What is Yaz 24+4?
Yaz 24+4 is a type of contraception that belongs to the category ‘sub-30’ 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. Yaz 24+4 protects against pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries and changing the properties of uterine and cervical mucus. Yaz 24+4 is only available on prescription.
What is Yaz 24+4 used for?
Yaz 24+4 is used to prevent pregnancy. It is highly effective if used properly. Yaz 24+4 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 Yaz 24+4
Yaz 24+4 comes in blister packs of 28 tablets. Each blister consists of 24 pink tablets (containing ethinylestradiol and drospirenone) and four white inactive tablets. One active (pink) tablet is taken every day for 24 days and then one inactive (white) tablet for the next four days. During these four days, the levels of the hormones in your blood drop, which results in a withdrawal bleed. You start the next pack as soon as you finish the four inactive tablets, even if you are still bleeding.
Yaz 24+4 should be taken at roughly the same time each 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.
Yaz 24+4 can cause side effects, including:
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Menstrual spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
Most side effects will disappear within a number of weeks once the body adjusts to the hormones. Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are persistent.
The package leaflet also provides information on rare yet severe side effects such as thrombosis (blood clot in a vein).
When not to use Yaz 24+4
Yaz 24+4 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 Yaz 24+4 if you have health problems that are not listed above. This contraceptive pill may interact with other medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order.
Yaz 24+4 is not suitable for use during pregnancy. Yaz 24+4 should not be used by breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
Yaz 24+4 does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.