Yaz birth control - online prescription available

Yaz birth control pills can help if you're interested in preventing pregnancy. Yaz can also treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne. Get a new prescription or refill of Yaz from a board-certified primary care doctor online today.*

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Prevents pregnancy, treats acne, and reduce PMDD symptoms

Available as a tablet

Request Yaz in as little as 15 minutes, with or without insurance*

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About Yaz Birth Control

Yaz is hormonal birth control that contains progestin (drospirenone) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol). It prevents pregnancy by mimicking the body's natural hormones to prevent ovulation and alter the cervical mucous and uterine lining, making conception much less likely. Yaz can also be used to treat acne and reduce the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Yaz is available only by prescription. It is available in generic formulations under different brand names, including drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.

Yaz is prescribed as a tablet and may be taken on slightly different schedules depending on why it is being prescribed. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. If Yaz is being used for birth control and is not used exactly as prescribed, it may be less effective at preventing pregnancy.

Yaz birth control uses

Yaz has several FDA-approved uses, and may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online healthcare provider may prescribe it for the following reasons, or for other reasons not listed here. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why a medication is prescribed. 

  • Pregnancy prevention

    Yaz is FDA-approved to prevent pregnancy. Like other combination oral contraceptives, Yaz pills prevent ovulation and alter the cervical mucus to lower the risk of pregnancy.

  • Acne

    Yaz is FDA-approved to treat moderate acne in women at least 14 years old who have started having menstrual periods and wish to use birth control pills to treat their acne.

  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

    Yaz is FDA-approved to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Yaz can help improve symptoms such as anxiety, depression, breast tenderness, weight gain, and muscle pain.

Yaz side effects

The side effects associated with taking Yaz are typically mild, and usually go away over time. 

  • Common side effects of Yaz may include:

    • Nausea and, rarely, vomiting

    • Breast tenderness

    • Breakthrough or irregular bleeding


    Much less common, but more worrisome side effects of Yaz could include:

    • Sudden severe headache or changes in migraine headaches

    • Elevated blood pressure and rarely, stroke

    • Blood clots, especially in those who smoke cigarettes and are over the age of 35


    You should call your doctor if you notice any of these serious side effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms.  

How to take Yaz

Your doctor and pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Yaz prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions carefully. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions. General guidelines for taking Yaz are as follows:

  • Take one tablet of Yaz every day at the same time, with or without food.

  • The tablets come in a pack of 28 pills, with 24 active and 4 inactive or "placebo" tablets. Take the active tablets for 24 days, followed by the inactive tablets for 4 days.

  • You may begin taking Yaz birth control at any point in your cycle, based on your needs and schedule. If you start on a day other than the first day of your period, use a backup method of birth control, like condoms, for the first 7 days of taking the medication. 

  • If you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss two pills in a row, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day, then continue taking one pill a day until the pack is finished. Use a backup method of birth control for the next 7 days. If you miss three pills in a row, contact your doctor to discuss whether emergency contraception would be a good idea and to discuss when to restart the medication.


If you experience any side effects or have any concerns about taking Yaz, talk to your doctor.


What to avoid while taking Yaz

Yaz may interact with other medications or supplements you take, including herbal products, as well as over-the-counter drugs. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Common drugs that may interact with Yaz, making one or both medication more or less effective, or causing side effects, include:


It is safe to drink alcohol while taking Yaz. Remember that Yaz does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

Medication alternatives to Yaz

Yaz prescription FAQs

  • How much does Yaz cost?

    The cost of Yaz can vary widely depending on your pharmacy and insurance. Fortunately, most health insurance plans offer free or low-cost birth control.

  • How can I refill my Yaz prescription?

    To refill your Yaz prescription, book a virtual appointment with a board-certified PlushCare doctor. After a consultation and reviewing your medical history, your doctor can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy the same day. 

  • Is weight gain a side effect of Yaz?

    Some women may experience weight gain with Yaz, though most do not.

  • What are the main side effects of Yaz?

    The main side effects of Yaz include:

    • Nausea

    • Breast tenderness or soreness

    • Breakthrough or irregular bleeding, especially in the first few months of use

    • Weight fluctuations

    • Headache and/or mood changes

  • Is Yaz a good contraceptive pill?

    Yes, Yaz is effective in preventing pregnancy. When taken as directed, Yaz is over 99 percent effective.

  • Who should not take Yaz?

    Avoid taking Yaz and other hormonal birth control pills if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Heart problems, coronary artery disease, or uncontrolled high blood pressure

    • Increased risk of blood clots or serious cardiovascular events

    • High levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia)

    • High cholesterol or triglycerides

    • Thyroid disease

    • Migraine headaches

    • Hormone-related cancer, such as breast cancer


    Avoid using Yaz if you smoke, are over 35, are breastfeeding, or recently had major surgery.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Yaz?

    If you miss one active pill, take the missed pill as soon as you remember. If you don't remember until the next day, take two pills at once and use back-up birth control for one week.

    If you miss two active pills in a row, take the two missed pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. Use back-up birth control for one week.

  • What happens if I take too much Yaz?

    If you've taken too much Yaz, contact your local poison control center for guidance. 

3 simple steps to request your Yaz prescription today

Step 1

Book a Yaz prescription request appointment.

You can book a same-day appointment from anywhere.

Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your Yaz prescription.

You can visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3

Pick up your birth control pills.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Yaz prescription pricing details

How pricing works

To get a new or refill on your Yaz prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

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$16.99/month

First month free

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30 days of free membership

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  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

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  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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