Saturday, September 19, 2009

What's this?

Here's a weird one - I just now came across a blog about Yasmin, which looks as though it is being written by a woman in her twenties relating her experiences. But the entries have marketing-type photos of the Yasmin logo and pill packets, and each piece ends with a link to a website where you can put in an order.

The writing style isn't obviously advertorial, it's actually quite amateurish, yet repeated over and over is the assertion that the writer believes "The Contraception Yasmin is a very effective form of contraception." Stranger still, the postings are linked to 'Benjamin Barroga' but 'Benjamin' makes statements like, " i had an extremely high sex drive before going on this pill, your talking 4-5 times a day type of couple which has gone down to 4-5 times a week if that, some days i am so tired i cant even be bothered to kiss my boyfriend never mind anything else! So the dramatic change was a shock for both of us."

The writer emphasises how much weight she has lost, how good her skin looks, and tempers her casual complaints about low libido and breakthrough bleeding with suggestions that these problems lie in an irregular pill-taking schedule, or the length of time she's been on Yasmin - "teething troubles" apparently. She picks out other pills - Cileste, Dianette - from which she claims to have experienced bad side effects - including suicidal thoughts. Each post rambles around only to end in a version of "I think you should absolutely try out the Yasmin Contraceptive Pill."

Creepy, go see for yourself. Looks like some kind of odd marketing project. Interesting to note it's only been up for the last month.

According to a piece at the blog is being written by Jackie Barroga (Benjamin's wife perhaps?) and there's even a photo of her:

This piece can be found all over the web if you start searching for recent additions relating to Yasmin.

Jackie Barroga's bio states, "Jackie Toto is an expert in the field of health and nutrition. After a major health scare at the age of 20, she began her conquest to search for the best natural health information available." A Benjamin Barroga is all over the internet as a doctor working in Georgia.

Curiouser and curiouser. I'm 'following' this blog now, so let's see if Benjamin gets in touch.

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