I had a 3-week cycle, cramps worse in some months more than others, and low moods (all of which I now see could have been helped with dietary modifications) When I was 20, I developed clinical anxiety, and that brought on concern over whether initial brownish spotting is typical or not. Wanting more regularity and mood stability in my cycle, I took Yaz and every generic variant of it (I heard, good for PMS from the original prescribing Dr, and my subsequent Dr and NP didn’t question it)
That, in combination with anti-anxiety meds for 12 years, likely caused near-fatal blood clots. (It happened several years after the warning labels, and generics, so I’m more likely to win my Social Security Disability benefits case than have grounds for inclusion in a class-action Yaz suit.
on a side note-(I experienced 5 months of amenorhea after the pulmonary embolism/anoxic brain injury. For the better part last year, I’ve used washable pads by Charlie Banana.