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

Yaz birth control pill  

wasn’t strong enough for me, caused breakthrough bleeding, mood was terrible


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
37 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  10th Dec 23

Yaz birth control pill  

Yaz hit me like a freight train. Only lasted a month. Anxiety, panic, isomnia, dizzy spells and nausea and loss of appetite, and oh my god I peed like every 30 minutes, and felt my bladder was filling back up as it was emptying. A lot of pelvic pressure. I was tested for UTIs and got to a point where I made ultrasound and urologist appointments for my bladder, I had no idea what was going on. I did end up finding out I have a small bladder, so the diuretic effect of Yaz just hit me very hard. Do not recommend. The anxiety and insomnia hit hard and two weeks after stopping everything is normal, but those anxious thoughts at night needed ongoing cognitive behavioural therapy to get through.


Very negative mood

2 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments


Portia birth control pill reviews

2 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th May 24

Portia birth control pill  

I felt hungry all the time, gained weight (15 lbs over the 3 months I was on it), and had extremely elevated blood pressure which was not common for me — it was 140/96 at the highest, from the time I woke up to bed time. I had anxiety, high heart rate, and night terrors, again very uncommon for me.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
39 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

Portia birth control pill  

I started taking this bc I have PMDD and also wanted to stop my period all together. I have no interest in getting pregnant. This pill was to stop my period and it did just that. I feel great on it.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th May 24

Portia birth control pill  

I felt hungry all the time, gained weight (15 lbs over the 3 months I was on it), and had extremely elevated blood pressure which was not common for me — it was 140/96 at the highest, from the time I woke up to bed time. I had anxiety, high heart rate, and night terrors, again very uncommon for me.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
39 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

Portia birth control pill  

I started taking this bc I have PMDD and also wanted to stop my period all together. I have no interest in getting pregnant. This pill was to stop my period and it did just that. I feel great on it.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

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