Yasmin vs Lucette ...
Contraceptives, trying not to fall pregnant from the age of 16 onwards, oh the joy of being female! I thought I'd write a quick post for any of you girls / ladies who are currently using the contraceptive pill, specifically, Yasmin or Lucette.
I've been on the contraceptive pill since I was 16, I was started on (the cheapest) named Microgynon. And although I gained weight, suffered with pmt and regular bloating - I thought all this was a natural side effect of all contraceptive pills - the pill was effective in that it worked for me in preventing me from ever getting pregnant. So I stayed on it for a good few years. As I got older and read more on the pill, I decided I'd like to try Yasmin, even though some of my closest friends had bad experiences on this pill, I knew that each pill reacts differently for each person, and an adverse reaction in one doesn't mean the same for another.
I'd read that Yasmin was one of the more expensive prescription pills, I vaguely remember reading that there was a difference of around £15 in each give prescription of Yasmin compared to Microgynon, and that understandably doctors are encouraged to start off with the cheaper options and could sometimes be reluctant to prescribe the dearer pills.
Luckily the lovely female doctor I saw was happy to change me to Yasmin after I explained some of the problems I was having with my older pill, and from then on I've been using Yasmin successfully for about 5 years.
So recently I visited my doctor to receive my next 6 months worth of Yasmin pills, had my blood pressure checked and told I could pick them up from the pharmacy. When I got home I was surprised to find a different pill called Lucette in the bag, I immediately rang the surgery to make them aware of the mistake and that I'd been given the wrong pill, but was told that actually this is exactly the same pill just made by a different company, a different brand if you will.
So despite my first reservations - I know how sensitive our bodies can be to new hormonal products and found that Yasmin suited me really well, I started to do some research online only to find that many other women in the UK were being transferred to Lucette (made by Gedeon Richter) in place of Yasmin (made by Bayer) because Lucette is a far cheaper. It's basically down to the NHS wanting to eradicate Yasmin from the NHS on a cost basis. I was a bit peeved that no one had a discussion with me about the change but figured it wasn't a big deal and after being reassured it's the same ingredients, I thought I may as well take the Lucette.
I was given a 6 month supply, after the first couple of weeks I noticed my mood starting to be affected. I felt anxious for no reason and just generally quite down and grumpy, as well as feeling slightly nauseous, got frequent headaches and, some of you ladies may have experienced this bloated 'gynae' feeling and had regular spotting. I persevered and took 3 months of the Lucette before deciding I wanted to come off it.
I was really disappointed and did a bit more research online before going back to my doctor and asking to be put back on Yasmin.
So for now I'm back on Yasmin, I'm slightly worried that by the next time I go to get my prescription it may no longer be available on the NHS but I'll deal with that at the time.
I just wanted to write this post to say if something similar happens to you, my advice would be to try the new pill but don't feel like your being awkward or neurotic if you need to swap back or to a different product altogether.
Contraceptive suitability is so dependent on the individual and I know the misery being on the wrong medication, playing havoc with your hormones can cause.
Doctors have your best interests at heart but are also under pressure with all the cuts in the NHS and constantly being given new objectives, but this shouldn't mean that you aren't made aware of changes to medication and should be given your options.
I am certainly not saying don't try Lucette if you do happen to be prescribed it, I've read many reviews from women who were swapped and find it exactly the same as Yasmin, and just as many reviews from people who had terrible side effects from Yasmin. I don't think any of it is particularly good for our health all over but the point is not one size fits all with contraception and hormone medication so do your research, speak to your doctor about all the different contraceptive options, and talk to your friends, I think it's important that we share our experiences, and hopefully find something that works well for you ...