What is Yasmin?
Yasmin is a type of contraception that belongs to the category ‘sub-50’ pills. It is a combined oral contraceptive pill, which means it contains two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. These are synthetic versions of the naturally occurring female sex hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Yasmin prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries and changes the properties of uterine and cervical mucus, making the chances of pregnancy virtually nonexistent. Yasmin is only available on prescription.
What is Yasmin used for?
If used correctly, Yasmin is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. It can also be used to treat menstrual symptoms such as stomach ache and heavy bleeding. This is because it produces a monthly withdrawal bleed that is much lighter than a woman’s usual period.
How to use Yasmin
Yasmin comes in convenient blister calendar packs marked with the days of the week. Each blister contains 21 tablets. One tablet is taken every day for 21 days at the same time each day. Then you have a seven day break from pill-taking. During this seven-day break, you will have a withdrawal bleed that is similar to your normal period. You start the next pack after the seven pill-free days are up, even if you are still bleeding.
You should try to take your pill at the same time every day. If you miss a dose, vomit after taking a pill or have severe diarrhoea, the pill may not have been fully absorbed into your bloodstream and thus less effective. For instructions on what to do when this happens, see the package leaflet.
The usual dose is:
- one tablet once a day for three weeks, followed by a seven-day break.
Yasmin can cause side effects, including:
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach ache, nausea, diarrhoea;
- Menstrual spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
Most side effects will disappear after a while once the body adjusts to the hormones. Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are persistent. Read the package leaflet before use. The package leaflet also provides information on rare yet severe side effects such as thrombosis (blood clot in a vein).
When not to use Yasmin
Yasmin is not suitable for everyone. This contraceptive pill should not be used if:
- You are allergic to ethinylestradiol, drospirenone or any other of its ingredients;
- You have a blood clot in a vein (thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or a history or risk of this;
- You have a blood disorder that increases the risk of blood clots in the veins or suffer from migraine with aura;
- You have or have had a serious liver condition or have ever had a heart attack or stroke;
- You have active breast cancer or history of breast cancer or cancer of the sexual organs;
- You have vaginal bleeding of unknown cause.
Consult a doctor on the use of Yasmin if you have health problems that are not listed above. Yasmin may interact with other medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order.
Yasmin should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Yasmin does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.