Yasmin is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill, otherwise called "the pill." It contains progestogen and estrogen. Most women take this pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Yasmin birth control pills are a form of contraceptive pill. This medication is a hormonal combination birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. There are two active hormonal ingredients in Yasmin, which are are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.  

Similarly, to many combined birth control pills, Yasmin changes your body's natural ovulation cycle, tricking your body into thinking that ovulation has already happened. Additionally, the combined hormones change the composition of your cervical lining and mucus, making it difficult for sperm to successfully fertilize an egg, and for that egg to attach to the womb wall. 

What is Yasmin? 

Yasmin is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill, otherwise called "the pill." It contains progestogen and estrogen. Most women take this pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, it can have other benefits too, including regulating the menstrual cycle. 

Doctors may prescribe Yasmin to deal with particularly painful, heavy or irregular periods. Taking it on a regular basis can lead to less painful and lighter menstrual bleeding. Yasmin is the same as other ethinylestradiol 30 microgram and drospirenone 3mg combined pills. The synthetic versions of these hormones override the natural menstrual cycle and work by stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs each month. These pills also increase the thickness of the natural mucus around the neck of the womb, making it harder for sperm to attach itself to an egg.  

When is Yasmin used? 

Yasmin is most commonly prescribed to young women with no existing health issues. It is not suitable for women with an increased risk of blood clot, including women over the age of 35 with a history of smoking. Yasmin is more than 99% effective when taken correctly.  

Vomiting, diarrhea, missing pills, and other medications can make this substance less effective. Additionally, Yasmin cannot protect you from sexually transmitted infections. It is still important to practice safe sex when using this pill. Yasmin is usually offered to women who want to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, it can also assist with the regulation of painful and irregular periods. 

How do you use Yasmin? 

Yasmin pills come in a pack marked with the days of the week. You must take one tablet each day at the same time over a period of 21 days, followed by a 7 day break. During the 7 day break period, you will usually get a withdrawal bleed similar to a normal period. Start the next pack of your pills after the 7 days are up, even if your bleeding continues.  

Women who want to delay their period may be able to take two packets of Yasmin back to back without a break. This will mean that the seven day break comes at the end of the two packets instead. Speak to your doctor if you want to use this method of delaying your period. You will be protected against pregnancy during the seven day period when you are not taking your pill, providing that you took the remaining 21 pills correctly, and you start the next pack on time.  

When you take your first pill, make a note to take the pill at the same point in each day. It is easiest to follow the arrows on the foil, or the days of the week to ensure that you haven't missed any pills. Usually, each pill will be swallowed whole with water, do not chew your pills. 

If you miss a dose of Yasmin, ask your doctor what to do next. Although it is rare to fall pregnant when taking Yasmin, if you miss a period for two months in a row, then you should contact your doctor. There is a chance that you will still fall pregnant if you do not take your pills correctly, or you have diarrhea or sickness when using Yasmin. You should not continue to take Yasmin if you discover that you are pregnant.  

What dosages are available? 

Yasmin contains the same dosage as any other combined ethinylestradiol 30 microgram and drospirenone 3mg combined pill. It is recommended that anyone taking Yasmin start their pack on the first day of their period, or on the first Sunday after their period.  

Yasmin should be taken once every 24 hours, at the same time each day. Some packets are available with 7 placebo pills that make it easier for people to remember to take their pill each day. In this case, you will get 7 placebo pills and 21 active pills in every packet of Yasmin. If you are taking Yasmin 21, the dosage required will be one hormone-containing pill per day for a period of 21 days, followed by a 7 day break. Be careful not to mix up the hormone containing and non-hormone containing pills if you are taking the Yasmin packet with the 7 placebo pills.  

What are the side effects of Yasmin? 

Many women consider Yasmin to be a safe and effective contraceptive pill. However, like any other pill, there may be side effects associated with this drug. Because Yasmin contains hormones, it can affect a number of things in your body, and lead to common side effects such as: 

  • Weight gain 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Mood changes 
  • Headaches 
  • Vomiting or nausea 
  • Changes in menstrual period 
  • Decreased sex drive 

Taking Yasmin for extended periods of time can also put women at increased risk of falling victim to issues like stroke, liver problems, heart attack, increased blood pressure, and other conditions. Your doctor will discuss the risks of taking Yasmin with you before giving you your prescription.  

In rare cases, taking Yasmin can sometimes lead to more severe side effects, including vomiting and diarrhea, enlargement of the breast, vaginal infections, weight changes, severe itching, low or high blood pressure, and fluid retention. If particularly rare and severe side effects occur, such as hearing impairment, a severe allergic reaction, liver problems, or blood clots, speak to your doctor immediately. You should also speak to your doctor if taking Yasmin makes you feel unwell or unusual in any way. There are many different kinds of contraceptive pill, and Yasmin may not be the choice that is right for you. 

When shouldn't you use Ditropan? 

Yasmin is only one form of contraceptive pill, referred to as the combined contraceptive pill. Some people will respond better to this contraceptive medication than others. Importantly, you should not be taking Yasmin if you are over the age of 35 and are at increased risk of suffering from blood clots. Your doctor will usually prescribe a different kind of pill in this case. 

You should not be taking Yasmin if you are pregnant or have had a baby recently. Additionally, it's essential to avoid taking Yasmin if you have an undiagnosed lump in your breast or gene mutations that give you a higher risk of breast cancer. Yasmin may not work well with people who have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, and it is not recommended if you suffer from any of the following conditions: 

  • Adrenal gland disorder 
  • Heart attack, stroke, or blood clot risk 
  • Breast, uterus, cervical, or vaginal cancer 
  • Severe migraines 
  • Uncontrolled changes in blood pressure 
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart disease or coronary artery disease 
  • Circulation problems 
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding 
  • Hepatitis C 
  • High cholesterol 

Yasmin is not the preferred method of contraception for women who plan on breastfeeding. It can reduce the amount of breast milk that your body can produce. Importantly, risk of blood clots is higher for people who remain immobile for long periods of time. If you have an accident or require major surgery, you may need to stop taking Yasmin four to six weeks before you have the surgery.  The risk of blood clots is also increased if you will be sat still when travelling for longer than three hours at a time. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns when using this medication while travelling. 

Does Yasmin interact with any other medications? 

Before you begin taking Yasmin, you will have a consultation with your doctor where you can discuss any medications you are already taking. Like all medications, Yasmin can interact with other substances, or make certain substances less effective. If you regularly take any of the following medicines, then Yasmin may not work for you to prevent unwanted pregnancy: 

  • Carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone, perampanel, or other antiepileptic medications 
  • Medications for HIV like efavirenz, cobicistat, or nevirapine 
  • Antifungal medications like Griseofulvin 
  • Narcolepsy medications like modafinil 
  • Antibiotics for tuberculosis like rifampicin or rifabutin 
  • St. John's Wort 

Where can you buy Yasmin? 

It is possible to buy the Yasmin combined pill for contraception from a registered online or offline pharmacy. There are services available where you may be able to obtain repeat supplies of the Yasmin pill. However, before you can purchase this medication you will need to visit your doctor and go through a complete medical assessment to receive a prescription.  

Yasmin will not be automatically prescribed for everyone who needs the contraceptive pill. Some people will be better served by using other kinds of contraception medication.  

Can you get Yasmin without a prescription?  

Yasmin is a form of medication that currently cannot be purchased without a medication or bought over the counter. You will need to receive a prescription from your doctor for a repeat dose of this medication so that you can take it for an extended period of time. If you are buying Yasmin online you will need to send a copy of your prescription to the pharmacy that you are purchasing from. 




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Assessed by:

Dr Wouter Mol, General practitioner
Registration number: BIG: 9057675501

Dr Wouter Mol studied medicine at the University of Groningen. From 2002 to 2003, he served as a resident in neurology, and from 2003 to 2005 he served his residency training in internal medicine and emergency medicine. Wouter Mol has been working as a GP since 2005.