Hives and Birth Control Pill Yasmin

by Karen
(Mississauga)

I am a 27 year old woman and have not been diagnosed with Dermographism, but after reading these forums I think I may have just that.

I was diagnosed 4 years back with chronic urticaria and suffered these welts for 7 months. My skin was torn up and I had scars that still to this day look faint. I went through a series of tests with an allergist and a dermatologist but nothing came back as to what the cause is. I was put on high doses of antihistamines, to the point where I could not work or drive and was forced to take a leave of absence from work. I started seeing a homeopathic doctor and after a month or so of cleansing everything in my body my skin started to clear and eventually the hives went away.

We still at that point did not know what caused the hives or healed them for that matter. I did a series of food elimination tests, to changing to organics and non scented things and so on. My life was pretty boring since I could not eat much food or indulge even a bit in the finer things in life such as wine or even simple things such as sitting in the sun or going swimming because everything just made it worse. My eyes would swell shut, my mouth would swell and I was covered from head to toe in hives, but I never had any shortness of breath.

It is now 4 years since that extreme episode and all of the sudden I started having hives again. I am puzzled as to what is causing these and often get nervous that it will be another 7 month journey with no answers.

I recently spoke to someone who was taking the birth control pill Yasmin which is what I am on and she said she started breaking out into hives after being on them for over a year. I am on Yasmin for about 2 years now and have never had a problem. I am wondering if I should just stop taking them when my next cycle comes around and see what happens. My question is how long do I need to be pill free in order to know if this is the cause. Can anyone help me out?

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May 26, 2016
Chronic Hives after Yasmin
by: Anonymous

I was on Yaz and Yasmin about 4 years but had to go off after moving because my new insurance didn't cover it. About two months after being off I started getting hives and they have not gone away in 6 years (they are now considered chronic idiopathic urticarial). I'm convinced going off this pill is what triggered them or that it somehow changed my bodies environment while on them. I've had blood tests and allergy testing and still haven't found a solution to get rid of them. Open to suggestions!

Mar 09, 2016
Rash and Yasmin Link
by: Anonymous

I know this post was a long time ago but was wondering if you ever got to know the answer. I just started getting hives and I'm also taking Yasmin as a contraceptive pill. However, the hives started appearing when I decided to delay my period with the pill one month. I've been on Yasmin for almost two years now.

Hope your symptoms are better!

Jul 31, 2013
Chronic Hives Sufferer
by: Anonymous

I had similar circumstances happen to me for a six month period of time. The source is still unknown. However, I had started taking birth control pills at the time. I ceased taking them after 40 days. I was even hospitalized for having internal swelling in my colon. Additionally, I started having horrible asthma attacks, which I never had before. It's been three years since my hives first broke out and I still have little bouts with them.

In my research I have discovered in 80% of chronic hives cases, there is no conclusive evidence as to why the subject has hives. I have been told some viruses can be the cause and hormonal changes might be as well. Check out the link between birth control and hives via the Internet. There are a lot of cases out there.

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