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Hello.  I am 24 and have been on birth control for many many years.  At first when I had mild acne, it helped clear it up and now, its just awful.  I have been on Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, back to Yasmin, and then Apri. All have made me breakout to a point where it completely spreads all over my jawline area and sometimes my chin.  And now on Apri, my acne has even spread to my face and lowered my sex drive.  Would you recommend a different form of birth control that is not a pill?  During this past summer I went off completely for 2 months and it actually cleared up quite a bit.


Hi Jennifer, This question may seem odd but do you actually need to be on birth control at this time of your life? Yes, these symptoms sound like they could be from the hormones in the birth control pill. The only other birth control methods I know that are not hormonal are condoms and natural family planning. To find out more about that go to
Please email me at and we can talk more about all this. Hope to hear from you soon.

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If I am "maxed out" please email me privately at I can answer questions about the various methods of birth control. I can answer questions like "What would be the best method of birth control for me?" and other problems and concerns. I have researched side effects and risks of various methods of birth control. I have almost 25 years of experience working with various pregnancy resource centers.


I have almost 25 years of experience in counseling women about birth control and family planning. This is mostly one-on-one counseling in private, on internet and phone.

Illinois Valley Community College, Austin Community College, Travel Agent Degree and almost 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked with Pregnancy Resource Centers for almost 25 years.

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