The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy

By Rocco Castellano

So I got a call from a friend of mine that happened to be one of the first Beauty Queens I trained last decade working with the Miss USA titleholders. She told me that she gained a bunch of weight after she stopped taking her birth control. I asked her what birth control she was taking. It happened to be the most popular “pill” prescribed by OB/GYNs everywhere… YAZ. So if you’re taking this brand of birth control, Yasmin or Ocella, bring the page a little closer so you can read every f–king word.

YAZ and its other sister drugs are made a little differently than other pregnancy preventatives… and this is where it gets a little scary… and no one thought to tell us. Just prescribe. I really wish doctors would do a little more research than reading the contraindications on the insert. It drives me insane to see thousands of women suffering just because they want to “not” be pregnant. Some women brush it off as the price of doing business, but I, as a man, think you’re dumber than a box of hammers if you even think about going near this stuff. Maybe it’s my White Male Privilege, or not knowing what it means to be a woman or maybe I just give more of a shit about humanity and women so I feel the need to bring this stupidity up.

It’s been 10 years since YAZ was approved by the FDA for, you guessed it, preventing pregnancy. Later that year though, YAZ received additional approval to treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) basically, for all you other men out there, insane PMS. So now, not only are women taking it to prevent having a baby, but now if their flow is a little heavy or their cramps keep them home from work, they get prescribed YAZ. Yep, we’ll fix it… take this pill. Now this is the punch line to end all punch lines.  Just a year later, Bayer, the company who makes YAZ, received another FDA approval to allow it to be prescribed for the dreaded disease of Acne Vulgaris, which is the most common form of f–king pimples between the age of 13 and 17.  Boo hoo hoo, I have pimples so prescribe an overdose of hormones to f–k up everything else in my body. Young, vulnerable teenage girls, OK, young stu… I mean, ignorant girls are now told, “Oh, don’t worry. I’ll prescribe you something that will cure that pizza face.” Meanwhile, they’re being prescribed heavy-duty hormones at the very same time that their own hormones are raging… can we all say, WTF?

YAZ doesn’t just prevent pregnancy, or relieve insane cramps or acne; it also has been “known” to cause extreme migraines, kidney disorders, oh happy days, uterine bleeding and crazy weight gain, which unless you know what you’re doing, will never come off.

Let me tell you a little bit of what YAZ is and what it is not. YAZ contains synthetic estrogen just like its birth control counter parts, but this tricky little sucker has the added ingredient of drospirenone. Now for all of you that don’t know what this chemical is, you’ll be happy to know that it is a new very powerful “synthetic” form of progesterone. Anytime you add a synthetic hormone into your body, your body’s systems stop making it. Not a good thing… ever.  That’s not even close to being all of the horror that is this drug. Instead of getting seven inactive pills (because some women can’t remember to take their pill) you only get four. This gives you three days more of pumping your body with hormones.

So, here are the minor side effects of YAZ and any birth control pill that contains drospirenone…

Acne. F–king acne. That same thing that it’s sometimes prescribed to eliminate. You can’t make this shit up. Read the insert or contraindications at the website. Migraines, I already said that but want to say it again, just in case. Unusual vaginal discharge… can’t say I would be looking forward to that. Vaginal yeast infectionssomething else I wouldn’t be asking for. Stomach cramps. They indicate “changes in weight.” How nice are they? It’s not like your weight is going to change and be less. I’ve known women to gain over 40 pounds. I guess you’d rather be a slutty porker than pregnant. Oh, that’s right—you can’t be slutty because YAZ decreases your sex drive. So much fun. And… this comes out of nowhere, but it also creates problems tolerating contact lenses. Well, at least you can be a non-pregnant, glasses wearing, fat, no-sex-having life of the party.

People were complaining so much about getting blood clots that the FDA decided to conduct their own investigation. Guess what they found? Women taking drospirenone-laced birth control pills had a 74 percent chance of getting blood clots. What? The all-wise FDA is still allowing it to be prescribed with severe side effects that include the aforementioned blood clots, liver tumors, disturbances in liver function, stroke, gall bladder complications, hyper tension or high blood pressure… You ask me, just reading this gives me hypertension. Some other nice things that can happen are deep vein thrombosis (please look this up… it ain’t pretty), pulmonary embolism, glucose changes that often result in diabetes and just a few little inconveniences like itching, swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and lips.


Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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