The birth control pill Yaz has been the first one that the Food and Drug Administration has approved as an alternative treatment to an extreme form of PMS, the premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. This mood disorder occurs during the menstrual cycle, often due to the fluctuating hormones during this period. Although some women do experience common symptoms of PMS and can handle them properly, there are those who experience extreme symptoms of PMS. About 3-5 percent of women suffer from PMDD, although the numbers can be more.
Among the most common symptoms of PMDD is depression. Mood swings, fatigue, irritability, food cravings (and eventual weigh gain), thoughts of hopelessness, headaches, hot flashes and heart palpitations are among the common symptoms PMDD. Seeing a doctor would greatly help in diagnosing whether you have PMDD, and if you are allowed to take Yaz for these symptoms. Yaz and PMDD have been linked together and with the birth control pill, handling PMDD seems to be easier.
Although symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder are almost the same as those in PMS, the difference is that these symptoms can be uncompromising enough to significantly hinder, prevent or lower the quality of life (both on social and personal relationships), at home, work and school. The wavering hormones and the lower serotonin levels (the chemical which helps transmit nerve signals in the brain) are what scientists believe are the culprit behind PMS and PMDD, although further studies are still needed. It is because of this hormonal imbalance that makes Yaz a sensible option; taking artificial hormones to alleviate the symptoms of PMDD does make sense in a medical point of view.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the main issue with Yaz and PMDD is that Yaz can also heighten the risks of other health complications, such as stroke, thrombosis, and heart attacks. Yaz, and its sister birth control pill Yasmin, can also alter the effects of other drugs or medications that women are also taking, putting them at greater risk. Weighing the benefits and dangers with your doctor would be a better option than taking Yaz without a prescription.