To begin I will tell you that I am 24 year old non-smoker/drug user and have been a vegetarian since I was 18, and I will call my lifestyle one of Medium Activity. I live in a city and tend to walk or bike wherever I go but I do not take time out of my day to practice any traditional exercise methods. Yasmin is the first HBC I have ever used.
I started Yasmin the first day of my period, 21 days ago. Tomorrow I start my first placebo pill, and while I realize I do not need to take them I am a very forgetful person and loose track of time. This first month of being on Yasmin has, for the most part, been as if I had not started a hormonal medication at all.
I have not experienced any extra bleeding, migraines, emotional fits, or weight gain. I have experienced enlarged and tender breasts, like I get right before my period. My appetite has, for the most part, been cut back and I am able to leave a plate with food and accept that I am full. The amount of liquids I consume on a daily basis has grown significantly thus I find myself using the bathroom more frequently. I have also noticed that my stool has been looser than normal and not as regular as I was before. I have not decided whether it is Yasmin completely or the change in how much I've been eating.
To comment on acne, since it is a popular topic for those using HBC's, I have noticed a ever so slight improvement on my face. The acne not being as deep or painful as it was before, however, I do still have acne. I am waiting to see how the placebo week treats me.
I take my pill at 2pm and occasionally I would feel nauseous after taking it with my daily multi-vitamin and decided that it was the multi-vitamin that was causing the nausea so I take that after I have eaten a full meal and not at the same time I take Yasmin. The nausea has not bothered me for the past week so I assume I guessed correctly that it was the Multi-vitamin causing some imbalance.
I find myself less stressed than normal and I would have been considered someone with a high stress lifestyle. I have also found that I am not bothered by the less stress where before I would have found other things to be stressed about to make up the difference.
Overall I can say that Yasmin has been a positive experience for me and has allowed my boyfriend of 5 years and I to have unprotected and spontaneous sex for the first time ever. I would not hesitate to recommend Yasmin to any other woman looking for a low dose HBC.